Let’s pretend something shall we? Let’s pretend that instead of meeting over a computer screen we got to spend 3 luxurious days roaming the iconic landscapes of Ghost Ranch captured by Georgia O’Keeffe. That I got to share with you (and a small group of other women) my favorite mind/body resources + meditations. That we had lots of time for easy conversation with other change-makers. And heart-pumping hikes.
This is my invitation to you! Join me April 7-10 (that’s a Thursday through Sunday) in New Mexico. Registration is open today! And there are a limited number of spots. Below I share some pics to kindle the imagination + the full “welcome letter” which goes out to guests after they have registered to give you an idea of what is to come.
And I’m also offering a special gift for participants: a free copy of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden.
Just email me your registration confirmation from Ghost Ranch and your address and whoosh– your book will be mailed your way. (If for some reason you already have this book, a possibility because I haven’t stopped talking about it this year, then we will find you a lovely alternative.)
And if this course isn’t for you (because you are one of the great men who reads this blog or for another reason) I would love it if you would take a moment to pass on the invitation to someone you think might enjoy it.
But if you are thinking this course isn’t for you because you aren’t a leader…. well, I have some thoughts about that. More than I can fit in a teeny post but essentially I would encourage you to stretch that word “leader” out a bit. To consider the ways you influence other people and your community– perhaps not always in a flashy or in front kind of way. But through the way you live your life. I call this whole life leadership and I want to be about the work of encouraging more women to claim it!
I’m really excited to consider whose imagination might be stirring this very day to invest in their own growth and join me at this special event. Reach out with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and know thatI would _love_ to see you there!
PS Ghost Ranch is quite affordable as a retreat center! And the Casa del Sol (in an extra secluded part of the ranch near O’Keefe’s home) comes highly recommended. So if you are at all curious do please take a peek at the details below and register today for Ghost Ranch.
Start date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 (check-in day)
End date: Sunday, April 10, 2016 (check-out day)
Welcome to MindBodySpirit Leadership Course for Women! I look forward to meeting you in person at Casa del Sol, but for now want to share a few details about our time together.
This course is an invitation to honor your body + soul at the same time that you drink in new information. I don’t know about you but I have been to many a workshop or training where I had to forget I had a body to get through it—and leave with a ton of information and not at all clear on how to live it in real life. This is not that. Instead you will enjoy a spacious setting, ample free time, and opportunities to integrate the resources which are most helpful for you– whether you lead in your work, neighborhood, a nonprofit or faith community, as a soulful entrepreneur or in another context.
As a holistic life coach I work with women who want to contribute with a capital “C” in their respective fields and maintain their quality of life. During our time together we will explore numerous practices that support your mind, body & spirit and help you gain fresh perspective on leadership struggles. These include guided meditations, tapping or acupressure, immersion in nature, aromatherapy, walking meditation (in a labyrinth or elsewhere), as well as specific mind/body coaching techniques. Our goal during our time together will be for you to draw from these resources to craft your own “centering prescription” — a custom collection of practices you can choose from to help yourself the next time pressure builds.
Also I like to teach to specific questions or concerns, so before we meet I would love to hear from you! Please email me at email@example.com and share a pressing challenge or question. This might relate to a specific leadership struggle, or to a dimension of your life which feels out of alignment. It can be a brief email, just sharing a phrase or question, or it could be a mini case-study or a few paragraphs. This is totally optional and I won’t be sharing what you write to me about your challenge with others, but this feedback will help me prepare for our time.
You can also spend some time on my website, www.courtneypinkerton.com if you would like to learn more about me. I blog weekly about mindfulness practices that help in the real world. If you are interested you can sign up there for my weekly enewsletter and that is one way we can begin to get to know each other before the retreat.
Itinerary and Topics Covered (please note that this is subject to change):
Thursday, April 7 Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner. 7 p.m. Opening Gathering + Welcome. Exploring the Change Cycle. Optional one-on-one coaching sessions with Courtney available Thursday morning.
Friday, April 8 9 a.m. Morning Meditation. Introduction to Tapping or Acupressure. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Afternoon Free (for hiking, napping, journaling, labyrinth walking etc.) 7 p.m. Evening Session on Aromatherapy. Includes an opportunity to “make and take” your own gift using essential oils.
Saturday, April 9 9 a.m. Morning Meditation. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bringing it all Together + Q & A Session. Afternoon Free (for hiking etc.) 7 p.m. Creating Your Own Centering Prescription + Closing Circle.
Sunday, April 10 Checkout, 10:00 a.m., Optional one-on-one coaching sessions available before noon.
General Workshop Hours:
Morning (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Evening (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.) sessions; afternoons free.
*If you would like to schedule some one on one coaching either on Thursday or Sunday please email Courtney directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your slot. 60 or 90 minute slots available. Price $92/hour.
Materials to bring with you:
Bring a pen you enjoy writing with, a favorite notebook for notes from our sessions, shoes for hiking and a journal (this is optional—for your down time.)
Materials that will be supplied:
A folder with handouts and blank paper for notes as well as essential oil supplies for you to make your own gift to take home as a reminder of our time together.
It would be helpful to know your Enneagram type or be familiar with the Enneagram, but this is not required. (Full disclosure: I love the Enneagram and use it with every coaching client because it is such an incisive tool for self-awareness and self-care.) I recommend visiting www.enneagramworldwide.com. They have an affordable online test ($10) as well as a free tour of the 9 types. Also David Daniel’s The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide is essentially the same material in a small book (also $10). I am available before our training if you would like to schedule a coaching session to help you identify your type and how you can begin to work with that awareness. (I coach over the phone so we can connect regardless of where you live). To set this up you can email me directly at email@example.com or visit my website www.courtneypinkerton.com for more info on my coaching services, including an online calendar where you can schedule your own session.
Bring your ‘Beginner’s Mind’ + we will learn from nature’s beauty and each other!
About Courtney Pinkerton
* 5 years of teaching experience in this subject (15 years of general experience)
* One year of teaching experience at Ghost Ranch
“Leadership roles can be lonely. I am so excited to create this workshop where women can come together in a gorgeous natural environment, explore restorative practices and learn from each other.”
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney regularly teaches on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached through her website: www.courtneypinkerton.com.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 972.571.6860
PS I have also tucked in a few answers to common questions below. xo Courtney
Ghost Ranch Q & A
How do I get there? Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the closest airports. You can take a shuttle from the Santa Fe Sage Inn or rent a car to drive to the ranch. (Bring a friend and share the car rental!) You can also read more detailed directions regarding the shuttle ($40 roundtrip) over on the Ghost Ranch website.
What is the menu? Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Menus include vegetarian entrees. A salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Ghost Ranch has a Farm to Table program using their own seasonal farm produce whenever possible. We also have our own kitchen at Casa del Sol if you need to bring your own food for any reason. Gluten free options are available for breakfast. (Email me for details.)
Can I come on Friday? Yes. We do have one group gatheringThursday night on the Change Cycle, but if you know you need to miss that one I can send you the handout and answer any questions ahead of time. Our Friday morning session (after meditation) starts at 10AM.
Will I have time to rest? Yes! Don’t let fatigue or the fact that you “don’t have time” stop you from participating as it may mean that you need the respite even more. Every afternoon is completely free to explore heart-thumping hikes (and views) or just to nap, journal, and chat with others.