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Women's Wisdom Circle Retreat 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM (CDT)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Women's Wisdom Circle Retreat
in Yelapa Mexico with Linda Wolf
Norma Jean Young, Reiki Mistress & T'ai Chi Ch'uan teacher Kellie Shannon Elliott, 5Rhythms certified teacher
April 26 - May 4th, 2013
"The work Linda Wolf is doing changes the world" Jean Houston
"Being part of circle saved my life" Talina Wood
"This retreat is a secret treasure" Beverly Yates
- Nine Days/Eight Nights Eco Lodging at El Jardin Eco Retreat (http://yelapagardenretreat.com)
- 3 Delicious, whole-foods meals per day, prepared by our on-site chef, Eric Kuhner (vegan options available)
- Daily Compassionate Listening Circles facilitated by Linda Wolf
(except adventure days)
- Daily T'ai Chi Ch'uan
(except adventure days)
- Daily 5Rhythms movement (except adventure days)
- A day trip to the Marietta Islands- the uninhabited wildlife refuge, snorkling and swimming beach, home of the Blue-Footed Boobie Birds, with a fresh ceviche lunch prepared by our boatman Severino
- A day trip to the secret waterfall (in a village up the coast) which includes lunch with a Mexican family in Pizota (fresh fish, and handmade corn tortillas, homemade guacamole & salsa, flan & fresh coconuts, and lots of sunshine!
Women's Circle: Our circles are powerful, transformational, mutual support systems. They are deeply soulful experiences --a secret treasure that you are blessed to find. In our circle, together we co-create the safety and intimacy that is necessary for each of us to be fully present and listen to ourselves and each other. We hone a space of trust and connection from which we experience deep insights and wisdom and hear what our souls are calling forth. We create a finely tuned resonate field within which our true voices and feelings can be expressed --bringing us closer to the questions and answers we are seeking to resolve. By each woman lovingly taking responsibility for everything she perceives, imagines, hears, thinks, and feels, we experience the freedom to speak and listen from our hearts and be ourselves, here and now. Practicing Compassionate Listening our unique destiny paths become clearer.
Compassionate Listening™ Compassionate Listening is a life-long spiritual practice that will improve all your relationships. You will learn it and can use it for the rest of your life. It's that powerful. Compassionate Listening helps us to create a spaceousness which allows us to listen to and accept others' perspectives, to hold multiple perspectives with respect, whether we agree or disagree with them. This is the peace building skill that is desperately needed in the world, in all our relationships and within our own selves. It lifts our vibration and heals us. People around us are changed just being near us as we begin to resonate a loving presence of acceptance. C.L. is not about being perfect. It is about being human. Forgiveness is a great part of C.L.
T'ai Chi & Qi Gong: Each morning, we will gather together, have a cup of something warm, and meet on the dance floor to awaken our bodies and spirits through Tai Chi and Qi Gong, with Norma Jean Young. This will begin our day of deep listening and bring us into balance with the natural flow of life in the now, and be present for the day as it presents itself.
5Rhythms: Each evening we will again move our bodies and spirits with 5Rhythms certified teacher, Kellie Shannon Elliott. Before dinner, we will gather on the dance floor to move our energy and emotions to inspired music. In this way, we will release all that we have gone through during the day, and strengthen and anchor the transformational work we are doing together, transitioning into our evening. 5Rhythms is a movement mediation practiced devised by Gabrielle Roth. It draws from indigenous and world traditions, and Gestalt therapy, the human potential movement, and transpersonal psychology. 5Rhythms is a soul journey. By moving the body, releasing the heart and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.
Extra Special Adventures:
Day-trip to Pizota: (included in fee)
We'll visit the neighboring village of Pizota, which is an even smaller fishing village (only 26 families) just around the southern point of Yelapa, 10 minutes by boat. There we’ll be treated to a delicious lunch, after we will take you on a guided hike to "the secret waterfall," where the water is truly clean and we are totally secluded! Meaning forget the bathing suits if you want to!
