Teachers, professors, and coaches. Nurses, physicians, and midwives. Social workers, therapists, and psychologists.
You know that what you do matters. And it’s exactly this knowing that gnaws at you.
I've worked hard to create a meaningful life, so why do I feel like it's not enough?
Saturday, March 269:30 am - 5:30 pmEwing Cultural Center, Bloomington, IL
During our retreat I will guide you through my proven three-part process wherein you will learn to:
• Distinguish your authentic desires from distractions
• Feel and reframe fear as a guide to clarity and purpose
• Make decisions that serve rather than sabotage self-trust and confidence
Women working in the caring professions have come of age professionally in a culture that increasingly equates meaningful service with self-sacrifice: long hours, often for relatively little pay, chronic busyness, and expectations of availability that often leave us feeling depleted, resentful, and trapped by the very life of meaningful purpose we’ve worked so hard to achieve
Your Path to Full Potential is an intensive daylong women’s retreat specifically designed for women working in the caring professions who want to reconnect with their passion and gain clarity about their purpose.
During our retreat I will teach you how to access and engage your most potent source of transformation: authentic desire. The opposite of attachment or craving, desire is the feeling of inspired aliveness that catalyzes your creativity, your capacity for loving connection with others, your resilience and problem-solving faculties, and that deep-belly sense of rightness and belonging that we often refer to as “purpose.”
When we are living in alignment with our authentic desire, service and self-love work together, and are not at odds.
For those of us devoted to helping others realize their best lives, working towards this integration in our own lives is key.
Delicious and nourishing vegetarian lunch included. Strictly limited to 12 participants.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirstin Hotelling Zona, PhD, is a professor, writer, speaker and certified life coach who specializes in helping people tap their fullest potential in order to live lives of purposeful meaning, deep connection, and compassionate action. As a certified Master Life Coach, Kirstin leads workshops, retreats, and classes, and works intensively with private clients to guide them into self-awareness, bold vision, and the profound rewards of purposeful living. As a Professor of modern poetry and environmental literature at Illinois State University, and as Editor of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), Kirstin teaches and mentors young people to read deeply, think rigorously, write playfully, and discuss heartily in service of cultivating an informed, ethical, and creative citizenry. In addition to her professional pursuits, Kirstin loves to run, cook, dance, hike, spend time with her children, and draw. She lives in Bloomington, Illinois, and Machiasport, Maine.
WHAT PAST RETREAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID…
As a mental health therapist (20 years), I participate in all kinds of personal growth opportunities on a regular basis. I work hard in all areas of my life, including my own mental health and well being. I was curious about Kirstin and her work – but cautious too. How safe could this be? Would she try to sell me a boat? What could I possibly learn? Here is what I can tell you for sure: It was a beautiful fall morning and Kirstin was awaiting me and the other women at a remarkable, intentional location. She set the table for us (literally), including yoga, meditation, dance, art, education, music, healthy food, time alone, and time together throughout the day. She provided personal coaching and facilitated an experience that fostered great support and risk taking. No matter where we were in our lives, she met us there and created a place to explore our deepest desires. We identified our distractions (sometimes masking desire) that keep us from identifying our true desires and our actions or lack thereof in making lasting personal changes.
In traditional therapy, the action part seems a slow and sometimes impossible road. I see this in some of my clients, and in myself too—how hard it is to actually stop old patterns despite best intentions and profound self-awareness, how we can remain stuck (addictions, relationships, codependency). I sit with groups of women who feel stuck in their own patterns, offering support to one another, but never truly making lasting change. Maybe we don't really want to change. Or maybe we do but don't know how. Through vulnerability, risk, and walking the walk, Kirstin empowers a new way of thinking and identifies ways to literally embrace our own fears and create an even more fulfilling life. Thank you Kirstin.
— Tracey, Psychotherapist
I was incredibly anxious when I signed up to attend Kirstin's retreat—my first—held last summer in Freeport, Maine. I secretly hoped for something to come up to release me from the commitment I had made. But it did not, and so I arrived at the retreat full of butterflies, feeling like a 6th grader on the first day of school.
Kirstin met me at my car and assured me that everyone else was feeling the same way. The rest of the day flowed in just that way—I felt a pang, a need, a fear, and Kirstin had already planned the agenda to meet it. The retreat day was organized like an emotional spa where your every comfort is seen to so that you can do the work of healing. The vegan lunch was incredible (and I am not a vegan), the exercises were challenging and revealing, and by the end of the day I left feeling like a catharsis had occurred.
Kirstin's gifts are myriad. She is a storyteller and an artist, an intuitive and an analyst. Above all, she possesses a bright, loving energy that mercifully rubs off on anyone she spends time with. I left the retreat humming and full of validation for the plans I not only wanted to make, but wanted to follow through on.
Six months later I am happy to report that I am still touching in on that core of focus. I have seen what Kirstin can see, and therefore have complete and utter trust in her skills as a life coach and teacher. I'm looking forward to another retreat with Kirstin next summer.
— Sarah, Writer and Editor, Homeschooling Mother
I have attended many retreats promising results. Happily, Kirstin’s weekend retreat was one that actually delivered on the promise. Her use of unique solo and group activities combined with her clear and heartfelt communication allowed me to leave with specific goals and a plan to make some fantastic changes in my business and more importantly, my life.
— Kathy, Owner of Greenlight Websites since 1999