May 28-31, 2020
YMCA Camp Menogyn
55 Menogyn Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Wonder at the marvel that has been your story. Everything that brought you here.
Witness the beauty of the forest, the stars, the water, and the laughter of sisters.
Experience complete wholeness, rest, and nourishment so you can create wonder in the path ahead of you.
Wholehearted Gatherings are a beautiful, open, free space for you to follow your intuition and explore what you need to fill up according to your own pace and preferences. You will arrive to a feast of options spread before you, an array of services and offerings to fill you up and guide you toward refocusing your life. The following activities are included in your registration fee and available anytime, so you just need to arrive, unplug, and enjoy whatever nourishing and fulfilling activities appeal in the moment. Wholehearted Gatherings are a welcoming place for women of all beliefs and backgrounds.
Rest and reflection
We’ll have the entire camp to ourselves, with dozens of cozy comfy nooks to read, journal, and connect with each other. Piles of art supplies and inspiration, with all the basics plus a handful of seasonal craft ideas to try. Bring something you’ve neglected working on or grab what you like from the pile and play around!
Outdoors and adventure
Camp Menogyn is located off the grid in the pristine boundary waters of northern Minnesota. Endless wilderness to explore, whether you choose slow and meditative forest immersion, a trail run, or one of the many on-site mountain bikes. The lake offers swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. Enjoy the wood-fire sauna and take a dip in the lake any time!
Introduction to Nature Journaling
Ashleigh will lead an introduction to the practice of nature journaling, the art of spending mindful time in nature and using what you notice to create, explore, and learn. We will gather for a short discussion followed by a nature walk and journaling time. Watercolors, pens, and paper will be provided for anyone who needs them.
Various instructors will teach a range of yoga classes throughout the weekend in multiple styles. Options will include a power vinyasa flow, yoga nidra meditation and yin yoga. This will be space to work, play, heal, and explore with something for all experiences and abilities.
Art Therapy Open Studio
Our registered Art Therapist will hold space for any women interested in engaging in the creative process to gain insight and self awareness. This will be an open studio format with both suggested directives and supported individual creative processing. Creative prompts will lead participants toward deeper knowing of themselves as well as the sense of relaxation or “flow” that comes with the act of creating. Artistic skill is NOT necessary, only a willingness to engage in the process from a place of curiosity and playfulness. Focus is the on the process not the product. All materials are provided, so you can simply come, create and explore.
It’s not just a walk, it’s not just a hike. It is a guided wilderness experience that engages the 5 senses, awakens the body, mind and spirit and alleviate stress. Join Stacey for a 60-minute journey through the wilderness to experience Shinrin Yoku and nature as a form of medicine. Stacey has 25 years of experience leading people into the woods to regain connection of their inner terrain and outer world, embracing of the concept of more “being” and less “doing” and healing through the natural environment.
Healing Herbalism with Jenny Cunningham
Jenny will share her passion and experience with herbalism in a workshop that will leave you with deeper knowledge of the healing properties of the world around you, as well as your very own tin of healing hand salve. She will lead us on a nature walk to see how many healing plants we can discover, sharing information about each one as we go. This will be followed by a demonstration of how to make your own calendula hand salve, a Wholehearted favorite you will absolutely love. Jenny will also have an assortment of lovingly crafted teas and skin care for sale as well.
Moonlit Meditation with Kate Nelson @katenelson_coaching
Kate will lead a moonlit meditation by the water. This 30-minute meditation is open and encouraged for all skill levels. The waterfront will be decorated with candles and large blankets so all you need to bring is yourself!
Sacred Geometry Drawing Workshop with Starfire
Join Starfire as she leads a time of exploration and creative expression through sacred geometry. Ancient philosophers and modern scientists alike have discovered certain geometric truths about the physical plane, such as the Platonic solids and golden ratio. The flower of life pattern, which has been found across disparate ancient civilizations, is said to contain the keys to these truths and give rise to the building blocks of physical matter. In this workshop, Starfire will introduce a brief history of sacred geometry and its symbolism, as well as demonstrate how sacred geometry drawing can be used as a form of open-eyed meditation to connect with universal consciousness. Starfire will hold space and offer guidance as you create your own sacred geometry drawing, using the flower of life template. We’ll close with a sharing circle for anyone who wants to discuss what came through in their work.
