Announcement: Exponent II Retreat, September 16-18, 2011

This retreat’s keynote speaker will be Jana Riess, a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University, who holds degrees from Wellesley College and Princeton and is a convert to the Church. The Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly since 1999, Jana is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, including What Would Buffy Do?, Mormonism for Dummies, and Flunking Sainthood, forthcoming in November. She blogs about Mormonism, spirituality, and popular culture for from her home in Cincinnati. Check out her blog at

This year’s annual Exponent retreat will once again take place on the shores of beautiful Otter Lake in the New Hampshire woods on September 16–18, 2011. Each retreat is designed to provide a warm environment for open, honest sharing of life experiences, issues, beliefs, and ideas through workshop presentations and, of course, through informal interactions of participants.

We welcome women to the retreat who are familiar with our publication and are committed to holding an all-women’s retreat. Please leave your husbands, pets, and children at home—with the exception of non-creeping or -crawling nursing infants.  If you choose to bring an infant, please be sure that your baby isn’t disturbing the other retreating women’s experience. To get the most out of the retreat, please plan to stay the entire weekend—from our introductions on Friday night to the closing meeting Sunday afternoon.

We are now accepting reservations for the retreat. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ASAP.

The deadline for registering is AUGUST 26, 2011

or when we reach our maximum registration number of 60, whichever comes first, so register early!  You can register and pay online by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page or send your registration directly to Cheryl DiVito at 618 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631. If you have any general questions regarding the retreat, please contact Nancy Dredge at [email protected]. If you are interested in participating in the Saturday night talent show, e-mail Cheryl DiVito at [email protected]. Updates on the retreat will be posted on the Exponent II website at

We look forward to having you join us for a weekend of enjoying nature, making new friends, becoming reacquainted with old friends, and engaging in stimulating dialogue.

Click here for more information and here to register online.

EmilyCC lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her spouse and three children. She currently serves as a stake Just Serve specialists, and she recently returned to school to become a nurse. She is a former editor of Exponent II and a founding blogger at The Exponent.


  1. Hey Emily…
    I signed up, but the website didn’t have the usual information sheet to fill out (address, email, etc.) Do you know if that will be put up sometime?

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