4 Days Boston Body Image & Burden Release Retreat

Date to be Determined Event will be Rescheduling

Unburden from your burdens and join us at The Body Image & Burden Release Retreat!
Because Social Distancing and the Travel Bans had not been lifted, the Retreat had to be postponed and we intend to reschedule as soon as the bans have been lifted. We are mindfully keeping this event to only 10-12 Attendees, so as soon as we can reschedule it we will let you know. Please go to our Contact Page and click the drop down box indicting an interest in this event. We will contact you as soon as this has been rescheduled.
As a concession to the stress and need to getaway we are offering retreats that are fully refundable if cancellations are due to the Corona Virus Only.

The coming days and weeks hold a lot of unknowns with crippling effects of fear and anxiety. Wherever you are on this spectrum, know that we at Brave Heart Workshops care.
For that reason, we are keeping our small-scale events available for you to be able to “Retreat” to when this comes to an end.

Brave Heart Workshops events can now be refundable up to 3 weeks before each retreat. We just ask you to communicate with us regarding your travel plans; (i.e. airline flights etc.) This retreat is for only 10-12 attendees and are small scale to secure safety in wellness and health.

We hope these life-changing retreats will give you time to Relax – Renew – Restore. Reconnect with “Self” and others especially after the travel bans have been lifted. Now more than ever a retreat where you can connect with others and release your burdens will be so renewing.

Join us at a Boston, MA Retreat & Workshop and observe the beauty and history of this city. The best way to enjoy this compact, friendly, and delightful city is to take to the streets – walk, explore, peruse and then relax.
Reconnect with your mind and body in Boston with a 3 nights/4-day Body Image & Burden Release Retreat centered to promote peace from within and a return to your well-being by releasing the burdens that weigh you down in life. Quiet your mind, escape everyday craziness, and lean into different experiences. Simply breathe in a new breath of life.

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Tuesday Date to be Determined

Friday Date to be Determined

A safe and welcoming retreat to explore your body image, the burdens in your life and move towards mind & body liberation. Often, we feel lonely and scared as we struggle working through these issues alone. Your body is not a problem to be fixed, and your burdens do not define you. Your story is your own and our retreat can support you in reclaiming your body narratives, unmasking burdens, and becoming the storyteller of your own life.
Naming and letting go of past stories like shame or guilt, allows you to find a new sense of liberation and freedom in your mind and in your body. Where should we begin? Is your life filled with busyness and distractions with barely anytime to breathe? Do you want to begin to make peace with your body, your burdens, and your relationship with food?
Join us for TAKE UP SPACE: Body Image & Burden Release Retreat
TAKE UP SPACE will help you release and work through distressing thoughts and feelings about body image, and the burdens in life that weigh you down. Together we will explore old narratives that have shaped our own body image and learn to practice radical, compassionate self-care. TAKE UP SPACE is rooted in the principles of Health at Every Size®, a social justice movement focused on respecting the diversity of all body shapes and sizes. TAKE UP SPACE will support you to embody and step into your most authentic self.
Dani, Laura, and Jill love helping and supporting others to TAKE UP SPACE and live their lives “Unburdened”.
This retreat:
•Offers an intimate space for growth individually and as a group with like-minded people to build community. Together we will share stories, joyful movement, yoga, breathe work, meditation, and creative expression.
•A relaxing wellness and growth experience in Boston, MA creating an unforgettable experience



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•Begin each morning in Breath meditation or mindfulness practices to connect your soul
•Experience Joyful Movement as a fun, expressive to find new connection to our bodies.
•Participate in group intensive work to heal your burdens, and build community:
-Story and Connection Groups– These groups invite attendees into the themes of their lives, to offer encouragement and wisdom as you seek live your story in a deeper and a more connected way
-Creative Embodiment Groups – These groups invite attendees to explore self-expression in a creative way and embodied way. These groups are often playful and fun and offer new perspectives and ways to work outside your comfort zone in a safe way.
•Engage in meditation for full relaxation, calming and restoration. Release and rejuvenate each evening.

