Wednesday, November 17, 2010

In their own words...


Some of the couples who participated in the most recent retreat have written to share their feelings about the experience. This is what they wrote:

The couples retreat broke down barriers to conversation and created intimacy for communication. It held a space of honesty and healing that opened doors and hearts. It allowed for things to be said that needed to be said, and things to be heard that needed to be heard. I felt free to have the opportunity to be so open and honest. I feel a closeness and a bond that has added to my relationship. I am thankful to have been a part of such a special experience. Thanks for creating a place of love and compassion so that movement could happen. It feels good to move. ~ Kimber

I was excited about this retreat. I don't remember having any kind of expectations, but once I got there I could sense this connecting with all these other couples in a very strong way. It changed my whole perspective of what I was going to get from this retreat. I got a sense of relief knowing that I was struggling with the same issues as everyone else. It gave me permission to open my heart and mind to experience this retreat in its full capacity. Because of my heart and mind being open, I learned valuable, intimate knowledge about my partner and soul-mate. The bonds that now connect us together are so much stronger than when I came to this retreat. I came away with a sense of great confidence in my relationship knowing my foundation has become much stronger. I know now what my partner needs to create the love and happiness that she wants. ~ Rich
 

Rhonda and Barry Moses share a gift of bringing together individuals with personal challenges and beliefs to a safe place of discovery and healing. Through connection with others, we realize that we are not alone in our struggles, and are able to share the joys of true compassionate love. Couples retreat not only helped us understand each other as partners, but also as individuals on our own personal spiritual journey. We would recommend couples retreat to anyone interested in learning more about themselves and their partner, whether the partnership is new or aged. We will surely do it again! ~ Ray and Sandy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Sacred Journey


Summit Quest recently completed a couples retreat in McCall, Idaho. Eight couples attended, each one bringing a great diversity of experiences and life perspectives.

We’ve been doing this work for several years, and yet we’re always inspired and amazed by the personal transformations that occur in three short days. On the first day of retreat, participants often arrive with varying degrees of anxiety and mistrust. Some withdraw themselves to the comforting superficialities of small talk, while others present a flat and lifeless exterior. Despite the obvious challenge of trusting a group of relative strangers, the couples invariably move forward with determination, honesty, and courage. By the last day of retreat, a distinct shift occurs where participants relate to one another from what we sometimes call the “heart-space.” Barriers melt away and are replaced by deep connection.

The couples retreat is not aligned with any religion, and yet the process is deeply spiritual. Couples most often leave the retreat energized and more in love than ever before. The couples retreat truly is a sacred journey.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Couples Retreat: The Sacred Journey



We have made some changes to the upcoming Couples Retreat: The Sacred Journey that will make the weekend more accessible to a wider audience.

We condensed the time to create a greater urgency of purpose. Instead of beginning on Thursday, we will now begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 5. The Couples Retreat will end on Sunday, as originally planned.

We also reduced the price from $450 to $350.

Choosing Joy



Twelve women gathered near Priest Lake, Idaho for the Fall 2010 Women's Retreat. The theme of this retreat was Choosing Joy.



During this retreat, the women focused on the beauty of 'living in the moment.' In this photograph, the women were sitting on the shores of Priest Lake as they painted a sunset.



Strengthening friendship is a core aspect of the women's retreat.





This retreat helped us to reflect upon who we really are.



Connecting with nature is always a core part of the Women's Retreat.





During the retreat, the women participate in group processes that provide insight into how people relate to one another.



Every Women's Retreat provides a time for silent reflection.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stacy



Stacy Chandler comes to the women's retreat from Houston, Texas. She initially expressed some hesitation, but after making a commitment to attend, her feelings changed. Each person comes away with her own experience, but for Stacy, the women's retreat offered a deeper connection to her family and her faith.

This is her experience, in her own words:

"The boys and I are reading our scriptures, saying prayers, spending time together, visiting, and learning more about each other. I've been gone for so long that I was a stranger to them. This summer has been a wonderful time for me, thanks to Women's Retreat. I can share with them now. I can talk with them now, instead of talk at them. I think they've noticed the change and feel more comfortable sharing with me because I'm no longer a closed shell.

"I've also been working on relationships with people in my community. I actually feel human instead of fake or robotic. Now my smiles are genuine, instead of automatic, for the public. I wish you could fully understand the darkness I came from and know the light I feel now.

"When I try to describe retreat to someone who has never been, the same three words are always spoken first: 'OH....MY....GOSH!!!!!!!' Rhonda has been inviting me for years and I had never gone, although almost every year I said that I would. I always thought retreat was a time for women to get together to talk and be "touchy feely." I wasn't interested in confiding in a group of women I had never met before, not to mention, "touchy feely" isn't my thing. But I discovered for myself that retreat provides an environment to explore the inner self, to discover where you are, to see where you want to go, and to develop a plan to get there. When retreat is over, you're left with a dynamic group of friends who will always be there should you need them or want to reach for them. For myself, I left retreat feeling new; I am a better, stronger person, I and can't wait to go again."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Sacred Journey



We are pleased to announce that we now have a secure date for Couples Retreat: November 4-7, 2010 in McCall, Idaho. The Sacred Journey will provide an opportunity for participants to remove distractions and to remember what matters most.

For more information, please visit the Couples Retreat page, or contact Rhonda Moses.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Possible Couples Retreat



Summit Quest has received numerous requests to sponsor another couples retreat. In response to these requests, we are looking tentatively toward creating a couples experience in September or October near McCall, Idaho.

We loved our last couples retreat, but we also recognize a few practical considerations for the future. Renting an appropriate facility presents the most important challenge. It usually requires 4 to 6 months advance booking, along with significant financial deposits, cleaning fees, booking fees, etc. Most deposits are non-refundable, so if enrollment is low, Summit Quest loses money.

We are totally committed to creating another couples retreat, AND we also need at least 4 other couples to pay in full in order to make this endeavor sustainable.

For those couples committed to a fall retreat, the time to act is now. I specifically ask you to contact us right away to let us know your level of interest.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Dance of Life



Women's Retreat

I am a woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, full-time student, massage therapist, and much more. Like many others, my life is busy and full, constantly running from one thing to the next. I love my life! I am thankful for the opportunity to be and do these things, but there are times when I begin to forget to take a moment for myself and just breathe. The Dance of Life retreat gave me the opportunity to do just that and much more. I laughed, loved, cried, and danced. I was free to be me! I thank each of the amazing women who shared in this beautiful experience with me! It was such a joy to see each of you shine. You touched my life in a very special way! Remember your goals. Keep breathing, loving, laughing, and dancing!

~Rhonda



For this retreat, the women gathered in a beautiful spot overlooking the Puget Sound, near Marysville, Washington.







A simple reminder to breathe, love, and dance.



Spring was in full bloom.



Retreats are special time to renew important relationships. Mothers attend with daughters, sisters with sisters, and friends with friends. Many others attend to make new connections.



Our retreat was located a short walking distance from the beach.





Each day of the retreat, we take an hour of silence to reflect, meditate, journal, and connect with nature.

Did you attend this retreat? If so, we encourage you to leave a comment and share what you gained from the experience.