Wild Woman Dance Experience with Starfire
When is the last time you felt totally embodied and moved your body in the ways it wants to move? We’ll begin with a brief discussion of the Wild Woman archetype and then DANCE together in free-form expression. This is your chance to let it all out—no judgment, no rules! You’ll be lightly guided with movement ideas as the music takes us on a journey, but this is your time to move and express freely.
The following services come at an added fee to enhance your retreat experience. You will pay the providers directly for services, please bring cash/check/card or Venmo. In some cases a waiver is required, which will also be available for your convenience on site.
Massage ($120 for 60 minutes) with LutZen Reflections @lutzenreflections
Teri and team from LutZenReflections will be on site all weekend. A wide range of essential oils to choose from provide complementary aromatherapy, added to the massage cream to make for a truly customized individual experience.
Massage Enhancements ($15 each, included in massage time)
Enlighten your Soles
Soothe your aching feet and calves with this pampering foot treatment. Hot towels are applied to soften and warm the feet and legs, Aveda exfoliating scrub applied followed by an energizing Aveda foot crème.
Gitchee Gummee Hot Stone
Lake Superior basalt stones are used as an extension of the therapists hands. The soothing heat from the stones allows deeper penetration of sore muscles without pain or discomfort.
Refresh your face with this Aveda express facial, warm towels, gentle cleanser hydrating masque, toner and hydrating lotion make this the perfect Zen enhancement.
Hand and Foot Refresher
Soothe your hands and feet with this luxurious enhancement: hot towels are applied to soften and warm the hands and feet with our warm maple brown sugar scrub for exfoliation, cinnamon and nutmeg essential oils warm the skin, while coconut oil moisturizes and hydrates dry skin.
Acupuncture ($100 per session, options below)
Stacey Degen is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Women’s Empowerment Specialist and Health Advocate. You will have the opportunity to sign up for one of Stacey’s signature life balancing, health enhancing treatments.
The Aroma-Balance Treatment – 60 minutes
This treatment includes the use of eight essential oils and acupuncture to target stress reduction, immune enhancement, decrease inflammation, create homeostasis and balance the active and subtle energy of the body. This unique combination of therapeutic modalities gives you the opportunity to find a deep connection to the natural flow of vital energy (Qi) of your body. During this 60 -minute treatment you will lie in the face down position and finish with a renewed sense of self and connection with the mind, body and spirit.
Acupuncture and Chakra Balancing Treatment – 60 minutes
There are seven energetic bodies that create our aura and defined the seven chakras of the body. The key to vitality and longevity is the balance of these seven bodies. This treatment uses a blend of modalities to identify and correct areas of imbalance. A unique approach of chakra reading using a pendulum, essential oils, acupuncture and sound therapy will be used to signal the body’s innate sense of healing to occur. This treatment is known to release stagnate energy and blocked emotion. During this 60 -minute treatment you will lie in the face up position and you will leave with a renewed connection of the subtle and dynamic flow of energy throughout your body.
Traditional Acupuncture Treatment – 60 Minutes
Stacey has also trained extensively with one of the country’s leading sports acupuncturists in Boulder, Colorado. With her strong skill and knowledge base on how to treat pain, she will also be offering more traditional acupuncture treatments for muscle-skeletal imbalances. Neck, shoulder, knee and back pain are a few of her specialties. The benefits of this style of treatment are to reduce pain, increase range of motion and blood flow and promote a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being.
Ultimate Chill Out – 60 minutes
This unique treatment combination of Auricular Acupuncture, Foot Reflexology and Fire
Cupping has a lot of pack for the punch. Auricular Acupuncture is gaining popularity all over the world for its powerful and lasting impact on reducing stress and increasing mental clarity by simply placing 5 small acupuncture in the ears. Identifying the tiny points in the feet that are tight and tender reveals so much information about all the bodies functions, using pressure points to free up this stagnation will create a free flow of energy throughout the body. Fire cupping has been used for thousands of years to pull apart tight muscle bands, bring blood and energy flow, and soften troubles spots that never seem to give. This dynamic trio will leave you blissed out and either ready for your next adventure or a nap!
