Savoring Your Heart’s Whispers: Stepping into Your Shero’s Journey 2013

A one day self-trust retreat
Two dates and locations to choose from!


Bodhi Center
Bainbridge Island, Washington
January 5th, 2013 from 10am to 5pm

TeaHouse Studios
Berkeley, California
January 19th, 2013 from 10am to 5pm

“Your retreat was the most wonderful, needed, joyful, mindful and juicy ‘event’ I have been to in 5 years. I felt the most taken care of and supported then I ever came close to feeling at others’ retreats and events. 

I am so grateful to you, to your work and to your spirit. Just in the short time I have known you, you have impacted me in profound ways and I feel lucky to have crossed your path.”  —Melani Ward

2013 is the Year of Self-Trust

As the new year approaches, I download all the “Best Year Ever Dream Big Do it Now” freebies that come along.  I start to get all hyped about making big plans and dreaming big and then… I stop. Why?

Because it all feels wrong.

It’s not that I’m anti-planning – plans can be nice. Comforting. It’s just that I’m in the midst of (have been for 10 years) learning to live in a whole different way.

  • A way based on self-trust, patient listening, and courageous action.
  • A way that is human scaled, sustainable, and truly mine – not a cookie cutter from someone else.
  • A way (mostly) free of straining or forcing, 7-step-formulas and complicated programs.
  • A way built from the inside out.

My many years of actively asking “What does it mean to live an awake alive life as a woman in these times?” has taught me a thing or two, and I’d love to share a few of those with you.

Join me for a sacred day of quiet and play to help you listen to what’s calling you now.

A day of listening & savoring your vision and outlining next right actions. Not because it’s January, not because everybody else is having a whoop-dee-do about 2013 (question: are the Mayan calendar people going to be bummed out that we’re even here??) but because it’s glorious and imperative to regularly take time to listen to your life.

Women are bringing into being a new way of “doing” life – what I call the shero’s journey – and we must share and support each other in creating this new way. We need to come together to share tricks and stories, energy and lore.

“Jen, bless you. Bless your expansive, all encompassing smile that wraps itself around everyone like a comfortable blanket that never ends. Your inviting prompt, ‘What do I want?’ that opened doors to desires in my heart I have never given voice to. Your ability to pair souls together in a way that leads to friendship. Your magnetism that attracted a group of women who each provided a unique thread in an intricate tapestry of support, camaraderie, conversation and chocolate.  You brought me full circle back to my being.  I hope to be part of your wonderful magic again soon!”  –Dianna Bonny, 2011

What will we actually do?

One of my gifts is creating amazing retreats, safe, sacred space that will make it safe and easier for you to let go, turn within, and discern things you might have a hard time hearing clearly on your own.

We will use ritual, writing, meditation, imagery, story, movement, laughter, and discussion to explore:

  • What is my shero’s journey right now? What is calling to me now?
  • What do I need to learn to be the woman who can live this call?
  • Who are my allies?
  • Where and when will I fall asleep and forget this call?
  • What are the dragons and how can I befriend or elude them?

Please join a small group (24) of women and give yourself the gift of spacious self-care.

“Attend Jennifer’s retreats only if you want to transform! She should have a Surgeon General’s warning that hanging in the creative and spirited mood she ignites can be habit forming, life-changing and downright…fun! THANK YOU!!!!!” —Ann C.

What to bring:

  • Journal and luscious pens you like to write with. Please bring a few different colors. I’ll have pens, too.
  • A photo or magazine image or art piece (made by or someone else) that says to you, for whatever reasons, This is my shero’s journey right now. Let yourself be led, don’t over-think this, and let the time you spend looking for this—or making—be the beginning of the retreat (and yes, that’s fine if it’s 11 pm the night before).
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can move and stretch in. Bodhi is a shoe-less center so socks or slippers are handy. Also bring shoes and a warm coat that allow for an outside walk should the weather allow.
  • We will have snacks and lunch is included – gluten free options of course!

If you wish to stay close by:

For the TeaHouse Retreat go here. There is great public transportation and you do not need to rent a car if coming from out of town, have good mobility and can walk 10 minutes to and from the station to the studio.

For the Bodhi Center on Bainbridge go here Note you will need a car to get to the Bodhi Center and we will create a Facebook page for ride sharing if you wish to not rent a car or if you wish to carpool from Seattle and meet up on the ferry. This is to save people money and save carbon impact. Watch for details after you sign up.

If coming from Seattle, you will need to take the 8:45 ferry. Feel free to stop in town at Blackbird Bakery for tea and toast (they have gluten free goodies) as you will have some extra time. Start the calming down slipping into retreat process!

