MAY 10 - 11, 2019


“Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.”
Marguerite Duras

No other relationship comes close to the one we share with the woman or women who mothered us, or the daughter or daughters we mothered.  It has the potential to make or break us – often both at the same time. Generational differences separate us; familial similarities connect us. This bond that can be one of our greatest comforts, supporting us throughout our lives.

As a lead-in to Mothers Day, we invite you to join us in hip Venice on Friday night and in a verdant home above Pacific Palisades for a full day and evening on Saturday. We will honor our female ancestors, celebrate the joys we share with our beloved other(s), acknowledge our crash-and-burn times, and take the time to slow down and see each other through new and different eyes.

Using council practice as a foundation and through small and large group activities, we'll gain insight into the deeper conversations we long to have as we find ourselves reflected in the natural world and in the stories of others.

Come enjoy good food, good fun and good nature right in the heart of Los Angeles!

The retreat is open to women from puberty to elderhood. It welcomes those who found each other through fostering or adoption and celebrates multi-generational participants.

Your weekend facilitators are Kate Lipkis and her daughter, Phoebe Lipkis, a program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who returns for this retreat each year and for the council practice she began in childhood.

Time: Friday evening 5pm - 9pm and Saturday 9am - 8pm

Program Fee: $150 per person includes activities, materials and three fresh, healthy, locally-sourced meals. Friday’s dinner will be potluck.

Space is limited to 20 participants. Location and other briefing information will be sent upon registration.

Contact Kate for more information.

What a gift! Definitely one of the most memorable weekends I've ever spent with my mom. It was a joy to bond with other mothers and daughters too! ~GK