Day-trip to the Marietta Islands: (Included in fee)
Our boatman, Seferino will drop us off on one of the uninhabited beaches and later give us a tour of the islands by boat, stopping if possible to let us swim into the womb of rock, which must one be listed as one of the world's wonders. The Mariettas are one of the last two nesting grounds of the Blue-Footed Booby. (Bring your waterproof cameras!). Snorkeling at the Mariettas provides one with endless delights, and swimming there is quite a thrill for those who love the water. If we're lucky enough to have the beach to ourselves, we can even skinny dip!
Nourish your body, soul and spirit in Yelapa - Optional Add Ons:
- Reiki with Norma Jean - Sliding Scale $75 - $150 per session
- $65 per hour: Acupressure Treatments with Beverly Taylor - the best body work you've ever had and may ever have.
- We can also set you up with: Massage, Watsu, Tandum Paragliding, horse-back riding and more.
About the Retreat Leaders:
Linda is a celebrated photographer; her art work is collected in museums, galleries and public institutions worldwide. Also, she is the founder of Teen Talking Circles, a nonprofit organization providing after school circles for teens, and adult circle facilitation trainings. She is the co-author of Daughers of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun; Young Women on thion to Womanhood and, Global Uprising. She is the creator and producer of I Am A Full Woman, a video montage celebrating women world-wide. Linda is a certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator, and has over 20 years experience training others in the art of circle. (Linda's bio, click here).
Norma Jean Young: Norma Jean Young is a pioneer of Reiki Healing. She has taken her healing work into three major arenas: Integral Medicine, Indigenous communities, and gatherings of wisdom-keeping grandmothers. She has practiced T'ai Chi and Qi Gong since 1970. These vital practices are an intregral part of her teaching. Author of the Great Integrity-Reiki Natural Healing, available through Amazon. Her website is: www.normajeanreiki.com.
Kellie Shannon Elliott:
Kellie fell in love with the transformational embodiment practice of the 5Rhythms® in 1999 and has been a devoted and relentless practitioner since that time. She maintains a disciplined local practice, has traveled far and wide, immersed in the global community and studied with teachers from all over the world. Kellie has studied extensively with founder, Gabrielle Roth since 2005, and received her teacher certification from Gabrielle and the Moving Center School in New York. She teaches in numerous Puget Sound communities. Her passion for and knowledge of the 5Rhythms® has grown in depth and breadth with each repetition of the maps and she maintains her own continuing education, dropping into communities around the world, to study with senior faculty, to further embody the beauty and wisdom, of being a life long student of the 5Rhythms®.
Yelapa, is a fishing village 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta by boat, and was recently named the number 1. place to go before you die by Sunset magazine. Yelapa has long been a favorite destination for artists, musicians, hippies, backpackers, beatniks, and other counter-culture folks who were drawn by the "back to nature" reality of no electricity, no cars, no streets, no roads, and the easy-going attitude towards all things free. Now Yelapa has electricity (most of the time!), but there is still the same free-flowing feeling and no cars, no streets, no roads, plus an indigenous Mexican culture where you can still find adobe tortilla stoves, and a natural environment with the greatest bio-diversity, second only to the Amazon Rainforest.
Lodging is at El Jardin Eco Retreat: For this retreat, we are renting the entire El Jardin Eco Retreat Center, so we'll have plenty of privacy and comfort. El Jardin is located on "The Point," just off Isabel's Beach. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and dance space are one very large room, open to the air and close to the water. Just beautiful. The Palapas are hostel style sleeping quarters, with comfy, cozy beds (all have mosquito nets), and fully equipt bathrooms with composting toilets. The owners of Towels, linens, fresh drinking water are provided. El Jardin are commited to taking care of the eco systems of Yelapa.To view El Jardin's website, filled with recommendations and photos, look at this website. http://yelapagardenretreat.com
Meals: Our on-site cook, Eric, uses as many organic, local and whole foods as possible in his preparations. Vegan, vegetarian, pescaterian, flexitarian options are no problem, just let him know what you want! Our first night's dinner is a favorite - homemade black beans and rice, fresh corn tortillas (whenever possible, locally made by hand), salsa, guacamole, chili rellenos, salads, steamed vegetables, and an array of delicious choices of natural fruits, nuts, coconuts, juices, teas, and local desserts, all made with care, love, skill, and patience. Let us know your particular dietary constraints, and we'll take care of you to the best of our ability.
