Named #2 among ’31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017′! Join a women’s sacred circle for a creative inner journey in stoking your soul voice with meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. Together we form an intimate circle for reflecting, releasing, and discovering. Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, re-ignite their soul voice, feel empowered in their self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives…this retreat is a gathering of women in the spirit of reclamation.
“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, luxury setting on Lake Atitlan. Practice meditation and yoga as we look out over lake and volcanoes. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in fresh, delicious meals. Relax in a hammock. Take a swim. Join candle-lit ceremony. Fall asleep to the lull of the lake beneath watch of the stars.
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 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 afternoon/evening ceremonies with guest facilitators as we stoke our soul voices and connect with our energies – such as Sound Healing, Traditional Mayan Fire, Cacao Ceremony, and Movement or Dance.
The Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat was listed #2 among ’31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017′ by The Write Life.
Sample Daily Flow
7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow
9:00 Delicious Breakfast
10.15-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time
4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
6.30 – 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)
Note: On two days, we’ll hold longer breaks (holding only one afternoon or evening writing circle) and offer optional group excursions – a visit to a local village or kayak/hiking adventure option.
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, writes children stories and poetry, and is crafting work in collaboration with women who have attended her retreats.
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.
Aimee brings in a highly experienced female yoga teacher, dedicated to our group, who personally inspires her.<
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)
8 nights, 9 days including arrival & departure
Double Room: $1,895
Private premium: $400 (6 available)
Early bird available from now until Nov 15th!
– Daily guided meditation & yoga
– Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
– 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)
– Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner
– Unlimited tea/coffee service
– 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)
– 60 minute therapeutic spa treatment of your choice
– One group wood-burning sauna
– Use of solar spa pools
– Gratituities for the local indigenous staff
– All Taxes