Nurturing Spirit Retreat 'Connecting through Self-Care'
Nurturing Spirit Retreat ‘Connecting through Self-Care’
February 24-26, 2023
Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre
44005 Watt Road.
Lindell Beach BC, V2R-2X9
Near Cultus Lake, West of Chilliwack
Registration is $250
*scroll down to see the schedule
Connecting Through Self-Care
At this retreat, we’ll learn self-care techniques to help ourselves, and to aid the caregiver in each of us, which we all are in someway or another. We’ll look at ways to ensure we don’t take on the pain and baggage of the people we care for, how not to burn out, how to ensure our cup is full so we have something to offer others, and simple practices to de-stress, find meaning in our lives, be joyful, and pamper ourselves.
This is a retreat for anyone who yearns for time to be with friends and family to experience practices of self care, and without the need to rush off to the usual chores we expect to perform at a retreat. We have no chores here.
Our Guest Speaker is Alexis Beer
Alexis Beer (she/her) is passionate about mental health care and wellness. She has an academic background in psychology, sociology, and public policy, as well as a professional background in health promotion and harm reduction. Alexis currently works with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Resilient Minds program, which is a mental health education program for first responders. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys singing and spending time with family.
Our Musical Guest is Edith Wallace
Singer, songwriter, storyteller Edith Wallace, loves sharing her experiences of life and living. Her commitment is to sing of ordinary things, everyday moments, find light amongst shadow, bring light to shadow, and give through song and story, love and joyful expression. She has been about her business since she was a teenager, and as the decades have moved along their linear lines, she has travelled and toured, performing for, and with many lovely souls. Life is beautiful. She is so happy to share with everyone, this evening
Barbara Rose will lead our morning meditation and stretch, and yoga.
Our accommodations are dorm style. When you register, please advise us of who you would like to stay with. The dorms are spacious. Each dorm can accommodate 10-12 people however we would expect to have 4-6 people per dorm.
Our building has two floors with four dorms on each floor that have 5 or 6 sets of bunk beds. Each dorm room has one or two queen beds on the lower bunks.
Washrooms – there is one washroom on each floor with 4 showers, 4 toilets, and 4 sinks each.
The top floor washroom will be gender neutral.
The main floor washroom will be women only.
Each floor has a common area where we will have coffee and tea available.
We have booked a lovely activity hall, The Maple Room, for all our daily activities.
Remember to add to your registration:
Who you would like to stay with in your dorm
If you need to be on the lower level due to stairs
If you have any food allergies
Our meals will be in the main dining hall and other groups will be seated at the same time. We will have a buffet line just for us. We hope you’ll use this time to enjoy the company of your friends and family as well as meet new people who are dining at the same time.
There are no Cleanup or Chores at Stillwood Retreat Centre! At the end of the retreat, we will only need to pack up our dorms and the activity room. After meals, we will only need to place dishes in the cleanup line.
We have priced this retreat so that anyone who wants to attend may do so. We greatly appreciate any donations. If you can support this program or others who would like to attend, please donate on the registration page. Canadians will receive a tax receipt for your donation of $25 or more.
*if you make your donation by December 30th, this donation can go towards your 2022 tax return.
If you would prefer to make a donation via e-transfer, please send it to donations@CreatingConnection.ca and note Nurturing Spirit Retreat and cc Debra@CreatingConnection.ca so we have a record of which donations are for this program.
Please do not let the cost of this retreat be a barrier to your attendance. If you need financial assistance, contact Debra, Debra@CreatingConnection.ca, or your pastor.
What to bring
Bedding or sleeping bag and pillow.
Toiletries and towels
Rain Gear for outdoor activities – optional- check the weather before arriving, you may want an umbrella or hat
Walking shoes or boots for exploring the grounds, or anytime we leave the dorms
Slippers for inside our Activity Hall, the Maple Room, so we don't track dirt into our space
Yoga mat, strap, sash, or belt
A personal journal
Extra yoga mat if you're able
An open heart and an open mind
A few extra yoga mats will be available – please advise us if you will need one.
Chairs will be provided for those not comfortable on the floor.
Connecting Through Self-Care: A Nurturing Spirit Retreat
Friday February 24
4pm Arrive and check into dorms, explore the retreat centre, teatime
7:00 Connecting through Self Care – Maple Room
Welcome, Introductions and Activity – Debra Donohue and Alexis Beer
Meditation of Sound – Edith Wallace
9:00 Visiting and Games in the Maple Room, or early to bed
Saturday February 25
7:15 Morning Meditation and Stretch in the Maple Room – Barbara Rose – Maple Room
9:00 What is Self-Care? Alexis Beer- Maple Room
10:30 Gentle Yoga – Barbara Rose – Maple Room
1:00 Rest time/Free time
2:00 Practicing Self Care and Setting Boundaries - Alexis Beer – Maple Room
4:00 ‘Self Care through Creativity’- Affirmations, Prayer Squares & Needle Point- Maple Room
6:30 Pampering ourselves – Maple Room
7:00 Evening of Music – Edith Wallace – Maple Room
8:00 Visiting and Games in the Maple Room, or early to bed
Sunday February 27
7:15 Morning Meditation and Stretch – Barbara Rose – Maple Room
9:00 Pack up Dorms
10:00 Sharing and Closing time - Maple Room
Current Covid Policy - Please note that our policy is subject to change based on Covid cases
In light of Creating Connection’s enduring principles around the worth of all persons, unity in diversity, and personal responsibility, we are offering guidance for our retreats in 2022. We do this because of our call to welcome everyone including the least and most vulnerable among us.
First of all, our corporate responsibility at a minimum, is to follow local Covid guidelines for safe gatherings.
Second, each of us has a personal responsibility to consider what we can do to protect one another. Personal responsibility is:
- Updating your Covid-19 vaccination by receiving any boosters that are available.
- Considering getting vaccinated if you have not yet done so, as it is the best way, we know of to curb the spread of Covid-19.
- If you aren’t vaccinated, we ask that you get tested for Covid-19 no more than two days prior to arriving at camp. (free rapid tests are fine)
- Not coming to camp if you are feeling even a little bit ill.
- Isolating for 5 days prior to coming to camp, regardless of your vaccination status, to ensure you are not unduly exposing yourself and others to illness.
- Wearing a mask while indoors to avoid spreading illness.
- Ensuring good hygiene through:
- regular hand washing
- coughing or sneezing into an elbow or sleeve
Our guiding question for you is: How will you protect the precious neighbour that sits beside you at this retreat?
We also encourage everyone to respect one another’s choices in how they have responded to Covid. Regardless of our individual views on vaccinations or public health mandates, we come together as one community who find unity in diversity. Some people will feel more comfortable wearing a mask and keeping their distance, others will be ready to embrace everyone. Please respect the speed and space of each person’s engagement at the Nurturing Spirit Retreat. We will provide color coded name tags for everyone so others will know our comfort level with contact around each other.
We can’t wait to spend time with you.
Your Nurturing Spirit, Creating Connection Team