Yet life's twists and turns mean that it's possible that a space or two may open up for a single or shared room before the retreat begins.If you would like to be notified should that happen, please fill out the form below. People will be notified of availability and offered a space on a first come, first served basis.You will also be added to the list of those who are notified when registration opens for next year's retreat, prior to opening to the public.
Let’s face it, we continue to live in challenging times.
Living through the convergence of multiple global crises and social stressors is something none of us has ever experienced before, and that experience has been fused with our own personal challenges and issues.
We've experienced profound change, loss, and fear.
And there has also been discovery, connection, healing and even joy.
Yet despite the beginnings of "normalization", there continues to be massive uncertainty on many fronts.
Yet if we choose to approach the uncertainty with intention, this experience can be a crucible for growth and healing, and an incubator for who and what we long to be.
That is the intention that lies at the heart of Autumn's Pause, an intentional time-out to honor our burdens, harvest our lessons and blessings, and envision our next steps.
I know it may feel like you're just getting started again. Or perhaps you've been going so hard you can't remember what it feels like to stop.
Especially in today's world, a little “time out” is necessary now and then.
Frankly, if you don't allow yourself time and space—for processing, reflection, integration, and simply being—the repercussions can be ugly. You may end up experiencing any number of unpleasant symptoms, including:
Confusion and overwhelm
Frustration and feeling powerless
Boredom and dissatisfaction
Physical and/or mental exhaustion
Irritability and even rage
You are the only one who can make the time to care for yourself.
Nobody else can do it for you.
What you need is to engage in some Radical Self-Care: to make the brave choice to step away from your hectic day-to-day life and allow yourself to be held in the transforming embrace of sacred space, good food, deep rest, and compassionate community.
Yes, it can be hard to do.
Yes, it can feel indulgent. Or scary. Or simply alien.
That’s why it’s RADICAL.
What you need is a jumping off place...something that allows you to shift gears without the demands of daily life interfering. A little structure, a little facilitation, and the presence of supportive companions.
So much of my time was focused on others that it was hard to find the time I needed to be inwardly focused. I needed to have a dedicated chunk of time to check in with me.
Free directories: directories are Over the weekend, I had a profound change in my story about fear—moving out of thinking I needed to go into worry and stress whenever I felt fear and understanding that was simply my story – and my decision – about how to react to fear. With this realization I was able to write a new story for myself and respond to fear in a centered, accepting way. This was an amazing group of women and Julie offered warm support, gentle guidance, deep reaching questions and experiences as she shepherded us through our time together.
The retreat allows me stop everything and think only about me, which is something that I rarely do.
It allows me the space and time to focus and pinpoint the issues that I need or want to deal with while at the same time feeling unconditional support from the other women. For the first time in a very long time, I felt a part of a group, of the circle. I felt connected to the other women in many ways. There's an ease during the retreat, a camaraderie among the women who respect one another and offer unconditional affection. You can be who you are, and there are no critics. There’s nothing more inspirational than the power of a group of like-minded women who are supportive of one another.
I came to this retreat so broken. I felt like I had completely lost myself and my way. I had no idea what to do with my life. But once I was there amazing things happened to me.
Everyone was so accepting and wonderful. With the community of women there I gained clarity and acceptance which allowed me to remember who I was. The group was supportive but gave me space and didn't try to solve my problems—they let me do this on my own. The retreat was the best thing I have ever done for myself, and the experience changed my life. The whole experience has left me feeling like a large weight has been lifted off my shoulders which makes me feel lighter. I feel whole again.
We gather together in a community of women in order to process and honor our experiences, to grieve our losses and feel all our feels, to have our stories witnessed and our burdens shared, and to experience the transformation and renewal that comes with taking the time for intentional soul-tending.
In a word, it's about healing.
