Beyond Survival: The Autumn of our Arrival
Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017
Stoweflake Inn Resort & Spa - Stowe, Vermont
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A 4-Day Woman's Wisdom Retreat with Linda Murray-Figueroa
Sponsored by Chatoyant Living
"You have survived. Now in the autumn of life, the question flutters like a falling leaf and lands softly at your feet, 'What have I survived for?' Shed the heavy armor, and clothe yourself with your true and splendid colors. My dear, it is time to arrive..." -Linda
Have you spent most of your life running against the wind?
Do you rightfully and proudly think of yourself as a survivor?
Are your "normal" ways of coping still working for you as the person you are today?
Have you found that when you experience "letting go" with one hand, you are still fiercely clinging to survival mode with the other?
Join Linda and a community of amazing women "warriors" who have made it through life-challenges often alone amidst the agony of loss or trauma, and now find themselves standing at a pinnacle in life surveying what has been lost and what has been gained. This is the turning point that Linda refers to as "the vantage point of restorative vision". The next chapter of your life is unfolding and regardless of age, the rest of your life can always be the best of your life...
Set amidst the dazzling autumn display of color in breath-taking Stowe, Vermont over Columbus Day weekend at the very peak of the season it will be evident why Vermont has laid claim to The World's Best Foliage. The fiery colors paint a spectacular blanket and canopy that turn the roadways and mountains of Stowe into scenic perfection. High definition photographs reflect the beauty but cannot capture the experience of those who mindfully breathe in the crisp fragrant air and connect with the spirit of vibrant change that speaks to us through this living work of art.
During this retreat you will gain wisdom and insight, you will rest, and experience quiet meditative time, hiking, biking, light yoga, the local flair and nature's splendor, exquisite indulgence at a world class spa, and simple Vermont fresh cuisine. You'll be inspired, and your heart will be moved by the amazing women you'll meet and gather with in circle. You will know you are not alone. You will feel safe. You'll practice listening deeply, and you will be heard and honored. Perhaps with more understanding than you have ever known before... You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll relax, and open up. You'll learn to let go in wisdom, and you will awaken to remember the incredible loving woman that you are. The exercises and processes Linda facilitates are designed to assist you as you:
- Recognize and respond to the symptoms of awakening
- Learn the wisdom and art of mindful breathing and being
- Practice listening and hearing your truth
- Gain practical tools for honest reflection and self-evaluation
- Explore what is holding you back
- Invite empowerment through open-heart exercises
- Experience basic energy work (aka let the Force be with you)
- Discover how time is on your side
- Remember your way home
- Understand the beauty and grace of chatoyant living
- Emerge within your authentic and true colors
"The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could" - author unknown.
Linda Murray-Figueroa, RN, BSN, CC Founder of Chatoyant Living
Linda is an intriguing and inspiring balance of left-brained intellect and right-brained intuitive.
Linda is a registered nurse with a 27 year healthcare career. Beginning with a compassionate foundation in hospital based patient care, her role has expanded into areas that influence and elevate the nursing and healthcare communities at large; cross country traveling nurse prn, surgical nurse/technician educator, AFRES commissioned officer, Healthcare IT Analyst involved with implementation and training of electronic documentation and records across multiple facilities in the US, and as a nation-wide healthcare IT consultant.
As an advocate of holistic and integrative healthcare with focus on the well-being of the whole person (mind, body, spirit), Linda has naturally evolved into an experienced and certified life, spiritual, loss & grief coach, a professionally trained women's workshop and retreat facilitator, public speaker, blogger, and an author whose first book is scheduled for release in early 2017.
Linda's work has transcended beyond a career and into a heart centered life of service and resultant joy and clarity. The spiritual understanding and the compassionate nonintrusive support she offers to other women comes to her through the gifts and humility of deep wisdom. She has been joyfully and painfully refined by the lives she has connected with during her nursing and coaching career, and also by her own intimate experiences of trauma, profound loss, and healing.
