Date & Time Details: Check-in begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, and check-out is at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Location: Elohee Center

What to Expect: To help deepen your retreat experience, Elohee does not provide televisions or internet access (unless you bring your own hotspot). Cell phone service is excellent for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Your car will be left in a secured parking lot, and you will be shuttled up to your room upon arrival and shuttled back down to your car at departure. Shuttle service to your car is available at any time. All facilities at the top of the mountain are within a 5 minute walk of each other, with some gravel roads. 2 cottage rooms are ADA compliant, and all cottage rooms are on ground level.

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Be Empowered – A Personal, Professional & Leadership Purpose Retreat

With Rod Francis and Ronit leMon Drobey

September 4 - 8, 2020

Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers.
— David Wagoner, Lost

Our capacities for sustained deep attention, awareness and listening to self, other and the world are major factors in our ability to successfully navigate life and create deep lasting change. The apparent ‘outer’ work in reality begins with our inner processes — with the felt level of our experience. Our ability to engage meaningfully with this material profoundly shapes how we then show up in and impact the wider world. Reams of research (1) now shows there is much to be gained from cultivating deep awareness, self-knowledge and connection to the typically sub-conscious source of our most creative intelligence.

Equally, while the gains are self-evident, much has also been lost in our relentless human evolutionary trajectory, particularly in the recent era of astonishing technological advance. Beyond connection to ourselves, perhaps the next greatest loss is our embodied connection to the natural world itself.

Be Empowered is a 4-day immersive and experiential retreat program designed to reconnect us with these and many other essential capacities and offer tools to bring them forth in ourselves, our coaching and into the wider social sphere. The retreat will be held at Elohee, a dedicated nature retreat center set in 220 acres of undeveloped land and nestled deep in the foothills of the stunning Blue Ridge mountains in North Georgia. Elohee (EL-oh-HEE ) is a Cherokee word meaning “earth place.”

During the retreat, you will be facilitated into practices of radical, embodied presence and learn to encounter the wild world in ways that can be deeply powerful, surprising and transformative. The experiential group and individual activities include deep listening practices, conversations with the wild, somatic work, powerful language through myth and story, mindfulness practices and nature-based artistic practices interspersed with competencies-based coaching skills sessions. This retreat, while offering coaching specific skills and units, is a powerful and accessible learning experience for both coaches and non-coaches as a way to discover what really matters most to you in this moment and, more importantly, offers ways to crystallize this into action in your life.

There will also be personal reflective time to embody and embed the deep nature of this learning.


  • Cultivate deep listening through interactive self and group work and by direct engagement with the natural environment.
  • Uncover your deeper narratives through direct encounter with wild nature and your essential self in service of creating the best version of you.
  • Explore powerful language though myth, metaphor, story and fable and how to creatively engage these for personal and professional transformation. Coaches, this is a must-have skill!
  • Practices of embodiment and how to most effectively weave these into your life and professional work.
  • Deepen your capacity for embodied presence and presencing.
  • Connect with your true purpose, create aligned projects and build supportive community and routes to enacting that in the world.
  • Develop your ‘superpowers’ of deep-listening, interoceptive awareness and intuitive awareness in service of yourself, your clients and the world.
  • Unleash your truest, wildest, most creative nature in the company of other like-minded mission-driven life artists.

What’s Included:

  1. 4 whole days of deeply transformative teachings and experiential learning activities throughout the retreat
  2. A pre and post-retreat facilitator support call.
  3. Lodging of your choice: shared, private or even tent camping.
  4. Meals for the entirety of your stay: Healthy, nutrient dense, fresh meals, plus snacks throughout the day.
  5. 220 acres of stunning natural wilderness and scenery to immerse yourself in.

This 4-day program runs over the Labor Day long weekend 2020 and will commence on Friday, September 4th at 4pm and complete at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 8th. Elohee is approximately a 2-hour drive from the major international hub airport of Atlanta. Participants are invited to self-organize their transport to and from Elohee and we will offer some avenues to support you in doing so.

The Be Empowered retreat is an integrated part of the Emergent Coach Training program—an advanced International Coach Federation accredited professional training. Full participation will earn 25.5 ICF ACSTH (CCE) Units. It can be taken by any Coach wishing to upgrade their skillset and/or gain CCEU’s for recredentialing. If extra places exist we will open them for the general public (ie. non-coaches or partners) within 2 months of the program. Please contact us on for more information, to book or to register for waitlist. Or please go here to learn more.

(1) Research References:
A Branch from the Lightening Tree      Martin Shaw
Becoming Animal     David Abram
Intelligence in the Flesh    Guy Claxton
Focusing    Eugene Gendlin
Theory U     Otto Scharmer
Buddha’s Brain    Rick Hanson


Rod Francis
Rod Francis is an international coach, teacher, speaker and writer. Rod combines his deep love of science, nature and human potential with a passion for somatic and embodied contemplative practices and a core mission to help manifest positive change in…
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Ronit leMon Drobey
Ronit leMon Drobey is a coach, teacher, writer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Ronit is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and a double MA in Teaching Writing and English…
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