Individual and Couples Transformation Retreats
OnCourse Transformation Retreats are multi-day, intensive retreats where individuals or couples meet with Jim Warner and at least one other OnCourse Associate in a confidential environment to explore and transform their lives. The goals and flow of the Life Transformation Retreat are tailored for each individual or couple based on the Whole Life Checkup. Many clients view these retreats as "well care," an opportunity to take stock and proactively plan the next stage of life. Other clients are dealing with a pressing issue or dilemma that is draining their energy. Their primary goal is to attain both relief from their pain and a breakthrough to a new way of living.
Individual or couple participants desire deeper personal awareness, more authentic and intimate relationships, and a sense of meaning and passion in their lives. From our experience, all participant issues or situations fall into three primary categories, each with specific underlying questions:
- Presence: Who am I? What do I (we) believe in? What are my (our) core values? How do I (we) choose to show up in the world? What is my (our) core essence?
- Meaning: What do I (we) really want? What is my (our) life for?
- Relationships: How well do I (we) connect? How authentic are my (our) relationships? Where and how do I (we) experience love?
OnCourse Transformation Retreats are designed to explore any combination of these categories, both for individuals and couples.
A Life Transformation Retreat is typically structured as a blend of experiential, life-sharing, issue-exploring exercises. We assume participants (an individual or a couple) wish to leave with deeper personal awareness (about their gifts, aspirations, shadows, blocks, issues, dilemmas, beliefs, and relationships) and the beginnings of a no-nonsense blueprint for the next stage of their individual lives and, for couples, their marriage relationship.
You might view a Life Transformation Retreat as a “descent into greatness.” Before looking upward and outward (i.e., "What's next?") participants look downward and inward – examining the pivotal experiences and periods of their lives (their celebrations and their baggage) that have shaped who they are and how they approach opportunities and problems.
Depending on the Whole-Life Checkup diagnosis, we might guide you through cathartic processes that either remove a block or transform a dysfunctional commitment or belief. These processes are like "mini-surgeries" that shift you out of energy-draining behaviors into authentic, energy-enhancing commitments.
Each Life Transformation Retreat concludes with an integration period, where we guide you in crafting a first-draft, go-forward plan to sustain the transformations, commitments, or breakthroughs achieved during the Retreat. This "life blueprint" is a set of specific, measurable resolution statements and action plans for addressing and resolving outstanding issues. Using a medical analogy, it's like the "physical therapy" following major surgery. It serves as the template to ensure that ongoing health is maintained, without relapse.
We also verify that you have capable and committed support resources (either local support or telephone support from an OnCourse team member) for ongoing accountability and encouragement.
Life Transformation Retreats are normally held at a retreat center or private residence offering privacy and access to nature. Participants must be willing to detach from their normal lives during the retreat.
The Transformation Retreat agenda is crafted based on the results of the Whole-Life Checkup, telephone interviews, and online Assessments. The flow of the retreat is normally a blend of:
- Life-sharing exercises where each participant shares pivotal life moments from their past
- A "situation analysis" exercise offering new insights into the participant's current relationships, life problems, dilemmas, and transition issues
- Role-playing, transformational processes, and other exercises for gaining insight and achieving breakthroughs on difficult dilemmas or blocks
- Individual reflection and planning time (we strongly encourage participants to maintain a journal during and after the retreat)
- Developing a go-forward blueprint which is critiqued and refined by the OnCourse team
- A commitment to accountability
Based on their level of local support, most participants choose to continue in an Advisory Relationship with an OnCourse Associate to sustain the retreat experience and maintain accountability on the developed blueprint.