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Aimee Hansen
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About Me

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.

Trip Styles

Food and Wine
Spiritual
Culture
Nature
Active

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My past trips

Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan
Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan
San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala
Jul. 06, 2018

Reviews

The Yoga Forest os magic and sets the mood. It was great experiencing a sustainable community and enjoy the amazing view. It’s hard at times with no flushing toilets and all but totally worth it. The women’s retreat was incriminou well curated, with themes and activities that really make you experience San Marcos and feel Guatemala culture. Aimee is so generous and patient. She had many challenges in the group this time and dealt with them with a lot of calm and patience. She brings many importante questions, has a big benefit of bringing us to “keeping it real”. Furthermore she is an amazing author and is generous about recognizing beauty in all things. However, and I say this with a lot of caution and care, I believe that since the themes proposed are very deep and therapy oriented, she would benefit from proper training on how to deal with these situations. Many times the safe space of sharing was not preserved due to lack of specific skills from the facilitator. This can be dangerous - specially if we have people in the group with likely mental disabilities. If the themes proposed may not have been so therapeutic it would have been perfect! But if you propose to go there there are many steps that need to be taken care of! Also, I believe the group could benefit more from for free sharing time and allowing the members to share things they have written (which was what happened in the last night). So I would say the retreat should either go totally in a transformational side (and then it needs the proposer facilitation skills) or more in the writing side (then it needs more time for that!). The yoga was great!!! Both teachers are amazing. I am totally available to explain more about my feedback!
This was truly a journey, both inward and outward that changed me as a person. The gathering of women, ages 21-54, each inspiring in their own right, taught me new things each day. Aimee was a lovely curator of our experiences and developed a dynamic program that also brought so much of the local wisdom and Mayan culture.
I believe every woman should attend a women’s circle at least once in their life. I have done a lot of inner work lately but this writing circle was one of the most direct and effective approaches I’ve experienced. Aimee provided a safe space for open and honest communication; anything was ok no matter how small, big, or silly it seemed. For me it provided me with the space to 1) get to know myself better, to understand recurring behaviours and emotions and also to move forward on my path with more clarity 2) communicate better with myself and with others 3) realise that I’m not alone in my thoughts and battles. Go for it, you’ll thank yourself later!
There are some people who, within minutes of meeting them, you know that you will never forget. Aimee Hansen is this person. Her unique and uncanny ability to lead a retreat that shakes, breaks, and ultimately empowers women is some of the most beautiful talent I've ever been lucky enough to witness. She thinks of every detail, hangs on to every word, and makes every single woman feel seen. Over the course of one week, I filled an entire notebook with words, thoughts, emotions, trying to adequately capture the magic that occurred. I've never been so happy to say: I completely failed. Because this retreat isn't something that can ever be regurgitated or described in a way that will do it justice. You will just have to take the leap & go.

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MC
This retreat was fabulous. Aimee had an incredible ability to bring all of us together to the point where at the end of the journey we all felt like we were long lost friends. Her ability to create space and foster the telling of each woman's story allowed each woman to own what story she was telling herself and what different one she wanted to create. This was a life changing perspective shift for myself and many others. If you have an opportunity, do this retreat!
By Maggie Carr on Feb. 06, 2018