The Power of Sisterhood:
Using Our Stories to Access Feminine Wisdom

october 4–9, 2020

Omega Institute
rhinebeck, New York

The Power of Sisterhood:
Using Our Stories to Access Feminine Wisdom

october 4–9, 2020

Omega Institute
rhinebeck, New York

Calling All Women of the Future
Step into the life you know is possible with your powerful sisterhood!

  • Do you wake up feeling like something’s missing in your life—an ingredient you just know could be a game changer? 
  • Are you constantly giving to others—friends, family, colleagues, partners—without getting as much in return? 
  • Are the women in your life there by default, and do you feel held back from your full self when you’re around them? 
  • Do you have trouble communicating with friends with openness and transparency?
  • Are you constantly experiencing conflict, betrayal, and disappointment in your relationships with women? 
  • Have you had it with inauthenticity and status-quo connections—and you want to start making waves and rocking the boat with other movers and shakers?
  • Are you eager to create a sisterhood of lifelong connection and collaboration, where you can give and receive unconditional support?

If you said yes to any of these questions, The Power of Sisterhood: Using Our Stories to Access Feminine Wisdom is for you!

You are a born leader who knows in her bones that while sisterhood can bring on its fair share of frustration and challenges, it also offers lasting transformation and the full experience of being seen, as well as loved for all of who you are.

Create the deep connections you need to move beyond your limiting beliefs and stories, confront your shadows, strengthen your bonds with women, and work with your chosen sisters to create change in your life and community.

Through a series of simple but powerful exercises that spur curiosity, empathy, and healing, you will forever transform your vision of sisterhood. And you’ll be doing it in a nonjudgmental, safe, and brave space where you can experience the full spectrum of the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.

COUNT ME IN!

when women support women, we transform the world

“She’s such a bitch.”

“What a drama queen.”

“I can’t believe she wore that.”

“She’s just trying to be like a man.”

“She only ever thinks about herself.”

So much of our unconscious dialogue about other women is framed by untruths, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings. Not to mention, too many of us harbor stories of betrayal, abandonment, and loss when it comes to sisterhood. 

So how can we transform patterns of disempowerment into true connection that can fuel our personal lives and professional endeavors?

When we experience disconnection from other women, this is usually because we have chosen stories that perpetuate this. Stories are gateways to our wisdom and most important life lessons; they are also the entry point into how we navigate conflict.

The Power of Sisterhood is for all women who want to expand their capacity for connection and their ability to step into supportive sisterhood with truth, grace, and openness. By owning our existing stories about sisterhood and harnessing bold new ones, we can show up in our world with clarity and awareness of how, as women, we can bring about individual and collective transformation.

In this retreat you’ll be guided through an intimate, powerful process for transforming sisterhood wounds so that you can experience healing, empowerment, and connection—not just to the women in your life, but to yourself as a feminine being. You’ll be supported in identifying and diving into your most heartfelt personal stories to build trust and confidence, and to take meaningful action in your life.  

In this retreat, you will:

  • Experience the power of sisterhood and community, and be witnessed by other courageous women as you stand in your truth
  • Identify personal and societal obstacles that keep you from deeply connecting with other women, including shame, secret-keeping, and sisterhood wounds
  • Lean into the “hard conversations” and learn to approach conflict in your relationships with women with grace and transparency
  • Step into a supportive sisterhood, both personally and professionally, and eliminate toxicity and passive-aggressiveness in your relationships with women, once and for all
  • Tap into and access the Feminine Thread of sisterhood that connects all women across space and time and provides a powerful path to personal growth and community building

This retreat incorporates journaling, role playing, and experiential exercises, as well as trust-building activities with partners, small groups, and the larger group. You’ll be encouraged to leverage your most authentic, heartfelt personal stories to build connection, take risks, and embrace sisterhood in all aspects of your life.  

“Sisterhood is important because we are all we have to stand on. We have to stand near and by each other, pray for one another, and share the joys and the difficulties that women face in the world today. If we don’t talk about it amongst ourselves, then we are made silent by the patriarchy, and that serves us no purpose.” —Ntozake Shange

I’m In!

 

the Details

october 4–9, 2020

omega institute
150 lake dr
rhinebeck, ny 12572

Count Me In!

Love from retreat participants

The Your Messy Brilliance® Retreat was extraordinary on many levels. I loved the practices and surprises, as well as the tenderness and opportunities for connection. I would love to continue and deepen the work through ongoing women’s circles and other events.

