Our annual Mamas' Mini Sofa Retreat ran from 27 to 31 March 2017. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you're first in line to join us next year!
Inspired by our conversations with mums all over the world, Mamas’ Mini Sofa Retreat is our annual virtual mamas’ retreat for amazing busy mothers who are trying to do it all but often feel inadequate.
This inspiring group programme is designed to bring more rest, creativity and joy into your life, even when that feels completely impossible…
We start by sending you some quick bursts of creative 15 minute inspiration by email over 4 days, and we'll end with a celebratory mamas' retreat party live online on the Friday!
Here's some feedback from mums who attended last year's Mamas' Mini Sofa Retreat:
"I could never have imagined how much I would get out of a week spending as little as 15 minutes per day focusing on myself and connecting with other busy mums."
"It's a little nudge, each day, to just take a tiny moment. It's about little steps towards a more positive and nourishing way of thinking, of appreciating tiny little things that make a difference."
"It made me realise how little I even think about myself, let alone spend time on myself, and I felt a sense of being recharged just from doing that. Hearing other participants' stories and comments was touching and moving and I felt more connected and less alone."
"I have gained a whole new understanding of what makes me tick and how I can better care for myself, as well as understanding that ALL those things I feel so guilty for are just normal experiences and I am far from alone in struggling with them. The experience has been invaluable!"
Mama me-time. You dream of it, you need it - but you rarely take it.
It's too easy to forget that your happiness, self-confidence and energy have a huge impact on everyone around you, and that a happy supported mother at the heart of a family helps everyone feel better.
Sofa time is vital mama maintenance.
Our Sofa Retreat will help you to make some precious sofa relaxation time.
Over five days, a warm and inspiring community of mamas will come together. Inspired by daily emails and videos, in just 15 minutes each day, we'll support each other on a journey from Bad Mummy Bingo to Award-Winning Mamas!
Most exciting of all, on Friday from 8.30pm to 10pm (UK time), we’ll meet up for a live party from our sofas.
You'll have a chance to win fabulous prizes live during the party. We’ll play Bad Mummy Bingo, hand out awards, chat, and create a Mama Me-Time Manifesto together to inspire us to keep looking after ourselves beyond the sofa retreat.
What will I have to do?
Give yourself 15 minutes a day.
You can join in any time during the day or night.
If you're feeling shy, or too exhausted, to chat or play along, it's absolutely fine to peek and see what everyone else is up to.
And put aside Friday night for 90 minutes of mama time!
Staying in with a bunch of lovely supportive mums can be just as life-affirming and rejuvenating as a precious night out on the town - and you don't need to find a babysitter.
You'll be helping to change the world too!
When you purchase your ticket, you'll also be helping us to help women and children in need all over the world.
The other 50% will be invested in growing Story of Mum, providing vital resources on our journey as a social enterprise committed to supporting mothers.
Most importantly of all, well-cared-for mums become calmer kinder parents.
Joining us will give you more strength to look after all those you love.
When do we start?
We start our next Mamas' Mini Sofa Retreat on 27 March 2017.
Emails will go out at 6am UK time each morning.
What does it cost?
For this second round, we want to continue keeping this experience as accessible and affordable as possible.
But we don't want to give it to you for free - because, funnily enough, when you invest a small amount of cash in yourself, you're more likely to invest the time you need to make the most of the experience for yourself too...!
Your investment to join us for the Mamas’ Mini Sofa Retreat is just £15.
Cheaper than a week of coffees. So you get the joy of bagging a bargain too ;)
Your ticket includes
- the week of inspirational daily emails and video links
- the 90 minute live Sofa Party
- printable Bad Mummy Bingo cards
- printable Happy and You Know It journal
- an MP3 mama meditation recording you can use over and over again
- the chance to win yourself some very special Bad Mummy Bingo prizes
- an extra follow-up email a week after the retreat to inspire you to keep looking after you.
And as a special bonus to celebrate our first ever course, you'll also receive a code giving you a £15 discount for our fabulous DIY Mamas’ Retreat Kit: inspiration to take the next step towards nurturing yourself and your mama friends.
So if you buy a DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit, your Mamas' Mini Sofa Retreat will have been completely free!
What if I can't join in with the daily activities?
If don’t manage to complete each daily task, don’t worry.
You're the mum. You make the rules. You can spend longer than 15 minutes on yourself every day, or you can choose not to join in with any of the activities, at all, ever. We promise not to judge you either way.
What if I can't join the live sofa party?
Join us late if you need to. Plus, the sofa party will be recorded, so you can watch it later if you miss it, and join in all the fun then. If you join the party after we've finished, you won't be able to win the prizes, but you'll still have the joy of playing along, and seeing how your bad mummy antics compare to the rest of us!
Can I join in with a friend?
Yes, going through this with a friend is a brilliant way to help you to make the most of it, so we’d love you to do that!
If you want to give a ticket to a friend as a gift, just drop us an email with your name and their details after purchase, and we'll send them a lovely message telling them how lovely you are, and what they need to do next.
What if I don't have a sofa?
Hammocks, armchairs, four poster beds, magic carpets - it's all good, as long as you're safe, comfortable, and looking after you.
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We can't wait to see you, mama, all comfy on your sofa, making time for you...