Bow and Arrow

2017 Reflection Retreats

Time to Align

It's time to align your power with your vision. 

Join a reflection retreat this winter to renew yourself, take aim 

and manifest your desires

Sandy, OR

Zeb's Wish Equine Sanctuary Benefit
(Half the proceeds go to Zeb's Wish Equine Sanctuary) 
February 18th 2017
10am to 5:30pm

Hood River, OR

February 11th 2017
10am to 5:30pm

Space is limited to 8 participants

One Day Reflection Retreat Options

 One day Retreat & 6 weeks Private Life Coaching (save $50):  $800 
Retreat & Follow Up Laser Coaching Session (save $25): $250 
One Day Retreat Only: $125 

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Solopreneur's Reflection Retreat

~Postponed due to weather~

Solopreneur's Retreat includes:  
Pre retreat business survey and reflection work, full day small group 
Day retreat, and follow up private coaching session within 30 days to help implement your work

Solopreneur's Retreat Options

Solopreneur Retreat: $225 
Early Bird Retreat Price: $200

 Small Group Coaching 2017 Mastermind:$2250
enquire for application and early bird pricing, starts late February 

This retreat is a meaningful and fun experience to have with friends or teams.  Inquire for private group options in the Pacific Northwest.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?

-Mary Oliver

About the day:

It's called a "retreat" because even though it's just a day, we create a cocoon of support to reframe whatever reality you've constructed and create room for a new one to manifest. This day is about meaningful reflection, letting go and discovering your true energy that pulls you forward.

 Do you focus on uninspiring lofty goals or stew on obstacles? Mindfulness supports us to shift our perspectives to the now, unlocking truth and inspired action. From this place of reflection, beliefs can shift, courage materializes and new paths forward can emerge naturally.

What do we actually do at these things? We're honest with ourselves of what went well over the last year; what you did with your precious time, your accomplishments and what lit you up with joy? 

We get a little vulnerable, sharing our new insights in a safe space, which empowers us to be vulnerable and take action in our outer life. We give 2016 its due depth. Make peace with challenges and define the lessons we've learned to empower us forward. Allow renewed energy to guide 2017. 

There's a mix of guided coaching exercises. We journal, envision, meditate and help each other dig deeper than we can alone. We celebrate ourselves and let go. And eat yummy chocolate with amazingly good rock star people. My mix of coaching tools helps you access your subconscious and truth. Using Patti Dobrowolski's Visual Goal Setting template, you draw your dreamy future and the bold steps to get there. We dream big and seek to unlock your ability to manifest because you truly see the path forward and believe in your ability to walk it. You might see that how who you are "being", has everything to do with how you can create more of what you seek.

Join us and see what unfolds, but kindly leave your limitations at home.

Whether you are an individual, entrepreneur or leader, your level of success hinges on the clarity of your vision and what you allow yourself to go for.

Melanie supports people to create real deal sustainable change with a mindful approach. Show up more fully by releasing your resistance and seeing your greatness, achieve more success and personal satisfaction.  

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Retreat Feedback:

Thank you so much for an incredible, inspiring, and delicious retreat (uh, yeah those choco's were yummy!).  I have been rogue because things are falling into my lap on the home front and work stuff is happening too!  

You are so amazing. Thank you for pouring your energy into souls like mine.  Your name has come up lots in the last weeks as friends come to me with life questions and whatnot and I say "well my life coach gave me this great advice of... .(usually "communicate boldly" - the most relevant piece!)... " :-)  You've absolutely helped me change my life and also have impacted that of many others. Please do keep doing what you're doing... it's changing the world for each of us one at a time. We need more Melanies.  Thank you! 

-KT, 2016

I thought I was helping Melanie out by taking one of the last slots in her visioning retreat in 2010 -you know, supporting a friend even though I didn't really need coaching. After all, I feel like I'm pretty organized, productive and generally clear about what I want to get done. OMG, it was amazing. 

I have a bad habit of not stopping to appreciate the things I've done so when we simply took the time to list them out, it was eye-opening and energizing. Then, when we looked ahead to the next year, it was more than just listing out a series of bullet points and goals. She told us, 'don't worry if it's even possible or not, just think big for a moment.' So I let myself imagine a crazy, unrealistic ideal. And I included everything I've been dreaming about and meaning to get done for years. Why not? Now, twelve months later I need to take her retreat again because I've completed it all. 

I accomplished more with 4 hours with Melanie than I have in 14 years on my own. I tease her that it's the Melanie magic. And I happily budget for it now. 

     -Emily Reed

I'm very excited to begin 2015 with a fabulous understanding of where I'm headed in the next year. I truly enjoyed Melanie's process that we went through to close out 2014 and dream big for 2015. I feel that I have been able to fine tune what my long term intentions are and I'm excited to see all the growth I make this year. I feel confident that I'm on the right track. Thank you Melanie for accommodating our business team. 

