Whole-Hearted Living Retreat

In just over one week, we’ll arrive in the beautiful mountains of Big Sky, Montana, swag bags in hand, ready to welcome 10 retreaters to a weekend of whole-hearted living. Will you be one of them?

When we think of a courageous, heart-centered human who is up for a Fearless Self-Loving life, we think of YOU! You who are reading this blog, you who are ready to live a flourishing life you love:)

We, Andrea Catherine & Sara Hughes-Zabawa, would love to invite to our upcoming Fearless-Self Love: A Retreat for Wholehearted Living in Big Sky, Montana this November!  A weekend full of yoga, meditation, meaningful workshops, art and creative works, an opportunity for soul searching, hand-prepared, locally harvested food, and even better company!


Where: Nestled in the heart of the mountains of Big Sky Montana our retreat will be held at Moonlight Magic – Sara’s family cabin. For a glimpse of the cabin and it’s breathtaking views, look here. We have additional rooms for participants in the adjacent cabin.

For those planning to fly, Bozeman Montana is the nearest airport location (only a hour away from the cabin). For your convenience, drive share options will be available for those attending the retreat, therefore a rental car won’t be necessary for attendance.  

When: Thursday evening at 5pm on November 2nd through Sunday afternoon, ending before 2pm, November 5th 2017. Departure flexibility has been extended to the afternoon of November 6th for those needing extra travel time.

What: A three day weekend retreat dedicated to exploring how to embrace self-care fearlessly and cultivate wholehearted living (see detailed schedule below). Retreaters will have the opportunity to participate in a Brené Brown’s certified two day experiential learning workshop covering the 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living including:


  • Cultivating Authenticity: Letting go of what people think
  • Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
  • Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle

Each Guidepost includes creative, artistic, and reflective activities to enrich your learning experience.

In addition, daily yoga and meditation will be accompanied with wholefoods (including Ayurvedic cooking demonstrations) and wonderful company.  Meaningful wellness workshops dedicated to digging deep to identify and challenge the barriers we face in taking good care of ourselves will be offered, while education and resources will be provided to support you cultivating the quality of life you desire.


Andrea Catherine: Rooted in her personal and professional experience, Andrea builds communities of fearless self-love. Highly responsible women prioritize self-care, trust their intuition, and live energized lives they love. Andrea is a 500 Hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Yoga Health Coach.

Toni Hughes, LCSW, CDWF: Dedicating almost 40 years to the mental health profession, Toni is passionate about assisting others in their healing process and believes in the power of courage, compassion, and connection. Toni has run a successful private therapy practice for over 17 years and specializes in women’s issues, sexual abuse and trauma. She is certified as a Daring Way™ facilitator. Her greatest joy comes from her family, especially her 2-year-old Grandson Noah.

Sara Hughes-Zabawa, LMSW, RYT:  There are few things as liberating and terrifying as choosing to show up and love yourself, exactly as you are. Sara believes that stepping into a relationship oneself and one’s body is where we learn to cultivate true belonging and balance. Sara is a Masters level licensed clinical social worker, a women’s studies scholar, and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. She is dedicated to helping others cultivate holistic wellness that honors the mind-body-spirit connection.

You: Many of you will have either completed Andrea’s @ home in your body course, or are current participants, others are Yoga students, dear friends, or colleagues of either Andrea or Sara.


If we truly want to experience love and belonging, we must we believe we are worth love and belonging.”

– Brené Brown


Investing in your quality of life through gaining additional skills, strengthening nurturing behavior, and gaining the support of a like-minded community will enhance your ability to love yourself and love those you choose worthy of your time and energy.

And ultimately, because we believe that prioritizing self-love is the most selfless thing you can do!

Investment: For $599 participant’s lodging, food, yoga and meditation instruction, wellness workshops, and Brené Brown’s Wholehearted Living Workshop (normally $200) will be included.

Current @ home in your body community members receive a $200 discount (if you would like to join the January 2018 @ home in your body cohort, you can also receive a discount!)

A sliding scale fee, payment plans, and scholarships are available. Please let us know if looking into payment options would be supportive to you. A 6 month payment plan allows you to pay $105 over the course of six months.

We are eager to share this incredible experience with you. Feel free to reach out to Andrea (734.834.0172 or andrea@groundedhere.com) and/or Sara (sara.hughes.zabawa@gmail.com) with any questions or concerns.


Andrea, Toni, and Sara


Retreat schedule:

Thursday November 2, 2017 

4 – 6 pm Guests arrive and get settled

6 – 8 pm Mingle & Meal / Welcome & Grounding Activity

8 – 9 pm Evening Movement & Meditation


Friday November 3, 2017

8 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 Gentle Movement & Meditation

10:15 – 11 Intention Setting – Why are we here?

11 – 12 Wholehearted Living Intro

Lesson 1: Wholehearted Living

Lesson 2: Courage, Compassion, and Connection

12- 1 Lunch / Free-Time

1 – 3 Wholehearted Living Workshop Part. 1

Lesson 3: Guidepost 1 – Cultivating Authenticity – Letting go of what people think

Lesson 4: Guidepost 2 – Cultivating Self-Compassion – Letting go of perfectionism

3 – 3:20 Break

3: 20 – 5:30 Wholehearted Living Workshop Part. 2

Lesson 5: Guidepost 3 Cultivate a Resilient Spirit – Letting go of numbing and powerlessness

Lesson 6: Guidepost 4 Cultivating Gratitude & Joy – Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark

5:30 – 6:30 Meal

6:30 – Free Time (PLAY!)

9:00 – Evening Meditation (Optional)


Saturday November 4, 2017

8 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 Gentle Movement & Meditation

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:30 Wholehearted Living Workshop Part. 3

Lesson 7: Guidepost 5 Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith – Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

Lesson 8: Guidepost 6 Cultivating Creativity – Letting Go of Comparison

Lesson 9: Guidepost 7 Cultivating Play and Rest – Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self Worth

12:30 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 Free Time

4:00 – 6:00  Wholehearted Living Workshop Part. 4

Lesson 10: Guidepost 8 Cultivating Calm and Stillness – Letting Go of    Anxiety as a Lifestyle

Lesson 11: Guidepost 9 Cultivating Meaningful Work – Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

Lesson 12: Guidepost 10 Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance – Letting Go of being cool and “always in control”

6:00 – 6:45 Dinner Meal

7:00 – 9:00 Group Abhyanga Pair & Restorative Yoga


Sunday November 5, 2017 

Sunrise Gratitude Practice (optional)

8 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 Gentle Movement & Meditation

10:30 -12 Letter to Oneself

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Closing Activity


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