Many of us live with a little empty nest inside ourselves. This can have an unseen impact in our day-to-day lives.
It’s a place where we hold our grief for the babies we lost or gave up along the way through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or adoption. It is a place for the babies we didn’t have due to circumstance or choice. It’s a place we tuck right to the back recesses of our womb and is often accompanied by shame, guilt, anger, regret, confusion and deep sadness.
Sometimes we forget it is there until we are triggered unexpectedly and we spiral into a pattern of processing and re-processing these complex emotions with no place to explore and ground them. This can go on for years, even lifetimes if we don’t allow ourselves the time and space to heal on the deepest levels in a safe and supportive environment.
Our current society is unfortunately lacking in ways to honour and grieve our losses, causing emotions to become entrapped in our physical and energetic bodies. This unexpressed grief and guilt can lead to depression and various other health issues, causing us further pain and disconnection from the world and our loved ones. Often other symptoms such as depression, lack of motivation, feeling stuck or addictions are a result of this grief but the connection has not been made by the conscious mind.
Spirit Babies is a 4-day residential retreat where you are fully supported to explore and express the full range of emotions you are dealing, without judgment or expectation of how you ‘should’ be feeling. It is an opportunity to bring awareness and healing to the furthest reaches of yourself that have been wounded by your loss.
Over this 4-day retreat from the world, you will be gently guided through specifically designed processes and rituals focused on releasing, healing and integration at your own pace.
We will be working on all levels, to dissolve trapped trauma and allow conscious engagement with all aspects of your healing journey. You will be given the tools to continue this process after the retreat so that this healing continues in your life.
This work is for any woman who has experienced any of the following situations at any point in their life (there is no time limit on grief):
- The loss of a baby during pregnancy
- The loss of a baby during birth or as an infant
- Termination/s of their pregnancy
- Unable to fall pregnant (health, unexplained)
- Has not had a baby due to life circumstances
- Who has adopted their child out to other parents
- Has chosen to not have a child in this lifetime
By the end of our time together, participants can expect to feel a greater sense of peace and a deeper understanding of their situation or experience and how it is shaping their lives from a physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective.
This is a deeply personal and experiential retreat and numbers are limited to just 12 participants to ensure the utmost care and attention.
You will be fully supported by Kate Reed and Sharon Bolt, both highly experienced and compassionate facilitators who are deeply committed to women’s work and have both walked this healing journey themselves.
‘My motivation for co-creating Spirit Baby – Healing Womb Grief was born from my own personal journey through years of infertility and miscarriages. It was a painful, confusing, shameful and life-altering time in my life and years later I still grieve the loss of the babies I never had.
I found it difficult at the time to find a place to talk openly about what was happening. Words seemed inadequate to express what I was feeling. I now understand that this is a very common feeling, but at the time, it kept me isolated and shut down and ultimately slowed down my healing process.
As a facilitator of women’s circles for over 18 years, I understand the powerful healing and transformation that comes when we share our truth and are received with unconditional love. I also now understand how inextricably linked our physical and emotional bodies are and that healing needs to happen on all levels.
My wish is for everyone woman to have a safe space to reflect, integrate and heal their personal stories – whatever they are. It is an honour for us to hold this space for you.’
‘Working on Spirit Baby with Kate came out of a deep desire to help other women through this process. I had to do this work mostly on my own, as I could not find neutral outside support. I did find a lot of blame, shame and judgment. It has not been an easy journey.
Healing sexual abuse, rape, miscarriage and trauma from my womb has taken me to the depths of my soul. I found my salvation in shamanic practices of death, rebirth and resurrection.
From all my initiations and work with spirit I emerged into a place of acceptance, forgiveness and compassion. I birthed my work as an ascension midwife - Helping people birth who they really are so that their spirit growth is exponential during their time on this planet.
Having been through so much of this myself, I am honoured to be able to support other women through this process.'
The retreat will run from:
Thursday 15th June (5pm)– Sunday 18th June (12pm)
Guests are welcome to arrive and orientate themselves from 3pm
We will be tucking away from the world for this 4-day retreat at the beautiful Gymea Echo Retreat. This beautiful resort offers us the opportunity to gather in comfort and peace in the most nurturing and pristine environment.
Positioned on 46ha (113 acres) of secluded naturally undulating rainforest with stunning views of Wollumbin / Mt Warning (UNESCO World Heritage national Park). Gymea Eco Retreat is positioned right in the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron, one of Australia’s iconic landscapes identified as the creative and spiritual heartland of Australia.
Gymea is just 40 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, 45 minutes from Byron and just 12 minutes to Murwillumbah and 4 minutes from the village of Uki.
You will have option of a twin share or single room, each with private bathroom and the most amazing beds!
This truly is a very special retreat and we can’t wait to share it with you.
We would love to extend a 10% Early Bird Discount to you as an incentive to join us. We hope giving you plenty of notice allows you to plan your finances and commitments.
King Single Room (Please note pricing updates below)
$2200 (inc GST) - Regular Price
- $1980 (inc GST) - Early Bird Discount of 10%
if paid in full by 1st May, 2017. Update! This early bird discount has now been extened to ALL bookings leading up to the event.
