Women In The Woods

The Wholistic Women in the Woods inaugural day retreat was filled with play, yoga dance, nutrition, healthy food, creative writing, and forest bathing. Our Wholistic team, experts, and the ThorpeWood staff (and animals) on the farm created a day in nature like no other.

Our group of over 20 women immersed in mother nature connecting their heart, mind, body, and spirit…dancing through the seven chakras and feeling more whole with all the senses. Some of the Women in the Woods who attended had a few things to say:

 

“The retreat was a pitch-perfect celebration of nature, dance, writing, reflection, and play. All of this coupled with delicious food and the company of soulful women was an absolute delight.” Sheila Turybury

 

“Our team loved it. Thank you for everything. What a beautiful day filled with so many nice events.” Debbie Bennett

 

“What a wonderful Saturday with amazing women. Thank you Wholistic Women for putting together a fun, peaceful day in the woods. I left feeling refreshed and renewed.” Melissa Lentz

 

“I am so grateful that I signed up and have always loved all the Wholistic Women programs. There was something even more special with this event, being in ThorpeWood, a magical place, with a beautiful group of women. What a combination. I can’t wait to do it again.” Cindy Williams

 

Well, we will do this event again in 2023! Stay tuned as we roll up our sleeves for more time in nature and please consider beautiful red rock country in Sedona, AZ in October 2022. Thank you for being a part of our community.

Virtual Gratitude Circle

Virtual Gratitude Circle

November 17 | 6 - 7:30 PM

Celebrate Your Growth in 2021

Let’s face it, busy women need to take a break sometimes…and we all seem to be busy these days!

Wholistic Women Retreats + Academy has just the right opportunity for you to slow down and savor your accomplishments of this year at our Annual Gratitude Circle and Brunch.

We believe that gratitude is a key ingredient for wholistic well-being. When we focus on what’s going well, we shift our energy to a higher, more positive level. Gratitude is a choice; one that we make collectively in our community.

Now, more than ever, we need to appreciate the Good.

A wholistic approach to gratitude:

  • opens your heart
  • relaxes your body
  • eases your mind from worry
  • lifts your spirit

It brings positivity and love to the forefront of your awareness.

We want to practice gratitude with you!

Each November we gather to express our appreciation for our individual growth as women, and as a community.

The past 2 years have been unlike any other in history, causing incredible stress, fatigue, and loss for many.

In these challenging times we want to support one another and learn what we can, so we ask you to reflect on questions such as these:

  • How have you grown?
  • Who has walked this year’s journey with you?
  • What do you want to remember and continue to practice in the year ahead?

Wholistic Women Retreats + Academy wants to celebrate the good with you.

Please join us in acknowledging the blessings in our lives.

We will gather virtually via Zoom on Nov 17 from 6-7:30 pm to celebrate, bless, and release what is, as we open ourselves to receive what lies ahead.

We invite you to join us for this special time of connection, appreciation, and a celebration of Wholistic Growth.

Let the positive energy that gratitude provides bless and support you.

This event is open to all. Attend solo or invite a friend!

Register Now!

Clear the Clutter

Clear the Clutter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move into a new home and take nothing, or at least very little, with you?  I have and that’s prompted by my desire to live clutter free.  The less clutter I have, the less stressed I feel.  It’s just that simple for me.  A clutter free space truly makes me happy.

If you came to my house, you’d see several books about decluttering, organizing, and keeping only those things that spark joy.  I love to clear things out and organize spaces because the payoff for me is truly a sense of peacefulness and clarity.  You might think that I have a home that is completely clear of clutter since this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and yet that isn’t true.  Some rooms stay clutter free much of the time, and others manage to get out of control occasionally. Why is that?  Probably because the spaces that get out of control are less visible like spare bedrooms, closets, the basement or the infrequently used dining room table.

