Conversations About Equality

Conversations About Equality

Conversations About Equality… A coach-led discussion with women about equality

August 26, 2020

Are you ready to celebrate and discuss the ongoing work of equality for women? 

  • When you hear the phrase “women’s equality” what comes to mind?
  • Where do you see that we have made progress around equality for women? Where is there still work to be done?
  • Where have you personally experienced inequality as a result of being a woman?
  • Why is women’s equality important?
  • What would your workplace, state, nation, and world look like if women’s equality goals were met? What can we do as individuals to move toward this?

Why are we discussing this now? On August 26th, people in the United States of America celebrate Women’s Equality Day.

This date is significant in the history of women’s equality because it was on this date in 1920 that the 19th Amendment was adopted.  The 19th Amendment prohibited the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment!  Yes, we’ve made progress with women’s equality…and yes, there is still room for improvement.

For our August event we will facilitate a coach-led discussion on the topic of women’s equality. We invite you to join us and add your voice to the mix.

Prior to our event, we encourage you to attend the virtual panel discussion on Women’s Equality hosted by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce from 4:30 -5:30 pm which is part of the S.H.E. Week 2020 events.  Participating in the Chamber program is not required for our event, but it will be a nice complement if you can do both. Click here for information on the Chamber program : https://www.frederickchamber.org/she-week.html

After the Chamber program the Wholistic Woman Community will meet on Zoom from 6-7:30 for a small group, coach-led discussion about women’s equality addressing many of the above questions.

Together we will learn from one another.  We will celebrate our equality successes and look for solutions and opportunities for change where there is still work to be done.

Join us Wednesday, August 26, 2020 for a night of enriching discussion about women’s equality while we celebrate Women’s Equality Day.

Location: Your home via Zoom
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET
Cost: FREE

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6 Packing Tips for Sedona, Arizona

6 Packing Tips for Sedona, Arizona

Are you planning to travel to Sedona, Arizona with us in October? This city in the desert is a must visit for nature and/or art lovers, with its vibrant art culture and stunning red-rock formations. Today we’re sharing packing tips to help you make the most of your trip.

Pack proper skincare and makeup

If you’re traveling from a cooler or more humid climate, the dry heat of Sedona might be a shock to your system. Our best packing tips for your face and body include gentle facial cleansers, hydrating lip balm, and body lotion. Items that will moisturize and protect your skin and lips are a must. Sunscreen is a must!

One of the bonuses to traveling to a place known for its natural beauty is that you can embrace your own natural beauty. If you plan on spending time outdoors (which really is a must in Sedona), opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF over heavy foundation. Swipe on some bronzer and lip balm, and you’re good to go!

Layers are a must

While you might find yourself sweating in the sun during a day-time hike, evenings in Sedona are comfortably cool. The best time to visit Sedona is in the fall, when temperatures range from the 50’s to high 70’s. 

Layers are always a great addition to your suitcase, because of how versatile they are. You won’t need a heavy winter coat for Sedona — a light sweater or jacket will see you through the crisp nights. And don’t forget a bathing suit if your accommodations have a pool, or if you wish to visit a spa! 

Select sturdy footwear

Sedona is known for having excellent trails, so plan to pack sturdy shoes if your plans include hiking. If you don’t typically hike much, look for a pair of quality walking sneakers that have good grip. Two to three pairs of shoes should be plenty for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes and sandals are a must, but throw in a pair of dressier shoes if you wish. Some brands we love: Merrells, Chacos, Keens, and Tevas. Want more direction? Check out this list of 20 best hiking boots and shoes from Travel + Leisure!

Travel in style

Don’t forget to think about what you’ll wear on the plane! Consider items that are both comfortable and stylish, such as a maxi dress layered with a soft sweater. If your goal is to pack light, plan to wear your travel outfit twice — both to and from Sedona.

A carry-on suitcase should be plenty big enough for a weekend in Sedona, but plan to use a larger suitcase for an extended trip. Stash a foldable travel backpack in the front of your suitcase to use on your hike or to bring purchases home in. 

Don’t forget travel accessories! 

