10am Friday, March 22 through 1pm Sunday, March 24, 2019
Deep in the woods of Whidbey Island Washington at the Whidbey Institute. From their website: "The Whidbey Institute offers spaces and experiences that inspire, as well as partnering with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more. Our 108-acre woodland campus, integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and comfortable facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged community. The land is home to a woodland sanctuary, a labyrinth, two residential-style homes, locally designed and built cabins, and more. Meals are lovingly prepared by a professional chef, using fresh, organic, grown-on-site ingredients whenever possible." The Whidbey Institute has a deep commitment to Community Equity and social justice..
Because you cannot remember the last time you woke up, went to bed, ate a meal, waited for your coffee, stood in line, rode the bus or enjoyed any kind of downtime without looking at your phone.
Because it’s hard to recall the last time you felt able to be in-the-moment during joyful and significant life events without the pressure of documenting them on social media.
Because you feel numbed and paralyzed by constant exposure to the 24-hour news cycle yet guilty for taking any time away from social media.
Because the prospect of 48 hours away from technology scares you, and it’s wonderful to get support when doing scary things!
What to Expect
You will be asked to turn over your digital devices on Friday morning and will get them back on Sunday before lunch. There will be an emergency number for your loved ones to use if they need to get in touch with you during this time. This retreat will be trauma informed and social justice-oriented.with a commitment to intersectionality. Much effort will be put into creating as comfortable a space as possible for people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and spiritual traditions. The Whidbey Institute was intentionally chosen for it's commitment to social justice.
Because I understand that for many of us, keeping up with the news is related to activism and survival, I will monitor the New York Times and other news sources for breaking stories and update participants who want to know what's going on in the world during the retreat time. It is also ok to opt out of this. If you have other needs for saying in touch with family or kids during the retreat, that can also be arranged.
Feedback from Past Retreats
“I loved having time to reflect and connect with myself”
“I loved the group activities around self-care and social media usage and am grateful for the structure of the weekend.”
“I liked how everyone felt included and accepted”
“Everything from the space to the food to the facilitation felt nurturing and restorative.”
“LOVED the cabin! So cozy and perfect”
“Christina is excellent at meeting people where they are and instills instant comfort in participants. She is a phenomenal facilitator.”
“The Whidbey Institute is an amazing place and the staff were incredible. This really added to my experience.”
Who? Your Facilitator
My name is Christina Malecka.and I am a Grassroots Organizer turned Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I bring over 25 years of experience with group facilitation and over twelve years of experience providing direct emotional support to individuals, families and groups. I love creating nurturing experiences and holding space for people and was inspired to create this retreat after my own profound experience with digital detox and re-set.
How Do I Sign Up? And How Much Will it Cost?
To hold your spot and receive registration materials contact Christina Malecka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your registration fee of $660 includes charming single occupancy sleeping accommodations for 2 nights, 7 locally sourced gourmet meals (Friday lunch through Sunday lunch), retreat facilitation and materials.
A $200 non-refundable deposit holds your space and final payment will be due by February 22, 2019.
***Payment plans and some scholarship funds are available. Please contact Christina for details***
Your $200 deposit is non-refundable as is your full fee if you cancel after February 22. This is not meant to be punitive, but to ensure that Christina can cover to cost of your room and meals, which are non-refundable to her.