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“Incarnational time” spending time with friends, in the flesh, sharing our gifts and who we are – our highs, lows, and in-betweens – with each another.
Meet the women behind the encounter.
“I wanted the image of The Well to be one of welcome and to showcase the natural beauty of the sunrise.” – Christine Hilbert, artist
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What is this all about?
In Samaritan villages, the well was an important gathering place. Often centrally located, the water well provided basic sustenance for life. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives. The well was also where the Samaritan woman first encountered Jesus and was spiritually healed. She then went and shared the Good News with those she encountered.
It is in this spirit that The Well was born.
The Well is July 16, 2016 at the Forte Banquet and Conference Center in Downtown Des Moines, just one block south of Wells Fargo Arena. It will be an experience like none other; think 1/3 women’s conference, 1/3 retreat, and 1/3 ladies’ night out. The target audience is Catholic women who reside in and around the Des Moines area. But bottom line: all women are welcome! Registration opens March 1 and is limited to the first 250 who register.
Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well, we pray The Well opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for the women who attend.
The Well will provide women an opportunity to experience a culture of encounter, one that fosters spiritual friendships and builds up the local Christian community.
This unique gathering will encourage holy leisure, rest and celebrating femininity and beauty – all in a festive environment.
Throw in some fancy food and fine libations, and this gathering is one you don’t want to miss!
The Feminine Genius
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Tickets for The Well 2016 are now on sale!
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The planning team and I are grateful — the excitement for The Well is building. Given the waiting list grows by the day, we are happy to report that 100 more tickets will go on sale Monday, May 2 at 9:00AM (central) at this link here. Ticket price is $70. First come, first serve. Once this[…]
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Important Update: The $50 registration fee is an early-bird special through March 31, 2016! After April 1, tickets are $60/person. Tickets go on sale March 1 at midnight (central). The countdown is on! A question I’ve been asked a lot is, “How much do tickets cost?” I have the answer. For weeks, I’ve known the answer,[…]
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