A year ago, I started planning JourneyWoman's first-ever event — a wellness retreat to help us connect and heal from the pandemic, and step into our power as women. When Doni Belau from Girls' Guide to Paris first approached me with this idea, we imagined bringing together incredible women to rediscover our true selves and get re-energized. We
imagined a place where women could reconnect in nature and give themselves much-needed time and space to heal, dream and grow.
To make our vision real, we invited women with diverse and profound life experiences to join us as speakers and facilitators. Women who have endured unimaginable circumstances to advocate for compassion, kindness and generosity. Women who have dedicated their lives to empowering other women. Women we love,
admire and respect. All of them said yes, and our retreat was born!
So much has happened in the world in the past year. More than ever, the world needs women to help right the wrongs of the past. We can't sit and watch anymore — we have to use our wisdom and our voices to make meaningful change happen, starting with our own lives. In some ways, this is the beginning of a movement - one that inspires us to live passionately,
consciously and fully, with our purpose as the red thread that binds everything together. For without knowing our purpose, how do we make decisions to live a complete life? How do we lead by example to our children and grandchildren? How do we manifest our values when we travel?
The pandemic has changed everything. This is the perfect time to take stock of what’s important to us
personally and take time to breathe, calibrate and focus our energy where it will have the most impact.
"I am not the same, having seen the sun rise on the other side of the world" — Mary Anne Radmacher
Let's connect and create together
In less than two months, a group of women will gather in the mystical Mayacamas Mountains to share our wisdom, life experiences and practical tools. We'll connect, heal, find inspiration and
dream big — together.
I invite you to join this very special five-day wellness retreat, Women’s Travel Wisdom, which takes place over five days from Thursday, October 20 to Monday, October 24 at Mandala Springs Wellness Retreat near San Francisco, California. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and share, with Master Life Coach Debbie Phillips from Women on Fire, Nigerian National Geographic photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström; and Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung, whose book “First They Killed My Father”
was made into a movie with Angelina Jolie.
You'll also meet very own 81-year old rock star solo traveller Diana Eden, an Emmy award-winning costume designer and JourneyWoman's "Women Over 80" contributor and Shawna Robins, best-selling author on sleep and wellness. In addition to inspirational speakers, there is one-on-one coaching and workshops, plus dancing, yoga, massage, meditation, Indigenous nature walks, healthy meals and sound
healing. Imagine the possibilities!
"Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave
marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you." — Anthony
This retreat is for you, JourneyWoman!
More than anything else, I want this retreat to be for you. For the women who have not have time to themselves, and want to make a difference in the world.
If this calls to you, please contact me or
reach out Cheri at firstname.lastname@example.org who will help you make all the arrangements. We are
offering a special coupon for $450USD off for last-minute booking - use LastChance450 to get that discount (not applicable with any other offers).
If you know someone who would like to be a part of this or support our efforts through sponsorship, please share this email with them. You can read more here.
Carolyn Ray, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, JourneyWoman, email@example.com
Member, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) + Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)