Making time to do this work, creating the space in your life to truly immerse yourself in reflection and creative process, you will discover that:
You gain greater clarity about the issues that have been weighing on you and how to move forward
You see your way forward, knowing at least the first step needed
You revel in the connections with your circle sisters,feeling deeply seen and witnessed
You are refreshed in body, mind and spirit
With the power of creative process and SoulCollage® you are able to voice and release your grief, frustration and anger
You discover a what's calling your forward, and begin to find your way into what's next
Hope Springs Institute provides the perfect container for this transformational weekend. The 130 acres on which Hope Springs sits is palpably sacred, due no doubt to both its ancient history (including its proximity to the Serpent Mound!) and the modern-day efforts of the Hope Springs staff.
Arriving there you can exhale and allow the land itself to support you as you release your burdens. Delicious, locally-sourced meals, “inspired lodging”, and soul-stirring gathering spaces - all surrounded by the natural beauty of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio - this is what awaits you at the Autumn's Pause Retreat for women.
The weekend will take you deep into the inner exploration of your growing edges and your blind spots, all balanced with open time for relaxation and integration. The art and practice of SoulCollage® will serve as the primary tool for your exploration.
In addition you’ll experience guided imagery, meditation and other processes to help you reconnect to what’s important to you and rediscover your own internal rhythms and timing, all with the support of a community of like-minded women where your own process will be held, witnessed and honored.
And it's not just deep seriousness all the time! We've been known to have powerful drum circles, campfires and singing and some fairly raucous late-night hot-tub soaks.
Thursday, Oct 28 - Sunday Oct 31
We'll begin with dinner together on Thursday evening at 6:30pm, although you're welcome to arrive earlier in the afternoon to settle in.
Officially we close after lunch on Sunday, usually by 2:30.
This year, by popular demand, you have an option to add an extra "Integration Day" to extend your experience an extra night. This unstructured time gives you a chance to deepen your experience and allow things to settle in your soul before your re-entry into your everyday life. After breakfast together on Monday you'll have a box lunch when you're ready to depart.
Your registration fee includes:
Four days and three nights’ lodging in a private, colorful, comfortable room (single rooms unless you request otherwise, most with shared bathrooms)
Nine fabulous meals featuring fresh, local foods, mindfully prepared by a dedicated staff
Limited registration (15 women) to ensure every guest has the support and attention she requires
Four days of retreat and rejuvenation in a community of mindful women
Exclusive use of the Hope Springs property for our group
Expert guidance in a mindfully cultivated creative process that takes you through a transformative journey of release, reception, and renewal.
Round the clock card-making space for those late-night inspirations
Access to hundreds of magazines to inspire your card-making (and feed your inner image-hoarder!)
Unstructured time to walk the labyrinth, hike the trails, meditate in Spirit House, hang out in the hot tub, or relax in a hammock… whatever will soothe your spirit and fill your heart
All supplies and materials
Your cost is $950 for 4 days and 3 nights in a private room. This price includes all meals, tuition costs, and all materials.
If you register by August 14th, the cost is $875. Use the coupon code EARLY21 to apply the $75 discount. (Alumni and private clients who have not received their personal discount code, please contact me before registering.)
To encourage a diverse community of women that will enrich the experience of all, equity pricing of $700 is available for two rooms on a first come, first served basis for women with marginalized identities and those with financial need.
Please contact me for details on how to receive equity pricing.
Three double rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Your investment is $700* per person for 4 days and 3 nights in a shared room, all meals, tuition costs and all materials included. Preference for these shared rooms will given to women attending together - ideal for friends, sisters, partners and spouses.Please note that no other discounts will be given when registering for a double room.
Registration closes on October 14th, or when we reach capacity. This retreat has sold out every year well before the deadline, so if you feel this is for you, don't hesitate to sign up soon.*If you are coming alone but interested in being assigned a double-room with another solo attendee if available, please mention that desire on your registration while registering for a SINGLE ROOM. If I can honor your request and place you with another attendee, I will refund the price difference. Please understand that with your registration you are committing to attending regardless of whether or not I can place you in a shared room.
I hear it every year: "I feel like I've finally relaxed and now it's time to leave" or "I wish we could stay longer!"
Now there's an opportunity to remain immersed in the feeling and healing of the community and Hope Springs!
