07/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Woman's Journey To Wholeness

Somewhere we lose sight of our wholeness and of our holiness. We begin to look in the outer world for something to fill the void that is gaping open inside of us. A Woman's Journey to Wholeness Retreats is an invitation to connect to the essential nature of who you are ... 'a spiritual being having a physical experience.' At each retreat they hold sacred space for you to explore your souls yearnings for a more abundant and joyful life. Connecting to your wholeness is an essential part of loving you and those around you.

There are times in our lives when we simply must get away to a place where we can go within; dig deep with no distractions, no excuses. The first time I ever allowed myself to go to a women's retreat was in a gorgeous setting in Southern, CA. It was an experience I will never forget. At first I thought, "Why would I want to go hang out with a bunch of women I have never even met before?" But I soon found out that connecting with others in this incredible sisterhood from around the world was nothing short of a beautiful, sacred gift to self.

I learned about loving myself through it all. I learned about my shadows, how the dark and light cannot exist without one another and what it means to embrace every aspect of who I am and admit that, yes, I am not Ms. Nice every second of every day and that sometimes I just want to scream at the top of my lungs, "I don't want take care of everyone else but me anymore!". Sound familiar?

We have tons of company on that ship! Don't beat yourself up over it. Remember, love yourself through it all. Better yet, get together with other women who are learning to identify, embrace and accept themselves and others in the world with self-love too. A woman's journey to wholeness begins within. It is knowing you are whole already and knowing you are loved, nurtured and safe in the arms of awareness and awakening from personal self to universal self.

If you can, take in a wonderful women's retreat, even if it is just once in your life. Add it to the must do list and visit to find out more about this amazing retreat and register for your life changing three day weekend of self-exploration. Begin your day with gentle yoga, meditation, journaling by a waterfall or hiking through the redwoods. You will receive the sacred gift of your personal "Chopra" Primordial Sound Mantra. Awaken your inner voice through the power of creative journaling. Discover self-loving boundary setting and gain the tools to implement them into your life. Learn to create a mandala for your personal meditation practice. Bathe in the sounds of drums and flute in a Native American ceremony. Treat yourself to a healing massage ~ connect with other like minded women in a safe setting and create friendships that will last a lifetime.