Winter Retreat: Relationships and The Work

Ready to plunge into this gorgeous winter 3-day retreat amidst the holiday season? Dec 8-10, we’ll begin Friday morning at 9:30 am and spend a powerful time questioning our thoughts. Register HERE:

Relationships with others. People! You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them.

Unless….you question your stories about relationships, and discover the freedom and laughter of not believing what you think.

The Work of Byron Katie begins with finding where you’re disturbed by someone in your life, whether long ago or more recently. The curious thing is, the people who disturb us the most…..may be our most important teachers.

It doesn’t mean we have to like them, or live with them, or work with them, or marry them, or even divorce them….but it sure is more fun if you feel peace in their presence.

Come join Grace, this time accompanied some of the time by her husband Jon (wonderful facilitator of The Work) to explore deeply held old beliefs about Other People. You do not need to be “in” a committed relationship or bring a lover or partner to this retreat, or to even do your work on a lover, partner, or spouse.

This retreat is for ANYONE you have in mind who drive you nuts, makes you sad, or has sparked loss, regret, anger, rage, fear or trouble of any kind into your experience.

Mother, father, sister, brother, co-worker, boss, neighbor, uncle, aunt, grandpa, grandma, daughter, son, friend.

We’ll start with the first person you feel most troubled by, and dig down into The Work for clarity.

We’ll be bringing you some wonderful exercises, gathered from years of personal awareness work, to help you include body, mind, and spirit all into an integrated whole of awareness. We draw from the work of the Gottmans as well as Gay and Katie Hendricks, all with the focus of self-inquiry using The Work of Byron Katie, or Inquiry Based Stress Reduction.

Being honest about our petty, ridiculous, childish repetitive thoughts can bring the most loving, accepting and mature responses….when we use The Work to question what we think.

Our new location: Goldilocks Cottage (we welcome to our home) in northeast Seattle in the little town of Lake Forest Park.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, Dec 8th 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, LUNCH, 2:00-6:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 9th 9:00 inquiry on movement, living turnarounds, field trip to silent movement “dance” from 10:15-Noon nearby, LUNCH, 2:00-6:00 pm.

Sunday, Dec 10th 9:30 am – Noon.

We can’t wait to share this time in the dark winter and inquiry. Ahhhhhhh.

Frequently Asked Questions:

*Do I need to come with someone else, in order to attend? No. You can come by yourself and bring the thoughts in your head with you–that is plenty, for this work.

*Do I have to work on a current relationship in my life? No. Even relationships from the distant past, you can heal through this process.

*If I come with a partner, or with someone else like a family member, do I need to do The Work ON them, right in front of them? NO. This is not required at all, and Grace and Jon will share their own experience of doing this type of honest work with you, but YOU don’t have to do this work on anyone present.

*If I come with someone important to me, like my partner, can I do The Work on them? Yes. We will help make this a very safe environment for doing this incredible and profound work on someone when the person hears your stressful thoughts about them, if both of you are willing and interested to explore this.

Question Your Thinking, Change Your Relationships….From Hell To Heaven – 16 CEUs for mental health professionals through WA State Society for Clinical Social Work. 

$195 tuition for Friday – Sunday program.

Accommodations and meals are for you to find independently based on your preferences…you get to choose and there is a wide variety in the area. AirBnB and VRBO have some wonderful options. You can make arrangements to share with another attendee (or two) if enough people desire sharing this way.

This is said to be an incredibly inexpensive way to learn, do, and practice The Work in such a beautiful environment. A Gottman 2-day weekend workshop for one couple is $7500. The Hendricks’ weekend is $695 per person. Meeting for 17 hours for individual time in The Work would amount to $2125. Couples therapy ranges from $185-$250 per hour, or around $3500 for this number of hours. Lodging and meals are at winter rates, so it’s an ideal to attend retreat and a wonderful time for getaway and rest.

A luscious time of inward reflection and being held in nature, with your thoughts.

Join us.