Sometimes the best way to move forward is to step back
Sometimes you need to get out of your everyday environment and spend a couple of days to pause, refresh, be in nature, eat gourmet food, enjoy a spa and then plan, learn, build relationships, improve teamwork and acquire new skills. That’s why Retreats are so very effective.
My Story Retreats are customized to suit your goals. You will have plenty of time to relax in between our Story Sessions where you begin to build your life story list, craft a few stories, learn from me about why storytelling works, around the fire-pit we’ll share those stories and practice them so you can take them out to the world.
What makes a Story Retreat unique is that when you have a chance to slow down a bit and think about your own best stories in a beautiful environment, you’ll discover that something rather special happens. When you take time to think about and craft your own stories, your life, filled with ups and downs, memories, struggles, challenges, achievements and adventures comes into fuller focus. You realize that your life has meaning and now you have life lessons to pass on to others.
Here’s what I know from experience. Some of our stories have the power to heal. They heal us and in the telling, they can heal others.
I’ve selected the outstanding Lodge at Woodloch to hold my Story Retreats. Located between New York City and Philadelphia in the Pocono Mountains, Travel & Leisure have rated it as the #3 Destination Spa in the world. I’ve stayed there and found it extraordinary – the meals are healthy and delicious, the guest rooms are pure luxury, you’re among the trees on 150 private acres and there’s a first-rate spa with all the amenities you’d want.
How does it work?
Prior to arriving, you and I will connect by phone so I can answer any questions and help you prep for the Retreat.
Check in time is 4:00pm the night before. We’ll gather for a cocktails and appetizers, enjoy the first of our gourmet meals with a deluxe spa dinner, get acquainted, just relax and enjoy the Lodge.
Day One: we convene for two morning Story Discovery sessions where I teach you the Art & Science behind storytelling, we’ll begin working on your stories, savor a gourmet lunch, then in the afternoon there is downtime for you to walk, kayak, nap, get a massage, exercise, meditate or work on your stories with me. We’ll reconvene for our second gourmet dinner and weather permitting we’ll gather around the firepit (with s’mores of course) and in a low-key way begin sharing our stories.
Day Two: two morning Story Sessions for further story work and practice followed by the celebratory lunch which officially finishes the Retreat. (you may choose to stay on longer and can discuss this directly ahead of time with the Lodge staff – who are very warm and friendly).
I limit the Story Retreat to as little as one person to a maximum of 12 attendees so that you can have all the attention you need from me.
Included in the cost of your Story Retreat:
- Two nights Lodging in Deluxe Rooms at The Lodge at Woodloch
- 6 gourmet spa meals in Tree Restaurant: two dinners, two breakfasts, two lunches, plus food and beverages during meeting breaks
- Use of all Resort Facilities, including Hydro Massage Water Walls, Pool, Cardio Weight Studio
- And of course all Storytelling Trainings and Sessions
Cost: $1750 per adult based on double occupancy; $1950 per adult based on single occupancy
(Not covered in your Story Retreat fee: Spa Services at the Lodge, Golf at The Country Club, room service, offsite and airport transportation, bar charges, taxes and service fee from the Lodge as a result of your optional uses.)