For those of you who know me – you won’t be surprised that the the idea for The Release Retreat was born from the inspiration of a daily horoscope.  I read it towards the end of last winter and it basically said “it’s time to tap into your soul and share that with the world…”  At first, I didn’t really know what to make of this because I didn’t feel like anything I was doing was very inspiring; I was digging deeper in my yoga practice, I was working hard to heal my broken heart, I was doing everything in my power to listen to my body – to what it needed….  My life had become quite simple.  And then the “aha” came… my life was simple and I was so bursting with contentment about that – we get this “live an extraordinary life” message stuffed down our throats everywhere we turn that so many of us just fill it all up with our careers, activities – the glorification of busy – that we forget that what’s really extraordinary (and I daresay the exception to the rule these days) is really savouring our lives.

I fired up the laptop and started typing furiously about creating a day for women to finally “Release” themselves from what was holding them back from achieving this level of peace and calm in their lives.  I typed what I wanted the day to feel like, how I wanted to feel, how I wanted our guests to feel.  Quickly, without giving it a second thought I sent the outline to people that I knew would never criticize me for not making the Retreat happen but who I admired and wanted to create some accountability for this goal – and who I also knew would celebrate with me what a dream come true it would be….

…and it was…

There were times when someone was sharing their deepest emotions – really baring their souls – and I kind of froze the moment – I could feel that they were really letting go of something that had been holding them back and I was so proud and honoured that something we had facilitated was making this happen.

We laughed.

We cried.

We swore.

Like…. a lot.

We listened and learned.  We had “aha” moments and “F*@k them” moments and sinking into deep, deep gratitude moments…. it really was a gorgeous day.

Shannon Laackman, The Psychic Cowgirl was on hand to guide us through meditations, to “cut the cord” on relationships or circumstances in relationships that have been holding us back…. she lead us through a beautiful and powerful chakra balancing…  her bright and sizzly energy was JUST what we needed to keep us engaged!

The reviews were so touching and sincere….  My favourite comment of the day was someone saying;

“it was like an all day coffee date with your best friend…”

I am bursting with excitement about what comes next – how we grow.  Thank you Marriann for your amazing partnership, thank you to The Bra Lounge for believing in our message AND  Thank you all of you beautiful souls who trusted us and so willingly shared with us…..  There are no words for the level of my gratitude… I love you all.  Thank you for helping us see how truly right the path is that we are on. Namaste.

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