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Signature Program

The Women's Narratives Project

The Women's Narratives Project is designed to engage you in thoughtfully considering your ambitions, expectations, and hopes for the future and to provide you with tools to incorporate reflection into your life. We want you to become aware of sources of replenishment that sustain and restore you.

We use the term "narratives" because a person's self-understanding shifts and changes over time. What you write in one of our workshops will not be set in stone. Rather, we hope it will serve as a touchstone for you, a snapshot of one significant moment of transition, a single narrative among many you will write during your life. The project is directed by Dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters.

You Can Make Time for Reflection by Doing any of these Things:

Visit the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Learn, exchange ideas, pray, reflect, renew your spirit, connect with others and celebrate in a diverse, multi-faith community.

Eat in the Mindful Eating Space

The Mindful Eating Space is located in the special dining room at the Southern end of King-Scales dining hall. It provides a non-judgmental, peaceful atmosphere in which students can eat meals thoughtfully, slowly and often silently.

Attend a student-led religious or spiritual gathering

Events are open to all. All times are subject to change; check the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life "Events Calendar" or call 585-2750 for updates.

Find a quiet place on campus

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site has a list of quiet places on Smith's campus.

Take a yoga class

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site lists yoga classes at Smith and nearby.

Go on a nature walk

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site lists places to explore nature at Smith and beyond.

Spiritual dance

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site lists places for spiritual dance.

Chanting, Kirtan and Taize

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site lists places for chanting, Kirtan and Taize.

Retreat centers

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life website lists local retreat centers.

Twelve-step recovery programs

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Web site lists local 12-step recovery programs.

Buddhist meditation

Ryumon Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin leads Buddhist meditation sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at Smith College.

Soup, Salad & Soul

Every Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bodman Lounge (downstairs at the chapel). Informal conversation and lunch with Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. Vegetarian options available. If you have questions, contact the chapel at 585-2750.

Row a boat

All you need is an ID in order to check out a sea kayak, canoe or rowboat. Get away from it all on Paradise Pond!

Go to the museum

It's free for Smith students to visit the Smith College Museum of Art.

Visit the Smith Botanical Garden

Get away without leaving campus by visiting the greenhouse and gardens.

Discover Capen Garden

Capen Garden is designed as a series of outdoor rooms.

Discover the Poetry Center

The Smith College Poetry Center is a beautiful, quiet space for reading and writing or just sitting and thinking. Visit the Poetry Center Web site to learn about upcoming poetry readings.