Normally we all depart for home after lunch on Sunday, but this year you can choose to stay an extra night and depart on Monday.
Because it's been that kind of year (or two).
Use the extra day to rest, hike, drum, collage, soak in the hot tub, gather around the fire... whatever calls to your spirit as you allow the insights and shifts of the long weekend to settle more deeply into your being.
A little retreat within a retreat.
You'll get an extra night's stay along with 3 additional meals. If you need to get on the road, Monday's lunch can be prepared as a delightful boxed lunch to take with you.
Simply add the extra day when you register. ($155) And yes, you can add on later by just contacting me.
It's the best gift you can give yourself, that time to check-in, reevaluate, heal, grow and just be with yourself.
Before the retreat I was feeling the need to have a grounding practice in my life. I loved the evolution of the circle, how everyone came ready to do their work and be ‘seen’. It created a very cathartic opening on many different levels for me. I went from not knowing if this process really would work for me, to being blown away by the layers it was revealing. I feel blessed to have found SoulCollage® at this point in my process.
The retreat surpassed all my wildest imaginings
This was the first retreat at Hope Springs in which I did not spend much time hiking on the land. I was totally absorbed in the process and the participants. I am hooked on SoulCollage®. The process of making and reading my cards is such a fun, intriguing, and informative way to dive deep within my unconscious self. My heart is made happy to have been held in such sacred space doing deep work!
"And it feels like quiet,
feels like nodding in agreement, feels like a long exhale. It looks like autumn, it looks like light on fire, it feels like dancing and it goes like this: if you ask yourself what else you need the answer’s nothing." Lyrics from "Long Exhale", inspired by and written during the first retreat in 2010
This has been a time for "me" for several years now, and it is always the best thing I do for me all year. I always come away in a calmer state of mind, body and soul.
The retreat always brings together like-minded women in search of something more in life. And you walk away with such a connection with these women that it is almost tangible. The structure is wonderfully organized and balanced with free time. SoulCollage is an incredible way to reach deep into yourself to heal, listen to your heartfelt voice and to move forward. It is usually not easy work, but it's always what's needed for that moment in my life.
A truly transformative weekend with the perfect blend of silence, creativity, nature and fellowship.
I was looking for a time away from everything to just be. Letting go of a long held shame has made me feel lighter and happier and more able to move forward in my life. It ALL was fabulous for me - feeding my soul where I needed to be fed! As a first timer to a somewhat established group, I felt welcomed and included. I am so grateful for the safe space Julie created and the amazing group of women who were vulnerable and courageous!
Absolutely not! There will be a special introductory session for those new to the SoulCollage® process, and plenty of support from me as well as others who have experience. And “artistic skill” is never a requirement. In fact, I’ve frequently found that people who previously thought themselves to be lacking in that particular gene have been deeply moved by discovering just how beautifully they can express themselves through SoulCollage®.
Some women come to the retreat with the intention of addressing a particular challenge or issue that is “up” for them. Others come as a part of their regular self-care and mindfulness practice in their lives. Still other women come out of curiosity or because the experience “calls” to them in some way. All are perfectly fine!
Absolutely yes! While some women have made this retreat an annual part of their own life process, others come in and out as needed. I take great care in creating connection and community, and women are always touched and amazed at the rapport that develops over the course of the weekend.
While much of my work is focused on the issues facing midlife and older women, this retreat is for adult women of any age who find themselves needing time, space and guidance to gain clarity and move forward in their lives. Women ranging from 20-somethings to retirees have attended, and all have gotten what they needed, and indeed often more than they expected. Additionally I’ve found that the mix of ages provides a beautiful backdrop from which to witness the common threads that unite all our stories, heartaches, hopes and dreams.
Hope Springs will do its best to meet any special needs you may have. You will have a chance to detail those upon registration. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
While there is a structure to the retreat and an intentional flow through the process, I am more interested in supporting women to tune in and listen to their own inner wisdom and meet their own needs than I am in forcing my agenda. I do my best to help you meet any needs you may have for rest, relaxation and solitude and still keep you integrated with the larger flow of the weekend. [
I am committed to welcoming all who are interested in participating and creating a diverse community. I have reserved two spaces at Equity Pricing for women . These are available on a first come, first served basis. In addition, I do have one work-study option available that can help to defray your expense. Please contact me to discuss these possibilities.
