Fatimah Salleh

Exponent II’s Annual Retreat 2017

Registration is now closed.

The Exponent II Board is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker at this year’s retreat will be Fatimah Salleh.

Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh was born in Brooklyn, NY. Her mother is Puerto Rican and Malaysian and her father is African-American. She was raised as a Muslim until she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 15. While wrestling with her own faith journey, Dr. Salleh sought some answers at Duke Divinity School and graduated with her Masters in Divinity in 2016. Prior, in 2012, she earned her PhD in Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the mother of four children: Micah, Xavier, Ronin and Zora Grace. She has been married to her husband, Eric, for 16 years. Fatimah speaks and writes on faith, social justice, and the intersection of her faith traditions.

Please note that space is limited and fills fast. If you would like to come but the retreat is full, please email to be placed on a waitlist. If you registered for a space and find that you cannot attend after all, please e-mail and we will do our best to connect you with someone on the waitlist, but we cannot make any guarantees and we cannot issue refunds after August 1st.

Due to the safety policies of the conference center, only non-mobile nursing infants are allowed. If your baby will be over 6 months old or able to crawl by September, please leave him or her at home.

Questions? Email

The Location: The retreat will once again take place on the shores of beautiful Otter Lake in the New Hampshire woods at the Barbara C. Harris Center located on 326 wooded acres. The camp is about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Boston, MA. For information about the location, check out the conference center’s website.

All participants receive a one year print subscription to the Exponent II magazine. If you already subscribe, we will extend your subscription for a year or you can contact to have it gifted to a friend.

2017 Retreat: September 8-10

Arrive on Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 PM (dinner is at 6:00 sharp)
Retreat will end at 1:00 PM on Sunday

$290 Semi-private: two beds, attached bath, hotel style in the St John’s Lodge, linens provided
$250 Adult-friendly cabins: 4 twin beds per cabin, shared bath, linens provided
$190 Dormitory: 10-12 beds per cabin, wooden bunk beds, shared bath, bring your own bedding and towels
See here for more details.

We will finalize rooming arrangements in semi-private and adult-friendly cabins after registration closes. Don’t worry; we’ll accommodate your requests! Your registration confirmation email will also include a link to a shared Google Doc to allow for people who need rides and bedding to make arrangements with those willing to provide those services. Be sure to enter a correct email address to get retreat updates!

Retreat Packing List

  • Flashlight (important to get to cafeteria and workshops in the dark)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing (hot/cool weather, sun/rain)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag or bedroll (if staying in dorm room)
  • Pillow (if staying in dorm room)
  • Rain Gear/Umbrella
  • Shade hat (optional)
  • Props for Talent Show (optional)
  • Comfortable, light-weight chair (optional)

Retreat registration opens on June 1st at 10am EDT.  


Past Retreats

Retreat 2008
Held at Friendly Crossways in Harvard, Massachusetts, the 2008 retreat featured wonderful speakers including Pandora Brewer, Kate Holbrook, Heather Sundahl, Melissa Proctor and many more.

Retreat 2006

In September 2006, the annual retreat was held at a new location, the Sargent Center, Hancock, New Hampshire. Keynote speaker, Sharon Lee Swenson spoke about the “new” Mormon cinema and shared her life experiences. Other workshops included science and religion, homophobia in the Church, Mormon women blogs, shared meals and spirituality, telling our own stories, making our voices heard, and accepting children’s choices.

Retreat 2005
With a wide range of interesting, thought-provoking topics to choose from, the 2005 Retreaters were challenged to make some pretty tough choices. Pandora Brewers plenary session entitled “Martha and the Chimps: Exploring Issues of Power and Jealousy in Women’s Relationships” was a terrific start to a fabulous weekend. Other topics were The International Women’s Bill of Rights, Humanitarian work with AIDS/HIV children in Africa, the Church’s new Addiction Recovery Program, Mid-life career changes, is God really into the details of our lives, the changing role of Relief Society, becoming our true selves and using the language of Godliness. Pandora’s keynote address: “Hey Stuttering Girl: A Search for Fluency” was poignant and informing. We were also regaled with everyone’s “talent” during the annual Saturday night talent show. A highlight of this year’s event was the attendance of Dr. Marion Bishop who led us with her inimitable stylings through the longtime favorite “Princess Pat.” I found the weekend to be the perfect blend of intellectual, spiritual and emotional offerings. A little something for every part of me! For those of you who were with us this year, I hope to see you again next year. To those of you who were not able to join us, please plan to attend in the future. It is a wonderful event, well worth your time, money and effort.
– retreat review by Barbara Taylor

Retreat 2004
Our 21st retreat took place at Colebrook, Conneticut’s Camp Jewell with our keynote speaker, Linda Hoffman Kimball, author of several LDS books, including a novel, and compilations of Relief Society stories. Themes during this retreat included LDS hymns (then and now), interracial adoption, and finding service opportunities.

Retreat 2003
Exponent II’s 20th annual retreat was held again, in Colebrook, Connecticut and had Kathleen Flake as the keynote speaker. Kathleen, a professor of Divinity at Vanderbuilt University, talked about the priesthood and historical women in the Church. Workshops focused on creating sisterhood throughout the Church, handling life changes, and dealing with family members leaving the Church.

Retreat 2002
The 19th annual Exponent II retreat was held in Colebrook, Connecticut and featured Ann Stone as the keynote speaker. Ann, Exponent II’s poetry editor, talked about her life experiences and the beauty of poetry. The workshops for the weekend included topics ranging from the International Church, Heavenly Mother, and being single in the Church.

Retreat 2001
The 18th Exponent II annual retreat was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, away from our beloved Hillsborough Camp. Laurel Madsen was the keynote speaker and talked about being a member of the Church in different parts of the world. Workshops included topics like mind/body connection, the Church as a basis for social action, and Mormon women’s sexuality.

Retreat 2000
The 17th annual retreat was held July 2000. The year’s keynote speaker was Aileen Clyde, formerly of the Relief Society General Presidency and many wonderful educational and non-profit endeavors.