March 22 – 24 Power of Women Retreat Kathy Stringer
Join us for a three day all inclusive retreat at the beautiful
NaMestoy Farm's Retreat Center in Cumming GA on Friday March
22 – Sunday, March 24 as we celebrate the power of women
coming together with a shared intention to release suffering
and re-frame our perspectives. Our journey is intended to
create a safe place to focus on our deepest desires and to
clarify what is holding us back from living them. We will be open
to how we are divinely led from a powerful place of surrender to
accepting “what is” and releasing the resistance that is causing
suffering. In the beauty of NaMestoy, we’ll come together in community
to share laughter and tears as we take a much needed “Retreat”
from the world around us.
About Karen Cole
Karen is becoming a celebrity in the field of education. Forsyth County news did a feature article about her accomplishments, and the information about her keeps spreading to more and more schools and more and more newspapers. She's a busy lady these days. The Forsyth paper wrote, "Longtime Forsyth Central High School special education teacher Karen Cole transitioned into a new role as the school's first-ever wellness coach... The in-school suspension room was transformed into a space called "The Well," where technological devices are prohibited and bean bag chairs are the preferred mode of seating."
"It's like you're going there to replenish yourself," Central principal Mitch Young said....she uses many of the same coping methods she was using with her special education students and shares them with the rest of the school's population. These are methods she had learned and incorporated into her own life to deal with anxiety and depression to help her students: breathing, gratitude journals, positive reinforcement...Just having a basic belief in yourself that they were relevant as people and that they were capable of doing anything that they wanted to do,...especially be successful in school."
Young initially rebuffed the idea, but he was forced to reconsider after an increasing number of the school's students were in states of emergency. Through Signs of Suicide, an anonymous survey program, Central found its freshmen class had a higher rate of depression than the national average. The school did further research that found that even students plugged into clubs, athletic teams and the STEM academy were showing signs of it too. Young talked to the school district about creating the position and was given full support, along with a model for the wellness center to emulate in Marietta High School. Young and Cole visited the school's facility and brought back ideas.
Central first introduced the center to students through voluntary visits from freshmnan P.E. classes, and teachers were encouraged to bring their classes. Five weeks into the school year, Central began its "power hour" lunch initiative on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and Cole opened up the wellness studio for voluntary 20-minute mindfulness breathing sessions for any