Holding Space

Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM
12 W. Orange Ave, 2nd Fl, South Orange, NJ

Cost: $249

(*This event has passed)

Scholarships available based on need. Thanks to the support of our sponsor  YOU & THEM, we are able to offer financial assistance to those who need it by providing full scholarships. If you cannot attend the retreat due to cost, we strongly encourage you to apply for the YOU & THEM SCHOLARSHIP. Click here for more information.

Holding Space is a one-day retreat committed to resetting and reconnecting with yourself, while surrounded by a community of like-minded seekers. Top local practitioners will guide you through sessions designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to integrate these practices into your daily life. Workshops and classes will cover a lot of ground - including, taming your inner critic, transformations and manifesting intentions, the mind-body connection and discovering what you need for greater healing, wholeness and harmony. Nourishing lunch and snacks will also be provided.


Welcome & Opening Circle

with Barbie Casasus

Intention Setting Ceremony. (30 mins.)

A Mindful Life

with Jean Vitrano

Jean will lead us in a session of A Mindful Life. We will start the day by coming into mindful presence with practices that include meditation, gratitude, self-reflection and self-kindness. By stopping, focusing on our breathing, and observing our thoughts and feelings we gain clarity, spaciousness and the ability to stay present to whatever arises. By touching gratefulness we nurture a sense of abundance in our lives. In giving ourselves time for self-reflection we remember what is important to us. Within all of these practices we strengthen self-kindness. (1 hr. 15 mins.)

*20 minute Reflection Break

Self Care 101: Listen to Your Body's Wisdom

with Theresa Pettersen-Chu

Your body is both the recorder of your life experience and your guide for self-care.  It communicates to you through sensation and feeling. Ease and calm are indicators of safety and wellbeing.  While feeling states, such as overwhelm, exhaustion and dis-ease, signal you to take care of yourself. Tension, aches and pains can also be symptoms of held or blocked emotion.  Underlying these blocks are often invisible emotional wounds in need of healing and expression.

In this experiential workshop, Theresa Pettersen-Chu, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist, will guide you to deeply listen to your body using a combination of verbal dialogue, gentle touch, imagery and movement, all elements of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®.  By listening with awareness and compassion you will access your body’s wisdom and discover what you need for greater healing, wholeness and harmony. (1 hr. 55 mins)

*30-minute Silent Lunch

Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available for those with dietary restrictions.

Tame your Inner Critic

with Marian Buck-Murray

Is your nay-saying inner-bully holding you back from success?  In this workshop you’ll learn how to tame your inner critic, so you can transform it into a friendly, encouraging ally. Learn powerful self-help tools to clear negative self-talk. Understand the underlying dynamics of self-sabotage. Experience the power of EFT Tapping, Creative Visualization, Heart Breath and more, to clear negativity, and boost self-love and inner power. It’s time to say YES to your dreams! (1 hr. 15 mins.)

*20 minute Reflection Break

Full Moon Reiki & Sound Healing Circle

with Judie Hurtado & Kati Walker

Join Judie Hurtado, Reiki Master and Kati Walker, Sound Healer for magical sound healing with Himalayan Singing Bowls and Hands-On Reiki & Healing Energy. We will align with this powerful Scorpio Full Moon to bring healing, transformation and manifestation of our intentions. You will leave feeling rested and recharged. (1 hr. 25 mins.)

Closing Circle

Closing reflections. (15 mins.)

Scholarships are available based on need. Click here to apply for yourself or to nominate someone you know.