Did you know that there is not a gender neutral or gender opposite of the word, “fellowship”?
Anyway, I have, long, been wanting to develop and execute a women’s retreat. The idea is that women would gather on a Friday evening to begin and, perhaps, end on a Sunday. The goal would be loving support of one another, providing a space for creativity, meditation, worship, and “fellowship”. Here’s a possible agenda. Let me know if it’s too restrictive or academic. Would you participate in such a retreat? Make suggestions on the topics. These are not “set in stone”.
“Women in Worship and Fellowship”
Purpose: We retreat to strengthen emotional bonding, spiritual growth, and sisterly support while promoting understanding of human ecological systems that influence who we become.
6:30 p.m. – 10-ish:
Bring a snack to share for a light meal
Introduction to Ladies’ Retreat: Why? Objective, and Intended Outcomes
“Getting to Know You” exercise
Group nature walk
Bedtime stories – and lights out
7:30 Morning Prayer to Welcome the Day
8:30 – Breakfast Smoothie and Breakfast Cookie Demonstration by Debra Bolton
Let’s eat the outcomes of the demonstration!
9:45 – Stretching 10 minutes
10:00 – Let’s take a nature walk to learn about:
Other flora and fauna
Noon – Sandwich and Salad Luncheon
1:30 Nap or MeditationTime
2:45 Aroma Therapy and Foot Reflexology
3:45 Free time to explore, write, visit, or anything…
I am a geographer specializing in human systems. My passion is studying underrepresented populations so that I can assist in their integration into the communities in which they live. I studied Human Ecology because it is a wonderful blend of the disciplines of geography, anthropology and sociology. No matter the context in which I find myself, I am an observer of humans in their environments and how the influences in those settings build and nurture sense-of-self, sense-of-place, and sense-of-direction in educational, familial, and community settings. My work focuses on the cross-cultural and intercultural traditions of multi-lingual populations acculturating into their receiving communities and being successful in educational arenas of higher education. This work includes gathering, analyzing, and writing about health, well-being, and environmental/social connectedness in their communities. My research focuses on Minority-majority, rural, Midwest communities. My role as director of intercultural learning and academic success at Kansas State University allows me to discover more about myself as I work with others in their paths to self-discovery in their own interactions with students and families who come from different parts of the country and the world all converging in educational spaces. Recently, I lived, worked and played in Southwest Kansas, a region marked by Minority-majority populations centers (56% – 68%). Some of my research results are used to address poverty, low educational attainment, poor health outcomes, and cultural norms in multi-cultural settings. I work to assure a representative sample for my research, so I engage in multi-lingual research (English, Spanish, Burmese, French, Tigrinya, and Somali). Building trust and relationships is the key to my success as a multilingual researcher. Presently, my research takes me in the micro-communities of populations represented by nine African countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Somalia, and Cameroon), seven Latin American countries, and six Asian countries. Yes, it is rural Southwest Kansas, and many of the densely-settled and frontier rural communities act as receiving centers for refugees and other displaced populations, because of the availability of jobs.
I am the recent recipient of National Geographic Society’s Research and Exploration grant to introduce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to females of color. This inter-generational, intercultural class hosted middle school, high school, and adult females who learned the basics of GIS with a variety of applications from remote sensing to city planning to Google Earth, and to Pokémon GO! By the time the young ladies finished the class, they were able to build cities, map their communities, log trips from their countries of origin to the Midwest. I am in the mid-year of the grant funding, and my target for completion was July 2018. I have new funding to extend this work to new cohorts.
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