Jana Pallis, Kirkland, WA

The way that you were able to create a space for women to come together and grow together was awesome. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this wonderful retreat.

Amy White, San Francisco, CA

At first, I didn’t want to share my story with the group—and then knew I had to…because shame likes to be secret. Having women come up to me afterwards and share that it was their story too was healing and freeing. Huge revelations and healing happened. I felt emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically lighter at the end of the retreat on Sunday. I was surprised at how ‘held’ I felt in that space. Giving myself the permission to feel and process my own stuff and not someone else’s takes a sacred space. Thank you for providing that, as I was able to get through some resistance and feel peaceful.

Brenda Reiss, Redmond, WA

I loved having the opportunity to work one on one with other women in the group. I loved the flow of all the sessions, as well as the willingness to allow what needed to happen at the time. There was so much space to allow masks and layers to fall away. I also loved meeting new friends, listening to each other, crying, feeling both pain and laughter, and releasing together.

Jill Nichols Hicks, Founder of Illuminating Women, Issaquah, WA

The safe container was beautiful, and the invitation for fun and ‘no rules’ was refreshing. I got to do some much-needed healing; I was also able to speak my truth about an old story and begin rewriting a new one! Being able to share with others who are not directly connected to my inner circle was wonderful. I was touched and in awe of the beautiful Wf1 staff. Each of you touched me with your kindness, and I will never forget how you all made me feel. Kelly and Nirmala….wow! Thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

Angela Caceres, Temecula, CA

I loved having permission right up front to do whatever I needed for my own self-care. Everything had a place and purpose for me, and everything fit together in the end. The mantra I created during one of the exercises, ‘I will own my brilliance,’ will serve me for the rest of my life. Without even consciously trying to transform, the steps/exercises from the retreat gently guided me into alignment with myself, and I feel it on a cellular level. It is now embodied for me.

Beth Halleck, Winona, MN

After this retreat, I feel more in touch with my own purpose and feel supported and legitimized in fulfilling that purpose.

Eileen Rossignol, Everett, WA

Everything was so well planned and thought out. A memorable experience that I will remember for a lifetime. Kelly, you and your amazing tribe are making a difference in the world, one wonderful woman at a time. Thank you.

Shelley Hewins, BC, Canada

Wow wow, I’m just going to say it one more time—WOW! First of all, Kelly and Nirmala are amazing at what they do! They are really gifted, and they’re great presenters. I didn’t know what to expect when I got there, but I was the fortunate recipient of so much healing! I really needed some further help with overcoming childhood issues. They had so many methods and activities that brought me terrific awareness. I’m a better person for having attended the Courageous Truthtelling retreat! Thank God for these women! Get over to one of their events—you’ll heal your ass off!

Mary Barras, Austin, TX

Thanks for an amazing retreat. I was finally able to put my story down on paper after so many years. It was so healing to write down a loose timeline that indirectly caused the events in my life to unfold the way they did (and to take responsibility for them). The three intentions I set were to be fearless with the truth, be authentic, and gain clarity. It was very empowering to face the truth head on and meet all my intentions. I really felt like it sunk in! Now I know that writing my story would expand my comfort zone, and perhaps it would help someone, too.

Ro

I would like to thank Kelly and the entire group for giving me a chance to attend this important retreat in the U.S. all the way from Africa. Thank you once again for the love and respect you have given me during this event. I am proud of you and myself.

Mary Akeyo Amollo, Kenya

Deepen your sense of connection to yourself and other women by registering for this powerful workshop. The Omega Institute is the perfect backdrop for our sisterhood experience—a soul-satisfying place with beautiful grounds and a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you want to lounge by the lake, get a massage, or take in a yoga or dance class, it’s perfect for connecting with new and old friends, or simply soaking up a little “me” time.

Find out more about the Omega Institute here.

Sign up for a spot in The Power of Sisterhood here.

FAQs

It’s for all self-identified women, ages 18 and up, who are ready to expand their vision of sisterhood in a safe and supportive environment.

It will be at the beautiful 250-acre Omega Rhinebeck, NY Campus located in the Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of New York City.

Yes. You have the option of staying on campus or commuting for the Power of Sisterhood workshop. The all-inclusive stay is per person and includes lodging, three meals per day in the Omega Dining Hall, and an array of activities such as yoga, meditation, and many other offerings. The commuter fee covers three meals per day in the Omega Dining Hall and full access to their campus amenities. See Commute for more information.

