Fall Retreat

Ready to spend four days exploring war and peace in your thinking? The Work of Byron Katie allows us to do just that….enter a place of freedom through mindfully questioning our beliefs, one by one. This simple yet profound method of self-inquiry changes lives. You’ll learn to identify your own thoughts, and help others do the same.

October 19-22, 2017.

  • Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm (dinner and optional evening session)
  • Sunday 9:00 – 11:00 am

We start at the very beginning….identifying a stressful situation you find troubling.

You choose what you want to take a look at and investigate with this sincere inquiry process.

What we find, with inquiry, is a new view, new possibilities, a wider horizon, or a shift in our perception of our situation. No situation is too great or too small for this inquiry.

We will have the opportunity this particular retreat to dive more deeply into how our current relationship dynamics, the troubling ones, have been influenced by the past….and take a trip into our family of origin, if we choose.

Byron Katie invites us over and over again, in her 30+ years of opening to inquiry practice and questioning reality, to do The Work for breakfast on Mother, Father, Sister, Brother. What she means is do The Work as a practice in your life, keep at it like meditation….go back to the first people who you learned from, your first objections to reality.

And if you can’t remember them, nothing is forced….we walk into The Work with what feels disturbing. We’re questioning our stressful experience of life, one situation at a time.

“I did The Work, because I was in a hurry.” ~ Byron Katie

Come join us for a powerful, lazer-sharp way to use your incredible mind and your brilliant imagination for good instead of evil (little joke). Bring yourself to peace.

Mental health practitioners in the state of Washington earn 26 CEUs. Candidates enrolled in Institute for The Work who are attending this retreat will receive 12 credits.

Please see below for suggestions and ideas about where to stay. We enjoy potluck dinner together on Saturday night, along with a movie. Come meet wonderful friends, and connect with others who deeply love questioning their thoughts. Lake Forest Park is a special little town north of Seattle bordering Lake Washington. The Burke Gilman trail which is a foot and bike path runs through it. A town center with many types of food and all items you would need during the day is walking distance from our location. A gorgeous area to spend your days in inquiry. Limited to 18 people.

This four day retreat is $485. Please, as always, ask about partial scholarship help and we’ll see what we can do. Write grace@workwithgrace.com.

Our beautiful retreat house is an oasis in Lake Forest Park, just north of Seattle. There is space for up to 12 to spend the night onsite. Some people will also commute from either nearby, or their own home. There are two king master bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, one full-sized bedroom, a shared trundle bed/twin bed in the office, and ample space for mattresses-on-floor in the downstairs comfortable living room space. Please write to ask about the fee for each room. These will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are willing to share a king bed with someone else (they are so huge) then it’s totally fine to share a master bedroom and split the fee with your roommate.

You will leave with one important troubling issue investigated…and you will know your next steps, beyond the mind, beyond belief.

Suggestions for places to stay near Lake Forest Park, WA:

www.airbnb.com  Look for places in Seattle (Lake City area, Northgate, north Seattle, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Bothell, anywhere in the north end), Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Lynnwood.

www.vrbo.com. Look for places in Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell. There are some lovely very close-by places, within walking distance.

Here’s a wide range of very good hotels, with good reports on all of them, ranging from $80 and up.

  • McMenamins Anderson School: Bothell (beautiful hotel 4 miles away)
  • Days Inn Seattle Aurora: less expensive 3.5 miles away
  • Travelodge Seattle North/Edmonds 3.7 miles away
  • Comfort Inn Bothell – Seattle North 4.0 miles away

Frequently other lovely participants are open to having guests. Please ask if you’d like to know if there’s anyone taking visitors overnight, and we’ll pair you up.

People interested in carpooling, please ask. We’ll be sharing information for travel, carpooling and accommodations with people who register so everyone has the option to share, if you desire. Often, Jon (Grace’s husband) is also available to give people lifts for the same fee as he has made when driving Uber.

 

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