Start your day with a smile! This basic flow yoga class is suitable to all levels, beginners welcome. Awaken your heart, mind, and body with gentle stretches and a lovely flow class that will leave you feeling energized and positive. We will focus on the power of intention, and enter the day with calm, positive energy. Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats or towels will be provided.
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Widowhood is a traumatic experience. No one truly gets over widowhood, but with positive affirmations you can get through your widowhood. Affirmations are simple self-talks. Positive Affirmations can help you to visualize, and believe in the power that lies within your physical, emotional and spiritual sense of being. This workshop will introduce you to daily breathing exercises that will allow you to draw positive energy into your space . Through interactive activities you will understand how positive messaging can impact your life and the life of others around you. In this workshop you will be guided in creating your own affirmations and learn how to share them with others. This will be a positive experience for widowed people at any age or any stage in their widowhood. You will leave this workshop with skills and practical tools that will assist you in making positive changes.
Have you ever felt like the darkness is closing in on you? You’ve lost your loved one. You feel alone. Some days you’re barely holding on to life. And, the darkness feels all-consuming. That’s certainly how I felt after the death of my husband 6 years ago. There were days I didn’t know if I could survive. There were times I had convinced myself this feeling of despair was all I would ever know. Thankfully I survived that life-threatening darkness, and in fact have even discovered the beauty of it. Through the realization that darkness is the birthplace of my creativity, my authentic nature, my long term resiliency, and came to understand darkness is also the birthplace of life.
‘When the darkness closes in’ will explore the value of darkness, how exponential growth and life can be fostered in the dark, and what to do when the darkness feels as though it pulling you down.
For many who have dealt with sudden loss, as well as for those whose loss was expected, there are unresolved questions between us and our loved ones–things unsaid and undone, issues we would have worked on together, if we had had more time. Now we must come to terms with them on our own. How did Roselee do this? And how can you? Through her story and her deep experience as both an author and a teacher of memoir, Roselee will offer writing strategies for finding resolution and healing. Participants will write from simple, brief prompts, including directed journaling, letters to your loved one and yourself, and the creation of a two-minute play about the conversation you need to have with your person in order to move forward with love, peace and health. There will be time during the workshop for sharing and discussion. Bring paper and pen.
Ritual has been used since the earliest of times to manage emotion, calm spirits, and facilitate healing of the heart.
In this interactive workshop, we will explore the history of ritual, and the many types of ritual that are used in cultures all over the world as agents of healing. Labyrinth walking, meditation, chanting, visualization will all be discussed and explored.
This workshop will help make ritual less mysterious and more relatable as well as provide practical steps for how you can customize rituals to fit into your daily life.
Widows face unique challenges as they grieve and make important decisions for the next stage in their life, at a time when they are arguably most vulnerable. In this presentation we will explore some of the emotions that we face as widows and the impact that they can have on our ability to make decisions. We will discuss what we can prioritize and focus on from a financial perspective as we transition through grief, growth and grace, and look at the 5 most common mistakes that widows make when dealing with their finances. Finally we will look actionable at next steps for your financial future as you move forward on your own.
Do you have a complicated story? Had you already had your fill of trauma, drama, and loss before your partner died? Were you widowed in the midst of marital strife, addiction or mental health struggles? Have you since discovered the courage within you to own your story and rebuild your life from a place of authenticity?
In this session, participants will hear Jeanette's story of re-evaluating her life and relationships following the death of her husband in 2014. She'll share their story of love, marriage and separation, and returning to each other just before he suddenly died at age 36. Her presentation will touch on the lessons learned in navigating complex trauma and grief from the other losses they experienced together before his death, the impact chronic illness had on their relationship with each other and as parents, how the loss has helped her move from a place of secrecy and shame to one of honesty, vulnerability, and boundary-setting with friends, family and her current partner, who is himself a widower.
Participants will have a chance to privately evaluate their own "phoenix process." Tools will be shared to start mapping out a path for living more authentically and wholeheartedly.
Describes the past four years as I dealt with the loss of my wife, as well as stepping forward into this new life of mine. I relate to the caterpillar that inches along in the depths of grief, just getting through each day; to building a cocoon or safe haven within which I safely healed and grew; to breaking out of the cocoon in what I call the “reboot”. Finding joy along the way, sometimes in the form of unique special moments that lifted my spirit. And realizing gratitude as the final shift towards peace, meaning and joyfulness.
