EMPOWERING THE HEART
Reclaiming Our Inner Wisdom
RESIDENTIAL RETREAT | Aug 16 ~ 18, 2019
“ The real treasure of life, the one difficult to find and hard to attain, is never far from us. That’s an unwritten rule on this earth. What we desperately desire and need most is buried in the recesses of our innermost being all along.
This is the open secret found in many traditions and told in many ways. Yet it remains a secret
because trusting in oneself remains one of the hardest things to do in life.”
~ Michael Meade ~
There is a tendency in our modern Western culture to pathologize pain, devalue difficult feelings, and avoid the full depth of our emotional experience through a lack of literacy around grief, anger-phobia, judgment around so-called "negative" feelings or shadow elements, ideas around spiritually transcending our unhealed wounds, and an overemphasis on "positive" feelings. These ideas can lead to feelings of confusion, isolation, shame, and mistrust around our legitimate emotional responses. But what if connecting more deeply with our fears, sorrows, and unhealed wounds was the path to coming into alignment with our inner wisdom? And what if this was the key to remembering and reclaiming our power and purpose?
There is a tendency in our modern Western culture to pathologize pain and devalue difficult feelings due to anger-phobia, grief-illiteracy, judgment around so-called "negative" feelings or shadow elements, and an overemphasis on "positive" feelings. But what if connecting more deeply with our pain was the very key to discovering our inner wisdom, and to discovering the unique gifts we can bring to our troubled world? This retreat will explore some of the ways in which we have been taught to feel confusion, isolation, shame, and mistrust around our authentic and legitimate emotional responses to loss, change, transitions, violations, and transgressions, and illuminate the dark surrounding us with
There is a tendency in our modern Western culture to pathologize pain and devalue difficult feelings through anger-phobia, grief-illiteracy, judgment around so-called "negative" feelings or shadow elements, and an overemphasis on "positive" feelings. But what if connecting more deeply with our authentic and legitimate emotional responses to loss, change, transition, violation, and transgression was the very key to connecting with our inner wisdom, and to discovering the unique gifts we can bring to our troubled world? We will engage powerful practices during this retreat to illuminate the dark and reclaim a full- blooded, fully-lived life of integrity, depth, authenticity, sanity, and maturity.
This residential retreat offers an invitation to embark on the alchemical journey of meeting, honoring, and welcoming back the deep parts of ourselves that have been devalued, exiled, or abandoned, in order to reconnect with what we most cherish and value, and remember the unique gifts we each have to contribute to the world. Through ritual, storytelling, poetry, song, and writing practice we will meet the threshold guardians that stand at the cave of our heart's inner wisdom and discover the treasure that lies waiting for us there. In learning the lost skill of broken-heartedness we will open to the inner gold that makes us stronger in the broken places, and enables us to cultivate the strength and grace of a truly empowered heart.
There will be a Full Moon Gathering on the Sunday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 PM to which all participants are invited.
This retreat is being held at a beautiful private residence on the Oregon Coast. A range of accommodations are available.
“ In the alchemy traditions they say that soul making cannot begin until there’s an adequate amount of suffering.
That’s the material, that’s what soul is shaped out of.”
~ Francis Weller ~
Lara Lwin Treadaway facilitates healing in community weaving council practice, cross-cultural ritual, poetry, music, storytelling, movement, and song to cultivate creativity, courage, and compassion. She believes that sacred grief work, ancestral healing, earth reconnection, and the creative healing arts are pathways to restoring deep belonging within ourselves, between each other, and with the more-than-human-world. Lara's personal story includes many initiations through grief, loss, and trauma, leading to a deep wonder and hard-won respect for the alchemical journey of transmuting our pain into medicine for the world.
DATE: Fri, Aug 16, 2019 ~ Sun, Aug 18, 2019
TIME: Friday 7:00 PM ~ Sunday 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Private Property, Coos Bay, OR
Click here for further details on location, accommodations, and items to bring
Sliding Scale: $250 - $350
Work trade and scholarships are available.
Space is limited. Early registration recommended.
If you have any questions please contact Lara:
from previous retreats led by Lara Lwin Treadaway
"I can’t even begin to say how beautiful, brilliant, deep, delicious, wise, impactful, meaningful, moving, powerful, fierce, profound,
real and deeply healing this gathering was. I spent a year at Kalani-Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii following two years at
Esalen so\I have experienced many healing events, retreats and workshops, and I have to say that I was so thoroughly
cleansed, impressed, moved, touched, wrung out, inspired and lifted up by this Retreat that I still can’t believe it.
I highly recommend this experience to everyone I know! Amazing work!!! Amazing!!!"
~ Montgomery Norton, San Luis Obispo, CA
"This was one of the most rich and beautiful days of my life. I did not know how, but felt a need to grieve all that I had not for so
long... and to look for answers in that unacknowledged pain and sorrow. Lara held an impeccably clear, loving space for
all of us to do just that. I came away having made friends with my sadness and peace with the anger that protects it.
I continue to feel a sense of peace as I let the grief walk beside me, no longer judged or hindered by fear."
~ Erica Indrani Eddy, San Luis Obispo, CA
"Lara is an extraordinary spirit and a skillful facilitator. The container she created felt incredibly safe and inclusive
allowing me to do very deep work. This work is much-needed balm for healing the collective."
~ Jana Holm, Portland, OR
"This work was very powerful and transformative for me and I highly recommend it. I cannot say enough about you Lara
and the safe space you held communally. You are masterful at what you do, and so clearly and beautifully
committed to helping heal the planet with this work. Deep bow of gratitude.”
~ Laura Ghiringhelli Knutson, San Luis Obispo, CA
"Lara’s insight, knowledge and compassion to serve people through the process of grief is so powerful and wise.
It’s very evident she has devoted herself to this much needed practice of healing. The love and
acceptance she evokes in this work is truly moving and powerful."
~ Gina Shuman, San Luis Obispo, CA
"If you want a deeply poignant and absolutely beautiful experience, I most highly recommend this sacred work. If you
at all interested, go. If you are curious, go. If you are doubtful, go. If you think this is for you or if you
think this is not for you, go. You will be forever blessed and eternally grateful."
~ Chante Dao, Hugo, OR
"So much gratitude Lara for leading this life changing event. The village we created was stronger than I imagined possible,
and carried me to depths I've not reached in so long. Gratitude to all my villagers too, for embracing my
grief and beauty and strength. May all share in this powerful healing."
~ Öcean MacConnell Liff-Anderson, Corvallis OR
"This retreat opened up the pain of deep unresolved guilt, resentment and anger I held for my mother and allowed me to see
who she was and why for the first time. It was a true epiphany that I wouldn't have had without being
present in this beautiful circle Lara gave us. I feel I am at peace for the first time in my life."
~ Robin Clark, Coos Bay, OR
"Each time I tell of this experience to a friend they are amazed and my story becomes a little more complete and clearer to me.
You blessed us all with this gift. You truly created a sacred space, of trust, holiness and safety.
What a combination. Thank you so much, Lara."
~ Lois Williams, Coos Bay, OR