Spring 2020 Retreat for Women Over 50 on the Journey of Further Becoming!

 

 Join Our Group to Explore the Big “What Now?”

For women who are poised to work on the next step of their lives using intuition, intelligent reflection, creative exploration, and expertly-coached planning. 

 April 1-5, 2020
Gorgeous Chautauqua National Park
Boulder, Colorado 
Welcome dinner Wednesday evening, 7pm

Closure celebration dinner Sunday, 7-9pm
Monday check-out 10am

 

 

 

If you’re a woman over 50 at an important crossroads in your life —

usually marked by the arc of a successful career coming to a natural close, wanting to do something completely different (but not knowing exactly what), feeling fear and disorientation about your changing identity and purpose, and yearning for a tribe you can be part of as you navigate this territory

this Retreat is for you!

Come explore what you’re done with.

Create new scenarios of possibility.

Tap the group’s feedback, coaching, and support.

 And get luscious time in Colorado’s mountains and meadows to feed your soul.


“Further Becoming” Women’s Retreat for Women Over 50!

THIS is the time and place for you to work on your big “What now?”

Ready to join a tribe of women you’ll be with for a FULL YEAR to support and encourage this time of transition in your life?

Want to depart from 4 days and 5 nights in Colorado with a soul inspired, life-changing plan for the next phase of your journey?

Relieved and excited at the idea of having HOURS of GROUP TIME dedicated to YOU? — with feedback on life scenarios you’d like to consider up ahead?

Relish hours of Sue’s experienced guidance and transformational coaching, and the group’s time spent listening, as you reflect, develop, then share real possibilities you envision for living, loving, working, and spiritually growing as you enter the promising stage of Adulthood II.

Join a circle of like-minded women for YOUR springtime blossoming, perfectly situated at the foothills of the Rockies! 

SPRING is about newness.  What I call “continued becoming.” Social anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson tells us that for the first time in human history there’s a whole new stage of life, never before available. It’s called Adulthood II, between 50-70+. No wonder we’re recognizing, as we reach this time in our lives, that our contributions and callings are hardly over! In fact, women are busting through all kinds of old narratives and discovering that in fact, OVER 50 IS ONE OF THE MOST FERTILE TIMES OF LIFE.

Freed from caring what other people think and from needing (or wanting!) to achieve new headlines with what we do, we’re liberated to think deeply about what we want … how we want to BE … what would FILL our souls … the LEGACY we want to leave and the WORK we still want to do — whether inner or outer work. And we include in our visions the LOVE we want to give and receive.

What better way to explore the big “What now?” than in a circle of intelligent women with deep life experience, all leaning in to learn and transform together?

With Sue’s guidance, you’ll will be invited to tap the inner knowing you already have, even if it only comes in glimpses. We will use a process from William Bridges’ work on change and transition alongside Sue’s background as a spiritual intelligence SQ21 coach and researcher on the promising new tracks women worldwide are laying down when well over 50. You’ll experience a blend of simple elegant structure, solo reflection, group time, and your opportunities every day to build and share your life thinking/planning in an unpressured supportive contained.

All this surrounded by a stunning background and enjoying nourishing food.    

Ask yourself, is this the time to explore what Mary Oliver calls your  ”wild and precious life” and invest in what’s calling you?

We’ll have it all: wooded mountain paths with early blooming flowers, a spacious house to accommodate our women’s circle each day, your own shared cabin with its own kitchen, living area, private or shared sleeping room, stocked kitchen, and breathtaking views of the Colorado flatirons from our meeting space.

Most of all, you will be surrounded by an amazing group of women who have stepped “into the arena of their lives” as Brene Brown puts it. I couldn’t be more excited to lead this Retreat and help midwife the next phase of your promising life!  

Our days will begin with an opening poem or prayer. After a group “check-in,” you’ll engage in a personal reflection exercises that taps best practices about how to hear your own inner voice. After a day committed to discovering some of the throughlines in your career/life story, you’ll be invited over the next two days into a gentle but powerful scenario-building process (where the real power of the retreat lies!) in order for you to take a much deeper look at some of the life scenarios you want to consider. You will share with the group what’s emerging in your own listening process with coaching and guidance from Sue’s 30 years working with people in transitions.

