I have shared my four wisdom learnings on Facebook together with my retreat photo album (click here to access my Facebook page.) Honestly, the photographs just don’t do it justice. With his past hotelier experience, Chip has built a sanctuary on two acres of beachfront property where the desert meets the sea, under the gaze of nearly 2 000 km high peaks. He has managed to include the WOW factor in a truly authentic way with top quality service perfectly enhanced by the Mexican desert surrounds.
Our group consisted of seventeen people, diverse enough for challenge but small enough to create an intimate and friendly space. We all shared the same goal: to learn from our life experiences and apply this wisdom towards creating a meaningful next chapter, whatever that may be for each of us.
Although the retreat was challenging in that we all had to embrace our vulnerability, drop the body armor and bring our whole selves to every day, I quickly found the courage to let down my defenses and was ready to share and learn from the first day. The serene setting, being surrounded by waves crashing onto the sandy beach, spotting the occasional whale swimming in the bay and the stark beauty of the dessert scattered with cacti, aroused all our senses and prompted us to be fully present.
I want to share three exercises that Chip Conley and Barbara Waxman, international coach, author, speaker and also co-facilitator of the retreat introduced us to. I personally found them very useful, not only in my journey to becoming a modern elder, but as a valuable exercise for any transition that you may be contemplating.
I will leave you with a quote by Chip Conley: “Midlife, when approached with a more expansive or growth mindset, provides and unprecedented opportunity to recalibrate and design the life we want.”
I will be sharing my learnings on recalibrating and designing the next chapter of your life journey to a small group on Wednesday, 12 June in Johannesburg. If you have six hours to spare, please email me at email@example.com to book your space.