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A Transformational Retreat Invites Guests to Get in Touch with Their 'Inner Activist' to Effect Change and Experience Personal Growth
Utne Magazine Presents its First 'Revolutionary Women' Event Nov. 10-13 at the Crossings Spa in Austin, Texas
MINNEAPOLIS – Utne magazine is looking for a few good women. The cause? A transformational retreat and eco
spa, hosted by the iconic magazine’s Editor in Chief Nina Utne and a variety of visionaries and
practitioners who most inspire her for the ultimate Utne tea party—a weekend of exploration
and friendship, movement and massage (www.utne.com/spa)* Call
it just one way to get in touch with one’s "inner activist." The long weekend will take place at
The Crossings Wellness Spa in Austin. Texas, November 10-13.*
This intimate gathering offers valuable face time with contemporary women leaders as well as nourishment for body, mind and spirit. Whole-hearted, wise and inspiring, the event will challenge participants to ask, “What do I stand for?” Event-goers will leave more prepared to express the fullness and passion of their convictions.
“After publishing a magazine for more than 20 years that has covered everything from the environment to politics to activism, feminism, spirituality, leisure and more, we decided we’d offer the women who read Utne an event that speaks to their minds, bodies and hearts,” says Nina Utne, Editor in Chief. “Lots of publications offer readers events like cruises or exotic tours, but ‘rEVOLUTIONary Women’ is more practical, more intimate and more environmentally sustainable. Attendees will leave feeling refreshed, re-energized and ready to be a force for good, both to themselves and the world.”
Led by the Editor in Chief, the event promises to be loaded with inspired conversation and insights into how to respond to the social problems that beset us. Nina Utne expresses her convictions through the magazine and through her personal actions, including her recent arrest in Washington D.C. while protesting the war in Iraq. (Utne is one of the cofounders of the women’s peace group Code Pink.) A personal account of the DC ordeal–including her friendly and empathetic conversation with her arresting police officer and later her jailor– are posted at the Utne website at http://www.utne.c om/web_special/web_specials_2005-09/articles/11802-1.html -- including these samples below.
I have never considered myself an activist, but, increasingly, I find that I can't not act. So I felt compelled to show up in Washington D.C., to contribute whatever I could and to experience the power that comes of knowing that we are not alone. I figured I'd do whatever CodePink needed me for, whether tying balloons or running errands or tracking down details. As it turned out, I ended up spending a lot of the weekend at the epicenter of the action—with Cindy Sheehan— doing whatever needed doing.
At one moment, I was grabbing likely looking women in a hotel lobby, trying to find someone who had decent looking black shoes in Cindy's shoe size— and was willing to loan them on the spot (I found someone) and the next taking notes on precisely what a high level politician had said to Cindy so that he could be held accountable and then rubbing her shoulders in the car. I learned a lot about her— her shoe size, the sound of her voice when she's talking to her children, her eating habits, her deep connection with her sister Dede, her stamina and her vulnerability, as well as about her adaptability, her common sense and quick mind and her salty and almost omnipresent sense of humor.
*Austin Participants to Explore Variety of Topics, Techniques
Participants at the Austin event will explore teaching modalities that include voice, movement and individual/group exercises—from dynamic and inspired women from a variety of backgrounds, including:
speaker and commentator on food politics, globalization, and the media. Her articles have been widely published in the U.S. and Canada, appearing in The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and the Globe and Mail, among others.