Retreat – What to Expect?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Women's Retreats

“I can’t be gone for a whole weekend. Who will take the kids to soccer?”

“My husband hates it when I’m gone. It’s not worth the hassle.”

“It’s out of my comfort zone and a little scary.”

We have a hundred reasons why we shouldn’t go to the women’s retreat. Some years the voices win out, and we stay home. Later, when we hear the glowing reports from others about how wonderful it was, we feel a pang of regret, but it doesn’t last long. “Oh well,” we say, “maybe next year.” Other times we make the extra effort, and we’re the ones sharing happy stories and telling how glad we are that we attended.

So, go ahead and say YES! You are not being selfish!

The Six Benefits of a Women’s Retreat

There is something very special about the experience of being on retreat with a group of women. For the past six years, I have been both leading and going on a variety of retreats. The ones solely for women have always been the most moving and fruitful. When I look back on my experiences, there are six benefits that immediately come to mind.

Sisterhood: “A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.” (unknown)
Women intuitively understand each other. We share so many similar experiences that we naturally empathize with one another. No explanation is necessary. When on retreat together, this bond becomes so clear and its richness so healing. We come as strangers and leave as sisters.

Self-care: “Those who don’t love themselves don’t know what love is.” (Unknown)
Women are the primary nurturers of the world. Our ultimate challenge is to direct all that loving, compassionate qualities upon ourselves. Going on a retreat is a declaration that self care is no longer perceived as selfish but is instead a necessity. Our well being is a pre-requisite for the well being of all those around us.

Solitude: “Be the ever alert guardian of your inner space.” (Unknown)
The word ‘alone’ comes from the Greek “All One.” To know your true self, you must spend quality time with yourself.This requires stepping away from familiar relationships and environments. Going on retreat creates the space to reconnect with your core being.

Spirituality: “Be the environmentalist of your own soul – conserve and reclaim the innate capacities with which you were born.” (Unknown)
To me this is the ongoing process of life and the very essence of a retreat. To heal one’s self from the inside out is a spiritual journey. A group of women retreating together create a safe harbor to rest, replenish, and renew their commitment to this path.

Silence: “Your life is always talking to you – are you listening?”
A woman needs to step away from the outer cacophony of voices, to hear her own innate wisdom. She needs the time and space to know the sound of her own voice, to speak it, and then choose to honor it. Taking the time while on retreat to sit quietly in nature is a wonderful way to listen to your heart.

Senses: “A bird knows the sky without knowledge.” (Unknown)
We all perceive the world differently. By retreating to a beautiful location and feasting on the senses, we can rediscover our unique way of interacting with the universe. A retreat is about nurturing all the senses and allowing the sixth sense of intuition to gain strength in this fertile environment.

 

Ready to Commit?……..What can I expect?

Here is an outline of the retreat itinerary:

 

Thursday – May 14, 2015

Friday – 3-5pm           Arrival

Friday – 5pm              Meet & Greet Tea

Friday – 6pm              Dinner

Friday – 7:30pm         Introduction & Circle Time

Followed by Chakra Crystal Bowl Meditation

 

Friday – May 15, 2015

Saturday – 8:30am                                 Breakfast

Saturday – 9:30am                                 Guided Meditation

Saturday – 10:00 am – 11:30am          Restorative Yoga w/Crystal Peck

Saturday – 12:30 – 1:30pm                   Lunch

Saturday – 2pm – 3:30pm                      Soul Coaching® – “Cut & Paste your Future”

Saturday – 4:30-5:15pm                         Group Circle Time or Free time (it’s up to you?)

Saturday – 6:30pm                                  Group Dinner

Saturday – 8pm                                        Fire Circle – Grief release

 

Saturday – May 16, 2015

Sunday – 8:30am                                Breakfast

Sunday – 9:30am                                Guided Meditation

Sunday – 10:00am-11:30am             Gentle Restorative Yoga

Sunday – 12:30pm                              Lunch

Sunday – 2:00pm-3:00pm               Soul Coaching® – Create your own Miracle Box

Sunday – 4:30 – 5:30pm                  Group Circle Time

Sunday – 6:30pm                               Group Dinner

Sunday – 8:30pm                               Guided Meditation – Vision Circle

 

Sunday – May 17, 2015

Monday – 8:30am                                 Group Breakfast/Labyrinth Walk

Monday – 10:00-11:00am                   Packing/Check out etc

Monday – 11:15-12:30                          Circle Time & Closing Ritual

 

(there will be free time for exploring……relaxing……journaling….and spa)

*This schedule is just a sample and is subject to change.

 

*Soul Coaching®

“I compare soul coaching to a detox for the soul.”

Designed for phenomenal spiritual cleansing, renewal and transformation.  It helps to clear away mental, emotional and physical clutter, so you can hear the secret messages from your soul.  Soul Coaching helps you to discover who you are and your purpose so that you can design and live a life that supports the life you truly desire.

Felicia Grant is a certified Soul Coach® from Denise Linn’s Soul Coaching®. 

 

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