And in between group time, you’ll have plenty of sunshine and outdoor time to walk, play, talk, and journal about the glimpses you’re catching of the life you want on the other side of this important transition.

And all this wrapped in the wonderland of Colorado’s world-renowned Chautauqua campus! Amid our focused work will be scrumptious food on the veranda of the famous Chautauqua Dining Hall.

You’ll get inspiration from like-minded women pioneers, and expert support from two Retreat leaders whose backgrounds are steeped in the terrain of personal transition. Invigorating trail hikes through the breathtaking natural landscape, and solo time to journal or create art are threaded throughout our days.

Spring is a perfect time to address the crossroads of your life — from where you’ve been to where you want to go. New birth. New blossoming.

Come explore the big “what now?” question. Your life deserves it. And other women will likely learn from not only the outcomes of your work on this Retreat, but the process you used to get there: you wisdom, curiosity, spiritual listening, courage, and pioneering spirit.

Savor the time to lay down new tracks for what’s beckoning you forward.

DON’T WAIT. FIND YOUR CIRCLE OF SUPPORT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. You deserve it.

 

Are you yearning for a tribe with whom you can connect regularly and deeply about things that matter? (Hint: in Blue Zones of the world, this literally catalyzes greater happiness and a longer life)

On this retreat and for 12 months following, you’ll share and learn from this group of women — outstanding contributors from various professions who have played a role in our evolving world and feel the call to compose the next chapter in their further being/doing. Retreat attendees are always women who recognize how much we deserve to be fully ourselves at this stage, do what is ours to do, express our unique legacies, and live fully in whatever that means individually.

Would you benefit from expert guidance and support as you begin or move through a significant career/life transition?

I provide a gently structured, supportive circle for you to explore this exciting time of change, metamorphosis, and renewal. I help each woman identify the endings you may be ready to declare and the new possibilities you may want to explore, without taking a masculine approach of pushing, over-strategizing or relying upon linear planning. We apply best practices from the feminine with a balance of support, encouragement, loving challenge, and feedback.

Do you welcome the idea of having space to reflect, unhurried by the usual demands of the day? Is it rare for you to take totally undistracted time to work on YOU and YOUR LiFE? 

You’ll have 4 days and 5 nights of support, reflection, conversation, and expert coaching to invite the life transition you want. All you need is at Chautauqua! With open blue skies, spacious surroundings, nutritious meals and fresh outdoor exercise, we’ll provide the perfect environment for you to slow down, dive into your vibrant, authentic self and the life you’re being called to compose next.

DURING THIS RETREAT, YOU WILL . . .

 

* Experience 4 unforgettable days in the stunning Rocky Mountains with an inspiring group of wise & wonderful women.

* Trace the career/lifelines you’ve had to date spotlighting highs, lows, and learnings that will help you create the next phase of life you want on this adventure of lifelong learning and becoming — and to avoid pitfalls of outgrown patterns.

* Identify and expand 3 “Scenarios of Interest” you’re interested in exploring.

* Receive coaching and experienced guidance from Sue and insights/feedback from our circle of women that mirror back: 

      – Glimpses of your uniqueness and the unique gifts you have to offer

      – What your “scenarios of interest” transmit as promising possibilities 

* Take home a Plan you compose that will help you enact next steps — as specific or spacious as you want it to be. It may be basking in the scenarios you’ve composed for a few months and reflecting on them without hurry. It might include specific research you want to do, steps for a business you want to create, people you want to reach out to. You may choose to develop an initial business plan. You might choose to focus just on your spiritual development for the next many months. There are no “shoulds” – but rather an invitational process to help you compose what’s just right for you following these days of breakthrough new awarenesses. 

* Be part of this Retreat tribe for 12 months! Monthly check-in calls will keep you motivated, encouraged, inspired for a full year!

