5 ways retreats can change your life

I recently attended an international women’s conference featuring personal development, leadership, life purpose and international women’s rights speakers from around the world. From authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Marianne Williamson to journalist activists Lisa Ling and Zainab Salbi (founder of Women for Women International)–everyone stressed the importance of regularly stepping back from your life to re-asses […]

My favorite solo dates (+ win a $1100 retreat giveaway)

Ok, three hours of free time have just “fallen” into your lap. What will you do? This happened to me last weekend and my first thought was, “What movie do I want to see?” But after looking at the listings and not finding anything inspiring, I sat quietly on the couch for a bit, reflecting […]

Let’s lift each other up! (+win a CA retreat)

I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small group of tweens talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her […]

Why I’m marching (and hope you’ll join me)

This Saturday, January 21st, more than a million women and men from around the US and the world will be gathering in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington and participating in Sister Marches around the globe (click here to find a Sister March near you).  My good friend journalist/activist Annie Hartnett in Austin […]

7 reasons to choose LOVE over FEAR in 2017

Recently I returned home from an amazing women’s retreat (an early birthday present!) feeling euphoric and transformed. My husband and son picked me up from the airport. My teen had just returned from a late-night sleepover so my expectations for the evening were low: a quick bite out at our favorite pizza spot and then, hopefully, […]

8 women’s wisdom: pearls from Kripalu

I’ve been leading women’s retreats for 25 years and every single time I’m humbled and amazed by how much I learn and am reminded of by the beautiful women who show up in our circle. (Read why I lead retreats.) This past weekend I was at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health—one of my favorite […]

What is uniquely yours to do?

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ― […]

4 ways to schedule time for reflection

Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world … what are you doing to nurture your inner life? I relish this time of year: my birthday is Jan. 7th (I’m excited to celebrate my big 5-0!), winter beckons us to nest, hibernate and slow down, I love the rich spiritual tapestry of the holy season […]

Nora’s story: my first retreat

Ever wonder what happens at our Women’s Self-Renewal Retreats? Curious why someone would carve out time, line up child and/or parent care and jump through hoops to get away and spend a weekend with other women? Nora Livesay, a mom and graduate student in the Linguistics PhD program at the University of Minnesota was the […]

What would your Wise Self say?

As I watch my five parentless siblings hit major life milestones — marriages, divorces, new babies, moves, career changes, health challenges— and observe their individual journeys toward emotional health and well-being, it makes me reflect on what I needed and wished I could have heard when I was their age. If I was sitting across […]