A Leadership of Empowerment
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Becoming Golden: Find your True Self, which thrives on love and intuition. It requires separating from the Ego Mindset, which thrives on fear and judgment.
Join Pamala, Mindset Coach during a FemLead Retreat (TBA) out at Ben’s Eco-Farm in Kentucky. (extra cost.) The retreat is intended to awaken your innate wisdom and power by connecting with your true self.
During the retreat, you’ll journal and use art materials to create a Mandala that captures your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. You’ll participate in a Forest Therapy Walk in Bernheim Forest and finish with a Walking Meditation and lastly participate in a Day of Mindfulness.
The Mandala is a source of creative expression, deep connection, and transformation. Its symbolism was first created by Carl Jung, a noted psychologist when he began to explore the unconscious mind.
Creating a Mandala is a way for a person to strengthen the connective bond between themselves and the natural world and bring into the conscious mind that which is hidden so it can then be examined.
When we remove ourselves from the busyness to slow down and tune in to the natural environment answers emerge.
Walking Meditation in Bernheim Forest. Spend time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. It is a simple and universal practice for developing calm, connectedness, and embodied awareness. To practice, select a quiet place where you can walk comfortably back and forth, indoors or out, about ten to thirty paces in length.
Begin by standing at one end of this “walking path,” with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your hands rest easily, wherever they are comfortable. Open your senses to see and feel the whole surroundings. After a minute, bring your attention back to focus on the body. Center yourself and feel how your body is standing on the earth. Feel the pressure on the bottoms of your feet and the other natural sensations of standing. Let yourself be present and alert.
Begin to walk a bit more slowly than usual. Let yourself walk with a sense of ease and dignity. Relax and let your walking be easy and natural as if you were a king or queen out for a royal stroll. Pay attention to your body. With each step feel the sensations of lifting your foot and leg from the earth. Then mindfully place your foot back down. Feel each step mindfully as you walk. When you reach the end of your path, pause for a moment. Center yourself, carefully turn around, pause again so that you can be aware of the first step as you walk back. You can experiment with the speed, walking at whatever pace keeps you most present.
Forest Therapy Walk
Forest therapy walks are not hikes in the traditional sense. An entire walk is typically 1 to 2 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter-mile distance. In that short distance, most people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound.
These walks follow a standard sequence. Each walk begins with forming contact with the present moment and place. Next comes a series of connective invitations, often improvised in the moment and adapted to the needs of participants. These may be followed by wander time and/or sit spot. The walks end with a ceremony of sharing tea made from foraged local plants.
Day of Mindfulness
During Mindfulness maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle nurturing lens.
A “Day of Mindfulness,” offers a full day of practicing Mindfulness. Participants come together for Meditation in the Zen Garden, to include Walking Meditation in the forest, eating mindfully and being present.
What to Bring on the FemLead Retreat
Please dress comfortably in several layers for long periods of sitting and walking outdoors and bring appropriate footwear for walking on the dirt path/trails. We also ask that you bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket. Optional items to help with mediation include the following: an eye mask, earplugs, meditation seat cushion/bench, a journal and pen.