Small Group Breathwork with Helen Buron ($25/75 minutes) @helen.buron
Helen Buron will offer small group breathwork sessions throughout the weekend. This active, guided, rhythmic meditation allows us to release the day to day mind and tap into our bodies using the power of the breath to cherish ourselves. Through the inhales and exhales, we viscerally feel where our blocks lie and actively move through them to access the deeper, clearer, centered parts of our being, bringing in more energy, flow, creativity, clarity, and healing. Breathwork is a dynamic and wild journey that brings us back to a restful, grounded space. We’ll begin the small group with a guided grounding meditation and setting intentions for your practice. Then lying down in a nest of blankets, Helen will teach you the breath technique and guide you through the journey with a curated playlist, essential oils, reiki, and affirmations. We’ll end the group with a beautiful savasana rest and singing bowl vibrations.
Reiki with Emily Jo ($110/90 minutes)
Emily Jo Fristed is a Reiki Master, Nationally Certified Reiki Educator, Licensed Bodyworker, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Clinical Certified Aromatherapist. She
incorporates her 13 years of professional healing experience into each customized treatment. Reiki sessions include a healing plan integrating stones, crystals, herbal remedies, essential oils, grounding meditations, and more to achieve restorative results. Reiki energy work soothes body, mind, and spirit in the quest for balance and growth.
Group Coaching Circles with Kate Nelson ($50/90 min) @katenelson_coaching
Kate will lead three group coaching circles – sign-up for one session or all three, it’s up to you! Coaching is a non-judgmental, supportive practice based on the belief that you intrinsically know your own path and what matters most to you. The role of a coach is to help you break-through the beliefs that are holding you back. Each session will tap into creativity, journaling and meaningful conversation. Kate will hold space both for women who are thrilled by the chance to talk with others and also those who need space and time for reflection. Expect to walk away from each session feeling supported, motivated and empowered to take action!
Finding your purpose is a messy process that sometimes takes our whole lives to complete. But becoming clearer on our own true north gives our lives meaning and direction. In this session we will sift through our stories, gain clarity on each of our own “why’s” and create space to honor our own unique place in the world.
Women are the multi-taskers of this world, constantly considering the needs of everyone else. But if we lack the critical self-care and renewal strategies to maintain our energy, we wind up deleted or even resentful. In this session we will explore creating boundaries as a way of supporting our own needs and of filling our own cups first so that we can give our whole selves to the people we love most.
Setting Yourself Free Through The Enneagram with Claire Williams ($60/90 min)
Claire Williams is an executive coach and leadership development practitioner who loves helping people have “holy shit” moments on the path to self-discovery and self-actualization. She’ll introduce you to the Enneagram, a mysterious personality typing system rooted in ancient spiritual wisdom that was way ahead of its time. Now, centuries later, the Enneagram is rapidly rising in popularity as a way to understand self and others, and to unlock profound personal transformation. Claire recommends you take the $12 Enneagram RHETI assessment prior to the retreat so you’re ready to dive in (but hold the results lightly, as the test is just a starting point for discovering your true type).
The Enneagram goes far deeper than Myers Briggs, Strengthsfinder and other personality tools, as it brings you face to face with your essential nature and the most hidden corners of your soul. The Enneagram will show you how your core desire and your core fear deeply shape how you experience the world and how you approach work, relationships, parenting, self-care, and just about everything else. Claire merges spirit with sensibility and infuses the mystical with the practical to help you discover yourself in the Enneagram and examine how the mechanisms of your personality are currently serving you…and how they’re getting in your way.
