Your Messy Brilliance® 2.0

A Retreat for Women Who Are Ready to Make Life Happen

march 12–15, 2020

redmond, washington

Your Messy Brilliance® 2.0

A Retreat for Women Who Are Ready to Make Life Happen

march 12–15, 2020

redmond, washington
  • Do you long to break free from the shackles of perfectionism?
  • Are you a passionate, creative woman who wants to be a catalyst for change—by being fully and authentically YOU?
  • Do you want to access your deepest truth to inspire others…but you’re not quite sure where to start?
  • Are you a soul seeker who’s ready to deep-dive into your most foundational life experiences and rewrite the story of your life so you’re the one in the driver’s seat?
  • And are you eager to create a sisterhood of lifelong connection and collaboration—while crying cathartic tears and laughing your ass off in the process?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Your Messy Brilliance® 2.0: A Retreat for Women Who Are Ready to Make Life Happen, is for you! If you want more information, enter your email below and we will get you the details as soon as we have them!

It’s time for you
to step up, speak out, and shine

Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have revealed the need for women to share our most powerful stories with each other and the world. During our retreat, we will embrace one foundational truth: Each and every one of us has a powerful story to tell. When we encourage each other to step up, speak out, and shine, we cultivate authentic connection with ourselves and each other.

This retreat is a safe space for like-hearted women who are ready to make life happen on our terms. From Thursday night to Sunday morning, we’ll engage in:

  • Spirited discussion in partners, small groups, and the larger group
  • Soulful movement sessions
  • Vulnerable writing and sharing exercises
  • Experiential activities that expand our creativity and joy
  • Trust-building exercises that prove that when we have each other’s back, everything is possible!

We can’t wait to see you there! Enter your email below and we will send you details as soon as we have them, or email our Communications Director, Abby Taylor, here.

Love from retreat participants

“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 Omollo, Kenya

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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.”

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Get ready to
fall in love with yourself!

Your Messy Brilliance® emerges from close to a decade of Women For One empowering thousands of women across the globe to make life happen. It was designed for you—the courageous, truthtelling, kickass woman who longs to build trust in yourself and the universe. It’s for the woman who’s ready to take decisive action and connect to her true voice and genius.

The best part? There are no rules! We have lots of fun planned for the weekend, but if you ever feel that you need to sleep in or step out of the room, we’re here to support you. During our breakout sessions and group gatherings, you can opt for personal reflection time without suffering from a case of FOMO! We’ll have plenty of suggested activities for women who need their alone time, so you can rest assured that you’re getting every drop of content we have for you. The only rule is that you take care of yourself and ask for what you need. This is your time!

 

AT the retreat, you will:

  • Learn to express your most heartfelt stories and truths through intimate sharing and connection
  • Identify obstacles that keep you from living your truth—and find concrete solutions for maximum self-expression and authenticity
  • Tap into your essential feminine aliveness, which lives in the intelligence of your body
  • Access your unique voice and use it powerfully—even when it might be shaking
  • Experience the power of community, collaboration, and sisterhood

 

As part of the experience, you will also receive:

  • A beautiful binder with special worksheets and interactive exercises for the weekend
  • A PDF version of Kelly McNelis’s bestselling book, Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman 
  • Delicious and nutritious organic meals
  • Time for daily movement and relaxing walks 
  • Plenty of unstructured opportunities for naps, journaling, or whatever else you need for self-care

 
 

the Details

MARCH 12–15, 2020

MARRIOTT Hotel
REDMOND, Washington

If you are interested in attending the retreat, email us here, or enter your email below and we will send you the details when we have them.

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

Retreat schedule

EVENT DATES: march 12-15, 202o
retreat location

Marriott Hotel
7401 164th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Enter your email below to get the details as soon as we have them!

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

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

FAQs

The retreat fee includes the tuition for the weekend, all meals except dinner, and the priceless connections you’ll make with the other women. You’ll also get: a binder with worksheets and exercises; and a PDF version of Kelly McNelis’s bestselling book, Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman. The fee does not include your airfare or accommodations, although the Marriott is offering a special retreat rate to all registered participants.

We are capping attendance at 50 women. We are purposely keeping it on the smaller side in order to create an intimate and connected environment.

The retreat will be led by Women For One Founder Kelly McNelis and Content Alchemist Nirmala Nataraj.

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 weekend will include some gentle movement, group sessions and shares, journaling prompts, and exercises with partners and small groups.

It’s for all women, ages 18 and up, who are ready to make life happen and connect to their most powerful stories in a safe and supportive environment.

It is going to be held at the Marriott Hotel in beautiful Redmond, Washington.

We have the room block at the Marriott for the sake of convenience and so you have ample time to bond with your fellow participants. However, you are welcome to book your stay elsewhere, although we encourage you find a place that’s in close proximity to the retreat.

You can fly into the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, which is about 30 minutes from Kirkland. Rideshare options like Lyft and Uber are easy and available from the airport, and typically range from $40 to $55. You can also choose to take a bus, although this would add about an hour to your trip. Registered participants will be in a private Facebook group where they can arrange to share rides to and from the airport.

Spring in the Pacific Northwest can be unpredictable, so we encourage you to bring layers, including scarves, sweaters, jackets, etc. As we’ll be doing some light movement and lots of activities throughout the day, bring clothing that is comfortable and that you can move around in easily, such as yoga pants or other casual, breathable wear.

We’ll be providing supplies like pens and notebooks. The facility will provide chairs, but if you’d like to sit on the floor, feel free to bring your own yoga mat, backjack, or cushions. We’ll also be providing snacks throughout the day, and we advise bringing your own refillable water bottle.

Not at all. We’ll be sending all registered participants a questionnaire that allows us to collect important information, including stuff like food restrictions. We’ve got you covered!

Currently, no. However, as we explore funding options and sponsorship opportunities, we hope to be able to offer partial and full scholarships to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford attending, for future retreats.

We will offer refunds on a case-by-case basis, but generally, our policy is that we will allow you to transfer your ticket to a friend if you can’t make it, or we will give you credit that can be used toward any of our online courses or upcoming events.

That’s why we’ve created a special private Facebook page especially for retreat participants! It’ll be a place to meet other participants (and even make ride and travel arrangements), share more about yourself, and get your questions answered by Women For One staff. Kelly will also be doing a couple Facebook live sessions for the group as we count down to the retreat. Registered participants will receive an invitation to join the Facebook group shortly after they sign up for the retreat.

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

Want to learn more? Enter your email below and we will send you details as soon as we have them!

Sponsors

If you’re interested in donating to our swag bags or becoming a sponsor for our retreat or any of our upcoming Truthteller Tours, please email us at info@womenforone.com

Love from retreat participants

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

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

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

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

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

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