committee of women from many different church congregations in Kodiak are
hosting their 11th annual women’s retreat on Woody Island
this weekend. Mary Donaldson had the chance to catch up with Questa Harper, an
event organizer, at Camp
Woody where she was busy
getting ready for the retreat.
Retreat Committee begins meeting once a month every May to prepare for their
yearly women’s getaway. Questa Harper says that the retreat averages around 50
women each year, with one of their best years having about 75 participants. She
says when the camp began 11 years ago, organizers had no idea the retreat would
be so popular.
(Questa 1 :16s “…continued on.”)
She says the
retreat offers a chance for women to leave the scene of the city, to regroup
mentally and spiritually and to get away from the daily stresses of life.
(Questa 2 :33s “…as well as others.”)
Harper says there are plenty of
activities and resources for all women to utilize while out there.
(Questa 5 :40s “…good time.”)
that women participating can take away a restored sense of self from the main
goals of the retreat, as well as gaining more comradery with other women of
different faiths in the community.
(Questa 3 :27s “…burdens that they carry”)
they will be meeting at the transient dock behind the Channelside Chowder House
at 6 p.m. Friday to head out to Woody
Island and will return
Sunday afternoon. The retreat has a fee of 75-dollars which covers all costs
for the weekend. She says all women need to bring are themselves and their
Harper says it’s still not too
late to sign up for the women’s retreat, and those interested can do so by
contacting Karen Young, a member of the Women’s Retreat Committee, at 486-1914,
or herself at Camp Woody. Any women, from any faith, aged from about 18 and up
are invited to attend.