Taking an intentional break from our everyday to pause, unplug and reset is so necessary. The retreats Leslie offers all hold this simple value at their center. Each retreat focuses on what we each need at one point or another in our lives. Selecting the one that meets your present need(s) is paramount. While each one offers you time to intentionally center yourself more fully, it also gives you some intentional practice within a brave community.
rest | restore | renew
an intentional retreat with leslie | coming fall 2023
Come join us this fall for an intentional 3-day, 3-night retreat away from your normal routines. Spend some time reflecting, resting, restoring and renewing, while practicing self-care within a supportive community. Now is the time to plan and commit to this life-giving experience.
In this inaugural, public facing retreat, participants will be encouraged to move mindfully through a day of intentional awareness of self-needs within a loose schedule of group practices. This will involve a combination of guided meditation, creative visualization, and other individual and collective activities designed to promote an attitude of exploration and growth. By the end of the retreat, you will leave feeling rejuvenated, connected to your innermost self, and renewed in your commitment to the life you desire.
Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the sun rising, and the soft light of a new day. Take a deep breath and stretch, knowing that you have the whole day to move intentionally at a human pace. Throughout the day, you will be guided by a skilled and compassionate coach, who will help you to explore your own needs, access your inner wisdom, and create meaningful connections with those around you. You will be invited to move mindfully through a spacious schedule of group practices, such as meditation, journaling, and group discussions. You will be encouraged to take moments for yourself to reflect and be present with your own thoughts and feelings.You will be part of an intimate community of women, all working together to create an atmosphere of acceptance, growth, and support.
Retreat time is an opportunity to slow down, take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.
It's time to be intentional about your self-care.
Retreat Participant 2022
I knew I needed this trip but didn't realize how much until I got there. The conversations and laughter were so healing. I got just the recharge and emotional releases that I needed to get back to my world. Thank you Leslie!
Retreat Participant 2022
I am so grateful for this space. We as Mothers absolutely need the time to give back to ourselves. This time away gave me an opportunity to reignite my own spirit as well as strengthen my connection with the sisters in community. If you are able to give yourself this grace to participate, please consider doing so.
Retreat Participant 2022
The atmosphere was safe and supportive in ways that were organic. The retreat was a time of restoration. I was nourished and healed and gained clarity on things I hadn’t even spoken. The synergy of community was in full effect during our time together.
Creating a sense of community ::
Building the container of trust for the retreat.
Building trust before the in-person retreat is essential for creating a safe space to explore and grow. We believe that trust is a key ingredient for the success of our retreats, and so we prioritize beginning this process before participants arrive.
We have several methods for building this trust and potential participants will learn about this during the initial information chat. Once individuals committed to attending, we offer monthly chats to get to know each other, a private Facebook group to share experiences and insights, and a one-on-one call with Leslie, our retreat facilitator, to answer any questions and help participants prepare for the time together.
Additionally, we offer pre-work of self-reflection and intention-setting to help participants get the most out of the retreat. These activities will help foster a sense of trust and connection amongst the participants before the retreat begins.
The retreat will take place from the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 2023 to the morning of Sunday, October 29, 2023.
We will retreat to a comfortable cabin within the beautiful and relaxing space of the North Georgia Mountains.
There are only four spots for this inaugural retreat. Read all the details contained here and attend/watch the info session to learn all about this intentional time and space being prepared for you.
Each participants will either have her own private room or shared room, and may share a bathroom with up to two other women. Rooms will be assigned in the order of paid-in-full status.
Who is this retreat designed for?
This retreat is designed for women...
who need of a break from their daily routine
who want to be intentional about self-care
who are willing to unplug from their technology and embrace intentional silence
who find peace in nature
who are open to connecting with others doing the same
who have the capacity and are willing to engage in all the pre-work/post-work to build a container of trust and mutual respect with the other participants
who are opening to experiences and practices outside their own spiritual path and tradition.
More importantly, women...
who want to re:member the parts of themselves that may have gone unattended to since having children or becoming care-givers
who may not have a self-care routine in place
who want to become more mindful about their ebbs and flows
women who are open to learning more about how best to care for themselves thus positively impacting the care of others in their lives.
Women must be 30 years of age or older to attend this in-person retreat.
What will I gain from participating in this retreat?
By participating in the retreat, you will gain insight through Leslie's one-on-one coaching and group facilitation on practical ways to prioritize yourself, a greater sense of clarity and purpose in your life, relaxation and peace through intentional rest activities, a deeper connection with yourself and your needs, and connection with other women doing the same.
What activities will I be participating in during the retreat?
Intentional rest and relaxation is a main focus of this retreat.
During the retreat, you will be invited to take part in activities such as mindful meditation, gentle stretching and movement, reflective writing, a coaching session with Leslie, and meaningful conversations with the other participants.
You will also have the chance to explore the outdoors and to relax in the beautiful natural surroundings.
What should I bring to the retreat?
We recommend that you bring comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, a journal, your favorite mug, a yoga mat, a throw blanket to use fireside and any items that will help you relax and feel comfortable during the retreat. We also recommend bringing any items that will help you stay connected to your intentions and purpose.
Further details and specifics will be offered those who register for the retreat.
This retreat is $1599.00 per person. Participants can either submit payment in full at time of booking or opt for a payment plan. With that option, participants must submit a deposit of $350 to hold their spot and submit four (4) additional payments of $350 to be completed by September 1.
Participants selecting the payment plan option must be in touch with Leslie for specific instructions on when and how payments are to be made.
When must I commit to attending?
Due to the intentional nature of this retreat, it's important that you complete the application to attend document, schedule a one-on-one call with Leslie and attend/view the info session about the retreat to be sure you're a good fit. Once it has been mutually determined that you're welcome to attend it is then up to you to secure your spot.
Since there are only four (4) spaces, and this is on a first come, first serve basis, it's important that your secure your spot as soon as possible. Your spot is secured once you make your deposit or pay in full.
What's included for the retreat?
three days, three nights accommodations
healthful meals for the entire time away
a one-on-one discovery session with Leslie
intentional stretching and movement
opening & closing group intention setting & release
activities throughout the retreat time
intentional silent hours
welcome basket w/self-care items
pre-work: 3 monthly calls & connections leading up to the retreat
private group to begin connecting with the others attending
post-work: 2 monthly calls to assist in reintegrating & accountability
What's not included for this retreat?
transportation to & from retreat location
additional self-care services & excursions
Refund & Cancellation Policy
Leslie reserves the right to cancel any retreat for any reason, but will not cancel a retreat less than 30 days before, except for unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside of her control.
Cancellation by Participant: Be sure you want to attend. Due to the nature of this retreat and it's intimate participant size, we cannot offer refunds. While we understand that life happens, we cannot refund or transfer any deposits or payments. In addition, there are no refunds or discounts for late arrivals, early departures, other travel delays or illness. We wish we could compensate you for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but we have costs already incurred when reserving venues, securing food and booking services. Travel insurance is strongly suggested.
Cancellation by Leslie W. Bray: We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure, due to natural disasters, terrorism, political instability, COVID-19, or other external events that make it no longer viable to operate the planned retreat. If your trip is canceled, we will notify you immediately and provide instructions for the next steps. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, credits will be offered less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to vaccinations, travel insurance, or non-refundable flights.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If traveling to the retreat location by airline, please wait to book your ticket until the retreat has been confirmed with the minimum number of participants. You will be notified via email. A minimum number of participants is required in order for the retreat to run. In the event that we cancel a retreat due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be credited retreat costs less any unrecoverable costs. To help you recover any potential losses, we strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking.