First-Ever Retreat for Women Over 50 - Women At Woodstock Blends Feminism With a Dash of Hippie

A 3-day cloistered retreat for women 50 and over at the Emerson Resort in Woodstock will inspire these children of the 60’s and 70’s to flex their power and make the world a better place – a bellwether for how boomer women are tackling aging.
June 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Today’s woman over 50 isn’t so much interested in erasing her wrinkles or covering the gray as she is in savoring life’s pleasures and having an impact on the world.  Women At Woodstock, a first-ever retreat for women over 50, occupying an entire resort in October this year, is a case in point.  Rather than a lecture / workbook conference, it will be an intimate gathering of like-minded women over 50 to celebrate, empower, inspire, and act as a springboard for new life directions and new actions.  Featuring iconic speakers of the boomer generation such as Suzanne Braun Levine, the original editor of Ms. Magazine, the event promises an eclectic blend of practical advice, networking, knowledge sharing, and proclamations of sisterhood and power reminiscent of the love-ins and rap sessions of the 60’s and 70’s. Approximately 100 women will converge at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Woodstock, New York – a location purposely selected for its iconic stature in the history of the boomer generation – and cloister themselves for three days and three nights of inspiration and transformation.

The event started as what founder Ann Voorhees Baker describes as a “self-propelling good idea,” which grew out of a croning party she threw for herself when she turned 50 almost a decade ago.  Her desire to repeat the event on a larger, national scale kept springing up in conversations with other boomers, which led to amped-up brainstorming sessions, follow-up calls, emails, recommendations, and introductions.  Within two weeks of booking the Emerson, Baker secured commitments from an impressive lineup of speakers and workshop leaders: In addition to Levine, they include Amy Ferris, screenwriter and author of Marrying George Clooney;  Alice Barden, an actress and playwright who  will perform Alice and Elizabeth’s One Woman Show on the opening night; Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of The Best of Everything After 50; Jody Feagan, founder of the San Miguel Literary Festival; a supermodel who started her career at age 49, an Episcopal priest, business leaders, love & relationship counselors, social media experts, and more.

The Women At Woodstock retreat just may be the harbinger of things to come for women of the baby boom era, who regularly demonstrate a strong communal desire to communicate and support one another in their quest for self-determination and empowerment.  Witness a recent discussion posted on the LinkedIn group “Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi.” Rebecca posted, “Laid off after over 20 years in marketing.  Looking to reinvent myself at 52. How and what are others doing?”  Comments exploded; over 400 in the first week and over 550 within a month; the count is now over 600 and the conversation is still going.

So maybe 50 isn’t the new 40, or even the new 30, but rather the new 18; when feminists and flower children from earlier days are turning a major corner in their lives, feeling new freedoms and seeking to make a big difference once again.  As Baker wrote in her blog on the Women At Woodstock website, “This is an exciting time of decision making, not to be ignored or wasted; much like when we as young women left home and headed off to college.  It’s time to declare a new major.

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