Join me for 4 days and nights on the Potomac in the serene surroundings of Martinsburg, West Virginia where your heart will be nurtured, your Soul will be fed and the Love and Light that is forever your child will be honored. And we’re going to have some fun too!
Together we’ll move our bodies, eat amazing meals, strengthen our connection with the Soul essence of our children, share our memories, cry, laugh and heal. You’ll leave feeling with a renewed sense of being. And there will be some surprises! I’m so looking forward to spending this time together.
Who Is This For?
You don’t need to be an expert in the healing arts, a practiced yogi or have any particular belief system to attend. This retreat is specially designed for any Mother who is missing the physical presence of their Child and so the only requirement is that you are a Mother of Child Loss, regardless of how long ago your child has been beyond their human experience. When we learn how to connect more clearly with our transitioned children, the suffering caused by loss begins to dissolve and a greater connection to our children is much more easily accessed. If you’re ready to elevate yourself to a greater level of joy (because our Children want that for us), this retreat is for you.
What We’ll Be Doing
Although each story is unique in itself, there is a common thread that connects us as Mothers in a Soulful way. During our time together in this intimate group you’ll be learning lots of techniques and doing activities that speak directly to Child Loss and self-care for your personal grieving process. And along with the listed activities, we’ll also be spending time in our Sacred Circle as compassionate witnesses for each other as stories of our Beloved Children are shared. Our final evening together will be a Celebration of Life, Love and Honoring for your amazing Kid who chose YOU to be their Mom! Reiki: Self care is one of the most important elements for the grieving process. In this heart centered activity, you’ll learn and practice hand positions for self-care and be introduced to the energy of Reiki during a sacred ceremony. Handouts will be provided. If you’re new to Reiki, it’s relaxing, easy to do and the only thing needed is an open mind and a willingness to learn. Note: Reiki is a spiritual practice and used as a way to instill peace and promote healing. It is not related to or affiliated in any way with any religion.
Our 4-night retreat will soothe your Soul as we honor the Eternal Love and Light of your transitioned Child. Here are some highlights of our time together….
A very special ceremony created for Bereaved Mothers as a way to honor the forever Love between you and your Child.
Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong
As a Certified Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong Instructor, Tracy will teach you this beautiful tradition, created by Master Qigong Teacher, Daisy Lee. Qigong is a practice that accesses the energy of both the earth and the universe through specific movements and intention.
In this workshop, Tracy will guide you through the process of choosing your stick, infusing intentions into it and then embellishing it in a way that allows you to use your creative expression. This activity is quite calming. Your finished Spirit Stick will be a lovely, meaningful keepsake and personal tool used to assist you on your healing path.
You’ll have time to enjoy whatever fits your needs, whether it be a hike along the trails of Casa OM Potomac, journaling, reading, napping, conversing with new friends or just taking in the beauty that will be surrounding your every moment there.
You’ll experience two different types instructed by experienced Casa Om Yogis.
Yin Yoga ~ a tradition that is less active, more nurturing, nourishing and relaxing. A great segue to a peaceful night sleep.
Hot Yoga ~ a tradition practiced in a warm setting. You’ll be instructed in intentional movements that feed the body~mind~spirit as a whole as it helps to detoxify the affects of trauma and PTSD.
You’ll be immersed in the soothing sounds of singing bowls, gongs and other sound healing tools that reverberate deep within as your personal frequency realigns with the vibrations of heaven and earth.
Fresh menus prepared in-house with loving intentions to nourish your body, mind and spirit.
We’ll connect with the nurturing energy of Mother Earth as we take a short trek into an historical cave on the Casa OM Potomac property. We’ll settle into a space as a group for a lovely, heart-centered meditation. This is a activity that will anchor your energy and leave you feeling fully grounded in your body. Note: Some climbing and crawling is required.
Campfire Drum Circle
We’ll gather around the campfire with drums, creating sounds and songs through the cadence of the drumbeats that reverberate through every cell in your body, releasing the old and opening the doors of your Soul as you connect with the cadence of your personal rhythm.
Tracy will introduce you to a little history and the many benefits of Reiki. You’ll learn and practice hand positions for self-care and be introduced to the energy of Reiki during a sacred ceremony. Handouts will be provided. If you’re new to Reiki, it’s relaxing, easy to do and the only thing needed is an open mind and a willingness to learn. Note: Reiki is a spiritual practice and used as a way to instill peace and promote healing. It is not related to or affiliated in any way with any religion.
An optional activity with many benefits! You may be asking yourself “Why?”. Ice baths have been proven to be a therapeutic activity that reduces inflammation in the body, resets the vagus nerve, helps with sleep, reduces anxiety, increases blood flow, clears brain fog, and many more benefits! It’s not a requirement, but after getting out of the ice bath, you’ll be invited to let out a good yell across the river as a way of celebrating your brave self and the healing it provides, as well as releasing the pain you may be holding on to.
Casa Om is a vegetarian property. Smoking and vaping in the retreat center is prohibited.
About Your Host…
Tracy M. Houchins ~ Wellness Catalyst
Certified Soul Coaching Master Practitioner, Advanced Soul Coach, Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Radiant Lotus Instructor, Certified Grief Coach and Grief Movement Instructor
I have spent more than 20 years in the Healing Arts, studying with world renowned teachers and mentors. My expertise includes Soul Coaching®, Reiki and most recently, Grief Coaching and Grief Movement. After experiencing what I can only describe as a Divine download of information and a unique Reiki frequency, I developed an advanced curriculum of Reiki that I teach to qualified Reiki Masters.
I see myself as a wellness catalyst, an instrument or conduit, and facilitator for others’ healing. I have witnessed many miracles in others and have a rich history of personal healing through my own experiences and a survivor of sexual assault, addiction, recovery, abuse and in 2016, the unimaginable loss of my beloved daughter by suicide. I clearly understand the importance of these challenging events from a spiritual perspective. I seek out the opportunities they hold for personal growth while keeping my sights on living a life filled with joy and possibility.
By enduring these traumas, I easily connect to others with empathy and deep compassion. Further, I have become an expert and authority by way of the challenging events of my personal experiences. My teaching and practice has shown that there truly is an innate power to heal ourselves that resides within everyone.
My love of being in service to others and my ability to rise above the life-altering events leading up to and including Chelsi’s tragic death has led me to create a program designed to nurture and honor the deepest space within the Bereaved Mother as we journey through our grief on the Sacred Path of Child Loss.
I bring together my expansive skills of coaching, energy healing and knowing there is a jewel to be found in the hardest of life’s challenges. This has inspired me to guide and teach others not only how to survive, but to thrive after loss. I’ve learned to view and feel my pain through the lens of Love, knowing that the depth of my sorrow is because of the eternal Love Chelsi and I will share forever more. This has drawn me out of retirement to return to the work I love and help others bring to light the Magic in the Mess. MagicintheMess.com
This one of a kind retreat center, nestled in the trees of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has breathtaking views of the Potomac. The serene surroundings are medicine for the Soul and the beautifully decorated rooms with authentic Indian white-washed carved wood provide a most comfortable, soul-soothing respite. This gorgeous estate has a large custom yoga room and lovely pool, along with lots of acreage to explore. The creative vegetarian menus, designed by owner Hargobind Khalsa, are well sourced, using organic ingredients whenever possible and made with nurturing, healing intentions. You’ll find yourself satiated and the flavors will not disappoint! Please note: This is a vegetarian property, so animal proteins or other non-plant based foods are not allowed in the retreat center. Smoking and vaping are prohibited.
Casa Om Potomac is approximately 90 minutes from both Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. Casa Om Potomac website
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