Please note that space is limited and fills fast, and this year’s retreat is now full. If you would like to come, please email [email protected] 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.
The Exponent II Board is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker at this year’s retreat will be Carol Lynn Pearson.
Carol Lynn Pearson is prolific author, writing poetry, plays, and non-fiction. Her book, Goodbye, I Love You, is about the death of her gay husband from AIDS in 1986. In 1989, she began performing Mother Wove the Morning, a one-woman play in which she performs sixteen women throughout history in search of the female face of God. Her musical, My Turn on Earth, is one of the most beloved and successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent virtually all of her years since Goodbye, I Love You as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected] to have it gifted to a friend.
2016 Retreat Schedule, September 9-11
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
- Clothing (hot/cool weather, sun/rain)
- 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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.