Sacred Stories Women's Retreat, Smoky Mountains

Maryville, TN, United States

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Aimee Hansen
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Oct 4 - 9, 2018
Group size: 6-13
Sacred Stories Women's Retreat, Smoky Mountains
Maryville, TN, United States

Aimee Hansen
  • Email address verified

$1195
Deposit: $450
Oct 4 - 9, 2018
Group size: 6-13

About this trip

Breathe in the early autumn air of the Smoky Mountains as we gather to reignite the sharing of stories among women. This retreat will bring together the rich tradition of storytelling with the intimate power of the women's writing circle. Gather by fire to listen to the sacred stories, wake for meditation and yoga, and delve deeper into your nature through writing. We will bring the themes of the Divine Feminine to the here and now - to explore the many faces of our own femininity and to bring insight into our unique intuitive leanings. You are invited to go deeper into the mysteries of your own being.


Amidst the Smoky Mountains


In the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and amidst one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, Seven Springs retreats center boasts seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land, providing the spaciousness to reconnect with nature. 

 

Seven Springs offers charming shared yurts with comfortable beds, inspiring mountain views, nature walks and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals amidst soul-nourishing landscapes.

 

Inspired by the natural abundance all around, Seven Springs seeks to foster holistic sustenance for the individual and the community.


RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inspiring location with panoramic mountain views
  • Daily morning meditation & yoga practice
  • Daily morning & afternoon self-exploratory writing circles
  • Daily evening sacred storytelling sessions by candlelight/fire
  • Integration of sacred ceremonies
  • Scenic outdoor yoga pavilion  
  • 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day
  • 5 nights stay in shared, charming yurts
  • Guided tour of on-site fauna
  • Breaks for relaxing, walking, therapies and exploration
  • Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 13 participants

Meditation and yoga will be held in the outdoor yoga pavilion. Our sacred circles will rotate between outdoor and indoor spaces, as needed. Meals will be served in the outdoor kitchen area.


SACRED STORYTELLING & THE WOMEN'S CIRCLE


Gather to Listen. Open to Reveal.


In this retreat, you will connect with your body through meditation, yoga and movement. You will gather by candlelight to listen to mythical stories of the Divine Feminine as keys into exploring the many faces of our femininity.

You will circle for self-exploratory writing inspired by the rich themes for women stirred up by the stories. Writing serves as a channel to reveal insight, allow vulnerability and bring forth what is calling to be heard from within you. We may engage in other dynamic exercises to open and explore these energies.

As women, we are reclaiming our mythology. The stories are keys that unlock personal doors and reveal the universal influences of our unique feminine nature. As we explore the stories of the goddesses and the feminine energies they represent, you are invited to reawaken to the sacred energies within you, to feel them rise and reclaim them as yours.


For more insight, details, images and reviews of the Sacred Stories Women's Retreat, please go to: www.thestorytellerwithin.com

Sample Daily Flow

Guests may arrive to Seven Springs on Thursday, Oct 4th (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. After dinner, we will open our circle.

Our daily flow will begin on Friday, October 5th.

Oct 4th: 

3:00 pm Check-In

6:30- 7:30 pm Dinner

7:45 pm - Opening Circle & Storytelling Circle

Oct 5th - 8th (Sample Flow):

7:30 am: Wake-up

8:00 - 9:30 am: Medi & Yoga

9:30 - 10:15 am: Breakfast

10:45 am - 1:00 pm: Exploratory Circle 

1:00 - 3:30 pm: Lunch & Break

3:30 - 6:30 pm: Exploratory Circle 

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Dinner

7:45 pm: Storytelling Circle 

Oct 9th: 

7:30 am - Wake-up

8:00 am - 9:30am: Medi & Yoga

9:30 - 10:15am: Breakfast

10:15am - 10:45pm: Integration Circle & Close

10:45 - 12:45: Optional Relaxation

12:45-1:30 pm: Final Lunch 

We will finish by 10:45am on Monday, May 8th, and you have the option to linger and enjoy the beauty of Seven Springs as well as lunch, if you choose.

Delicious meals are vegetarian and served in the outdoor kitchen.

On-site therapies are available during break times, as well as many opportunities to relax or walk in nature. We may offer an afternoon excursion during our days together.

Location

Breathe the fresh mountain air

Seven Springs is located near Maryville, Tennessee. The Smoky Mountains are the world's oldest mountains and one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, featuring temperate rain forest climate with over 17,000 species of plants and animals. This amazing biodiversity is the backdrop for the abundant richness of Seven Springs and the rejuvenating spirit of this land.

Take in Nature

Seven Springs features an open air yoga pavilion built with local forest cedar that offers panoramic morning views of the Chillhowee mountains. The ground offer stunning hill perches, creekside spots, and gorgeous nature walks, with a resident master naturalist/ ecologist to provide a guided tour. The center is close to many natural attractions to further explore before or after the retreat.

Accommodation & Delicious Meals

Accommodation & Facilities

Retreat guests will stay in well-fashioned shared yurts of 2 to 4 people. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding, electricity and lights, electric heating for cool nights, tables and dressers. 

Shared bathrooms on the property offer two hot showers, two water-saving flushing toilets, and running water. 


Morning yoga will take place in the outdoor yoga shala. Women's circles will take place between the shala, outdoor classroom, and the 24 foot yurt classroom with labyrinth floor design.


Mats, props, cushions, and blankets for chilly mornings or evenings will be provided.


Treat yourself. Massage treatments from resident therapists are available in an outdoor massage pavilion.