Eric Kuhner: Eric Kuhner leads young men's circles and assists in TTC Facilitator Trainings. He is on the board of directors of Teen Talking Circles, and was Administrative Director for the Compassionate Listening Project. Eric has completed the Advanced CL Training. In addition to participating in his own men’s group, he has led retreats and circles for men as well as retreats for men and women. Eric has a Masters Degree in Urban Studies, and has mastered the art of shifting roles from group leader and facilitator to computer guru, to massage therapist, to writer, and inspired chef.
Fitness Requirements: Yelapa is a walking village. We've had participants from 18 - 80 years old in our circles -- even one woman with two artificial knees! If you've been wanting more exercise, you'll have a great opportunity! However, if you're feeling sore or even if you're not, you can avail yourself of one of the many talented local bodywork practicioners whose prices are far better than we're used to in most North American cities.
Living Conditions to Consider: Living close to nature brings us more deeply in touch with our own wild nature and the wilderness in our own spirits. It provides enormous pleasure, awe and can also cause us to have to confront our fears as well as pay attention to possible hazzards. The presence of scorpions, jellyfish, ticks (non-lyme), stingrays, intense sun, uneven footing on rocky trails requires mindfullness and care. We have never had injuries, scorpion stings or other health issues among our participants, but these hazzards are ever present and need to be recognized.
More about Yelapa: Yelapa also offers us tremendous opportunities outside our scheduled times -- through resting, reading, hiking, swimming, dancing, paragliding, and simply being, we revitalize. There are kayaks availble for our use and a beach right at our doorstep. At El Jardin, we have Internet and cell phones do work in most places in Yelapa! If you're someone who enjoys speaking Spanish, the locals love conversation and even make an effort to understand our worst efforts!
At night, in Yelapa, there is much to do to shake out our bodies and rattle our souls! The Saturday night and Wednesday night "Disco" means dancing your heart out! So bring flowing dancing clothes! At certain times of the year we can go for a midnight swim under the stars, in the phosphorescence. Then, sleep to the sounds of the crickets and tropical forest creatures and the music flowing across the Bay. In the morning you'll wake to the sounds of dozens of birds, the hooves of horses on the stone paths, the calls of the fishermen, and the children playing or on their way to the school. If you wish there is "upriver," where an hour hike through the back country will bring you to Christina's Vegan Restaurant --- itself quite a novelty, with a bathroom & toilet up in a funky treehouse! And further on is the waterfall in Yelapa.
The Huichol Shamans and Artists: The Huichol or Wixáritari (or "peyote people," as they are often called) are an indigenous ethnic group of western central Mexico, living in the Sierra Madre mountain range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. Over the past 40 years, the late Isabel Jordan, founder of Casa Isabel, befriended and supported many Huichol shamans and artists by purchasing their artwork and jewelry, as well as participating in their religious and spiritual rituals at sacred sites in the Sierra Madre Mountains. If shamans or artists are visiting Yelapa at the time of our retreat, you might be able to purchase a Healing or jewelry.
Traveling in Jalisco, Mexico is safe and easy. We have heard of no violence towards foreign visitors in Jalisco, or Yelapa. The worst we've heard of in Yelapa are robberies. El Jardin has safes for our valuables, and the local people are committed to seeing this does not continue. The locals are friendly and warm and often speak English or make a great attempt to understand poor Spanish.
Airlines are offering great deals right now, and there are many direct flights to Puerto Vallarta. As departure and arrival plans vary, we will work with you to arrange baggage assistance and water taxi transportation, as needed. We'll give you all the information and assistance you need to get from the airport to Yelapa and back!
We hope you will join us for another unforgetable experience in Circle in Yelapa. If you need to speak with a real person or two about this, don't hesitate to call us at 206-842-3000. You can also email Genevieve, who will be glad to help you figure out the details info (@) teentalkingcircles (.) org.
Cost to attend the Retreat: $1550
- Nine Days/Eight Nights Eco Lodging at El Jardin Eco Retreat (http://yelapagardenretreat.com)
- 3 Delicious, whole-foods meals prepared by our on-site chef, Eric Kuhner (vegan options available)
- Daily Sacred Circles facilitated by Linda Wolf (except adventure days)
- Daily Yin Yoga, meditation and healing movement with Susi Costello (except adventure days)
- Daily 5Rhythms Dance with Kellie Elliott (except adventure days)
- Pie from the famous pie lady!
