Spring Retreat

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Welcome to the Spring Cleaning Retreat, a time to bring our problems to self-inquiry in one of the most simple, lazer-sharp ways to understand our pain and suffering….and unravel it for good.

What kind of cleaning? Thought Cleaning.

Open to anyone seeking peace from stressful thinking, this four day retreat is a beautiful immersion into The Work of Byron Katie–a simple yet profound way of un-raveling beliefs and thoughts that disturb us….sometimes that we’ve been living with for years.

The Work, also known as Inquiry Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) is a practice where we start by identifying the pain and confusion clearly. This is done with language, by listening to what our minds are telling us internally:

  • my children should stop fighting
  • I don’t have enough money
  • my mother rejected me
  • I can’t go on after my divorce
  • I’m not good enough
  • she abandoned me
  • my health is ruining my life
  • I can’t stop eating (or drinking, smoking, doing)
  • he hurt me
  • I lost my home (my marriage, my prized possession)
  • my client is suffering and I need to help them

These thoughts are traumatic, debilitating, sometimes so depressing that our present lives are unfulfilling and filled with anxiety.

The Work is a powerful way to deal with our thinking. The practice of doing The Work is a step-by-step way to answer four questions, and find surprising peace in our own answers–only our own answers will work, no one else’s.

  1. Is this thought true?
  2. Can I absolutely know it’s true?
  3. How do I react when I believe this thought?
  4. Who would I be without this thought?
  5. The fifth and final step is to find what are called the Turnarounds to our beliefs…a way to look at our concepts and thinking from every angle, so no stone goes unturned.

Our time together benefits people new to The Work or those of you who are very experienced. Bring your open-minded beginners mind.

“Argue with reality, and you lose…but only 100% of the time.” ~ Byron Katie

May 16-20, 2018

  • Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (open evening)
  • Saturday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm (morning movement/dance, afternoon session 2-5 pm, potluck dinner and movie night)
  • Sunday 9:00 – 11:00 am

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.

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

People who practice The Work regularly report a change in their relationship troubles, a softening of their experience of worry and fear, and the end of their depression and being run by their past histories and difficult stories.

Mental health practitioners in the state of Washington earn 26 CEUs, candidates in the Institute for The Work earn 12 in-person credits. Everyone enrolled in Year of Inquiry full program will attend the spring and fall retreats for no extra charge–they are included in the one-year program.

Come meet wonderful friends, and connect with others who deeply love questioning their thoughts. You will leave with a minimum of one important troubling issue investigated…and you will know your next steps, beyond the mind, beyond belief. We’ll focus on living our turnarounds and how we can do this, in freedom and peace.

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. The town center with many types of food and all items you would need during the day is walking distance or a very short drive from our location. A gorgeous area to spend your days in inquiry. Limited to 16 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. 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, one queen bedroom, one full-sized bedroom, a shared trundle bed/twin bed in the office, and ample space for several 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.

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.