“After spending the weekend with Jen at Kripalu, I immediately went to her website to see what she had coming up. While I am bummed that I will not be able to cross the country for her one-day retreats, I am so grateful that she has arranged for these shorter retreats on the opposite coast. If you are anything like me, it can be challenging to realize that you are worth the time to take care of yourself. These shorter retreats are perfect. If you are within a few hours of Washington State or the Bay Area, I strongly encourage you to make the time for self-renewal. Jen has a gift for helping people to see their beauty and their power. I have been reading Jen’s books for years, and one day in the fall, I googled her name and discovered that she was having some retreats near me. Sometimes, the stars align. Sometimes, a door opens. I encourage you to reawaken your wonder by starting the year off with this gift to yourself. You are so worth it!” –Kendalle Cobb, MD


January 5: Bodhi Center, Bainbridge Island : $150

January 19: TeaHouse Studios, Berkeley, CA: $195
Sign up for TeaHouse waitlist here.

“I have been brought to a higher level of awareness within myself. An incredible journey of self discovery. I came away with a sense of the real me. A calm knowing and understanding of the power I possess. It was brilliant.” —Kit Hallis

PAYMENT and CANCELLATION POLICY for Bainbridge Retreat:

If you need to cancel before December 1, 2012, we will refund $125 of your registration fee.

If you must cancel after December 1, we will do our best to refund $125 but if WE CANNOT FILL YOUR SPOT, we cannot refund any of your monies due to our contracts with the various providers.

PAYMENT and CANCELLATION POLICY for Berkeley Retreat: click here.

I so hope we can spend the day together.

Much love,


Grab your Sanity Support Kit Here Enjoy the Life Organizer App, Motivational Emails & Journal Prompts

  • Sharon Rainey

    Yes, please!

  • Mary Anne Radmacher Gordon

    “Yes, Please.” Of course.

  • Peej

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    yes, please!!

  • Julia McKay

    YES, please! It is easy for me to drive over to Seattle area from Montana! I would LOVE to be part of this retreat if I win!

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  • Helga

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  • Charlotte R Dixon

    Yes, please, please, please!

  • Maggie Hollinbeck

    Yes please! So worth the ferry ride!

  • Karen Duffy

    Yes, please! And happy birthday, Jennifer!

  • Mary Troester Taylor

    Yes, please–my personal jumper cables are no longer working and I need some power!

  • Patricia Morrison

    Yes, please, for my cousin Leah, a dedicated parent and felt artist who could use some abundance and rest! She’d be happy to make the ferry ride from Seattle, I know!

  • lisa renee

    Yes, please and thank you!

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  • Alison Gresik

    Yes please here too!

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    Yes…. Please

  • Susan Sanford

    Yes, please! Would love to do this!

  • Tracey Peacoe Denlinger

    Yes PLEASE! and thank you!

  • Ms Teri

    Yes, Please !

  • Selene Seltzer

    yes please and Happy Birthday Jen… the world is a better place for having you in it!

  • Karen !!

    Yes Please !!!!

  • Trisha ☼

    yes please! (and in gratitude)

  • Sherri Streicher

    Yes, please! Thank you for sharing this and everything else you do…

  • Morna

    Yes, please!

  • Ann

    Yes, please. Thank you, Jen!

  • Terry Jordan

    Yes, Please! Thanks so much for all you are offering as you flip the decade! xoxo

  • Lana

    Yes, please! Love that you are writing your way into your 5th decade…

  • Linda

    Yes, please. Pretty please. With sugar on top. :)

  • Robin Magaddino

    Ditto the Yes, Please. Enjoy your blog always. R

  • Tina Tierson

    Oh, yes please! How I’d love to spend a day with Jen! xoxo

  • Lisa Garza

    Yes Please:) I live on Bainbridge Island and would be happy to pick people up at the ferry to bring them to the Bodhi Center. Happiest of Birthdays!

  • Karen Brighton

    oh yes PLEASE!!!!!!! have heard such wonderful things about your retreats.

  • Cathy Johnson

    Yes, yes, yes…Please, please, please. And thank you.

  • Lynne

    Yes, please, this would be the most lovely way to start 2013! Thank you. xoxo

  • Diane

    Thank you – Yes, Please !

  • Jen Crouch Trulson

    YES, please! (giddy with fingers crossed)

  • Lynn Van Deventer

    Yes, please.

  • Jan Brazill

    Yes, Yes, YES, please. It would be the PERFECT way to begin the new year AWAY from my abusive, hostile work environment of the past 4 years. Besides, Jen, you’re the absolute opposite of that situation! What more could I ask for?? :) You are always just what is needed!
    Plus, a ferry across the Sound is the ideal way to begin the creative process.

  • OceanPrincess

    Yes, please with whipped cream and a cherry on top for my friend, Sandy who lives in Seattle.

  • Gwen Delmore

    yes, please! I am longing to do this retreat!!

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    yes please my dear!

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    YES! PLEASE!! Wishing you a luscious birthday, Jen :)

  • Laila Atallah

    Yes, please! This looks wonderful, Jen.

