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Inhale Exhale November 2018

This past November, we are invited women to come together to support each other in cultivating a magical weekend of healing and deep connection. We move, create, feast and laugh together. Along with several talented facilitators and teachers, Megan Pischke and Anastasia Chomlack will share their passions, stories and wisdom from their own life experiences.

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Inhale + Exhale is a harvest for the soul.

A journey into the abundance of the Earth and the natural experiences it has to offer.

A play to forage for light,

to explore the field of the spirit,

to discover the wonders around and within us.

This is an exploration of your wild heart.

An offering to your highest self.

A place to find your tribe.



Inhale + Exhale, 2018 will take place in gorgeous Tofino, Canada. The retreat is 100% vegetarian.

We will be offering yoga, meditation, health and belief system coaching, personal and professional development, journaling, cooking classes, stand up paddleboarding, a traditional shamanic ceremony + so much more.

You can see our sample schedule below.

We are taking a limited amount of people for this retreat. Contact us early to register.



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Timeline

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November 1st, Thursday

4pm check in

5pm welcome and introductions

6pm dinner

8:30pm restorative yoga, set intentions and journaling

November 2nd, Friday

7am optional tea in the woods with meditation

8:30am breakfast

9:30am class with leadership coach Kelly Hand

12pm lunch

1pm beach combing, ocean meditation

4:30pm food prep and cooking class, discovering our relationships with food and sharing our personal journeys

6pm journaling and vision boards

7pm dinner

8pm BONFIRE + an opportunity to dive deeper

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November 3rd, Saturday

7am yoga

8am breakfast

9:30am class with leadership coach Kelly Hand

12pm lunch

1pm adventure hike in the woods

4pm free time for journaling and vision boards

6pm dinner

7pm closing ceremony, bonfire and shamanic ceremony

November 4th, Sunday

8am breakfast/ and hugs goodbye

10am check out

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We are taking a limited amount of people for this retreat.

For registration information and pricing, see below.

 
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Registration + Pricing

 
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Inhale + Exhale at The Shoreline, Tofino, 2018

Your registration includes:

  • 3 nights + 2 days accommodation in Tofino, see below for more details

  • healthy + delicious meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches and snacks. The entire retreat is 100% vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available

  • 1 cooking ‘how to’ with local chef Maria Hutchison

  • 2 yoga classes with Kristin Campbell

  • 1 group meditation session

  • 1 group shamanism ceremony and circle with Paige Faraci and Cheryl Birarda

  • 2 group coaching sessions designed to draw forth (inhale) what is exciting and alive in your own personal leadership and let go of (exhale) unserving thought patterns and limiting beliefs

  • Speakers, discussions and experiences related to;

  • yoga and self care

  • tea and meditation

  • visualization techniques

  • values, community and opportunity in business

  • what living well means

  • personal and professional boundaries and communication

  • creating your vision of the future

  • preparing delicious + healthy food

  • your relationship with food

  • past and present power of women’s gatherings

  • benefits of journaling

  • restorative movement

  • a personal gift bag

  • photo gallery of professional images from the retreat

 
 
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The Teachers

 
 

Inhale + Exhale invites women who have inspired us with their courage and experiences to share their stories and expertise at our retreats. From risk-takers and entrepreneurs; to certified coaches, yoga instructors, thrivers and survivors of all sorts of experiences, we offer content that is deeply moving and highly relevant to women looking to meet the challenges of life without leaving themselves behind. Meet the teaches of this years retreat;

 
 
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Kelly Hand

Leadership Coach

Kelly Hand, CPCC, is dedicated to those dedicated to change and purpose in their life. She holds a safe and courageous space for her clients to explore what is here now, what they are growing into, and who there are becoming. The coaching relationship creates a new opportunity, refreshingly distinct from previous negative thought and behavioral patterns.

As a professionally trained leadership and executive coach, Kelly listens deeply and looks for the next opening, moving both coach and client beyond the work of ‘figuring it out’ - creating both awareness and movement in an individual’s whole life: health, work, relationships and beyond. Sessions can create such outcomes as gaining new perspectives and new ways or relating to one’s life, processing present and deep emotions, removing blocks, gaining clarity on goals, life purpose and so much more, allowing a transformation into a new way of being.

