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Announcing: The Clarity Experience 2019

Announcing: The Clarity Experience 2019

As many of you know, I’ve been working on creating my biggest event yet. Get ready for an intimate, week-long experience coming to you this September 1st-7th!

Tickets go on sale soon. And, as my loyal reader, I have a special gift for you! Today, I’m opening up just 3 spots for pre-registration. Keep reading to find out how to reserve your ticket before these spots sell out!

Who This Experience Is For

If you are an achiever who wants to stop hustling and build a career you truly love, this experience is for you!

You might be looking for clarity, still figuring out what you want. Or maybe you left your first career and are a few years into running your own business. Wherever you are on your journey, if you love to get things done and believe there is a hustle-free way to make an impact, this is for you!

The Results

Expect an energizing release of what isn’t serving you today.

Expect profound clarity about the life you want and your unique next steps for creating it.

Expect a wealth of experiential reference points, practices, and ideas for continuing to take wise action.

Expect a new community of people eager to support you in fulfilling these dreams.

The Space

We’ll be staying in remote modern cabins on the coast of southern Oregon, surrounded by both ocean and mountains. We’ll be alone but for the horses, goats, dogs, and other creatures who live at the animal sanctuary located nearby.

When is the last time you fell asleep to the sound of ocean waves?

Or walked with squirrels through redwoods?

The Setup

Bring your old school analog watch because this experience is 100% screen free. Not kidding!

Have you had the joy yet of disconnecting from the Internet for days at a time? The first time I did this, I was shocked at how often my hand reached towards the table beside me, expecting my phone to be there. As if I needed to check Facebook before I could take another bite of food.

What are your digital addictions?

Do you even know?

The Activity

Our week will be a blend of unstructured and structured time, each steeped in silence, presence, and connecting with your inner wisdom.

You might take a walk through nature, hang with the rescued animals, create a vision collage in the Art Room, or take a nap outside.

We’ll come together to discuss powerful questions. We’ll partner up to do deep work with our limiting beliefs. Every participant will also have a one-on-one coaching session with me, where we can transform your biggest issue.

How to Reserve Your Spot

If you’re as excited about this experience as I am… April fool!

Hah! This retreat is a dream of mine, and it’s not happening this year.

I wonder, do YOU have a vision that is so crystal clear and specific? Can you picture your ideal future with all of your senses?

If not, there’s something you’re telling yourself that’s getting in your way. Your beliefs are tricking you into thinking you don’t know what you want.

“Our mental stories prevent us from hearing our inner wisdom.”

Mandy Kubicek

If you want to create more empowering stories, so you can hear your inner wisdom more clearly, check out this worksheet To Love Your Career, Question the Rules.

Photography credits: PC1 PC2

Three must-have qualities of any transformational retreat

Three must-have qualities of any transformational retreat

I adore retreats! I have taken retreats by myself, from a Do Nothing Day at home to a quiet week at a state park cabin. I’ve also created and attended group retreats, both close to home and out of state. There’s something so special about setting the intention to simply “be” rather than “do.” To me, a retreat feels like lightness and freedom.

An intentional retreat from daily life feels like lightness and freedom.

There are endless types of retreats. Endless reasons you might want to take a retreat. What I most love to create — and the focus of this post — are retreats that have the potential to transform your life.

We’re talking about retreats that have the potential to transform your life.

Read on for three qualities a retreat should embrace to create space for its participants to transform their lives.


While solo retreats have brought me great insights, there’s something especially expansive about retreating with a group of others.

I led a workshop in April called “Life Lessons from My Dog.” (It was packed with some pretty stellar dog gifs.) I talked about forgiveness, authenticity, and gratitude. At the end, we shared our key takeaways.

One woman said, “I’m going to start a gratitude journal because I noticed I was the only one who didn’t raise my hand when Mandy asked if we’ve tried that!”

This wasn’t about me teaching a concept. She knew about gratitude journals! It was the collective experience of the people in the room that inspired her to action.

It’s about the collective experience of the people in the room.

Bringing together a community allows us to harness the group’s collective power, rather than one leader’s experience, to help each other take meaningful action in our lives.


I’ve enjoyed extended periods of silence by myself and with others. It’s always special. It might bring insight, connection, or even frustration — but something always comes up.

I once spent four hours in the city not communicating, verbally or with gestures. I did, however, set the intention to mentally and consistently feel love for each person I encountered. I’d engage with eye contact and genuine smiles. As I walked through the city that day secretly loving everyone I saw, I received SO much more love than what’s typical. An apparently homeless man offered me a hug, which I easily accepted. I felt safe. As we parted, he said — with zero creep factor — “I love you.” I’ve turned to that memory of feeling completely safe and loved many times since.

A transformational retreat provides space for meditation and silence. Magical things seem to happen in this stillness that our busy analytical minds alone can’t create.

“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You find yourself by coming into the present.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Ways to incorporate stillness include ample breaks, guided group meditations, and an invitation to spend some time in silence during the retreat. For instance, this could be at the same time for everyone, or a more flexible setup where each person can flip or alter their name tag to indicate when they are practicing silence.


Not all retreats have been a fit for me.

A few years ago, stressed out by my job, I was excited to find a women’s retreat near Omaha. I noticed the venue was Catholic-affiliated. I’m no longer Christian, but I signed up because it was “open to all women.” I enjoyed walking the trails and journaling in my private room. However, the Christian-centric group conversations left me feeling like I didn’t belong. Even though the women had loving intentions, I felt eager to leave.

Each of us deserves and craves a sense of belonging. While there are benefits to retreating with people who share a common belief system, interest, or background, the most transformational retreats provide space for you, wherever you are on your life’s journey.

The most transformational retreats provide space for you, wherever you are on your life’s journey.

The topic of how to make an event inclusive is too complex for this post, but I will share one tip: clearly state upfront who all is welcome. For instance, I share who’s welcome and what’s expected prior to registration: “This retreat is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. It’s a judgement-free zone where we strive to make each other feel safe, heard, and valued.“

Join us!

Are you ready to transform your life while being treated all day long? Join us at my next retreat on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Be Your Own is about getting in touch with your own inner power. In this space of community, stillness, and inclusivity, we’ll explore how to be your own guide, leader, healer, and visionary. Read more and register here!

DIY Retreat on the Cheap

DIY Retreat on the Cheap

Ah, to go on a retreat… so luxurious! To get away for a week (or more) and focus just on you – maybe it’s silent meditation, yoga in the woods, or even heart-pumping adventure. But what if you don’t want to spend the money or time? Or maybe it’s Wednesday and you realize you need a retreat, like, now! No problem. Here are some tips on how to plan your own retreat.

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