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The Storyteller Within Women’s Retreats 

Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, reclaim their soul voice, feel empowered in their unique self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives. The Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat has been listed among the top recommendations for ‘Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend’ for four years in a row (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016) by The Write Life, as well as listed #2 among ’10 Empowering Writers’ Retreats for Women’. CreativIndie also included the Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat among a curated list of best writing retreats for 2017 & 2018.

The Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life – encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.

You will join a women’s sacred circle for opening, expressing, releasing, sharing, and discovering. You are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. You will participate in evening ceremonies and gather around fire, as we seek to stoke our soul voices.

2019 Women’s Retreat Event Offerings:

June 28th – July 6th, 2019: Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Luxury Retreat, Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

July 25th – Aug 3rd, 2019: Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat, The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Sept 20-22, 2019: Awaken Your Creative Soul, Seven Springs, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, (co-creation with Marianne Richmond)

Sept 26th – Oct 1, 2019: Myths of Feminine Mystery, Seven Springs, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee (co-creation with Melanie Champagne)

Nov 29th – Dec 8th, 2019: Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat, The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

About Aimee Hansen– Creator, Storyteller Within Retreats

Aimee works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, dances with the muse at poetry, and writes into tricky spaces. She holds a 200+ hr yoga teacher certification. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping into our courage as women.

Q What is the average age of the women who attend the retreat?

So far, women from 22 years old to 70 years old have attended the retreat! This retreat is for women of all ages and is enriched for everyone when the group has a mix. Every group draws its own dynamic, and somehow, it works out beautifully.

For Yoga Forest events: Some fitness is required as it takes a good hike into the forest and then several stone steps up and around, so if you have concerns about this, let me know. 

Q Do I need to be experienced with yoga?

The retreat is open to women with all levels of yoga experience, including beginners. Normally, each retreat has a mix of experience levels among the women. Some days may be easy for you and others may challenge you, but all will be nourishing for your body and mind, and all classes are optional.

Q Do I need to be a writer?

You do not need to consider yourself a "writer" to attend this retreat. Many women do not and some do. This retreat uses writing as our core channel for self-exploration, but it is designed for all women. What matters more is the openness -  perhaps the attraction - to explore writing as a channel for self-exploration and self-expression. 

Q Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is an invitation for any woman who is looking for an opportunity to connect, to explore and to express.
Maybe you are in the middle of a big change, or you are looking to step back and re-center, or you feel drawn to writing, or you love the journey of self-reflection, or you are ending something, or beginning something, or you've experienced loss, or you yearn to find something, or you feel on the verge of something, or you feel lost, or you may just be curious. Or maybe none of that. Maybe you're just wishing to connect with your own voice and those of other women, too. 
There's no one "right" reason to come to this retreat. But if this retreat is "right" for you, you’ll have a hunch.

Q What kind of writing will we be doing?

In this retreat, we are using writing as a channel for insight and vulnerability to explore our stories, reveal deeper truths and glimpse new perspectives. We are not focusing on the techniques of writing or working on the craft, though we will certainly be creative. Every woman has a voice in her life, and we are gathering to raise it up, no matter what expression that takes for each of us.
During the week, we will take a thematic, self-exploratory journey with inspiration, prompts, writing and sharing along the way.

Q What if I have a specific project I want to focus on?

Some women are seeking a retreat with lots of alone time to get away and work on a specific writing project. This is not the best space for that objective! Much of our time will be spent in gathering, balanced with reflection and break time. 
If what you desire is to rekindle your energies towards your projects and get yourself writing again in general, you may find this retreat does exactly that. We will be getting in lots of writing time.

Q Can I write with a laptop?

Please bring a journal and pen(s). For the self-exploratory writing we are doing, and for the circle dynamic, we will be harnessing the power of pen to paper to capture first thoughts. 

Q Can I write in another language? 

Yes, if you choose to. But the retreat will be conducted in English and fluency is necessary to gain the most from the experience of this shared circle.

3 Reviews for Storyteller Within Women’s Retreats


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An entire Milky Way of stars RATING!

5/ 5

I had the remarkable fortune to have stumbled upon Storyteller within while searching for a place to heal my deeply wounded heart after losing my beautiful son. While I was nervous about traveling to an unfamiliar place, in both the geographical sense and in the sense of traveling into my own heart, Guatemala & Aimee assuaged any fear by spreading wide, welcoming arms that wrapped around me and didn’t let go once. And, in fact, the love & compassion, empathy & sympathy, encouragement & inspiration, provocation & enthusiasm that Aimee’s well thought out & phenomenal retreat format was more healing, cathartic, & necessary than I could have ever imagined. In Aimee, and in all the women of our retreat, I have made loving & supportive friendships that will undoubtedly last a lifetime and continue to fuel the creative fire within my soul. Five stars is the highest rating possible, but a more accurate rating of The Storyteller Within would include an entire Milky Way of stars!

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Every woman should attend a women’s circle at least once in their life.

5/ 5

I have done a lot of inner work lately but this writing circle was one of the most direct and effective approaches I’ve experienced. Aimee provided a safe space for open and honest communication; anything was ok no matter how small, big, or silly it seemed. For me it provided me with the space to 1) get to know myself better, to understand recurring behaviours and emotions and also to move forward on my path with more clarity 2) communicate better with myself and with others 3) realise that I’m not alone in my thoughts and battles. Go for it, you’ll thank yourself later!

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Will forever be a part of me!

5/ 5

Overwhelming feelings of love, joy, and spirituality. I would highly recommend this journey to anyone and everyone. Our circle was open and receptive to all women. I felt like everyone was expressive and comfortable to express themselves. The retreat featured amazing teachers and women who were more than happy to open and share their gifts. The dances were my favorite…more cacao! The view was phenomenal. The forest was breathtaking and peaceful.. I’ll take away Freedom. Love. Self-Love. Spirituality. If I could change something about the retreat, it would be to stay a couple of more weeks. My connection to this place is strong. Thank you, Aimee. Your gift will forever be a part of me.

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