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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
BODY AWARENESS: PAYING ATTENTION TO BODILY SENSATIONS FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE with Catherine Mollner
The body is designed to heal itself. During these challenging times fraught with ruptured connections, our body can be a valuable portal to reconnection, aliveness and resilience.
Through experiential practices, we will explore paths to befriend sensations, reconnect with our internal states, and access the organic wisdom of our body. When we genuinely listen to our body in stillness and movement, we can strengthen our sense of self, gain open-hearted awareness and well-being.
- BODY AWARENESS: PAYING ATTENTION TO BODILY SENSATIONS FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE with Catherine Mollner (Download Video)
- Program Flyer
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY with Polly Pistole
Polly will help us examine emotional sobriety and the possibility of healing emotional problems through the 12 steps and a personal relationship with God. Using her own experience, she will focus on the following:
- Steps 6 & 7 - How to identify our character defects which separate us from God
- Finding a solution - How to establish conscious contact with a God of our understanding using the steps, AA and Al-Anon literature.
- How to live comfortable in our own skin
Polly will be referring to sections of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon’s Path’s to Recovery and Language of the Heart.
- Program Flyer
- Emotional Sobriety Workshop
- Book: The Language of the Heart: Bill W's Grapevine Writings by Bill W.
- Book: As Bill Sees It: The A.A. Way of Life by Bill W.
- Book: Carry This Message by Joe McQ
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
LETTERS FROM GOD: INTUITING & EXPERIENCING OUR HIGHER POWER with Paula Hutchinson & Abby Sue Fisher
Women in Recovery will start the new year with what has become a tradition— intuiting and experiencing our personal Letters from God. Paula Hutchinson and Abby Sue Fisher are back to lead us through this powerful spiritual practice.
This January, as we continue online, we are using the platform Futureme.org to write or upload and submit our letters for future email delivery. While we are not able to physically share our sacred space this year, participants are encouraged to create their own sacred space that evening. (Futureme.org is free of charge and an orientation will be provided during the program.)
Join us as our journey into the Great Reality continues—healing our past and blessing our future!
- Program Flyer
- Letters from God Reflection Questions
- Intro Poem: "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo from In Mad Love and War(Wesleyan University Press, 1990)
- Closing Poem: "Breath" by Danna Faulds from Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga (Peaceable Kingdom Books, 2002)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
BRINGING STRUCTURE TO YOUR LIFE THROUGH STEPS 3 AND 11 with John MacDougall
There are two problems in alcoholism: the powerlessness over alcohol, and the unmanageability of our lives. When we stop drinking, the powerlessness over alcohol is immediately reduced; the unmanageability of our lives is not automatically changed. It appears that unmanageability is outside of us. People, places, and things are unmanageable. Our lives are unmanageable because we don’t have a basic set of instructions for how to get through the day: what to do, moment by moment in the face of chaos. Steps three and eleven, which have to do with seeking God’s will, moment by moment, offer a solution. We can stop trying to force our will, and implement the A.A. concept of letting go and letting God guide us.
- Program Flyer
- Book: Being Sober and Becoming Happy by John A. MacDougall
- Book: Clinician’s Guide to Spirituality by Bowen F. White and John A. MacDougall
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
SPONSORSHIP PANEL with Lisa D, Tricia W, Michelle G, Maru R, Corrie S
Women In Recovery recognizes the important role effective sponsorship plays in one’s 12-step recovery journey, as well as the many forms of addiction beyond alcohol or substance abuse that can negatively impact women’s lives and recovery success. We are offering an opportunity for our virtual audience to learn more about 12-step programing and effective sponsorship, regardless of addiction.
Please join us to hear from a panel of women from AA, NA, Al-Anon, OA, and CODA who have been sponsored and in turn sponsor women in their recovery using 12- step principles. They will describe how they were sponsored and how sponsorship has afforded them recovery. They will share their experience, strength, and hope in recovery and answer your questions about sponsorship.
- Questions & Answers on Sponsorship (AA)
- AA World Service Office (AA)
- AA Greater Minneapolis Intergroup (AA)
- AA Saint Paul & Suburban Area Intergroup (AA)
- Al-Anon World Service Office (AL-ANON)
- Al-Anon/Alateen in the Greater Minneapolis & St. Paul Area (AL-ANON)
- NA World Service Office (AA)
- NA Minnesota (NA)
- Co-Dependents Anonymous International (CODA)
- Co-Dependents Anonymous of Minnesota (CODA)
- Recovering Pattern of Codependency (CODA)
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA with Kathleen Cook-Hunter
Let’s take a look back to the early days of the 1930’s and 40’s, a time when many women were seen and not heard: good homemakers, smart women who helped build our country, and some who just drank too much. The stigma of a drunken woman made it extremely difficult to admit to a drinking problem.
So who were these pioneering women in the beginning days of AA? And just how did AA become a fellowship of men and women? They are the women on whose shoulders we stand today. Join us as we hear their stories. We honor them and the contributions that helped build the fellowship of recovery.
- ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA with Kathleen Cook-Hunter (download video)
- Lois Remembers by Lois W
- Ann Smith’s Journal by Dick B
- Grateful to Have Been There by Nell Wing
- A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics by Sally Brown & David Brown
- Marty Mann’s Primer on Alcoholism by Marty Mann
- Sister Ignatia (Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous) by Mary Darrah
- Hope!: The Story of Geraldine D, Alina Lodge & Recovery: By Dick B
- The Factory Owner and the Convict by Dick B
- Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernie Kurtz
- Straight from the Heart by Ann Richards
- Betty Ford, A Glad Awakening by Betty Ford
- Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones & Joan Zieger
- Key Players in AA History by Bob K
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Chemistry of Addiction with Carol Ackley
How does brain chemistry interact with addiction? How does addiction affect brain chemistry? What are the short-term and long-term neurological effects of alcohol and other drugs as they relate to thinking, behavior, and decision making?
The disease of addiction is multifaceted and stems from many possible underlying causes and issues. Taking a look at one facet – the brain chemistry of addiction – can be an eye-opening and informative way to become more self-aware on our path of recovery. Join us for an in-depth and informed lecture to learn more about this physiological aspect of addiction.
- PowerPoint Presentation: The Neurobiology of Addiction & Trauma: Intricate Links
- Self-Care Wheel
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