Welcome to Boston

Tuesday Date to be Determined
•Guests Arrive (Don’t Book Flights before Speaking with Brave Heart Workshops first)
•4:00 PM+ Arrival & Check-In
•5:00 PM Unwind, Unpack, Connect
•6:30 PM Relax and enjoy the beauty of Boston, MA
•7:15 PM Group Welcome and Connection
•9:30 PM Turn in for the night

Rise to a New Day of Renewal

Wednesday Date to be Determined
•8:00 AM Group Nutritious breakfast
•8:45 Group Begins
•9:00 AM Group Intensive Process Group
•12:30 PM Group Lunch
•1:30 PM-5:30 Group Work
•6:00 PM – Dinner
•8:30 PM Connection back at house
•9:30 PM Bedtime: Time to turn in

Live. Laugh. Love.

Thursday Date to be Determined
•8:00 AM Group Nutritious breakfast
•8:45 Group Begins
•9:00 AM Group Intensive Process Group
•12:30 PM Group Lunch
•1:30 PM-4:00 Body Image Group
•6:00 PM – Dinner
•10:30 PM Bedtime: Time to turn in

Renewed. Restored. Reconnected

Friday Date to be Determined
•8:00 AM Group Nutritious breakfast
•8:45 Group Begins
•9:00 AM Group Intensive Process Group
•12:30 PM Group Lunch
•1:30 PM-2:00 Check-out

About TheEvent

Discover Freedom from Life’s Burdens with a Weekend Focused on You
Are you looking for more connection in your life and in relationships? Make 2020 a wonderful year and experience new ways to love yourselves more authentically. The 4 Days retreat will teach you about Embodiment & Exploration at the Body Image & Burden Release Retreat and will help you have more Compassion, Clarity and Understanding in your life. Do you yearn for others to listen, see, and hear your story? This retreat is designed to help you deconstruct unhelpful narratives and cultivate your “Authentic Self”. The weekend is a safe and loving environment that helps you to feel accepted and loved. It will encourage you to show-up, and be Brave, Strong & Courageous. The weekend will be filled with experiencing discovery, slow movement, and creativity. Come discover the beauty of who you were designed to be inside and out. This retreat will provide a unique way to help you “Unmask” the “Masks” you hide behind.
These Retreats allow the participants to BE BRAVE, Strong & Courageous.
• Learn about and interact with “self” and others on a whole new level
• Participate in experiences designed around your specific needs
• Become more aware of your own obstacles, fears and move past them
• Cultivate self-confidence, embrace you bode, gain courage and authenticity


Who This Is For

Is your life filled with busyness and running on empty? Are there situations in your life where you feel overwhelmed with loneliness, lack of self-confidence, confusion, fear? Are you looking for ways to reconnect with you mind and body self-expression? This weekend is for anyone seeking authentic connection and desire to slow down, unplug and connect. Share your story and do life in community.
What Is Drama Therapy?
Drama Therapy is an Experiential, Active and Embodied way to connect and explore parts of ourselves.
Drama therapy advances the participants insight, empathy, stabilization of moods, and anxiety and helps to facilitate healthier, and more connecting relationships. It uses role, story, metaphor, and the body to help people tell their unique narratives, solve problems, and make new choices in life. Drama therapy allows attendees to go as deeply as they want in their healing process, or as slowly as they need to feel safe-enough to look at challenging areas in their life. The work is compassionate, challenging, moving, eye-opening, healing, and transforming.


What's Included

•3 nights/4 days Accommodations at a Retreat Center or Home (depends on how many wanting lodging)
•Includes healthy and delicious meals, snacks, smoothies and bottled water
(Gluten Free, Vegetarian Options Available Daily)
•Stimulating Drama Intensives, Connection and Improv Groups
•Group activities to deepen your understanding of your personal story and wellness

What's Not Included

•Airfare and Baggage Fees (We will assist you in finding the lowest airfare available) and ground transportation

•Additional nights and food in Boston (if you want to arrive 1 day early and/or stay over one more night let me know and I can help arrange that
•Travel & Health Insurance (we recommend getting Travel & Health Insurance in case of medical emergencies)

