Grunewald Guild Women's Weekend Book Retreat

01/15/2016 - 3:00pm to 01/17/2016 - 12:00pm

Story of a Soul:  A Women’s Weekend Book Retreat – January 15-17th, 2016


January offers a welcome stillness and a slower pace of life. It’s a perfect time of year for a nurturing Women’s Weekend Book Retreat to be enjoyed with friends old and new.

Grunnewald Guild’s Women’s Weekend Book Retreat welcomes award-winning author Karen Spears Zacharias. Burdy, Zacharias’ latest novel, is the story of a strong-minded tri-racial Appalachian woman seeking to bring healing to her community, to a man broken by PTSD, and ultimately, to herself. Zacharias will lead discussions of Burdy and of the writings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in The Story of a Soul.

Winner of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Fiction, Zacharias is the author of Mother of Rain, Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide, After the Flag has been Folded, and other works. Wincingly funny and achingly honest, Karen writes to challenge, comfort, inspire, and have a good time.

Guild faculty Sally Freed will co-facilitate, and lead a journal-making activity. Sally Freed received her Masters in Pastoral Studies at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. She has a passion for leading small group retreats, particularly those exploring art and faith.

Throughout the weekend, Karen and Sally will encourage opportunities for listening, learning, sharing, and reflection, and above all, opportunities to, in St. Thérèse’s words, “be edified by each other’s smallest virtues.”  Participants will come away enriched, encouraged, and empowered to go forth and live their own good story.


Guests are asked to have read Burdy and the Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux prior to the retreat, and to bring both books to the retreat.

Register early—space is limited to sixteen guests!  

Cost: package options vary; please visit  or phone 763-3693 for details.


Grunewald Guild
19003 River Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826
The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (Tan Classics) Cover Image
By Therese of Lisieux, Agnes Of Jesus (Editor), Michael Day (Translator)
ISBN: 9780895551559
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tan Books - April 1st, 2010

Burdy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881465396
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2015