AFTER THIS RETREAT …

you’ll return home inspired, refreshed, energized 

lightened by letting go of what you don’t want anymore, clear about what you do want, and uplifted by the support of our circle of women. You will have in hand the vision and plan you created for the next step of your wondrous life journey.

THE VENUE

The attractive university town of Boulder, Colorado provides the spring flower-filled mountain backdrop for our inner explorations. On arrival, you’ll quickly see why it’s been dubbed one of the most livable cities in the U.S. Locals have a mad crush on the outdoors, healthy lifestyles abound, and adventure is available at every turn.

Rushing through town is pristine Boulder Creek and myriad hiking trails lead into the foothills in almost every direction. For more local adventure, you can explore the city itself, including downtown’s charming Pearl Street Mall, where you’ll find a wide variety of great shops, eateries and brew pubs.

The rustically elegant hub for our retreat is the world-famous Chautauqua Institute Historic Landmark Park, the gateway to Boulder’s magnificent slab of open space adjoining the iconic Flatirons. Here, you get stunning mountain views and starry skies, wide-open spaces and charming updated cabins and meeting facilities.

Best of all, we have a large homey and luxurious cabin all to ourselves for our daytime sessions, and equally-charming sleeping cabins on the surrounding streets with views of the Rockies. Our Retreat space includes spacious living room, a large group dining room, comfy couches, a stocked private kitchen, and cozy nap room with a view of the flatirons and the world-famous open space meadow with Boulder’s favorite trails. Further spoiled with our own large screened-in porch sporting comfortable furniture and eating space, a side private picnic deck, and private areas for phone calls or quiet journaling.

Just out the cabin’s front door are Chautauqua’s grounds and many renovated, rustic cabins — among them, cabins and rooms available to Retreat participants — plus acres of woods and open grounds. And out the back door we can access hiking trails that lead up to the famous Flatirons whenever the group spirit moves.

THE CUISINE

Breakfast is provided every day in your charming cabin for you to enjoy in whatever fashion you wish: leisurely with coffee and a newspaper; hot and nutritious or light and full of protein.

Lunch will be specially catered for our Retreat group each day. We’ll be serving a variety of delicious options to satisfy every palette and every food category including vegetarian and vegan options and gluten-free cuisine. Since our midday meals will be delivered right to our Retreat meeting space, you will have the option of joining a rousing group conversation, taking your plate onto the screened porch for some quiet time, or eating outside at our own private picnic table.

Our Welcome and Gathering night will be a private dinner in our meeting cabin. For one last evening together, we’ll venture into town to enjoy one of Boulder’s delightful eateries. And in between, we get the benefit of Chautauqua’s famous historic Dining Hall, a Boulder tradition since 1898.

In the latter you can choose from delicious, savory meals prepared by one of Boulder’s best-loved chefs. There are spectacular views from the dining hall’s wraparound porch which we’ll enjoy while feasting on fresh, Colorado bistro cuisine. Run by Three Leaf Farms in Lafayette, Colorado, the dining hall uses local and organic ingredients, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Our dinners in the dining hall are off-the-menu, allowing you to customize to your palette and preferences. You’ll find just about anything you can imagine on the menu: savory winter soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and several-course meals.

Chicken Broccolini Salad with pickled beets and onions, anyone? How about a Bistro Bison Burger seasoned with creamy brie and caramelized onions? Or maybe a savory plate of Vegetarian Scallops, with king trumpet mushrooms, risotto and lemon brown butter?

The Dining Hall also has a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal.

OUR RETREAT AGENDA

Pre-Retreat

Our Retreat will begin before you board the plane. Beforehand, you’ll have a private phone meeting with Sue  to clarify what you most want from your Retreat time, particular needs and requests you have, and how you’d most like support you during your 4 days, 5 nights..

Arrival Night: Check-in, Welcome Dinner and Introductions

7pm After you check in to your charming sleeping cabin, complete with full kitchen and living area, we will gather at Idlywild Cabin — our meeting cabin for the week. We’ll enjoy a nutritious catered dinner in our private dining room. Relax and enjoy the group as Sue orients you to the famous Chautauqua setting; provide an overview of our 4 days, 5 nights; share our backgrounds and hopes for this Retreat, and warmly welcome you.

