Wild & Free
Sheep Mountain, Alaska
July 7-12, 2020
Honest Wellbeing retreats restore mind, body, spirit by bringing together daily workouts, nutritious foods, personal and leadership development, sincere connection, and lots of laughs - all in beautiful natural settings.
Photo: Callie Shiflea
"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
Our retreats uniquely combine physical and personal practice to strengthen and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Experience energizing daily workouts, guided leadership development, local & nutritious foods prepared by an on-site chef, spectacular hikes, local sightseeing, free time to relax, and so much more.
This week we come together to reconnect with the gifts of our wild nature -- our vitality, voice, intuition, creativity, conviction & personal power.
We'll harness the intense power of this natural setting, butt-kicking workouts, and skillful leadership development to guide you back to the gifts of your wild, instinctual self and your freedom.
Our goal is for you to leave this weekend feeling powerful, clear, fully alive, and ready to take action - as well as rejuvenated in body, mind, and spirit.
We'll be staying at the gorgeous Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, nestled near the closest point between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountain ranges and the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. This setting is incredibly special to us -- it's where we grew up and we can't wait to show you around.
No need for experience with fitness or personal development. We've got you. Just bring your openness to growth and willingness to get a little uncomfortable physically, emotionally, spiritually. We promise, it's going to be FUN!
What You'll Get
We all know that movement is a vital part of being human. There is a primal integral part of us that wants/needs it. Our connection to movement feeds our creativity, intellect and obviously our physical health. Learning and understanding the necessity of movement strengthens our motivation, deepens our relationships with our bodies inside and out. It sharpens our awareness to who we are and the world around us. This is is all especially true when we are in nature.
We will start every morning with a 60 min workout (hopefully outside, weather willing). Each workout begins with a 10-15 min warm up that includes balancing, active stretching as well as midline/stability work. Then we move through a series of exercises that range from low intensity to high intensity. Get ready to squat, lunge, skip, shuffle, run, push, pull, jump, and play! Don't worry, everything is modifiable so if there are movements you can't do, don't fret! We will take care of you.
This week has the opportunity to provide profound insight into what exercise can do for your quality of life. It's way more that just a physical body practice. Learn proper warm ups that improve mobility in the joints and spine as well as building stability where we need it. Find camaraderie in fun, playful workouts that are safe and accessible and not overwhelming.
To top it off, we will be taking you on 2 fitness excursions! Hike the famous Lions Head to witness stunning panoramic views of the Matanuska Glacier, Matanuska River, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. You'll also experience a once in a lifetime glacier trek exploring ancient ice on the Matanuska glacier.
Paisley Meekin is the owner and head coach of Honest Training is Portland OR. Honest Training specializes in small group training and personal training. Paisley has been working in the fitness/wellness industry for 10+ years. Her passion is creating community through fitness. She holds certifications in corrective exercise, Crossfit (L1), TRX, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She loves her dog Scout, cooking, anything outdoors and all types of fitness. Find her at @portlandtrainerpaisley
Within each of us is an untamed, instinctual being - some call it the soul self, authentic self, highest self, the small still voice, our wild woman. No matter what we call it, this is the deep, knowing part of who we are; it’s the part that guides us, tells us “this way” and “not that way”. It rises in us and lends conviction when it’s time to stand up, speak up, speak out. It has us move closer to - rather than away from - the intimacy and deep connection we crave in our relationships and within ourselves. It connects us to our aliveness, our humanity.
Yet, so many of us have temporarily lost touch with or turned our back on our own wild, our freedom to be who we are.
We are masters of DOing and achieve so much. In fact, we have brought to life most - if not all - of the dreams of our younger years.
So why do we feel so... bleh??
There’s a longing, a call that we feel but we don’t quite know how to answer. We’ve tried meditation practices, yoga, therapy, group programs, self-care, personal work, journaling, affirmation, exercise, the list goes on...but it’s not quite getting us there.
This longing, this uneasiness? This is the soul self calling us back to ourselves and into our next big work.
That’s what this week is all about -- reconnecting to this wild, soul Self and the instinctual knowing and being-ness that you’ve lost over the years through outdated beliefs, stories, mindsets, patterns, childhood, relationships, traumas, culture.
It’s time to let go of the experiences we often express as women -- feeling stressed, overwhelmed, unable to relax, not taking time for yourself, anxiety, lack of energy and vision, feeling lack of contribution to community,
Hi! I'm Rachel Butler. I bring over 10 years of experience leading personal, leadership and group development. I'm known for creating accessible and safe programming sprinkled with a lot of humor, and for striking a balance between the more external practice of traditional leadership development and the internal practices of developing the Self. I work with individuals as well as leaders within organizations to develop clarity about - and to act on - their instinctual, human-centered leadership in their lives and work. My background includes an MA in Leadership and Organizational Development and credentials as an executive coach, life coach, and change management practitioner. I've also followed personal studies in Soul Reclamation, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Applied Behavioral Sciences, Humanistic and Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Conflict Mediation, and more. I'm passionate about seeing women step into our wild, instinctual selves and leadership! Learn more about your coaches
not prioritizing things you know will help, feeling frustrated and like you are betraying yourself.
The skills and mindset that have gotten you this far aren’t working anymore, and it's time to upgrade.
This week we will use guided reflection, skill building, activities, and conversation to reclaim your wild, and your freedom:
The combination of physical practice and leadership development is a magic sauce for transformation.
If you've ever wanted to take a pause from your life to figure some things out -- a time where someone would prepare healthy and delicious food for you, tailor daily workouts to you, and tell you what you need to do to get unstuck/re-energized, take the next step...then this retreat is for you.
July 7-12, 2020
Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
16162 W Glenn Hwy
(Approx, 110 miles NE of Anchorage)
*Subject to some changes as we plan final details
Rates include 5 nights lodging, meals daily during your stay, the retreat experience including daily fitness and leadership development content, as well as transportation to/from Anchorage (optional - you may want to rent your own car so you can explore during down times).
Prices go up March 1st!
We hope to see you!
It's such an honor to lead retreats and workshops with so many amazing women. Our greatest hope is to see more women living and leading with our whole, wild hearts.
If there are questions we can answer for you, please don't hesitate to reach out:
We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and hope to see you in Alaska!