Work Life Integration Retreat

April 23, 2018

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“Experience for yourself what other attendees have shared is “transformational,” “fascinating” and “beyond my expectations” at this weekend retreat for women.

Live a more fulfilling life. Now in its 3rd year at Art of Living, enjoy the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and join with other multi-faceted professional women – at all stages of their careers – for an immersive experience that’s structured first and foremost around you. This work life integration retreat will blend the science of personal leadership development, tips on healthy living with yoga and Ayurveda, the stress-reducing power of nature and mindfulness, 1:1 coaching sessions, and the development of a work life plan that supports you in your goals moving forward.

Take this long weekend to invest your time and energy in yourself. You’ll come out on the other side with a plan for growth that’s tailored to your own needs. When you’re back in your daily routine, you’ll be facing each day from a place of strength, with a greater understanding of your unique qualities as a leader, a communicator and as a woman.


“Life is Work and Work is Life, and You are You through All of That.” — Jennifer Connelly


About the Teacher

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Jennifer Connelly, CEO — Triple W Forum
Possessing a unique blend of corporate, public affairs and nonprofit management experience, Jennifer serves as Principal of her own consultancy and CEO of Triple W Forum. As a leadership coach, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and Birkman Method consultant, she leads retreats, workshops, and provides team and one-to-one leadership development coaching both in the US and internationally. Jennifer’s coaching training comes from international coaching and consulting organizations, Newfield Network and Tiara International. Jennifer’s work in connecting leaders with their strengths and helping them become more effective paved the way for innovative training and development programs, executive and leadership coaching, and a work:life integration weekend retreat for women-called Triple W Forum- hosted in Chicago, New York City, and North Carolina.


Guest Speakers

Walter Crawford
Walter is a local government executive and trained professional and life coach, who works with people and organizations to support their growth and development. Walter believes that individuals as well as organizations have the ability to explore possibilities, create new learning practices and evolve to higher levels of consciousness and well being, when supported with guidance, clear communication and opportunity. In his career, Walter has developed and implemented employee wellness programs, youth development programs, and provided leadership development for managers and senior executives. Walter offers professional coaching to executives inside and outside of his organization, as well as life coaching to individuals. Walter is a Newfield Network trained coach with a blend of public and private industry experience, 20+ years in Human Resources and Organizational Development, leadership and career development. In addition, he holds a Masters in Business Administration, and is a Certified Public Manager with a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. For more on Walter, visit Crawford Corner.


Mary Beth Sawicki
Mary Beth is a founding partner at Trilogy Effect, a boutique consulting firm that works with people to surface potential; the best of everyone so that there is ease in collaboration and communication, and their work world is more productive, inspiring and fun. And the fringe benefit? People show up fully engaged in creating a successful future together. Mary Beth’s core responsibility at Trilogy Effect is creating and unfolding connections; her innate gift is being able to see beyond people’s words and actions and to tap into what is really going on inside the individual and the organization. With each engagement, her ability to bring the unspoken into the discussion and ensure everyone feels heard and recognized and respected is beyond measure. In addition to being the wing woman and behind the scenes magic maker for most work sessions, she coaches leaders at all levels. For more on Mary Beth, visit Trilogy Effect.

Ellen Burton
Ellen has been called an inspirational leader and a catalyst for change. Ellen’s initial career as a Certified Athletic Trainer allowed her to contribute to Division One intercollegiate athletic medicine teams (The University of Michigan, The University of Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan University). After 14 award winning years as an Executive Sales Consultant and corporate trainer for international corporations Sanofi, Novartis and LifeWatch, Inc., Ellen courageously committed full time to her leadership Coaching and training company in 2004. Her ability to assist and focus Coaching clients achieving their goals is exceptional! In addition to personal and professional Coaching, Ellen is a nationally acclaimed business lecturer and motivational speaker. Ellen Burton is an avid golfer, community volunteer and is active in her church. Author of the forthcoming book The Civility Project: How Corporate Culture Impacts Wellness, Productivity and Profit. Because of working with her Coach, Ellen is powerfully contributing to the world while happily and gratefully living a life beyond her wildest dreams. For more on Ellen, visit


9:00a – 3:00 pm Optional treatment at Shankara Ayurveda Spa or Clay Studio session on property *highly recommended
10:00a – 1:00 pm Coaching Sessions with Jennifer (reach out to schedule your time with Jennifer + sign-up sheet available onsite)
1:00 – 2:00pm Beginner-Intermediate Yoga Session
2:15 – 2:55pm Mindfulness Walk in Nature
3:00pm Check-in
3:30 – 5:30 pm Full Group Session: Self Care & Settling In to the Weekend Retreat | Managing Expectations | Resolving Upsets & Incompletions
5:30 – 7:00pm Dinner (note: meals are Ayurvedic and vegetarian)
7:00 – 7:20pm Full Group Session: Art of Living Orientation
7:30 – 9:00pm Full Group Session: Framework for Wellness


6:45am Mountain Sunrise Meet Up by the Dining Hall 7:15 – 8:00am Beginner-Intermediate Yoga Session with Jennifer 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am Full Group Session: Reverence: How Kindness Increases Your Prosperity | Insights on the Brain & Personality with the Birkman | Nature and Stress Management
11:00 – 12:00pm Full Group Session: Law of Attraction, Tour & Meditation Practice
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 6:00pm Wellness Activities: the Spa, coaching sessions, yoga, walks/hikes in nature, pottery at the Clay Studio on property
6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30 – 8:30pm Full Group Session: Guided Relaxation
8:30 – 10:00pm Activities: Art, Community Campfire, Music


6:45am Mountain Sunrise Meet Up by the Dining Hall
7:15 – 8:00am Beginner-Intermediate Yoga Session
8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15am Prepare for Check Out
9:30 – 12:00pm Full Group Session: Goal Setting & Insights to Action, Integration Activity & Time in Nature
12:00 – 2:00pm Retreat Wrap, Lunch & Coaching Sessions

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