Clutter is most likely to build up when life gets busier than normal and I don’t make the time for a regular practice.  Before I know it, I have an overwhelming decluttering job to tackle.  Clearing the clutter works best when I make it a part of my routine around the house, like getting the dirty dishes into the dish washer, vacuuming or doing laundry.  Clutter can make me feel distracted, overwhelmed, and raises my stress level, even if it’s in very subtle ways.  I know that when I declutter, even in the smallest ways, I have quite the opposite reaction.  I feel happy, honestly almost giddy at times when the things piling up on the kitchen table, or thrown haphazardly in a closet are straightened up.  Years ago, I worked for a large financial institution and a few close colleagues would joke with me that they knew when I was working on a project that was very challenging when they saw me standing in front of my desk with a very focused look, throwing papers away, and clearing off my desk with a passion.   I seemed to do that when I really needed to focus intently on a difficult task.  Taking a few minutes to clear my desk off completely, and get rid of things that weren’t needed allowed me to clear my mind and concentrate on the one priority I had without being weighed down by the distractions sitting on my desk.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Marie Kondo and her books on tidying up.  Kondo states that to successfully declutter, we should ask if each item in our home “sparks joy”, and if it does not truly spark joy, to thank it for being in our life and let it go.  I have found that the “spark joy” test to be very profound.  You may think that there are lots of things that you need in your home that do not spark joy, but you still need them.  At first, I thought that too, and then realized that even small things like my favorite knives in the kitchen, my amazing vacuum, or fluffy towels in the bathroom can spark joy.    If you’d like to check out Marie Kondo in action with some of her clients, you may enjoy her Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  Her practice promotes taking everything out of closets, drawers, etc. all at one time and item by item deciding whether they are worthy of keeping.  If you can manage that, you’ll soon be on your way to being 100% clutter free.  However, I use a combination of ideas that work for me, some pieces of her practice as well as tips and tricks from other sources that work well.

Getting started can be the toughest part of decluttering.  It helps to have a clear vision of your clutter free space.  What’s that look like and how will that make you feel?  Once you have some clarity around your motivation for decluttering, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

First, get a bag for trash and a box for donations.  Set a timer on your phone for 20 minutes.  Go room to room finding things that can either be thrown away or donated and fill that bag and box.  You may be amazed at the progress you’ll have in just 20 minutes.  And, there is nothing magical about the timeframe – do it for 10 minutes or 45 minutes, whatever works for you.  Just keep it simple and manageable.  Then, celebrate that success by throwing out the trash and putting the donation box in your car to deliver to your local charity.  This small step will start some momentum for you, and you’ll feel good about doing a bit more.

Start small – perhaps you clean out the spice cabinet, throwing out the expired items and organizing the remaining bottles, all in one place.  And, think about the decluttering based on categories, for example, books, gift wrap/bags and cards,  files, cleaning supplies, seasonal decorations.  These things may be scattered in several rooms and when you gather them all into one space, it’s easier to create a good space for them and find them easily when you need them.  Having one place to look for each type of item can reduce stress, and eliminate the need to purchase things that you already have somewhere!  Once you have tackled a few smaller tasks, you’ll most likely have the energy and enthusiasm to declutter larger areas for longer periods of time.

Imagine clearing out clutter to bring more joy and peace into your life.  Visualizing that may make the work of clearing your clutter feel more purposeful and impactful.  On Wednesday, July 29th Wholistic Woman Retreats will be hosting a virtual event called Clear the Clutter.  As one of the partner coaches at WWR, I’ll be facilitiating the event and talking about clearing out what I call life clutter.  We’ll talk about more than the clutter in our physical spaces.  We’ll also consider the emotional, mental and spiritual life clutter that could be holding us back or making us feel stuck. You’ll create a customized plan for yourself that will help you to design a life that is peaceful and full of joy. I hope you will join us on July 29!

Sass In Sedona

Soulful Sedona Destination Retreat

October 8-11, 2020

Explore and Grow with us in Red Rock Country!

 

Join the Wholistic Coaches on a journey to reconnect with your Wise Self in beautiful, soulful Sedona, Arizona. Create deeper connections with like-minded and adventurous women as you:

Step into deeper peace and find new ways to understand and accept yourself wholistically ~ heart, mind, body, and spirit…

Discover mindsets that unleash your full potential, making your life one that inspires yourself and others…

Identify what’s been holding you back and get unstuck. Learn how to navigate towards the more genuine you to experience greater joy and passion…

Learn to love all that you are and let go of what you are not…

Know more deeply what it means to be your authentic self. Discover who she is and how to empower her to shine.

Savor and take a Soulful Sedona attitude home with you to stay fully present and peaceful when the stress of juggling work, family, and personal activities reoccurs…

Enjoy a unique getaway full of fun and adventure simultaneously supported by the grace and wisdom of a very special Wholistic team led by your personal, skillful coaches Kelye, Laura, and Carol.

FAQ:

Retreat Details

What are the retreat highlights?

Your registration for the Soulful Sedona Retreat includes:

  • Welcome reception featuring Southwest appetizers and signature prickly pear margarita
  • Pink Jeep tour with picnic lunch
  • Vortex Hike guided by an expert local naturalist, with picnic lunch
  • Coaching conversations with Carol, Kelye, and Laura
  • Sparkling sunset toasts
  • Special local dinner on Saturday night
  • Wholistic journal/pen set to capture your experiences

 

What is the retreat agenda?

