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Second International Wholebody Focusing Retreat

July 01 - 06, 2020

Event

  • "...invites the power of consciousness
    to awaken the inner wisdom of the living body."

Focusing Initiatives International is excited to announce the second International Wholebody Focusing Retreat, from July 1-6, 2020. We will be bringing together Wholebody Focusers from around the globe to meet each other in our own “we” space, a co-created Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation event.

One of the goals of the retreat is to give the worldwide Wholebody Focusing community an opportunity to experience each other and to make lasting connections.  By focusing, playing, sharing meals, and creating what is wanting together, those lasting connections may emerge.

This is a chance to connect, share our practice, and help build a community of interconnected Wholebody Focusers, through a combination of small group Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation sessions facilitated by Wholebody Focusing Professionals, round table discussions to strengthen our practice, and whole group attunements. We will ensure that there is plenty of time and space to enjoy being together in a more heartfelt leisurely manner.

We have chosen a beautiful location for our this gathering: Bethlehem Centre, near the town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  It was important to find a place in nature, in the presence of trees and water, supporting and encouraging us to be in Grounded Presence. Another consideration was making sure the retreat was financially affordable and geographically accessible to Focusers coming from many different directions.

The program for each day will emerge from the curiosity, longings, and creativity of the participants. The possibilities include but are not limited to: small group focusing, partnerships, learning groups, group sharing, community building, using art or writing for expression, movement practices, walking, swimming in the lake, playing games, skills-sharing, singing, music, dancing, and anything else we co-create as a group. We will have Wholebody Focusing activities to aid in identifying what might be wanting.

There will be an area with poster boards and markers for you to name what you are wanting/are willing to offer, in order to facilitate finding others who want to share this with you. We will also have experienced focusers who will work with those who prefer more structure. Each day there will be a menu of options to choose from – including the option of not choosing – so that you can create your own unique experience.

Please bring along any useful accessories connected to what you would like to share (art supplies, musical instruments, games) and come prepared to help with creating what you would like to experience. If there is something specific you would like to share and need some support, please let Melinda know at melinda@focusinginternational.org.

 

IMPORTANT: Required Travel Documents

If you are joining us and live outside Canada, please click here to review information provided by the Canadian government

 

 

The program for each day will emerge from the curiosity, longings, and creativity of the participants. The possibilities include but are not limited to: small group focusing, partnerships, learning groups, group sharing, community building, using art or writing for expression, movement practices, walking, swimming in the lake, playing games, skills-sharing, singing, music, dancing, and anything else we co-create as a group. We will have Wholebody Focusing activities to aid in identifying what might be wanting.

A pre-retreat “Soft Landing” for those who are new to Wholebody Focusing or who want to renew and deepen their Wholebody Focusing practice runs from Wednesday July 1, 2020 after lunch through the afternoon of Thursday, July 2, 2020.

The Retreat itself runs from the evening of Thursday July 2, 2020 through lunch Monday July 6, 2020.

SCHEDULE:

Soft Landing – Wednesday July 1, 2:00 PM to Thursday July 2, 4:30 PM

Wednesday, July 1

11:00 – 7:00 PM Open Registration
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch (optional, not part of the package)
2:00 – 5:30 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Co-created meet and greet evening event

Thursday, July 2
7:00 – 8:00 AM Co-created movement before breakfast.
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:15 – 12:00 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 – 4:30 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*

*These sessions are open to all, from newcomers to experienced focusers.  Click here to see descriptions of Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation on the Wholebody Focusing Initiative.

At 5:30 PM, the Retreat begins with a Pre-retreat gathering.  Please see below.

 

Retreat – from July 2 at 5:30 PM (Pre-Dinner Gathering) through July 6 lunch

This is a co-created Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation event. One of our goals is to give the worldwide Wholebody Focusing community an opportunity to experience each other and to make lasting connections. By focusing, playing, sharing meals, and creating what is wanting together, those lasting connections may emerge.

Thursday, July 2

5:30 – 6:00 PM Pre-retreat Gathering – Saying Hello to New Arrivals
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 PM Evening Event
•  Recognition of First Nations
•  Explanation of Co-created Programming
•  Co-creation Activities

Friday, July 3 – Sunday July 5
7:00 – 8:00 AM Movement before Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM Announcements
9:10 – 9:30 AM Attunement
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Co-created activities (including break)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 – 5:30 PM Co-Created Activities (including break).
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Evening activities to be determined

Monday, July 6
7:00 – 8:00 AM Movement before Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM Announcements
9:10 – 9:30 AM Group Attunement
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Co-Created Activities (including break)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Informal Community Building and Good-byes

 

(all fees are in US dollars)

Program Fee:

• Early bird retreat fee: $450, increases to $550 after October 31, 2020 and $650 after January 15, 2020.

• Early bird pre-retreat Introductory and WBF retreat fee (open to new and experienced WBF’s): $450, increases to $550 after October 31, 2019 and $650 after January 15, 2020.

Accommodation fee:

Retreat (WITHOUT Pre-retreat): (four nights, Thursday – Monday)

• Double-occupancy:

$560 (or $140/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Thursday, July 2 through lunch, Monday, July 6 and use of facilities

• Single-occupancy:

$720 (or $180/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Thursday, July 2 through lunch, Monday, July 6 and use of facilities

Retreat PLUS pre-retreat: (five nights, Wednesday – Monday):

• Double-occupancy:

$700 (or $140/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Wednesday, July 1 through lunch, Monday, July 6 and use of facilities

• Single-occupancy:

$900 (or $180/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Wednesday, July 1 through lunch, Monday, July 6 and use of facilities

Bethlehem Centre, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Bethlehem Centre, a non-denominational spiritual retreat centre, is located on Vancouver Island near the town of Nanaimo. Nature abounds – whether you prefer quiet reflection on a garden bench, a birding walk along ponds and forested paths, or a vigorous lake swim. July on Vancouver Island is usually sunny with cooling ocean breezes.

Situated in a wooded acreage in Nanaimo, Bethlehem Centre looks out over Westwood Lake against the backdrop of Mt. Benson. There is a well-groomed path around the lake, swimming for those who like a morning dip, and trails up Mt. Benson for the more adventurous.

There is also a chapel, library, and a garden labyrinth that hosts one of the few Peace Poles on Vancouver Island.

Meals feature fruits and vegetables grown on-site, and special dietary (including gluten- and dairy-free and vegetarian) are accommodated.

Ways to Help with the Retreat

If you would like to support this retreat by being part of the ‘building team’ in advance of the retreat, and/or during the retreat as a Wholebody Focusing Professional, a translator, a logistics facilitator, audio/visual support or a general support person, please email: Melinda Darer.

 

 

Our cancellation policy has been designed to be as compassionate as possible in case your plans change. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already expended when reserving retreat centers.

If you cancel your participation in this retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions.

If you cancel:

  • Before February 1, 2020, you will receive 100% of your payment, less a $100 administrative fee.
  • Between February 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020, you will receive 50% of your payment.
  • After April 1, 2020 , there will be no refund.

To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: melinda@focusinginternational.org

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness.