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Lifeshop II - Ottawa/Gatineau (FULL)

May 26-28, 2023
Please add your name to the waiting list to reserve your space.

What is a Transition Lifeshop™?

The Transition Lifeshop™ is a two-day, two-night retreat composed of eight to ten women and one facilitator. The participants are put through a series of exercises that will enable them to::

  • Recognize how transitions challenge our sense of identity.
  • Embrace transitions as a wonderful opportunity for growth.
  • Remind participants why they chose to make the change.
  • Learn to create mind-maps as a way forward to eliminate limiting beliefs.
  • Identify and build a unique support system.
  • Become vulnerable and connected to the other participants in the Lifeshop™.

The essential elements of this retreat were developed 50 years ago by Marcellin Perron in Dolbeau, Quebec. More than 4000 participants, both men and women, have attended the retreats which continue to be held to this day.

The retreat uses neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) tools to tap into limiting beliefs, meta-programs, and to help identify stress triggers and patterns. It is NOT therapy. It is NOT religious. It is an opportunity to connect with other participants at a very deep level, to develop profound friendships within only a few days, and to pull on resources that will enable participants to lean on one another through challenging transitions.

Who should participate in these Lifeshops™?

These Transition Lifeshop™ are designed for women: veterans, soon-to-be veterans, wives or partners of veterans, and members of the RCMP.

Is the Transition Lifeshop™ right for me, right now?

Although the Transition Lifeshop is beneficial for most people, it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment and our capacity as a nonprofessional volunteer organization makes it impossible for us to properly care for participants with these backgrounds.

It should be noted that this retreat is not a religious gathering. Nor is it therapy. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical treatment and will not cure or alleviate mental illness. If you are going through a crisis, are feeling unstable or unwell, and/or are experiencing a serious mental health event or illness (e.g., major depression, acute anxiety, psychiatric disorder), the Transition Lifeshop™ is not for you at this time.

Where will these Lifeshops™ be held?

Lifeshops will be held at the Pepper Pod (and a few will take place elsewhere as in Comox, Edmonton, and Gagetown).

IMPORTANT: Once a participant has committed to attend, it is very important that they do everything in their power to create the conditions that will enable them to show up and avoid cancelling at the last minute.

How long are the Lifeshops?

The Transition Lifeshops™ begin at 8:00 pm on Fridays, and will end at noon on Sunday. Participants are requested to arrive by 7:30 pm and must be committed to stay for the entire duration, including overnight.

How do I sign up?

The best way to sign up is to fill out the waiting list form below and choose the retreat you would like to attend.  

How does the waiting list work?

As there is a limit of 8 participants per Transition Lifeshop™, the Pepper Pod works on a first-come-first-serve basis. To indicate your interest to participate, we strongly encourage you to sign up to the Lifeshop™ waiting list. A member of the Pepper Pod team will contact you to confirm your spot in the month preceding the Lifeshop. There is no registration fee for the waiting list.

How much does it cost?

The only cost for the Transition Lifeshop™ is a $50.00 registration fee (paid only on confirmation of your spot.) The weekend includes lodging, meals and all the course materials. 

Still have questions?

If you have any questions, write to us at julia@pepperpod.ca 

This was so powerful and profound I can't imagine how to improve on that experience. The retreat helped me learn other ways of looking and thinking about my challenges. It has also given me hope and inspiration, having heard the stories of others. I feel loved by this group and that I can contact them for support and can be there to support them. Talking about things, sharing and becoming vulnerable in a safe environment is very powerful and healing. - A