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Reconnecting With Our Sacred Feminine Retreat, Smoky Mountains Tennessee

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Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center

120 Sweet Hollow Way

Maryville, TN 37803

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Breathe in the early autumn air of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee as we gather to reignite the sharing of stories among women at the eco-friendly Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center. Practice morning yoga in an open air yoga pavilion with mountain views. Gather each evening by fire and candlelight as we share stories of the mythical goddesses. Take a writing journey to deeper reveal the many faces of our feminine nature. Indulge in home-prepared fresh vegetarian meals, wander in the forest, and enjoy one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions. We will bring the themes of the Divine Feminine to the here and now. You are invited to reconnect to the sacred energies within you.

Together, we will reclaim the tradition of sharing mythical stories to stoke the light of feminine intuition. Each sacred story provides a lens through which we can perceive and reconnect to the multiple aspects of our own feminine nature. The stories reveal essential insights into honoring our unique power as women. We will gather our scattered pieces, celebrate our contradictions, validate our unique yearnings and claim our wholeness.

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inspiring location with panoramic mountain views

  • Daily morning meditation & yoga practice

  • Daily morning & afternoon self-exploratory writing circles

  • Daily evening sacred storytelling sessions by candlelight/fire

  • Integration of sacred ceremonies

  • Scenic outdoor yoga pavilion

  • 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day

  • 5 nights stay in shared, charming yurts or furnished glamping

  • Guided tour of on-site fauna

  • Breaks for relaxing, walking, therapies and exploration

  • Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 14 participants

LOCATION & ACCOMMODATION

In the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and amidst one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center boasts seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land, providing the spaciousness to reconnect with nature.

Seven Springs offers charming shared yurts with comfortable beds, inspiring mountain views, nature walks and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals amidst soul-nourishing landscapes.

Inspired by the natural abundance all around, Seven Springs seeks to foster holistic sustenance for the individual and the community.

Seven Springs features an open air yoga pavilion built with local forest cedar that offers panoramic morning views of the Chillhowee mountains. The ground offer stunning hill perches, creekside spots, and gorgeous nature walks, with a resident master naturalist/ ecologist to provide a guided tour. Massage treatments from resident therapists are available in an outdoor massage pavilion.

Most retreat guests will stay in well-fashioned shared yurts of 2 to 4 people. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding, electricity and lights, electric heating for cool nights, tables and dressers. Yurts are the closest accommodation to the bathrooms.

Additionally, some guests will stay in large shared glamping tents of 2 people. Each large tent is set on a wooden platform and is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding and solar lights. The tents are located in a cool space amongst the trees.

Shared bathrooms on the property offer two hot showers, two water-saving flushing toilets, and running water.

Mats, props, cushions, and blankets for chilly mornings or evenings will be provided.

The center is close to many natural attractions to further explore before or after the retreat.

SAMPLE DAILY FLOW

Guests may arrive to Seven Springs on Thursday, Oct 4th (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. After dinner, we will open our circle.

Our daily flow will begin on Friday, October 5th.

Oct 4th:

3:00 pm Check-In

6:30- 7:30 pm Dinner

7:45 pm - Opening Circle & Storytelling Circle


Oct 5th - 8th (Sample Flow):

7:30 am: Wake-up

8:00 - 9:30 am: Medi & Yoga

9:30 - 10:15 am: Breakfast

10:45 am - 1:00 pm: Exploratory Circle

1:00 - 3:30 pm: Lunch & Break

3:30 - 6:30 pm: Exploratory Circle

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Dinner

7:45 pm: Storytelling Circle

Oct 9th:

7:30 am - Wake-up

8:00 am - 9:30am: Medi & Yoga

9:30 - 10:15am: Breakfast

10:15am - 10:45pm: Integration Circle & Close

10:45 - 12:45: Optional Relaxation

12:45-1:30 pm: Final Lunch ​

We will finish by 10:45am on Tuesday, October 9th, and you have the option to linger and enjoy the beauty of Seven Springs as well as lunch, if you choose.

Delicious meals are vegetarian and served in the outdoor kitchen.

On-site therapies are available during break times, as well as many opportunities to relax or walk in nature. We may offer an afternoon excursion during our days together.

