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‘Connections & Containers of Support'  

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A weekend retreat to embody key concepts required to 

 Hold Space for ourselves and others

with Emily Gillies & Joy Onyschak

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January 20-22, 2022  

Kaleida, MB

Join us for weekend to explore and practice the fundamental concepts required to 'hold space' for ourselves and others. Develop language and expand your self-awareness required to avoid resentment, burn out and controlling outcomes in your supportive roles. Practice tuning in to your own needs and make connections with others who are exploring this work in their lives. 
Who is this for? Who is a 'space holder'? 
This retreat is for those who are in roles of supporting other people, both professionally and in family or community-based situations.  This includes family care-givers, and professionals such as nurses, therapists, ministers, coaches and teachers, etc.  

Over the weekend, you will:
  • Learn what Holding Space is, including What, Why & When Not to​
  • Learn basic autonomic nervous system literacy (Polyvagal Theory) 
  • Identify your unique tendencies and how they can both serve and be problematic
  • Experience and practice elements of circle - a lot more than just passing the talking piece
  • Hold space for yourself and tune into your 'gut sense' with guided body-based practices
  • Use these tools in personal and professional practices going forward to avoid burnout
  • Experience authentic connection through community and nature 
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Located in Southern Manitoba, 1 mile from scenic Pembina Valley
(2 hr SW Winnipeg, 2 hr SE Brandon, 1 hr S Portage, 30 min West of Morden - Expect 10 min of gravel road travel)
Recently renovated, 70 yr old farmhouse on private 7.5 acres
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New pillow-top mattresses; spacious, modern, shared washrooms; wifi 
Includes 5 nourishing, locally sourced meals plus snacks.
Most dietary needs will be accommodated.
No pets on site - just the birds, fox and deer.
A mobile sauna has been rented for this event!
Note: Option to add on in-house massages with local therapist. 

Limited space (6-8 participants, depending on accommodation preferences) 

Shared Occupancy (Queen bed): $525 pp (Book with a friend or family- 2 rooms available)
Single Occupancy: $725 pp (3 rooms available). 
Sleep offsite (option for local participants): $350

To book: Click on the 'Book It' button below. 
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to reserve your seat.
All registrations & balances due by Jan 13.  
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Meet your hosts & facilitators...

Joy & Emily met at an introduction to 'The Circle Way' in 2016 and later at the Centre for Holding Space (the work of Heather Plett) as founding students and mentors/faculty.  Drawn to each other's authenticity, they weave their work and passions with joyful friendship and curiosity.

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About Emily Gillies
Emily is a Master Practitioner with the Centre for Holding Space, currently in her 4th year of co-facilitating online Holding Space programs to a diverse worldwide audience. Emily offers in-person workshops and retreats, and one-on-one coaching. Emily is also an artist, a musician, a lay-supply minister, and a reiki practitioner; all with a focus on mindfulness. Believing we all have our own best answers inside, Emily loves to create spaces where we can tune into and celebrate our unique inner wisdom.

About Joy Onyschak
Joy helps people get out of their heads and into their bodies, so they can find self-kindness, presence and connection in their lives. As a trauma-informed somatic guide, she weaves movement, breathwork & circle into unique classes, courses & intimate retreats. She is certified yoga teacher, nervous system coach, Certified Holding Space Practitioner and Circle Way host. Learn more about Joy

Past Retreat Testimonials  
(same location & format, with different co-host)
"With the wisdom of the hosts, the supportive environment, and the collective energy of the group I had an amazing insight that is nothing less than profound. With loving guidance I was able to connect some dots within myself that has created a shift that peppers all my thoughts and conversations with myself. I highly recommend this experience to anyone seeking to improve their mental and physical health through self discover." ~ Rebecca Lea Flores

"This was my first weekend retreat I’ve ever gone on so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I came back feeling so grateful and so much more connected to myself then I was when I arrived. It sort of blew my mind what a weekend away with the right people and experiences could do. It was exactly what I needed… and I am so thankful I chose to go. I received so much from the weekend, and am seeing and feeling the shifts in my life that are happening now after the “ work “ we did on ourselves. Thank you Joy and Natalie for pouring your hearts into this retreat and to all of the woman who showed up. Such a magical and heart expanding weekend." ~ Marla

"The weekend retreat was a perfect blend of practical information and somatic energy release" ~ Sofia Goswin

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