Our first workshop dedicated to those in a healing profession is coming fast down the pipeline. We wanted to delve further into the main reasons we’re over the moon jazzed about meeting our first cohort! #Healing4Healers2019
In about two months, a small but dynamic group of healers (therapists, mostly) will be traveling to Medellin, Colombia, from various cities in the US and Canada for our inaugural #Healing4Healers workshop. For most of our group, this will be their first time to Colombia, but surely not their last. Part of the reason we decided to host this workshop here in Antioquia is because Medellin (located in the Colombian dept. of Antioquia) is a wonderful entry point to the rest of the country. We call it the gateway city because many visitors begin their Colombian adventures right here and end up coming back, often for multiple visits or on the hunt for permanent visas.
Colombia is a magnetic, passionate place with a wealth of dialects, customs, slang, musical genres and as much variety as one could imagine in terms of flora, fauna, and landscapes both urban and rural. Medellin is one of the kindest, greenest, and liveliest cities for first-time visitors to land. A few hours in every direction from Medellin is a generous swath of land known as the eje cafetero, or, coffee zone. We chose Jardin for our workshop because it’s one of the most majestic and pristine pueblos in the region.
While we have outlined our activities and itinerary, goals and motivations behind this workshop on this website, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the week’s events, in the hopes that further illumination will set the tone for a radical, once-in-a-lifetime experience for our group and everyone involved.
A place to connect, recharge, grow
Early on in our messaging we posed the question to potential travelers, “When is a good time for those in the healing professions to recover space for themselves to heal? What is the healing value of stress-free time to simply be?”
In other Scarlet Macaw workshops we’ve met numerous health care and healing professionals who could have benefited from a few days (weeks, months!) to recharge and reconnect with themselves right then and there. While designing this program we knew that there’d be a very real need for this kind of sacred time for healing professionals, and we wanted to honor this in every aspect of the workshop. It is our privilege to welcome the members of this cohort who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to create space for themselves here in Colombia, with us and the rest of the group. We know time and money are precious - with that in mind, we’ve created a unique week in both Medellin and Jardin for our participants to: enjoy, grow, connect, recharge, experience, and re-set.
FACILITATOR AND LEADER
As an independent travel outfit, Scarlet Macaw Trips has had the privilege of hand-picking collaborators with whom real connection is palpable and whose passion is evident in the work they do. Both SMT and our collaborators bring unique perspectives to workshops that we curate and design together.
In the spring of 2018, we met Amalia at the Scarlet Macaw Trips and Travel Latina Experience in Salento, Colombia. Shortly thereafter, we began to brainstorm the idea of bringing together healers from all backgrounds to build community and invest a week in their own healing.
Amalia, a Counselor at Delaware County Women Against Rape and Crime Victim Services, obtained her Master of Social Work and Master of Education of Human Sexuality from the dual degree graduate program at Widener University.
She finds healing through dancing Mexican Folklorico, traveling, supervision, professional peers, and loved ones, and cannot wait to create a space for other professional healers to embark on or continue their own healing journeys. She is hopeful that healers can find a sense of connectedness to others, attunement to and appreciation of their bodies, pleasure, renewed purpose, and an affirmed sense of self through the Healing for Healers Retreat in 2019.
Hosted by Amalia, these workshops will include 8-10 members of the cohort and will be therapeutic but not therapy, per se. This experience is devoted to healers working in any capacity the time and space to put themselves front and center to heal, restore, and process. This restorative sojourn will also allow them to address personal or vocational issues and work on unresolved histories or experiences they may have put on the back-burner while treating others.
Upon arriving and settling in to Jardin (Day 2, July 1) we will settle into the chunk of our week’s itinerary. Workshops will in group settings, peer-to-peer spaces, one on one, or with Amalia.
