A Peek Inside the Virtual Retreat

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On March 5 I woke up at 5am so excited about the day’s Virtual Retreat. I tied a bow around the 13-page Day-Of Guidebook, walked Mookie, made kale chips, and gathered all my supplies for the adventure.

The day began and ended with a live 30-minute video session. Our six hours together whizzed by interspersed with yoga, journaling, walking meditation, seated meditation, mindful eating, and art journaling.

Technology was on our side (except when I forgot to mic up – oops!), Mookie was behaved (unbelievable), and we had a loving and supportive global group (truly delightful). I couldn’t have asked for more as the entire experience felt dreamy.

It was like I had these lovely ladies in my living room creating, dreaming, and reflecting with me. A true honor!

The entire experience, included our three live gatherings, is available for purchase so you, too, can set up your own DIY daylong retreat at home.

During our March 31 Tranquility du Jour Live (formerly called Seasonal Podcast) event, I’ll announce the date for our next virtual retreat and hope you can join us! x

hear from a few participants + see their pics:

I absolutely loved the retreat today. It was such a great way to spend a Saturday. Participating has reminded me how good it feels to slow down and give myself the time to recharge. Feeling a new spark of creativity. Loved connecting with all of you and look forward to more.

Just looked in the mirror and I think I look younger than I did this morning! I’m so relaxed!!!! What a fabulous morning.

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I’d forgotten how much fun art journaling can be – especially not having to stay within the lines, cut with a scissors, or make something perfect. The last time I wrote in my art journal was January 2015. So much has changed since then, and this exercise helped me to shift my perspective to embracing change and discerning what I need in my life to spark joy.

I’ve been to local day long yoga workshops and enjoyed being with a group. But I have to say, being the introvert that I am and loving my quiet time, this was something I would do again and again. Being in my own familiar space, relaxed but at the same time connected with everyone by your video and the Facebook Group. You thought of everything!

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The Virtual Retreat is exactly what I needed during this busy time of the year for me. As an introvert with an extroverted job and tendencies, it was wonderful to give myself the opportunity to “check out” for the day while still being in my own space. I lit candles and incense, put on soothing jazz, and spent the whole day in my comfiest clothes virtually connecting with my favorite yoga and mindfulness guru. I also loved that we will always have access to the modules. I have been on a few retreats with Kimberly, and leave wishing I could take it all with me. Now I can!  

I LOVED attending my very first virtual retreat! It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday. Kimberly was the perfect host interacting with us through a live feed at the beginning of the retreat as well as through the Facebook group and Periscope. My expectation was that I would be “alone” on this retreat, but I was wrong! I felt so connected to the other women that attended even though we were from all over the world. One of my biggest takeaways was that taking time out for myself is not only important, but imperative. This was truly a one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended and will not be my last.

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When I decided to sign up for Kimberly’s Virtual Retreat I wasn’t convinced that it would work. The idea that I would be able to cut off the phone and commit myself to the experience seemed a bit of a stretch. Yet, I was able to stick with the schedule, ignore the phone-text -email messages, and fully immerse myself in the activities. If you aren’t able to free up the full day, I think it would work use the videos and break the sessions into two half days.

I can’t thank you enough for such a clearly thought out virtual retreat. It was such a blessing not to need to get dressed, drive to an airport, not have to put on make-up, and to be comfortable in my own home without distraction (except for my two fur babies).

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The hallmark of an enlightening retreat, presentation, email, or post are the moments a heart is touched, a thought is planted, or a direction changed. And, how all this continues to impact. It’s a week later (I like to wait a while and let things process.) and I realize that the virtual retreat was more powerful than I thought it would be. In fact, it’s helping me to change direction, well, actually, to reconnect to my core being.

I highly recommend her Virtual Retreat. It didn’t feel virtual at all. No distractions from others in attendance, or traveling, or needing to be presentable. Just following along with a smile, my coffee, computer and toys of choice.  It was a meaningful day, one, it turns out, I deeply needed. I felt joyful thinking about it in the weeks previous to it. Looking at my calendar brought a little spark of light waving at me to carry on as my reward was coming soon.