"Healing doesn't mean being restored to who you were before your loss, it means becoming who you want to be after."
-Rachel Tenpenny Crawford, Founder
Set on the majestic Emerald Princess cruise ship, Heal by Choice Cruise Retreat is an 8-day and 7-night all-inclusive heart-healing retreat for those who have experienced profound loss.
This cruise will be hosted by teacher, speaker, writer, and Heart Stewardship Curriculum creator Rachel Crawford and will sail from the port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, November 5-12, 2017.
As a Heal by Choice Cruise Retreat attendee, you will participate in the powerful Heart Stewardship Program, a 20+ hour heart-healing educational course that will teach you how to emotionally process your loss in a practical and tangible way becoming a proactive participant in your healing journey. You will have access to daily seminars, elective workshops, specialized yoga, Teamotions emotional well-being teas, and a caring staff to guide you through every aspect of the retreat.
If your heart is broken and you are desperate for relief from your pain and you wish to experience joy and peace again after profound loss - this is your opportunity. Join us to experience the hope and heart-healing you may think is impossible.
The Heart Stewardship Program is the first of it's kind to focus on the whole you - the person who experienced the loss - not the person you lost. This dynamic shift in perspective allows for heart-centered healing that lasts.
Your heart will be treated with the sensitivity it deserves and protected from unhelpful motivational pep-talks, cliches, and platitudes. You will not be told everything happens for a reason, that your loss is some not-yet-known good in disguise, or that your pain can be remedied with gratitude and positive thinking.
Your pain is real and will be validated throughout the retreat. Grief is not the result of a lack of perspective or the symptom of emotional weakness. There is nothing wrong with you for hurting. As a matter of fact, your pain is a reflection of everything that is right with you. It shows your deep capacity to love. Your love, however, doesn't have to sentence you to a lifetime of hurting. The Heart Stewardship Program will show you how to restore healing to your broken heart.
The Heart Stewardship Program will teach you:
- How to give yourself permission to heal and that healing doesn't mean forgetting your loved one or loving them less.
- How to get to know your heart, not just your grief.
- How to take responsibility for your own heart and become proactive in your healing, instead of reactive.
- How to define and practice self-care rooted in self-love.
- How to care for yourself differently during each phase of grief (withering, surviving, reviving, and thriving).
- How to expand your emotional vocabulary to get acquainted with your heart and give it a voice.
- How to identify common grief myths, misunderstandings, and false beliefs that interfere with healing.
- How to differentiate between healing, catharsis, and temporary relief behaviors.
- How to tell the truth about your heart, not just your pain.
- How to resolve lingering pain, anger, and regret.
- How to resolve guilt and resentment.
- How to implement practical tools and skills to help you take care of your whole self and cultivate a healing lifestyle: this includes the importance of rest, nutrition, exercise, and relationships in your healing.
What sets Heal by Choice Cruise Retreats apart from other grief retreats and support groups is our commitment to a heart-centered approach to healing. You will learn how tend to your heart for a lifetime of lasting healing. Your heart will be the focus of every part of this retreat and with that includes what is part of your experience - and what is not.
As a result, certain activities will not be part of your retreat experience. There will be no group story telling/sharing, no talk therapy, no memorializing of the dead or attempting to connect with the dead "on the other side", and you will not be grouped or segregated by loss type. These activities, while common in today's grief culture, are not heart-centered action steps and work against cultivating healing that lasts.
Rachel believes your lost loved one is honored more in your healing than your hurting therefore the emphasis will be on healing your heart to empower you with the ability to choose how you will remember and connect to your lost loved one after you find healing for your heart, not instead of. As you build relationships with other retreat attendees, however, you may want to share your story during your personal free time and listen to the stories of others. This is both allowed and encouraged. Feel free to bring photos or mementos of your lost loved one with you if you feel comfortable to do so. Sharing your story and to what extent will always be at your full discretion and never a mandatory.
Love yourself like never before and remove yourself from the demands and distractions of life for one week to focus entirely on healing your heart. The progress you will make in one week will surpass what you can accomplish in months and even years of traditional therapy and support groups.
Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul while you spend time in the peace and beauty of the Pacific ocean with full access to the ships amenities including the spa, gym, pools, and restaurants. Allow the ship to take care of your every need while you tend to your heart and begin to relieve your pain and heal.
Mid-week, enjoy beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. Put your feet in the sand, bask in the sun, and foster relationships with other attendees during fun and relaxing days off the ship.
Evening specialized yoga created for the retreat will help you achieve restful sleep and Teamotions emotional well-being teas will be available throughout the retreat for your comfort and enjoyment.
If your heart is broken and you are desperate for relief and want healing, join Rachel and others like her who have chosen the same. You will find an accepting, supportive, and encouraging group of people on the same journey as you. We will make sure you are cared for the entire time - beginning to end - and beyond!
Healing awaits! We have a place for you. Come as you are. You are welcome here. Your heart is safe here.