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Smokey Mountains Retreat with Jaap Van Etten

Howling Wolf on Mountain PeakWe are in transformational times – standing on the bridge between who we have been and who we are becoming. We live in a time of expansion, where our consciousness is growing, our vibration is rising, and we are discovering just how magical life can truly be.  As we stand on the cusp of this birthing, we are called to discover our deep feminine wisdom.  To find again the part of us that knows instinctively who we are and why we are here.  It is time to reconnect with the spiritual beings that are gathered to support us as we birth a new world into being.  

I am in this process too and I wanted to gather some spiritual friends and my dear friend and mentor, Dr. Jaap Van Etten, to explore this unfolding of our wholeness and the coming home to our full potential. I have worked with Jaap for many years and every experience has been deeply transformational.  He is a deeply wise, compassionate man who has powerful intuitive and healing gifts.  I knew he would be the perfect person to lead the retreat experience I had in mind.  

And now the retreat is happening!  I have gathered some wonderful spiritual friends and we are heading to a beautiful cabin near the Great Smokey Mountains.  I have three spots left!  Participants would be sharing a room that has two twins (bunk bed) and a queen bed.  The bottom bunk is already claimed, so there is an option of the top bunk and two women can share the Queen bed (or we can put an air bed in the game room for one of the participants).  If you are interested, read on for full details!

Great Smokey Mountains Retreat with Dr. Jaap Van Etten

When:  Saturday June 3 – Friday June 9th

Where:  Bison Escape near Asheville, NC (Rental Details)

What to Expect:  See the description from Jaap below –

Goal
The goal of the retreat is to support each other in the process of raising our vibration to fulfill our purpose of being on this planet in this time frame. We each have a unique function and vibration to contribute to the whole. However, due to our journey in a world that has not been supportive in allowing us to find our uniqueness, we need people with which can share, transform and grow in a loving and joyful way. During this retreat, we are with such people!! Also, we are fortunate that we can do this sharing and transformation in the beautiful environment of the Smokey Mountains!!

Program
In this retreat, we would like to co-create a program that is optimal for all participants. After arriving and settling in, we will have the evening of our arrival a gathering in which we determine the key elements that we all would like to be part of this retreat. Therefore, there is not a fixed program. In this retreat, we co-create a program in an organic way, based on the developments within the group. There are, however, a few underlying aspects that we may incorporate. These aspects/subjects are:

  • Deepening our connections with the subtle worlds that are such an integrated part of the world in which we live
  • Following as much as is possible within the group the feminine approach: following our feelings and intuition and supporting each other in doing so
  • Expanding our awareness (the active part of our consciousness)

Using the gifts of Mother Earth, earth energies and the many visible and invisible beings with whom we share this world will be an important aspect of this retreat. Therefore, we will give the retreat form in nature as much as feels in alignment with the developments. We also will make sure that we will include time to process our experiences as part of the retreat to have the most optimal benefits. In the evening we will have certain subjects to focus on, based on the “wish list” of the participants, and based on the overall goal of the retreat.

Based on what has been shared, it may become clear why we do not offer a fixed day-to-day program. We are all invited to share where we are on our journey, and what we need to continue this journey as optimally as possible. In that way, we will create our program. That will make this retreat dynamic, exciting and truly an adventure!

Love Exchange:  $500/person (includes all teachings with Jaap and lodging). Meals are not included (we will take turns doing dinners for the group and get our own breakfast/lunch items).  You can also experience a private session with Jaap at the retreat for an additional fee ($45/30 minutes or $80/hour).

How to Register:  Email me at Nancy@EmpoweringLightworkers.com to reserve your spot

Jaap Van EttenAbout Jaap Van Etten:  You can learn more about Jaap and his work at his website:  Lemurantis.com

Sending lots of love your way!

