Next years event dates will be posted in February 2020.       The information below is a reflection of the beautiful time we shared in 2019. Enjoy your read, we hope it inspires you to join us in the future. 
Give Yourself to Love

"You must give yourself to love if love is what you're after;
Open up your hearts to the tears and laughter,
And give yourself to love, give yourself to love.”
— Kate Wolfe

In our lives we often feel surrounded by all things opposed to love, yet we yearn to be loved and to love. Wise people tell us to open ourselves to love, but how can we do that in “real life”? We are told we are by nature filled with love, yet at times we cut ourselves off from our own loving energy. With so much opposing our efforts to love and be loved, what’s a woman to do? 

 

A WEEKEND OF WOMANLY COMPANIONSHIP, as together we search out barriers to loving energy and explore ways to open ourselves to love. You can count on experiencing friendship and laughter, deep silence and introspection, warmth and nurture, all in the natural tranquility of Sahale Learning Center. Enjoy hearty, healthful, home-cooked meals and rest in comfortable accommodations.

 

The women’s program of the Goodenough Community is a long-established and ever-growing way for women to enjoy each other’s company, learn about themselves as women, and even perhaps to experience the Divine Feminine. 

THE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP TEAM 

Colette Hoff (Key Faculty), Hollis Guill Ryan, Joan Valles, Elizabeth Jarrett,  Marjenta Gray, and Rose Buchmeier

Women's Cultural Program

in the Goodenough Community

The women’s cultural program encourages and supports self-development; helps us, as women of all ages, reach a greater connection with our inner source of feminine strength; celebrates who we are as women; and improves our relationships with our partners, family members, friends, and self. Come join us for one or all of our activities!

 

The women’s cultural program encourages and supports self-development; helps us, as women of all ages, reach a greater connection with our inner source of feminine strength; celebrates who we are as women; and improves our relationships with our partners, family members, friends, and self. Come join us for one or all of our activities!

Women’s Program 2019

 

The women’s program of the Goodenough Community is a long-established and ever-growing way for women to enjoy each other’s company, learn about themselves as women, and even perhaps to experience the Divine Feminine.

Our curriculum is designed to open up a way for us to look inside ourselves and to share whatever we want our companions to know. We develop the curriculum in response to the lives of the women who participate in the program, and draw on the wisdom of the ages as well as modern psychological and spiritual understandings.

Our gatherings throughout the year include a time of introspection, a time of gathering and joining with others, and plenty of time to listen to others and to share our hearts. We often sing, chant, and dance. We find that opening ourselves to other women is indescribably satisfying and uplifting. Each woman is free to participate to the extent that is right for her.

About Our Leadership

 

Our curriculum draws on a body of teaching developed by John and Colette Hoff over a period of more than 40 years on such topics as the Living Arts, right relationship, human development, mental health, and the Perennial Wisdom.

We are fortunate to have Colette Hoff, M.Ed., as key faculty for the women’s program. Founder of the program in 1983, Colette is in the Crone phase of life. She has a special vocation in working with women’s issues as she supports and encourages women through their life-stage transitions and on their spiritual journeys.

Hollis Guill Ryan is the focal person for the women’s culture leadership team, with team members Elizabeth Jarrett-Jefferson, Joan Valles, Marjorie Gray and Rosemary Buchmeier.

For more information about the Womens Program

call (206-399-3219) or email Hollis Guill Ryan at hollisr@comcast.net

 2017 Review

...and this was the grand time we had in '17

What are we doing?

Oh that's what we're doing!

Women's Program Theme 2017: Further Along the Path to Freedom

a meaningful and rich time was had by all

The women’s program of the Goodenough Community is a long-established and ever-growing way for women to enjoy each other’s company, learn about themselves as women, and even perhaps to experience the Divine Feminine.

As a centering point, each gathering builds upon a theme which, this year, is “Further Along the Path to Freedom.” The theme opens up a way for us to look inside ourselves and to share whatever we want our companions to know.

Our gatherings throughout the year include a time of introspection, a time of gathering and joining with others, and plenty of time to listen to others and to share your heart. We often sing, chant, and dance. We find that opening ourselves to other women is indescribably satisfying and uplifting. Each woman is free to participate to the extent that is right for her.

 

You are invited to join us at our women’s weekend in May at Sahale, the community’s retreat center near Belfair, Washington. We begin on Friday evening, May 13 and conclude on Sunday afternoon. Accommodations are comfortable, the food is delicious, and the company of women is refreshing, relaxing, and energizing.

Testimonials

Women’s Weekend 

wisdom, mystery, laughter… 

 

Kirsten Rohde 

I feel so fortunate to have been part of such a good weekend for women. Led by Hollis Ryan, Colette Hoff and their team: Elizabeth Jarrett-Jefferson, Rose Buchmeier, Evelyn Cilley, Joan Valles, and Margenta Gray, we had a truly enjoyable time together at Sahale. When I try to describe this weekend, I find that superlatives don’t really work. So here is a sentence from Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard, from The Women’s Wheel of Life that captures it: “Mystery is defined as that which is beyond understanding, that which baffles or perplexes, that which is profound and known only by revelation.” [more]

Unpacking the Anti-Treasure 

 

Drai Bearwomyn


I had no idea what I was ‘getting myself into’ when I signed up for the Goodenough Community’s Women’s Weekend. I had  kernels of trust and a great deal of hope based on my experiences with the Hoff’s and several of the GEC people in past years. However, I had not experienced “their way” before, and was both curious and nervous.

It proved critically invaluable to the future of my vitality and development. No small thing that.

 

I have been on a long journey with many, many stones, shards of glass and boulders along my path. [more]

Articles

Our library offers articles on topics of interest
to the Goodenough community.

Why We Have a Women's Culture Hollis Guill Ryan

The Crone Archetype

Valuing a Culture of Women Colette Hoff

How to Form a Women's Culture Colette Hoff

 

Contact Us

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The Goodenough Community

P.O. Box 312 – Tahuya, WA 98588

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