Linda feels her greatest contribution and joyful purpose has come from founding Chatoyant Living, LLC and assisting other women with their awakening and self-realization as they turn life's challenges and painful transitions into the gemstones of their own personal and sacred works of art.
For more information on Linda and Chatoyant Living please visit our About page.
The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa 4 Star Resort, AAA Four Diamond
Voted as a Top Spa by Conde Nast Readers, Voted as Top 10 Spas and Healthy Weekend Getaways by Spa Magazine
Nestled within the heart of Stowe, Vermont, Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, one of Vermont's premiere resort and spa destinations, beckons year round with upscale accommodations, generous amenities and a wealth of activities, on-property and nearby.
Steeped in natural beauty, the Stoweflake's peaceful idyllic setting on 60 acres will inspire every moment of your day. Whether you challenge yourself with outdoor adventures, recharge at the sports and wellness center, or indulge in quieter pursuits.
The Stoweflake is a smoke-free property, comprised of 120 upscale guestrooms and suites, family-friendly townhouses, a 50,000 sq. ft. world-class, full-service spa with 30 luxurious treatment rooms where serenity abounds, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a festive dining venue, and is the perfect destination to reconnect with family, rekindle romance, or regroup with friends.
When you're ready to explore the area, Stoweflake offers the perfect vantage point from which to experience all that makes Stowe so captivating. Within a stone's throw are the Stowe Recreation Path, championship golf, hiking and biking trails, and myriad boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. And with close proximity to the Stowe Ski Area — a short, complimentary shuttle ride away — and historic Stowe Village, the Stoweflake is pleased to offer the most desirable location in Stowe.
Columbus Day weekend accommodations in Stowe are highly coveted, increased in $$$ and always sell out early, requiring that reservations typically must be booked a year in advance. Chatoyant Living has secured the following accommodations at the 4 Star Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa:
Guestrooms with Two Double Beds and Bath
*All Rooms are Shared Occupancy:
HD Flat Screen TV, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Writing Desk, Keurig coffeemaker with Complimentary Keurig Green Mountain Coffee, Hair Dryer, Bath amenities, and Spa bathrobes. Room size is approx. 310 sq. ft.
Two Bedroom, Two Story Meadows Townhouse
This is where we will gather for our morning and evening sessions.
The main floor of the townhouse features a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room with fireplace, bathroom, washer and dryer, and private furnished deck. Townhouse is approx. 1800 sq. ft.
The second floor of the townhouse features 2 bedrooms:
The main bedroom accommodation is where Linda will be staying.
The second bedroom with two queen beds and a full bath is available to the first 2 women who register for the retreat.
Amenities include: HD Flat Screen TV, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Hair Dryer, Bath amenities, and Spa bathrobes.
*Ask about the possibility for 1 woman to receive a discount of 20% based on a variance in accommodations.
Chatoyant Living retreats are the perfect blend of transformative wisdom and practices, communion with incredible and inspiring women, exercise and activity, solitude, rest and pampering, with ample opportunity for immersion in the beauty and experiential offerings of bucket list locations.
Upon landing at Burlington, VT airport on Friday afternoon, you will be transported by chauffeured passenger van across 36 miles of beautiful scenic highway to the tranquil environment of the Stoweflake Inn for check in.
At 5:00 PM there will be a short meet-and-greet in the lobby of the Stoweflake, followed by a get-acquainted dinner at Charlie B's, the Stoweflake's only on-site restaurant where Vermont Fresh cuisine is served in a casual festive fireside atmosphere; Vermont-style décor with tables and high-back booths, featuring a friendly "Cheers" style bar.
After dinner we will gather for our first evening session in our home-like meeting space at the townhouse in front of a cozy fire. This will be a late evening following your busy travel day so please try to rest the day before arrival or during your flight if possible.
On Saturday morning as every morning, we will gather for a delicious group breakfast at the Stoweflake restaurant. After breakfast we will have our morning meditation in the on-site meditative garden and walk the seven-circuit Zen Labyrinth.
