Tuesday, May 24, 2011

retreat: sneak preview

the heat is on
the temps are starting to creep up over 90 in NC. graduations seem to be everywhere, and i'm definitely not the only one moving right now.

summer is in the air! and while most of us aren't gearing up for a 12 week life hiatus [ahhh i miss school!] to revamp and recharge, the timing certainly feels right for a little retreat.

which is great timing, since this one starts in 7 days!

i have been having a great time planning and conceptualizing the experience -- mostly on paper so far! it's time for me to start getting things together in a more concrete fashion, and up online. daily posts will be dedicated [or at least have a section dedicated] to retreat topics, but i also want to create a retreat page [to be accessed from the top menu bar] compiling everything. so: coming soon!

sneak preview
recent brainstorming . . .

[it's amazing how much easier it is to feel creative with lots of COLORS to write with!]

the organization:
each week will have its own theme
and each day will have a mini-focus within the theme

one day is a designated 'retreat' day -- i'll provide an example template but each participant designs their own [incorporating recommended elements based on the week's theme]

each day, i will suggest a journal/writing exercise, a [short!] meditation, a mini-assignment [generally fun/positive things, don't worry], and a post or podcast to read or listen to <-- preferably done by someone far wiser than i am :)

i also want to make this as interactive as possible, so i will be asking for additional resource ideas / thoughts / suggestions along the way! i will also post links to any of your posts on retreat topics [probably in a once or twice-weekly round-up format]

comments? suggestions?
just want to share your excitement? [i totally am, and i'll own it!]

it's off to work for me today, and part 2 of vacation -- and some real moving prep -- will commence tomorrow.



workout: 90 minute yoga class at BP with with staci. i LOVE staci's classes, but often am not able to attend because monday evening we have a required conference for work from 5 - 6 pm.

cooking: so, i think i may have made my last real meal in our apartment. i just can't justify buying groceries right now, and yet coming up with true 'meal' options out of the stuff we have . . . isn't working so well. i may or may not have had cereal [with almonds added for protein!] for dinner last night.

on the up-side, i absolutely can't wait to start cooking in our NEW kitchen!!