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September 17, 2015

Santa Fe Retreat 2015 – Creating a Tribe

“The weather was beautiful, the setting stunning and conducive to sharing, and the food – fabulous!” 

Santa Fe 2015 4…so said the seven attendees at the Santa Fe Reboot Your Life Retreat who met last month, and who have since dubbed themselves The Reboot Tribe.  In an amazingly quick fashion, these retreat attendees bonded and began giving each other excellent insights and advice, starting on the very first night.

“Having the retreats in your homes and personally cooking for us the gourmet meals made us feel so nourished.”  

And that is what we hoped to accomplish.  These retreats are about creating an environment where attendees can focus on themselves…giving themselves the “gift of time” in a trusted and nourishing atmosphere, so that they can make break-throughs in how they want to “reinvent themselves” in their next chapters.  We had budding comedians, book writers, counselors, artists, corporate and nonprofit board members, teachers, and volunteers come out of this retreat.

Santa Fe 2015 3“The retreat has helped me to find my path forward, and given me the tools and follow-up to keep me accountable to those goals I established.  An amazing group of people I am so grateful to have entered my life.”  

Santa Fe 2015 1The Reboot Tribe already has a conference call set later this month to catch up and stay connected. This is what we Reboot Partners love to see and it feeds our souls to play a small part in making it happen.

We have one more retreat this year – October 16-18 in the beautiful Berkshires – right as the leaves are turning their most brilliant autumn colors.  It will be the perfect place to begin planning your own vibrant transition.  Join us.

May 22, 2015

Sag Harbor Retreat 2015 – Shaking Out the Sand

“I have clarity for my near future. I’m so inspired! The practical aspects of what we learned are so valuable, and I feel much more grounded.”

“I now know what I want to focus on while also being open to possibilities.”

“Thank you for helping me sort through the noise in my head.”

~ Sag Harbor 2015 Retreat Participants

Sag Harbor Retreat 2015 Pic 14As I shook the sand from my sneakers upon returning home from the Reboot Your Life Retreat in Sag Harbor, NY, I reflected on the weekend. The sand was from our beach walk during which participants envisioned their next chapters. We do a walking meditation at every Retreat, and it is always a formative moment. I thought of the sand shaking from my shoes as both a reminder of the splendid weekend and as a metaphor for removing some of the grains of logistical minutia filling our heads every day, often blocking clarity. The vision meditation/walk and the whole weekend were a time for participants to clear their heads of the everyday details and concerns and to focus on themselves and their bigger picture.

Sag Harbor Retreat 2015 Pic 9The weather treated us well, with early May bright blue skies. The beautiful, tall trees around Jaye’s house and lovely deck surrounded us with such beauty and inspiration. The meals were healthy and filling, as well as a great time for the group to bond.

The real bonding took place, as it always does in our Retreats, during the discussions. Everyone was so open, and a calm permeated this group. People were there to figure out how to move forward on their individual paths and to take in the information, advice, and warmth that was shared. The diversity of age, gender and ethnicity only enriched the experience and learning for all.

Sag Harbor Retreat 2015 Pic 13We facilitators did our job, based on seven years of these Retreats, research, and our books. And it was easy and enjoyable for us. The secret ingredient was the chemistry of the participants and the support and encouragement they offered each other. They also liked the one-on-one coaching. There was quiet excitement all around as people reached clarity and sketched their individual plans to move forward, saying they couldn’t have done it alone.

Join us next time for your own journey! We have two more Retreats in 2015: August 21-23 in Santa Fe, NM and October 16-18 in the Berkshires.

March 3, 2015

Retreat Recipes from NYC Retreat 2015

One of the best parts of our Reboot Your Life Retreats is the food!  We enjoyed warming, healing dishes at our New York City Retreat last week.  See below for recipes so you can enjoy them too!

 

Lemon Chicken Tagine

Prep time: 40 minutes for 4 people

Utensil: one casserole type pan that can go on your top stove burner

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Thighs

350 g onions

220 g preserved olives (we used green ones)

1 preserved lemon

3 garlic cloves

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp turmeric

6 tbsp olive oil

1 pinch pure saffron

1/2 bunch parsley

1/2 bunch cilantro

1/2 cup water

 

Preparation:

  1. Peel and mince the onions. Peel and crush the garlic 2. in a bowl, mix the garlic, onions, diced lemon, ginger, saffron, turmeric and olive oil. Add the chicken thighs and coat with the mixture.
  2. Place the content in the Tagine or casserole pan, place on the burner and add 1/2 cup water. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the olives, a few strips of preserved lemon and parsley to garnish. Serve hot over rice or couscous.

