Fri., July 19, 2 PM- Sun, July 21, 2 PM, UU Oakland Women’s Retreat: “Embracing Our Wild and Precious Lives”, Redwood Glen Camp and Conference Center.

Please join us for the 2019 First Unitarian Church of Oakland’s Women’s Retreat! This year’s theme is “Embracing Our Wild and Precious Lives”. In the spirit of Mary Oliver we are encouraged to take time for ourselves, for each other, and for our world. We gather to recharge our bodies, minds, and spirits in the companionship of other Unitarian Universalist women. All who identify as women and girls are welcome! Boys under 6 years old may attend with their parent.


This is a weekend to sing, dance, meditate, write, draw, read, talk, swim in the pool, play ping pong, hike among towering redwoods, walk the labyrinth, lounge on the porch or do just what your spirit needs. This is a weekend free from compulsory workshops and classes, although they will be offered, as well as opportunities for worship, spiritual practices, and other group experiences. This is a weekend you won’t want to miss.


Full registration provides 4 meals, plus a light dinner when you arrive on Friday evening.  Each of the hotel-style rooms has a private balcony or patio, separate sink, shower, and toilet area, reading chairs, a table, nightstand, and two full-sized beds. Linen and towels are provided with room registration. One handicapped room is available. An elevator is available to provide access to the second floor meeting room. Dining and conference rooms are fully accessible.


The cost is $210 per adult in a shared room for the full weekend. For just Saturday, cost is $65 (meals, programming, but no lodging). Camping is another option (includes meals, programming, and access to showers). Bring comfortable clothes, good shoes for hiking, toiletries and other personal needs items. Redwood Glen does not permit alcohol, cannabis, or illegal drugs.


Friday evening activities are planned to encourage participants to get to know each other. Saturday presents opportunities to attend a variety of workshops ranging from crafts to performance arts. There are also facilitated discussion workshops and meditative offerings including yoga. On Saturday night be prepared to dance and later sing around the campfire. Of course you are free to do whatever you want! It’s your time!


Join us on Friday at 2 pm or later. The retreat will end Sunday noon after closing worship. You must be checked out of your room by then but can hang out under the redwoods the rest of the day.


Getting there

Redwood Glen Camp and Conference Center is located at 1430 Wurr Road, Loma Mar CA amidst the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Google maps will get you there but be aware that there is no cell phone reception within a radius of 10 miles around Redwood Glen. If you feel you’ve lost your way, you can call Redwood Glen for directions at (650) 879-0320.  Points of reference, if asking for directions, are San Mateo County Memorial Park and the YMCA Camp Loma Mar. Redwood Glen is located off Pescadero Road between these two local sites. Printed directions will be available at the Women’s Retreat table in Wente Hall. Carpooling is recommended.


Check in starts at 2 pm on Friday in the Siden Conference Center. You must be checked out of your room by noon Sunday, so pack up prior to Sunday’s worship service.   However, you are welcome to stay and enjoy outdoor activities throughout the rest of the afternoon.



  • Assistance with registration will be available after Sunday services in Wente Hall.
  • To be fully registered for the retreat you must submit a completed registration form for each participant AND pay your retreat fee. Please do this electronically to insure accuracy and facilitate payment. Links to the form will be provided.
  • If needed there are paper registration forms available Sundays  *Please note you can fill out an online form and mail in your payment if needed.
  • Email 2019 Women’s Retreat planning team or call Marcia Kreycik at 404-414-5070 with any questions or visit us at the information table in Wente Hall.



  • The cost per adult in a double room is $210 for the entire weekend. See table in form for other options. Partial scholarships are available on request.
  • Amount due will be emailed to you for payment.
  • Checks should be made out to First Unitarian Church of Oakland with “Woman’s Retreat” in the memo line. Mail to Marcia Kreycik / 2118A Ashby Ave / Berkeley CA 94705
  • For website payment, from the Church homepage, sequentially select:

o Connect…Giving …Pledge…Click here to make one-time contribution, etc.

o Enter payment amount on the “Women’s Retreat” line  

o Enter donations to Scholarship Fund on the “Women’s Retreat Scholarship/Underwriting Donation” line.

o Click ”continue” to be directed to payment type.  Please consider paying through your checking or savings accounts rather than using a credit card.  This will help maximize our funds by lowering the transaction fee.


Women’s Retreat Testimonials

Redwood Glen is a “great location” and has “beautiful woods.” “I thoroughly enjoyed the food.”

Hikes were a “fun way to explore and get to know others”. “Crafts table was awesome beyond belief…so much fun and very doable.” “Best craft time yet!” Saturday night ritual was “wonderful and thoughtful! “I loved the spiral dance!” “Loved the secret sister program!”  “My daughter will come next year because I saw how well the children were included and planned for.” ” The retreat is a “great way to get to know women in church better!”


This weekend promises to be a highlight of your summer! Pack your open heart, loving acceptance of differences, and your sense of humor. Celebrate your one wild and precious life with friends. You will be creating lasting memories that will uplift you.


The 2019 Women’s Retreat Committee

Karen Axelsson, Maya Ibrahim-Bartley, Marcia Kreycik, and Emily Stoper

2019 Women’s Retreat planning team