The St. Thomas Player’s production of “Pride & Prejudice” led to thinking about the continuing messages of Jane Austen’s work.  Austen, using gentle humor, challenged her society’s perceptions about what people should be and looked at who they truly were.  Women in her day were restricted by rules that dictated beauty standards, marriage rules, and limited opportunities to pursue their own desires. 

Women today face similar challenges in a society that still has idealized standards of beauty and success.  “Be-YOU-tiful” is our attempt to explore those false standards and explore true beauty.  Come join us for two and a half days of film, celebration, and workshops.


Yoga to Ignite the Power Within – with Debbie McNeil.  Using yoga poses, breathing, and meditation, Debbie will help you awaken the power within and help you release your true self. 

Nourishing Your Body and Soul -- Learn what it means to feed yourself well.  The nourishment we take in should feed both the body and soul.  Good nutrition is important to a healthy you, but you should feed your soul as well.  Learn how to balance both your body and soul. 

The Sweet Scents of Life – Explore aromatherapy and how you can use essential oils to enhance your life with Valerie Roque and Happy Roots. 

Taking Care of What You’ve Got – We are bombarded with ads trying to sell us products to make us better, or change the way we look.  We are beautiful just the way we are.  Join Cyndi Hill as she teaches us about natural skin care for taking care of and enhancing what you already have.  Natural products for your own natural beauty. 

Dance without Limitations – Sometimes the way we feel about our bodies keeps us from the joy of dancing and celebrating life with movement.  Come join the ladies of Queens of D’Nile as they share their philosophy of dance, and get you moving.  We are never too old, too big, too small, too broken, etc. to dance.  Put aside your preconceptions about dance and entertain joy through movement.

Writing & Painting Using the Senses – Sometimes society tries to tell us who we should be.  But we need to remember we are.  This workshop, led by Guerilla Poets will focus on taking a memory and using the senses to explore how to create poetry or visual arts, using the smells, tastes, sights, sounds, and colors of a particular memory.

Finding a Symbol for Self. – Join Susan Lee as she guides an exploration to find your true self and create a symbol for your self. 

Creating Your Own Skin – Using textile crayons, inks, dyes, paints, embellishment and symbolism, create a piece of wearable art that tells your story, and that tells the world who you are.  Working on a large body-enveloping scarf, create something to wrap yourself in that comforts you, protects you, celebrates you, tells your story. 


“Embrace” -- sponsored by Dr. Gayle Yatawara.  Join us as we collaborate with Dr. Yatawara and Catawba College to share this thought provoking documentary.  “Embrace” is a social impact documentary by director Taryn Brumfitt, which explores the issue of body image. 90% of women express various degrees of dissatisfaction with their bodies.  Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.  


Join us on Saturday Evening to Celebrate our Beauty.  Come wearing whatever makes you feel like the Goddess you are.  Enjoy spoken word from the Guerilla Poets and their workshop participants and take a turn at the mike yourself if you want.  Join the parade as workshop participants share the body wraps they’ve created and share your own Goddess clothing.  Then enjoy a performance by the ladies from Queens of D’Nile, after which we will open the floor for impromptu dancing and drumming.

 AND THE LIST ISN’T FINISHED.  Workshops on Journaling, Healthy Relationships, Beauty Through Healthy Living, and other topics are in the works.  Registration opens August 15.  

​David Post

Through the Looking 


What a wonderful event this was!

Below are pictures from our annual fundraiser. Check here in late 2017 for information on our next Gala. 

Presenting sponsors for 2017

Entertainment by:

Catawba Danceworks with scenes from

Alice in Wonderland

​& the Rowan Youth Symphony. 

Supporting Sponsors:

Center for Faith & the Arts

Supporting Partner