A Together-Alone Virtual Half Day Retreat

With Lisa Genki Gibson & Brooke Teisui McNamara

Saturday, August 29th

8-1 PT | 9-2 MT | 10-3 CT | 11-4 ET | 5-10pm CET 

*Meditation, Conversation, Embodiment, Creative Soul Expression, & Rest*




in love

with your solitude”

-rupi kaur


“i found god in myself

and i loved her

i loved her fiercely”

― Ntozake Shange


“These times are urgent; we must slow down.”

-- Bayo Akomolafe


The world is bursting with action and activity. There are endless demands on our time and on our attention. Always one more thing before the thing that is for us. Yet, without stopping to renew our own souls, we remain disconnected from our life force, pleasure, and creativity. Our giving and doing becomes routinized and dull. Our uniqueness is smothered by the roles that we have taken on, and we are disconnected from our impact on the world.


Join a collective of women as we gather together alone to nourish and resource ourselves from our deepest inner knowing and being. Through this virtual half-day retreat, we will turn our attention inward to deeply listen to ourselves, to each other and the world around us.  Engaging ritual, stillness, movement, intentional conversation, and creative expression, we will create space for rest and renewal. We will pause with other women and invite each other into the potent possibilities that arise when we trust ourselves, each other, and our own soulful timing.


This together-alone retreat is a gift to you, to appreciate the wisdom that unfolds when we create space for ourselves, for those who came before and for those who will come after. It is a moment to pause and feel what is real in our bodies, what is real in the moment we are in. It is a space to honour ourselves and all of our relations, both seen and unseen. A half day for your exquisite uniqueness to be watered and restored.


We would be honoured and delighted for you to join us.

Who this is for:

This retreat is for all self-identified women who:


  • Yearn to connect to their innermost selves
  • Long for practices to restore and nurture
  • Want to gather with a community of other women
  • Need a break from the routines and busyness of daily life
  • Are excited (and possibly fearful) about the potency of their aloneness


We strive to create a brave space that welcomes everyone's full uniqueness as well as attuned compassion for others. We aim to create a welcoming community of practice that includes diversity of race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, nationality, and more.


Our half day together will move between structured time together online and intentional solo explorations offline. The retreat will include:

  • Meditation and mindfulness 
  • Movement practices to fully inhabit your body-mind
  • Rich, intentional conversation 
  • Rituals to connect personal experience to a greater sense of meaning
  • Journaling to tap into your creative expression
  • Time to enjoy cooking and eating a nourishing meal for yourself


Brooke Teisui McNamara and Lisa Genki Gibson are senior monks and dharma holders in the Soto Zen lineage of Diane Musho Hamilton, Roshi. Their intertwined paths of meditation, motherhood, leadership, and creativity are a source of endless complexity and joy. 



Brooke Teisui McNamara is a poet, dance-theater artist, and teacher. She has taught at Naropa University in Yoga Studies and at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Dance. She serves as co-director with Lauren Beale of Eunice Embodiment, an organization that offers cutting edge dance-theater performances, movement education, and creative practice workshops, in person and online. Brooke has published two books of poetry, Feed Your Vow and Bury the Seed. She lives with her huge-hearted husband and two adorable, wild sons.

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Lisa Genki Gibson is a transformative facilitator, coach and systems change consultant. She specializes in helping people and groups bring their whole hearts forward in creating a more just, caring and sustainable world. At the heart of her work, she is passionate about integrating personal transformation and social change to embody new ways of being with ourselves, each other and the earth. She lives on the west coast of Canada with her beautiful family on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.. 


“Lisa has an uncanny ability to help shine light in the shadows, identify what may be holding you back and helped me to move forward with purpose.”

~  Shawna Lawson

Coaching client

“Brooke has a magical charm that sets the tone for a supportive environment. ”


~ Shelly Sharon, Meditation teacher & Life Alignment coach



We have 3 payment options to meet your current financial context.

Option 1 - $125

Option 2 - $95

Option 3 - $65

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. please reach out to BrookeJMcNamara@gmail.com for scholarship opportunities. Additionally, if you can pay Option 1 or higher, your funds will support those in need who wish to attend.



Rest, now. 

Let the weight you run from every day

now draw you down.

Later there will be time to tend

to everything left undone.

Now, rest.


into your own bones

lying horizontal on this ground.


into your dark corners.

Come into this

original nakedness

under all the layers.

Come where all your losses




Don’t rise,

yet —


Be drawn deeper down

into the salt tide of tears.

Let grief wash you,

then drown you

beyond the name

you first were given,

when you reached to touch

your own mother’s face for the very first time,

and she smiled her light down into you.

Now reach those same fingers

for the face of infinity —

so that, opening your eyes,

you will know

the one dreaming you

is pleased with you,

that everything seen

is your self,

and that now is the time

to rise wholehearted into the work

aching to be animated

by precisely you.


— Brooke McNamara