Delicious meals

All meals will be vegetarian, varied and generously prepared by Ayurvedic chef Wendy who lives locally. All meals are served in the outdoor kitchen, as we take in the beauty of the surroundings. Our first included meal will be dinner on Oct 4th. Our final meal will be lunch on Oct 9th.

Afternoon snacks will also be provided. The kitchen is available for any additional guest needs.

Sustainable Living & What to Bring

Sustainable Living

At Seven Springs, you will be woken in the morning by drum or bells as we rise to practice meditation and yoga in the shala. 

Natural washing practices contribute to sustainability, and each guest washes her individual plate and cutlery. You are asked to be respectful of local wildlife (raccoons, skunks, bears) and keep food in designated containers, while treading lightly around local flora.

This is a real chance to disconnect and allow yourself to stay in the space of the women's gathering. There is no WIFI on the property, inviting you to connect with nature and within.

What To Bring

Please bring your own natural toiletries, a towel, and layers of clothing to suit varying temperatures during the day and night.

It may be a bit fresh early in the mornings and chilly in the night, so make sure to bring a sweater, jacket, and socks etc to stay cozy.

A headlamp is a necessity, and bring a pair of light hiking shoes and slip-on shoes.

Facilitators

Aimee Hansen

Creator, Storyteller Within Women's Retreats

Aimee chases big questions with butterfly nets, only to set them free again. She's always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting. Fifteen years ago she began sneaking away from the office for creative writing classes at Central Saint Martins College while living in London, writing short stories and rekindling a childhood love for all things lyrical.

On a quest for more meaningful plot in life, she left her corporate job in London years ago to travel. In 2012, her travels guided her to Guatemala and back to herself. Her intensive studies with an intuitive mentor who called her "the storyteller" and her own passion for human insight started her on an ever curious and unfolding journey into the nature of perception. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective. 


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.


Aimee is most moved by living in harmony with the mysterious sway of her heart towards whatever lights her up from within.

Melanie Champagne

Co-Creator, Co-Facilitator, Sacred Stories Women's Retreat

From a young age, Melanie has been fascinated by sacred stories and mythology. Through theater and literature studies, she discovered the evolution of cultures through art. Her calling to understand human’s psyche lead her to various fields from alternative healing therapies to psychology-astrology. 


She passionately taught Meditation and Astrology for eleven years at Las Piramides Meditation Center in Guatemala. She is currently living in Canada and offering Astrology consultations for individuals and couples, co-facilitating heart focused retreats and holding space for women circles. She is committed to support the expansion of intuition and preserve the knowledge of cycles. 


For Melanie, mythological stories are medicine. They bridge the eternal with the present, the personal with the universal and facilitate the meeting of the different parts of ourselves.   

May we let the stories move through us and let them whisper in the vulnerability of our heart the treasures we long to recollect.   

Yoga: For each retreat event, Aimee brings in a highly experienced female yoga teacher who personally inspires her. She loves to work with awesome women who bring passion, energy, and insight to their practice on and off the mat. The daily yoga practice will be appropriate for all levels, varied and complementary to the journey.

Getting There & Away

By Air: 

The closest airport is Knoxville International Airport (TYS). The airport is actually located in Alcoa and only 25 minutes from Seven Springs. We can arrange transportation services to pick you up from this airport, a $10 charge.


You may also consider flying into the Atlanta International Airport and taking the bus or renting a car to drive to Seven Springs. The Atlanta airport is about a three hour drive. 


By Bus:

Megabus has services into Knoxville from many East Coast large cities, as well as Atlanta. If you choose to arrive to the Knoxville bus station, please contact us to arrange transportation. The bus station is about 40 minutes from Seven Springs. 


By Car:

Please see the address below for the GPS location. We will provide additional instructions to ensure you arrive at the front entrance.


Nearby Attractions


If you have time before or after the retreat, there are many beautiful opportunities to soak up more of the surroundings.


Located less than 25 miles from Seven Springs is the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the U.S. On your way you will drive through Townsend with a wonderful Visitors Center. Cades Cove is also a beautiful 11 mile loops to drive or bike on Saturday mornings when it is closed to cars. Abrams Falls is a nice 5 mile hike from Cades Cove. 

What’s included

  • Meditation & yoga
  • Writing Circles
  • Storytelling
    Evening sacred storytelling sessions and ceremonies
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Site Tour
    Optional guided on-site tour, nearby outing (tbc)
  • Taxes
    All Taxes
  • Transport
    Flights & ground transport ($10-$20 from the airport)
  • Optional treatments
  • Insurance
    Travel Insurance

Available Packages

Shared Yurt

Retreat guests will stay in well-fashioned shared yurts of 2 to 4 people. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding, electricity and lights, electric heating for cool nights, tables and dressers. 

Shared bathrooms on the property offer two hot showers, two water-saving flushing toilets, and running water. 

Price Includes Full Package:

- Morning meditation & yoga

- Morning & afternoon self-exploratory writing sessions 

- Evening sacred storytelling sessions

- 5 nights shared accommodation at Seven Springs

- Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner

- Optional guided on-site tour, nearby outing (tbc)

- All taxes


Price Excludes:
flights, ground transport ($10-$20), travel insurance, optional therapies

Available until Jul 0412 left
$1195
Deposit: $450

Your Organizer


AH
Aimee Hansen
Aimee chases big questions with butterfly nets, only to set them free again. She's always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective.  ​ She works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, plays at poetry, and is writing a book about the storyteller within. 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.