It’s my intention for this workshop to offer guidance to the newly widowed, providing my experiences as an example of hope. And relating to the longer time widowed, both in shared experiences as well as providing some hidden opportunities to realize the blessings in this new life of ours.
Take a walk with me now as I share this path…
Cortne' Lee and Fulton Smith
Can you imagine yourself on a date? Do you even want to start dating again? What will your family and friends say when you decide to start dating again? Does it matter? What happens if you start dating and it doesn’t work out? What are your best hopes and worst fears about falling in love again?
Michele Neff Hernandez
It’s been years. People sometimes look at you with an odd look when you identify yourself with widowhood. After all, it’s been years since your person died. It’s been years since your world was turned upside down. It’s been years. And yet, years are made up of months; months made up of weeks; and weeks are made up of days. Crafting your ‘after’ doesn’t follow any time frame, no matter how many years have passed.
In this workshop, Michele will explore the ways in which widowhood impacts her daily life, eleven years after the death of her handsome superman husband. We’ll discuss widowhood’s impact on new relationships, and on the way widowed people may now view the world. Jobs, hobbies, trips, new homes, amazing adventures…how are they all tied together with the ribbon of the widowed experience? What about guilt, fear of forgetting, the intense need to believe your loved one approves of your life, somehow, each of these will be viewed through the lens of widowed people crafting their 'after.'
Let’s talk, because for Michele, it’s been years.
In ‘Awakening the Warrior Within’, we’ll focus on uncovering one’s inner warrior by building skills today that help redefine the past and foster empowerment to face the future. One of the ways we do that is by peering through the lens of analogy. According to the Oxford dictionary an analogy is a “comparison between one thing and another.” Some of the analogies we’ll explore are the feeling of being broken and the value of a stained-glass window. The fear of darkness, despair, depression, grief, and how there is a pattern throughout nature of new life being formed in the darkness. Unwelcome feelings and experiences, and some interesting facts about weeds. The many faces of grief and how they relate to a bowl of Korean soup.
Over the course of this resiliency workshop participants will learn how to:
- Use everyday tools like analogies and mindfulness to notice patterns and foster depth of meaning
- Look for learnings from their past experiences and reflect on how they can use those learnings to foster future hope
- Examine how context changes the content of our strengths and perceived weaknesses
- Awaken one’s inner warrior through an empowered approach
Have you been thinking about dating, but not sure if you’re ready or don’t know even where to begin? Or can you tell horror stories about the few dates you have had? Is all you want just to meet a great person and settle down again?
In this entertaining and informative workshop, author Abigail Carter will share her own experiences as a widow with over 10 years of post-loss dating experience (yup, she’s an expert!) and provide you with a variety of practical understanding when it comes to the world of dating.
Dating after loss is wrought with pitfalls: How to drop the “I’m widowed” bomb; when to have the first kiss or first sleep over; how soon to involve the kids? This workshop will help you to sort through some of these dating pitfalls and help you:
- Understand the stages of post-loss dating
- Get over the guilt and emotion of dating again after your loss
- Provide practical tips to getting out into the dating world for the first time.
- Avoid the pitfalls of internet dating and noticing those “red flags"
- Write a winning profile
- Become skilled at sorting, screening and testing internet dates
- Identify important safety tips (for your profile and when meeting an online date)
- Envision the type of relationship you are looking for
- Understand the role of sex in post-loss relationships
- Sort out your level of comfort for firsts: kissing, sex, involving kids, co-habituating, marriage
- Overcome feelings of rejection and the resulting renewed sense of loss and grief
- Use your dating experiences to learn about yourself and your intimacy needs
Dating after loss is a huge, frightening step towards moving forward with your life, but one that can be filled with fun adventures, new friends and true love. It’s time to get over the fear and find the thrill of dating again.
I am sure we have all stayed awake at night wondering how the death of our kid’s parent is going to mess them up! We wonder if our support is enough and if we could be doing more. I know I was pretty sure I had scarred my kids for life…but 15 years later they have grown into amazing young adults ready to take on the world!
Kids are resilient. They cannot only bounce back from loss & grief, but they also have the ability to bounce forward and create a healthy future for themselves. But they do need our help and guidance.