Nancy

Insights from the Retreat – How to Manifest from Love

Sanctuary Lily LogoI have been practicing manifesting from love, instead of taking action based on fears.  Last Saturday was the Sacred Circles Spring Retreat.  The retreat went really smoothly and brought together a great group of people at the perfect time to have a transformational experience.  This was a wonderful confirmation for me, as my intention was to put into practice the concept we’d be teaching at the event.  The idea is to shift from a survival based approach to living.  In our world, we typically begin with a fear (or underlying worry), then jump to taking action to counter the fear.  I believe we are moving into a new age where the rules of fear based living don’t work well.  To manifest in this new vibrational reality, we must begin with love, seek out wisdom about the best way to proceed, and then take inspired action on the wisdom we are given.

I found this experience to offer deep learning.  It was amazing to see how fear could sneak into the process and how things would freeze up the minute it did.  It was also so beautiful to see how well things worked when I kept my heart centered on what I really would love to see happen and kept letting go of the fears.   As I feel this is the process we all need to work with in this new vibrational reality, I thought it might be helpful to share a few insights from my experience.

Reflections on the Process

Create only from love:  I found that it took some deep work to really catch all the places where I was letting fear of lack get into the process of creating.  I spent a lot of time working with affirmations and letting go of agendas, so I could truly keep the focus on teaching this technique of manifesting (both to myself and those who came to the event). Addressing and working through those fears not only led to this amazing event, it also helped me to clear some false ideas about how things really work.  Releasing fears and trusting the process helped to strengthen the muscles of this new way of functioning.

Remember to work with Divine Timing:  Initially, we were going to have the event in March.  I was really disappointed when I kept getting the message that we needed to wait until April.  How perfect though that we ended up with a date that fell at the end of the Great Cardinal Cross week.  The energies were primed for a truly transformational experience.  Deep and permanent shifts were open to the participants and it was so gratifying to watch them making these shifts!

Trust in Divine Order:  I have created many events and one thing that I have learned is that those who are meant to be there are always there.  The groups that were formed for yesterday’s event were no exception.  The needs of individual participants dove-tailed so well in the small groups and really beautiful connecting and support were created as a result.

Remember to Accept Support:  Not only did this experience bring so many confirmations of the support and guidance from my Spiritual Guides and Angels, but it also brought support from my wonderful colleagues, Kathleen, Deb, and Jana, as well as the kindness of those who came and even the loved ones who helped behind the scenes.  Survival based living can be a very isolating experience.  When we open to living a life motivated by love, we find ourselves surrounded by others who offer love.  Allowing myself to receive this was one of the greatest gifts of this whole process.

Below are some of the affirmations I adapted from Florence Scovel Shinn (The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn) which really helped me stay focused on what I wanted to create.  Feel free to adapt them for whatever you wish to manifest (you can change out “event” for relationship, job, health challenge, etc.).

“I give thanks that the walls of resistance fall down around this event and all lack, limitation, and failure are wiped out of my consciousness.”

 “All doors now open for happy surprises and the Divine plan for this event is speeded up with grace.”

 “All people I seek are now seeking me.”

 “Only love enters this event and only love is shared.”

 “The Divine Design of this event now comes to pass.”

 “This retreat now fills the place that it can fill and nothing else can fill.  It allows me to do what I can do and no one else can do.”

 “I give thanks that this event registration is now filled by the right people for the right price, giving perfect satisfaction and fulfillment for all involved.”

Wishing you all great joy as you practice this new way of creating!

Happy spring!

Nancy

www.empoweringlightworkers.com

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections on my Spiritual Retreat April 2014

group photo Hopewell National Monument

Susanne, Pilar, Angie, Tracie, Nancy, Ken and Shannon

Last weekend, I went on an adventure with some of my Raise Your Vibration participant Soul Friends.  We went to see the Hopewell Mounds, the Serpent Mound, and to Hocking Hills State Park.  It was a transformative experience on many levels!   Below are some of the insights I gained from the trip.  I hope you find them helpful too!

