Women's Goddess Retreat
September 10 - 12, 2010


What is a Retreat?

A retreat is the act of temporarily removing oneself from one's usual environment in order to become immersed in a particular subject matter. A retreat can be taken for reasons related to spirituality, stress, health, lifestyle, or social concerns.

A retreat can either be a time of solitude or a community experience. Some retreats are held in silence, while at others there may be a great deal of conversation, depending on the facilitators and the participants. Retreats are often conducted at rural or remote locations, either privately, or at a retreat center.

A retreat serves the body, mind and spirit by allowing time to find greater inner peace. When you find inner peace, you move the world toward peace. This is why it is vital to escape from the world’s bombardment of sounds and images and take time for the mind and heart to come to stillness.

Retreat practice provides the opportunity for you to restore your energies, have time to rest and to let go of the day to day mundane responsibilities and focus on your own inner development and spiritual growth. You can learn to nurture yourself, restore a sense of balance and well-being, and open up to nature. A weight may seem to be lifted from your shoulders and you may be able to experience a fresh perspective that will renew your appreciation for life and your commitment to appreciate and use every precious moment.

Spiritual Retreats

Spiritual retreats like the Women's Goddess Retreat focus on the following:

  • Discovery: Spiritual retreats allow you to discover a whole new self and help you in removing the limitations that your mind is occupied with. These retreats also allow you to discover a whole new perspective towards life.
  • Transformation: Spiritual healing retreats allow you to transform your perspective and focus on things besides your daily life and work; these retreats help you find new paths in life.
  • Participation: These spiritual retreats usually have group activities. Participating in these activities helps in increasing your confidence level.
  • Intention: Retreats are arranged with an intent in mind. Our statement of intent is here. You may also want to consider your own personal intentions for going on retreat.

Choosing a Personal Intention

People go on retreat for a number of reasons that generally focus on positive personal change. You may be seeking a retreat for a number of reasons. Ask yourself if on this retreat you would like to:

  • Relax at a deep level
  • Rejuvenate your Spirit
  • Take time for reflection
  • Gain clarity on an issue or your life path
  • Find meaning in your life beyond daily or material concerns
  • Heal
  • Practice your Faith
  • Contemplate
  • Create

Women's Retreat

Retreat Literature

There are many great books about taking a retreat of your own, or for taking on retreat with you. Here are some of our favorites.

Books to Inspire a Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat Book - Jennifer Louden

Woman's Retreat Book: A Guide to Restoring, Rediscovering and Reawakening Your True Self --In a Moment, An Hour, Or a Weekend
Jennifer Louden

This is our favorite retreat book and one we return to again and again! This book is perfect for creating your own retreat time and inspired the Women's Goddess Retreat.

Millionth Circle  

The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World--The Essential Guide to Women's Circles
Jean Shinoda Bolen

This slim and powerful book is written like poetry and speaks of a vision to change the world one circle of women at a time.

Succulent Wild Woman  

Succulent Wild Woman

All of SARK's books are full of juicy life and succulent inspiration. This is her opus, and our retreat's manifesto!

Imagine a Woman in Love With Herself

Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself: Embracing Your Wisdom and Wholeness
Patricia Lynn Reilly

Excerpt. © All rights reserved.
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past's influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body's rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her precious life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.


Women Who Run With the Wolves  

Women Who Run with the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This book contains enough deep inner working material for a lifetime of retreats. It explores the development of a woman's soul through story and her wild nature. One of our favorites.

Circle of Stones  

Circle of Stones: Woman's Journey to Herself
Judith Duerk

A book of women's self reflection, unfolding, and spirituality.

Gift From the Sea  

Gift from the Sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A classic reflection of one woman's time retreating by the sea. Timeless, and full of meaning.

Heroines Journey  

The Heroine's Journey
Maureen Murdock

Explores how women can carve out their own journey to self realization and wholeness through archtypical symbolism and mythology.

Here is a printable (.pdf) list of all of our favorite books for retreats!



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