You can read about Hope Springs' COVID protocols here. We will be closely monitoring the situation as the retreat draws closer and will adapt our procedures and rules as needed.
I encourage everyone to be vacccinated if you are able, but it is not a requirement of attendance.
Should the pandemic worsen and neccessitate a cancelation of the retreat your money will be fully refunded, less processing fees from PayPal.
Please consider using PayPal Credit upon registration if you would like to be able to spread your payments out. This way you have 6 months with no interest to pay in full. If this is not an option for you for some reason please contact me directly to discuss payment options. I am happy to talk with you about your situation and do what I can to make this retreat accessible.
Unfortunately there can be no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the retreat unless I am able to fill your spot. If I can fill your place I will gladly refund your payment, less processing fees.
Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about payments. I want to make this doable for people, and am more than happy to make arrangements with you.
Should the situation with COVID-19 become more severe again, exceptions and refundswill be considered. In the event of cancellation due to COVID, your money will be refunded (less processing fees).
SoulCollage®, developed by therapist and author Seena Frost, offers a tool through which you can access your own intuitive wisdom and hear the voice of your soul. A simple and delightful creative process, SoulCollage can give shape and form to the sacred time you create for yourself in your personal journey to wholeness. It is a unique and fun tool that can be used when you don’t know how or where to start the process of cultivating your spirit, and can provide form and structure for journaling, meditation or prayer practices, or even therapy.
SoulCollage requires no artistic experience or talent. All that is necessary is a willingness to be open to the experience.
If you are breathing, you've already been doing some of the personal work necessary to dump the unconscious baggage that no longer serves you—knowingly or unknowingly progressing in your own personal evolution toward greater consciousness and wholeness.
But one of the best ways to create real and lasting change is to bring conscious intention, or mindfulness, to your process and to have that commitment witnessed by others. If you've ever had any kind of group experience you know the potential that exists to have that group dynamic magnify whatever happens.
This retreat is an opportunity to bring concentrated time and attention to your personal journey within the context of sacred space, gentle guidance and the power of compassionate community.
And honestly, at the 2017 retreat it became clear that the work we were doing was not just about our own personal lives. It was apparent to all of us that we were processing things with a far greater reach. It became clear we were working on behalf of the collective, and by collective I mean the planet.
That may sound a little "woo-woo" to you, but we are in fact all connected. So when one person "does their work", it affects far more than just that person. And when that work is intentional and amplified by the potency of the group dynamic, the effects can be profound. I have come to truly believe that during these retreats we are transmuting these old, painful "shadow" energies on behalf of our evolving planet.
And that, my friend, is warrior's work.
It is yet another way to be of service to our hurting world.
Below are words that came to me one day in the week following the 2017 retreat. They dropped fully formed into my head one day and insisted upon being written. They perfectly capture the experience of an Autumn's Pause:
Thirteen women gather in a circle.
Each brings her own unique pain, heartache, frustration, grief, rage, confusion, longing.
We see our own story reflected in the words, the eyes, the hearts of our circle sisters.
Together and separately, we feel.
We hold and are held by the circle
with compassion, with strength and with permission to be where we are.
Under the silver light of the full moon we howl with sorrow, with rage, with joy, with laughter.
We transform and transmute: for ourselves, for our families and ancestors, for our communities, for our country… dare we dream for our planet.
We return home carrying the spirit of the circle within us
A little fragile, yet also empowered, ready to take the first step that reveals itself in our path to create our “one wild and precious life”.
If this is what your heart’s been waiting for, I invite you—or if need be, I challenge you—to claim space for yourself and take a brief respite from the chaos of today's world, where the only decision you will need to make is “what do I want to do in this moment?” or perhaps "what image is calling to me?”
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