Summer Retreat 2017

From Annelies & Conduit for Change, LLC

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One of the ways I help professionals accelerate success at work is to help them manage change in life. Big transitions around your personal or professional life, such as career change, job-loss, retirement, empty-nest, loss of or caring for a loved-one, health changes or just a busy-filled life creates unnecessary stress and overwhelm, affecting your focus, mindset and overall success. While letting go sounds easy-- it's not. It's a learned skill.

If you're at a point in life
where learning to free yourself and let go sounds important, you’ll receive helpful creative coping tools, healing, joy and gentle understanding at this life-affirming integrative retreat. Take a B R E A T H and join us for laughter, play and learning. Gain that sense of freedom you really need.

The Lotus and the Butterfly retreat title are metaphors for change. The lotus is known to bloom in stagnate waters, while the butterfly emerges through total transformation. Change is evident and inevitable in all facets of life. We loose relationships, jobs, health, a parent. Other times we gain hope, courage, or a new possibility. While, it's natural to hunker down, protect and resist change, we can't stop it. Nature and creativity helps us see how to embrace verses resist the movements of life.

Ready to let go but don't know how? Start by taking time for YOU and join us to reflect among compassionate women in a beautiful environment of sound and sea near Emerald Isle, NC. We’ll explore and let go through story, music, meditation, movement, ritual and collective art-making with guest Soul Collage facilitator, Amenie Schweizer.

  • $645 single beach view
  • $545 single
  • $322 shared room beach view
  • Includes 2 nights, 4 meals + retreat
  • Have you attended this retreat before? Come again for $545. This is also the discounted rate for therapists, coaches & affiliates. Need a scholarship? Just ask.
  • You may choose to stay longer to solo R&R and/or receive additional support with Annelies for 1-1 coaching for an additional fee. Email or call for details.
  • Registration closes Aug 1st. (No refunds)

Lotus & the Butterfly Women's Healing & Transformation Retreat

Friday, Aug. 11th, 7pm to Sunday, Aug. 13th, 10am

618 Salter Path Road

Pine Knoll Shores, NC


Email any dietary restrictions ASAP.


Who's this retreat for?

Busy professional women who are at a crossroads and want clarity, a break from life, from work, and from that stuff you don't want to face alone. If you're eager to release those heavy parts of life that tend to weigh you down and get in the way of designing what's next, then you'll feel right at home with us during this thoughtful retreat. Learn to let go and explore with us.

Imagine a weekend where you don't have to cook or manage anyone else's problems. Now imagine a compassionate and creative experience where you may safely and confidentially express, find peace, learn to let go, share and come fully alive.

How do you deal with change?

Do you stuff it? Move quickly hoping it'll go away? Leap to the next thing? If you've not taken time to slow down, reflect, be still and appreciate what's valuable as a result of what's changed, this is your invitation to embrace change and learn the art of letting go while you de-stress, refresh and create what's next. Times of transition are oh, so difficult and beautiful all at once. Find the beauty in what's changing.

Which one of these are you facing?

  • High stress job/life/situation or simply overwhelmed
  • Forging new paths- life/work/retirement/legacy/career change
  • At a crossroads, in transition or facing the next chapter
  • Dealing with hidden grief or compassion fatigue
  • Experiencing health changes, are a survivor or care-taker
  • Entering new "trigger" phase of life through empty-nest, divorce or death
  • In a helping field ie: teacher, therapist, counselor, coach or other health-care practitioner
Expect to gain ... peace of mind, creativity, community, and healing while learning coping tools and strategies to deal with or lead change in yourself or others. You're invited to...
  • explore change through creativity
  • release what's stuck, stressing you out or holding you back
  • reflect in the presence of other women like you
  • experience nature, collaborative art-making and shared expression
  • experience group coaching to acquire tools, gain perspective and receive support in a safe and confidential space
  • engage in nature-based activities that foster healing and release
  • practice stillness, quiet and self-compassion
  • learn change strategies, coping tools and overall practices of well-being
  • learn empathy-based communication skills
  • learn the fundamentals of behavior change
  • walk away revitalized and knowing what's next for you
  • bring back joy, peace and sense-of-self into your life and work :)



Email any dietary restrictions ASAP.

About the Facilitator(s)

Annelies M Gentile, MA, ACC is a presence-based leadership coach, consultant, pioneer and thought-leader who helps professionals to expand, explore and step up, beyond their comfort zone through creative inquiry. She considers herself a process-artist, guiding people through processes of change. Annelies holds a masters in integrative coaching and is confident that empathy is more valuable than any credential. Her formal education includes a BA in creative process and social change, a MA in coaching (Maryland University of Integrative Health), additional grad-studies in conflict transformation and peacebuilding (European Graduate School in Switzerland), and transformative leadership (Tai Sophia Institute). Annelies is also professionally accredited with ICF (International Coaching Federation). Annelies' lives in Raleigh with her sweetheart Greg Whitt of DRUM for CHANGE and her fish, Blueberry. They are both a practicing Aunt and Uncle for children everywhere. Annelies believes her secret sauce to success is compassion.

Our guest facilitator is expected to be Amenie Schweizer, well-seasoned holistic health counselor and life coach who'll guide us in the Soul Collage art-making process.

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