Event Bonuses

•Follow up support sessions after the retreat
•VIP PACKAGES
Post Retreat Virtual Check in & Reflection with Dani Valued at $150.00 Special Retreat Pricing $100.00 (60 minutes)

About TheVenue

We will choose the Venue when we see how many registers. The location will be within a 40-minute commute to Cambridge, MA. There are some amazing retreat centers and Homes we can book. We hope you will attend. We have pricing with lodging and a commuter’s rate. The commuter’s rate is based on you arriving by *8:00 AM and staying each day till program ends at dinner time (6:00 PM) Again the commute will be within a 40-minute drive. Please consider this when deciding if you want lodging or not. Thanks
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As the above innovation index notes, “Boston is a place where you can have serendipitous connections, unlike U.S. cities where you can’t get out of your car.” It is true—with its small scale, extensive public transit, network of bike paths, and abundant park space, Boston is a city built for meeting new people, sharing ideas, and collaboration.

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Registration Information

Investment

$2, 199 Commuter Option: $1,599

Deposit

$500.00

Bonus Price Discounts

Optional Services & Packages

Early Bird

Date to be Determined

Regular Registration

Date to be Determined

Accommodations

King, Queen, Double or Twin Beds
We will be renting either at a retreat center or home. Most places you will be sharing a room and shared bathroom space. Some rooms have 1, 2, or 3 beds per rooms

Amenities

Coffee Makers
Washer/Dryer
Towels/Linens

Menu

Options include
•Vegetarian
•Organic
•Gluten Free
•Dairy Free
We want our attendees to experience our retreats feeling better and more equipped with tips and nutritional techniques to take home that will help enhance their wellness in 2020. We are happy to accommodate dietary requirements to the best of our abilities depending on food selections in the region of the events. Many meals can be prepared gluten and/or dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan. Equal parts of activity, relaxation, restoration, connection, and rejuvenation. Our days will focus on replenishing and calming the chaos of the mind, balancing the spirit, and nourishing your body.

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ThingsTo Do

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

As temperatures get milder, Boston blossoms with renewed energy, activities, and events. Locals and visitors cherish the rites of Spring with the return of area treasures such as the Swan Boats, spinning carousels, outdoor markets. Fun if by land, fun if by sea. Visitors will enjoy both with Boston’s many diverse and historic tours and trails
Hop-on hop-off tour with 18 stops & unlimited trolley access
Chance to explore at your pace with your own itinerary
Boston Tea Party Museum, Cambridge, and MIT
Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution & the Old State House
Expert conductor offering commentary, trivia & anecdotes

Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Tales of the Revolutionary War & local legends
Boston’s working port & extravagant waterfront homes
Views of nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse
Harbor Islands National Park
Beautiful sight of the mouth of the 3 Gridley Locks
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Boston Duck Tours

Land & water tour on an open-air, amphibious vehicle
Entertaining & energetic guide shares trivia & commentary
Landmarks like Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market & Old State House
Views of Old North Church, Museum of Science & Bunker Hill
Cruise to admire skyline & waterfront from the Charles River
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
BOSTON HISTORY
BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL

Boston History & Highlights Small Group Tour

Fun-filled journey on and off Boston’s famous Freedom Trail
The modern impact of Boston’s most iconic historic sights
The sights overlooked by many Boston visitors
Beauty of the architecture and quaintness of Beacon Hill
Duration: 2 Hours

Points Of Interest

Freedom Trail
Follow this 2.5-mile red line as it meanders through the streets of Boston and intersects with 16 major historical sites along the way. Start at the beginning, middle, or end of the trail, and stop at such prominent locations as the location of the Boston Massacre, the Paul Revere House, and the Old North Church.

Boston Common
Located downtown, this public park was established in 1634, and is the oldest urban park in the United States. Originally, the Common was designed to let local livestock graze. But today, the 50-acre space is used primarily for picnicking, strolling, cycling, and people-watching.