 

Zaalouk eggplant with cumin

Preparation: 25 min – for 4 people

Cooking utensils: grill, pan

Ingredients:

350 g eggplant

250 g tomatoes

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

 

Preparation

  1. Clean the vegetables. Peel the tomatoes and dice.
  2. Grill the whole eggplant over the fire for 15 minutes. Turning them regularly. Peel eggplant and rice. (Or slice it and grill the slices under the broiler)
  3. Place diced tomatoes and eggplant in the pan. Add the cumin, paprika, garlic, salt and olive oil. Cook for 10 minutes
  4. Serve cold or slightly warm, garnished with chopped parsley.

note: To peel the eggplant easily, place in plastic bag after grilling.

 

Roasted Veggie Lasagna

Tomato Sauce:

tomatoes (used canned diced, puree plus some whole)

2 green pepper diced

1 large sweet onion diced

6 cloves of garlic

1 bag of fresh spinach

Sauté pepper & onion in olive oil.  Add tomato, garlic and spinach.  Simmer for hours until thick.

Reheat sauce next day before using in lasagna.

Lasagna:

Roast veggies separately in 350 degree oven with light olive oil, sea salt & pepper:  sweet onion, red or yellow peppers, broccoli,  zucchini, butternut squash (&/or whatever else sounds good)

In salted water, Boil sheets of fresh lasagna for approx. 3 min (batches of 5 or so – depending on how large sheets are). Should be al dente.

Layer in deep pan:

1)      Sauce

2)      Pasta

3)      Fresh spinach

4)      Roasted veggies

5)      Loosely crumbled slices of mozzarella cheese (I use NO ricotta)

6)      Repeat….

Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan/Romano on top.

Cover foil lightly  and bake a 350 for 30-40 min or so.  Uncover and bake for 15-20 min or so until bubbly and browned.  Don’t overcook.

This is always best after it sits a day and is reheated.

March 2, 2015

NYC Reboot Retreat 2015 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside, But We’re on Fire with Ideas!

“What a gift to myself!  I am walking away with a clear path to follow my dreams!”

“Trust the process these talented, giving, experienced coaches will lead you on. Your gift will be a safe journey into your next exciting chapter.”

~ NYC Retreat Participants 2015

 As New York City temperatures dropped to 1 degree, a group of hearty explorers were gathered in a warm place for each to plan for the next chapter of their life.

Over a weekend, they talked about their dreams, overcoming obstacles, how to reinvent themselves into something new professionally, and how to pursue personal passions. More time playing piano. Moving to a new city. Combining a fitness routine with volunteering and community service. Stepping in to untangle corporate and other institutional situations. Redefining priorities. How to share life experiences and ideas more broadly.

NYC Retreat RitaWhat an interesting group of men and women! They were diverse in age and background, energized, and wise. Everyone learned so much from each other and offered such great ideas.

The food was delicious homemade gourmet, from Moroccan tagine and eggplant to vegetable lasagna to shepherd’s pie. The views of Central Park were breathtaking, especially when it snowed.

Each of our Reboot Your Life retreats is different. We love doing it and seeing the results as the participants figure out how to shape their futures.

All Four with Easels

October 14, 2014

Cape Cod Reboot Your Life Retreat 2014 – “What’s Next?”

“As an entrepreneur and founder, the Reboot Retreat was invaluable for giving perspective on what is probably the most important and hardest stage of starting a company: when and how to step back and get out of the way so that it can continue to grow.”

“You were disruptors in healthy ways.”

“I got freedom, wisdom and friends from this retreat.”

“More than I ever anticipated, the three of you provided such a superior level of professionalism, safety and comfort. I will be forever grateful.”

Wow, what a great group of attendees for the October retreat held at Cathy Allen’s house in Cape Cod!  The diversity in backgrounds and ages made it such a rich experience for us all.  The Skills Assessment Exercise went way over time because the advice from the participants to each other was so amazing and insightful.  We just sat back and watched!  Well, we did do a little more than that, but it was so fulfilling to see people bond and support each other is such a spectacular way.  They have organized a reunion for themselves to reconnect next year to stomp grapes and drink wine at one of the attendee’s family vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon!

The theme was consistent in answering the question, “what’s next?”…whether it was getting back into the corporate world, taking a long needed sabbatical, reinventing oneself from a medical career, getting onto corporate boards, or deciding now was the time to leave a position.

We dined on the seafood from the region, took walks on the beach to vision the next step, explored the shopping in Chatham, and laughed at the differences in generational approaches to communications and vocabulary.  Who knew that “to goose someone” is to motivate them to take action in their lives?

Cape weather was beautiful two of the days, then rain for another, but we didn’t mind. The setting, the company, the food, the thoughtfulness and generosity of those attending, kept us all warm.

Revolutionary Retirement High Res Book CoverWe were also able to integrate many of the new exercises and concepts from our new book, Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next for YOU? into the Retreat.  The book just came out this week and is available on www.amazon.com.  It will soon be available in bookstores and other outlets. We already have gotten some interesting, and good, reviews from readers.  We are planning book parties in several cities this fall and a media push in the next two weeks.  Go to our Events Page to find out how to join us and for information on our 2015 Retreats and Reunions.

Next up: Our New York City Reboot Retreat in February and a Retreat Reunion in DC in the spring!