Upcoming Retreats & Gatherings

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PLEASE NOTE: Twinkle’s Place is a Private Home where Friends gather.

Friends, check back often for Calendar Updates – we will list activities here in Maine, as well as throughout USA, Canada and Internationally!

Recurring Gatherings:

  • Coffeehouses with music, poetry, reflections, and more.
  • Minerva Gatherings (Local and International Zoom Sessions)

Third Wednesday of each month…

On the date of Each Full Moon “Twinkle” hosts a gathering in her home for friends who wish to celebrate with her…

At the behest of Orion, we will begin RE for Kids in Maine on the First Wednesday of Each month beginning on February 1st.  As interest and attendance grows, we can offer weekly classes and also theme-based workshops and retreat days.

The VUU is a live talkshow produced by the Church for the Larger Fellowship specifically geared for Unitarian Universalists. A new episode is broadcast each Thursday at 11:00 am Eastern on YouTube.  The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley and Joanna Crawford, with Tom Schade, Hank Peirce, Aisha Hauser and Patrice Curtis.  Most Thursdays, “Twinkle” opens her home to those interested in coming to Twinkle’s Place, having some tea or coffee and “tuning in” to The VUU with her!  Then we chat about the show afterwards!

Typically once per month, “Twinkle” hosts a class to broaden the understanding Unitarian Universalism.  Often times it is through uses of online media as she and those present review a sermon, audio, video, publication or curriculum by UU ministers and lay leaders who are well versed in the topics of discussion.  These take place on the 15th day of each month, unless otherwise noted in the calendar. 

Twinkle is one of the founding supporters of The Pamphlet, a podcast uncovering Unitarian Universalism’s hidden histories. The Pamphlet publishes a new podcast every two weeks and is hosted by: Susan Ritchie (Historian of Unitarian Universalism) and Sean Neil-Barron (Self-Proclaimed Amateur History Geek). Twinkle’s Place will share links to these podcasts.  You may also follow The Pamphlet directly on their website:  http://www.pamphletpodcast.org/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamphletpodcast/.

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2018 Events Calendar will continue to be updated throughout the year!!

2018 Calendar of Events:

Wednesday, January 17th – 6:00-9:00PM ART & AFFIRMATIONS: Tarot-Art and Word-of-the-Year Workshop

Saturday, January 20th – Hospitality 2.0 for travelers to the Women’s March

Saturday, January 27th – Twinkle to present at the Valley Arts Alliance Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 28th – Twinkle preaches at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor (UUSB)   PICTURES FROM THE SERVICE CLICK HERE

Wednesday, January 31st – Book Group

Winter Women – UU Women’s Heart – New England UU Women & Religion retreat at Ferry Beach, Maine (dates TBA February)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 – Military Care Package creation – Ladies Night

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 – VDAY + One Billion Rising

Friday, February 16th, 2018 – Winter Break Kick-off Party! 

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 – International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – Gift from the Sea Retreat – Santa Barbara, California

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 – Gift from the Sea Retreat + Blessingway Threshold Day of Rituals on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – Gift from the Sea Retreat – New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 – Twinkle preaches in Florida

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2017 Dates

Wednesday, January 18th – Book Discussion Group – Living the Good Life, How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World by Helen and Scott Nearing

Friday, January 20th – Inauguration Day Candlelight Vigil

Saturday, January 21st – an invitation to Hospitality for those Marching

Tuesday, January 24rd – Hygge Gathering – Morning coffee and scones – 8:30am  OH, The Weather Outside is Frightful, School is cancelled for the day – – if you are within Walking distance, and feel safe to journey out, come on over anytime today for warm beverages and tasty treats!

Saturday, January 28th – New Moon Gathering

Wednesday, February 1st – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM

Friday, February 3rd – Intro to UU Women’s Curricula

Sunday, February 12th – Twinkle leads “Love Enough” Service with Jason Curran (Sangerville UU) 9:30AM

Sunday, February 12th – Jim Scott “Concert & Conversations” at Twinkle’s Place 2:00pm-4:00pm – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Tuesday, February 14th – Twinkle hosts CENTRAL MAINE RISING: One Billion Rising/Standing on the Side of Love public event in Pittsfield, Maine – 2017 Theme: Solidarity to End the Exploitation of Women

Wednesday, February 15th – Book Discussion Group – True Love, A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, February 24th – Luminescence

Sunday, February 26th – New Moon Gathering – CANCELLED 

Wednesday, March 1st – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM

Wednesday, March 15th – Book Discussion Group – WOMAN Earth and Spirit, The Feminine in Symbol and Myth by Helen M. Luke

Tuesday, March 28th – New Moon Gathering

Wednesday, April 5th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM

Wednesday, April 12th – KIDS Afternoon Movie – Fantastic Beasts

Friday and Saturday, April 21st & 22nd – UUA NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY – WOBURN MA

Wednesday, April 26th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, April 28th – UU Talks Inaugural Event at the UUA in Boston, MA

Wednesday, May 3rd – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Spring KIDS Garden Club

Saturday, May 13th – Mother’s Day Blues Gathering and Ritual

Tuesday, May 16th – 3:00PM – Orion’s 10th Birthday Party!!!

