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the facilitators

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Aimee Hansen
Creator, Storyteller Within Retreats
Sacred Expression, Self-exploratory Writing
Circle Facilitator, Storyteller, Word Weaver, Poetically Souled
Small words: aimeehansenpoetic

 

Aimee chases big questions with butterfly nets, only to set them free again. She's always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, 

understanding and connecting. In her early twenties, she moved to London. In 2003 she began sneaking away from her London agency office, for creative writing classes at Central Saint Martins College, rekindling her childhood love of words. On a quest for meaning and a bigger adventure, she left London in 2008, and again in 2010, to travel.

By 2012, her travels guided her to Guatemala and deeper into herself. Her intensive studies with a mentor who called her "the storyteller" -  and her own passion for questions and insight -  have started her on an ever curious and unfolding journey into the nature of perception. Her work explores the power of stories and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perception. But more than anything, she trusts in the mysterious sways of our hearts and the guiding truth in our bodies, listening to what lights us up from within and moving, again and again, from this knowing. To be and move from that which ignites us.

Aimee worked as a freelance writer in leadership and inclusion for many years, interviewing 100+ women in senior level leadership. She has co-authored a guided retreat journal with Marianne Richmond to be published in 2024, and is currently editing and developing other creative passion projects to share. She has 1000+ hours of experience facilitating the circle. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping into our courage and vastness as women.

"Aimee truly listens to people. She has a beautiful way of asking just the right questions to encourage each person to think with a shifted perspective, not imposing her opinion but rather allowing the person to come to their own conclusions and new understandings through her gentle guidance. She speaks from the heart to our hearts."  (Marie)

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"Aimee's heart shines through in everything she does. Her unapologetic, genuine pursuit of the truth is the backbone behind this powerhouse of a program. Her prompts are meaningful and flexible with a consistent theme of ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ and her ability to create an uplifting group dynamic while holding space is exceptional. In her presence, you will be blessed with her warmth, wisdom, and (mischievous!) humor."  (Heather)

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"Aimee amazes me - her attentiveness, compassion, presence, and poetic savvy. Her collected inspiration, her listening skills and feedback with such respect and sensitivity. Her ability to create a safe container for us to express with soft structure and easy flow. She rocks! So much gratitude for bringing us together and being the beautiful soul she is."  (Patra)

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Every event is a collaboration with the gifts of guest facilitators

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Robin Kempe
Conscious Yoga Teacher, Storyteller, Shamanic Movement

Robin Kempe is a Guatemalan based esoteric conscious yoga teacher.

She combines her deep knowledge of transpersonal shamanic principles, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, mindfulness and pranayama with dynamic hatha flow postures, intuitive energy healing, sound and the power of storytelling to ignite the fire within, open the heart and help us to return back home to wholeness, peace and love.

"Robin brought so much calm and peace and light to our morning meditations and yoga. She challenged me to stretch not just my body, but also my mind, even further. She opened me up and cleansed my soul. The Five Rhythms Dance gave my soul permission to dance with passion. It was wild, emotional, and cleansing."  (Steph)

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"Robin opened each yoga session, each so wonderfully woven into the themes we were working with in the writing circle, with an energy that begged you to show up for yourself. She led a practice that really set me up to connect deeply with myself and be present for the rest of the day. Her energy is a light that warms over and reveals beauty in everything it comes into contact with."  (Katie)

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ceremonies & sessions
For each Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, we invite in extra magic and mystery, through ceremonies and sessions (eg. movement, sound, fire) with more guest facilitators that hugely enrich and expand  the power of our journey by sharing their unique gifts. We gather for sacred connection and expression that goes beyond words.
Mayan Fire Ceremony
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"Aimee is intuitive, insightful, energetic, focused, fun, clear of expectations, and set an atmosphere of unconditional love. I would follow her for this work in the future. She brings women to a new place." (Cathy)

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"Aimee has not only a gift for writing but also for forming a home away from home, where women from many different backgrounds share their stories. Aimee is a true gift - she has truly found her calling and has blessed all those around her as a result. She radiates authenticity and true beauty from the inside out."  (Jeanette)

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"Aimee led all of us gracefully through some tough terrain and we came out the other side softer, warmer, wiser and more in touch with our own soul voice.  She helped me get more out of this week than I imagined I was capable of. Definitely a 'work of heart.' She is a beautiful force for good in the name of women."  (Alison)

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