Healthy Living Expert To Host Costa Rica Retreat

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What: The Awaken to Life Empowerment Retreat When: July 21 - 28, 2007 Where: El Cafetal Inn, Atenas, Costa Rica

Imagine graduating with a Master's degree in Psychiatric nursing and working within the medical profession, only to find yourself training with a Shaman in a Peruvian rainforest who says your calling is helping others discover a new way of being.

Joyce Dillon, R.N., M.N., brought such diverse experiences together, merging the best of institutional and traditional healing systems to help people rediscover a life of meaning, purpose and balance.

Now she offers nine people the benefit of her lifelong healing experience as her company, Atlanta based Healthy Living and Balance, hosts The Awaken to Life Empowerment Retreat, July 21-28, at the El Cafetal Inn, in Atenas , Costa Rica .

The package includes all retreat activities, accommodations for eight days and seven nights at El Cafetal Inn, admission to all afternoon activities, all breakfasts and three dinners at El Cafetal Inn, and transportation to and from the airport and retreat activities.

"Women have claimed a high degree of power and, along with its advantages, we find our days and nights packed with responsibilities," says Dillon. "Few women can find the time and privacy to go within and reconnect to what's truly meaningful for them."

She adds, "Baby boomer women, in particular, are making major transitions in their careers, relationships, health concerns, and lifestyles - and they have no intention to slow down and grow old. Fifty is the new 30, so these women keep packing on the responsibilities - and the adventures - with aplomb. Yet few have the kinds of support they need to make transitions with clarity and joy rather than stress.

"The Awaken to Life Empowerment Retreat is designed especially for such women, to help them relax, refocus, rejuvenate and recommit to the incredible life path that is possible for all of us with just a little help," she says.

Dillon, a psychiatric nurse and certified coach, brings twenty-five years of clinical experience and extensive training in mind-body medicine, meditation, energy medicine and transformational work. She dedicates her practice to helping individuals and groups dramatically improve their health, reduce stress and live a more balanced life. She works with individuals and organizations, including such major organizations as Kellogg, Subaru, Protein Technology, and The Carter Presidential Center.

Though relaxing, the retreat promises a challenging and supportive program, including structured group activities on clarifying what you want for your life, preparing for the changes you seek, sharing your meaningful life stories, awakening your inner awareness, and creating a blueprint for the next steps in your life.

Retreat participant, Pam Cook, says, "The best part for me was becoming part of a group of women that accepted, listened and supported me to live my authentic life."

"The advantages of our retreat over a local workshop are immense," says Dillon, "starting with the essential element of separating from day-to-day responsibilities long enough, and getting the right kinds of supports and coaching, to go deeply within, truly relax, and reconnect with what really matters."

Founded in 1998 by Joyce Dillon, RN, M.N., the company Healthy Living and Balance: A Center for Life Change, offers a full-range of preventive, wellness and life enhancement programs, and courses and private sessions that promote health and inner balance. The Healthy Living and Balance wellness approach is based on holistic, mind-body principles of healing that combine the wisdom of ancient traditions with western contemporary medical approaches to address the totality of a person's body, mind and spirit. For more information about the company, visit:

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