WHAT IS THE UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat?
The UnBound Black Women Retreat was inspired by Tracy’s PhD research with a Black women focus. The 4-day Retreat, Respite, and Recreation event was inspired by the fairly new research on the physiological and mental health impact on Black women bodies as a result of systemic oppression, racism, discrimination, trauma and white supremacy. The curation of this event supports Tracy’s orientation as a licensed mental health clinician and social justice proponent with the goals of decolonizing mental health through access & inclusion for all people. Tracy understands the Order of love, the necessity of working from a bottom-up perspective (subcortical) that set conditions/intentions for your system to do the work of healing. This retreat provides a balance of psychotherapy in the group format of circles/gatherings and adjacent therapeutic activities/excursions to silence the mind, the soul will speak.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat?
The UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat kicks off Thursday, July 20, 2023 and concludes, Monday, July 24, 2023 at checkout from the hotel.
Sketch of the Retreat Schedule
Thursday: 5 pm – 7pm Welcome Reception (coming together)
Friday: 9am – 12 pm (Opening session/Introduction and overview of the itinerary & Group development)
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – (Pathway of Feelings activity)
6 pm – return to the hotel for end of the day/dinner
Saturday: 9 am – 12pm (process group circles/gatherings)
12 pm - Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (prepare for purification ceremony)
Travel to purification destination
Debrief and integrate Experience
7pm - closeout
Sunday: 9am – 12pm (group gathering/processing session)
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – 4 pm (retrieval/rebirth)
5 pm – 10 pm (Yacht experience to complete release/rebirth process Caribbean Sea)
Monday: Return to Home Base!
WILL I HAVE TIME TO CATCH MY MONDAY RETURN FLIGHT?
Absolutely, planned retreat activities conclude with the Sunday evening Yacht event.
WHAT IS THE HOTEL INFORMATION?
Our host hotel is the Hard Rock Riviera Maya. Register for your lodging after receipt of the link upon registration for the retreat to take advantage of our discounted room rates.
Booking at the host hotel is required to attend this retreat. The group becomes a sanctuary and we have destinations to experience built into the retreat. All events, activities, and services will happen at the host hotel.
.Transportation will pick up the group (service included in retreat registration.) If you have any questions, email@example.com.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE MY RETREAT TICKET AND HOTEL RESERVATION SEPARATELY?
Yes, your hotel registration access will be granted upon receipt of your retreat registration. The room block at the hotel is limited to receive substantial discounts. Rooms will be released on a first come, first served basis. Payment plans are available for the retreat and rooms.
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE FULL FOUR DAYS?
We will not sell tickets for partial attendance of the event. Group work is ancient and sacred, Thursday, July 20, 2023 begins the formation/coming together of the group at the reception that evening.
This event relies upon the contributions of all present to hold space, connect neurobiologically and create a safe atmosphere. The group as a whole becomes the container to maximize healing potential Sistah to Sistah.
Healing requires a grieving process towards transformation. And, the attendance of you and your ancestors is necessary in community.
WHAT AGES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND?
This event is for all ages 18+. We love the children but this event is for YOU so we encourage you to find a sitter and focus on you for the 5-day/4-night weekend.
IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE?
This event has been curated for you and our Sistahs. Transportation is included in your retreat price to attend the excursions as an extension of the circles/groups.
Your room rate includes transfers from the airport to hotel and from the hotel to the airport.
EARLY BIRD RATES
Our early bird rates will be available until indefinitely. We also offer payment plans through the booking site. Please note, your retreat ticket price does not include your hotel reservation and does not include your airlines tickets.
We are now offering a payment plan option via the website for your retreat tickets. Visit the site and proceed to checkout to apply through the third-party vendor.
Once you register for the retreat, you will receive instructions by email to pay for your hotel. (4-nights for $1085 per person. Double occupancy with 2 persons assigned to a room. Each person in the room will pay $1085 and that money goes directly to Hard Rock Riviera Maya (all-inclusive).
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
We understand situations arise. If you need to cancel, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure that you are able to attend all 4-days of the retreat, there will be no proration of fees based on missed time/days away from the retreat. All cancellations received by midnight EST March 13, 2023 for the retreat will receive a full refund of the retreat rate less applicable processing and/or equipment fees ($70). Please note the cancellation/refund policy for lodging accommodations is a separate transaction and from Monica Grundy with Apple Vacations dba Cruise Planners. ALL cancellations received on/after March 14 - April 5, 2023 for the retreat will receive a 1/2 refund less any applicable processing and/or equipment fees ($70). Please note the cancellation/refund policy for lodging accommodations is a separate transaction and from Monica Grundy with Apple Vacations dba Cruise Planners. No refund will be given after April 6, 2023. This registration form is for UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat solely to exclude hotel accommodations and airline/flight tickets as posted on the website www.gracecommunitycounseling.com/retreat. The lodging accommodations and airfare is not included in the retreat price and the money paid for lodging is facilitated by a vendor (Monica Grundy with Apple Vacations dba Cruise Planners can be contacted at email@example.com).
