The Haven for Healing Mind, Body & Soul Eighth Annual Retreat for Women at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson is designed as a one-day getaway where women can pamper themselves by attending a variety of wellness workshops.
Women are natural nurturers. But sometimes all that giving can take its toll, leaving women with little energy left to fulfill their own needs, said Lee-Ann Trigler, co-founder of the Haven for Healing Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides alternative energy healing for people with health problems.
That’s why Trigler and others organized the Haven for Healing Mind, Body & Soul Eighth Annual Retreat for Women at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson. The retreat, planned for Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is designed as a one-day getaway where women can pamper themselves by attending wellness workshops.
Topics include acupuncture, belly dancing, self-defense, yoga, keeping a journal, de-cluttering and planting a garden – all intended to relax and de-stress the 150 expected attendees. Between sessions, the women – who range from college students to seniors – can receive healing treatments with tuning forks, chair massages and Reiki.
"As women, we always have to show up for our families, our jobs and for society,'' Trigler said. "But after playing all those roles, at the end of the day we can end up feeling empty. If we’re not nourished, how can we possibly care for other people? It’s really important to replenish ourselves.''
That re-energized feeling is supposed to last longer than the one day of the retreat.
"The workshops educate women about how they can take care of themselves, how they can feed their souls so they can feed the world,'' Trigler said.
Women can sample all kinds of techniques and perhaps find one or two that they can pursue.
Kathy Folino was introduced to Reiki at the first retreat in 2000 and came to love it so much she studied to become a master Reiki practitioner and is now working as a volunteer providing treatments at this year’s retreat. "People get to taste a lot of different things,'' she said.
Besides, the retreat allows women to share stories and lean on one another for support.
"You have that overwhelming type of connected feeling to other people who care about your well-being,'' said Candy Borgeson, 55, of Hanson, who has attended several of the retreats and plans to go again this year. "You come to understand you’re not the only one who goes through illnesses or anxiety and depression, and there are ways of finding your way out.''
Trigler said the retreat is hosted at Camp Kiwanee because the camp overlooks a beautiful lake and has a "laid-back, rustic type of feeling.''
"It’s indoors, but it’s nestled in the pines, and people can go outside and sit at picnic tables or take walks,'' Trigler said. "It’s a casual place where women feel comfortable taking all their masks off and showing up as themselves.''
Proceeds from the retreat will help the Haven for Healing Foundation raise money to hire a grant writer who will seek government funds with the hope that the organization can expand its offerings at its Reiki-based clinic in Hanson.
"We want to be able to keep the clinic open more and provide more workshops for people who are challenged with health concerns,'' Trigler said.
In the meantime, she is hoping the retreat will give many women permission to take time for themselves.
"A lot of women come in feeling empty and tired,'' Trigler said. "Some of them are not quite sure why they’re coming. But they leave feeling so complete, peaceful and nourished.''
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The Patriot Ledger