An Invitation to Stillness: Tune out, tune in, and just BE

An Invitation to Stillness: Tune out, tune in, and just BE

August 6, 2019 - 11:41 am

We invite you to settle into stillness

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Our modern world is LOUD. Busy. Crammed full of stuff, people, information and activities. It’s easy to lose your connection with your inner world, your inner voice.

This voice inside you IS you and it is vast and wise. This voice knows you (maybe better than you know yourself right now) and you know it (though she may be a little unfamiliar these days).

She has wisdom she wants to share.

During this simple retreat, you’ll practice accessing your own inner voice by eliminating distractions: by turning off the noise of life and settling into stillness.

An Invitation to Stillness

Join us January 10 – 12, 2020, at the rustic Sacred Grove Retreat Center in Gold Hill, North Carolina, for a weekend of nature, stillness, and listening. During this retreat, your guides – Molly Barker and Angie Stegall – will create an environment custom-made for listening, reflecting, and speaking your truth in a safe space.

We will be forest bathing outside (yes, even in January), asking ourselves powerful questions, capturing what we discover in our journals, and sharing our truths in sacred circles as we feel called.

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Who: up to 15 women who desire time and support in examining their lives. Women who want to be in conversation with their inner wisdom. And women who are ready for a gentle reckoning.

What: a nurturing of your inner voice with the support of Mother Nature. Sharing circles with real, honest conversation. Promptings with powerful questions. Forest bathing. Fireside chats. Genuine connection with yourself and others. Agreements made, steps clarified, and actions to begin when you get home.

When: January 10 – 12, 2020. Friday, January 10th (check-in between 4 – 5 pm) until Sunday, January 12th (check out between 11 am – Noon).

Where: Sacred Grove Retreat Center, Gold Hill, North Carolina, a rustic personal growth and leadership facility. Located on 11 scenic acres in the countryside of Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Sacred Grove Retreat Center offers a place for individuals and groups to gather, experience adventure, reflect, bond, focus, and grow.

Why: Because it is never too late to embrace who you truly are.

Cost: $375 per person (includes two nights lodging in dorm-style rooms, dinner Friday, all meals Saturday, and breakfast Sunday, plus retreat materials). Food offerings will be vegetarian style. *If you have serious food allergies, we would encourage you to prepare and bring your own food.*


Your Guides

Molly Barker

Molly Barker is the founder of Girls on the Run International, the program that uses running to empower girls. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, Molly used her background in social work, counseling and teaching to develop the program. Since Barker founded it in 1996, it has served a million girls and earned her numerous accolades, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Daily Point of Light Award, given by President Obama and Former President Bush in a ceremony at the White House.

Since retiring from the organization in 2013, Molly has continued to grow, evolve and create. She is currently freelancing as a program consultant, helping global businesses and entrepreneurs build (and facilitate) quality experiential content for programs and retreats.

Molly is the author of three books. Her most recent is entitled “The Wisdom Stories: Finding Wisdom in the Ordinary.”  She is also the mother to two children: James, an outdoor enthusiast and guide and Helen, a professional “dog whisperer.” When asked recently what her mom does for a living, Helen responded, “My mom listens and loves people for her living.”

You can find out more about Molly and all her wanderings at

Angie Stegall

Angie Stegall

Wayfinding is the term Angie uses to describe the work she does with people – usually business owners and professionals. Wayfinding is about inquiry, impact, and clarity.

  • Who are you?
  • What do you really want?
  • How will you get from where you are to where you want to be?

Her favorite thing is 1:1 Wayfinding with clients, especially taking them “forest bathing” to help them get quiet and “go within.”

In business since 2003, Angie shares her extensive business experience through seminars, teaching, and speaking (classes, breakouts, and keynotes). She’s spoken to groups at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, MassMutual Insurance, the Western Women’s Business Center’s Annual Conference, Duke Energy, FemCity, Sisters United, and eWomen. She’s worked with executives and their teams at Duke Energy, MassMutual, Doosan, Kuebler Inc., and Corning as well as with dozens of small business owners and their teams.

Angie most recent book is Notes from Nature: Tune into Your Inner Voice by Letting Nature Take the Lead. Angie and her husband Nelson love to travel and recently spent almost two years exploring the country in their motorhome with their dog and cat.

Sacred Grove Retreat Center


What the heck is forest bathing? Forest bathing is the Japanese art of thoughtfully spending time in nature. It’s official name is Shinrin-Yoku. It is literally taking the forest in through our six senses.

What does “dorm-style” rooms mean? Sacred Grove is a rustic retreat facility. Dorm-style rooms means multiple people will be sleeping in rooms. You will get your own single or double bed, but you will have roommates.

What should I bring for the weekend? Because we are gathering in January, bring lots of layers, including outerwear for cold and potentially inclement weather. We’ll be doing a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. Meals will be inside the Grove House. Some activities will be fireside, some will happen in the heated yurt, and others will happen outside at the labyrinth or along the pathways in the woods on the property. Bring your favorite journal and pen. Bring any special snacks you might want, especially if you regularly eat between standard meal times.

What is the cancellation policy? If you need to cancel, here’s are the details:

  • Cancel at least 60 days before the retreat (before November 12, 2019) and we’ll refund your registration fee minus a $25 charge ($350.00) .
  • Cancel 30-60 days (November 12 – December 12, 2019) before the retreat and we’ll return 50% of your registration fee ($187.50).
  • There will be no refunds given after December 12, 2019.