Renew: Mind, Body, & Soul
A day of pampering just for women.
We will start the day with a presentation by the ever inspiring Rev. Melissa Gepford. Then we move into workshops ranging from yoga to meditation to massage and more. There is something for everyone. Lunch will be prepared by our staff chef Ed Ostlund with delightful treats served throughout the day. Door prizes and swag bags will also be a part of this wonderful event.
Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford
Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford is the Intergenerational Discipleship Coordinator of the United Methodist Great Plains Conference, in which she helps congregations establish healthy discipleship systems. She grew up in East Texas and graduated from Perkins School of Theology, and as an ordained deacon, she connects church people to the world. Melissa is a writer, speaker, and most recently, the creator of Dandelion Marketplace. She enjoys drinking good coffee, working out, and testing her semi-green thumb. Melissa and her husband Bill enjoy dancing when they can and love playing with their son, Finnegan.
Ed Ostlund, our resident chef, leads the group in creating 3 delicious sauces that can be used in a variety of recipes. Participants will make pomodoro, barre blanc, and an integral (pan) sauce and go home with samples for their own enjoyment.
Essential Oils, Self Care & Scripture
God gives us a body that we are to consider a holy temple. We are to care for our body including our skin, hair, nails and more. Virginia Karimi leads this session as participants will look at the Biblical references to essential oils used in personal care regimes like the one prescribed for Esther. We will make a sugar scrub, lip scrub or other personal scent for use at home.
Sound Therapy Workshop
Jennifer Becwar considers work with sound a dance with the sacred, allowing our prayers, intentions or inner songs to connect to our higher power. Her workshop will be a reclining or resting meditation with gongs, bronze and crystal bowls, chimes, bells and more. To get the most out of these sessions, she invites you to come to the workshop with a curious mind and intention.
Finding Your Inner Quiet
Rev. Jacob Cloud is a Spiritual Director as well as our pastor. In this workshop, you will be invited to explore meditation, beginning with developing a quiet mind. For Jacob, life can be quite chaotic, with kids, work, and family tasks running through his mind day after day. He uses meditation to find moments of rest, prayer, and quiet to renew his mind and soul.
Sheila Palmquist, the founder and director of Lincoln Yoga Center, leads the group in a relaxing session of yoga. Participants will be able to choose between floor yoga, or using a chair. For more information about Sheila and Lincoln Yoga center, click here.
Rustic Picture Display Project
Susan Asher runs two businesses- A Sign and Hometown Living. For this workshop participants will be creating their own take on a rustic home decor picture display. Susan says “Life is full of blessings, be sure your home reflects all you’re thankful for.”
Teresa Struble operates t.c.dharma in Lincoln. This workshop offers healing moments of relaxation for the body. Participants will experience a 10 minute massage that will leave you relaxed and rested.
The Playfulness of God
Reneé Bhatia is a Spiritual Director, musician, and artist in the depths of her soul. In this workshop, participants will explore play as a divine attribute and a gift in our lives. Play is not just for children.
More to come...
As we await some finishing details, we may be adding another workshop. Check back in to see what may come.
8:30am- 9:00am – Registration
9:00am- 9:25am – Keynote with Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford
9:30am- 10:25 – Workshop #1
10:30am- 10:50am – Coffee and Treats Break
11:00am- 11:55am – Workshop #2
12:00pm- 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm- 1:55pm – Workshop #3
2:00pm- 2:15pm – Afternoon Break
2:15pm- 3:10pm – Workshop #4
3:15pm- 3:30pm – Closing with Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford
Lunch is your choice of Black and Blue Salad, Chicken Caprise or SouthWest Grain Bowl (vegetarian and gluten free).
Chef Ed will be making homemade truffles and macarons. For your caffeine needs, we will have our coffee bar at your disposal with Lattes, Americanos, and drip coffee.