Winter and Spring Retreats for Women with Nancy Mortifee – 2014

The Journey Inwards 

Winter: January 24th-26th, 2014 / Spring: May 2nd-4th,2014

Nancy MortifeeNancy Mortifee invites you to two full and enriching residential Weekend Retreats on B.C.’s beautiful Sunshine Coast in 2014. We gather at 7pm Friday evening and finish in the mid afternoon on Sunday.

 

 

REGISTER NOW – Call Mortifee Training 604-266-6785 or email Nancy@mortifeetraining.com

 

 

Winter:  ”Looking Inwards ~ Focusing on the Personal.. and setting intentions for the year ahead”  

January 24th-26th, 2014

What you can get out of this retreat:

• Support to set intentions that truly reflect your deepest desires for your life
• Effective language to establish clear and clean boundaries around your time with others vs time alone
• Tools to cultivate more intimacy with your spouse, children, parents and dear friends
• Learn how to use your voice in new and enlivening ways
• Participate in sacred rituals, deep sharing and storytelling
• Enjoy nourishing and delicious meals made with love
• Have fun exploring new ways to access your creativity through movement, art and nature

Spring: “The Emerging Self ~ Renewal and holding the tension between “light” and “dark”

May 2nd-4th,2014

What you can get out of this retreat:

• Discover more complete views of oneself; the visible and unseen; the “golden” self and the “shadow”
• Build a healthier relationship to judgement; discernment vs toxic shame
• Tools to cultivate more intimacy with your spouse, children, parents and dear friends
• Learn how to use your voice in new and enlivening ways
• Participate in sacred rituals, deep sharing and storytelling
• Enjoy nourishing and delicious meals made with love
• Have fun exploring new ways to access your creativity through movement, art and nature

Treat yourself to these perfect weekend get-aways that bring together deep personal work with laughter, creativity and creature comforts of cosy beds and delicious meals prepared with love.

Retreat Cost for either Winter or Spring: $325 * (includes all meals, art materials and accommodation)

OR Included in tuition for

Circling the Sun ~ A Four Season Journey Inwards for Women

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“Returning home from a retreat experience can be a very moving time. Some women tell me that they feel a renewed confidence and aliveness; ready to take on difficult pieces with gusto. They’re “on fire” with a strong resolve to change how they relate to themselves, their family or co-workers. Others feel both excited and also fearful and unsure about whether they can actually follow through with the new intentions they have set for themselves. Personally, I have had both experiences and so has every other person I have known on this journey. When the realities of life confront us, our intention to stay present and “in” ourselves is tested at every turn and it really helps to have on-going support and reassurance.

My own journey into mindfulness and intimacy was significantly deepened when I  committed to my first year long program with a small group of fellow travellers. Journeying together with others gave me comrades, as well as my teacher, to lean on, feel supported by, and be accountable to.

Over and over again, I hear from women in my groups that they are hungry for a similar continuity of support that will assist them to sustain their practice and personal growth. When I turned 60 this year, I realized that my urge to work with others in this way has deepened. Responding to this request and urge, I decided to offer a year long program. Thus, Circling the Sun… a Four Season Journey Inwards for Women came to be.  I invite you to join me starting January 2014.” - Nancy Mortifee

What you can expect…

“My offer is to gently and persistently invite you to stretch and challenge yourself to follow your own inner urge to move and grow. Together with your Circling the Sun “sisters” you will be supported to move through the fear and self judgment that keeps all of us stuck. I will share what I have learned from the wonderful teachers who have helped me and what I have seen to be helpful with the people I have served myself. And, of course, we will continue to have fun, eat very well, move our bodies and share the joys and sorrows of life, as women have throughout the ages.”

Here’s what the program includes: 

• Four Seasonal Weekend Residential Retreats of 3-4 days –  all accommodations, delicious healthy meals, and art materials*. Each retreat will have a different thematic focus, specific grounding and mindfulness practices, rituals, creative art and voice work. Participants will choose their own on-going creative project as an “out of the head” vehicle for personal exploration.

