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September 10, 2018

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Hosts Successful First Annual Women’s Retreat In Partnership with Light Legacy Foundation and Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation successfully hosted the First Annual Women’s Retreat in partnership with Light Legacy Foundation and Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.


PHOENIX , AZ – Fresh Start Women’s Foundation successfully hosted the First Annual Women’s Retreat in partnership with Light Legacy Foundation and Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. The special event took place on Friday September 7, 2018 at The Parsons Leadership Center at Camp South Mountain.

“Our intention with this event was to nourish our clients in the face of everything they walk with every day,” says Social Work and Special Projects Senior Manager, Rebecca Christ. “With the partnership of The Light Legacy Foundation and the Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council we were able to provide women with a safe, beautiful, fulfilling day that gave them tools and experiences to help them recognize their self-worth and innate power.”

The morning began at 9:30AM and proceeded to take guests through exercises with a theme of self-power. Women were taught practices to value and exercise their own self-power through: mindfulness, centering, movement, give back/take back, acknowledge/welcome/accept, using your voice, heart focus, imagination and declaring intention.

The speakers that we had were world class- with experience doing engagements for Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations, facilitating around the world – they did this completely free of charge and donated their time for the upliftment of women in our community. Speakers throughout the day included: Rebecca Christ, Social Work and Special Projects Senior Manager with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation; Swamiji Parameshwarananda, Executive Director of Light Legacy Foundation; Peggy Williams of Light Legacy Foundation; Lalita Shree Dasi of the Light Legacy Foundation; and Mary Mitchell Senior Associate, Community Engagement for Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.

The women walked away with practical tools that they can implement in their everyday life. The retreat was just the beginning for participants to start to take more control of their lives. Each woman walked away with a laminated card of each practice, as a “cheat sheet” so she could continue to develop those skills.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation had 70 clients attending the event. In addition, community partners were invited to attend and participate. Fresh Start hopes this is the first of many annual retreats that introduce women in the community to mindfulness and new experiences that they may not have considered before. To view photos from the event, please visit: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation on Facebook.