JFK Presidential Museum & Library
This presidential library and museum are located on Dorchester Bay, close to the JFK/UMass stop on the red line. The building contains both published as well as unpublished correspondences from the Kennedy Administration, as well as permanent exhibits featuring furnishings from his Oval Office and materials from his 1960 campaign.

Boston Harbor
Filled with fishing boats, whale-watching vessels, sailboats, and fancy yachts, the Boston Harbor has always been the epicenter of activity in Beantown. Stand and look out over the Harbor from the same point that the Boston Tea Party took place almost 250 years ago or take a ferry to explore the network of Boston Harbor Islands.

Bunker Hill Monument
On June 17, 1775, British and New England soldiers faced each other in a bloody battle that gave New Englanders the morale boost needed to continue their fight in the Revolutionary War. Today, tourists can visit the site of “The Battle of Bunker Hill,” now protected by the National Park Service.


Meet TheLeaders

Dani Bryant

Mental health counselor trained in drama therapy techniques.

Dani Bryant is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, trained in Drama Therapy and a proud Health at Every Size (HAES)® provider. Dani is currently Primary Therapist at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center and a Staff Therapist at Intuitive Healing NYC. Prior to become a mental health professional, Dani was a playwright, theater director and performer. She spent time working with both performers and non-performers to create artistic work about body image, disordered eating, and identity. Her focus and research areas include the treatment of eating disorders using embodied and experiential methods. Dani is a frequent collaborator with Recovery Through Performance, a therapeutic theater company which utilizes the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT), the first manualized model of therapeutic theater. Dani is currently engaged in on-going research and collaboration with Dr. Laura Wood and Dave Mowers to explore the CoATT model with recovery communities including individuals living with eating disorders, substance use disorders, and aphasia. Dani aims for her work to be rooted in creativity and playfulness and believes in the power of taking hold of our own narratives and becoming the storytellers of our own lives. Learn more at www.danibryant.com



Dr. Laura Wood

NYS Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Drama Therapist-Board Certified Trainer; Assistant Professor

Dr. Laura L. Wood is a Registered Drama Therapist, Board Certified Trainer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Certified Child Life Specialist. Dr. Wood is the current President of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). Previously, Dr. Wood served as an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Coordinator at Molloy College, where she spent four years collaborating and launching an accredited program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and supported the start of a community wellness clinic. Prior to being a full-time professor, Dr. Wood was the Lead Therapist at an eating disorder and trauma treatment center in the Midwest where she facilitated individual, group, and family therapy. She also spent time working in pediatric hospitals with critically and seriously ill children and in assisted living with older adults. Her focus and research areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, recovery, and grief/loss. More specifically, Dr. Wood is interested in how therapeutic theater can support individuals in various forms of recovery. She created the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT) Model with her colleague Dave Mowers (www.recoverythroughperformance.org). CoATT is the first manualized model of therapeutic theater and Dr. Wood is engaged in on-going research and collaboration with various recovery communities including persons with eating disorders, substance use, and aphasia.

Dr. Wood presents, publishes, supervises, and consults nationally and internationally. She sees clients in private practice and facilitates intensive healing retreats using drama therapy. In the classroom, Dr. Wood is passionate about teaching and supervising students to develop into present, attuned, and embodied clinicians that listen deeply. Dr. Wood works to inspire each student to think critically about the material presented and examine the role of power, privilege, and intersecting identities in the clinical encounter. Dr. Wood prioritizes mirroring and reflecting to each student their unique capacities and supporting students in unfolding into the practitioner and scholar they want to embody.

Jill Reynolds

Event Specialist

Jill Reynolds founded Brave Heart Workshops in 2017. She is a Certified Meeting and Event Consultant with 37 years of outside networking and consultative expertise in media, logistics, technology, and hospitality.
She is trained in Business Solutions Sales Skills, Sales Techniques, and Marketing Strategies, and can ascertain client’s needs logically and systematically at all levels of the organization.
Jill recovered fully from substance abuse in 1984. She has also recovered from an eating disorder and Codependency and has helped over 50 women in recovery over the years. Despite her own family of origin traumas, she intentionally lives a life of serving others, and helping them seek meaning, and healing in their lives. Jill raised her son alone as a single-never married mom for 17 years. She is married to Larry since May 2000.
Jill is thrilled to be working with leaders to create events and is excited in bringing these unique events around the country, and leading attendees in a holistic approach to mental wellness and healing in their lives.
Jill’s personal intention is to help those who are stuck in their burdens to be set free and Be Brave and Be Authentic, and to create events for leaders that are impacting.

