FAQ

Practical Issues:

How big is the workshop?
Minimum of 10, maximum of 25, usually averages between 15-20

What are the accommodations like?
The workshop is held at a retreat center that we rent for the weekend. Rooms are simple but comfortable. Unlike a hotel, there are no TVs or mini-bars in the room. There is wi-fi.

Do I have to have a roommate?
All rooms are single occupancy.

What is the food like?
The food is excellent. Vegetarians can be accommodated if you notify us in advance.

What if I have physical disabilities?
The workshop site is wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator between floors. There are two wheelchair accessible bedrooms. These must be reserved in advanced, so please let us know if you need one.

Can I arrive before Friday morning?
You can spend Thursday night at the workshop site for an additional fee of $85. Arrangements must be made directly with the Mercy Center ┬áby calling them at 650-340-7474. Please tell them you are attending the Life Transitions Network’s workshop.

Which is the closest airport?
San Francisco airport (SFO) is very close to the workshop location. It is also possible to fly into Oakland or San Jose and take shuttles to SFO.

What if I can’t afford the cost of the workshop?
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available at every workshop. Please contact us directly for more information

Workshop Questions:

What exactly happens at the workshop?
We share individual stories, the staff does some teaching that offers a framework for the weekend and we provide some tools to help work through feelings. Participants have the opportunity to work on unresolved feelings with the staff, both in the group and individually. We use spontaneous drawings to identify what is going on inside us that we may not be conscious of. We use the externalization process to access and work through deep feelings.

What is the externalization process?
It is the name of a technique we use to bring to the surface (the outside) unexpressed internal feelings, such as anger, frustration, sadness, and fear. Its purpose is to support you in completing ‘unfinished business’ that may be contributing to your inability to fully experience your ‘aliveness’ and natural joy.

What if I don’t feel comfortable in groups?
At the workshop we are there to witness and support each other without judgment, not fix each other or give each other advice or feedback. You will never be pressured to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. Many people find that as the weekend progresses and the sense of safety and community grows their initial discomfort in groups fades away.

What if I’m afraid of the feelings that might come up for me?
It is our experience that the feelings that come up are those that you are ready to work through, and our staff has years of experience in assisting you to do this safely. All feelings are approached as normal and natural and we assume that there is a reason we feel the things we do. Not learning how to safely express our emotions as children can make those natural feelings seem scary, and we may learn to avoid them. Expressing them in a safe place like the workshop can help us reconnect to these parts of ourselves and take more control over and responsibility for our lives.