Kelly is a former two-time Canadian Olympic team coach, world champion and Pan Am Games gold medalist. She has spent over a decade in marketing, management and event production. She lives in Whistler, BC with her husband Mike and two kids, Wynne (8) and Will (6).

 

Paige Faraci

Blue Star Guardian

I have studied shamanism for a brief six years. In that time I have been granted the Sacred Trust by my teachers to share the wealth of knowledge and ceremonies that have helped shaped me in the most exquisite ways. I feel strongly about continuing to share these gifts for we all deserve to heal and that is a strong part of my medicine dream. Healing can feel impossible if we don’t have the tools and teachers that speak to us. This is the path where I found my spiritual home, community and inspiration to live authentically.

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Kristin Campbell

Yoga + Meditation

Kristin Campbell is her name and self care is her game. Kristin practices self-care (self-love) with yoga, meditation, yoga-nidra, breath work and living ayurvedically, which means to live according to the daily and seasonal rhythms. Ayurveda (ayer - life, veda - knowledge) is intuitive and accessible, it’s literally considered kitchen medicine, simply treat the body with food first.

That said Kristin is obsessed with the power and healing potential of food! She loves it all; from kitchari to fermented foods, from superfoods to roasted yams, from watermelon radishes to fish tacos, get in her belly!

When not on the mat, or in the studio, you might find Kristin brewing Squamish Water Kefir, picking snap peas off the vine, at the lake with her friends and a whole lotta kids in tow, sipping a fabulous mushroom and fat infused coffee, or playing outdoors aka nature bathing, in the beauty of her surroundings in Squamish BC.

 

Anastasia Chomlack

Speaker, Co-organizer

As an entrepreneur’s daughter, I’ve often felt that business is in my blood. It was my Dad who loaned me my first camera, and I fell instantly in love with photographing people: their character, expressions and interactions. It opened a whole new world to me of beauty, truth and reflection. Still, early on in my career, I waded through the creative confusion of who I though I had to be, and who I wanted to be as a photographer.

Deciding to be the photographer I wanted to be, photographing real people in authentic moments, and forgoing overly posed or trendy shots, defined my photography style and ushered in a decade of personal and professional fulfillment.

Building a network of people with shared values and interests, and being relentlessly loyal, generous and curious opened up a new passion in me for mentoring women. In 2016, I launched two new women-centred businesses, Gather Creative and The Whistler Wedding Collective, just months before I was diagnosed with cancer. And life went a little upside down…

I learned many things throughout my journey with cancer, mostly that I have a choice. I have a choice to have hope and to be positive. I have a choice to see myself as beautiful beyond my outer experience. I have a choice to look within myself and see the strength that others see in me. More than anything, this experience inspired me to encourage other people to lead unapologetically passionate lives. I love creating a space for and facilitating experiences where women can break free from fear and expectations and embrace the lives they want to live.

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Megan Pischke

Speaker, Co-organizer

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t wake up feeling blessed - every day of my 15 year career as a snowboarder, each moment since becoming a mother, and often for no reason at all. And although it took me a little bit to grasp some personal meaning and direction from a stage 3b breast cancer diagnosis, I still found space in my life to feel incredibly blessed every day. As devastated and scared as I was, deep down I recognize the opportunity to take care of myself in a way I had never known before.

A cancer diagnosis strips you - of much more than your breasts and your idea of time here, It brought me to my knees and wondering who and what I believed in anymore.

With the help of doctors, I chose a path of treatment for me, and ultimately my children, incorporating both traditional and complementary medicines - both which I chose to believe in. I created a short film about my treatment that quickly turned into a much longer film about my cancer experience called Chasing Sunshine. It’s been my way to share something deep and painful, and how I came out on the other side of the trauma - somewhere that is bright, hopefully and blessed.

Today I’m the Marketing and Wellness Manager at Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC.org), and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities that arise daily to support others in educating, and navigating the messy, confusing path and gift that is cancer. I fell incredibly privileged to lead retreats that facilitate women's health and healing on all levels through connecting with each other and nature.

Everyday since my diagnosis is a new beginning for me, whether I’m surfing, snowboarding or finding medicine in nature with my kids, now 6 and 11 years of age; I continue to wake up with the sun shinning in my grateful hear - taking it all in for what it is, while I’m here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Who is the retreat for?

