f you’re a woman over 50 at an important crossroads in your life —
this Retreat is for you!
Especially when life plans have been impacted by Covid-related changes and the moment is ripe for a personal renaissance:
Come explore what you’re done with.
Create new scenarios of possibility.
Tap the group’s feedback, coaching, and support.
And get one full year of a support tribe.
“Further Becoming” Women’s Retreat for Women Over 50
Let October 2020 be the time to work on your big “What now?” for during and after the Covid pause.
Join a group of like-minded women for Sue’s experienced guidance and coaching as you reflect, develop, and share your “possibility scenarios” for living, working, and growing the way you want during the continued Covid pause and in the post-pandemic New Now. Take away the intentions and steps you want to enact.
The stir in the air at this time of year is especially reflective of the stir we often feel in our lives. I call it a time of “continued becoming.”
Especially where I live in Colorado when things have stopped blooming, suddenly the temperature shifts and whole different colors emerge. I feel invited to not just forge ahead with life as usual, but to thoughtfully choose the path I want to carve next.
The forced pause of the pandemic has introduced unexpected changes. More time with ourselves. Closer to home. The cancellation or pivoting of plans ~ some long-held and deeply cherished. Some women have had to change retirement timetables, others the launch of businesses. Some expected their high school graduates to be off to college this fall and now find they’ll need to still be home. Travel and gatherings, speeches to be given, books to be launched ~ all of these things things have shifted.
And alongside the losses, many of us have also been liberated to think deeply about what we want … who we want to BE … the WORK we want to do … the renaissance we want to create “in our one wild and precious life.” (poet Mary Oliver)
What better time to explore the big “what now” in a circle of conscious women who are leaning in to the same questions?
With Sue’s guidance, you will be invited to tap the inner knowing you already have about how to create purpose during Covid and how to use it in service to the after-Covid phase. The Retreat has been designed using Sue’s 15 years mastery leading online interactive groups, including several online Women’s Gathering since the Covid pandemic in March.
Our Retreat time will be intimate, engaging, and varied, involving movement and creative ways to prevent Zoom fatigue!
Look forward to a spacious mix of purposeful activities including:
* Group sessions led by Sue
* Paired phone calls
* Small group coffee chats
* Solo exercises and guided journaling
* “Walks” with fellow Retreaters
* Assignments between gatherings.
You’ll also receive surprise packages at your doorstep to introduce fun and support for your life planning & reflection process.
For 12 months following, we’ll meet monthly for group check-ins and support. Your Retreat tribe will be intimately familiar with the intentions you’re putting into place and can provide a listening ear, feedback, and cheering. And I’ll be there to coach the group.
Join us in October to explore your “what now” and next steps.
You deserve it.
Your life deserves it.
It’s a perfect time to plan for the renaissance to come, post pandemic.
AFTER THE RETREAT …
you’ll have a renewed sense of purpose, a wonderful tribe of like-minded women to which you belong for the year ahead, a touchstone or plan for during-Covid and after-Covid ~
and the confidence and joy of having taken this step for yourself.
LEADING THE RETREAT
Looking back on 30 years of conscious business consulting, I’m humbled to have fallen in love with clients all over the globe. But even more important is the clarity I’ve gained since 2015. My calling has always been about listening to the lives other others and helping them create new possibilities. For three decades now, I’ve listened and “possibilitized” as a leadership development facilitator, teacher and coach.
My career path began taking a different turn at 55 as more women my age seemed to be looking for new inspiration and direction and coming to me for coaching during this transition. At a retreat I attended ten years ago, I caught a clear glimpse of what Love might lead me to create in the future. At that retreat as I did the exercises alongside all the women in attendance, I realized that this was what I most wanted someday: to host retreats and help midwife women into their own discoveries about what they truly want. Fast forward to when my work began a natural shift to working with women over 50. Having worked through my own passage from a successful career to something new and deeply fulfilling, I’ve loved witnessing the changes and breakthroughs many other women are making as they discover all that is possible in Adulthood II.
I launched research to interview 100 women between 50-70+ in 2016. From it, I’ve discovered 9 wise and wonderful principles about navigating life at this stage. My quest is to bring their voices into the world in a book filled with their words and insights — a blueprint for all of us as we “continue becoming” and following our highest callings.
