May 22, 2015
“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
As 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.
The 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.
We 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.