I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen. – Anne Lamott
Are you ready to listen to the sounds of spring, to the sounds of your beating heart?
Spring is a season rich in metaphors of renewal, of growth, of the promise of another cycle completed once again. The days get longer, the barren ground bursts into color again, and we are reminded that even when everything has seemed to vanish, it will be there again.
When we close our eyes and listen, we invite in a deeper noticing than what we can see on the surface.
We can turn our noticing not only to what blooms in spring, but to what we have held within us for the winter months, what has turned over and over, turning scraps of feelings, of loss, of grief, becoming mulch. What might we grow out of this rich soil, nutrient dense with all of our lived experience? What possibility is ready to burst forth and feel the sun and rain upon it, and keep growing, growing, growing?
To mark this time of sprouts beginning to push their way through the ground, we are going to explore what has been hiding underneath the ground of self and what is ready to come into bloom.
We will examine these parts of who we are in all of their sacredness, move through the process of composting what no longer serves us in its former form, and tend to what is ready to grow.
We will come together to prepare for the shift from internal to external, as we move into the season of lengthening days.
Through meditation, movement, and creative practices, the intention of our time together will be centered around reflecting in order to grow.
This is about tending – acknowledging where you are and what you are ready to step into.
Who is this for?
The Spring Equinox Retreat is open to anyone who is looking for a sacred space to tend to what they want to grow, and who is ready to take these pieces of self and hold them close, reflect, and see where they may lead.
When is the retreat taking place? I need details!
The retreat will take place via Zoom on March 18th, from 10am – 4pm EST.
What can I expect from the weekend?
We will take time at the start of the day to set intentions and ground into the day with a mediation. The rest of the day will flow through a series of sessions where we will REFLECT, COMPOST, and TEND. Each session will have writing, artistic, and gentle movement components.
At the end of the day, we will circle together to share and to experience a closing ritual.
This is a come-as-you are retreat. What that means is that you are invited to be present and show up in whatever ways feel good for you in the moment. If you are interested in joining and have any concerns about accessibility, please reach out to me. The intention is to create a space that works for everyone who wants to participate.
How much does the retreat cost?
The retreat is $100, and includes our time together as well as a PDF that you’ll receive after the weekend so you can continue to explore and deepen your journey beyond the weekend.
If you have any more questions, please reach out to xandra at sacredbecoming dot com and I’ll be happy to answer them!
Is the retreat beginner friendly?
Absolutely! This is going to be a space that we enter together with intention, and without pressure. I will share some ideas for ways to get yourself unstuck as you are writing so you aren’t sitting there feeling stuck. If nothing else, this is an opportunity for you to show up with a bit of time for yourself to explore what arises when you give yourself the chance to put pen to page.
Will this be recorded?
The retreat will not be recorded. The retreat will happen in the moment, and often people are surprised by what appears on the page, and feel inspired to share with those that are gathered there. To ensure that everyone feels as safe as possible in their sharing, there will be no recording. I will send a PDF out after the retreat with the prompts and other resources so that you can build upon the experience of the day.
Do I have to share?
I will never EVER make you share. What I will say is this – many people who have been reluctant to share and then decided to were so glad that they did. There is something powerful about hearing your words spoken and by experiencing them being received by others.
I would love to join, but $100 does not quite fit my budget right now. Do you offer a payment plan or accessibility pricing?
I do not want finances to be what keeps you from joining us. If this is the case for you, send me an email and we’ll find a way to make it work.
Do I have to have my camera on?
While you don’t have to have your camera on, I do encourage it to foster a stronger sense of community. I do ask when we are sharing (either in the full group or in break out rooms), that if it is possible for you, you have your camera on at least for that time. Certainly while we are writing, many people feel more comfortable with their camera off, and that is fine.
Can I register for the retreat with a group of my friends?
Yes! This is encouraged! It can be a wonderful way to spend the day with friends, especially if you are spread out geographically and are looking for a way to spend the day together.