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  • Home / Calendar / The Sacred Self Retreat for Women | October 19, 2019 | Ursuline College - Liberal Arts Education in Ohio

    The Sacred Self Retreat for Women

    October 19, 2019 9:00am - October 20, 2019 9:00am

    The Sacred Self Retreat for Women

    In today’s society we often neglect ourselves in favor of taking care of others. But what would our lives be like if we gave ourselves the love we so freely give away? How might our physical and emotional health blossom and how would it benefit those we care for?

    At the Sacred Self Retreat, participants will engage in small group dialogue, journaling, and creative pursuits to:

    • Find spiritual connection
    • Develop a stronger sense of identity and purpose
    • Embrace self care and love

    With a deep rooted belief in the idea that we are both physical and spiritual beings simultaneously, Retreat guide Gina Messina, PhD, will guide those on the Sacred Self journey in an exploration focused on opportunities for gratitude, resilience, hope, and transcendence.

    *Participants are asked to bring an item that has significant value to engage with as part of the self reflection and discovery journey.

    Retreat Guide: Gina Messina, PhD

    Gina Messina is on a journey to create the sacred self; a call for each of us to embrace self love and care, to recognize ourselves as sacred beings, and find joy in our relationships with one another. She is committed to social justice and inclusivity and defines spirituality as that which is life giving; an idea she believes can be embraced and incorporated into all religious and philosophical practices. Through her writings, retreats, teaching practices, and spiritual coaching, Gina is a collaborator on the spiritual journey we each find ourselves trekking. Read more about Gina on her website.

    The Sacred Self Retreat ™ Schedule

    Day 1 Connecting the Physical and the Spiritual

    9:30am Registration and Check in

    10am Welcome and Introductions

    10:30am - 5:30pm

    • Meeting yourself again for the first time: Understanding our identities is critical to connecting to our sacred selves. Gina will lead participants through a self discovery journey that reconnects the lived experience and heritage with perspective and self awareness.
    • Spiritual Awareness: What does it mean to be spiritual? Gina will define spirituality and offer tools to connect to our spiritual selves. Participants will consider their own ideas about God and the ways we connect to divine energy in the our lives.

    Guided Exercises:

    • Journaling
    • Small Group Discussion
    • Connection to Item of Importance
    • Choosing Your Theme Song

    Lunch and Self Reflection @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Breaks @ 11:30 am and 3pm

    Enjoy lunch with friends and take time to visit the labyrinth or lake for self reflection and meditation.

    Day 2 Healing, Creativity, Self-Love, and Joy

    10am - 5pm

    • Healing: We have all experienced loss in our lives, tragedies that have impacted our wellbeing. Gina will explore what it means to “do your grief work” and how to accept those experiences while moving on to new possibilities.
    • We are Creative Beings: Many of us have denied our creative abilities based on childhood experiences. The truth is, we are all creative beings and connecting to our creativity is key to spiritual development. Gina will guide participants through exploring creative paths and how those can allow us to transcend the “daily grind.”
    • Love Yourself Fiercely: Building on workshops throughout the retreat, participants will consider what it means to love yourself as Gina offers new approaches to understanding ourselves, recognizing our needs, and celebrating our gifts. Attention to our relationships and the ways we experience the divine through our engagement with one another will be explored.

    Guided Exercises:

    • Journaling
    • Small Group Discussion
    • Doing Grief Work
    • Developing your Creative Path

    Lunch and Self Reflection @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Breaks @ 11:30 am and 3pm

    Registration closed on October 15.
    Already registered but still need to pay? Click here to open the payment form.