It’s not a crime to be good to yourself: Riseup Society

Riseup Society’s retreat lets women know self-compassion is okay...

Riseup Society Alberta's upcoming women's retreat.

Riseup Society Alberta's upcoming women's retreat.

A new program by Riseup Society in Leduc aims to help women throughout the region boost their confidence and learning with one catchword: self-compassion.

Riseup Society executive director Jacqueline Biollo said the retreat, “All About Self-Compassion,” will be three days of sessions, learning, new friendships and self-reflection. What makes the opportunity even better is the retreat is open to any woman in the County of Wetaskiwin, City of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County.

“It’s great for any woman,” said Biollo Feb. 23. Riseup Society is known in the region for its mission and programs to stop family violence, but this retreat has an even broader scope. She noted that, with the reality of the bad economy in Alberta right now, many women may feel blue, down or depressed.

“This retreat is about you as a woman taking care of yourself first and foremost,” said Biollo.

Biollo stated in a press release, “Loving someone else can often be seen as easier than loving yourself, but it is just as important. Self-compassion is a huge part of self-love and understanding. It involves noticing when you are in need and showing kindness, and sympathy to yourself accepting what is or has happened and helping yourself as if you were helping a friend.”

The three-day retreat Mar. 20 to 22 will be held at the excellent Star of the North Retreat Centre located at the Ft. Lacombe Chapel Provincial Historic Site in St. Albert, adjacent to Edmonton.

Biollo stated the retreat is structured very effectively, with 45 minute learning sessions with an equal opportunity for women to reflect on what they’re learning.

She stated in a press release, “On the retreat you will enjoy of variety of group sessions, such as art therapy, defense mechanisms, forgiveness and much more.”

The registration fee for the retreat is $200 per person, including three days, two nights, all sessions and all meals.

However, the executive director also noted women shouldn’t feel the registration fee is a barrier to attending. “If this retreat speaks to you and you want to come, don’t let cost stop you from contacting us,” she said.

More help welcome

Biollo noted Riseup Society, like all non-profits, always welcomes more help. She said volunteers of any kind are welcome. As well cash donations are gratefully appreciated and help the society cover expenses.

She noted the society also appreciates donation of supplies for projects like art therapy and group sessions. This can range from magazines and newspapers to old calendars, yarn and knitting supplies.

Upcoming events…

Biollo said 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Riseup Society’s founding. Some plans are in motion for an anniversary celebration.

As well, the society’s annual general meeting is scheduled for Mar. 29; however, she said the board and staff are planning more of an open house or reception type event, rather than a board meeting-type AGM. More information is coming soon.

For information on anything in this story, call 780-739-7473 or send an email to executive@riseupsociety.ca.