Afterward, we will continue our morning session at the townhouse where we will gather as a large group and we will also begin working experientialy in small groups and pairs.
Saturday afternoon weather permitting, we will head out for a spectacular mountainside hike which will include a gondola ride. For our afternoon session we will be enveloped by Mother Earth high on the mountain sanctuary overlooking the magnificent and peaceful landscape. While the hike will be suitable for most fitness levels, it will require being able to walk/hike for approximately 30 minutes each direction with short break periods.
Upon our return to the Stoweflake Resort we will have time to refresh from our hike before meeting for dinner.
Each evening we will gather at Charlie B's for dinner at a communal table for good food and camaraderie. Our final evening we will gather for a celebratory dinner complete with excellent desert and wine.
Following dinner each evening we have our evening session at the townhouse and a time of wisdom sharing, meditation, and reflection.
On Sunday following our group breakfast we will forgo our morning session for a day of relaxation and luxury. We begin with our own 1 hour private group yoga class in the fitness studio (light yoga adaptable for beginning level), followed by a Spa Party at the world class Stoweflake Spa, unrivaled in the northeast and voted as one of the Top 10 Spas and Healthy Weekend Getaways by Spa Magazine. Together we will each enjoy a calming 50 minute massage and full use of the first class facilities which features a private women's lounge area, complimentary tea and juice bar, fireplace, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath, unlimited access to fitness classes, as well as use of the vibrant "thunder" of the 12 foot high cascading and massaging waterfall in the Aqua Solarium, and the soothing Hungarian mineral soaking grotto pools — all enhanced by glorious mountain views. You may choose to add spa treatments at your own expense and receive a 20% Chatoyant Living discount.
The rest of the afternoon is yours for whatever your mind, body and spirit require. Return to your room to read, nap, or to complete or reflect on our life/spiritual exercises. Have a hot chocolate or apple cider nestled in front of the fireplace. Go shopping nearby, or simply stroll around the resort and the grounds, sit beneath a tree and journal, or take a walking meditation through the labyrinth.
As an optional excursion, the final day of the 3 day Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival where local artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products will be taking place just a 5 minute drive away. You may choose to walk the two miles to this tented festival or request a taxi. Hours are 10 AM-5 PM and adult admission is $12.
Remember, the world class spa facilities are available to you for the day so you may just choose to luxuriate there all afternoon. Ah, so many choices...
We will reconvene on Sunday evening for dinner followed by our evening session at the townhouse.
On Monday morning we are up early for breakfast followed by an early morning session.
The rest of the morning will be spent riding bicycles on the Stowe Recreation Path, We will leisurely ride the 5.2 mile paved trail which meanders along the West Branch River over and under bridges with unparrelled views of Mt Mansfield and the incredible autumn landscape. We will also ride to the quaint village of Stowe for sightseeing and shopping.
Upon our return to the Stoweflake Resort we will have time to refresh from our bike ride and enjoy a quick lunch before being whisked away by coach for a Taste of Vermont Tour and scenic drive along the famous Green Mountain Byway which passes through two state forests and three state parks between the village of Stowe and the town of Waterbury. Fodor's has deemed the maple, birch, and beech trees lining this eleven-mile route the best display of color in New England. Picture opportunities will definitely be provided.
In Waterbury we will be escorted on a private group tour of one of Vermont's most popular tourist attractions, the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory where of course we will indulge in our favorite flavors! We will also visit the Cabot Creamery Annex where we will partake in local wine, microbrew, and cheese tasting. This is the perfect place for you to purchase Cold Hollow cider, Cabot cheese, Champlain chocolates or any local treasure you might like to take home with you.
At the completion of our excursion, the coach will drop us off at the townhouse for our farewell session which will be a joyous culmination of the experiences we have shared and the wisdom and personal insights we have gained.
For our final ceremony we will participate in an exercise of awakening which will increase our sense of unity with each other and with everyone we meet.
