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Reclaiming Your Identity & Releasing Guilt in Motherhood - Mini Retreat on Bowen Island

  • The Essence of You Calgary, Alberta Canada (map)

Who feels like you’ve lost a part of yourself in motherhood, and carry too much guilt? 

Join us for this empowering & transformative workshop where you will be supported to RECLAIM your identity and learn ways of releasing guilt that is toxic for you.

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This workshop is being offered over a full day mini-retreat on Bowen Island. If your schedule doesn’t allow for you to participate in the full day, you are welcome to sign up for the morning or afternoon session separately. All of the details are below.

This is the right space for you if you relate to any of the following:

* You find it hard to connect to who you are, what you want/need, and struggle to put yourself first ... or feel guilty when you do!

* You are often worrying about other people's problems, and about what others think of you

* You withhold parts of yourself or don't ask for support because you don't want to "burden" others 

* You feel guilty a lot of the time for things you do or do not do for yourself, your kids, your partner, and other family & friends!

* You find yourself saying yes when you want to say no

Join this workshop to feel empowered in reclaiming your identity & your authentic self! 

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This workshop is being facilitated by Jen Reddish, Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor at The Essence of You. Jen has worked as a counsellor for almost 10 years and she has an excellent framework for supporting her clients in connecting to their identities and authentic selves. Jen has been offering variations of this workshop three years ago and it’s been one of her most popular sessions! Jen uses expressive art therapy activities in addition to the psycho-educational & interactive discussion segments of this session to help participants explore this topic more deeply. Don’t worry - you don’t need to have any skills for this - Jen will gently guide you through this as a way for you to develop insight, it’s not about mastering your artistic skills!

The Finer Details…

Date: Sunday, September 15th 10am-5:30pm - includes tea, coffee and light snacks for nourishment through the morning and afternoon session, plus an option to include a delicious lunch! Participation in both sessions is optional - see itinerary below and decide if you would like to attend the morning, afternoon, or both!

Mini-Retreat Itinerary:

8:30am – 9:40am (optional): If you aren’t local to Bowen and want to walk on the ferry instead of bringing your vehicle, meet us for coffee / a snack in Snug Cove to connect to other group members and shuttle with us to the workshop location, or head straight to the workshop space (The Family Place on Bowen Island). Even if you bring your own vehicle or are a Bowen Island resident, you are welcome to meet up with us for a casual coffee here.

10:00am – 1:15pm (Workshop Morning Session): Join Jen Reddish, Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor from The Essence of You Counselling for the morning session of our workshop Reclaiming Your Identity & Releasing Guilt in Motherhood. In this session through psycho-education, interactive discussion & creative activities you can expect to:

  • Connect to the essence of who you are & learn ways of maintaining self-connection

  • Discover ways of integrating “lost” and new parts of yourself in the years you spend transitioning into your role as a mother

  • Understand why guilt surfaces for all of the things you do, and do not do for yourself, your kids, your partner, and other family and friends

  • Learn to acknowledge the purpose of your guilt & recognize when to let it go

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1:15pm – 2:15pm (Lunch): Join your peers for a delicious lunch that can be provided for you on-site - vegan and gluten free options are available, please state your preference and any other dietary requirements when booking! Lunch is optional, you are welcome to bring your own or leave the premises if you would prefer! You can also take some time during the break to walk the short forested trail behind the venue where you will find a beautiful waterfall and an excellent opportunity for quiet reflections on your learning & goals for the day.

2:15pm – 5:30pm (Workshop Afternoon Session): Join Jen Reddish, Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor from The Essence of You Counselling for the afternoon session of our workshop Reclaiming Your Identity & Releasing Guilt in Motherhood. In this session through psycho-education, interactive discussion & creative activities you can expect to:

  • Identify what you want and need for yourself in the present and future

  • Learn ways of putting yourself first WITHOUT the guilt and WITHOUT sacrificing others

  • Learn ways of setting effective boundaries that support you in your authentic identity which will help you to have healthier relationships while releasing unnecessary guilt

  • Learn new ways of listening to yourself and following your intuition despite what everyone else is saying and doing around you

5:30pm onward: Don’t rush home to the city unless you need to! Spend some time on the island with a post-workshop ocean swim or other activity. There are lots of beautiful spots on Bowen to explore!

Investment:

Receipts will be provided for you to submit to your health insurance for reimbursement.

Morning Session: (Including light snacks, tea & coffee): $75

Afternoon Session: (Including light snacks, tea & coffee): $75

Full Day: Earlybird Offer $128 Full Price: $138

Earlybird Offer Valid until August 25th - use coupon code FULLRETREAT

(Option to include lunch +$10)

Receipts will be provided for you to submit to your health insurance for reimbursement.

Any Questions? Contact Jen Reddish: jen@theessenceofyou.ca

Babies are welcome to these sessions.