Be sure to pack a camera (or use your cell phone for pictures), charging cords, and a journal. You’ll also want to pack sunglasses, and perhaps a hat if you want extra sun protection. Leave your laptop at home if you can — Sedona is too beautiful of a place to spend your visit distracted by work. A collapsible water bottle is convenient for both your plane ride and exploring the sights.

Need more packing tips? Check out this extensive list of items to remember on your trip to Sedona!

Sass In Sedona

Soulful Sedona Destination Retreat

October 8-11, 2020

Explore and Grow with us in Red Rock Country!

 

Join the Wholistic Coaches on a journey to reconnect with your Wise Self in beautiful, soulful Sedona, Arizona. Create deeper connections with like-minded and adventurous women as you:

Step into deeper peace and find new ways to understand and accept yourself wholistically ~ heart, mind, body, and spirit…

Discover mindsets that unleash your full potential, making your life one that inspires yourself and others…

Identify what’s been holding you back and get unstuck. Learn how to navigate towards the more genuine you to experience greater joy and passion…

Learn to love all that you are and let go of what you are not…

Know more deeply what it means to be your authentic self. Discover who she is and how to empower her to shine.

Savor and take a Soulful Sedona attitude home with you to stay fully present and peaceful when the stress of juggling work, family, and personal activities reoccurs…

Enjoy a unique getaway full of fun and adventure simultaneously supported by the grace and wisdom of a very special Wholistic team led by your personal, skillful coaches Kelye, Laura, and Carol.

FAQ:

Retreat Details

What are the retreat highlights?

Your registration for the Soulful Sedona Retreat includes:

  • Welcome reception featuring Southwest appetizers and signature prickly pear margarita
  • Pink Jeep tour with picnic lunch
  • Vortex Hike guided by an expert local naturalist, with picnic lunch
  • Coaching conversations with Carol, Kelye, and Laura
  • Sparkling sunset toasts
  • Special local dinner on Saturday night
  • Wholistic journal/pen set to capture your experiences

 

What is the retreat agenda?

  Thursday 10/8/20

  Welcome Reception  6:30pm – 8pm

 Friday 10/9/20

  Rise & Shine Program with Coaches 

  Pink Jeep Tour of Sedona and surrounding area with picnic lunch

  Afternoon Free Time (suggested activities):

  •       Sedona Rouge Spa
  •       Discover Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s shopping and art destination
  •       Chapel of the Holy Cross – chapel rises 200 hundred feet above               ground surface between red rock formations, great architectures             and Sedona views

   Sunset with Wholistic Coaches – Calm your mind and spirit

Saturday 10/10/20

  Rise and Shine program with coaches – 8:30 am

  Morning Bell Rock Vortex Guided Hike and picnic lunch
  Led by expert Guide Feather who will teach about the plant-life,         geology, history, and Native American influences for 2-3 hours; Village of    Oak Creek; 4 mile roundtrip

  Afternoon Free Time (suggested activities):

  •   Sedona Rouge Spa
  •   Discover Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s shopping and art destination
  •   Explore Boynton Canyon Trail or Cathedral Rock Vortexes

  Sunset with Wholistic Coaches

Sunday 10/9/20

  Sedona Retreat Farewell ~ coach debrief ~ travel home

Note, exact times are approximate and subject to change. You will receive an official agenda before the retreat.

I've never traveled with a coach. What will that be like?

Our certified coaches are present to support your development and exploration during this destination retreat. All coaches will be involved daily to meet you where you are and provide a safe space for your growth and enjoyment of this experience.

Who will I meet?

The Founding Coaches and their team of experts will share their gifts, expertise and tangible takeaways to empower you to move forward and create more of what you desire.

The team includes your boutique hotel staff, your Pink Jeep tour guides, our vortex guide Feather, and others who are ready to make this a fabulous experience. 

Will I have free time?

 Yes! Sedona surprises and awakens the soul so we have carefully avoided over planning your experience.

Here are some great ideas to enjoy each afternoon on your own or with other retreat attendees.

