MEANINGFUL RETREATS IN IDYLLIC SETTINGS

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Concepts & foundations

The Divine Feminine energy represents the sacred feminine qualities : intuition, creativity, compassion, empathy, patience, understanding.

In a world where alienated masculine values of competition, greed and abuse prevail, it has become difficult to see the intrinsic strength of the Feminine - which can only flourish through his own recognition and acceptance. We evolve in a society where the course of history has led us to perceive the feminine as silent, weak and powerless. This feminine energy, flouted, denied and rejected by the modern world based on principles of fear, oppression and power has died out at the price of a great pain, but still subsists in each of us.

In all times and wherever she lives in the world, the woman is subject to external pressures (obvious or underlying) that dictate her behavior : family, school, professional environment, medias, society of men and women. Depending on the culture of her country, she is asked to hide or show herself, she is asked to be seductive or punished to express her sensuality, she is judged for her beauty or for her ugliness, she is judged for her choice to work or not to work, she is judged for her difficulties to give birth or for her choice not to be a mother. Since childhood, the woman undergoes these external pressures which cut her and seclude her from the essence of her being.

Even in cultures where she has managed to make herself heard and recognized, it is always in relation with – if not in reaction against – the model of male domination that she struggles to find her place. The woman thus built her revolution in reference to the Masculine model. Women want to be "like men": to be strong like men, to have authority and power like men, to be uncompromising like men. All aspects acting to the detriment of the Divine Feminine, put aside and ignored, in favor of a "false" Feminine with characteristics of jealousy, manipulation, dependency, temper,...

We rely on the concept of the Divine Feminine in a common desire to both make its true place  and to value the Feminine. We believe that sacred feminine values as well as sacred masculine values (courage, honor, confidence, rationality, stability), are precious and that their harmonization in each of us as well as in society is the foundation to make the world a better place.

The Divine Feminine

Build a harmonious future between Feminine & Masculine

 

"If all over the world the woman is allowed freedom to grow to her potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters. And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the world – because the world is one – they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer.” Osho – The New Dawn Talk #31

 

The Wild Woman

Reconnect with one's true nature

Archetype drawn from the work of the author and psychoanalyst Clarissa Pintola Estés (Women Who Run With the Wolves). It is based on its similarity to that of the Wolf in terms of psychic characteristics : a relational animal by nature, with sharp senses, a playful spirit and an extreme aptitude for dedication, courage and adaptability.

The concept of Wild Woman is a component of femininity (not to be confused with anima which represents the feminine part inside the man : archetype of the Primitive Woman) which symbolizes a woman in peace with her masculinity (animus), and who thus sees in herself unfold her femininity. Only by understanding the feminine side of her femininity, accepting and transcending it, does a woman connect with her wild nature, and becomes truly a Woman. The woman can flourish as a Woman – to become creative, intuitive, serene, powerful – when she makes peace with her animus during a process of individuation, during which she returns to her “wildness”.

 

 

Throughout our retreats we offer a way for women to reconnect with their "wild", primary and true nature. We offer them the opportunity to express this part of themselves, thus allowing them to connect to this unique source of their strength and light. We encourage women to be free, natural and at peace with their femininity.

“Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.” Clarissa P. Estés – Women Who Run With the Wolves

 

Empowerment

Develop one's individual potential

The concept of Empowerment is the process by which an individual or group acquires the means to strengthen their capacity for action and emancipate themselves.

Each of us has somewhere dreams, desires and passions more or less buried just waiting to be revealed and to flourish. Each of us has a natural gift, vocation or role to play. Because of a limiting social conditioning we may be afraid to make this part of us exist or simply we may not be aware of it. This is why we encourage women to recenter and focus on themselves, to celebrate and to believe in themselves, in order to highlight these dreams and vocations.

 

We accompany women in this process of self-empowerment and of their individual potential through sublimative therapeutic work.

"You are not accidental. The world needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it” Osho

 

The Retreat

A new age type of care

The retreat, whose principle is to bring together a group of people sharing a common experience for a given period of time in a given space, is by definition based on the notion of framework. Which we perceive as an ideal place for the psyche to recharge and blossom : a cozy and comforting "elsewhere" in which one retires to prepare a "rebirth".

The concept of our retreats addresses to today's active, curious and independent women who feel the need to take a break and get out of their everyday life to focus on themselves and on their well-being ; women of today who are interested in their personal growth and who are actively committed to it.

 

Our retreats offer a one-off intensive support, such as a sort of boost or reboot, during which each of the workshops offers the promise of lasting benefits as well as invaluable tools to make the learning flourish also after the end of the retreat.

We offer an alternative to traditional care, more anchored in today's world with values of innovation, openness, conviviality and positivity. We value personal development through work and exploration but also through relaxation, joy and creativity.

However, we know that any support in terms of care must be leaded in a thoughtful and established setting, welcoming the personality, suffering and specificity of each in a safe space where what is shared and deposited is looked at with benevolent neutrality and is elaborated so as to be integrated.

Thus, we propose an alternative therapeutic accompaniment respecting the conventional knowledge of the clinical positioning, which we are familiar with.

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don't go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” Clarissa P. Estés – Women Who Run With the Wolves