AUGUST 13-20, 2018 Located on the edge of Banff, Canada
Escape the summer heat and join Morgan Osmani, Ph.D. Candidate, MA, LPC, E-RYT and Dan Sivils, Life Coach and Wilderness Quest Guide for a hiking adventure and transformative practice retreat in Banff/Lake Louise, Canada, this August.
Step into Lake Louise, reconnect to your heart, mind, and body as you spend your days hiking, reflecting, and listening to the wisdom of nature, and the simplicity of practice in a community of support. Participants can expect daily meditation, daily yoga practice (all levels, beginner friendly), daily hiking adventures, group time to reflect, community meals, fun, and adventure.
I have found myself called back to the mountain peaks of Lake Louise and Banff National Park for multiple retreats in only a few years—and all of them at the Lake Louise Inn, where our August 2018 retreat gathering will take place.
With this in mind, I would like to share with you a little about why I believe so whole heartedly in retreats—and why I continue to return to grounding presence of the Rocky Mountains over and over again.
Retreats provide essential ingredients for our vitality. Our results-driven culture is not built to allow for subtlety or sensitivity—yet in my psychotherapy practice, my ongoing PhD research, and my own life experience, I’ve learned these ingredients are essential to human vitality. Retreats provide the space and support to explore subtle intuition; in meditation and mindful writing, we listen deeply to our bodies and hearts. I’ve found time and time again that the island of Molokai seems to support this gentle exploration of ourselves—and restores the sense of vitality our culture tends to drain. We return to our mainland lives with the core of our being awakened, energized, and strengthened.
Retreats are not vacations. Like vacations, retreats do provide a chance to step away from the day to day activities of your life—but they also reveal, challenge, and shake loose our daily thought patterns. In the absence of our old routines and ways of thinking, space opens up for growth. I’ve experienced this myself, and seen it happen in those who have joined me on retreat—in fact, the joy of watching this change in others is in fact a large reason I continue to retreat.
Retreats are delightfully transformative. When was the last time you had delicious, nutritious meals provided for you? A friendly, supportive community of people supporting you—whether it’s giving you the space you need, listening ears, or reason to laugh? Tall trees providing shade, rocky earth under your feet, and an expanse of blue mineral lakes in the distance? In my experience, Lake Louise has a strange way of expanding our inner worlds while gently holding us close. We are able to more deeply explore those inner worlds because we are doing so in an environment in which we feel safe, cared for, connected, and validated.
For anyone who wishes to sign up immediately, please email Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. I accept credit card and check payments in full or installments for this retreat.
We are all called to retreat at different times in our life. If this retreat speaks to you, I invite you to listen.