Shirley's Blog

By womensretreat, Oct 10 2018 02:44PM

When we first set up our Retreat in Croatia, I had a vision of a place where people could come to find themselves and go away inspired to manifest/create the life they wanted and dreamed of. It started out that way and we inspired and helped many of our guests to find a new way forward.

But, I was the driving force and I drove myself to do most of the running of the retreat because it was my vision, my husband's interest had been the renovation project. I became burnt out, we returned to the UK worn out and feeling defeated in 2011 and tried in vain to sell our beautiful dream. It would not sell.

I began to see a new way forward with the retreat in 2017, my manifesting was not yet complete. The dream has now awoken in reality to become much more than it was before. A wonderful Shamanic healing retreat. Shamanism has been calling me for some years now, it is an amazing authentic way of living and healing ourselves and our planet and appreciating and healing the ancestral line. It has been around as long as human life and the wisdom is profound. I believe it is our way of healing everything.

By womensretreat, Aug 28 2018 02:33PM

We are not responsible for everyone elses happiness, but we are responsible for our own, we act in a way that brings health and harmony and wellbeing to ourselves. In doing this you attract what you need and enhance the lives of those you come in contact with.

Our boundaries need to be flexible and strong at the same time, that means you know when they are crossed and you do something to let the other person know this. If the same boundary is crossed again by this person, you will need to protect yourself for a while, by distancing and letting go of close contact with this person, let the other person know why this is not working for you and this then, allows the other person to work out how to change.

If you do nothing, you send a message that you are prepared to be abused or treated in a way that you do not feel comfortable with. This often encourages the other person to continually, test or override any boundary you have and continue to create a feeling of powerlessness, dis-ease, low self-esteem, low self-worth and lack of confidence in yourself, which in turn creates procrastination, confusion and lethagy and even depression and lack of respect for your right to chose.

The other person often, needs to have explained what does not work for you, sometimes they just don't know.

You owe it to yourself and all those who love and respect you and even those who don't yet, to uphold your boundaries.

Once you take your courage in your hands (feel the fear and do it anyway) and express how you feel about the situation, without blame, for example, "I need you to check with me before you arrange......" then, everything becomes so much better in your relationships.

You reclaim your power and everyone benefits.

By womensretreat, May 2 2018 09:51AM

Well, what a wonderful time we had on our first retreat, we laughed and cried, danced Chakra dancing, walked down unmade roads through glorious countryside, swam and talked and talked. We took it in turns to cook lovely fresh vegetarian food and some fish. I did Reflexology and Reiki allowing emotions to balance and we slept in the sunshine. We also had a trip to an Ancient hill top town and checked out a picnic place at a local Lavender farm. We took ourselves off to our own space when needed, but so enjoyed each others company, going home inspired and ready for a new approach. What a lovely way to spend time with other women, roll on May 'Chill out retreat'.

By womensretreat, Mar 25 2018 11:55AM

HOW TO CREATE CHANGE

I can only speak for myself, it has been a long healing journey and I would like to, help to shorten yours if that is what you want, to enable you to find a happier way forward, every single day, not just now and then, but to feel that deep knowing of ‘Yes I am ok’

I have given and received various Complementary therapies, in my search for respite from the unhappy feeling inside, the self-doubt, shame and insecurities. For myself, it has meant delving back into past to find the source of this pain, that has been a painful journey, but it helped me to know why I had such self-doubt and responses to life that did not sustain me. It is not always necessary or desirable to know all of this, but to have an idea when it all began and in my experience the first incidents that changed my inner world began in childhood, creating a wounded very sensitive child. It can also be inherited, genetically through the ancestral line and from past lives if you believe in those. Sounds like a lot to investigate, but it does not have to be, bear with me.


As the now child/adult, looks for ways to heal this feeling of discontent, which is coming from the wound deep inside now, probably out of her awareness, so unknown to her, she searches out adults with similar energy patterns to the familiar ones in her childhood, to play out the scenario in the hope of healing it (to get a better or different result than when she was a child), this is all going on unconsciously, most of the time. Unfortunately, she goes round in circles, creating more of the same feelings unless the adults find a way to create their own healing. In desperation, the child/adult tries, now, to heal the other child/adult in the relationship. This creates tension, blame, resentment, the other, does not think there is anything ‘wrong’ with their behaviour, they may not be interested in changing/healing, instead possibly thinking the same as she is and trying to heal her, creating a ping-pong of blame going back and forth avoiding change (thinking it is too scary or they might lose something of themselves).

We don’t actually need to change, we just need to find out who we really are underneath the inherited stories, which then allows us to let go of self-doubt in all its forms, becoming so much more and feeling so much better about who we are.


The answer is staring us in the face, right there, ‘let go of trying to heal others and create your own true story, a story about what you really, really always wanted out of life’ Do you even know that you are allowed to do that, or even have another story underneath all that inherited STUFF? Yes you do! You may already be finding it, but the old story keeps popping up, because you don’t realise it is not entirely yours, causing havoc sometimes.

Creating that story with other caring women around you, in a workshop, heals, soothes and brings hope, enlightenment and inspiration to move forward in a new and positive way to heal you………………………………………… THE WOMEN WHO WANTS CHANGE!


My old story - I was a person who was responsible for finding solutions for everyone else, thinking a lot of the time it was my fault when things went wrong and ‘treading on eggshells around others’. This created a platform for everyone else except me to do well, I had let go of responsibility for myself and ‘put all my eggs in their baskets’ my life was empty, like the ‘eggshells I was treading on’. Don’t, get me wrong, I loved helping others, but in the process I put me to one side because, I did not believe I had a right to put myself first, a deeply engrained gender belief. The irony is, when we put ourselves first, we create a strong healthy environment to be the best we can for others, without taking away their responsibility for themselves, but guiding them, authentically with no self-agenda.


My new story is, I am now using my experiences to create a loving, caring sanctuary for myself inside, this story then helps me grow and share a loving, caring sanctuary for women and myself to grow in leaps and bounds to find out WHO THEY ARE REALLY ARE and create the new authentic story of who they were born to be in this life. This creates real self-belief coming from my inner wisdom, which has always been there, just waiting to be discovered. WOOP WOOP.


My inner little girl can now feel free to find the fun she so deserves……………


I believe it now, I just have to be patient………………that’s the tough bit.


By womensretreat, Mar 23 2018 01:50PM

4 DAYS of sheer indulgence, do as little or as much as you wish, with the option of joining a couple of short workshops, have a complementary therapy, walk, swim, read or do some Chakra dancing, Doodle art or meditate. All in beautiful natural surrounding in an unspoilt Istrian village, in a magnificent renovated stone house, surrounded by vineyards, woods and mountain views. Enjoy lovely vegetarian food all freshly cooked. Return home refreshed and inspired.

All at an amazing price of just £299.

2 hours flight from London to Pula and collected at the airport by taxi.

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