Twinkle’s Place is a gathering place and interfaith spiritual center founded in Unitarian Universalist and liberal religious values and principles informed by earth-based, esoteric, divine feminine, mystic and metaphysical philosophies. Some activities include day-retreats, meditations, rituals and religious services, listening sessions, peace activism opportunities, concerts, as well as artistic, spiritual and secular classes and workshops.
Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries (UUSCM) and the Co-convener of UU Women and Religion (UUWR). She offers a haven in her homes in Maine to friends seeking spiritual solace, to share sacred space, explore journeys, relax, rejuvenate, and inspire hearts and minds and spirits.
Twinkle’s Place is century old beautiful once-upon-a-time farm-home that sits in the center of a welcoming residential neighborhood across from the Sebasticook River and in the heart of Pittsfield’s Manson Park district.
A glimpse at Twinkle’s Spiritual Philosophies
Unitarian Universalist Values, Principles and Sources
Twinkle walks in between the secular, artistic and spiritual worlds.
In addition to serving as a freelance preacher in various church pulpits and a workshop & retreat leader, she is a development consultant, book publisher, and television and event producer.
“We share sacred space, explore our journeys, relax, rejuvenate, and inspire our hearts and minds and spirits.”
Twinkle’s friends and colleagues gather regularly to be in community together.
Friends are welcome Twinkle in her home or at any of the churches and retreat venues she serves.
"Twinkle" Marie Manning: "My home is a space where friends desiring to share in the education and expansion of positive religious principles ...... namely: Creating an inner harmony that will lead to ethical action and Building the Beloved Community. ((Core shared value in the Belief that individuals have the responsibility to search for and form their own beliefs; Drawing from many sources and religions in an ongoing search to cultivate meaning, purpose, value and spiritual depth in one's life))
…Do I have to be Unitarian Universalist to facilitate or attend a retreat or workshop at Twinkle’s Place or at any of the actual retreat centers she hosts events?
No :) We encourage all those with shared values - individuals and groups - to make use of our space to explore and share their knowledge and their work. My friends come from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Hosting here in my home or together in community, colleagues from UU, UCC, Unity, Episcopalian, Quaker, Congregational, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Baptist, Buddhist, Metaphysical, Mystic, Shamanic and Pagan traditions.
…What type of workshops and retreats take place here?
We have several in-house offerings - Yoga classes for adults - RE, Yoga and Religious & Myth Exploration for children. - monthly New Moon Gathering & Women's Book Group - House Concerts and ArtPlay - seasonal workshops by "Twinkle" to include: the art of sacred writing, 3-dimensional vision-boarding, claim your Goddess archetype, and Gifts from the Sea (often located off-site at a Beach - see our events listing to see where there is one offered near you. More details also below).
…What do outside facilitators bring and does Twinkle teach and lead worship elsewhere?
We are open to many types of offerings and have workshop leaders being scheduled this year. Visit our Upcoming Events Page for our calendar and full list of offerings.
…What other spiritual services does Twinkle provide outside of “Twinkle’s Place”?
Twinkle facilitates and collaborates with retreat centers, congregations, and spiritual leaders around the world. She offers workshops, leads rituals and gives sermons when called upon for pulpit supply. She can officiate wedding ceremonies or memorial services, also blessingways and rites-of-passages. For more information about Twinkle's personal ministry and work, visit here.