  • Jennifer

    Yes Please! I have a friend in Seattle I would love to “gift” this to :)

  • Jill Salahub

    Yes, please!

  • Jessica Colp

    yes please!

  • Tammy Bell

    Yes, please Jennifer. What a generous celebration of your beautiful birthing into the world! I would love to retreat into self-trust with you. Coming back to my beloved Pacific Northwest would be a great way to begin the New Year.

  • Molly

    Yes, please.

  • Laura Swartzbaugh

    Yes please! :-)

  • Connie

    Yes please!

  • roramich

    Yes please! I am already registered but would love to give away a spot!

  • Debbie

    Yes, please! wow, would love this!

  • bjmwriter

    Oh yes please. Oops I’m in Chicago, and as much as I am longing for it, I want to offer my entry to one of my dearest sisters who is in the area, and who has been through her husband’s second near death experience this year along with selling the family home and several moves. My gift to you, Elke!

  • Julie

    Yes Please! <3

  • Laura A. Reid

    Yes, please!

  • Sherold Barr

    I would love to enter this drawing. Jen’s work in the world is amazing and would love to experience this in person.

  • Emily Dykstra Jones

    yes please! and thank you!

  • Heather Mundell

    Yes please! This would be amazing.

  • Alia Stevens

    Yes yes yes yes yes please! :D

  • brigitte

    yes pleeeeeeeeeeeeze!

  • Paula Russell

    Oh, yes, please!

  • Marissa Nordström Pérez

    Yes, please (if I get airfare deal) and if I don’t then my high school friend Jean Dallas who lives in Seattle :)

  • Sarah Flick

    Yes please! And happy happy birthday! xoxo

  • Holly Bullard

    yes, please!!! heavenly!! :)

  • Jess Greene

    yes please! If I win, it will be fate saying I need a trip out there! :)

  • d thiessen

    yes Please! It sound like a perfect escape. I am in transition after leaving an abusive, alcoholic husband after 30 years. He’ holding onto the house and my credit. I’m finishing up my administrative license to be a school principal. So far, I’m doing great except for tuition. yikes!

    Getting away would do wonders.

  • Cynthia Scott

    Yes! Please! Thx … and … HB2U! I love 50+ !!! :-)

  • Elisa

    Yes, please –
    am in multiple transitions and would feel blessed to be there as I explore life at 50…
    welcome and Happy Birthday!

    ps –
    Thanks !!!

  • Francisca

    Yes, please. To give as a present to a dear friend. I’d sign up in a heartbeat if I was closer. Have a very, very joyful YOU day, Jen. Kick start a new decade of fabulous ventures and amazing adventures. And may you continue to pleasantly surprise yourself. CHEERS!

  • bonni

    I’m in, and I hope I win. thanks for the chance!

  • helen

    yes, please:) and thank you!

  • Kay Standefer

    Oh, yes, please! I’d certainly consider that opportunity one to travel for. And happiest of birthdays, Dear Jen, from the the instant you wake, on.

  • Michelle

    Yes, please. And thank you!

  • Mary Haines

    What an awesome way to start 2013! Oh, hell, yes please!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Strong Burnett

    yes please, sounds wonderful.

  • Lora

    I signed up, but am hoping to win the day for any number of friends who would just love to do this!

  • jeanie newell

    Yes PLEASE!!! I am sure loads of women need this….this is my reason- I just found out I had cancer and I’m unergoing chemo…..I NEED this….thx Jeanie

  • Sheri Liegh Adams

    I’d love to, but I don’t work and am on a disability pension in the province of Ontario in Canada, so I can’t. I wish you all well.

  • Laura Onizuka

    Yes, please! :)

  • Colleen Leonardi

    Yes, yes, yes please! How fun!! xxx

  • Holly Bullard

    Yes please!! :)

  • Leah

    Yes please! I live in Memphis. But if I win I would LOVE to gift this to my very best friend who lives in Seattle!!!!

  • Lori LeCount

    Yes please! Yes please! and happy birthday to a fellow sag.

  • christinecastigliano

    oh yesssss, please.

  • Theresa Gooch

    ‘Yes’ to Life (Love In Full Expression)! ‘Yes’ to this! ‘Yes’ to you having the birthday of your dreams!!

  • Colleen Haggerty

    yes, please. oh please, oh please, oh please!

  • melissa rivera

    yes please (and thank you). abrazos. xo

  • Bren

    Yes please! (please, please, please!) :D

  • Maria

    Yes, please! Happy Bday to you. Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration. It’s my bday that Jan. weekend! It would be a wonderful way to celebrate.
    Could also be a gift for my sister in the Seattle area

  • Mary McElroy DeCosta

    A resounding Yes Please for this lovely, generous offer. Thank you. xo

  • Molly

    I’m here again to say again, “Yes, please!” I live in Olympia yet it just so happens that I will be up that way then. And it feels oh so right.