A Transformational Retreat with Annie Finch
Are you ready to enhance, heal, and empower your life? You are invited to join acclaimed poet and spiritual teacher Dr. Annie Finch for a week of transformation and magic in a luxurious spa (Villa Sumaya) from February 9-16 2019 on the shores of the ancient healing refuge of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.
Annie’s path as poet and speaker has led her to develop the Healing Spiral of Words™, based in ancient women’s wisdom from the days of matricultural societies. Participants have called this unique process of rhythmical journaling “enriching,” “magical,” “incredible,” “transformative.”
Each day, we will journal together into the rhythms of the elements —air, earth, water, fire, and the spirit matrix—learning the secrets the wise words of each rhythm have to teach us. Our journey will also include ceremony, meditation, yoga, dynamic workshops in essential skills from prosperity to sexuality, and free time to relax and absorb. Supported by the warm community of women who will attend the retreat, you will find yourself coming home to yourself in ways that will last!
Ceremony and Meditation on the Day’s Element
Healing Spiral of Words workshop
Free Time for Writing, Yoga, Swimming, Walking Meditation, Etc.
Personal Time (Closing Ceremony on Final Evening)
Tentative Week’s Schedule
Day 1. Welcome, Invocations, Building a Sacred Altar
Day 2. Writing the Rhythm of Air. Finding the magick of colors.
Day 3. Writing the Rhythm of Earth. Finding the magick of prosperity and abundance.
Day 4. Writing the Rhythm of Water. Finding the magick of forgiveness, apologies, and curses.
Day 5. Writing the Rhythm of Fire. Finding the magick of sacred creativity and sexuality.
Day 6. Writing the Rhythm of Spirit. Finding the magick of ritual.
Final Day. Creating a Healing Spiral Talisman to take home with you.
This will be a small group (likely 8- 13 women) and space is limited, so please register now at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your space (you can also use that email for any questions about Villa Sumaya). For questions about the curriculum or retreat activities, please contact me. I can’t wait to see you!
- Lodging for 8 days, 7 Nights at Villa Sumaya Retreat Center & Spa
- Daily Healing Spiral of Words sessions
- Signed personal copy of Annie’s Healing Spiral of Words interactive journal
- Ceremony and Meditation to support each day’s rhythm• Intensive workshops, each focused on an essential magical skill linked to the day’s rhythmic consciousness
- Three gourmet organic meals each day, unlimited herbal tea or Guatemalan coffee
- Time to relax on spacious gardens and trails and all the opportunities for rest, healing, insight, friendship, laughter, release, and perspective that will arise in this special community
- Sauna or hot tub session
- Farewell Mayan cacao ceremony and dance circle with live band
- Transportation between Antigua and Lake Atitlan
Single Room $2500 ($2250 with early bird discount*)
Double Shared Room $2000 ($1800 with early bird discount*)
Triple Shared Room $1800 ($1620 with early bird discount*)
*10% early bird discount until Fall Equinox, September 21, 2018
Comments From Previous Participants
“The workshop was enriching and magical! It was amazing to experience how the rhythms spoke to different parts of our healing processes. I have continued to work on what I acquired that day and note its continuous affects on my creative life as well as my mindset. What was additionally awesome is that I went to the workshop with an acute backache I had been suffering from and when I left the workshop, my backache was no longer.”
“It was really incredible. I don’t remember how long it’s been since I cried when reading my words aloud.”
“I felt on a deep level that your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through a much-needed transformation and healing in regards to some difficult personal subject matter. I believe I can use the structures you gave us today to continue to move through my healing process . . . I feel I've already made some big breakthroughs during today's workshop!”
“Annie Finch is a teacher who speaks with sincerity and integrity, allowing students to examine the inner workings of their psyche in a supportive and kind environment. Annie is the teacher that many of us yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart based teachings.”
About the Instructor
Annie Finch developed her unique approach to personal growth and sacred creativity, the Healing Spiral of Words, from her path as an award-winning poet and her calling as a spiritual healer. She has offered talks, rituals, and workshops on women’s empowerment, spirituality, and poetry at conferences and gatherings including Emerging Women, A Room of Her Own, and Where Women Gather. She received her Ph.D from Stanford University. Annie’s books on writing and women-centered spirituality include Spells, Calendars, Among the Goddesses, and A Poet's Craft, and she has recently completed a new book of poems, Amulet for Brave Women, and a spiritual guide, The Witch in You. For more information, please visit anniefinch.com.