Inhale + Exhale is perfect for you if:

You haven’t been living the life you imagined. You may feel like something is vaguely wrong, or your may feel like a change need to happen NOW! You are seeking other women experiencing the same challenges and you know how transformative giving and receiving support can be. Perhaps you see others making progress toward their goals with less effort than you and you are interested in acquiring the tools to help you find your path. Of course, it helps if you have a sense of humour, love relaxing in nature, connecting with new friends, eating delicious and healthy food, and moving your body in restorative ways.


I have food allergies, can I still participate?

Your registration includes a place to list your food allergies and dietary preferences and your information will be passed on to the chef creating meal and snacks for the retreat. The retreat is 100% vegetarian and we always have vegan and gluten free options available.


Am I too old/young for this retreat?

No and no. At Inhale/Exhale we support women of all ages and encourage them to share their experiences and wisdom with one another. We invite women of all ages to attend.


I’m not self-employed, will I still get benefit from this retreat?

While many women attend because they want to advance or launch a creative business, we see that as a side benefit of getting clear about their values and desires and not the main purpose for attending. Living purposefully is the focus of all of our experiences and we attract participants from all professions from stay-at-home Moms to tradespeople, artists, retirees and professionals.


Do I have to share a room with someone?

We design these retreats to build community and break down the barriers to intimacy that we are all conditioned to put up with one another. It is normal to be nervous about sharing with someone you may have never met, since most of us are used to spending time with immediate family or closest friends.

If you have a conflict with your roommate, please speak to Anastasia or Megan directly and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you are comfortable with your sleeping arrangements. For the most part, you will be spending your time outside, attending workshops and gathering together for meals as a group. Rooms are primarily for sleeping and storing your belongings.


I am a nervous driver/traveller, what are the options for transportation or carpooling?

Our co-organizer Megan will make sure you find your way to the retreat with ease. She will help arrange carpool groups or assist you in finding comfortable transportation.

Please contact Megan at megsporcheron@gmail.com for all of your questions regarding travel.


What should I expect when I arrive at the retreat?

Expect to be greeted like family. We are incredibly excited to meet each new participant. You will be welcomed by the organizers and have some time to orient yourself and unpack before gathering together for an abundant and delicious dinner, followed by restorative yoga.


What if a full day is too much for me and I need some down time?

We hope you’ll be surprised by how much energy you have surrounded by nature away from your day-to-day responsibilities. Our full days vary and consist of: tea and meditation or yoga before breakfast, morning workshops, lunch, outdoor adventures, speakers, dinner, group discussions, journaling and visualizing sessions. You will get the most out of your experience by participating at your own pace. Free time is built into the schedule and we offer a mix of activity and quiet time during our workshops. If you have any medical needs or require assistance with activities for any easy, please contact Anastasia at anastasiachomlack@gmail.com prior to the retreat and she will ensure you can participate comfortably, or make reccomendations for the activities that meet your requirements.


What is your cancellation policy?

100% of the registration is non-refundable. If the event is cancelled by Inhale + Exhale for any reason, all paid fees will be refunded back to you.

If you cannot attend the retreat for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible. We welcome you to find a replacement for your spot; once your replacement pays in full, we will refund all money that you have paid Inhale + Exhale. You can also put your fees towards our next retreat which we will give you priority booking.


When will you contact me?

Two weeks before the retreat, we’ll send you a link to a page with all of the details. This includes a finalized list of things to pack, your retreat schedule and some mandatory forms we need to collect before we embark.


What should I pack?

We will email you a finalized list two weeks before the retreat. The following list will get you started:

  • Warm and cold clothing layers: since we will be spending most of our time outdoors, be sure to pack light layers for daytime and warm layers for the evening, plus a winter coat, sweater, gloves and hat. When the sun sets and cooler air moves in, you will be surprises at how quickly the temperatures drop.

  • Yoga mat

  • Sturdy hiking boots/rubber boots and socks

  • Rain jacket

  • Swimsuit

  • Camera and batteries

  • Small first aid kit for hiking. We will have a large first aid kit available at the lodge

  • Phone charger

  • Toothpaste

  • Hygiene products

  • Medications

  • Insect repellent

 
 
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