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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Retreats

We live together better when we take care of ourselves. Whether you're reeling from the news of the day, stressed about your job, up to your elbows in children, worn down by oppressions large and small, or you simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed, we could all use a little alone time each day to wind down, learn, and reflect. That's why the Holy Women Icons Project is so excited to announce that we are now offering online retreats! Our first offering is a 7-day self-care retreat aimed at activists, caregivers, and anyone who needs a respite from the wear and tear of everyday life.

Maybe you're interested in an online retreat but not sure they're for you, so we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Here's the long and short of it: If you are a human in relationship with other humans, these retreats are for you!

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Retreats

What is an online retreat? 

The Holy Women Icons Project believes that everyone should have access to respite, inspiration, and empowerment, so we’ve created a variety of online retreats accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Drawing from the lives, legends, and legacies of revolutionary holy women, these retreats cover a range of topics and time frames. All can be accessed directly from your computer or mobile device!

What materials do I need?

The only supplies retreatants need are an internet connection, paper, and pen (though you can use markers or colored pencils if you wish).

How long do the activities take?

Roughly 20 minutes per day. Each day includes an image of an icon depicting the woman featured, a brief essay describing her life, questions for contemplation, a guided writing exercise, inspirational quote, ritual exercise, and an action step.While 20 minutes is the intended amount of time, some exercises provide opportunities to linger longer if you choose.

I have a tight schedule. Do I have to do it at a certain time?

Nope! These retreats are offered on demand, which means that YOU choose when and where you do them. After you sign up, you can start whenever you want. Once you begin, you'll receive a reminder each morning. You can access that day's reflection anytime.

What if I miss a day?

No problem! You'll have access to all of the retreat material, even if you miss a day. The intent is for you to complete one reflection per day over a period of 7 days, but we understand that life can get in the way! If you accidentally miss a day, you can pick right back up where you left off. 

How much does an online retreat cost?

Right now, you can sign up for the 7-day self-care retreat for only $20! Act fast because prices go up to $30 on August 7, 2017.

Is it just for women?

No way! As an unapologetically intersectional ecofeminst organization, the Holy Women Icons Project seeks to bring about justice for ALL people, and, indeed, all of the living beings on our earth. While our work itself focuses on telling the stories of oft-forgotten revolutionary women, our retreats and workshops are open to anyone and everyone.

Can I do it with a friend or group?

Sure! Since our retreats are offered on-demand, a discussion component is not a part of the retreat program itself (good for introverts!). The material itself, however, easily lends itself to conversation. Your whole group could sign up for the retreat and meet, either in person or virtually, to discuss it. 

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