Saturday, May 20th – invitation only party

Thursday, May 25th – New Moon Gathering

Sunday, May 28th – Twinkle leads services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft, ME – Theme: Anam Ċara & the Divine EchoAn exploration about what it means to belong to one another.

Sunday, June 4th – International Flower Communion Celebration

Wednesday, June 7th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Spring KIDS Garden Club

Tuesday, June 13th – Voting Day in Pittsfield (Vote on School Board Budget SAD 53)

Saturday, June 17th – Twinkle leads a Spiritual Retreat for the Women of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville-Dover-Foxcroft at a private home in Charleston, ME

Monday, June 19th – New Moon Gathering (early date due to GA) (bring summer clothes and sheets to donate to women’s and homeless shelters)

Wednesday June 21st- Sunday June 25th – UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW ORLEANS, LA 

Wednesday, July 5th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Summer KIDS Garden Club

Friday, July 7th – First Fridays – invitation only

Saturday, July 8th – Introductory Theology Covenant Group

Thursday, July 13th – Twinkle Presenting at PechaKucha Night Waterville Volume 25

Wednesday, July 19th – Book Group

Sunday, July 23rd – New Moon Gathering

Thursday, August 3rd – Tarot/Oracle Art & Wine 

Friday, August 4th – First Fridays – invitation only

Wednesday, August 9th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Summer KIDS Garden Club

Sunday, August 13th – Twinkle leads services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Wednesday, August 16th – Book Group

Monday, August 21st – New Moon Gathering

Tuesday, August 22nd – JT Curran’s Book Launch Party in Sangerville

Friday, September 1st  – First Fridays – invitation only

Wednesday, September 6th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Autumn Harvest KIDS Garden Club

Sunday, September 10th – Twinkle leads services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Sunday, September 10th – Marketplace in Manson Park 2:00PM-6:00PM Twinkle will be there featuring Matrika Press authors (including JT Curran) and Sebasticook Valley Regional Media and Television Station.

Monday, September 11th – Vigil in Manson Park 6:00AM-8:00AM

Wednesday, September 20th – Children’s RE – PEACE DAY THEME

Wednesday, September 20th – New Moon Gathering

Thursday, September 21st – International Day of Peace Celebration

Sunday, October 1st – Jim Scott in Concert at Twinkle’s Place

Wednesday, October 4th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM

Friday, October 6th – First Fridays – invitation only

Sunday, October 8th – Twinkle leads services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville & Dover-Foxcroft, ME with musician Jason Curran – Service theme: Be Like the Trees

Wednesday, October 18th – Book Group

Thursday, October 19th – New Moon Gathering (bring extra coats, blankets and winter clothes to donate to women’s and homeless shelters)

Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween Celebration beginning at 3:00PM followed by Samhain – 10:00PM

Wednesday, November 1st  – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Día de los Muertos – Painting Skull Rocks

Friday, November 3rd – First Fridays – invitation only

Wednesday, November 15th – Book Group

Saturday, November 18th – PORCH DAY!! Bring friends. 10:00AM

Saturday, November 18th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, December 1st – First Fridays – invitation only

Wednesday, December 6th – RE for KIDS – 2:30 PM – Decorating Ornaments

Thursday, December 14th  – HyggeLadies Night In – Decorating Ornaments 5:00-9:00 PM

Monday, December 18th – New Moon Gathering

Wednesday, December 20th – Book Group

Thursday, December 21st – Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 22nd – Children’s Ornament Deco Party

Sunday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Celebration (Sangerville UU)

Tuesday, December 26th – Our Canadian Boxing Day celebration

Sunday, December 31st – Service in Sangerville (9:30am)

Sunday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve Party on Lancey Street!!!


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A glimpse at our 2016 Calendar of Events:

Saturday, January 9th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, January 15th – review – Coming Out of Our Spiritual Closets

Wednesday, January 20th Book Discussion Group – The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

Monday, February 8th – New Moon Gathering

Sunday, February 14th – One Billion Rising and Standing on the Side of Love VDay Event

Monday, February 15th – Just Add Love – telecast review from All Souls Tulsa

Wednesday, February 17th Book Discussion Group – The Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson

Saturday, February 20th – Children’s ArtPlay

Friday, February 26th – Luminescence

Tuesday, March 8th – New Moon Gathering

Tuesday, March 15th – review of The VUU’s Creative Leadership show

Sunday, April 3rd – Introductory to Zen Workshop – Myozen Joan Amaral

Thursday, April 7th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, April 15th – Sex & Spirituality – telecast review from All Souls Tulsa

Wednesday, April 22nd – Earth Day Celebration at Twinkle’s Place (plus, videos: How Real is the Earth to You? and Putting the Earth back into Earth-Based Spirituality)

Friday, May 6th – New Moon Gathering

Sunday, May 15th – Radically Shared Ministry Webinar – review

Monday, May 22nd – Hygge Gathering  Garden Walk and tea – 10:00am

Saturday, June 4th – New Moon Gathering

Wednesday, June 15th Thursday, June 16th – 10 Years of PeaceBang – review of telecast