 20+ hours of Group Phone Sessions

 Continuous email support and special project feedback whenever needed.

• Personal Journal and written course material

• A Celebratory Afternoon to Close the Circle in December 

 FOR MORE INFO and REGISTRATION on the Circling the Sun Four Season Journey

Link here for Past Mindfulness and Intimacy workshops at Cascadia with Nancy

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Writing our Lives: A Writing Retreat with Claire Robson & Elise Chenier

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October 4-6, 2013 at Cascadia House in Roberts Creek BC

Claire and Elise return to the Sunshine Coast after rave reviews from last year’s writing retreat. They will be here for another all inclusive retreat with an emphasis on memoir. Memoir unites our personal histories and the social landscapes in which they were formed. In this retreat, a well-known writer and a social historian combine forces to guide and support you to recall important memories and situate them in their cultural and social contexts. You’ll leave with new insights and crafted, contextualized writing in a variety of genres. No previous experience is required — both teachers are committed to demystifying creative processes and making them accessible. Bring photographs, family artifacts, and pen and paper; we’ll take care of the rest! Great food, beautiful accommodations, and deep sharing in an atmosphere of trust, humour, and compassion

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Claire Robson

Claire Robson is the author of two books (including an award-winning memoir), lead artist for Quirk-e (the Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Gender & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she researches memoir. She has taught memoir writing for the past two decades, to people of all ages and has facilitated annual writing workshops on the Sunshine Coast for 7 years.

 

 

Elise Chenier

Elise Chenier

 

Elise Chenier is an associate professor in the History department at Simon Fraser University, specializing in oral history and sexuality and gender in twentieth century Canada and the U.S. Her book Strangers In Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario is considered a classic in the field. Elise joined forces with Claire last year at Cascadia for a highly successful partnership.

 

Workshop begins 6:30 pm Friday with tea and a light repast. Ends 3 pm Sunday. Meals provided Saturday & Sunday by Jonnita.

Cost: $285 person
Contact Judy Lynne for information or to arrange accommodations. 604-886-7334 or judymlynne@gmail.com 

Download poster as a pdf: Poster 2013

 

 

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The Journey Inwards ~ Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women (May 9-11, 2013)

Women’s Mindfulness and Intimacy

with Nancy Mortifee

I am excited to invite you to join me May 9-11,2013 for a “Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women Retreat” at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek.

In a sacred circle of women, explore tools for cultivating deeper intimacy in your relationships, beginning with yourself. Through body based meditation, artistic and emotional expression, connect with your deeper knowing, awaken to unconscious patterning, and learn to let go of behaviours that no longer serve you.

Together we will explore the issues that many women share:

• Learning to uncover and express feelings in the safety of a confidential and sacred circle.
• Sharing the challenges and joys of re-inventing ourselves in relationships, families and worklife.
• Deepening our spiritual life though meditation, stretching, music and movement.
• Discovering new avenues for creative expression using a variety of materials such as clay, collage, masks and textiles. (All of our work is experiential and every activity and process is voluntary.)
• Relaxing into beautiful natural surroundings and enjoying delicious healthy meals.

Once again I will be joined by workshop co-host Carol Sill. Creative and expressive practices will beautifully complement our personal “open seat” sessions. It’s a time to go deeply into ourselves, share with others and move more inwardly mindful through the busyness of this new year.

THE JOURNEY INWARDS – Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women
Thursday, May 9- Saturday, May 11, 2013

Residential Weekend at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek, Sunshine Coast.

We will retreat from  Thursday evening, all day Friday, ending on Saturday at 2:30pm.

Retreat Cost: $200 * (includes all meals, materials and accommodation)

Registration and info HERE – Workshops fill up quickly, please contact us soon if you wish to attend.

* In keeping with Nancy’s desire to make her work as accessible as possible, she is only asking that the costs associated with the workshop be covered. She will not be taking a fee. Payment can be made in a variety of ways, so please contact her directly.

