Summer 2023 Retreat
August 23 - 27, 2023
Who are we when we find the courage to honour what is inwardly true and authentically share ourselves with others?
Who can we become as we face our fears of rejection and re-write the narratives of our social conditioning?
Join us for 5 beautiful days on the traditional territory of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group and Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) peoples, also known as Bowen Island, BC, where we will get to know ourselves more intimately. While there, we will have time to connect with the land, the trees, the birds and the healing forces of nature.
Our vision for this retreat is to create an inclusive, expansive and supportive space where all races, sexualities, ages and backgrounds are welcome. This retreat is specifically for women and non-binary folx who are comfortable in a female/gender-neutral space.
Through breathwork, sharing circles, movement, meditation and reflection, we will feel unconditionally, embrace the parts of ourselves that have been abandoned and reclaim our wholeness through self-love, self-compassion and self-acceptance.
It takes courage to see our shadows, to face our inner critics and make friends with our triggers.
It takes strength to move authentically through the world, especially when your truth may not always be respected.
It takes bravery to choose the path towards true self-acceptance.
Bring all of your unique, honest authenticity, and together let’s find the courage to grow. 🌱💚
Day 1 - Grounding - Connecting with the land.
Day 2 - Mind - Understanding our beliefs and attitudes towards ourselves.
Day 3 - Heart - Letting go, letting in, self-love and self-compassion.
Day 4 - Body - Deepening our relationships with our bodies.
Day 5 - Spirit - Honouring our unique spiritual connection.
$1785 CDN - Shared accommodation
$1525 CDN - Shared accommodation - scholarship* ($250 discount)
$1945 CDN - Semi-private accommodation
$2100 CDN - Private accommodation
Pricing includes food, accommodation, the retreat experience and 5% GST. Payment plans available.
* We are committed to supporting BIPOC and advocating for racial equity. BIPOC scholarships are available to any Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour to acknowledge and rebalance systemic injustice. Please reflect honestly on your level of privilege and if this is something you need, let us know.
APPLICATION DEADLINE & PROCESS
Application deadline: April 30, 3023
Fill out this application form by this date. All applications will be reviewed and acceptance emails will be sent by May 15.
Deposit $750 CDN to secure your spot. We can offer a payment plan for those who need it. Please inquire for further details.
Once accepted, please send payment either via e-transfer (if in Canada) or via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
A full refund minus the deposit can be provided if notice of cancellation is given prior to July 31, 2023 and if your spot can be filled by another applicant. If notice of cancellation is received after this date, no refund will be possible. Exceptions can be made for exceptional circumstances and will be addressed on a case by case basis.
Christina Niven - Retreat Co-Creator and Senior Facilitator
Christina's passion is soul medicine where we come to know the deepest parts of ourselves. She values living life authentically, consciously and with integrity. Christina is a C-IAYT yoga therapist, certified Senior Breathwave Facilitator and Trainer, and a longtime student (20+ years) of yoga and shamanic medicine. She is also in the midst of a Masters in Counselling Psychology and is in her final year of training in Somatic Experiencing - a body based approach to trauma therapy. Her focus on self-care, self-acceptance and self-compassion as a reflection of its pivotal role in her recovery from a long-time eating disorder and her personal journey to healing.
Dom P-C - Retreat Co-Creator and Facilitator
Dom P-C is a queer, non-binary artist and philanthropist. With a passion for the intersection between Creativity and Healing, they are also a cofounder of the Connecting with Creativity Retreat, a space for people to come together and tap into their authentic creative expression.
As the founder of Start the Wave - a non-profit organization that funds, supports and connects wavemakers worldwide, (prioritizing projects working with an intersectional and community-based approach, led by BIPOC, Disabled and TGNCI individuals), they are also deeply focused on moving towards equity and community care.
They are thrilled to offer a space for folx to be in all of their rainbow brilliance and can’t wait to witness the magic unfold.
Sophie Dow - Breathwork Co-Facilitator
Treaty 1-born Sophie Dow is a multidisciplinary creative, inspired by dance, music, film, bodywork, collaboration and her Métis-Assiniboine + French/Ukrainian roots. An avid adventurer, Sophie exudes passions for busking, yoga and traveling on top of holding a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University.
Sophie presently fulfills roles as: a creative director of PEC’s Flight Festival, artistic associate of O.Dela Arts & The Chimera Project Dance Theatre, musician with The Honeycomb Flyers, a licensed practitioner of Traditional Thai Massage, a trained facilitator of BreathWave, student of craniosacral therapy, a freelance dancer/choreographer/sound designer and a puddle jumping trickster.
Xenia Retreat Centre, Bowen Island
Xenia is a very special place that has been lovingly held and tended to by matriarch and protector Angelyn for over 30 years. Originally bought as a dilapidated old sheep farm, this beautiful 30 acres of land has been transformed through the efforts of its community to create a magical and sacred centre for healing, reflection and quietude. On this land lives many creatures - ravens, eagles, horses, deer, dogs, hummingbirds and OPA, an ancient 1000-year-old Grandfather Douglas fir tree!
How to get here:
Airport: YVR Vancouver
Ferry: Horseshoe Bay terminal to Smug Cove on Bowen Island
Public transit from YVR via skytrain to downtown. Bus from downtown to the ferry terminal.
Closer to the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to arrange ride shares with one another. Bowen island does not have public transit or taxis, so coordination with other attendees will make for an easy trip from the ferry to the retreat centre.