During our time together, we will discuss what resilience is, how we can foster it in our kids and how to support ourselves, their parent, during the grief journey.
Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to the present moment in our mind and body with awareness and an open, accepting attitude.
After being widowed, it is hard to keep in the present moment. There are many reflections on the past, concerns about the future, so many “what ifs” and “what to dos.”
In this experiential workshop, I will present an introduction to mindfulness to provide simple exercises that can be used every day and anywhere.
You will learn about how mindfulness helps with mood, anxiety, stress and pain management. We’ll also look at practical ways of incorporating present –moment awareness into daily life.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
When it seems all that is left of us is the broken pieces, what do we do? How do we go on? In this creative grief workshop, we will be exploring that question in the literal sense. Using a variety of art and collage materials including paint, markers, bits of fabric, handmade papers, feathers, and much more, we will each be creating our hearts anew in a powerful way.
We will begin by sharing our stories together, and then get into creating our heart-centered artworks. You will each leave with a unique piece of art that you’ve created… a reminder that you have the power to rebuild and that you have a community of other brave hearts to support you in your journey.
Optional Things to Bring:
If you have anything special that you’d like to incorporate into your collaged heart, please bring!
This could be a small scrap of clothing, an old photo, a small trinket, copy of handwriting, anything that can easily be glued to your heart will work beautifully!
With grief, "the only way out is through", and for me, the only way through is with humor.
Stand-up comedian and writer Kelley Lynn will take you on a ridiculous ride through grief, using the best coping mechanism she knows - laughter. With an energetic style and witty sarcasm, Lynn's workshop will feature an interactive experience, that is tailor-made for this audience. Part stand-up comedy, part-therapy, and part-education, Kelley will combine personal stories, with a warm and scientifically proven explanation, of why laughter is healing for the soul.
In this presentation/workshop, Kelley covers topics well-known to the widowed world, such as: the "incredible disappearing act" from your friends and family, the ‘phone call” with AT&T and other service providers, the hilarious reactions from the non-widowed to a place called “Camp Widow”, and well-meaning but insensitive comments from the outside world; including the one that inspired the title for her original One-Act Play, and upcoming book: "My Husband Is Not a Rainbow." In addition, Kelley will leave you in stitches with her classic (and true) story of showing signs of “widow brain.” With her brutally honest delivery and warm persona, Lynn will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and smiling. Sign up and laugh the grief away.
When Roselee Blooston’s husband Jerry, died suddenly overseas nine years ago, she entered two foreign territories: that of the Middle East, and the even more daunting one of grief itself. Her dual journeys gave her perspective on who she had been during her marriage, and who she could become, now that it was after. An experienced teacher, author, and speaker, Roselee has much to offer others mourning a loved one, about how to frame their loss, carry that love forward, and honor the past, while becoming a new you. Workshop participants will come away with concrete techniques, using guided imagery, writing, and the sharing of personal stories, with which to move into the future. Jane Brody, New York Times bestselling author, and a widow herself, called Roselee’s book, DYING IN DUBAI-a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, “a helpful and, yes, healthy lesson for surviving the trials and tribulations of widowhood and the essential task of becoming a "new you." Roselee looks forward to sharing what she has learned with Camp Widow.
It’s been said that ‘lonely’ is not a powerful enough word to describe widowhood. Loneliness, isolation, social isolation...for many widowed people these are part of the reality of widowed life. The powerful feeling of emptiness that follows the death of a spouse or partner can be one of the most painful experiences of widowed life.
There is a deep silence that comes with losing the one you love. It doesn’t matter if you are standing in the middle of a crowded room, you will still notice it. It’s the quiet that comes when you don’t have that familiar voice whispering in your ear, ‘I love you’. It’s the missing of shared experiences; the marking of important days and anniversaries alone; and the absence of your person breathing soundly next to you as you go to sleep at night.
The desire to avoid that empty feeling and the aloneness of widowed life can lead us to make decisions that may not be in our best interest. Learning to be okay alone is not a skill that is often taught in our culture. Honestly examining our feelings around loneliness may not be easy, but that discussion can be life changing. So, let’s talk about loneliness. You will leave this workshop with a tool kit of insight, understanding and easy to implement strategies to help you with your “L”.