You woke up one day and life as you knew it ended.
- Your husband left you for his 20-year-old secretary and your life is suddenly a bad General Hospital episode only you don’t have perfect hair, you cried your mascara off weeks ago and you can’t get out of bed.
- Your brother/sister/mother/father/best friend/baby/teenager died and the pain is so intense it hurts to exist.
- Someone you love more than life – maybe even you – has cancer/blood clots in their lungs/kidneys that don’t work and you’re terrified.
You were born to love and be loved. When bad things happen, you feel pain. Your world is rocked. You’re devastated. You’re grieving.
You find yourself:
- Scraping the last bite of egg off the breakfast dishes and sobbing to Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance.
- Unable to answer the phone, respond to an email or have a conversation that lasts longer than 2.5 minutes.
- Yelling at your husband for the third night in a row not knowing what you’re fighting about or why it matters.
Grief sucks. It is isolating, lonely, hard work. You want to figure it out/ignore it/sleep for 6 months. You want the pain to go away.
What if I told you that grief is one of the most powerful ways to change your life for the better? That by letting pain be your teacher and guide, you can create a more beautiful, purposeful life?
You’d either think I was nuts, or you’d want to know more.
If you think I’m nuts, you can stop reading. This isn’t right for you at this moment in time, and that’s perfectly fine.
Grief changes you. Unfortunately we all have to go through it – it’s part of being human. But you get to choose if it leaves you thriving or barely surviving. Life falls apart to give us the opportunity to pick the pieces up, toss the broken bits out, and put the rest back in a different order.
~ You had a community of compassionate, like-minded women ready to talk about the tough stuff instead of tip-toeing around like you’ve got the plague?
~ You carved out regular time to take care of yourself, sit with your feelings and dig deep to figure out what’s really going on inside?
~ You had a deeply caring and involved leader to answer your hardest questions, point you in the right direction and share practically-secret information about grieving?
What if every time the pain hit, you had a tool box full of specific actions to take to help you benefit from the experience instead of feeling like you’re doing it wrong, losing your mind, or taking 8 steps backward?
You’d feel like a different woman. One who could face her day and her darkest fears with grace, guts and an occasional chuckle.
If you feel 1000 pounds lighter at the thought, then you want…
The Picking Up the Pieces Tele-Retreat
(new dates for mid-2013 tba)
The Set Up:
Week 1: Your Body
Your body is miracle and grief is hard on it. Learn how to take extra special care.
Find out what your body needs to feel healthy and vibrant.
Fine tune your intuition by listening to its deepest desires.
Move your way into emotional release, allowing your muscles to let go of stored memories that are holding you back.
Week 2: Your Mind
Your mind can help you heal or make you suffer. Learn how to make it a powerful tool that works for, instead of against, you.
Unravel the stories you tell yourself that keep you stuck and rewrite them to rewire your brain.
Discover how habitual thoughts are wreaking havoc on your body and emotions and begin to let them go.
Learn rarely shared facts about grief that will have you talking to others (and yourself) with insight and compassion.
Week 3: Your Heart
When your heart is broken open, life doesn’t make sense. But it will again, I promise. Let your heart lead the way.
The “I’m trying to escape my emotions” marathon you’re running every day is exhausting. Make friends with the scary feelings so you have energy for the joyful ones.
Identify the perfect ways to take care of you – not your mother, your husband, your best friend or your kids (because let’s face it, you put their needs first don’t you?)
Learn to trust that you are exactly where you need to be to heal your deepest pain.
Week 4: Your Spirit
You are gorgeous and wounded. We all are. Listening to the whispers of your soul will help you walk through the pain.
A belief system is vital to posttraumatic growth. Uncover what’s working – and what’s not – about yours.
Understand how energy connects us all and start seeing magic everywhere.
Rise like a Phoenix from the fires of grief. Because beauty, you are a miracle and it’s time to start treating yourself like one.
Week 5: Your Relationships + Community
Grief can be isolating and loneliness makes everything harder. You need your right people, and they need you.
Determine which relationships are supporting you and which aren’t. Strengthen the good ones, and let the rest go.
Learn to ask for and receive help, because you can’t do life alone.
Get brave. Get honest. Be kind. Set the tone for the quality of love in your life.
~ Each Tuesday for 5 weeks, at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, we’ll have a 90-minute call*. You’ll get tips, tools and information + a chance to ask questions and talk about your biggest challenges. Magic happens as you learn from me and each other.
* all calls are recorded for those who can’t attend live.
