February 11, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 
 

Q

So what is this? Do you sing Kumbaya and dance around in the mud topless?

 

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Only if you want to... No, seriously, we're not a woo-woo la-la-la gathering, and we're not Woodstock '69, senior edition. We're a bunch of women who're down to earth, open to learning about a smorgasbord of topics, friendly, compassionate, fun, and totally not interested in posing, posturing, or otherwise seeking to lord our wonderfulness and accomplishments over everyone else. And many of us are quite accomplished. But that's not why we're here. We come from all corners of the country and all kinds of backgrounds--corporate, entrepreneurial, family-focused, religious, atheist, straight, gay. Every time we gather, we're a tribe. 

 
 
 
 

Q

Is the Workshop Weekend Retreat strictly for women over 50?

 

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Not exactly! The Workshop Retreat is open to women of any age, but we focus on issues of importance to women over 50, so most of our attendees are 50 (or so) or older. Workshop topics range all over the map, from nutrition and fitness, to technology, to relationship healing, to entrepreneurship, and on and on... so if our workshops are of interest to you, you're more than welcome to attend, regardless of your age. We usually have one or two women in their 30s, a handful in their 40s, and the rest 50 and above. We don't card at the door! 

 
 
 
 

Q

What about the Writers Retreat? Is that for women over 50?

 

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No, the Writers Retreat is for women of any age. And we welcome writers of all genres and all levels - our gatherings always include both aspiring writers and published authors, and we all come together to learn from both our writing coaches and from one another.

 
 
 
 

Q

Are the retreats handicapped accessible? I see stairs in some of the photos!

 

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Lifebridge Sanctuary, where we hold our retreats, is indeed handicapped accessible. There is access to all floors via ramps. However, please be aware that these ramps are outdoors, so at nighttime you will need to use a flashlight. And, from the dining room to the Main Lodge bedrooms, you will need to traverse a dirt-and-gravel drive between ramps. Please be aware of the challenges you may face. If you need to use a cane to walk, we strongly urge you to bring a walker to use during your stay. Also see our discussion about the Garden House, below. 

 
 
 
 

Q

What's the Garden House? Is it on the same property as the Main Lodge?

 

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The Garden House is a separate building a short walk up an elevated dirt-and-gravel pathway from the Main Lodge. It includes two floors of bedrooms and a small kitchenette with sink and coffee maker. Please note, if you book a bedroom in the Garden House, you will need to be able to traverse the pathway without assistance, and note there is no handrail. OR, if you have a car, you can drive from the lower parking area up a short road to the Garden House parking area. 

 
 
 
 

Q

Is Women At Woodstock only for single women?

 

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Not at all. We have both single and married women at our retreats. Usually it's pretty evenly mixed.

 
 
 
 

Q

What if I don't want to stay overnight?

 

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Hey, we're all about choices. You can stay at a nearby bed and breakfast or hotel if you'd rather; you don't have to stay with the group on the property at nights. Send us an email or give us a call and we'll fill you in on the best choices for rooms or cottages nearby. You can then register for Women At Woodstock as a Day Guest, which includes all of the workshops and activities, three meals a day plus snacks, the evening wine and cheese salons, and any other events or services we have planned. Everything except a bed to sleep in at the Lodge or Garden House on the premises. And the same goes for those of you who live nearby and want to go home at night.

 
 
 
 

Q

Is Women At Woodstock just for writers?

 

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Yes and no. I guess we should just answer no, first, because the Women At Woodstock Workshop Retreat is for women interested in workshops on a variety of topics plus networking, meeting new friends, having fun, and getting and giving support for all of our dreams, aspirations, and the goals or problems we're working on. That's the retreat that runs from Thursday evening through Monday morning. Then, separately, there's the Women At Woodstock Writers Retreat, which, yes, is for writers. That retreat runs from Monday evening to Friday morning, and it's for women of all ages and all levels of ability. We have workshops about writing and getting published, we have extended periods to write, and we share our writing during evening readings, by the fire with wine and cheese. It's all about telling our stories, developing our craft, and learning about the publishing world. Everyone who wants to attend is welcome; every year our group includes novice writers and published writers alike.

 
 
 
 

Q

I'm happy with my life right now and don't need a "new direction." Why should I attend?

 

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Women At Woodstock is not a cult and it's not a program developed by a self-appointed guru to teach you the "right way" to live your life. We're all pretty happy with our lives anyway, to be honest. Some of us may be facing challenges, some of us may be seeking advice or help with a new venture or a problematic situation, but none of us is trying to push a philosophy or lifestyle on anyone else. We have fun. We find surprising parallels and serendipities among ourselves; after all, we all grew up in roughly the same era and we've got a lot in common because of that. At Women At Woodstock, we develop truly meaningful new friendships. We learn some surprising stuff. And we grow our sense of self. 

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