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Desert Sage Candle And the Women Gather Retreat 2018

April 26-29,2018. 

The Putnam Lodge  -Cross City Florida


Help us reduce maternal and infant mortality in Jamaica and D. R. Congo.

Our Lodging:Putnam Lodge 



Thursday Night: Welcome Reception and Dinner Putnam Lodge. Cross City Chamber of Commerce.Women from Cross City to Attend. Friday:Wine Tasting and Lunch Dakotah Winery Chiefland,Book discussion. Margaret Rawlings -The Yearlings and Cross Creek.

Friday:Pajamas Dinner and Candles and Conversation. Women from Cross City will be joining us. Saturday: Sailing and Picnic Champagne Lunch Suwannee River. Saturday Night :White Party and Dinner Dance. Women from Cross City will join us. Sunday Breakfast and Market Place . Local Artisans. Price includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners and all above. Included one alcohol beverage with dinners, transportation to local events. Fun, conversation and much more. We only have 23 rooms. We plan to take over the entire Lodge for the weekend.Make payment today. Spa Services available but not included. Cost $785.00 per person . To Reserve you space a non refundable deposit of $150.00 is needed. 

For your convenience Arrangements can be made for monthly payments .We prefer full payment. Full payment must be made 45 days prior to April 26,2018.

Refund Policy: READ CAREFULLY 

We hope you never have to ask for a refund because we put a lot of effort and time to hopefully put the best group of women together for this retreat. We believe this is not a retreat for everyone, so if you are not able to come it greatly impacts the dynamics of the group.

If you cancel 60 days before Retreat we will make full refund-$150.

If you cancel 45 days before the retreat you will be refunded $535.

Last day to receive any refund is 25 days before the Retreat $435.

After that date we well not be able to honor any refunds as we would have made final payment to our vendors.

Little Luigi's Pizza This hidden gem will provide one of our lunches.


Putnam Lodge, built in 1927-28 by the Putnam Lumber Company, is part of a bygone era in Florida’s forestry history. Here, beside the old Dixie Highway, Putnam Lodge, part of the “company town” of Shamrock, accommodated tourists, transients and company executives and clients. The lobby and the dining room of the 36-room lodge were decorated exclusively with the still preserved, artfully stenciled “pecky cypress,” a now virtually extinct lumber product.  

The restored and modernized Putnam Lodge offers 25 guest rooms (kings, queens, suites–and even a bridal suite!), meeting facilities for groups of 25-30, and a full service restaurant and bar. Guests at the Putnam Lodge will be impressed by the quality of the restoration. The dining room is almost in its original state, with hand-painted pecky cypress walls, ceilings and columns. The dining room opens onto a newly-constructed deck designed to handle overflow from the dining room during special events. The comfortable lobby and lounges also retain the original design of the Lodge.  

Sailing on the Suwannee River 

Wine Tasting at Dakotah Winery  

Lunch  and Book discussion Book: The Yearling.

We will be serving wines that I have personally selected just for you from Dakotah Winery, Chiefland. 

Spa services available. Ask us about booking your services today.

All Delicious Meals plus visits to Local Restaurants.

Morning Rituals. Self guided yoga or meditation 

Friday Night Pajama Dinner . We will all be going to dinner in our pajamas. 

Saturday White Dinner and Conversation with Dr. Carole Boyce Davies

Carole Boyce Davies is a professor of English and Africana Studies, Cornell University. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008). In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Boyce Davies has also published the following critical anthologies: Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature (Africa World Press, 1986); Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature (Africa World Press, 1990); and a two-volume collection of critical and creative writing entitled Moving Beyond Boundaries (New York University Press, 1995):

Things To Bring 


Bathing Suit plus wrap

Pajamas for Friday Night Dinner 

White outfit for Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

And the Women Gather 2017 High Springs 

The Welcome at the Riverhouse 

Tanya Pergola and Tanya Ryan with valuable cargo for our retreat 

Let the River Run. The Spirit and Energy of the River

Morning Yoga

Authentic and Real. Fireside Chat at Judi Kearney House Farm lead by Rosie Gordon Wallace 

Magical Closing of the Desert Sage Soy Candle Retreat on Floating dock-Best Selling Author Leslie McQuirk.

Thanks to Mayor Gloria James and the good citizens of High Springs especially the Great Outdoors Restaurant for their warm welcome and hospitality.

So Long High Springs. See you Cross City April 26-29,2018,Desert Sage Soy Candle.


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