Ash Cave

Ash Cave

 

 

Retreat Reflections  

Angels are great travel companions – As I always do, I asked the Angels to go first through all phases of this trip.  While we had a few directional challenges, overall the whole trip went really smoothly.  We even made an impromptu stop at Lancaster on the way home when we discovered my family was all meeting there for lunch (they’d all been in different parts of the state on separate adventures!).  I also was blessed with six Earth angels to be hanging out with.  What an amazing group of people!  Not only were they inspirational and lots of fun, they were also incredibly supportive and kind. I had hurt my back the week before and I felt so taken care of from the beginning to the end of this experience.

Angie, Ken and Pilar exploring Sussie's cave.

Angie, Ken and Pilar exploring Sussie’s cave.

Getting older doesn’t have to be a bad thing – As my son approaches the end of high school, I find myself worrying a bit about growing older and what the last half of my life will look like.  This trip gave me a whole new perspective on that! Four of the seven people attending were over 60.  They were all great role models for how to really enjoy life!  Pilar and Sussie were especially inspirational.  They had more energy, more playfulness, and more enthusiasm than the rest of us combined.  I learned so much from their ability to really savor and enjoy everything – from the sweet potato at dinner to the beautiful rock formations to the wind chimes at a local shop.  Their openness to learning new things and complete joy in sharing who they are was such a beautiful gift to us all.

Susie and Pilar

Susanne and Pilar in Ash Cave playing the tuning forks.

Being yourself is a lot of fun – I would guess that most of us don’t always feel comfortable being completely ourselves.  When you are with people who are so completely unconcerned about what others think, you see how free that can make you. My wonderful soul friend Pilar gifted all those we met with the sounds of her turtle drum, tuning forks or her pan flute.  She dressed in vibrant colors and happily shared stories and wisdom with everyone who came along the path.  At Ash Cave, she sang a prayer in its original language and her beautiful voice called in the Angels through the whole cave structure.

ken and skull

Ken and Amel at the Hopewell Mounds

 

Our dear friend Ken explained to the park ranger at Hopewell National Monument that he was bringing his crystal skull, Amel, to soak up the energy of the mounds, unconcerned that she would find that a bit odd.  Sussie couldn’t wait to pull over at an unusual rock formation on the side of the road. Her excited exploration turned up a beautiful ice sculpture made by Mother Earth that we would have missed if she hadn’t been willing to explore off the beaten path. She also was the one who came to the rescue when we had an unexpected night-time visitor in the form of a renegade chipmunk!   Tracie’s adventuring spirit led her and Shannon to explore some parts of Old Man’s Cave not seen by most.  Angie’s willingness to take the lead and make a decision brought us the wonderful gift of the Wind Chime and Candle shops. Everyone happily shared their intuitive and healing gifts throughout the weekend which was such a blessing for us all.

ice sculpture

Sussie’s ice sculpture.

There are no wrong turns –  We ended up going the wrong direction a few times while we were in Hocking Hills.  I learned through this experience with these very wise souls, that there really are no wrong turns. It all just became part of the adventure, giving us more to see, more conversations to have, and an opportunity for us all to stretch our map reading skills.  Being with people who took everything in stride really helped me see that perspective is everything. Flowing with life is so much easier than trying to fight against it.

susie cave

The beautiful rock formations inside of Sussie’s cave.

 

 

I can trust myself – Sometimes being with a lot of people can be challenging for me.  On Saturday, I found myself feeling a little overloaded.  I’m an introvert, which means recharging is something that requires some alone time. In the past, I would have made myself stay with everyone.  This time, I took an hour to rest upstairs on my own and to take a short walk outside.  It was just what I needed to come back refreshed and ready to enjoy some more adventures. Knowing I could honor what I needed and take care of myself was another great gift this experience provided.

I’m looking forward to my next adventure and sending much love to my wonderful travel companions for an amazing experience!

Much love to all of you who have shared a bit of it through this post too.

Nancy

www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com