I’d been wanting to do a women’s retreat for many years. You may not know this about me, but travel is a huge part of my life. I have been to over forty countries, lived abroad for several years, and spent over a decade working in the travel industry. I think it’s not an understatement to say visiting new places and experiencing new things is a big part of who I am.
After sending literally thousands of people on trips all over the world, I realized I was providing a valuable service that was also in line with my mission to help women succeed. I began to wonder whether there were way I could integrate my travel experience with my coaching work.
One day about a year ago, I was at a day spa with my good friend Jen. Jen and I have travelled the world together and visited Russia, Portugal, and Mexico, among other places. We had just had massage treatments and started talking about how important it is to carve out time to practice self care and restore one’s spirit. Although Jen is not a business owner, she has an incredibly demanding career with a hectic schedule. We both agreed what a shame it was that we knew so many women like us who really needed to take more time for themselves yet always found an excuse not to.
We decided then and there we wanted to help these women.
At the time I was working with Lauren Spicer of So Fresh Living, helping her with her business strategy. The more Lauren told me about her own retreats, the more I wanted to go on one myself! Lauren is stationed in Panama and works with several local retreat centres helping them market and sell their retreats and also teaches yoga at the retreats. Jen, Lauren and I put our heads together and came up with what we felt would be an incredible journey for remarkable women at Istmo Retreat Centre.
I called it “Forces of Nature Retreat for Remarkable Women”, because that is overwhelmingly the type of woman I am lucky enough to know. The women I work with and am inspired by are true forces of nature themselves who make a major impact on the world around them, women who live life out loud and make no apologies for it.
We decided the retreat would focus on three key areas I’m passionate about:
The first area was personal development, and I’m pleased to say that I brought a variety of coaching activities and techniques to the retreat to satisfy this component. I wanted women to have a chance to self reflect and the opportunity to work on their life strategies. The sad fact is we so often don’t do this crucial work because we’re too busy. Taking six days away from our business lives would mean having the time and space to work on “us.”
The second area was physical wellness. On the retreat we enjoyed yoga, SUP (stand up paddleboard), meditation, and beach activities. As you all know, I believe when we feel physically fit, we are able to do our best work in the world. I wanted this retreat to leave women feeling healthy and invigorated. We also combined the fitness activities with fresh local healthy cuisine.
The third area was relaxation. Let me ask you this question… When was the last time you relaxed? I mean it! Can you think of a time when you were able to shut off life’s demands, family demands, or business demands? It rarely happens for so many of us. We decided that a key element of this retreat would be letting go and having fun, so we encouraged the attendees to leave the laptops at home and limit cel phone use. We encouraged them to really unplug for 6 days. The results were 14 women that truly felt rested and rejuvenated.
In short, we created the Forces of Nature Retreat to give women the opportunity to step away from their busy lives and focus on themselves and what they truly want to achieve in their lives.
I’m constantly meeting fascinating women, and I’m always trying to think of new ways in which I can serve them. This retreat was made up of entrepreneurs as well as career women and stay-at-home moms. I’m delighted with the variety of talent we have brought on board. If you missed the retreat this year, I’ll be sharing more information on Forces of Nature 2019 soon, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, I challenge you to think about expanding your horizons. What element have you always wanted to incorporate into your own business? What new and powerful ways can you serve your audience. I’d love to hear your ideas, so hit me up with an email at email@example.com.