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Center for Lifelong Learning  "The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County" August 11, 2015

Join us at the Center for Lifelong Learning on August 11th as Ricky Cox leads a program on “The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County.” Ricky Cox holds the rank of Instructor and teaches Appalachian folklore and American literature for the Department of English at Radford University. As an associate of Radford University’s Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center he teaches an introductory course in Appalachian Studies and is the coordinator of the Farm at Selu, a living history site representing 1930’s farm life in Southwestern Virginia. He holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Machine Technology from New River Community College and a BA in history and an MA in English from Radford University. He is a co-editor of A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region (2006) and co-author, with the late Frank Webb, of The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County, VA: Illustrated Histories, 1770-2010.


Saturdays @ Phoebe Needles  "CENTERING PRAYER" with Carolyn Winborne and Judi Barnes September 12th, 2015

God speaks in many ways--especially in silence. The ancient practice of centering prayer has been revived in recent years and is being widely embraced within the Christian community. This program will offer basic instruction for those new to the prayer and extended periods of silence for those seeking to deepen their practice. The workshop is appropriate for those wanting to begin a regular discipline of centering prayer, and those who have much experience.

Carolyn Winborne is a Roanoke native who has been practicing centering prayer for more than fifteen years. In a twenty-year career as a church musician, she introduced the practice to prayer groups in several congregations and helped present a Taize workshop at Phoebe Needles. Since 2003 she has served as facilitator of the centering prayer group at Christ Episcopal Church, where she also officiates at daily Morning Prayer and volunteers with the outreach ministry to people with mental illnesses.

Judi Barnes has been practicing for over 15 years. She currently facilitates a centering prayer group at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. In 2004 she was commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to present its 7-part Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop and, since moving to the Roanoke area in 2006, she has presented three workshops. She also volunteers as a spiritual director at The Rescue Mission in their Recovery and Homeless Programs.




The Phoebe Needles Center offers lodging, dining and recreational facilities for summer camps, retreats, conferences, workshops, quiet days and meetings to church, government, school, youth, college and private groups.

Our 85 acre facility is located near Roanoke, Virginia, and in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

SUMMER CAMP programs run during June, July, and August. Camps are open to all rising fifth through twelfth graders. Programs include backpacking, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, environmental activities and more.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION conferences and retreats are scheduled at least quarterly. Topics have ranged from “Christianity and Islam” to “A Journey Through the Old Testament.” Most retreats are held on weekends, and allow time for walking, journalism and meditation. Outside speakers facilitate the programs.

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING @ PHOEBE NEEDLES is a series of educational seminars for senior adults. Programs are scheduled in the morning followed by lunch at noon. This year round series is a great opportunity for learning and fellowship in a beautiful setting.

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