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As of Sunday, December 19, 2021, all who enter our building and are age-eligible to be COVID-19 vaccinated will be required to be fully vaccinated. Masks will continue to be required inside our building.

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Postponed – 10th Annual Women of Unity Retreat


Due to COVID-19 uncertainties and the resulting unavailability of the planned venue, the September Women of Unity Retreat has been postponed and will be rescheduled and re-imagined. 

The Mind and the Interactive Universe

Enjoy exploring your mind as part of the interactive universe with Phyllis Fleischauer, developer of The Mindscape Solution and 30-year teacher,coach and writer. Following a Friday night introductory session, the Saturday morning and afternoon workshops on The Mind and the Interactive Universe will help us explore our mind’s inner, outer and universal awareness and connections to select paths that best serve our life’s purpose.

I Am Fabulous!

Join Maria Papazian Saturday afternoon for a scent-free introduction to essential oils. Discover the possibilities when using therapeutic quality EOs for emotional wellness. Everyone will leave with an eBook with EO recipes for well being.   


A Sunday morning presentation with Lynne Jensen will help us access our heart’s intuition and become the best version of ourselves. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Trust your heart.” What’s exciting is now there’s actual science that reveals the wisdom of that phrase and the process for navigating your life with your own internal heart compass.    

Will there be free time? Yes!

Lots of time to visit or pursue activities like nature walks and crafts, along with optional games and a campfire connection both Friday and Saturday evenings.


Friday, Sept. 18

  • Retreat Check-In and Social Hour 3:30 to 5:30 pm for both commuters and on-site lodgers
  • Dinner 5:30 pm
  • Opening Remarks Rev. Toni Fish, Unity Minneapolis
  • Program Introduction to “The Mind and the Interactive Universe” 7:00 pm
  • Optional Activities or Visiting 8:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 19

  • Continental Breakfast (on-site lodgers only) 7:00 – 8:30 am
  • Commuter Check-in (only those not present on Friday) 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Workshop “The Mind and the Interactive Universe” 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Lunch 12 noon
  • Workshop “The Mind and the Interactive Universe” 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Optional Workshop “I Am Fabulous” essential oils 4:00 pm (scent free)
  • Dinner 5:30 PM
  • Games, Campfire, Visiting 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday, Sept. 20

  • Continental Breakfast (on-site lodgers only) 7:00 – 8:30 am
  • “HeartMath®” 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Closing 10:00 am
  • Check-Out for on-site lodgers – by 11:30 am

The Benedictine Center

Enjoy the restful setting at the Benedictine Center in Maplewood with wooded grounds, comfortable meeting rooms and dining room and hospitable staff. See photos at BenedictineCenter.org . Sleeping rooms with two twin beds will accommodate 20 women (first-come, first-served) and a commuter option of nearby motels or sleep at home is available for another 20 attendees. Meals will be served in the dining room for all retreat participants.


This joyful retreat experience is offered at $199 per person for on-site double room, 5 meals and all workshops and activities OR $139 plus any motel cost for commuters for Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner and all workshops and activities. After July 1, rates increase to $219 for on-site lodgers and $159 for commuters. A limited number of $75 partial scholarships are available for commuters. To apply, email Carolyn Oakes at carolynoakesmtl@gmail.com by June 1.

Optional Scholarship Donation: To contribute a love offering to go towards Retreat scholarships, use the website Donate button for Unity Minneapolis and be sure to indicate “WOU Retreat Scholarship” in the instructions box.

Venue Details

On-Site Sleeping Rooms: The Benedictine Center offers double rooms with two twin beds, desk and easy chairs. Bathrooms adjoining/between sleeping rooms serve two rooms (4 women) each. Linens and towels provided. Quiet hours 10 pm to 7 am.

On-Site Lodging Roommates: No single rooms are available. If you are staying on site and have a roommate preference, you will need to register that preference by July 1 by emailing Carolyn Oakes at carolynoakesmtl@gmail.com. Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate.

Dietary Restrictions: All participants please notify Carolyn Oakes at carolynoakesmtl@gmail.com of any dietary restrictions at time of registration or by Aug. 28. The Benedictine Center will do its best to accommodate you. These include vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, Paleo/AIP or other.

COVID-19 Considerations   

Women of Unity will follow Minnesota COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing and health as they unfold. If necessary, we will plan other participation options that work, even if a physical meeting is unavailable to us in September.  Keep up-to-date with us at the Women of Unity meetings, on Women of Unity Facebook page, or email women.of.unity.minneapolis@gmail.com for more information.

General Registration Instructions

All fees must be fully paid in advance at the time of registration. Registrations will be accepted until capacity is reached and may close at any time.

Fee includes a $75 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations prior to Aug. 28 will receive a full refund less the $75 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations after Aug. 28 will receive no refund unless the participant finds a substitute paying attendee, in which case the cancelling person will be charged only the $75 non-refundable deposit.

Note that fee deadlines refer to the date that payment is processed online or received by Unity Minneapolis.

Click Here to register and pay online.

Those unable to register and pay online may print out and complete the registration form in writing. Mail the form with all of your information along with a check for your fee and any scholarship donation payable to Unity Minneapolis, referencing WOU Retreat in the memo line.

Mail to:

Unity Minneapolis
Attn: WOU Retreat
4000 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Questions? Contact: Carolyn Oakes at carolynoakesmtl@gmail.com .

Sunday Services Information

Celebration Services

9:30 AM CT – In Person and Livestream
11:30 AM CT – In Person
Weekly Lesson & Meditation

Youth & Family Ministry

9 AM CT – Y.E.S. (3 yrs. to 5th grade) on Zoom
9:30 & 11:30 AM CT – Nursery & Y.E.S. In Person
11:30 AM CT – Uniteens & Y.O.U. In-Person & Zoom

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