Some workshops will include:
Expectations of facilitator roles, consideration of trauma
Mediation and group culture
Mediation with focus on returning energy into self
Clear communication on group norms and confidentiality
Brief introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy model
Art/participatory activities to gain insight into values
“Strengthening Connection to True Self,” with Amalia and/or co-presenters depending on format
“Beyond Self Care- Caring for Marginalized and Disavowed Part of Ourselves” led by Amalia and/or as designated by design (evening groups, voluntary - based on relations built in first three days, could take a different format - could collaborate with SMT to find a setting conducive to workshop)
Upon return to Medellin, a closing workshop: “Meditating on Taking Committed Action”
Revisit opening meditation and focusing on nourishing self, bringing energy back into self, and slowly transitioning to putting energy into committed action
Weaving throughout the week’s workshop and commitment to the self and growth, SMT has planned a number of local activities in Jardin to complement the workshops and allow for visitors to get to know and experience the beauty and fun of Medellin and Jardin, Colombia.
Our participants will be arriving to Medellin at various times throughout the day of June 30th. That night, we will meet for a drink in a lively part of Medellin to learn names and break the ice. We’ll see folks settled into the Hotel Dann Carlton along the “Milla de Oro” area of El Poblado, a popular and well-known part of the city.
The next morning, July 1, we’ll be taking off for Jardin in private transportation, where we’ll get settled at “El Paraiso” hotel. The lush grounds, greenery, brightly painted fences and walls along with the numerous hummingbird feeders all add to the feeling that one is indeed, in paradise.
We’ll be hosting workshops with Amalia the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July, and heading back to Medellin on July 4th.
Around the workshops in Jardin we’ll also be getting a taste of slow and sweet - but also FULL - pueblo life.
We’ll be meeting up with a lovely tour guide named Daniel who’s traveled all around South America on motor bike and who took us skydiving (would not do that again) but we felt safe with Daniel. He’ll be giving us an in depth walking tour of Jardin the afternoon of the 2nd and sharing his vast knowledge of the pueblo’s history, artchitecture, layout, landscape, culture, and of course - all the local gossip.
We’ll also meet up with him to take a longer “caminata” (hike) through the back roads of Jardin to gorgeous nature preserves, waterfalls, and more. We decided not to make a this a horse-centered activity, but rather, on foot so that we could think clearly and connect with whomever we found ourselves walking beside. This longer nature walk with include a partial coffee tour - we’ll be in the eje, afterall.
At night, folks are free to join up with a new pal or three, or go solo into town, for dinner and spirits. The town at night is quiet but lively, coffee and wine is served at all hours, and the food is all affordable. The only thing that might put you on edge would be the clanging of the church bells on the hour every hour. After organizing so many group trips and tinkering with itineraries, we’ve learned that there needs to be time and space for individuals to breathe around scheduled activities. After workshops and activities, we know that folks will need the space to process or just regroup on their own. Others who are more social might be ready to bound out into town with a smaller group as opposed to quiet journaling or a solo night - it’s up to each participant.
Once back in Medellin, we’ll get participants settled into the Four Points Sheraton, also in the neighborhood of El Poblado.
Participants will then have two free nights (4th and 5th) to experience Medellin. SMT is on hand for the last two days to provide suggestions for afternoons and nights out and about or on the town after our final workshop with Amalia. We’ve got folks covered for a wide variety of interests. Pending time, we can help organize:
Tour of downtown
Private dance classes
Day trip to Santa Elena, home of the “Silletero”
Aguacate or orchid farm visit pending season
Transformation tour of Comuna 13
Botanical garden excursion or El Salado Park (south of the city) hikes
Horseback riding in Guarne
Coffee tasting experience
Suggestions for dining of every kind
Neighborhoods to explore
Museum of Modern Art + Ciudad/Mercado del Rio
Museum of Antioquia, Botero Sculptures
Museum of Memory (dedicated to learning more about the armed conflict in perspective)
What have you neglected to address since beginning your career as a service provider?
Do you wish you could speak to healers outside of your daily network, professional or academic?
Could you use a self-nurturing getaway?
Can you imagine an all-new environment that lets you get some healthy distance from pressures that have grown all-too familiar?
If any of the above speak to you, this workshop/experience is going to be perfect for you.
Visit Colombia, an up-and-coming (but has always been beautiful….) international destination
Honor yourself with a short but impactful travel experience
Rely on in-country experts to facilitate an all-around gorgeous experience in Antioquia, Colombia (Jardin and Medellin)…
Meet like-minded folks while relishing the joys of solo travel
Treat yourself to the time you need to recharge and reset
Eat new food, see new sights, speak new words, get outside the comfort zone and come see what all the fuss is about.