Following dinner, we’ll adjourn to the living room. You and fellow Retreat attendees will introduce yourselves and share what drew you to this Retreat. We’ll set some norms to affirm trust and reciprocity throughout the week, and end our first gathering with a blessing and a look at tomorrow’s day.

9pm we adjourn to allow Retreat travelers plenty of rest, trusting you will have a good, sound sleep in your waiting cabin, stocked with tea, snacks, and a variety of breakfast foods for tomorrow. 

Day 1: Laying the Foundation for What's Next: Look-Back Reviews for Learning and Reflection

Breakfast from your pre-stocked cabin kitchen will prepare you for our day together beginning at 9am.

9:00am Sue will offer a beginning poem for the day and a review of our 4-day Retreat time. Today will focus on an engaging Work/Life Review — a proprietary and decidedly feminine approach that invites you to look back over key life  highs, lows, and learnings. Yes, it’s a tall order … but we’ll take an elegant approach to it in order to you to see some of the “distinctly you” facets of your life — who you have always been. This is helpful and wonderfully affirming as we focus in this Retreat on the notion of “further becoming.” You will have a way of tracking your reflections with this process, continuing through the week: via your journal, a sketch pad, a mind-map, or using Sue’s “storyboarding” process. 

9:30am Solo time will be spent during part of the morning in preparation for the Look-Back Review you will share with our circle. Sue and Barbara will facilitate questions to elicit your observations about components of your life/work that bring you joy and freedom, things you are done with, and gifts/characteristics that begin to fill in a profile of your unique self and native essence.

10:15am  You and our circle of women will gather and begin rounds of each sharing key Look-Back highlights from your last year. You may invite supportive observations and appreciative feedback from fellow Retreaters to help you see what others see in you! Sue and Barbara will also mirror back what stands out about your irreplaceable being and contribution to the world. The aim is to begin building awareness toward what you want to take forward into the next phase of your life, and what you may want to jettison. Notes will be captured of the group’s appreciative input for you to keep as part of your storyboarding or tracking process!

Lunch is catered at 12noon. You might choose to gather around the shared table for connection and stories, or take your nutritious meal onto the screened porch or outdoor picnic table for quiet reflection. We always encourage a walk in the aspens, through the meadow, or along the foothills before re-joining for the afternoon session!

1:30pm Our circle will reconvene and continue each woman’s Look-Back Review. An overview will be shared about how to identify your unique gifts, often under-appreciated and sometimes unnamed — until now.

3:30pm Break time!  Either a walk or an improvisational theatre exercise outdoors will shake us up and shake off any seriousness! As wise women, we have learned the importance of physical movement and laughter during times of important life work!

Continuing our Look-Back Reviews, we’ll share some healthy snacks as we listen, engage, and lean in to each others’ stories and reflections about life lessons and their import for moving forward.

5:00pm With conscious closure to this important Day 1, we’ll appreciate each others’ sharing and shift gears for some downtime before dinner. Thank you for showing up, being present, being fully who you are, and inviting others to do the same. You might choose to go walking, running, do a little yoga, journal, or take a nap!!

6:15pm Dinner tonight is off-the-menu in the famous Chautauqua Dining Hall. The award-winning chef will deliver whatever might suit your palette and mood tonight as we grab our shared table by the roaring fire.

7:30pm We join back in the Great Room at our Idlywild Cabin!  Sue will demonstrate a light, fun, physical play practice that links to our day and allows a non-verbal expression about what stood out to you from your Look-Back Review, the feedback you received, and all that happened in between. (Chocolate will also be served!)

9:00pm Goodnight!

Day 2: Scenario Building! Composing Imaginary Leaps Into Your Desired Future

After a provided breakfast in your charming sleeping cabin with fellow Retreat participants, you will amble through the campus on a short walk to our main meeting cabin. You might choose a brisk walk first on one of Chautauqua’s many trails before we convene!

