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Women’s Weekend Nature & Mindfulness Retreat for Helpers, Healers & Therapists: Spiral Deep Within to Serve Others from Abundance, Love & Wisdom (July 13-15)

Surround yourself with the beauty & magnificence of nature in Northern MN. Let the animals, woods, and water calm & nourish your mind, body, & soul.  Discover the solace & teachings of the natural world, and experience nature’s powerful healing benefits in this holistic weekend mindfulness retreat.

This integrative women’s weekend retreat offers an intimate setting to listen deeply to our bodies, minds, and hearts without the distractions of everyday life.   In the safety of this co-created weekend container, we grow self-care, & learn to let go of the struggles that obstruct our ability to experience the freedom, peace, & joy that exist in every moment.


We come together for the weekend with opportunities for silence and turn daily activities (eating, walking, sitting, standing, etc.) into practices to deepen mindfulness, insight, and connection. We are invited to let go of everyday talking & technology (i.e cell phones, internet, Ipads, etc) to support each other in experiencing softer, gentler, natural rhythms.

With each participant protecting a shared periods of silence, we co-create a kind, spacious environment that supports each woman’s journey inward.  As we rest in quietude, our perceptions & sensitivity to intuition naturally grows, and we become more attuned and open hearted to both the inner and outer world.


During this retreat, Deb will support participants by offering guided meditations; gentle mindful movement; instructions/group discussions on meditation, innate wisdom, & heart practices; individual reflection/meditation time; small group activities, time in nature; mindful daily activities; mindful eating; silence; and personal & professional consultation based on Eastern Wisdom Traditions, Western Psychotherapy, and Systems Theory.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning & experienced mindfulness practitioners.  ALL ARE WELCOME.


  • Quiet the mind, body, & heart through nature, meditation, yoga, & mindful daily activities, and learn to bring these powerful mindfulness practices to the clients we serve (individuals, couples, and families)
  • Learn practices to soften & open the heart to ourselves, others, and life as it is, and learn to use these integrative tools clinically.
  • Listen deeply to the mind, body, and spirit, & as well as the natural world that surrounds & supports us, and show clients how to discover these same jewels of wisdom & support.
  • Discover your true nature, which is pure goodness & unconditional love, and extend the teachings & tools to clients (individuals, couples, and families).
  • Tap into Innate Wisdom and learn how to use it with self & clients (individuals, couples and families) with an opportunity for personal & professional consultation.
  • Allow the power of nature to rejuvenate & transform you whole system, so you can serve others from natural abundance, fulfillment & connection.


We will be gathering daily at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat, which is Deb’s cozy home nestled in the quiet & serene woods of Northern MN and on the quaint & quiet South Sugar Lake.  Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, swimming on the smaller lake or in the stunning, clear, turquoise blue waters of Sugar Lake (which is connected to South Sugar Lake by a channel of water).  Take a walk on the many paths in the woods; enjoy a bonfire; sit on the dock; or relax, sip tea, & observe wildlife in the spacious screened-in porch overlooking the lake & forest; or take in the fresh air on the lakeside patio.


Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat (Deb’s home) is located 3 ½ hours north of the Twin Cities and 15 miles south of Grand Rapids. (39045 Sissebakwet Shores Rd, Cohasset, MN  55721)

Note: When registering for the retreat, please let Deb know if you are willing to provide transportation –OR– if you need a ride.  She can connect you to each other, and carpooling is encouraged.


Nourishing breakfasts, Sat lunch, snacks, & beverages are provided in the cost of the retreat.  (Please let Deb know if you have any special dietary restrictions.) – You are welcome to supplement meals and snacks with your own favorite food & beverages, and there is a full kitchen at the retreat location for your use.

Dinners will be on your own & at your own expense.


We will be outdoors in nature for portions of the day.  Therefore, please dress comfortably & casually for varying weather conditions.  Also, please bring a yoga mat and/or towel to lie down, blankets, pillow, meditation cushion, slippers, and anything else that may support you in feeling safe, relaxed, comfortable, centered, and cozy.  You may also want to bring a watch, as participants are encouraged to turn off electronic devices during the retreat.


Lodging is on your own & at your own expense.  Book early, as summer is the busiest time in Northern MN.

Note: Please let Deb know if you are interested in sharing a room at Ruttgers or a hotel in Grand Rapids, and she can connect you to each other.

Lodging Options:

  • Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge-across the Lake from Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat (Deb’s house) –
  • Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat -(retreat location & place of silence) – The beds at the Bergmans’ home are all in an apartment type space where all retreatants will share during the day. Because of the coziness of the space & respect for each other, we ask “lights out” be at 10:00.
    • bedroom with 1 queen; bedroom with 1 full bed; & 1 queen mattress in small, cozy loft area- Three women share full kitchen, bathroom, living room, screened in porch, lake, & land. $110/person/weekend Reservation: Contact Deb at or 952.457.8557 to reserve 1 of 3 beds.  Beds will be given on a first come, first serve basis and pd in full prior to the retreat.
    • For the Hearty, Rustic, Adventurous, or Thrifty – You are welcome to camp on our 40 acres or deep into the woods on the 40,000 acres behind our house -OR- set up an air mattress in the garage. $50/person/weekendReservation: Contact Deb at or 952.457.8557 to reserve a rustic option.  Payment in full is required prior to the retreat.
  • Lodging in Grand Rapids, MN – There are several hotels in Grand Rapids, MN, which is a 15 minute drive to Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat.


