2022 Peace Pentagon Women’s Retreat: Preserving and Protecting Women’s Rights in Appalachia

2022 Appalachian Retreat

As the representative for Women’s March, United Religions Initiative, and Planned Parenthood in Southwestern Virginia, the Peace Pentagon is hosting a special strategy retreat on Women’s Rights. The reversal of Roe v. Wade has galvanized women, and now we need to meet to bemoan the loss of our bodily sovereignty and the hostile political culture that has overtaken the far-right.

Join us first for an evening of emotional commiseration, followed by sessions of intellectual sharing and strategizing. During our weekend together, we will brainstorm on how to protect our rights in key Appalachian states: Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. We also will perform ceremonies to spiritually uplift and prepare us for the challenges ahead. 

Please note: We are offering this retreat at a heavy discount. Why? First, because we share your concerns that the Paradigm Shift is faltering and time is of the essence. Second, we want to work with women in the Appalachian region, where economic disparities are real and getting worse. Third, the weekend Program includes brainstorming on how the PEACE PENTAGON can best be used for Women's Rights in the Bible Belt - so we will be listening to YOUR IDEAS, as well as providing essential activist training and spiritual support. 

In short, it is time for the Divine Feminine to rise as a force for change and peacebuilding. If you are seeking to harness your life mission and to be of service to others and the planet at this dire juncture in human herstory, join us in collectively dreaming forth a vision of feminine and masculine balance, peace, and harmony.

Covid Policy:
To safeguard all attendees, we will require all those who are not vaccinated to take a rapid test upon arrival and to wear a mask for the duration of the event.
Additional precautions: We require staff and attendees to wash their hands frequently and before all meals for at least 20 seconds. We also will have hand sanitizer available.

Laura George
Robin Youngblood
Katie Kennedy
Jennifer Grinstead

Rev. Laura George, J.D. is Executive Director of The Oracle Institute and the award-winning author of the Oracle Foundational Trilogy. She retired from the practice of law to become an interfaith minister. She teaches multiple spiritual paths and considers the upcoming paradigm – the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm – to be a time of renewal and reawakening of the Divine Mother. Her latest book – The Light: And the New Human – will be released in October 2022.

Robin Tekwelus Youngblood, Okanagon/Tsalagi, is a minister, teacher, author, artist, and a shamanic practitioner/healer. She has been a student of her heritage for many years. She has learned the sacred teachings of Indigenous elders from her own Native American tribes, along with Siberian, Polynesian and Aboriginal elders. As a healing practitioner, Robin offers Soul Retrieval, Aura Cleansing, Cord-Cutting, Crystal Healing, and Soul Readings. Robin travels the world, offering Medicine Wheel, Wheel of Relationships and Wheel of Co-Creation Workshops; Medicine Wheel Constellations; and facilitating Dance to Heal the Earth, as well as ceremonies such as Sweat Lodge and Vision Quest.

Katie Kennedy is Secretary of the Grayson County Democrats and active in local politics. At Oracle, she is our Interfaith Coordinator, our liaison to Women’s March and United Religions Initiative, and she manages our Peace Pentagon HUB as Wayshower in the Path of the Peacemaker in our Valley of Light Community. Katie has experience in direct action campaigns and seeks to help organize a Women’s Congress at the Peace Pentagon. Katie@TheOracleInstitute.org 

Jennifer Grinstead holds a B.S. in Management and Organizational Development with a focus on Change Management, Leadership, and Non-Profits. As a member of Oracle Temple, Jennifer is passionate about balancing the divine masculine and feminine and promoting gender-based partnership and equality. As a change agent and bridge builder at the Peace Pentagon, she provides training and strategic solutions that focus on personal growth and social activism. Jennifer@PeacePentagon.net

Day 1

Friday, September 16

  • Welcome & Campus Tour
  • Opening Circle
  • Lamentation Ceremony
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Day 2

Saturday, September 17

  • Session 1: History of Women's Rights & What's at Stake
  • Session 2: Appalachian Overview & Brainstorming
  • Session 3: The Politics of Abortion & Polarity Training
  • Session 4: Anchoring an Appalachian Strategy
  • Kiva Caucus & Ceremony
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Day 3

Sunday, September 18

  • Session 5: Our Focus Going Forward
  • Circle Dance
  • Circle Time & Sharing
  • Turtle Island Blessing & Labyrinth Walk
  • Closing Remarks & Group Photo
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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