One of my all time favorite things to do is to go on retreat. If it’s a silent retreat? All the better!
I’ve given a few one day consciousness retreats, attended many silent retreats, and have done years and years of coaching on topics ranging from health, self esteem, spirituality, and of course web work and social media too. So I approach this idea as a geek, as a lover of consciousness, and as a person with literally decades of experience as a workshop leader and trainer.
Still, while I’ve led over 100 five-day trainings that I planned and executed solo, I am new to leading mindfulness and silent retreats. I have so much more respect for what it actually takes to create and facilitate a meaningful experience in this day and age of your brilliance, curiosity, and the pressures and preciousness of your time. So I’ve put together a brief survey to learn more about you and your interests.
Here’s What I Have in Mind
I envision a luxurious location with access to nature, simple and delicious food, and creature comforts for allowing your body to rest. I am thinking a minimum of three days and a max of five, for starters. Rest, music, movement, and writing will be core elements of the nurturing in addition to a commitment to personal silence. All activities are optional. It is a dogma-free zone, designed to give you private access to your own divine nature. The structure will be light-hearted, creating an environment of ease and at times even playfulness, allowing you to explore the inner depth of your choice. Read More
When Shane and I moved Bare Feet Studios to Hawai‘i, we were an easy-to-understand web company. We built web databases, designed blogs, set up podcasts, offered SEO services, and helped our clients craft digital strategy to grow their businesses.
But Hawai‘i has a way of seeping into your soul, calling forth desires and ideas that may not fit into neat little boxes. For the past few years we’ve added numerous skillsets and interests to our “studios” concept, keeping our “bare feet” vibe of staying connected and adventurous, soaking up the comfort and creativity that Hawai‘i offers.
I’ve been using Todoist to help me manage my to do list. A key part is being able to capture things so I can forget about them until they are relevant.
I am the lucky winner of a life that involves managing or participating in many different projects, and many different styles of projects. I’ve noticed that just keeping track of the ideas and the assignments had become a stressor extraordinaire. I love and use Basecamp for a few of my “top level” projects, as I can track or organize my diverse assets, messaging, and assignments there.
But for all the other stuff — the messy stuff that is sometimes work-related, sometimes dream-related, and often just plain personal — I was as much a mess as my list was. I was using a combination of Reminders on my iPhone/Mac (love the syncing and easy access while out and about) or scraps of paper (yes, old school, yet super fast when I’m on the phone or something), and god forbid, some things were left in email limbo.
Yes, all that is a little embarrassing to admit in public.
I am in a writer’s group and also I also coach a mindful social business group where we each post daily progress and process notes about how well we are inching along to our daily, weekly, and session goals. The Q&A is designed to motivate and feed the brain so it wants to do more, by acknowledging accomplishments of any sort, and to raise consciousness, by exposing the critical self-talk that hinders so many, so often.
On Sunday night, I posted my updates and now I want to share them with you. This public sharing serves to anchor an “aha” in my own world – I do it to expose my inner critic and build muscle for the new ideas. Then, if you find it useful, I just love that!
First, the Artist Date:
I had an artist date today. Rode my bike to the beach, swam (in and out) several times, LAID DOWN (OMG – I almost never do that!), walked, and rode my bike the long way home. It is amazing how much that helped boost my mood and my physical energy.
Over the years, I’ve had an incredibly hard time dropping the work stuff and doing positive things to feed my mood and my energy. On the other hand, I’ve gotten really good at resting more; I endorse sleep as both a tonic for whatever ails you as well as an elixir that can reveal secrets to you. But stopping, “before things are done” is a challenge. This thought, “Just get it done now, so it isn’t hanging over you” has ruled too many days and nights for me. Being a Capricorn, and a workaholic, I can outwork almost everyone I know. That, my friends, is turning out to be more bad news than good news. My strength is also my weakness. Read More