Happy Friday! Today I made something for you I haven’t done in a while: a fresh guided meditation. This one is really special: consistently a favorite of coaching clients and definitely on my shortlist of powerful practices to dissolve stress in the body. This meditation is a sneak peek at the “Flourish Kit,” a collection of supportive resources I’m creating as a gift for the readers of The Flourish Formula. It is going to be growing over the coming weeks!

More sophisticated than a simple body scan or breath meditation, the stress dissolving meditation actually resets your nervous system and helps to balance out your sympathetic (fight or flight response) with the parasympathetic (rest and digest) aspects of your nervous system.  You can try it here

And oh my goodness it is all systems go over here as we prepare to host the Granada, Nicaragua Flourish Retreat and Book Launch party in October. We have one spot remaining for this super special event and I am having so much fun shopping and gathering treats and planning outings and surprises for the women who are coming.

Plus the ebook drops on Amazon October 27. Mark that on your calendars, I will be doing a special virtual book reading that day from Nicaragua. And I am going for Amazon best seller status in my sub-genre and I’ll need your help to download the book during a specific hour. (Plus it will be free that day only.) More soon and specifics on how to get involved!

Next week I’ll reveal the full title – I think you are going to really like the subtitle. And the cover…. I had to literally lay down when I got the design in from the designer. It was all just so.very.real. A 100% positive body compass read

If you are a book lover like me you know how special a good cover is. How it makes you feel intrigued and invited. I can’t wait to share the cover with you!

So I’m pretty much all exclamation points over here today. And I love sharing the behind the scenes evolution with you. You can catch even more behind the scenes by following me on Instagram. Also I’m creating a new author page on Facebook so I will be inviting you over there to join me soon!

Love and all the good,

Courtney

PS I wrote a bit of a manifesto about the power of retreats this week on social media, which I include below. If you think this Nica retreat and book launch party might be for you — I really encourage you to take action now. We have an amazing group of women coming, and as I say below, quoting Thich Nhat Hanh:

Community is the new guru.

Just send me a note to say “I’m interested” and I will personally reply to answer your questions so together we can determine if it is a good fit. xoxo

Now that my husband is working with me he gets to see up close and personal how much energy goes into planning and leading retreats. And this got him wondering: Are they worth it?

This was a well timed question because we are in the middle of a total website redesign to go with publishing my new book The Flourish Formula (coming October 2017). So we need to know whether to make a page in the new website describing my retreat offerings.

So over tea yesterday he just posed the question:

Do you want to still do them? Are they too much?

I have done many, many retreats. I have hosted large ones (over a hundred women) and intimate ones in my house when I was just starting out. I especially love holding retreats in crazy beautiful locations.

Increasingly I’ve felt drawn to hosting retreats internationally: in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico over the spring and next month in Granada, Nicaragua.  So while I have this long history of holding space he is right:

It is good to pause and check in and make sure you still want to keep doing what you are doing.

So I let the question land. And I sat quiet for a moment. Before looking up and saying

“Yes.”

Yes retreats are a ton of work — as are all live events. (Seriously they are like little weddings:)

And I love high touch details. For example I’m currently looking for fetching bags and setting up excursions to volcanic lakes and old marketplaces and sampling the best coffee and chocolate for the group coming next month to Nicaragua.

So retreats take a lot of attention.

But here is the deal: I am into transformational work.

Into helping women RECEIVE the next level of their life with more ease (and truthfully more quickly) so that they don’t get stuck in all the gremlins and the pain but get to where they are being invited next:

To say yes to the pleasure. And the excitement. And the satisfaction of what they are here to do. And more than that — of connecting deeply to who they are here to Be.

And nothing transforms as much as live connections with other women. Women who are also laying down the mask. And reconnecting to what is true and stirring within.

As Thich-Nhat-Hanh reminds us:

Community is the new guru. Looking through vintage pics for the website overhaul I found this gem from a retreat I led last year at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I love how shiny, relaxed and happy we all look.

The combo of crazy beautiful spaces, super incisive tools, and the support of other women = the best.

So yes they are a ton of work. And yes retreats are part of my life and work/art.

Because I love them, and because I believe in their power to reset us, renew and restore us. Like nothing else.

And just so we are clear — the reset is not just for you. It is not merely a day at the spa (though I have _nothing_ against a day at the spa.) But the tools I teach are for serious people. For women who want to stop feeling like they are caught in a busyness fog and instead to feel present and sentient and eager each day as their feet hit the floor.

And this posture, this practice of presence is never just for you. It always spills over into your creativity, your family, your work, your life/art, whatever that may be.

We are down to one final spot for my upcoming retreat and book launch party in Granada, Nicaragua Oct 20-23. And applications will be closing soon.

Sometimes all we have to do is say yes to that ping of soul recognition. And we are met and held in ways we don’t expect.

So if you are feeling the nudge you will find all the details here. Including a fun Q & A call with lots of specifics.

Are you in? Let’s do this, lovely. Together.

Courtney

PS If this spot is calling you, I want you to know you are so warmly invited. We have an amazing group of women coming, I would love for you to join them. Reply here and we will talk more. And please forward the invitation if you know a friend or other woman in need of a serious reset. xxo

 

Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual master's degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School and is the author of the forthcoming book The Flourish Formula and creator of the 8-step Flourish Coaching Program. Courtney helps busy women unlock their greatest gifts and thrive in their personal lives. In the summer of 2017 she followed a long time dream and moved to Nicaragua with her husband Richard Amory (they met in Nicaragua in the Peace Corps) and their three children where together they are exploring volcanic islands, colonial cities and beaches. They have made their home in Granada where they are being tutored by their neighbors in the art of slowing down and living more. Interested to learn more about her Flourish Coaching Program or upcoming retreat? You can schedule your complimentary discovery session here.

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