Please note that Omega lodging can sell out quickly. We encourage you to plan ahead in making any reservations.

The retreat fee, which you will pay directly through Omega’s website, includes the tuition for the full cost of your workshop and the time spent in class with the faculty. Please visit the Stay With Us page for on-campus accommodation choices, which include meals and other site amenities for those who wish to stay on site; visit the Commute page if you will not be staying overnight on campus.

We are capping attendance at 60 women. 

The retreat will be led by Wf1 Founder Kelly McNelis, and Wf1 Director of Creative Content and Strategy Nirmala Nataraj, who both developed the curriculum for the retreat over years of working with Wf1’s global community.

The retreat starts on Monday morning and ends Friday at lunchtime. For more details on the schedule, go here. The schedule is subject to change, so stay tuned for updates on the Wf1 website.

Although we will be sending you a more detailed agenda closer to the retreat, we want you to allow our time together to unfold organically rather than stressing about what’s next. We want this to be an opportunity to sink deep into yourself and enjoy each moment as it comes—and to welcome surprises! Just know that the week will include group sessions and shares, journaling prompts, and exercises with partners and small groups. There will also be ample opportunities for you to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Omega, as well as daily yoga, meditation, and other classes. You can also opt for a healing arts session at the on-site spa.

You can expect a nurturing and peaceful getaway at one of North America’s largest sanctuaries for holistic education. For more information about registration and arrival (including information on what to bring, as well as Omega’s refund and cancellation policy), go here, and for information about accommodations, go here.

You can find out more about location, transportation options, and closest airports here.

You can find more about Omega’s dining policies here.

No problem, that’s what we’re here for! Just shoot us an email at info@womenforone.com.

About your Facilitators

 

Kelly McNelis (Lead Facilitator) is the founder of Women For One, a global community that empowers women to embrace their voices and make life happen, on their own terms. With over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit and small-business consultant, Kelly empowers generations of women around the world to build the relationships, community, and confidence they need to achieve their wildest dreams. She travels the world as a speaker, teacher, and facilitator of workshops, helping others tap into lives powered by truth. Kelly’s dedication to truthtelling helps women and men share their powerful stories with the world. She is a bestselling author whose first book, Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman, was released in Fall 2017 by Enrealment Press. Kelly has appeared in numerous national and international publications, as well as on radio and television; she will be featured in the April 2019 issues of Entrepreneur and O! magazines. She finds daily inspiration in spending time with her husband and children in her home outside of Seattle.

 

Nirmala Nataraj (Co-Facilitator) is a New York–based writer, editor, book midwife, theater artist, and mythmaker. Her work lives at the crossroads of creativity, mythology, storytelling, and collective liberation. As a multi-genre collaborator and creative facilitator, she believes in generative solutions in the midst of chaos, the coexistence of messiness and magic, and breathtaking beauty as a natural consequence of this wild ride. She is trained in a variety of methods of narrative-based collective healing, including Family Constellations, Psychodrama, Playback Theatre, and Theatre of the Oppressed. Some of the passions she brings to facilitation include movement (especially 5 Rhythms), guided visualization, and creative writing from unexpected prompts. Nirmala is Women For One’s Director of Creative Content and Strategy, and she has co-created experiential courses and resources for our global community of Truthtellers to help them step into their wisdom. Find out more about Nirmala at nirmalanataraj.com

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Hi, I’m Kelly McNelis. I’m the founder of Women For One, a global community that supports women in sharing their stories, claiming their voices, and making life happen on their own terms. We advocate for women who are ready to step up, speak out, and shine—all while expressing themselves with vulnerable transparency.

I’m passionate about community, connection, collaboration, and creating the lives we want as women. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a mentor, and a businesswoman who is messy, genuine, and perfectly imperfect. And now that you’re here with me, I hope you’ll sign up for my retreat and share your own perfectly imperfect self with me.
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wf1 + Kelly

Hi, I’m Kelly McNelis. I’m the founder of Women For One, a global community that supports women in sharing their stories, claiming their voices, and making life happen on their own terms. We advocate for women who are ready to step up, speak out, and shine—all while expressing themselves with vulnerable transparency.

I’m passionate about community, connection, collaboration, and creating the lives we want as women. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a mentor, and a businesswoman who is messy, genuine, and perfectly imperfect. And now that you’re here with me, I hope you’ll sign up for my retreat and share your own perfectly imperfect self with me.
Learn about Kelly Learn About WF1