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The Spirit of Woman Retreat 19 - 23 June 2013
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The Spirit of Woman Retreat is a very powerful yet gentle program that strengthens self esteem and self worth, revealing the powerful woman you really are. In a caring and safe environment you will be guided through sacred rituals to honor your body, mind and spirit. You will be listened to in a non judgmental way and given the opportunity to freely express any fears or doubts which may be stopping you from reaching your true potential.
This retreat offers a great opening for releasing blockages and gaining personal strength and happiness. If you suffer from sadness, anxiety or depression you will find The Spirit of Woman Retreat a fantastic healing journey which will rebuild your self esteem and empower you to take control of your own life. Perhaps you are at a crossroads in life, or simply want to take time out to recharge and refocus your priorities. The Spirit of Woman Retreat will support you to name your goals and move towards them with confidence and energy.
In the company of other women, you get to be you again. Not someone’s wife or partner, their mother or daughter, or their manager, colleague or employee. For five days you will be massaged, nurtured and cleansed with beautiful fresh foods, clay masks and saunas. All processes, emotions and information shared during this retreat are treated with the strictest confidence and utmost respect. You can be assured that anything you express or share at High Spirits will remain at High Spirits.
Spirit of Woman processes are presented in a passionate, loving and humorous way and memories of this retreat will last a life-time and be a warm companion to you always.
Mette Sorensen (principal) is the inspiration behind some of Asia Pacific's most comprehensive and insightful personal development and bodywork training programs. Mette's teachings help you develop the necessary skills, strategies and wisdom to become highly confident. Women's Week will be the catalyst for you to reach your full potential.
Dawn Albinger has great personal experience with women focussed events and she is the co-founder of a women's theatre ensemble. Dawn is the organiser of international women's theatre festivals, a Ka Huna body worker and facilitator. With these skills Dawn looks forward to weaving these threads together to create a space for women to connect.
Your home for the week:
High Spirits Retreat is set in the lush rolling hills of the subtropical Noosa hinterland. It has been designed for absolute privacy in mind. With endless views, it is the perfect location for your personal journey. It offers comfortable en-suited share accommodation, a heated salt-water pool, spa and sauna.
At the end of the world’s longest running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the cast swears the audience to silence on who done it. They keep their promise because they had a ball and want other people to experience the same thrill.
There’s no such request at the Spirit of Women retreat, but participants keep the secret anyway, not just of the incredible finale, but the journey to it. You’ll know why if you decide to be in the story.
It was not something I would have chosen to do. Who needs a 1960‘s throwback, and anyway, there’s bound to be stuff I wouldn’t be caught dead doing. But my new sister-in-law Dawn is co-host of the retreat and she said it would be good for me and asked me nicely and I said yes.
When 20 women from all over - Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and locals from the Sunshine Coast - arrived at the Kin Kin main hall, I thought this cannot work. Everyone so different - ages, personal styles, lifestyles, wealth, work, family types. Most like me - wary. When we asked each other why were we here we realised all bar one had the same reply - a friend or relative said it would be good for us. A must do. And none of them would give any detail. Their vibe was the advertisement. Some of us were unhappy - relationship bust ups, a cancer scare, heavy caring loads. All of us needed a recharge.
Five days later, as we sat in a circle writing I looked around and marveled at these relaxed, powerful, confident women. I knew them all better and I liked every single one of them. I noticed that they looked, well, transformed. Younger. More beautiful. And that was before the best party I’ve ever been too.
I can explain this mostly by the presence of Dawn, the retreat’s leader Mette, and their assistants. They are all great entertainers as well as teachers, and they all participate in the program rather than stand apart. The detox helps too - delectable vegetarian food, fresh, fresh air, pool and sauna. You’re not pampered as such - you work hard sometimes - but you are explored - by yourself and by others.
By the end I felt we’d all been in a play, rediscovering our joy in living and in meeting other women. It’s magic.
Yes, I’ve recommended the retreat to friends. And no, I won’t tell you anything more about it. It works because you don’t know and you’re prepared to enter the unknown. But I will tell you one thing about how the retreat changed me.
I never sing because I can’t. My voice sticks in my throat and is horribly off key. On the last night I sang solo, big and deep and easy on the ear. And I was happy.
Thinking of you and our time together still fills my heart with warmth and joy and also a feeling of excitement, like we're sharing a secret. I have to admit that the bonding between us women has been for me so much stronger than any before. I feel very connected with all of you and it surprises me in a way. It's a great feeling.
I can now see past women's masks and I could imagine them all feeling comfortable with themselves.
I feel privileged to have seen the growth & beauty shine in myself & all the other women
This course was beyond belief & expectations. It is something every woman should experience. Sensational!