Our Celebratory Dinner will be an evening of fun, laughter, food, and wine.
Tuesday morning you will be transported to the airport in Burlington for your flight home. Unless your flight is very early morning, breakfast at Charlie B's is included in the retreat fee. The restaurant opens at 7am. If you don't have time for the sit down breakfast service, a breakfast on-the- go is included for you to carry with you on your way. Checkout is at 11 am.
This retreat begins at 5PM on Friday, October 7 and concludes following breakfast on Tuesday, October 11.
Retreat Fee is reduced from $1750 to the lowest price of the season- $1550 and includes:
- Transportation to and from Burlington, VT airport to the Inn (72 miles round trip)*
- Double accommodations at the lovely Stoweflake Inn, Stowe Vermont
- All meals from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Tuesday. Vegetarian and gluten free choices available.
- Celebratory Dinner our final evening including delicious desert, and wine choices.
- Bottled water, teas, and snacks.*
- Complimentary access to the on-site Sports and Wellness Center with Cybex Center, Racquetball/Squash/Tennis Courts, fitness studios, spinning studio, indoor and outdoor pools, and outdoor Jacuzzi.
- Use of on-site 10,000 square-foot meditative garden with seven-circuit Zen Labyrinth.
- 2 morning, 1 afternoon, and 4 evening group sessions with Linda
- All retreat supplies
- Bicycle equipment rentals for the Stowe Recreation Trail.
- Sightseeing in the idyllic village of Stowe, with plenty of time for souvenir, gift, and window shopping as well.*
- A private group yoga class in the fitness studio led by a locally celebrated instructor.
- Sunday Spa Party onsite at the world-class Stoweflake Spa. Included is admission, a 50 minute massage, a deliciously healthy spa lunch, and a full day's pass to luxuriate in this first class spa sanctuary including sauna, steam room, 12 foot high cascading and massaging waterfall at the Aqua Solarium, and soothing Hungarian mineral soaking grotto pools.
- You may schedule additional spa treatments at your own expense to receive during the Spa Party and you will enjoy a complimentary 20% Chatoyant Living discount off regular spa prices.
- A mountainside hike and gondola ride with our afternoon session and mediation in nature with an incredible breathtaking view.
- Transportation by coach on a Taste of Vermont Tour with a scenic foliage drive round trip along the famous Green Mountain Byway from Stowe to Waterbury for what is called the best display of color in New England.
- Private group tour of Ben & Jerry's factory.
- Group tour Champlain Chocolates factory. All tour and tasting fees included.
- Wine, microbrew, cheese tasting, and shopping*visit to Cabot Annex in Waterbury, VT. All tasting fees included.
*Airfare is not included in the retreat fee. All flights should arrive and depart from Burlington, VT International Airport (BTV) http://www.btv.aero/ Airlines include American, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Allegiant, and Porter.
*Please contact Linda when you have made your final travel plans so she is able to complete advanced arrangements for your round trip airport transportation.
*Souvenirs, gifts, and shopping items are not included in the retreat fee.
*The spa requests that additional services be requested and scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.
*Alcoholic beverages are not included unless indicated.
Registration is closed for this retreat. Please join Chatoyant Living for a future retreat.
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$400.00 is due at time of registration ($200.00 of this is nonrefundable)
The remaining $400.00 of deposit is due by June 5th, 2017 (after this date the deposit is nonrefundable)
Special arrangements may be possible at the discretion of Chatoyant Living, LLC which allows splitting the deposit into 4 payments of $200.00 each (the first $400.00 of deposit is nonrefundable with this payment arrangement). The entire deposit would still be due by June 5th, 2017 and would be nonrefundable after that date. Please contact Linda.
If you haven't made a deposit:
If you've already paid the deposit in full:
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The entire fee is due no later than June 19th, 2017 (after this date there are no refunds)
Call Linda at 321-759-7474 or Skype 321-473-7432