-Lori Lishan, 2015

Platinum Wellness Advocate, doTERRA International

I have been taking this amazing retreat for three years now and recently came across my notes from the first year. I was just starting the process to become a non profit and remember some of the steps that I had listed (there were many-and they seemed totally overwhelming) to get to our status AND to grow the organization. Above it I wrote "arrrrghhhh! This is never going to happen" then I had crossed it out and wrote "This WILL happen".  

I am delighted to report that today, we are not only a non profit but a growing, thriving, self sustaining one at that! Melanie helped me get 'unstuck' to pursue this dream......thank you Melanie for seeing my unlimited potential, even when I can't!

-Suzi Cloutier, 2015

Zebs Wish Equine Sanctuary

I took a look at the materials from last year’s retreat, my intention for the retreat was to “clarify, focus and get energy behind my intentions” Holy cow!  
At the time, I was working on a variety of projects but they didn’t all necessarily make sense for me. I was volunteering too much, working on some projects I felt like I “should” but I wasn’t excited about and I was committed to a number of projects that supported other people, but not my own goals for my business. 

Through the retreat I was able to generate a word for my year which was “purpose.” I needed my projects to have a purpose and be in line with my previously identified values of connection, vibrancy, gratitude and integrity. After the retreat I worked throughout the year to finish previous commitments and transition them to other willing people. I was able to deepen my commitments that were in line with my values and had business growth in new and some unexpected ways. 

I’m always able to check new projects against my values that you helped me identify and it’s given me a guiding beacon as I grow and deepen my work in the world and in my business. I’m grateful to you for the help you’ve given me and am looking forward to this years reflection retreat.

-Lisa, 2015

Melanie is an incredible listener, facilitator, space holder, and intuitive and compassionate leader. She is very grounded and resourceful. She not only leads but works right along side you, creating a safe container for processing and doing the deep work we all come to do. 

I am so grateful that I was able to attend her Reflection Retreat. I was feeling so stuck and like I hadn't accomplished much last year at all. But by the end of the day, I not only felt empowered and capable, but confident in myself, my process, and my goals for next year. She helped me to be compassionate with myself, and to see that I really had accomplished more than I realized. She encourages us to reach for the stars and that the stars are very reachable, and that the value of personal growth and giving myself space to process is not measurable or something to be judged. Thank you!

-Hannalies, 2015

Looking forward to playing with you again. This will be the 4th end of year opportunity to celebrate my "opportunities for growth" (the challenges and joys of my life). Reflecting, collaging and journaling have been a very useful processes for me to look at my past and remember the lessons, experiences and gifts that significantly effected my way of thinking and being in the world... sharing all this with the wonderful people that are participating is also very fun and rewarding. Looking forward to number four. 

-Steve, 2015

I feel like I've taken a deep breath and am reentering the world with a renewed awareness.

-Anon., 2014

It is such a gift to step into the space that Melanie creates to learn from my challenges and successes and to find the courage to carry on toward my dreams.

-Rachael, 2014

As I re-enter the world today, I do so with a sense of a greater connection to the whole. I do not feel like I am alone on this journey. We are all struggling with what are essentially the same issues, if viewed from the core. I feel that I am now more fully able to meet that voice that says 'you don't have enough' with: of what? Why not? Do I need it? if so, when and how am I going to change this? Because I can.

-Shannon, 2014

I am so glad that I attended Melanie's 2014 Reflection Retreat. The process helped me to refocus on the values that are most important to me, and to realize where I had been sabotaging myself. I have renewed energy and inspiration for the coming year!

-Faith, 2014 is hard to find words to do justice to this experience. On a scale of 1 to 10 my overall rating is 11. The mix of guided meditation, alone time, and sharing was really nice. It is hard to choose a favorite because it all flowed together. The overall feeling I got from participating was my favorite. I can't think of a more productive way to spend a Saturday. Time seemed to expand in the space created by this experience. I can already think of 2 friends who would benefit from working with you.

-Christine, 2013

I feel like this retreat helped me put my finger on the core things that matter to my journey in living authentically.  It helped me realize that those things are worth building my life around because they are the things that create joy and vitality in my life.  The retreat spurred me to believe in my vision and my ability to achieve it!

-February, 2012


I am available to facilitate custom workshops and retreats for professional or private groups, or community events. Contact me to discuss your objectives and desires.  I've facilitated groups on the topics of Life purpose, Cancer survivorship and Journey, Reflection, Vision, Mindfulness, Empowerment, Gratitude, entrepreneurship, and motivation. 


Past Workshops

Two recent workshops from a community wide event in Hood River, OR:  

The Happy Dance

A 90 minute interactive workshop on owning your true feelings 

while choosing an empowering mindset for joy

Beyond Happiness...

Fueling fulfillment with courageous steps beyond the happiness habit 

for creating a life you desire.

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