~ After the call, you’ll receive an email with your homework for the week. This is where you’ll dig deep + discover exactly what YOU need to thrive.
~ Every week you’ll download a special meditation that connects you to universal healing energy specific to each theme. That sounds “woo” I know. I’m an energy worker and Reiki healer so the woo is an added bonus.
~ Between calls we connect in the secret Facebook group. This is where you share your ups and downs, ask questions, and build community with the tele-retreat tribe.
~ Every weekday morning you’ll get a short + sweet email with a radical self-care practice for the day. These bite-sized beauties pack a big self-love punch.
~ I am very accessible and deeply involved through the 5 weeks. I’m on your side beautiful and I want you to experience the life-altering power of your vulnerability.
The Picking Up the Pieces Tele-Retreat is right for you if:
~ You already know you’re strong enough to live through this, but you’re not exactly sure how.
~ You’re ready to drop any victim story and take responsibility for your life.
~ You’re able to talk about your loss without completely falling apart.
***Tears are warmly welcomed, but sometimes it’s too soon after a traumatic experience to process it in a group. If you’re still in shock or denial, or you’re feeling incredibly raw, I recommend downloading the free Picking Up the Pieces Guide and scheduling a free 15-minute Shift Session so we can figure out what you need most right now.
I put my heart, soul and expertise into creating this tele-retreat and making sure you get what you need. If you attend all the live calls and do all the weekly homework for the five weeks of the tele-retreat, and you’re as stuck and unhappy as you were when you started, I will happily refund your money.
Got questions? Check out the FAQ page.
The Picking Up the Pieces Tele-Retreat
(new dates for mid-2013 tba)
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to get you the answers.
Payment plans available on request.
I believe in you.
P.S. If you’re the do-it-yourself kinda girl and don’t want the support of live coaching or community, the DIY Version of the tele-retreat is made just for you. Check it out here.
Praise for the Picking Up the Pieces Tele-Retreat
Alana came into my life at the most miraculous time. We became friends just days before my mother’s unexpected passing. In the midst of my grief, I decided to join her tele-retreat. It was the poultice my aching heart needed. She created a tight knit community, connecting us by sharing her weekly wisdom and providing a private online space for dialogue. If you’ve experienced loss of any magnitude, I cannot recommend Alana’s Picking Up the Pieces Tele-Retreat highly enough. – Kerrie Blazek, Pleasure Catalyst @ In Her Element – Life Coaching
I am still thinking/feeling so much about your grief conference. I am currently enrolled in another tele-conference and it has given me a reference point to how professional and poignant your conference was. Right to to the heart of the matter and simple, simple, simple (but you know that simple entails a lot of complexity). Please know how profound and deep the work that you do and bring to the world really is! – Lynn E.
The tele-retreat furthered my healing and growth. The awareness of other forms of grief and acknowledging that most everyone is fighting a hard battle. It constantly peeled away the layers of stigma I had for myself and others about grief. For me, I feel I can tap into a more compassionate side of myself reserved for giving to, and was able give myself the same compassion. I was constantly sharing with my husband and opening up new avenues to let the light in. There was one period where the grief work got hard and I didn’t want to acknowledge current grief (which would flare up old grief.) But I called-in, and thank God I did, b/c the topics on Relationships and Grieving was the kick in the butt I needed to release tears and love myself and others. – Jes L.
“Picking up the Pieces” was a lifesaver and got me through a very difficult period of grief. I cannot recommend it more highly. Alana’s course contains so much helpful information about the grief process–it is information that everyone should know. I hope she teaches this course again. I will definitely recommend it to my friends. – Sharon M.
I felt like the tele-retreat gave me permission to face myself and take care of me. I was able to try some new tools and be aware of being super gentle with myself! I also appreciate having the calls & meditations to look at whenever I want. – Jenny K.
I find it hard to fully explain how hard grief hit me. It was devastating and debilitating and left me hurting and immobilized and confused as to what was going on and how to get through the pain. I began searching the library and bookstores and the internet for some clues about grief, and that’s how I found Alana and her tele-retreat. I’ve taken a couple of online classes, so I figured this would be similar, which wasn’t encouraging because in those classes, I felt lost amidst all the students. In this tele-retreat, I felt found and understood and comforted and part of a community.
My grief seemed to turn into suffering when I judged it – judged what I should be feeling or obsessed about what my grief should look like. Alana helped me believe that there are no shoulds, that my grief is my own. Alana doesn’t show you the way through grief; she helps you open to your way into and around the grief process. – Carla E.
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