- $1833 (inc GST) - ‘Bring a friend'and you both receive 20% off
- $1100 - 'Help a Sister out' We would love to offer one space to a woman in serious financial need at 50% off – if you, or someone you know is in this situation please write us an email so we can help a sister have greater access to this work.
Twin Share Room (Please note pricing updates below)
$2000 (inc GST) - Regular Price
- $1800 (inc GST) - Early Bird Discount of 10%
if paid in full by 1st May, 2017. Update! This early bird discount has now been extened to ALL bookings leading up to the event.
- $1666 (inc GST) - ‘Bring a friend'and you both receive 20% off
- $1000 - 'Help a Sister out' We would love to offer one space to a woman in serious financial need at 50% off – if you, or someone you know is in this situation please write us an email so we can help a sister have greater access to this work.
Payment can be made by Credit Card or Direct Deposit.
- All Spirit Baby Workshop activities with Kate and Sharon
- 3 nights accommodation at the beautiful Gymea Echo Retreat
- All delicious, high vibrational meals, prepared with love and accommodating different dietary requirements
- 120 minute Healing Spa Circuit includes use of Sauna, Steam Room, Magnesium Plunge Pool & Ozone Hydrotherapy Spa per guest.
- Unlimited access to the 20m long resort style Magnesium / Potassium mineral swimming pool
- The event will be supported by a group integration call two weeks later. This will give you the opportunity to reconnect to the energy of the group and ask questions/share your experiences.
It does not include:
Flights, travels costs or airport transfers to Gold Coast Airport.
We hope you understand that:
* If you cancel more than 60 days before the start of the retreat we will refund your payment, minus a $100 registration fee.
* If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat commencement date, you will be refunded only half of the Workshop fee.
We know you will appreciate that this is important and deep work, and as such, we need to ensure that each participant is in a state where they are ready and able to embark on this weekend immersion with us.
Places are limited to 12 participants to ensure a high level or care and attention for each person. Before we can fully confirm your spot, please click here to fill out the Registration Form. Once your form is received and reviewed we will contact you to confirm your spot and secure your payment.
Our Time Together
Participants are invited to join us from 3pm on Thursday 15th June.
We will gather in the meeting space at 5pm. This marks the beginning of our time together, after which we will officially open our Circle.
It important that we protect the energy of our group while we are in retreat together and so we stress that leaving the property during the course of the weekend should be avoided.
There will be time for reflection and integration throughout the weekend, and we encourage you to take this weekend for yourself without the interruption of technology and outside influences. Please ask your families to support you in this way so that you are able to fully immerse yourself in this experience.
If you have any questions about this retreat, we are more than happy to help.
Please contact either Kate or Sharon via email. Sharon: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate: email@example.com
Kate Reed is a trained counsellor and facilitator with a Masters degree in Applied Psychology (Counselling) as well as certification in Somatic Psychotherapy, Health Coaching and Leadership. She has been facilitating Sister Circles and Ceremonies for over 18 years alongside her professional career as a counsellor, youth worker, life coach and teacher.
Kate has worked with women who are healing the deepest of wounds as well as those who are looking for a life re-boot (and everything in between) and is passionate about supporting women to find more peace in their hearts and more happiness in their lives.
By helping women to identify and heal core wounds and negative patterns of thought and behaviour, Kate helps women to step into the fullness of their unique and beautiful selves and open up to limitless possibilities in this life.
Kate currently holds Sister Circles, Ceremonies and Workshops around Australia, is the author of a step-by-step guide to holding Sacred Sister Circles, and also trains and mentors women around the world on how to facilitate their own unique and powerful Circle.
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Sharon Bolt is a skilled multidisciplinary therapist specialising in the mind/body connection. Sharon is a qualified kinesiologist (4 different types), clinical hypnotherapist, hypnoenergetics practitioner, past life regressionist, NLP practitioner, energy healer (VenArch, reiki, integrated healing, munay ki etc), health coach, aromatherapist and core shamanism practitioner. Sharon is also a trained chi kung instructor. She studied the Chinese system for 3 years and the Korean system for 7 years. Her training involved living with Korean energy masters for 2 years; she was a Taoist monk during this time and ran an Energy Training Centre in London with 200 members. Sharon has undergone shamanic initiations in different parts of the world (Peru, Korea, UK, Bali, Australia).
Sharon now teaches a fusion of her chi kung and shamanic training – Shamanic Energy Training which is an embodiment programme for empowerment and grounding incorporating key energy principles. This is her foundation programme for shamanic training.
Sharon is a grounded yet intuitive facilitator. She has been facilitating energy training workshops, shamanic workshops and women’s only healing workshops for over 16 years. Sharon is also a ritual and ceremonial facilitator and is often asked to create custom ceremonies for individuals and groups. She creates grounded spaces for transformation and is used to working with the deepest wounds in people. Herself a wounded healer, Sharon is a spiritual midwife and specialises in calling in Soul Children for couples and helping people ‘birth’ their True Authentic Selves. Sharon also enables people to work with their shadow in a way that is deeply healing and transformational. Her unique ability to work with plant spirits in other dimensions allows new frequencies to come through in ceremonial settings.
A native of Nicaragua, Sharon’s lineage is Mayan, Spanish, English and Hungarian. She comes from a bloodline of spirit workers and curanderos (healers).