It started with a little flash in the library.
Happy and I were at the library and he was playing a computer alphabet game while I stared into space and the image that popped up was me, one-on-one, at the farm working with a woman on her specific, individual needs and wants.
It wasn’t that surprising of an idea as doing really specialized, individual retreats for women has been a long standing dream of mine, but as Happy kept clicking away on those letters of the alphabet, a crystal clear image of the framework for it came to mind.
Be passionate. Be purposeful. Plunge in. My tagline says, and it really gets at what is at the heart of my work. My mission statement is to empower women to embrace their authentic selves so that they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world. But what is it that I mean by that?
I believe that self-acceptance matters for so many reasons but especially because there is so much work that needs doing in this world and each one of us is part of the solution. We are each one part of what the world has been waiting for and we were put here on purpose. We were put here to solve the world’s woes– in a variety of ways from parenting the heck out of kids, if we have them, to offering a kindness to our neighbor to dealing with water run-off or educating the next generation. It all matters. And we all need to know that we matter so we can do what we are meant to do. And knowing that starts with mattering to ourselves and then putting matters in our own hands so we can go off and be our small part of healing the world.
And so as I thought about the type of retreats I would offer, I thought of Passion. Purpose. Plunge. Perfect words to summarize the journey you take to embrace self-acceptance and authenticity so that you can be empowered to find your passion, live your purpose, and give your gifts to the world. And how does that all translate to these three types of retreats?
The Passion retreat is all about filling your life with more of your “of courses”, the things you love that make time fall away and that are so natural to you that they are more than just an earned skill, they are a tangible manifestation of all of your best energy coming forward. Because having passion in our lives is just about having greater happiness. It’s about having greater energy, greater clarity, greater commitment, and great compassion. Some would say having a passion is frivolous, it is for the wealthy or the bored. But our passion is our energy source. It is our fuel. It allows us to alight through life. Not having passion is a slow leaching of our soul. We all, each one of us, needs a thing or two that lights our fire (even if it is not something we are able to do professionally right now or ever) because it is that fire that glows out from us that makes all the different. So the Passion retreat would be about finding and creating a path to have more of what you love in your life while understanding the obstacles that could come in the way and drawing a targeted plan to manifest your vision.
The Purpose retreat is all about empowering the client to name what her mission is and then identify and claim how she can give her gifts to the world. Purpose is the way we are manifesting how we heal the world; it is how we fulfill the mission we were put here to do. Some people are able to do that professionally; others do it in our personal lives, but we all have that cause that we are meant to meet (and sometimes it is a lot less traditional looking than we might think). Purpose is alighting on your authentic expression of your self, your passion, and your gifts right now. And that right now is not accidental. It is possible to have more than one purpose in our lives (and even a couple purposes at a time). So how do you hone in on your purpose and then how do you express it in your life? And with everything that tugs and distracts, how do you stay the course with it? That’s just part of what the purpose retreat tackles.
The Plunge retreat is all about self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care. It is where you come to move past your self-criticism or dislike and move into a space of gentle peace and respect of you and your body. It is where you identify your worth, claim your gifts, and move out of self-hate and into self-awareness and self-respect. You’ll learn how to create a space in your soul and mind that honors you and how honoring yourself changes everything.
And while these are the themes for the retreat types, the truth is that no two retreats will look like. Each retreat will be individually designed with the particular client in mind after we have an opening meeting that allows us to talk about goals, visions, sticking points, and possibilities.
In terms of structure, clients can choose a 1/2 day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) retreat, and both retreat length comes with a one hour intake meeting that allows the client and me to review intentions and set some goals for the retreat and one hour post-retreat support. For the first three months, the retreats will be in person at a great neutral location. After that, I hope to offer on-line/ Skype one on one retreats as well.
Right now, I am working out the logistics fast and feverishly and because you all are so creative and just the type of the people that I would love to work with one on one, I thought I’d ask for your input. If you have a moment, will you share your thoughts on the three questions below?
When you think about the Passion retreat (this retreat will focus on empowering the client to embrace her passions), what words, images, ideas come to mind? What do you imagine getting out of the experience? What feeling would you want to have when you left?
When you think about the Purpose retreat (this retreat will focus on empowering the client to embrace her purpose so she can give her gifts to the world), what words, images, ideas come to mind? What do you imagine getting out of the experience? What feeling would you want to have when you left?
When you think about the Plunge retreat (this retreat will focus on self-love, self-care, and self-acceptance), what words, images, ideas come to mind? What do you imagine getting out of the experience? What feeling would you want to have when you left?
What questions do you have about this experience?
What other thoughts, suggestions, comments come to mind?