  Thursday 10/8/20

  Welcome Reception  6:30pm – 8pm

 Friday 10/9/20

  Rise & Shine Program with Coaches 

  Pink Jeep Tour of Sedona and surrounding area with picnic lunch

  Afternoon Free Time (suggested activities):

  •       Sedona Rouge Spa
  •       Discover Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s shopping and art destination
  •       Chapel of the Holy Cross – chapel rises 200 hundred feet above               ground surface between red rock formations, great architectures             and Sedona views

   Sunset with Wholistic Coaches – Calm your mind and spirit

Saturday 10/10/20

  Rise and Shine program with coaches – 8:30 am

  Morning Bell Rock Vortex Guided Hike and picnic lunch
  Led by expert Guide Feather who will teach about the plant-life,         geology, history, and Native American influences for 2-3 hours; Village of    Oak Creek; 4 mile roundtrip

  Afternoon Free Time (suggested activities):

  •   Sedona Rouge Spa
  •   Discover Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s shopping and art destination
  •   Explore Boynton Canyon Trail or Cathedral Rock Vortexes

  Sunset with Wholistic Coaches

Sunday 10/9/20

  Sedona Retreat Farewell ~ coach debrief ~ travel home

Note, exact times are approximate and subject to change. You will receive an official agenda before the retreat.

I've never traveled with a coach. What will that be like?

Our certified coaches are present to support your development and exploration during this destination retreat. All coaches will be involved daily to meet you where you are and provide a safe space for your growth and enjoyment of this experience.

Who will I meet?

The Founding Coaches and their team of experts will share their gifts, expertise and tangible takeaways to empower you to move forward and create more of what you desire.

The team includes your boutique hotel staff, your Pink Jeep tour guides, our vortex guide Feather, and others who are ready to make this a fabulous experience. 

Will I have free time?

 Yes! Sedona surprises and awakens the soul so we have carefully avoided over planning your experience.

Here are some great ideas to enjoy each afternoon on your own or with other retreat attendees.

  • Pamper yourself with local spa treatments.
  • Discover Tlaquepaque Village – Sedona’s shopping and art destination.
  • Explore the surrounding countryside and hike additional vortexes.
  • Visit Chapel of the Holy Cross – rising 200 feet above red rock formations.
  • and so much more…

  

Cost

What does the retreat cost?

Special early-bird pricing for your Sedona getaway: $775 (ends April 30,2020)
Regular pricing: $875 (after May 1, 2020)

Are there payment options?

Payment plans are available through August 8, 2020. 
To participate in a payment plan check that option when completing your registration.
We will calculate the payment amount based on the number of months between your registration date and the payment deadline of August 8.
You will receive a monthly invoice which you can remit through PayPal, a credit or debit card.

Do you give refunds?

The registration fee is not refundable, however you may transfer your registration to someone else. Contact our wholistic community support team for assistance in transferring your registration, if necessary.

Flight & Accommodations

How do I get there?

Flagstaff Airport is the closest small commercial airport, just a 45 minute scenic drive from Sedona.

Phoenix International Airport is a lovely 2 hour drive from Sedona.

We recommend that you book your flight with Southwest Airlines (typically $450)

Low cost shuttle service may be offered, if requested. If you choose to rent a car the cost is typically $150.

What hotel do you recommend?

A special block of rooms has been reserved for us at the boutique Sunset Chateau B&B. Visit their website and call their hospitality staff directly to reserve your room at 928-282-2644. They’re expecting your call!

What can you tell me about the hotel?

Sunset Chateau is nestled on a gorgeous hillside with panoramic views of Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. Experience artistically decorated luxury suites with uniquely curated art & furnishings. All of their spacious suites include modern conveniences and thoughtful touches to make you feel more at home including organic bath amenities, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable furnishings.

There are many places to unwind and enjoy the view, whether from your patio, in the lush gardens, or by the salt-water pool and jacuzzi. A wonderful made-to-order breakfast is included each morning in the dining room.

    Can I cancel my room if something comes up?

    To book your room, you will be required to pay for your first night’s stay. If you need to cancel, you would get a full refund if your cancellation is 60 days before check in. 

    Register Now!

    Only $875
    Early Bird Option: $775 before May 1, 2020 

    Looking In, Up and Out with One Word

    Looking In, Up and Out with One Word

    Every year, the Wholistic Woman Retreat community gathers together at our first evening retreat of the year to discuss our One Word for the year. This year, we thought we’d share with you the three steps of the One Word and how our founding coaches Carol, Laura and Kelye approach these three steps. 

    Coach Carol shares about looking in

    My favorite way to prepare my heart for One Word is during my morning quiet time. I usually start my days, while still in my PJs, nestled in my comfy chair with a hot cup of tea, lit candles, and inspirational reading. It sets a positive tone for my day when I ground myself with gratitude, prayer, and personal reflection. 

