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?
A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee of $100 for the weekend. These are allotted in order that requests are received. We spend very little time in our rooms other than sleeping. Please contact us if interested.
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 is one bedroom and one bathroom that accommodate a wheelchair. People with a wide range of physical challenges have attended the workshops and we’ll be happy to work with you to see if we can meet your needs in this regard.
Can I arrive before Friday morning?
You can spend Thursday night at the workshop site for an additional $43. No dinner is served on Thursday and no breakfast on Friday morning. There are several restaurants a short drive away.
Which is the closest airport?
You can fly into Oakland, San Francisco or Sonoma County Airport. More detailed travel information will be sent after you register. Oakland and San Francisco airports are both about two hours away from the workshop site. The Sonoma County Airport is three miles away. Shuttles from San Francisco and Oakland airports are available to take you to Sonoma County airport (about three miles from the workshop site). For more information, fees and schedule: Sonoma County Airport Express (707-837-8700), www.Airportexpressinc.com
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
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.