I’m thrilled to rededicate my lifework to supporting you and courageous women everywhere who want to chart purposeful and fulfilling paths well beyond their 50s. I hope something on this page inspires you to join me and our Retreat tribe in the early springtime of Colorado to discover what you want for your life ahead. I am deeply privileged to be doing this with work you and creating a welcoming space and sturdy space where you can reflect, reorient, and re-purpose your life. Grand possibilities await you here.
Encouragement from Sue
I asked my photographer to take this picture near the rapids of the Colorado wilderness at the Retreat site where I so love to host Women’s Retreats. Author William Bridges calls the territory between “what has been” and “what’s to be” the wilderness. For many of us, the wilderness of a life transition can feel unsettling and disorienting, but it holds tremendous wisdom and gifts when we’re willing to slow down, listen and consciously plan the path ahead. It also helps to have a guide!
Human nature often causes us to make an “end run” around the Wilderness period, but the cost of doing that can be high. This retreat celebrates the transition we, as women over 50, are traversing in our individual lives — which is also a time of evolutionary change for the role of women in the world. What better place than the wilderness of Colorado to safely explore this transition period — complete with camaraderie, tools, expert guidance and a map!
I encourage you to give yourself this time to let go of what’s coming to an end and let come the new beginning, whatever you may want it to be for the stretch of road ahead. You are needed — to be who you uniquely are, and do what is uniquely yours to do.
- 1:1 Pre-Retreat call with Sue to review your Retreat goals.
- Introduction to the Retreat Tribe Zoom meet-up one month before start.
- Welcome gifts arrive to your door!
- Guidance in setting up your Zoom nest for comfort and ease.
- Blend of :
4 days of group sessions spread into manageable sessions.
Solo activities and journaling in between.
“Paired walks” with fellow Retreat attendees.
Small group “kitchen chats” when YOU choose to plan them.
Guided writing assignments with music.
Visiting artist to capture of your voice, your dreams.
Unveiling and celebration of your desired intentions/plans.
Circle-up of how you want support for the next year.
Final surprise gift arrives to your door!
- One year of monthly Retreat tribe check-ins for support, check-ins, accountability.
- Sue’s group and individual coaching throughout the Retreat.
- Access to Sue’s research from interviews with 100 women.
- Free copy of book A Call to Further Becoming: The New Declaration from Women Over 50.
- Deep connection with a new tribe of women.
What’s NOT Included
- You will need a computer with stable access to Wifi for each session
- Your computer should have a built-in mic (most do!) and a built-in camera (most do!) or you will need an auxiliary headset and/or external camera. These are easy to find and use.
- You will need cellphone or landline connection during the Retreat to join “coffee chats” and paired walks with other Retreat members. Your availability to connect with them at planned times is an important part of the group’s relationship-building and reciprocal support.
Why give yourself the gift of this “Further Becoming” Retreat in October?
Because no one can care-take your life and your future better than you.
Because no one can hear your inner voice more clearly than you.
Because no one knows what you are done with more profoundly than you.
Because the opportunity is rare to be in specially-created space with other women: to celebrate the life you’ve lived so far, harvest its lessons, and make room for the next stretch of road ahead.
This retreat is held on the Zoom platform and is augmented with phone calls, group chats, offline exercises, mailed gifts, and one year of monthly group support phone calls.
Maximum of 10 to keep the Retreat intimate and engaging.
Joining after Sept 1?Latest registration Oct 1 or when all spots filled!
Early-bird !Due by August 30, 2020
Questions? We’re happy to chat about the Retreat details. Click here to schedule a call with Sue.
“I have many memories of the retreat days at the lovely cottage and how healing and orienting they actually have been for me. . . . The event mixed being with doing and thinking with playing, which has been pivotal to what I have made of my life after corporate work. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a truthful and profound thank you to both of you for creating that experience with me.”
— V.A. former global IT consultant, now travel / guesthouse owner
“The retreat provided a wonderfully safe process to guide me to some inner thoughts that I actually suppressed under the weight of my working life…. I’m involved in whole new work endeavors now, with new partners and a fabulous chamber choir that’s the caliber I find immensely fulfilling! I am deeply indebted to you for supporting me through the journey to this place.
— Fiona Henderson, Hanya Partners, United Kingdom