Thursday, June 23rd – Kids ArtPlay

Monday, July 4th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, July 15th – Four Kinds of Fun Webinar – review

Wednesday, July 20th – Book Group – Simple Things by Jim Brickman

Thursday, July 21st – Hygge Gathering  – Ladies Neighborhood Movable Party

Wednesday, July 27th – Serenity Walk along the Sebasticook River

Tuesday, August 2nd – New Moon Gathering

Wednesday, August 10th – Impromptu Children’s Spirit Dance

Monday, August 15th   The Basics of Unitarian Universalism – review of telecast by Rev. Aaron White

Wednesday, August 17th – Book Group – Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments by Kenneth Keith

Wednesday, August 31st – Back-to-School Kids ArtPlay

Thursday, September 1st – New Moon Gathering

Thursday, September 15th – UU History 101

Tuesday, September 20th –Book Group – Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Wednesday, September 21st – International Day of Peace

Friday, September 30th (Blue Moon) – New Moon Gathering

Friday, October 7th (Lancey Street Kids and Friends & Family…. Join Orion for his annual Halloween dinner and a movie series)

Thursday, October 13th – Maine Peace Walkers at Twinkle’s Place and Special Music featuring Riff Johnson and Presentations by the Peace Walkers

Friday, October 14th (Lancey Street Kids and Friends & Family…. Join Orion for his annual Halloween dinner and a movie series)

Saturday, October 15th – UU Women’s History 101

Wednesday, October 19th – Book Group – The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

Friday, October 21st (Lancey Street Kids and Friends & Family…. Join Orion for his annual Halloween dinner and a movie series)

Friday, October 28th (Lancey Street Kids and Friends & Family…. Join Orion for his annual Halloween dinner and a movie series)

Sunday, October 30th – New Moon Gathering

Monday, October 31st – Twinkle’s Annual Halloween Party & Samhain  – (Orion was not feeling well so the Party rescheduled to November 4th)

Tuesday, November 8th – Election Day – USA Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 15th – UU Faith in Action 2.0

Wednesday, November 16th – Book Group –  Dreaming the Dark by Starhawk

Monday, November 21st – Hygge Gathering – Women’s Art & Wine Group Gathering

Sunday, November 27th – Twinkle leads Thanks-giving Service with Jason Curran (Sangerville UU)

Tuesday, November 29th – New Moon Gathering

Friday, December 9th – Twinkle’s Book Launch at Pittsfield Public Library – after party at Twinkle’s Place

Wednesday,  December 21st December 14th –Book Group – Centering by M.C. Richards

Thursday, December 15th – UU Holiday Spirit 2.0

Friday,December 16th CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES– Grandmother’s Vigil and Christmas Caroling on Main Street

Friday, December 16th – Riff & Hal’s Hallelujah Experience at Pittsfield Theater with after party at Twinkle’s Place

Wednesday, December 21st – 11:00AM – Children’s little Gingerbread House-making with Kattie at Twinkle’s Place

Wednesday, December 21st – 6:00PM – Multi-Faith Christmas Caroling

Wednesday, December 21st – Special Solstice Celebration – Private Invitation-Only

Friday, December 23rd – A Christmas Carol with Storytelling and Arts

Friday, December 23rd – 5:00PM – Christmas Caroling begins on Lancey Street

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Celebration (Sangerville UU)

Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day Service (Sangerville UU)

Monday, December 25th – Canadian Boxing Day Celebration

Thursday, December 29th –New Moon Gathering

Saturday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve Celebration on Lancey Street – Three House Movable Event

For more information, or to schedule a private retreat, email: info@TwinklesPlace.com

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Twinkle will be scheduling a Winter Writer’s Retreat at Ferry Beach UU Retreat and Conference Center  in Saco, Maine

and the inaugural UU Talks event at the UUA in Boston early in 2017

– check back for more information – or email: TwinkleManning@gmail.com

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 More details about these events coming soon:

Shamanic Journeying Circle by Susan Feathers

Closing the “Gap” by Shamananca

Screening of the film “Things We Don’t Talk About” by Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost (followed by a RED TENT)

PORTALS TO PEACE™ Shrine Making Workshop by Beth Amine

Tending the Sacred Fire by Tziporah (Awakening Intimacy – adult full day workshop)

The Artist’s Way Weekend Intensive

Heart-Centered Sacred Writing Workshop by “Twinkle” Marie Manning

Create Your own Perfume playshop, Fragrant Flights, and a 4 hour Natural
Perfume Workshop by JoAnne Bassett, Couture Natural Perfumer and Alchemist

3D Vision Board Making Class

Full schedule of events to be listed soon!!!

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Seeking a Spirit Camp Facilitator

Seeking a Drum Circle Leader

Seeking Weekly Yoga Class Instructor

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Past Events and Gatherings:

Autumn 2015 Workshops, Retreats, Gatherings

Some of our sources for Online Content and class curriculum include:

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