What People AreSaying

Jill plans excellent events! She has heart of gold. I like how well she accommodates different food sensitivities. The food is delicious and She brings in great experts to present. I highly recommend her events. Kristen L Holistic Wellness Coach/Nutritionist
Jill is incredibly organized, calm, and compassionate. Her primary goal, which is to make every event she plans, run with precision. Comfort and no stress for her guests are most important. And she is just tons of fun! Mary T Director of Addictions Treatment and Therapist
Jill is incredibly organized, calm, and compassionate. Her primary goal, which is to make every event she plans, run with precision. Comfort and no stress for her guests are most important. And she is just tons of fun! Mary T Director of Addictions Treatment and Therapist
Wow. What a weekend! Jill’s heart for participants recovery paired with Dr. Laura Woods’ expertise of combining IFS and Drama Therapy with intense passion and energy for wellness makes one phenomenal weekend. Bravo! Lonnie S Wellness Coach/Story Leader
“THE CAMARADERIE AND SENSE OF FEELING SAFE WAS FELT IMMEDIATELY” The workshop was a great experience for me, opening up a door to some issues from my past I was unaware of before. It was challenging, but one of the most enlightening opportunities of my life. I discovered the root of my trauma and was able to take home what I learned in the workshop and fully heal, conquer my fears, and confront major obstacles in my life. I learned about my strength, my desires, my needs, and my true authentic self. I found my voice and my freedom. I feel so blessed, grateful, inspired and hopeful that others can do the same. Dorothy in her 30’s
I had some trepidation, not fully knowing what it was about. This weekend was such a breakthrough – truly Life Changing! For all ages – I am in my 50’s, and my healing journey catapulted onto an entirely new & powerful path. Colleen; 56 years old
The brave heart workshops I’ve attended have both been excellent. Laura is a gifted healer & the people & accommodations were wonderful. It was one of the best experiences of its kind I’ve ever had. I’m in my 70’s and I loved it! Ann is in her 70’s
“Dani’s office feels like a safe haven for me to be myself. She’s fun, but she gets me to look at myself and my life in ways that challenge me. Therapy can be hard, and with Dani, I want to keep showing up for myself.” – Client Reference

Weather

Depends on Date
Date to be Determined

Directions

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, also known as Logan International Airport, and also commonly known as Boston Logan, Logan Airport or simply Logan, is an international airport that is located mostly in East Boston and partially in Winthrop, Massachusetts, United States. Wikipedia
Address: 1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128
Code: BOS



Cancellation Policy

De-stress from the Corona Virus!
We know these are trying times and it is difficult to make decisions to travel anywhere right now. As a concession to the stress and need to getaway we are offering retreats that are fully refundable.

YOUR HEALTH IS OUR # 1 Priority!
We know everyone is concerned and has anxiety from the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
Please be reassured that we are following the health and safety guidance as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the local public health department.
The coming days and weeks hold a lot of unknowns with crippling effects of fear and anxiety. Wherever you are on this spectrum, know that we at Brave Heart Workshops care.
For that reason, we are keeping our small-scale events available for you to be able to “Retreat” to when this comes to an end.

Brave Heart Workshops events can now be fully refundable up to 3 weeks before each retreat during the Corona Virus. We just ask you to communicate with us regarding your travel plans; (i.e. airline flights etc.) This retreat is for 10-12 attendees and are small scale to secure safety in wellness and health. If we get 10 attendees to register and it is safe to travel the event will take place.

We hope these life-changing retreats will give you time to Relax – Renew – Restore. Reconnect with “Self” and others especially after the travel bans have been lifted. Now more than ever a retreat where you can connect with others and release your burdens will be so renewing.





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