8:30am We’ll begin Day 2 with a powerful exercise in gratitude, stretching our hearts and then taking 15 minutes to do some welcome body stretches, too. Sue and Barbara will invite a round of check-in comments about yesterday’s powerful Look-Back exercise.

9:00am Today, Sue will introduce her proprietary process of Scenario Building — a process few of us have ever engaged with the kind of encouragement and guidance you will receive today!  We will begin the process with a series of questions to help clear the way for you to begin engaging the future you want, free of any assumptions or barriers that might prevent your broadest thinking. After 20 minutes solo time to answer these starter questions in your journal, we’ll share in a round robin each woman’s responses without comment. Next, the proprietary Scenario Building process will be introduced — an invitation to take imaginary leaps into 2-4 scenarios you would like to name, describe, and envision with your full attention. Solo time of 90-120 minutes will be provided for you to sink into this powerful time of addressing your life, uninterrupted and without opinions or judgments from others.

10:45am  We will gather as a group and begin focused time each woman will receive to rehearse her Scenarios. Each woman will have a segment of time today or tomorrow to share her Scenarios fully and without interruption.  Feedback and support from the group, and experienced facilitation and encouragement from Sue, make this an incredibly powerful highlight of the Retreat. You will likely gain insight and guidance you did not expect, helping you hone your deepest wants for the next phase of your life.

12noon  Catered lunch at our Idlywild Meeting cabin with an invitation to take a social break with others or work quietly on your Scenarios while enjoying an expertly prepared hot lunch. You are encouraged to take a short walk before we reconvene.

1:00pm Our circle will continue powerful Scenario Sharing time, with each woman receiving generous listening and feedback from the circle of like-minded women and from your two Retreat leaders. Again, notes will be taken on your behalf when observations and support are provided to you.

3:30pm  Break time! Ever hear of zip-zap-zop?  Trust us, you’ll love this outdoor shake-it-up under the golden aspen trees!

4:15pm Reconvene to hear one more Retreat member’s Scenarios.

5:00pm  Closing circle for the day. What did you hear that was unexpected? What patterns emerged, if any, that were similar among the Scenarios shared by our circle members? What does it mean about us as women at this moment in time? What’s stirring in you about your wild and precious life?

6:15pm  Dinner at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and a warm welcome to our Special Guest! We’re thrilled to introduce an evening Movement and Yoga Salon! A well-loved Boulder yoga and movement instructor — also one of the 100 women included in Sue’s book Manifesta of Active Wisdom from 100 Women Over 50: A Call to Further Becoming, will join us for dinner and prepare us for the Salon she will be leading.

7:30  Yoga and Movement Salon includes gentle guidance from our special guest to move, bend, stretch, and take loving care of ourselves in whatever ways feel good this evening. Our special guest will teach a suite of movements that we will employ tomorrow and Thursday and that you will take home as new practices to Tend to the Vessel With Love (as Sue’s book puts it)! 

9pm  Adjourn for a night of peace and good rest.

Day 3: Continuing Scenario Building for the Life You Want

8:30am After breakfast at your cabin, we will gather for a check-in circle and opening poem. We will take time to express what the standout observations and insights were from yesterday, including our time in the Movement and Yoga Salon last night.

9:15am Today continues the rich intensity of our Scenario Building process, leaning in to each woman’s ample time to share her imaginative leaps into several possible scenes she may want to compose for the next phase of her life. If today is your turn, you will receive uninterrupted attention and deep listening from our circle of women, with questions from Sue and Barbara to elicit your further visioning. As part of today’s journey, we will return again to noticing and capturing your gifts and native essence. Part of the richness of being in a tribe or circle like the one offered at this Retreat is to receive the mirroring and witnessing of other women about what stands out as the distinctness of you.

11:00am  Zip zap zop! Our moving break to shake up our energy and experience the fresh air and beauty will be right outside our doors at the foot of the Rocky Mountains!

11:20am We continue until lunchtime with another woman’s Scenario sharing. What a gift to hear each others’ life wishes and learn how each of us thinks as women with wisdom, experience, and deep intuition. You will track whatever learning and insights you have for yourself with your individualized journal, sketch pad, mind-mapping system, or personal storyboard!

