GENERAL Sessions

The Heart of Celebration ~ Colleen Mitchell
Colleen explores what authentic "celebration" looks like in our lives as Christian women who live at once embracing the reality of the cross and the resurrection. From her personal story and the inspiration of the Psalmist of the Holy Scriptures, she guides us to define celebration in a way that we can live with—in the most literal sense—no matter what our lives look like in the moment.

Joy & Strength ~ Kim Hyland
If the joy of the Lord truly is our strength, we had better figure out what that looks like on all our days—the good, the bad, and especially the ugly. Fortunately, God's joy is much deeper than we imagine. It isn't a product of our circumstances but of our abiding union with Him through His Spirit and the Body of Christ. This is worth exploring, understanding, treasuring, and celebrating!

The Manifesto Life ~ Jennifer Hand
Jesus promises us a John 10:10 “abundant life,” yet He also promises we will have troubles in this world. So how do we live a manifesto life through life’s different seasons? In this session, we will celebrate how to come alive, stay alive, and live alive in all the seasons of our lives.


Breakout SESSIONS 1

The Promise of a Spacious Place ~ Chelle Wilson
The Body of Christ has an obligation to be big enough to embrace all its parts—the broken, the weary, the weird. Scripture constantly reminds us that He Alone is God, and it is He, who makes no mistakes, who made us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3). We are all His people, and there is room for all of us in the Body. Drawing from the book of Nehemiah, Chelle shows us how God has created a spacious and healing place for us all.

A Celebration of Self ~ Colleen Mitchell
Colleen explores the notion of self-care as a celebration of who we truly are as women and how we can use our creative inspiration to bring harmony to ourselves and the world around us in a way that both nourishes and expresses the unique facts of the image of God we were created to reflect.

Come Alive As You Come Alongside ~ Jennifer Hand
How do you walk someone through trauma and brokenness without your own soul getting broken in the process With a degree in trauma counseling, Jenn has walked with many in acute trauma caused by earthquakes, tornadoes, and medical disasters. Through real-life stories, she explains how you can encourage others (or even your own heart) as you walk through a journey of finding life in the midst of what can feel like death.


Breakout sessions 2

Living Your Dream ~ Lisha Epperson
In the middle of a conversation with a friend recently, I heard myself say. “I’m living my dream.” I hadn’t said it since my husband and I brought our first son home together through adoption. That was in 2001. Now years later, the words spilled from my lips and surprised me with their truth. I’d forgotten. How could that happen? I am living my dream, and it looks nothing and yet everything like I thought it would. Crazy hard, messy, ridiculous life is happening right next to my realized dream, and it’s kind of perfect.

In our session, I'll share with listeners my process of re-membering. I’ll talk about noticing and details and fear. And hope and miracles and courage. I’ll talk about thresholds and grace. I’ll talk about surrender. I’ll talk about what a dream looks like in real life. This is the kind of story only a certain level of experience can confirm, so I’ll definitely have a word for the midlife and older woman. But there’s also a word here for a younger woman in the thick of figuring out what her dream is and how she’ll name or frame it.

Celebrate the Dream ~ Natalie Joy
Do you have a God-sized dream–something you feel God is calling you to do but seems bigger than you? Maybe you are struggling to let go and truly trust that His plans are better than your own. Celebrate with Natalie Joy as she shares her testimony of what God can and will do in your life when you put your God-sized dream into His hands. As an experienced business coach, Natalie offers both encouragement and practical support for your dream journey. 

Exchanging Comparison for Celebration ~ Emily Dean
Comparison is no new phenomenon to any one of us. Emily discusses the unspoken lies in every comparison trap and the importance of community. The practical application of celebration over comparison is a game changer. Join us as we dive into real life situations where we can challenge our own thinking, even as we inspire others to engage in life changing celebration.


WORKSHOPS 1

Next-Level Writer: Take Your Writing from Private to Public Venues ~ Ann Kroeker
(NOTE: prior registration and an additional fee are required for this workshop; please see below.)

We live in a time when anyone with Internet access can reach people all around the world. Have you felt your pulse quicken with the thought of doing just that? Of sending your writing out into the world? You may be hesitant, unsure where to begin. You want to know what steps will take your writing to the next level and raise your confidence.

We'll discuss the power of writing habits you may already be practicing--or can easily begin. You'll learn how to explore new opportunities that best fit your personality. You'll see how creative storytelling is possible using online tools you may already use. By the end of our session, you'll identify actions you can take to connect with readers waiting to hear the message you feel led to share.

And the experience doesn't end at Winsome. Those who join this session will be invited to join a four-week Facebook group just for Winsome Next-Level Writers--an opportunity for mutual encouragement as you move forward with your writing goals (co-hosted by Ann Kroeker and Kim Hyland).

FEE: $50 (limited availability)
Includes:

  • Training with Writing Coach Ann Kroeker on-site at Winsome
  • Membership in the Winsome Next-Level Writers Facebook group
  • Subscription to 52 Creative Writing Prompts, a year of weekly writing prompts and exercises delivered straight to your email inbox to help you ignite creativity and develop a weekly writing habit.
  • $50 discount on Next-Level Writer Courses (video courses in development)

Deadline to sign-up is March 31. Go HERE to register!
 

Holy Yoga ~ Doran Richards
Holy Yoga is the intentional practice of connecting our entire being, body, mind and spirit with God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With complete reliance on God's Word and prayer, Holy Yoga invites us to surrender and introduces us to Grace. When we breathe and move and have our being in Christ, we find ourselves in the flow of His magnificence. There is often a misunderstanding that yoga is a religion; it is not. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation. Yoga has the capacity to enhance our personal beliefs and faith.

We practice with our minds set on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Phil 4:8), not with our minds emptied. We meditate on the wisdom of God's Word (Psalm 119:9-16, 26-27), not on man's wisdom. We seek the transcendence and glory of God, not our own.

Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people's connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.  (Taken from Holy Yoga website.)


WORKSHOPS 2

Word Writers Workshop ~ Denise Hughes
 Every season of life presents its own unique challenges. And it’s easy to think we’ll have more time to be in God’s Word when our work schedule slows down or the kids get a little older or life gets just a little less crazy. We’ve all been there! This session is devoted to giving women grace for when our quiet time doesn’t go exactly as planned, and it offers some real-life practical solutions for how to be in the Word—in every stage of life. Because our ultimate goal is to know God and love Him deeply through the study of His Word. The Word Writers Workshop will help you:
 
>> Overcome the six challenges to reading the Bible.
>> Identify the two lenses that demystify those really difficult passages.
>> Create some simple steps for daily study that’s both doable and enjoyable.
 

Sacred Movement Workshop ~ Lisha Epperson
Dance is the hidden language of the soul. ~Martha Graham
Beginning with a basic technical foundation, I’ll honor and encourage the inner work of the believer as they move toward a deeper sense of personal relationship with God through word, ritual, song, and dance. Acknowledging the healing and redemptive value of every gesture, students learn to offer their bodies in full praise.  Sacred is the way we move.

This session consists of a half hour ballet/modern/yoga based warm-up with a half hour of choreography. Wear comfortable clothing (yoga or sweat pants, loose skirts, and tops). Bare feet are encouraged but not required.