Looking back at evaluation/feedback forms from my most recent retreats (last one in 2018), I'm struck by how many people mentioned, in the favorite activities section, how much they loved and gained from the dyad and small-group work. The depth of interactions among participants is deeply healing in itself, and simply happens: nothing is forced.
The tone we set is greatly informed by the sweetness of the setting and the fascinating chemistry and connection spontaneously created each time by the combination of the specific, unique beings present.
It's important to me to set up the programming so that we move in an effective, nourishing rhythm and flow among large group, small group, dyad, and solo activities. The moments when women come together in twos or small groups to be in a process with another or a few others are carefully framed so that we're not advising one another but holding space, holding up mirrors, and sharing relevant experience and wisdom. We're telling the truth of our lived experience and felt reality even as we open to what else is true, what could be truer. We meet one another in a loving space of nonjudgment, bringing both confusion and clarity, and contemplating, talking, laughing, feeling together as we open to new possibilities, interpretations, and understandings of our lives.
The result is kind of gorgeous. Magic abounds. Insights, releases, and breakthroughs keep coming around.
about being in shared processes with others
"I really appreciated having the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with so many of the women."
"Multiple paired shares helped me go deeper, allowed new layers and clarity to emerge over time."
"I loved getting the wisdom of the crowd! The diversity of thought and experiences."
"I learned about what I have to offer and also received gifts of important feedback from each person."
"This retreat was so well planned & programmed. Pace was perfect; exercises so helpful; group dynamic was amazing!"
"Your programming was excellent. I genuinely loved all your activities. Some I knew right away I'd love. Others, I thought, meh. And one I even dreaded! But by the time I was participating, I saw the purpose and the gift. Without fail, I got some kind of message, had a revelation, made a useful observation, or got a gift of some kind. The pace of the day, the number of activities per day, the structure, the hours of silence and 4 solo hours of self-work/play/rest—all added up to the perfect balance. You have a gift!"
"You struck a fantastic balance between keeping examples/topics general and working with specifics with volunteers at a level where they were challenged, stretched, even uncomfortable, yet safe and protected/secure."
"I’m going away with more than I came with, even after having let go of baggage."
My retreats are for women only.
If you identify as a woman, you're welcome.
August 9-11, 2019
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