12:15-2:00pm  Today we combine a nutritious catered lunch which is available to take with you on the mountain trail, and a paired walk with another Retreat member. The paired walk includes questions to reflect on, germane to the path you’re composing for the next phase of your life. We encouraged unpressured check-ins with yourself about what’s gently calling you and what you may recognize you are done with.

2:00-5:00pm We will complete the round of Scenario sharing and feedback. This is intense and powerful work for you and for the group, so a celebration is in order!

5:00pm  Sue and Barbara will raise a toast to each of you for three days (and counting) of listening and leaning in to your lives. Bravo!

5:30-7:30pm  You are encouraged to take the next few hours for whatever feels delicious! A nap? Solo sunset walk? Quiet dinner ordered from the Dining Hall? Laughter around the Dining Hall table as you order off-the-menu? Or call-out for pizza?

7-10pm  An on-site massage (pre-arranged and paid for separately) is available this evening for a few women. Sue and Barbara are also available for 30 minute coaching conversations pre-arranged.

Day 4: Planning Your Way Forward

Breakfast foods are provided once again in your shared cabin’s kitchen — which by now feels like home! You might want a walk through the aspen groves or up into the foothills this morning — or you may want to join with other women in practicing some of the Yoga and Movement exercises shared by our special guest earlier this week.

9:00am Opening blessing and poem, followed by a circle check-in will be invited today. You may have unexpected insights and plans to consider today after the Scenario Building process you experienced!

9:15-10:30am Today is a day you will be invited to converge on your next steps. This can be as broad or specific as you want your plan to be. Some women flesh out details they want to pursue about launching a new business, building a website, finding a mentor to explore something they have always wanted to do, or purchasing paints and a starter set of canvasses to launch the artistic calling they can finally respond to. Other women find the need to carve out spacious time in their lives to not “do” but spend time “being” — perhaps welcoming spiritual study or taking more time for exercise and time in nature. Some women write a Personal Manifesta. (We’ll guide you on how to do this.) Sue will offer a simple elegant structure for you and our circle of Retreaters to compose your path ahead. Solo time will be given to work on this using your personal journal, sketch pad, or storyboard.

10:30-12:00am  You will present the plan that feels just right for you to our circle of women. This is also the plan you will use for our group monthly check-in over the next twelve months with the group for support, challenge, encouragement, and cheering! Saying it out loud allows you to make changes as you speak it, and also invites greater self-commitment and accountability. Sue and Barbara will ask orienting questions to help strengthen your thought process and expectations of yourself.

12noon  A hot catered lunch will once again be provided. Today we will take just 45 minutes for lunch to ensure each woman has time to share her go-forward plans this afternoon.

12:45-2:00  Our circle of women will complete the round of hearing each participant’s moving-forward plans.

2:30pm  How about a group trail hike to breathe in the Colorado mountain air, enjoy the spacious spring meadows, take a long look at the Rocky Mountains, and feel the richness of our days together?

3:30pm  Final group circle. One of the riches and rarities of a Retreat like this is gaining from the wisdom and hard-earned savvy of other women who have lived full lives, are full of zest, and have a desire to contribute and to forge a joyous next phase. Our final circle will gather the collective insights we have gained. What did we hear from each other that seems common among us as women? What happened that we did not expect? What did you learn about yourself? What gifts are you now convinced are a native part of you — that you heard reflected back to you over and over these 4 days? What does it mean going forward? Included in the closing circle is a review of our monthly support calls for one year, beginning one month after this Retreat.

4:30pm Sue will invite our group into one final exercise. You will work on it solo, then share it with the group. You will then receive a round of brief feedback from each woman and your Retreat leaders about what we appreciate about you.

6:30pm Celebratory Dinner out on the Boulder town!! We will eat, laugh, enjoy, and raise a glass to each other and our wonderful lives, further composed this week for the next phase of joy, adventure, and satisfaction!

9:00pm Sleep well. Check-out in the morning is anytime until 10am. We send you off with love!