Earn 16 Group Supervision Hours towards LMFT, LPC, and LPCC clinical licensure.

Certificates of Completion will be provided for healthcare professionals to submit to licensing boards for CEU’s.


The facilitator is committed to cultivating a retreat environment that is welcoming to people of diverse identities, including those of all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, abilities, ages, and beliefs.  It is Deb’s aim that all may feel safe and respected on this retreat.



11:00-12:30 Arrive & Settle in

12:30-1:30   Welcome & Introductions

1:30-3:00   What is meditation?

3:00-3:30   Guided Meditation

3:30-4:30  Individual Exercise -Unwinding Nature Meditation

4:30-5:00 Guided Mindful Movement to release tension & let go of what keeps you from being fully present

5:00-5:30 The Science & Practice of Compassion & Kindness

5:30 Mindful Dinner on your own

The evening is free.  -Continue to practice silence & mindfulness as you move through the rest of the evening and into the morning.  Let the body, mind, and heart continue to settle.


8:15-9:00 Continental Mindful Breakfast at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat

9:00-9:30 Morning Guided Meditation-Heart Practices/True Nature

9:30-10:30 Group Check In/Questions/Support/Instructions

10:30-12:00 Innate Wisdom/Intuition-  How do we tap into it? How do we use it to serve others?

12:00-1:00 Mindful Lunch at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat

1:00-3:00 Mindful Activity -walk, swim, kayak, bike, sit, snack, etc

3:00-4:30 Innate Wisdom/Intuition – Continued, Personal/Case Consultation

4:30-5:00 Guided Meditation

5:00 Mindful Dinner on your own

The rest of the evening is free.  -Continue to practice silence & mindfulness in all daily activities. Let your whole system continue to settle and open to the inner & outer world.


8:15-9:00 Continental Mindful Breakfast at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat

9:00-9:30 Guided Meditation

9:30-10:00 Q & A

10:00-10:30 Tapping into Nature Meditation & Discussion

10:30-11:30 Closing Ceremony

11:30-12:00 Certificates of Completion/Evaluation/Feedback/Future Opportunities & Support

12:00 Good Bye



Early bird discount registration of $410 before 6/1/18

Regular registration of $450 after 6/1/18

  • 3 days of luxurious self-care; deep connection to the rich inner & outer landscape; and grow your intuition & heart
  • Healthcare providers earn Certificate of Completion for CEU’s/Group Supervision Hours towards LMFT, LPC, & LPCC clinical licensure
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, snacks & beverages are included in the cost of the retreat.  Dinners, snacks, and beverages after hours are on your own and at your own expense.
  • Lodging is not included in the price of the retreat.  Lodging is at your own expense and is on a first come, first serve basis.  -Make your reservations today to stay at the place of your choice.


Register: Contact Deb at 952.457.8557 to reserve your spot -AND- pay online or via check to complete the registration process.  (See payment options below.)

  • Join us on July 13-15, 2018.  We will meet daily at Deb’s house (aka Bergman’Cedar Creek Retreat, 39045 Sissebakwet Shores Rd, Cohasset, MN 55721).
  • Tell us if you need a ride or can provide transportation, and we’ll connect you to each other.
  • Tell us if you want to share accommodations & costs for lodging, and we’ll connect you to each other.
  • Healthcare providers receive Certificate of Completion to submit to Board /16 Group Supervision Hours towards LMFT, LPC, and LPCC licensure
  • 2 breakfasts, Sat lunch, snacks & beverages at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat are included in the cost of the retreat.  (Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.)
  • Dinners are on your own and at your own expense.
  • Lodging is on your own and at your own expense. (Reserve accommodations today, as lodging fills up quickly.)
  • Contact Deb to reserve 1 of 3 beds or a rustic option at Bergman’s Cedar Creek Retreat (Beds assigned on a first come-first serve basis and paid in full prior to the retreat.)
  • See Handout: Opportunities for Silence to Dive Deep Within

Deb will send you a confirmation email once you are officially registered and another email closer to the retreat with more details about our time together.  In the meantime, please let her know if you have any questions, and she’d be happy to assist you now or anytime prior to the retreat.  Thanks.  Deb: 952-457-8557

$410 Early Bird Registration (pay prior to 6/1/18)  /  $450 Regular Rate (pay after 6/1/18)

Pay by check:

Mail check to

Deb Hennen-Bergman
39045 Sissabakwet Shores Rd.
Cohasset, MN 55721

Pay Online: (Price includes 4% processing fee.)

Pricing Options: includes 4% processing fee

Healthcare Providers Receive Certificate of Completion/16 Group Supervision Hours towards LMFT, LPC, or LPCC licensure .

—  Sign up early.  Space is limited to 6 women.  —

Cancellation Policy: Receive 50% registration fee if you cancel before 1 week prior to the beginning of the retreat.