For info on past Mindfulness and Intimacy Retreats at Cascadia:

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Healing the Feminine Heart – March 1-3rd

Women’s Mindfulness and Intimacy

with Nancy Mortifee

I am excited to invite you to join me March 1-3, for a “Healing the Feminine Heart Weekend” at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek.

In a sacred circle of women, explore tools for cultivating deeper intimacy in your relationships, beginning with yourself. Through body based meditation, artistic and emotional expression, connect with your deeper knowing, awaken to unconscious patterning, and learn to let go of behaviours that no longer serve you.

Together we will explore the issues that many women share:

• Learning to uncover and express feelings in the safety of a confidential and sacred circle.
• Sharing the challenges and joys of re-inventing ourselves in relationships, families and worklife.
• Deepening our spiritual life though meditation, stretching, music and movement.
• Discovering new avenues for creative expression using a variety of materials such as clay, collage, masks and textiles. (All of our work is experiential and every activity and process is voluntary.)
• Relaxing into beautiful natural surroundings and enjoying delicious healthy meals.

Once again I will be joined by workshop co-host Carol Sill. Creative and expressive practices will beautifully complement our personal “open seat” sessions. It’s a time to go deeply into ourselves, share with others and move more inwardly mindful through the busyness of this new year.

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Friday, March 1- Sunday, March 3, 2013

Residential Weekend at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek, Sunshine Coast.

We gather at 7pm Friday evening and finish at 2:30pm on Sunday.

Retreat Cost: $175 * (includes all meals, materials and accommodation)

Registration and info HERE – Workshops fill up quickly, please contact us soon if you wish to attend.

* In keeping with Nancy’s desire to make her work as accessible as possible, she is only asking that the costs associated with the workshop be covered. She will not be taking a fee. Payment can be made in a variety of ways, so please contact her directly.

For info on past Mindfulness and Intimacy Retreats at Cascadia:

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Queer Times: A Writing Retreat on the Sunshine Coast

(This post is for the 2012 workshop. LINK HERE for the current workshop coming October 4-6,2013)

October 12 to 14, 2012  – With Claire Robson and Elise Chenier

 

We are all repositories of important histories and stories; too many of them never told.

Social historian Elise Chenier and memoirist Claire Robson combine forces to offer a unique creative learning experience inviting you to share memories of your formative years, and then to review them in the context of queer history. They will help you dig down into the heart and significance of your story, so that you can craft it into a piece that speaks to others. You will find the experience to be profound, engaging, and carefully structured, as these two experienced and professional educators work their magic. No previous writing experience required.


Claire Robson
is writer-in-residence for Quirk-e (Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders), a publicly funded arts group. Author of Love in Good Time, a memoir chronicling the 60s to the 80s, Writing for Change, an academic book about her work in critical arts practices, and editor of several anthologies. She has a lifetime experience of working with emergent writers.

 

Elise Chenier is a sex rights activist, a historian of sexuality, author, and founder of the Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony at Simon Fraser University. She is currently writing a book about gay marriage in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. She is in the process of building the Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony.

In this writing retreat you will:

  • Take some writing time just for you
  • Capture memories and gain the confidence needed to expand and explore them as meaningful narratives
  • Be supported in moving them into work that can reach wider audiences
  • Develop memoir and creative writing in a relaxing and comfortable environment
  • Get creatively unstuck
  • Be inspired and energized

Out of town participants can be accommodated at Cascadia Centre in cozy beds with cotton linen sheets and comfy duvets and experience mouthwatering home-made meals made just for us by our Cascadia’s wonderful chef. Light breakfast provided Saturday and Sunday, lunch both days and dinner Saturday night.

Arrive: 6:30 pm Friday, October 12, 2012
Departure: 3pm Sunday, October 14, 2012
Location: Cascadia House, Sunshine Coast, BC

Saturday evening will be a social night. Bring along anything you have written that you would like to read or share something you have written during the retreat.

Contact Judy Lynne for registration, information, to arrange accommodations or for travel assistance  604-886-7334, judy.m.lynne@gmail.com

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