Our Refund Policy: (please look into trip insurance):
If you must cancel your trip, the following cancellation fees apply:
- $500 non-refundable fee is retained at any time of cancellation.
- Cancellations made after February 31: 50% of fees will be retained, unless you find someone to take your place.
- After March 31st, We’re sorry, but we cannot provide any refund in this case, due to the nonrefundable reservations we are locked into at this stage of the journey.
- If the trip is cancelled, due to any unforeseen circumstances, we will refund all but $200. (please look into trip insurance)
Travelers Insurance: We encourage participants to purchase travel insurance, which generally includes: trip cancellation, baggage, medical and/or emergency evacuation insurance. No one ever intends to cancel their trip; however, unforeseen circumstances can change travel plans. Baggage may be lost or damaged, and some medical insurance (including Medicare) will not provide coverage outside the U.S. For a modest price, protection can be provided for these and other concerns. Please check with a travel agent of your choice or there are many reputable companies on-line.
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The Amazing Yelapa Experience: Many women have written us to thank us for offering them such a treasured experience. Here are a few more testimonials. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to speak personally with someone who has been to one of our retreats.
"I enjoyed the women's circle in Yelapa so much, I'm going again this year! The retreat is a good way for me as a busy city woman to reconnect with myself in a healthy, beautiful setting. Sharing the retreat with a great group of women makes it more meaningful. We all need to slow down sometimes, to take time to reflect, eat healthy food, laugh, dance, and share a little of our lives with friends. Just arriving in Yelapa, after a boat trip down the coast, makes me feel that I'm moving towards more balance in my life." Gillian Corless, Vancouver BC
"I can’t thank you enough for your caring and your skilled facilitation in Yelapa which helped me in so many ways. I came home with a deeper understanding of some of the issues I was facing in my life, a sense of peace, and a renewed energy." Phyllis, Indianola WA.
Click here to watch the Youtube movie about yelapa
and women's sacred circles, led by Linda Wolf
When & Where
Womens Circles Network
"Last spring was a time for me when the world looked staid, and there seemed little hope of breaking out of the box. I had one specific week I had to get away, and put that week into Google along with the word "retreat". What came up was synchronicity. A group of women from the west coast, it seemed, were gathering for a "compassionate listening circle" in a place called "Yelapa". Where?? What??
Yelapa, it turns out, is a remote fishing village accessed by tiny boats off the coast of Puerta Vallarta, and inhabited by only 1500 native residents. No cars are allowed, only donkeys who carry your provisions, and wild parakeets who carry your dreams. There are
no brick or cement houses, only "Palapas," palm frond roofs on four or more posts with maybe some bamboo walls for privacy and a sleeping loft. In your loft you are rocked to sleep under the stars accompanied by the insistent sound of the sea.
Many of these ten women knew one another, so I could have walked into an intimidating situation. But from our first circle on the very first day, Linda Wolf pulled out her bag of magic. She is a gifted facilitator with a heart as large and colorful as all of Mexico. As each of us shared our stories, why we had come, where we were in our lives, it was quickly apparent that we were making a family. A FUNCTIONAL, safe, loving family.
And the food! Yum! Linda's partner and gourmet chef du jour, Eric, took Yelapa's abundant local fare and transformed it into such happiness for our tummies. I begged him and his inner Julia Child to come home with me, but he insisted he was already previously engaged.
At night, we cranked up the music, hoola hooped, danced, giggled, became twelve again, or dressed to the nines and went on the town. We went to a waterfall in the wilderness and swam naked, we went on field trips and ate meals at the home of locals who warmly invited us in. We explored deep into Yelapa's amazing abundance. We explored deep into the mysteries of ourselves. It was a magical time. How happy I am for synchronicity.
If you find yourself wanting to get away from this world into an indescribably lush and beautiful setting, and doing something
really really unique with a week, treat yourself to one of Linda's retreats. It's the kind of time that will stay with you. One that you can call up from your heart whenever the world feels impossible and all too much to bear."
--Ally Aker, poet, author, filmmaker, New York