  • Pamper yourself with local spa treatments.
  • Discover Tlaquepaque Village – Sedona’s shopping and art destination.
  • Explore the surrounding countryside and hike additional vortexes.
  • Visit Chapel of the Holy Cross – rising 200 feet above red rock formations.
  • and so much more…

  

Cost

What does the retreat cost?

Special early-bird pricing for your Sedona getaway: $775 (ends April 30,2020)
Regular pricing: $875 (after May 1, 2020)

Are there payment options?

Payment plans are available through August 8, 2020. 
To participate in a payment plan check that option when completing your registration.
We will calculate the payment amount based on the number of months between your registration date and the payment deadline of August 8.
You will receive a monthly invoice which you can remit through PayPal, a credit or debit card.

Do you give refunds?

The registration fee is not refundable, however you may transfer your registration to someone else. Contact our wholistic community support team for assistance in transferring your registration, if necessary.

Flight & Accommodations

How do I get there?

Flagstaff Airport is the closest small commercial airport, just a 45 minute scenic drive from Sedona.

Phoenix International Airport is a lovely 2 hour drive from Sedona.

We recommend that you book your flight with Southwest Airlines (typically $450)

Low cost shuttle service may be offered, if requested. If you choose to rent a car the cost is typically $150.

What hotel do you recommend?

A special block of rooms has been reserved for us at the boutique Sunset Chateau B&B. Visit their website and call their hospitality staff directly to reserve your room at 928-282-2644. They’re expecting your call!

What can you tell me about the hotel?

Sunset Chateau is nestled on a gorgeous hillside with panoramic views of Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. Experience artistically decorated luxury suites with uniquely curated art & furnishings. All of their spacious suites include modern conveniences and thoughtful touches to make you feel more at home including organic bath amenities, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable furnishings.

There are many places to unwind and enjoy the view, whether from your patio, in the lush gardens, or by the salt-water pool and jacuzzi. A wonderful made-to-order breakfast is included each morning in the dining room.

    Can I cancel my room if something comes up?

    To book your room, you will be required to pay for your first night’s stay. If you need to cancel, you would get a full refund if your cancellation is 60 days before check in. 

    Register Now!

    Only $875
    Early Bird Option: $775 before May 1, 2020 

    Experience Sedona

    Experience Sedona

    Have you experienced Sedona? For me, it’s like Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the happiest place, but not because of the rides. It’s the energy you get after being on a ride and the magic around you. In Sedona, they call it the vortexes – an amped up energy you get and feeling of being more alive. My first experience from Sedona, Arizona was about 28 years ago with my oldest friend and her family. It was a treat to get immersed in a beautiful place I had never experienced and what is now considered the most beautiful place on earth. We stayed in Flagstaff, AZ and started at the Grand Canyon, but ended in Sedona for most of our day trips. The beauty and energy of the red rock is indescribable – you really need to see it and feel it to believe it.

    Red rock country is where everyone seems to go for play and pause or adventure and reflection. It’s a pretty small area about 20 miles with an elevation of 4,500 feet. The red rock formations, Oak Creek and all the positive energy surrounding you take your breath away. In early September, I went back on vacation with my husband for a week and couldn’t get enough. Almost 10 years ago, I was there with some of my closest girlfriends for a week exploring and also had a nice short trip two years ago. All in all, I have visit Sedona over half a dozen times in my life and plan to keep visiting and live my dream to move there one day.

    Here are some reasons I need my Sedona fix:

    The Vortexes, what’s the vortex about?

    It’s been said, that a vortex is a place where the Earth is at its healthiest and most alive. The natural beauty of the Sedona area is a physical indicator, but more importantly, the aliveness shows up in the increased energy. The energy acts as an amplifier, magnifying what we bring to it – in our heart, mind, body, and spirit – a wholistic approach. The level of intention and awareness you bring matters in your experience.

    Feeling good, what’s the feel-good, wellness about?

    Sedona has been regarded as a place of healing and spiritual renewal.  There are a number of favored spots in Sedona to connect with the energy.  The four major hot spots are Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Airport Mesa. I love all four of these spots. Every single trip, I visit the airport mesa for the sunset and take in all the shades of red and orange and blue sky background as the sun goes down. There are art galleries everywhere to get inspired, over 100 hiking trails to explore and even more healthy culinary spots to feed the soul!

