What a Retreat! Key Lessons + Takeaways
Perhaps, we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.
– Rudy Francisco
SO. It’s been a couple of weeks now since Deanne and I wrapped up our two Spring Retreats on the Sunshine Coast and believe me, there’s been more than a few moments where I’ve caught myself since smiling and reminiscing on the tears and laughter and sweet, sweet conversation and connection that each day encompassed so deeply.
Let’s just say it didn’t quite go according to plan. But it couldn’t have been more perfect.
It was without a doubt, one of the most intense, electrifying, satisfying, emotional, magnificent moments for all involved.
To see a much-loved project come together after hours and days and weeks and months of planning is something pretty spectacular.
And I find myself (awe struck!) going: I held space for that. What a feeling.
And to share this day with a bunch of incredibly inspiring women? No words.
We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.
To set the scene to our extremely heart opening day – we sat together, ate and drank together, and then practiced yin and yang yoga.
Outward strength and movement. Inward self-love and acceptance.
We followed the path of our heart meridian to bring us back to our inner fire – our passion and love for life!
There was breathing and stretches.
Intentions and laughter.
And maybe a few sneaky tears as we opened our heart chakra under Christine’s magic guidance and stretched into areas of discomfort in our body and life.
Whatever we bring acceptance to liberates us.
Then, we asked some tough questions.
The lessons we learn – the beliefs that carve out neural pathways – get reinforced over time. Regardless of how self-aware we think we are, we all walk through life intentionally or unintentionally look for “proof” that our beliefs are true, whether we’d say we want them to be true or not.
Searching for and dismantling misunderstood beliefs is an important step to self-love.
Just as clearing out the cobwebs regularly takes much less of a toll than trying to clear out years of built-up gunk, such is our mind.
We sifted through our stuff until we came up with some answers – together. We hugged and held space for every single woman to dig a little deeper, to open a little wider, to share a little more.
It was in this sacred space of unravelling that had women lit up and connected.
The most incredible and moving part of these retreats for me is simply watching the room explode in support for one another; the feedback is always, “I feel so safe to just be myself” and “I realised I’m not alone in this”, and that’s some pretty magical stuff.
Watching women – that just hours before had never even met – pouring their hearts out was mind blowing.
No expectations. No comparison. Just juicy, feminine, goddess goodness. Amplified with tea and chocolate and champagne, of course.
Self-Love is not selfish. It’s Self Full.
Deanne’s pure essential oils took to the stage in dramatic fashion and the whole room just went aahhh!
A beautiful healing energy and lightness washed over each woman as we allowed intuition to guide us in creativity and exploration.
Shoulders noticeably relaxed, hearts opened, bright eyes glowed from each face as we created our own concoction of citrus, florals and woods.
Refreshing and cleansing and so much clarity in our wellbeing.
Perhaps the biggest lesson that I always take away from these workshops is this: find a bunch of women who you feel supported by and share your heart with them… amazing things will happen.
Overall Lesson of the Day:
It’s your commitment to self-love that brings change.
Beyond the “good” and the “bad” of life – even beyond our perception of it – true devotion arises in the willingness and ability to be in our truth, regardless of what comes our way. It’s not to say that we won’t feel it all, sometimes unbridled pleasure, and sometimes contracted despair. But to be devoted to experiencing the truth of love in each moment… it’s everything.
And to know that is to know ourselves. And to know ourselves is to know true self-love.
Fair to say we both poured our heart into this retreat and it has been a massive exciting foundation into the future.
Facilitating, absorbing and participating in both days ranks pretty damn high on my list. I am epically grateful to the women that showed up (in every sense of the words) and ran with the true intent of the day.
I’d really like to thank the following people, who helped to bring the retreat together so seamlessly and joyously:
- Fellow soul sister, Deanne Kalda from maa organics, my co-creator. Months of collaboration, founded on our investment in each others dreams has been nothing short of amazing with you. Big love and hugs, my darling.
- Christine McDaniel for your yoga and Chinese medicine expertise, energy and support. What you brought to each day was simply D I V I N E. I appreciate you so much.
- Georgia Bailey at Welcome to the Big house for your ridiculously magical space for change to occur.
- A big thanks to Food Matters for your Beauty Bibles + FMTV vouchers. The ladies left totally spoilt with such gorgeous gift bags that honoured the self-loving commitments of the day.
And to every single soul who said YES and came to play each day. Well, you know I love and adore you and spending time together in such a beautiful vulnerable way was the biggest highlights of my weekend.
Some of the beautiful feedback on our retreat:
“Thanks so much for such a beautiful day. I’m deeply processing your transformational work and feeling excited about painting. I’m loving the oils and gifts and feel really loved up.”
“What a fabulous day! I really just wanted to stay, what a great bunch of women too! Thank you for your wonderful coaching, I am already booking catching up with friends which is quite revolutionary – making changes. Loved the day, thank you so much for putting together such a nurturing experience.”
“Thank you for your guidance, for creating a beautiful nurturing safe space & for triggering my ability to heal myself on another level. Your vivacious energy & enthusiasm is infectious.”
I have been inundated with enquiries of another retreat and got some awesome ideas and dreams for weekend workshops, retreats and more real-life creative collaborations in 2018. I hope you’ll be there to share that moment with me.
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Now, I want to hear from you.
What does your relationship with self-love look like? Are you craving more connection like this in your life? Hit the comments. I wanna know.
Big love, always!