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At Home Retreat Kit
At Home Retreat Kit

Need a break, but can’t get away? Retreat at home! Get relaxed, refreshed and ready to go! Kit includes detailed retreat day outlines, tips to help you make time and space for a retreat, and audio meditations and visualizations to help you make the most of your day. Can’t take a whole day? Break your retreat into segments! You know you need a retreat – take one today!

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Coaching

What is coaching?
How does coaching work?
How often would we meet?
How much does it cost?
How long would we work together?
Can you run a private program for my group?
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
How can I determine if coaching is right for me?

Meditation and Visualization

What sort of meditations and visualizations do you offer?
Sounds religious – is it?
How does it work over the telephone?
What if I call in late – will I disrupt the class?
What if I miss a call?

At Home Retreat Kit

What do you mean by an “at-home retreat?”
What is included in the At Home Retreat Kit?
How much time do I need to set aside to take a retreat?
What if I need help planning my retreat?
Can the Retreat Kit be used by a group?

Coaching

What is coaching?

How does coaching work?

Coaching is generally conducted by telephone. For individual coaching, I will call you if you do not have unlimited long distance minutes. For group coaching, you will call a U.S. conference number and pay your regular long-distance rates. If you do not have unlimited long distance minutes, check out phone cards or Skype for low per-minute charges.

How often would we meet?

Often enough to keep up your momentum. While this varies by individual, a typical individual coaching program would involve two to four 45-minute sessions per month, with e-mail contact between sessions. Group coaching varies with the group and the topic.

How much does it cost?

Coaching fees are an investment in yourself. The initial 1 hour Discovery Session is $99.00. Individual sessions after that are $75.00. Because the best results are obtained over time, I offer substantial discounts for monthly or multi-session packages. The fee varies depending on the length of the package and the amount of support you desire between sessions. Group coaching fees vary with the group and the topic. A typical 4 month (12 session) coaching group would run about $75 per month.

How long would we work together?

That depends on your goals and how much support you prefer. We can work together for as little as one session on a targeted issue, but most clients do best with 3-6 months of coaching. Change can occur in an instant, but more often it takes time to form new neural pathways, habits and structures in your life to support lasting change. I know from my own experience in being coached that the support of a coach during that time of transition can be invaluable.

Can you run a private program for my group?

Yes - and I will give each person in the group a 20% discount off my regular group coaching fees.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Since therapists may incorporate some coaching into their practices, the line is not always black and white, but some generalizations can be made. In general, therapy focuses on helping dysfunctional people become functional, while coaching helps functional people become exceptional. In general, therapy focuses on resolving the past, while coaching focuses on creating the future. In general, therapy focuses on understanding, while coaching focuses on action. In general, therapy uses a medical model of an expert prescribing treatment for a patient, while coaching uses a collaborative model in which the client determines what she will work on and the coach and client determine jointly how they will work together. In general, therapy focuses on restoring mental health, while coaching focuses on expanding wellness and personal capacity.

How can I determine if coaching is right for me?

Coaching may be right for you if you answer "yes" to most of the following questions:

I feel like I am “stuck” or stagnating in some way.
I am so ready to change, and I know that I have the ability to make changes in my life. I’m just not sure where to start or how to stay on track.
I could benefit from having someone that is totally on my side, holding my agenda without imposing her own.
I could benefit from having an accountability partner to help me make realistic action plans and keep moving forward – someone who won’t put me down or nag me if I stumble, but will help me get back on track.

If you are still not sure if coaching is right for you, please contact me for a 20 minute complimentary coaching consultation.

Meditation and Visualization

What sort of meditations and visualizations do you offer?

I offer guided meditations and visualizations by telephone or audio recording, using the spoken word to help focus and anchor your mind. Each session starts with a conscious relaxation of the body and slowing of the breath. It then moves into a deeper relaxation of the body and mind, contemplation of a question or reading, or visualization of a scene. Visualization is just using your imagination to envision a place of peace or wisdom - like daydreaming, but with a purpose. For sample sessions, see Guided Meditations and Visualizations.

Sounds religious - is it? While my general meditations and visualizations are not specifically religious, they do engage your spirit - or what you may think of as your "best self." Some of my clients do find that when they still their bodies and quiet their minds, they have a spiritual experience, which they speak of in the words of their own religious or spiritual tradition. I also offer Christian meditations which use the images, scriptures and traditions of Christianity to invite connection with God in all of his forms.

How does it work over the telephone?

You will call a U.S. conference call number and pay your regular long-distance rates. If you do not have unlimited long distance minutes, check out phone cards or Skype. At five cents a minute, a 20 minute call costs only $1.00. Recordings are available in the week after the call at no additional charge except for the cost of the phone call (if any).

What if I call in late - will I disrupt the class?

No. Once the meditation starts, all callers will be muted, so that people entering and leaving the call will not disrupt the call. The muting also eliminates any background noise from callers' homes - dogs barking, children yelling, etc. But do try to find a quiet place for the call - I can't mute the noise in your own home.

What if I miss a call?

The calls are recorded and are available in the week following the call. You can listen whenever you like, and as many times as you like.

At Home Retreat Kit

What do you mean by an "at-home retreat?"

Quite simply, a retreat that is taken at (or near) home, rather than at a retreat center. You may take your at home retreat in your home, in someone else's home, or in a quiet public place that affords you privacy.

What is included in the At Home Retreat Kit?

The kit includes a 48 page e-book and 45 minutes of recorded guided meditations and visualizations. All are easily downloaded to your computer. You can listen to the recordings on your computer or download them to an mp3 player.

How much time do I need to set aside to take a retreat?

A full day retreat can be wonderful. But many women find it difficult to get away from their daily responsibilities for a full day. So the Kit includes tips and instructions for taking your retreat in segments of as little as an hour - even hour segments, if that is all you can manage.

What if I need help planning my retreat?

Contact me for information about my special retreat coaching package.

Can the Retreat Kit be used by a group?

Yes. You can designate a retreat leader, or I can serve as your virtual retreat leader. I can also tailor the retreat for your group's purpose (example: young mothers, empty nesters, spiritual seekers). Contact me to discuss options. Please support my work and copyright laws by purchasing a Retreat Kit for each participant. I offer a 10% discount for groups of five or more.


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