Embody Your Healing
The trauma, the grief, the exhaustion. The patriarchy, the white supremacy, the heteronormativity. It’s all in our bodies. In our cellular memory. We can’t just talk or think our way out of them. Good theology isn’t enough to save us. Our minds alone can’t do the work. But the healing, the medicine, the renewal, the revolution: that’s in our bodies too. “Embody Your Healing” is an invitation to retreat—not to escape the body and its deep knowledge—but to restore the body, to return to its core goodness and let it guide us into wholeness.
Sister Grove Farm, Van Alstyne, TX
Sister Grove Farm is a rolling piece of Blackland Prairie nestled along a bend in Sister Grove Creek, Grayson County, Texas. For centuries, families in the Wichita or Kitikiti’sh tribes called this area home. The mission of the farm is two-fold: to restore their piece of the earth through regenerative farming practices and to connect people to the sacredness of place in their own story. Rodney and Sarah Macias have owned this property since 2016.
Sarah earned a Master of Divinity in 2015 from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology in 2017 from Drew Theological School. In November 2018, Sarah was ordained to the gospel ministry by congregational partner Royal Lane Baptist Church.
Rodney studied Agriculture Production at Southwest Texas State University and later became a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Licensed Permaculturist. At Sister Grove, he enjoys practicing all that he has learned and loves. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Baptists.
Sister Grove Farm is a generous, beautiful, and hospitable space, perfect for retreats. The guest quarters are equipped to provide comfort as you relax into the nature around you. There is a commercial kitchen on site, as well as a communal living space. Each participant will be paired with a roommate (roommate requests will be accommodated as availability allows) and single rooms are available upon request with an additional cost.
Meet the Facilitator
Rev. Kyndall Rae Rothaus is a preacher, poet, feminist theologian, and spiritual director. She is the author of Thy Queendom Come: Breaking Free from Patriarchy to Save Your Soul (2021) and Preacher Breath (2015). She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Nevertheless She Preached and the founder of Kindle Your Soul Fire and The Soul of Preaching Project. Kyndall is an award-winning preacher and spoken word artist. She spent eight years as a Senior Pastor in Baptist churches in Texas, where, among other things, she left a legacy of fighting for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church. Kyndall is a queer woman and the single mom of two adopted children who are the biggest joys of her life.
January 11-13, 2023
Morning/Afternoon – Airport Runs
Afternoon – Arrive & Settle into rooms
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:00 pm – Intro Theme
7:30 pm – Bonfire snacks and drinks
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Session 1: The Rending
11:15 am – Break
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Session 2: The Binding
2:30 pm – Break
4:00 pm – Session 3: The Nesting
5:30 pm – Dinner
Evening – Games and Snacks
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Closing Session: The Planting
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Worship
11:00 am – Airport Run #1 or Farm Tour (optional)
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Airport Run #2 and final departure
Optional Schedule Add-On
Sister Grove Farm has graciously offered the farm to retreating clergy through the weekend of Jan 14-16. If you would like to add time onto your retreat to reflect on the guided material, hold a silent retreat for yourself, or use the time for long-range planning, email Stephanie Cooper to make arrangements to stay longer at the farm.
Retreat registration includes room and board for the duration of the retreat.
Retreat Registration cost: $195
Registration requesting a single room: $295
Student cost: $75
Student requesting a single room: $175
Who can attend this retreat?
Anyone who serves in a ministerial position is welcome to join this retreat. Students are welcome. Retired clergy are welcome. Those who serve in Alliance settings as well as those who serve elsewhere, but find a theological home with the Alliance are welcome. If this retreat sounds like something that will serve you and your ministry well, come!
What is CAIRN? Do I have to be a part of CAIRN to join in the retreat?
CAIRN stands for “Clergy Affiliate Information and Resource Network”. It is the organizing group that supports Alliance and Alliance-orbiting clergy. It is a loose network designed to offer clergy support and resources. Currently, there is no official membership to CAIRN. If you are a clergy member and looking to connect with other clergy and resources, CAIRN is for you.
But why Texas?
We know, Texas is far for some (ok, a lot) of you and some of you have moral objections to spending money in Texas. But we felt the great advantages of hosting the retreat at Sister Grove Farm could not be passed up (see location details above). Retreat planners are working hard to only support the local economy, prioritizing purchasing materials for the retreat from BIPOC and/or queer-owned businesses. We are looking forward to supporting a different economy while in Texas.
I want to room with a friend of mine. How do I arrange that?
If you’d like to room with a friend, we will do all we can to try to accommodate you. We can accommodate up to 4 in one room (with bed-sharing). If you would like to request your roommate(s), please have all parties register for the retreat, and then email Stephanie Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your room request.
I have dietary restrictions. Will I be accommodated?
We will do our best to accommodate all dietary requests and will inform you before the retreat begins if we are unable to meet your particular dietary request.
Questions? Email Stephanie Cooper at email@example.com.