“For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.” - HeatherAsh Amara
Glimpse of the Retreat:
Find yourself in a magical setting in the forest. Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation & yoga in an open-air shala with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in delicious vegetarian meals. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.
In a stunning location, you will step back and surround yourself with beauty and nature as we set out on a creative and transformative journey through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. With the space to breathe, stretch and relax, you will connect with your center and express from your core.
The Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about "writing" as an art form. We ourselves are the art form, and writing is our channel for vulnerability, insight and revelation. Every woman has a voice in her own life - we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life - encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.
Inspired in part by the four shamanic directions, you are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. Each morning, we'll spark our intentions with meditation and yoga, as we awake to exceptional beauty. In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. Together, we do much more than write. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, and connect more deeply within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.
You will also participate in (optional) evening ceremonies and gather around fire, as we seek to stoke our soul voices. The Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat was listed #2 among '31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017' by The Write Life.
An intimate circle of up to 12 women
Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views
Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space
Daily meditation & yoga practice for our retreat group
Daily self-exploratory spontaneous writing sessions in a women’s circle
Complementary optional evening healing sessions (sound, movement)
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day
Break time for optional group hike, swimming, kayaking, exploring the village, therapies
6.30- 7.00 Sadhana Meditation
7.00- 8.30 Holistic Hatha/Vinyasa Flow
8.30- 9.30 Delicious Breakfast
10.00-12.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion
12.30-1.30 Delicious Lunch
3.00-6.00 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion
6.30-7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, or Healing Sessions (some evenings)
During the week, we’ll have a couple long breaks to relax, go on a group hike, swim, kayak, or explore the village(s). We’ll also break our last afternoon.
Aimee Hansen has always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting.
Her intensive studies with an intuitive mentor who called her "the storyteller" and her own passion for human insight started her on an ever curious and unfolding journey into the nature of perception. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective. She works as a freelance writer, contributes to elephant journal, writes children stories and poetry, and is crafting a novel.
She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She created the Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping together into our courage as women.
For each retreat event, Aimee brings in a highly experienced female yoga teacher, dedicated to our group, who personally inspires her. She loves to work with awesome women who bring passion, energy, and insight to their practice on and off the mat. The daily yoga practice will be appropriate for all levels.
A Few Things Women Have Said:
“How ironic to leave a Storyteller Within retreat absolutely speechless.” (Patricia, Nov 2015)
“This retreat will make you laugh, cry, dig, unearth, grow in more ways than you can possibly imagine. You will see first-hand the magic you have within.” (Marie, Nov 2015)
“I can confidently say this experience was transformational. It taught me not only to trust my own feminine intuition, but the collective feminine intuition.” (Kendra, Nov 2015)
“The writing circles gave me a space, and the exercises a format, not only to claim my truth (not to mention discover it!) but to say it out loud.” (Danielle, July 2015)
“I am blown away at the healing power of authentic heart-opening sharing. This experience was deeply moving and enriching for me, a rare opportunity to allow genuine vulnerability.” (Celia, March 2015)
“Aimee’s a beautiful force for good in the name of women.” (Alison, Jan 2016)
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Retreat Package Includes:
9 nights accommodation, 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily, daily yoga, daily self-exploratory writing sessions, 1x week sauna, 3 sacred ceremonies
Excludes: transport, optional evening ceremonies, travel insurance, extras (meals away, treatments, therapies, break activities, etc)