Divine Beauty–A Women's Retreat
The First Women's Retreat
SOS's first retreat, simply called A Women's Retreat, was held in Boston, Massachusetts ten years ago. Four women spoke on the theme "The Circle of Life" (thank you, Lion King): Raising Spiritual Children, Midlife Crises, The Professional Woman, and Spirituality and Aging.
The talks centered on the role meditation plays in coping with aspects of life most women share. Each speaker spoke from her own background and life experience. Each spoke from the heart about how meditation had carried her through rough spots in her life, how it shielded her from the anger of others and diminished her own, and how the experience gained in meditation, of her connection with her inner divinity (soul), allowed her to face growing older without fear, strengthened from within.
Something special happens when women get together in an atmosphere that encourages openness. Walls come down. When you add meditation to the mix, you get an outpouring of love.
October program in Lisle, Illinois
The recent October retreat at the SOS Center opened with an exploration of the three archetypes of the feminine divine embedded in every woman's experience: "The Maiden, the Mother, and the Wise Woman." The premise of the talk was getting in touch with our inner wisdom as expressed through these archetypes, we can chart a clearer path toward our spiritual goal.
Benefits of women's retreat
Over the years, SOS has sponsored ten retreats. The title, "Divine Beauty," pays homage to the beauty lying within every woman–in fact, in every soul. The themes have changed, the titles of the talks have changed, but the gift of being able to draw women from all backgrounds to this special day has remained constant. Each day-long retreat includes a complimentary vegetarian/vegan lunch and plenty of meditation time.
The women who attend span all ages. At this last event, the youngest was ten and the oldest, 97. Their comments all expressed their appreciation and gratitude: "I loved the beautiful energy of the collaboration of meditation and women . . . I enjoyed the peace of the workshops . . . meeting wonderful and powerful women . . . the knowledge and giving spirit of the presenters."
The Divine Beauty retreats continue to be held throughout North America. Coming in March, 2020 are retreats in Washington, DC, Amityville, New York, Toronto, Canada, and Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
You can find SOS programs here. (https://www.sos.org/