For groups of 5 or more guests, we would love to offer an additional discount. To book a group rate, please email us for more details. There are no payment plans available for group rates. The group rate fee will be due in full upon request.
ARE THERE VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES?
There are no vendor opportunities for this event. Please bring your card or cash to purchase things at the hotel and in the immediate area should you choose
ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Yes. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is all-inclusive to include alcohol. All meals will be provided.
If you have additional questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving you and supporting you as you experience restoration.
HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW ABOUT MY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
If you have any specific dietary restrictions, you will include those details on your hotel registration form. Your hotel registration form will be sent after you purchase your retreat ticket.
I HAVE SPECIAL ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS; CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE ME?
If you have any specific accessibility needs, please email us at email@example.com to inform us and we will do our best to accommodate you. We will engage adjacent activities beyond group/gatherings that require mobility to access the beach area for the purification ceremony with Mayan clay application. Also, we will journey through the path of feelings by foot, etc. Sunday, we will board a yacht by way of the marina.
Please consider the activities before booking the retreat; we desire you to have a full experience.
WITH THE CURRENT CLIMATE, WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES WILL YOU BE TAKING DURING THE EVENT?
We will continue to uphold all COVID Policies that are enforced by the health authorities in Cancun, Mexico. We will update you should their policies change.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Be practical understanding the nature of the retreat experience. Be cute. Be comfortable. Dress in whatever you think you’d want to be photographed in during the entire retreat Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Check the program outline to learn more. Bathing suit is necessary for Saturday’s excursion July 22 and many wear bathing suits on yachts (not required).
Please bring clothing in the color of yellow, white, or purple for the official photograph of the group. Also, include something white for the day of purification.
Comfort is key. Be prepared to go where the body needs to be during healing exercises/activities.
We are our sistas, everyone has the same access for the retreat ticket price. All of the tickets are VIP this event.
Early Bird Price: $777 per person until December 25, 2022 -(does not include hotel accommodations and does not include flight)
Standard Registration Price: $888 per person starting December 26, 2022 -(does not include hotel accommodations and does not include flight)
UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat – Thursday, July 20 – July 24, 2023 – Cancun, Mexico (Get your passport now, as soon as possible).
Please don’t wait until the last minute.
For More Info & Updated FAQs Visit: https://gracecommunitycounseling.com/unbound-black-women
If Questions, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Reservations are booked separately via link sent after retreat registration has been confirmed. We have a group block that exponentially saved on the room rate.
This ticket purchase provides retreat admission only.
UnBound Black Women Healing Retreat is for Black Americans, African Americans, Caribbeans, Africans, Bi-racial Blacks, and Diaspora Black women worldwide .
Thanks for respecting the sacred, counter- space created specifically for and centered around Black women.
All participants are required to stay at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya hotel. Rooms have been reserved anticipating your arrival.
Registration for the retreat requires confirmation of hotel accommodation purchase.
Unbound Black Women Healing Retreat
The Power of Ritual: Integration of Our Ancestral Ways
Rituals have been part of black culture since the beginning of time. Our ancestors worked with the elements and connected with the sun, moon, and stars to bring forth manifestation, sustainability, and healing. The Dagara Tribe in West Africa often used spiritual practices such as communing with nature and using rituals to tap into the spiritual realm. The Yoruba practices encouraged prayers, spiritual dances, and connections with deities like Oshun and Ogun. Spirituality for Black people has always been about connecting with the Earth. Throughout this retreat, we will engage therapeutic nuanced practices to tap into embodiment which informs the therapeutic modalities. Spirit and our Ancestors are ever-present. We are yet but a cup of water, our ancestors are the ocean.
Body, Brain-based Somatic Healing Experience (form of therapeutic practices/modalities)
Internal Family Systems
Various techniques will be engaged to facilitate Gathering/Group themes to include:
Rejuvenation, relaxation, retrieval, recognition, rebirth, release, recalibrate
Various process groups/sessions/healing circles
Trauma - recalibrate
Anger - recognition
Abandonment - retrieval ancestors
Forgiveness - release
The retreat is located outside of the United States so that Black women can connect with nature, attune, and become present within ourselves. There are healing properties we access in nature, the elements of existence. This retreat is a demonstration of mindfulness.
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