Restoration. Challenge. Skill Development. Inspiration. Deep Coaching. Guest Experts. Custom Support. Community.
In the comfort of your own home.
This is a one-of-a-kind virtual coaching retreat.
It’s a container and community in which we'll train in:
And it’s a study in:
This retreat is about recharging. You’ll leave with your fire reignited, with more friends than when you started the weekend, with wisdom and guidance from expert teachers, and with new tools and resources to take on your journey into and through 2020.
This is first and foremost a coaching retreat. Meaning: you’ll be pushed deep. Because, in truth, so many of us rarely are – at least not in ways we’re choosing and craving. Plus: it’s virtual. Coaching is often extremely costly, inaccessible, and solitary. We’re going to shake all that up. We all deserve community; intimacy; connection – and we get a great workout doing our personal work alongside others, witnessing and being witnessed.
Special guest teachers will be popping by to share private, intimate talks on topics connected to building a practice of restoration and resistance. Retreat attendees will also get a chance to have Q&A with each teacher, and take home recordings of the dialogue.
Rina Deshpande is a radical teacher, writer, and researcher of yoga. With indigenous roots, her work helps others decolonize their phsyical and spiritual practices. Her writing on Ahimsa (the principle of nonviolence) and cultural appropriation has been featured in Yoga journal.
Rina will be helping us apply indigenous principals of yoga into our lens of resistance and restoration. And! -- she'll be guiding us through some physical practice together, geared toward honing our strength and capacity to both resist and replenish.
Participants will also get to engage in Q&A with Rina and other guest teachers.
Norma Wong Roshi is a Zen master, a Tai Ji instructor, and a strategy practitioner. She supports leaders and organizations interested in the application of Zen principles and training to their work and lives. As part of Move to End Violence, Norma brings these principles to life in an experiential and secular practice, focusing on what is needed for individual, organizational, movement, and societal change.
Norma will be teaching us to discern between healthy and unhealthy resistance, and helping us to develop our skills to resist internal and external forces of oppression while remaining open and disarmed. Learn more about Norma and her profound work here.
Participants will also get to engage in Q&A with Norma and other guest teachers.
1. Approximately how much time is teaching vs. coaching vs. independent time?
Participants can expect around 1.5-2 hours a day of independent break/rest/reflection time. The remainder of the day will be split between instruction, work with guest teachers, application, and coaching.
2. Will I be on camera?
Yes. laura is a master at creating virtual intimacy, and a tool that helps is Zoom which includes a camera feature. Folks don't need to be on camera the whole time. In addition to breaks, folks need to take care of themselves and their needs. But laura will ask that you're on camera for as much of the retreat as possible.
3. Why do I need to apply?
This is first and foremost a coaching retreat. Coaching isn't for everyone, and not every coach is for everyone. You'll get a better sense of the work we'll be taking on by completing the application plus a good opportunity to filter whether this experience is right for you. Similarly, laura will get a chance to more deeply get to know you and what you're looking for so she can support you during the retreat and/or steer you toward other learning experiences if there are better fits for what you're craving.
4. Is this just like a virtual summit or webinar?
No. A webinar is a presentation, typically with gobs of folks. A virutal summit is a string of guest teachers. This is custom coaching in an intimate group setting with a capped number of participants. This is live interaction with expert teachers. You should expect intimacy and vulnerability -- neither of which are typically asked for in webinars or virtual summits.
5. Are there breaks for lunch?
Yep. 45 mins for lunch + breaks throughout for rest and solo processing.
6. What happens if I'm not able to attend the whole time?
No problem. You'll have access to the recordings. We do ask that you be able to participate for at least 80% of the weekend (roughly 8 hours across the weekend), in order to really meet your needs.
7. Will there be a recording?
Yep. You'll be able to take the coaching, the teachers, the inspiration, and the community with you to listen to over and over as you need it.
8. Is this private / confidential?
Yes. Participants will be asked to sign an e-waiver committing to confidentiality of the resources and discussion.
9. What's the refund policy?
This is a full commitment. If there is an emergency that changes your ability to participate, we will happily work with you to refund your tuition. However, beyond true emergencies, tuition will not be refunded. The value of coaching and community is largely up to the participant to apply. Having said that and while refunds will not be offered, if this retreat falls short of meeting your needs, laura will commit to additional private 1:1 coaching to support your learning and satisfaction. (For what it's worth, in the 10+ years laura has been coaching and leading virtual learning experiences, no one has requested a refund.)