Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Southern California Power of Moms Retreat is COMING!

Three years ago, I made a vision board to hang on the wall.  At the very top of my "Pie in the Sky" list was to put on a Power of Moms Retreat.

And now, due mostly to the incredible work of my Power of Moms partner, Saren, the generosity of Lisa Palmer, who has offered to open her gorgeous home to us for the weekend, and our two amazing Retreat Organizers, Sarah and Susan, we are getting ready to host our 11th Retreat . . . this one right here in California.

April Perry, Susan Chapman, Saren Loosli, and Sarah Chapman -- the last time we were all together -- Dana Point Power of Moms Retreat, September 2010


If I'd never attended a Retreat like this, I would probably be scared to death--thinking things like,

What if the people there don't like me?

What if I don't have anything cute to wear?


What if everyone is talking about how they are perfect moms, and I end up sitting in the corner crying?

I know those thoughts sound silly, but I'm not always rational.

So in case there is a mom out there with similar worries, let me share a little more about what happens at a Power of Moms Retreat. 

The purpose behind these Retreats is to gather moms in a comfortable, beautiful, professional setting so we can become stronger, happier, more deliberate mothers.

Every career has training conferences.  And whether you work at another job or not, what's more important than raising children?  Mothers definitely need and deserve a chance to get away, assess how things are going in their families, and discuss powerful ideas with other mothers.  Wouldn't you agree?

When you first arrive at the Retreat, you'll most likely be greeted with a hug (from me, at least . . . I can't stop myself), and then we'll take some time to get to know each other with a game called "Speed Friend-shipping."   Every few minutes, we'll switch partners, and after about 15 minutes, we'll all be best friends.  Seriously.  It happens every time.  (No one is crying in the corner.)

Photo by Saren

Then we'll start the sessions, which are basically interactive group discussions.  There are a few minutes here and there where you'll listen to one speaker or a panel, but for the most part, the presenters are sharing ideas and then asking for feedback.  We're all here to learn from each other.

Photo by Shawni
This picture makes me feel all warm and cozy inside.  I LOVE these ladies!

The hardest part about going to a Retreat, for me, is having to leave all my new friends.  (Thank goodness we have the website to unite us.)

Photo by Shawni




On Friday (January 27th), I'll be presenting the Mind Organization for Moms seminar, and I'm hopeful that this time I'm going to get some help from Sarah Chapman, who is a pro at implementing the system (and she makes it looks so PRETTY!).

For those of you who don't know me, M.O.M. is my passion.  Helping moms manage papers, ideas, goals, projects, and the incessant workload is one of my main purposes in life. The three hours we'll spend together at this session will be magical.

Photo by Shawni
And on Saturday, after we focus on "Taking Care of the Person Inside the Mom," participate in a thought-provoking presentation by Susan Chapman, and hear from Beth Aldrich (author of a book I think you'll love), we'll break for lunch and enjoy some small group discussions--on topics like balance, joy in motherhood, parenting partnerships, and helping children learn to love housework.

These lunch groups are my favorite.  It's not like high school, where you have to be "cool" to sit on certain lunch benches.  Everyone's invited.  Everyone participates.  Everyone matters. 

Photo by Shawni

After lunch, we'll focus on Family Systems--how to create a family legal system, a family economy, and a strong family culture.  Saren is WONDERFUL at this, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Then we finish up with practical ways to move good ideas forward, and we give everyone a few minutes to sit in quiet and digest what they've learned and where they feel is the most important place to start.  (The last thing we want is for anyone to leave a Retreat feeling overwhelmed, so we really try to make the transition home as smooth as possible.)

Once the Retreat is over, we talk and talk and talk until we know we need to get home.  There are lots of photographs, more hugs, email exchanges, and promises that we'll be in touch.  Because, really, how often do you get to meet in a room full of mothers who are as passionate about shaping the future as you are?

It is powerful, beautiful, unique, and life-changing--each and every time.

Click here to read a few letters we've received from participants once they returned home.

If you think there's any way you'd be able to attend, please take some time to review our registration page.

We probably won't be doing another Retreat in California for at least a year, and while we do need to cover the costs involved in making something like this happen, we are very willing to work with you on pricing if you need it.

*We also have a friend who is doing a giveaway (ending tomorrow) for a half-price Retreat ticket.  Click here for more information.

I really, really hope to meet you soon.


Much love,
April


3 comments:

  1. oh my goodness, I am so pumped!! I'm bummed I can't make Friday night since we'll be driving back from Arizona (a trip which was going to be extended into the weekend but one I adamantly but very politely asked to shorten so I could make it back for Saturday!). It really is like a work conference because let's face it, this gig as a mom is the most challenging and most rewarding 24/7 job I've ever had.

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  2. I cannot tell you how much I am ACHING to go to a retreat. I'm in the DC/Annapolis area. Anything coming my way this year?!?? My sister lives in Cali and I tried to coordinate being in the area for this one, but three kids and $$$ flights made it impossible. :( The idea of being a "deliberate mother" resonates so much with me. My kids are only 4, 2, and 7mo and already I see parents in our peer group shaking their heads, throwing up their hands and saying, "kids will be kids!" Argh! It makes me crazy because while I TOTALLY believe that kids will be kids, I also believe that a life with no structure leads to crazy kids and insane mothers! lol. Hope to hear of a meeting coming close soon!!!

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  3. Well said! You summed it up very nicely and cant wait for M.O.M. presentation! I need to get my video done darn it!

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