Those of us at midlife are facing a pivotal point. Maybe we want to do something more meaningful for work or even in our leisure, but we aren’t sure exactly what. Others are in relationship transitions and facing the sometimes challenging re-entry into single life. For most of us, the kids are going—or even long gone—leaving us at loose ends.
“I get it, because I’ve been there,” said Carol Cassara of A Healing Spirit. “I’ve faced so many of my own transitions—and know what it takes to manage through them.”
And THAT is how and why she decided to give a retreat for a a small group of folks in transition and wanting to connect more closely with their passion and purpose for their next act.
“Few of us are content to sit home and knit—we’re doing yoga, we’re hiking, traveling –and we’re making our dreams come true,” she said. “I want to help women make their dreams reality.”
Women don’t often do things just for themselves, she pointed out, and it can be difficult to take time and effort to focus on what we want.
Sometimes we get to midlife and realize we don’t even know what we want. The choices seem over-whelming and non-existent at the same time. A retreat is a great way to re-connect with your inner self and quickly discover your true path. Within the safety of like minded individuals in the most spiritual place in the world, this can be exhilarating.
“So I’m taking the group away— to Jordan,” she said.
“Yes! I went earlier this year and found it to be one the most inspirational places I’e ever been, and I’ve traveled a lot,” she laughed. “We’ll hike the siq at Petra, we’ll float in the Dead Sea, and we’ll sit under the starry night sky with Bedouins. Along the way we’ll be working on our next acts through rituals, meditations and activities all aimed at getting us out of our ruts and into an exciting next chapter.”
She said she got chills at the site where archeological evidence indicates Jesus was baptized, was awe-struck at the red rock city and Petra, but for her, the most impactful visit was the half day she spent wandering the ruins of 2nd century Jerash.
“It’s so intact and huge—I could envision myself living back there and walking the main street all those centuries ago,” she said. “During our retreat, we’ll do a ritual there at the temple of Artemis. In fact all along the way we’ll be doing exercises to let go of what no longer serves us and to welcome in something new and wonderful, whether it’s a job, a relationship or something else.”
Is Jordan safe? Carol says she never felt unsafe and the State Dept rates it as safe as anywhere in Europe. “It’s an amazing place, and one I had never considered so awe-inspiring—until I got there.”
Want to know more? She’d love to talk by phone to you—just shoot her an email at ccassara (at) gmail.com and/or find all retreat details at the website:
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