Once you know your Enneagram type, you start to see how your personality has been on autopilot. This workshop will help you – your essential self, not your personality – get back in the driver’s seat of your life. The Enneagram illuminates a unique path of development for each type as you move from the grip of your personality patterns to living from a place of essence and wholeness. This workshop invites you to awaken, to find your path forward, and to create an existence that is “a miraculous unfolding of beauty and joy”. (Don Richard Riso)
Visioning for a New Decade with Starfire ($15/person)
2020 brings in the energy of potent times. Collectively, we are experiencing a shift in consciousness as we reclaim our power, reconnect to the Earth and remember our divine essence. What are you wanting to call into your life in these times of change? How do you envision yourself stepping further into your truth and most authentic expression? We’ll tap into our intuition and let our creative expression flow as we create our own vision board. Vision boards can be a powerful tool in helping us align our energy to that which we wish to manifest in our lives; it serves as a guiding light, connecting us to our dreams.
Explore Your Shadow with Starfire ($40/person)
Join Starfire, a shamanic minister, in sacred space to explore your “shadow,” the unconscious aspects of yourself that play out in your life through projections, triggers and limiting beliefs. You’ll be held in a safe container as we journey to the underworld of your subconscious to shine the light on a shadow aspect that wants to be seen. Our shadow is not separate from us; in fact, our shadow causes pain in our life because we fail to recognize that it is part of who we are–so we must acknowledge and honor it so that we may step further into our wholeness. In our private session, we’ll discuss the concept of shadow, you’ll be guided through a meditation to meet a shadow aspect, and Starfire will hold space for you as your process your experience.
Disclaimer: Starfire is not a trained therapist or mental healthcare provider. The “shadow” is a term coined by psychoanalyst Carl Jung and is explored in various psychotherapeutic modalities. The purpose of this session is not to treat or provide medical advice, but rather to create a safe space to introduce the concept of shadow and encourage participants to begin identifying and working with their own shadow aspects.
Astrology Readings with Kimberly Galvin ($90/hour)
If you are interested in going deeper into your astrology chart, sign up for a 60-minute personalized reading with Kimberly. Come prepared with the exact time, date, and town of your birth. Kimberly’s heart-centered approach engages you in a conversation about who you came to be in this world, what gifts you came to offer and what possible challenges you came to embrace, all in hopes of helping you live to your greatest potential. Kimberly also guides you to flower essence remedies to further assist you on your journey to embodying your best, truest self. In her practice, Kimberly integrates Astrology with Massage and Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, Herbalism and Flower Essences, Past Life Regression and Guided Meditation, and Kundalini Yoga.
Group Astrology with Kimberly Galvin ($50/person)
Your natal chart is your Divine Blueprint. Come explore the Zodiac as we delve into the
archetypes of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and Chiron and how understanding their messages can help you step into a greater sense of who you came to be. Come prepared with your birth date, birth place and exact time of birth. Limited to 20 participants, you will leave with a copy of your natal chart, a flower essence combination specific to your chart and more than likely, a desire to learn even more about astrology.
Relationship Astrology: Understanding Venus with Kimberly Galvin ($50/person)
Come gain a deeper understanding of what you need in relationships as shown by your birth chart. Everyone is unique and the more you understand, the more you will be able to ask for what you need. We will discuss, in a group setting, your individual relationship needs, and if time allows, I will compare two charts, also known as synastry. Come prepared with your (and your partner’s) birth date, birth place and exact time of birth. Limited to 10 participants.
The menu will focus on wholesome nourishing foods to restore us. We can accommodate a full range of dietary needs including gluten and dairy-free. You can share your needs via the registration form.
All meals are included in your fee, from refreshments Thursday evening through Sunday brunch. Two breakfast options are served daily, both a light “early bird” and a more complete meal later in the morning. Snacks served in the morning and afternoon. Hot and cold beverages are available anytime, day or night.
Shared bunk rooms ranging from 8-12 beds per cabin or room. If you have a preference on cabin size or location, let Ashleigh know upon registration and we’ll try to accommodate. Camp Menogyn offers various spaces dedicated to activities, creativity, etc. including a beautiful lodge and dining hall, and plenty of quiet spaces conducive to rest and reflection. Shared bathrooms and shower rooms are recently updated.
$395/person — $100 deposit will hold your spot. This includes:
Round-trip coach transportation may be available from the Twin Cities pending demand. Please indicate interest on the registration form