Relax. Renew. Retreat. Create a life worth living.
We must have the intention to grow as a lotus, and open each petal one by one.
Heal the body, mind and spirit
Find a way to relax, stay mentally healthy, and connect!
About Soul Survivors
What is a Soul Survivor? Ready To Exhale defines a Soul Survivor as a person, male or female, who has been victim of child sexual assault, and/or incest.
When that child was victimized, it affected the soul, and as an adult, that victim, now a survivor, is faced with a life-time of healing.
A Soul Survivor is struggling to survive every single day, faced with anxieties, PTSD, depression, and therefore more susceptible to mental and physical health issues.
A Soul Survivor has needs that are more intense than the needs of a non-victim/survivor.
Why attend a Soul Survivor retreat?
Nurture your mind, body and soul while feeding your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs with people who support you. Feel safe and trust that you are not alone. In these retreats, you will find art, dance, meditation, mindfulness and writing activities that are more intensive for your needs. Watch for specific categories; Women, Couples, Men. You are invited to bring a friend who is a support for you (even if they are not a survivor themselves). Get ready to exhale…
Mindfulness, laughter, journaling, gentle yoga, and time for ourselves are all ingredients to help us on a path to create both gratitude and a life that is worth living.
“I wanted to help others to find a way to relax, stay mentally healthy, and connect with like-minded people so they could be the best parent, employee, sibling, and self that they could be.” ~ Debbie Jaine
Make some time for yourself and FIND A SOUL SURVIVORS RETREAT that will help you relax and renew.
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Why do we ask you to donate? We ask you to donate because those of us who need it the most can afford it the least. Those of us who are fighting to keep our head above water always do for others until there is nothing left.
Ready To Exhale is taking a portion of every registration along with your generous donation, and providing scholarships to attend retreats. Please consider donating today. 100% of all donations go towards funding scholarships or partial scholarships.
I am over the moon with excitement!!
All of my life, I have strived to help others with certain needs, but mostly to try and inspire others to see how wonderful they are.
When I was 48 years old, I found myself having to deal with the remnants of childhood sexual assault. Before this time, I lived my life for others, and not at all for myself. I walked with my head down, talked very softly or not at all because I spent so much time trying to figure out how to say what I wanted to join in on a conversation. By the time I was ready to chime in, the conversation had moved on and even times when I did speak, it was like I was invisible. No one seemed to notice!
Then I began working hard to survive and to thrive. To create a life worth living! I started to notice every little thing around me that was positive. Everything in life was miraculous! A spider’s web, dew on a grass blade, the way the wind felt on my face, and the sun! I am in love with the sun!
I began to practice self-care. I learned a lot from reading and from others. I made a conscious effort to treat myself the way I would treat even a stranger! Stand up taller, learn to be mindful, notice how the air feels going through me as I exhaled, start to see things from a positive perspective. Learn what makes my heart soar, and fill my life with these!
Today, I still struggle at times, but I am stronger! Happier! …because I know I am enough!
I see so many people running on close to empty. Men and women. I see that we need to slow down. Practice self-care. This is how we can become better partners, parents and employees.
This is especially true for survivors of sexual assault and incest. I facilitate a women’s support group for survivors through SAFE HAVEN OF GREATER WATERBURY. (This is one of my passions.) I see the need for self-care and self-love. I know that they often do for others and not for themselves.
Another passion I have is to advocate and create sexual assault awareness by volunteering for the charity JANE DOE NO MORE. I am a member of their Survivors Speak team. We are raising awareness through personal experience.
I am so excited to be doing this work now through Ready To Exhale and SoulCollage®! To provide opportunities so that each of you can love life and yourself just a little more!
“Since ancient times, the lotus flower has been considered sacred by many. Not only are the parts of the lotus used in Chinese herbal formulas to treat different health concerns, but the story of what the flower represents is also very inspiring!
The lotus starts its journey in the mud under the still and murky water of ponds and lakes. As it begins to grow towards the surface of the water, the plant develops a tightly closed blossom. It stays so tight that none of the mud and murky water can get inside the blossom. The lotus continues to grow slowly, pushing past other plant matter and lily pads in the way so that it can rise out of the water. Once on the surface, the blossom, completely clean and bright, begins to open one petal at a time, finally showing all of its inner beauty.
Many of us can see our lives in comparison to the lotus. We all face times of adversity with obstacles that can feel overwhelming or impossible to overcome. Whether we feel like we are still stuck in the mud on the bottom, or are just under the surface, we have to keep growing knowing we are working toward a better outcome and better life! This is when we must remember that if we hang in there and work hard, we can and will come out on top!
The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and its suffering. The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” ~ Goldie Hawn