LEADING THIS RETREAT

Sue Brightman, Founder, For Women on the Journey of Their Lives

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.

What’s Included

  • One-on-one pre-Retreat call with Sue to review your Retreat goals.
  • Scrumptious arrival night Welcome Dinner at our private Chautauqua lodge!
  • Lodging for 5 nights in charming newly-renovated homestyle cabin shared with 3 other women with your own living room, kitchen, farmhouse dining table, wraparound porch looking onto the gorgeous Chautauqua campus, and quilt-covered comfortable beds with two full baths! (Private and shared rooms available)
  • PRIVATE BEDROOM ACCOMMODATION FOR EARLY-BIRD REGISTRANTS!
  • Stocked Breakfast-in-cabin, hot catered Lunches and Full dinners EVERY DAY!
  • Final Celebration dinner at world-famous downtown Boulder restaurant!
  • Welcome gift and Personal Retreat Journal.
  • 4 days and 5 nights of facilitated group time for you to tap the wisdom, experience, and intuition of our circle of women.
  • Sue’s group and individual coaching from 30 years as a Transition Coach, Conscious Business Master Consultant, Chaplain, and Group Facilitator
  • Proprietary Look-Back and Vision-Forward exercises to capture where you’ve been, what you’re ready to leave behind, and the exciting scenario-possibilities you want to explore!
  • Deep connection with a tribe of women who will listen, provide feedback from broad ranges of experience, and cheer you on
  • Outing to Artist Studio for Personal Creativity Project that reflects in some way the next phase of life you want to compose
  • Proprietary Personal Scenario Building Process – one of the most powerful parts of this Retreat that will open up possibilities you may not have yet imagined or given yourself opportunity to expand.
  • Solo time to journal, play, walk the mountain paths, and breathe the fresh Colorado air!
  • Daily access to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and its abundant hiking trails — right outside our back door!
  • Physical, personal, and spiritual practices to take home.
  • One year of monthly group follow-up sessions with coaching from Sue exclusively for this Retreat group!

What’s NOT Included

  • Roundtrip transportation from/to Denver DIA airport
  • Transportation between airport and Chautauqua  (Regular Super Shuttle and bus services available from airport directly to our site)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty food items unique to you/your medical needs. These MAY BE ordered by you for delivery directly to your lodging cabin and paid for by you upon order.)
  • Optional massage which may be offered for your enjoyment via pre-scheduling.

Why give yourself the gift of this “Further Becoming” Retreat in 2020?

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, expressly to celebrate the life you’ve lived so far, harvest its lessons, and make room for your deserving and rich road ahead!

INVESTMENT

This retreat is designed for minimum of four and maximum of eight women. We keep groups intimate to enable deep engagement for each woman’s life planning process.
ALL INCLUDED —

5 nights & 4 days in a Charming Home-like Shared Cabin with 3 other Women
Daily breakfasts (5), Hot Catered Lunches (4) and Full Dinners (5) included — one in dazzling downtown Boulder!
4 days of Life Transition Planning/Coaching with Proprietary Exercises Uniquely Designed for Women over 50
Welcome Gift and Personal Retreat Journal
Pre-Retreat Interview with Sue to Collect Your Retreat Goals and Special Requests
Boulder Art Studio Outing with Creative Expression Session for you to artistically express the life you want to compose
Unforgettable Bonding with a Circle of Women to Support, Listen, Share, and Grow
Sue’s 30 years experienced guidance as a Transition Coach, Conscious Business Consultant, Chaplain, and Group Facilitator
1 Year of Monthly Retreat Tribe Group Check-ins 
Immersion in Chautauqua National Park’s world-class campus with trails, mountain meadows, breathtaking views, fresh healthy air, and award-winning Dining Hall food
A niche experience designed by women over 50 for women over 50, from post-Retreat through 12 months!

BONUS to first 4 Early-Bird sign-ups! Private queen size accomodations 

Questions? Happy to chat about the Retreat details. Click here to schedule a call with Sue.

TESTIMONIALS

“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

 

 

 

We all have a purpose. I’d love to help you reinvigorate yours.