Retreat’s Gonna Make Everything Better

It’s a busy week. The kids are back in school (finally!), Scott’s birthday was Monday, I’m gearing up for a local arts fair next weekend, I need to finish editing an academic newsletter that was overdue when I got the articles for it, and we have the normal homework/soccer/piano/swimming/playdates balls to juggle. I could be sitting in front of the TV staring glassy-eyed at Curious George (which is what my two-year-old is doing while I write this), but instead I’m singing the song of redeeming love, because this weekend is the EXPONENT II RETREAT!

I get to spend the weekend with some of the most amazing, interesting, intelligent, funny, spiritual, wise women I’ve ever known. We’ll eat good food, talk late into the night(s), discuss our lives, eat some more good food, and prod our sleepy brains into high gear with some workshops. And everyone will leave feeling loved and supported and cherished by her sister feminists. We’ll have our batteries recharged for the next year, and we’ll have a bag of tricks and stories and wisdom that we can use to keep going.

I can’t wait. I have a fantastic family full of people I’m proud to be related to, including two funny, wise, smart-mouthed sisters. But the Mormon feminists I meet at this retreat? We’re each other’s tribe, the go-to support network when life gets ugly, the women we call when we need to rage about life being unfair. Many of us only see each other once a year, but once you’ve joined the tribe you’re in for life.

If you have a community like this, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, I strongly, strongly recommend finding one and signing up for the next retreat even if you don’t know a single person there. Don’t know where to find one? Post your part of the country/world in the comments below and we’ll do our best to hook you up with some sistas.


On prolonged sabbatical from her career in arts administration, Libby is a seamstress, editor, entrepreneur, and community volunteer. She has a husband and three children.

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10 Responses

  1. Liz Stanley says:

    Hi Libby, Have fun at your retreat. I’m in DC. Let me know if you’re aware of something in my area. Thanks!

    • marta says:

      ooh, Liz. i’d love to have one closer to home. we have less formal gatherings occasionally, and we’d love to have you join us.

    • Libby says:

      Liz, there is a sizable group that comes up from DC every year. I would love to see you — plan on coming next fall! And I do hope you DC peeps can organize something. I know several people who’d be thrilled to join you.

  2. EmilyCC says:

    Yay for Mormon feminist retreats everywhere!

  3. ellen patton says:

    One of these years I need to join the tribe. 🙂

  4. Brooke says:

    Amen, Libby. Retreats are a huge deal to me. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for a real-life-in-person hug!

  5. Ziff says:

    “I get to spend the weekend with some of the most amazing, interesting, intelligent, funny, spiritual, wise women I’ve ever known.”

    Nice! I agree. You all Exponent bloggers rock! I hope you enjoy your retreat.

  6. Caryl Anne says:

    Sounds awesome! Retreats are such a great way to escape, connect, and relax with those around you, especially those that have similar beliefs and interests. Thanks for sharing your post!

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