For the last few weeks I have been busy reviewing applications and having phone calls with women excited about the retreat I will be leading in Bali next May.
I wanted to share with you a taste of what will be happening in the 7 days and 6 nights we will join together, so I wrote "A Day in Bali" an insider's look at the Rising Women Leaders Bali Retreat.
A Day in Bali...
Imagine arriving at the airport with your new girlfriend (I'm helping women in the group connect in advance to make travel plans) and being met by a kind, Balinese driver.
The air is warm and you immediately notice ritual and spirituality are everywhere - people praying in temples, altars on the street, and there are even deities on your driver's dashboard.
You arrive at our retreat center Desa Seni, (watch a video of the landscape here) and are immediately blown away by the kindness of the people who greet you. I see you arriving, run up and give you a big hug, so excited to meet you in person after connecting on facebook and in our sisterhood coaching call before the retreat.
I introduce you to your roommates, and even though you were a little nervous about meeting new people, you immediately feel at home. These women are kind, sweet and sensitive, just like you, and share how they were just as nervous as you were to be with a whole group of new people.
When you see your room, your jaw drops - it's the canopy bed you have always dreamed of. Traditional antique furniture, and finely hand carved adornments.
For the next few hours you take time to rest (everyday includes several hours of free time to just be - visit the beach, read your book, lounge by the salt water pool).
We meet for our first dinner - the food is organic, grown on the property and you get to try delicious, traditional Balinesian dishes. You find you have so much in common with the other women through your conversations, and you find yourself immediately stepping into your voice, sharing stories and enjoying the company of the other women.
You go to bed early and wake up with the sunrise. You fill your mug with warm lemon water and begin the day with meditation in the garden.
We then meet for restorative yin yoga in the pavilion to ground to the Earth. Michael Zeligs is there to play guitar and sing for us. His angelic voice provides the perfect space to just be and melt away any stiffness from your flight.
After breakfast, we meet for one of our morning workshops, this morning we begin with a satya circle. Satya means truth - and it is a space to authentically share your truth. It's also a space to improve your active listening and authentic communication skills.
Tears come up from several of the women in the group as they share from their heart, what led them to this retreat and any challenges they had been going through. Your heart opens as you relate to the women who share, and feel more comfortable sharing from your heart. After you share, you feel a weight lift from you and already feel intimately connected to the other women in this circle.
We move on to writing and partner sharing to identify limiting beliefs we have been carrying and I share my process of how to reframe them.
After lunch, the afternoon is yours to swim in the ocean, get a smoothie or lounge by the pool.
In the evening, we meet for an hour of opening the voice with kirtan before a luxurious dinner and bedtime.
Throughout the week we step more and more into our authentic self-expression, courage and self-love through the workshops. Some highlights include:
- Morning Yin, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga
- Healing through Emotional Freedom Technique with Michael
- Sacred Cacao Ceremony
- Vision + Voice Workshop
- Design Your Dream Life Workshop
- Q + A on Courage + Self-love
- Visit to the Sacred Tanah Lot Temple
- New Moon Manifestation Ritual
- Q + A on Love + Relationships
- Self-expression through Dance with Michael
- Closing Ceremony to Step into Your Authentic Voice
If this sounds like a dream you'd like to manifest for 2016, I invite you to apply now.
With love, Meredith
P.S. I've been sharing more details about the retreat on instagram and in a private facebook group I created for the women interested to connect with each other and hear more about the retreat. If you're interested in joining the facebook group, request to join here.