MORE ABOUT RETREAT PROGRAM

Connect to your body through yoga: ​

With daily guided meditation and yoga, you will listen in to the innate guidance that is found in your body and breath. ​ The body holds the truth of our physical and sensual experience, and is the home of our deepest intuitions. Our breath is our way back home. ​ As we practice listening to the guidance of our body, and honor and heed its wisdom, our intuition expands. We journey into more alignment with our inner knowing.

Invoke the power of the sacred story:

Oral storytelling stokes the light of feminine intuition and understanding. This is a beautiful act of receiving in the wisdom tradition between women, a passing of the ember. ​ Each evening, we will listen to stories of the Divine Feminine as represented by mythical goddess stories. We will use their story to connect with the different faces of the feminine within ourselves. Each goddess symbolizes energies and feminine archetypes that are alive within each of us.

​ As an example, the Goddess Demeter opens our awareness of the rhythms of cycles and letting go. Her story brings us in touch with a more feminine experience of time. ​ The diversity of goddesses allows us to remember and re-invite the richness of aspects of our own feminine energy. Each sacred story provides a lens through which we can encounter more of our own feminine nature, gaining insight into what is alive within us, and also what we have lost or forsaken or forgotten. ​ The stories reveal essential insights into preserving and honoring our power as women. The power of story brings us back to ourselves and to each other, again and again.

Open and explore through raw expression:

As we move through the stories of the goddesses, we will embody and explore the energies they represent for us, allowing them to inspire our writing and sharing circle. ​ ​Whether it be honoring our own cycles, realizing the fertile power of letting go, harnessing our creative vision, or guarding over our own sacred fire, the stories provide us with rich and layered themes to unfold and explore in our lives. ​ We will bring in dynamic self-exploratory writing exercises to unlock deep personal truth and insights. We may also call in movement or other channels of exploration.

The women’s circle provides a loving and encouraging space to reveal your heart, connect to your feelings, share your truths, spark your imagination and journey into deeper intimacy with yourself and others.

Be held in sacred space:

We renew our wise and wild feminine energy when we heed the call to gather, and when we honor this moment - this here, this now - as our sacred space. ​ We will bring in ritual and beauty. Through sharing our stories, we hold the mirror of compassion for each other. In this reflection, we witness and embrace more of who we all are. ​ As co-facilitator Melanie says, “May we let the stories move through us and let them whisper in the vulnerability of our hearts the treasures we long to recollect. “

Nearby:

If you have time before or after the retreat, there are many beautiful opportunities to soak up more of the surroundings, and go on some wonderful hikes... Located less than 25 miles from Seven Springs is the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a host of trail opportunities.

More Info:
https://www.thestorytellerwithin.com/oct2018

Contact:

aimee@thestorytellerwithin.com

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

By Air:

The closest airport is Knoxville International Airport (TYS). The airport is actually located in Alcoa and only 25 minutes from Seven Springs. We can arrange transportation services to pick you up from this airport, a $10 charge.

You may also consider flying into the Atlanta International Airport and taking the bus or renting a car to drive to Seven Springs. The Atlanta airport is about a three hour drive.

By Bus:
Megabus has services into Knoxville from many East Coast large cities, as well as Atlanta. If you choose to arrive to the Knoxville bus station, please contact us to arrange transportation. The bus station is about 40 minutes from Seven Springs.

By Car:

Please see the address below for the GPS location. We will provide additional instructions to ensure you arrive at the front entrance.

Seven Springs Retreat

120 Sweet Hollow Way

Maryville, TN 37803

U.S.A

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, please do! You can find more information at the website and also get in touch with Aimee with any q's.

Website: www.thestorytellerwithin.com

Email: aimee@thestorytellerwithin.com

What's the refund policy?

Deposit to reserve your space: $450. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date. Payment is accepted via checking account (US)*, credit card (2.9% added fee)*, Paypal (4.5% added fee) or via bank wire transfer (US or international). If you cancel before 60 days in advance of the retreat start date: 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 60-31 days in advance of the retreat start date: no refund of the deposit is provided. Unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat start date: No refund on payment is provided. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 30 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Exception: Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.

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