I'm sure many of you by now have seen me posting about Soulfull - a new retreat and workshop series that I recently launched with my friends (and amazing, intuitive women) Steph Parrish, Lynda Lopez and Jenna Starkey. It's been an adventure, and we're still on it - currently planning for our spring retreat and having just opened up a workshop for those who missed the winter one!
In the past month or so, I've had so many messages and emails from friends, followers and colleagues who were intrigued by our events, so I thought I'd do a little recap of our winter getaway, and a peek behind the scenes, too! Because while the other gals were focused on leading attendees through their day, I was in charge of - you guessed it - the environment.
First off, there's nothing more magical than being delivered to your retreat destination by ferry, but our twilight crossing was made even more perfect by mother nature's color scheme.
We arrived a day before our retreat to make sure we had plenty of time to stuff our goodie bags, unload our car, and set up our little space...
Our retreat room, right next door to the main lodge (which they call the Icehouse), was the coziest!! Inside, we piled pillows onto doubled up rugs, placed blankets in a basket for retreaters, and created a magical little space for everyone to feel welcome in.
Being short on time to pull this all together, I called on Amazon Home to help me pull off a miracle, and they did. We got nearly all of these elements (and more!) from them, and I can't thank them enough for their sponsorship! If you see some pieces you like, you can shop them on my Amazon storefront! Having them be a part of this retreat really helped us to keep our costs down, and our ticket prices lower for attendees too - I'm starting to learn how partnerships like this are really invaluable for groups like us who are working hard to make our programming accessible.
In the middle of the circle, we placed this doubled up basket and marble tray as a container for candlelight, sea glass, shells collected from the beach.
Another one of the elements in our tiny room was the group altar. Our guests were asked to bring two items: a natural offering (flowers, berries, etc) and an object that represented their intentions for the retreat. It was really wonderful to see this little table fill up with items, and such a personal way to have attendees be a part of creating the space itself.
Because we had a smaller space to work with, we decided to conduct the entire retreat in circle, so Amazon Home also provided meditation pillows for everyone and they saved our asses. Literally.
Now that we've covered all the decor... let's talk about the programming! Our team spent hours creating these beautiful workbooks to accompany our meditations and group time with thoughtful prompts, exercises and 'homework' for them to continue working on after the retreat had ended.
Since this was our winter retreat, we focused on themes that required us to go inward. Steph led us in a guided meditation and a lesson on intuitive oracle card pulls. We pulled out magazines and champagne for vision boarding. I set a simple table for dinner to continue the conversations, which continued late into the night, punctuated by one of the most fun times we've ever had by the fire... and an impromptu activity that we will definitely repeat in future retreats.
Each guest chose their place at the table by picking a crystal that they felt drawn to.
The next morning began with guided movement to help us get focused and into our bodies before more workshops! Lynda led us into group work on really connecting to our intuition and what that actually looks - and feels - like. Then Jenna took us right into some manifestation work with questions to help us get out of our own way and craft our dreams and goals for 2020 in a way that felt empowering and aligned.
One of my favorite gifts that we gave over the weekend was a set of one of oracle card decks wrapped in a custom Soufull altar cloth. These cloths are meant to be a surface for creating your card spreads on, or they can adorn your altar at home!
When we weren't in our circle, we all scattered into cozy corners of the Captain Whidbey, both inside and out, to journal, chat, and enjoy the view...
Everyone also came away with a little goodie bag filled with some other self-care treasures, thanks to a few local companies who offered up some of their signature items!! I was blown away by the generosity of these businesses, and have been loving all of their products.
1. starseed oracle cards | 2. luxe purify cleanser | 3. moonlit skincare sleepy spritz | 4. knours double duty mist | 5. star and moon earrings | 6. two cranes CBD oil | 7. COSRX one step original clear pad | 8. COSRX advanced snail 92 mucin power essence
The best part of this collection of items is that they are all Seattle based, women-owned businesses! The oracle cards were the only item we received from outside of Seattle (but also women designed!). Here's a little look at all of them:
Lumvie: An eco luxe, organic, plant based line of skincare made with intention, this purifying cleanser is gentle and effective and I can't wait to try more of their line! I've been using this non-stop since I got home!
Moonlit Skincare: This Sleepytime Spritz alcohol-free toner is sitting right by my bed where I like to spray it on my face and pillow before going to sleep. This entire line is (pun intended) so dreamy and all natural.
K Banana: If you're a Seattle local you might be familiar with the K Banana storefront in University Village - it's SUCH a fun space to shop! Lucky for the rest of you, they also ship their Korean skincare and more. Thanks to them we all got to try the Knours double duty mist (a line that's new to me, but is all about balancing your skin with your hormone cycles which is genius!), as well as a few samples from COSRX!
Boma Jewelry: I love Boma's jewelry line and I can't wait to share more of it with you, but their petite star and moon earrings were such a treat to have in our goodie bags! I'm wearing mine right now!! This company is also commited to sustainable practices, as well as giving back to the people and the environment, and we could not be more proud to partner with them for this!
Two Cranes Botanicals: CBD has obviously come to the forefront of wellness in recent years, and Two Cranes is a line I had yet to try before this! Their 100% non-GMO, organically sun-grown hemp is sourced from Colorado, and comes in a variety of strengths.
And if you've made it all the way to the end of this post, then congratulations because we are giving away one of these goodie bags!! Just leave a comment below to enter, telling us your favorite wellness practice, or a workshop you'd most like to attend, and then head to our instagram for an additional entry as well!
We hope to see you at the next Soulfull event!