GTW Annual Gathering 2019

Registration is Fully Booked

You may call Ferry Beach to add your name to the Waitlist.

See their contact info below

Registration Opens May 1st

Dear Gather the Women Sisters,

The Conveners and Annual Gathering Planners chose an ocean front venue for our fall Annual Gathering September 19-22, 2019, at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center in Saco, Maine. What a beautiful setting for seeing gorgeous fall color, sharing with your sisters and enjoying the wonders of the limitless ocean views!

There is quite a bit of information to share about the Annual Gathering and we ask that you PLEASE read this email all the way through, so you will feel prepared for our time together.

We’ve created sacred time as well as free time to absorb the heartfelt joining of our hearts with our sisters from around the world. Whether you are a long- time circle sister or circle is new to you, our intention is to create a circle container that is safe, welcoming and inviting to everyone. The Gathering will be about circle, how we do it, and the various ways we do it. You will have the chance to participate in different kinds of circles and there will be space in the schedule to walk along the beach, hike in among the magnificent trees and to enjoy time alone or with friends. The Gathering will be a blend of together and apart, with heartfelt conversations and creative expression.

Our theme for this Annual Gathering is:  WOMEN RISING ROOTED AND CONNECTED!

WE ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for,

so please join us in heart-connecting Sisterhood.

REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 1, 2019:  Ferry Beach will be doing the registration this year, so please view the instructions and prices listed on the “How to Register” page attached to this email. There are cottage spaces available as well as dorm rooms. Please do not register prior to May 1.

1.On the Ferry Beach site (www.ferrybeach.org/) you can view the cottage rooms and dorm rooms. Dorm rooms are usually comprised of two sets of bunk beds, but we will only be using the bottom bunks, unless you are feeling spry!

2.Registration includes linens and meals from Thursday evening through Sunday lunch as well as all the programs, from early morning circles and ceremonies to evening rituals, dancing, drumming and celebration!

3.We will designate FOUR single rooms only for women with health issues, such as difficulty breathing at night, severe insomnia, etc. AND will be available on a first come-first served basis.

4.We ask that all participants remain on site from arrival Thursday afternoon through lunch on Sunday (unless early departure is necessary to catch a flight.)

SCHOLARSHIPS REQUESTS: Please send scholarship requests, including information regarding your participation in Gather the Women circles, etc. as well as your need for the Scholarship, to Suzan Nolan at kensuz49@gmail.com beginning April 15, 2019. Full and half scholarships are available. Registration ends on August 19, 2019, or when all rooms are filled. Women who receive a scholarship may be asked to assist with certain aspects of the Annual Gathering.

TRAVEL PLANS: In making your travel arrangements, please consider that we will be gathering together for dinner Thursday evening (September 19, 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time) with our first Mother Circle planned afterwards

AIR TRAVEL:  There are a number of flights that arrive at Portland International Jetport (PWM) Maine, which is the nearest airport to the venue.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Ferry Beach is 24 miles from the Jetport via I-95, but includes tolls. If taking US-1 the distance is 17 miles with no tolls.

Shuttles are available from the airport and the bus terminal for $20 one way.

Saco Shuttle is available $10 one way and must be reserved.

Ferry Beach can assist you with providing phone numbers, etc. for the shuttles.

We’ll send out another email about 30 days before the Annual Gathering with information on what to bring, weather and other fun information.

With great excitement and anticipation, we are sending our love to each of you!

~The Conveners and Planners of Gather the Women Global Matrix

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HOW TO REGISTER: Annual Gathering

September 19 – 22, 2019

View the Ferry Beach website to familiarize yourself with the venue and accommodations.

www.ferrybeach.org

https://www.ferrybeach.org/lodging.html

  1. On the website you can view the cottage and dorm rooms. If possible, determine where you might like to stay, availability permitting. The personnel in registration at Ferry Beach will also be able to assist you in making a selection.

  2. Be aware that the dorm rooms most often contain two sets of bunk beds. No one needs to sleep in the top bunk, so there will usually be only two women in those rooms. The dorm buildings each have shared bathrooms on each floor and there are two floors in the dorms.

  3. The dorms also contain a few rooms with a queen bed alone or a queen bed with 1 set of bunk beds.

  4. We will designate 4 Single rooms only for women with health issues, such as difficulty breathing at night, severe insomnia, etc. AND those will be available on a first come-first served basis.

  5. Meals and linens are provided and covered by your registration fee.

  6. Prices listed below show the registration fee. The cottages are more expensive than the dorm rooms as they have additional amenities.

COTTAGES: Single – $595   Double – $450

DORMS: Single – $495   Double – $405   Triple – $365

  1. Before calling Ferry Beach, have your email address, credit card and /or check, phone number and mailing address available.

  2. Payment can be made with a credit card or by check. If paying by check, it must arrive within a week at Ferry Beach in order to hold the reservation.

  3. Call Ferry Beach: (207) 282-4489 extension 1

Hours: 8:30am – 6 or 7:00pm Eastern Time

The lines may be busy, so be patient. This is a large venue and their summer season is just beginning.

FERRY BEACH RULES

  1. No smoking in any Ferry Beach facilities or on porches. Smoking is permitted outdoors with a special area designated area in the Grove only.

  2. No incense, candles or other flammables are permitted in the buildings

  3. Shoes required in dining hall.

  4. No fires are permitted on the beach. (There is a fire pit in the Grove area.)

  5. Be respectful of rooms, buildings and sand dunes (no walking on or digging, etc.)

If you have any questions, Please feel free to contact us via email at    gatherthewomen.gm@gmail.com

 

 

GATHER THE WOMEN GLOBAL MATRIX

WWW.GATHERTHEWOMEN.ORG

In Loving Sisterhood and Rising Strong!

 

The Planning Circle for our 2019 Gathering ~ 

Dee, Diane, Florencia, Laura, Laurie, Michelle, Susan and Veronica