    This is when I feel most calm, centered, and am ready to ask the powerful questions What do I need more of? What do I need less of? What needs to go?” 

    My mind is quick with an answer however, I intentionally listen with my heart and soul, as well. For example, this year as I asked those questions my mind readily knew the answers: I need to slow down, do less, give myself more downtime, and allow myself more time to get from one activity to another. I came up with several words that captured this energy: Release, Receive, Savor, Time, Slow were a few of the options. I thought of many good words, but I wanted a God-inspired word. I waited for a sign indicating which one God was directing me to. I asked, what word do You want me to learn from this year, God? 

    In 2019 my Word repeatedly came to me with a physical manifestation. With my head bowed in prayer, it dropped heavily forward when my spirit knew my word: Approval. I wait for such a sign again this year. This is my 8th year using One Word to guide me and consistently the knowing of my word has come in my core instead of my head. I feel it more than I think it. I know it is true because of an inner calm or rightness to it. 

    When I get quiet, pray, listen, and wait, my word reveals itself to me. 

    Coach Laura shares about looking up

    One Word is one of my favorite tools that we use and teach here at Wholistic Woman Retreats!   Step 2 in the process is about waiting for your word to show up for you. It’s about receiving a word vs picking one.  I’m a girl who looks for divine “signs” in life which I take as indications that I am where I am supposed to be. I have a playful plaque in my bedroom that reads, “If You’re Waiting For A Sign. This Is It”.

    One of the amazing parts of the one word process has been the “signs” I have received that the word floating around my thoughts is indeed my One Word.  This year has been no exception.  

    Late in 2019, as I began the One Word Process, the word “unveiled” came to mind.  It comes from a notion I’ve held since my teens that at our core, we are all pure love and pure light.  It’s what you see in babies when you look deep in their eyes. My belief is that over time we are conditioned by the world we live in and this bright light begins to be covered up with “veils” that block the light.  As I thought about the questions, What do I need?, What’s in my way? and What needs to go? the answer was your veils. Hence the word, “unveiled”. Fast forward to December 30th… I’m on a holiday cruise with my family.  I turn the TV on in my cabin and in the bottom right hand of the screen is the name of the program they are showing… UNVEILED. This was the sign I was waiting for and at that moment I knew, unveiled was my one word for 2020.

    Coach Kelye shares about looking out

    I have arranger in my top 5 strengths for executing skills so I get a kick out of living my word for the year and have fun with it. I truly am disciplined when I choose a word and become very loyal to how I lead each day throughout the year. My words over the years such as Shine, Move, Roots, LEAP, Savvy and Breathe stack up year after year forming new, fresh positive beliefs and habits.  My new word discovery for 2020 is Rhythm and I have already started stepping out of my comfort zone with this word.

    Stillness and meditation don’t come easy to me so I have to work harder to get in the “rhythm” of my day to show up my best and for others. This way of moving in the day has created a CEO in the flow approach personally for me. It started working for me at my Wholebeing Positive Psychology immersion at Kripalu health and yoga center in Massachusetts. All of my days included Let Your Yoga Dance which is a way to spread joy and consciousness and embodies Positive Psychology. Not leaving BREATHE behind, my 2019 word, I now focus on my breath and rhythm in my day. It became my 30-day Mindful Movement practice which I shared at two of our Wholistic Woman events to wrap up 2019.  

    Creating a practice is certainly one way to live out your word and to feel alive and aligned within. My goal now is to create a 365-day practice in 2020 with Rhythm. How do I keep my words front and center and grow year after year? 

    Here are some special examples:

    Shine – the year I needed more sparkle after my mom passed away – I went to Sarah Mclachlan’s concert Shine On – and bonus, I received about 3 of her CD’s from friends that year. So listening to music or picking a song is a great way to keep your word alive.

    Roots – the year I needed to feel more grounded with family – I traveled to Oklahoma to bring my mom closer to her mom and had a ceremony with her childhood friends and family. So traveling is another great way to feel the effect and internalize your one word. 

    LEAP – the year I needed help moving forward with fun – I created a LEAP program for my business that is now company-wide – it stands for Leadership, Engagement, Attitude and Positive Performance. Creating a program, or a mantra is a great way to personalize your one word. 

    Some other daily ways are to keep a journal or create a vision board. We are planning a vision board activity with my team in Texas to set the “tone” for vision 2020. This will include individual one words and our team one word, MORE, to focus on together. 

    All I can say about the third step in One Word is enjoy and experience the journey. I can’t imagine using the same word year after year; there are so many opportunities for growth and change. Change can be difficult and stretch us, but it’s all part of the process. Live it out and be ALL IN!

    We look forward to seeing you at our One Word evening retreat – Gain 2020 VIsion!