    Positive energy, how to pause and play?

    The whole Sedona area, they call a vortex, is a place to hit the pause button and be adventurous. We enjoy the Cathedral Rock for hiking, swimming and relaxing.  Meditating there soothes your soul and it’s the most photographed spot in Sedona. The Pink Jeep Tour is fun for the adventure to ride to some of the highest red rock points for the panoramic views. You really can’t beat the views all over Sedona. Whether it’s observing and quiet time or playtime, there is positive balanced energy awaiting.

    Wholistic Woman Retreats has envisioned a destination retreat in Sedona, AZ since our formation. Just like the heart stone on a stack of Sedona rocks (known as the symbol of protection) found on this last trip, we are meant to be heart-centered in Sedona in 2020! It’s like the pioneering families settling in Sedona more than 10,000 years ago, we are coming together 10 years later to make our own history. We hope you can join us in Sedona, but if you can’t we are bringing Sedona to you in our last Be You, Be in Sedona session on October 30th. Come feel the energy and good vibrations we bring individually and together to get amped up! We hope to see you! Our website is www.wholisticwomanretreats.com to learn more about our monthly retreats and new destination retreat in Sedona in 2020!

    Today’s author: Kelye Rouse-Brown, CHA, CHT is a business owner, joint venture partner, HR expert, certified coach, and training professional. Her 3 components: Educate, Motivate, and Cultivate help her clients develop, spark action, and grow a successful career/business and life from the core. Kelye can be reached at 301-371-9300 or by visiting her website: krbtrainingsolutions.com

    What’s On Your Playlist?

    What’s On Your Playlist?

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” ~ George Bernard Shaw

    I turned 50 this year and as a gift to myself, my family, and my friends, I took the time to put together a list of 50 things I’ve learned over 50 years. You can click here if you’d like to read the entire list 🙂

    #18 on the list was “Don’t forget how to play and have fun!”. 

    I am naturally a playful person. I love being silly and make it a point to not take myself too seriously. My nickname is “Fun-sized” and while this might have to do with my physical stature – I stand 5’ 1/2” on a good day – I also think it comes from the fact that I make a point to build fun and play into my life on a regular basis. As kids, we all knew how to play…it just came naturally, but somewhere along the line, many of us either forget how to play or we stop making is a priority. Why is that? Is it because we are self-conscious and worried about how we will look if we allow ourselves to be silly? Is it because we are so focused on achievement that we are afraid if we stop to play we will fall behind our peers? Is it because someone told us we needed to grow up and we took this to mean we needed to stop playing? Is it some other reason?  (I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!)

    Play has been on my mind a lot recently as we just held our Wholistic Scavenger Hunt evening retreat in and around Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland. As part of the planning committee, it was our intention to create an event that was fun and playful while at the same time challenged participants to step outside their comfort zone. Feedback is that we were able to create just such an event. It warmed my heart and soul to see so many women taking time out of their busy schedules to just play! If you were one of the participants, what was the event like for you? Were you able to play and have fun?

    As a student and teacher of The Daring Way curriculum – an experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown – I know that play is essential to wholehearted living. I make fun and play a priority.  Here are some of the current things on my “playlist”…

    • escape rooms (if you don’t know what this is, Google it. I’m sure you have one near you!)
    • riding my bike
    • puzzles
    • going on a motorcycle ride with my hubby
    • bootcamp-style exercise with good music and fun friends
    • scrapbooking
    • playing/drawing with window markers
    • cards/board games
    • going out with friends
    • playing with my dog
    • singing in the car at the top of my lungs

    Now it’s your turn!  What’s on your “playlist”? My hope is that by reading this blog you will be inspired to find a least one small way to play today. Go have some fun!

    Today’s author: Laura Hall, CPC, CDWF: As a certified professional coach since 2009, Laura Hall, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator has been helping people just like you make changes in. As a mother of 2 girls, Laura has a special interest in coaching parents, so if you still have children living at home, ask Laura about her Wholehearted Parenting programs. Laura can be reached via email at laurahallcoach@me.com or feel free to visit her website HallCoaching.com