DATES: August 29-September 2, 2021 REGISTRATION: Register here on the Rowe website to join us in person. In person registration is $400. The online/hybrid workshops are available for $10 each here for people who can't make it in person, but still want to check out what Skill Set has to offer. SCHEDULE: See the full retreat schedule here! CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rowe office at 413-339-4954
COVID-19 UPDATE: All Skill Set in person attendees must be fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks out from final shot) and must be able to show proof of vaccination.
Our Facilitators and Workshops!
(Jeff Mandell (he/him), MS is devoted to bringing peace and joy to the world by teaching his own blend of conflict management skills, circus, and acroyoga. He designs and leads fun, dynamic, and experiential trainings that give skills to better communicate, build trust and foster community. Jeff is sought out by corporations, colleges, nonprofits, schools, and communities to deliver innovative ways to facilitate difficult decisions, while having fun. You can find him online at: www.instagram.com/jeffrey.mandell.mediation www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreymandell www.facebook.com/jeffreymandell
Workshop:The FUNdamentals of AcroYoga (in person)
AcroYoga is a fun and challenging practice - it combines the mindfulness and breathing of yoga with the playfulness of acrobatics. There are three important roles - spotter, flyer, and base - and in this class you'll learn them all with a special focus on safety for everyone. This class is open to all, no experience necessary. Get excited to laugh, learn some skills, and use muscles you didn't know you had all in one.
Workshop: Conflict Engagement (in person)
Do you often find yourself stuck in the middle between friends, family, or colleagues, who can’t get along? Are you ever nervous about a difficult conversation you know you have to have? Do you wish you could draw from a wealth of tools to help you navigate these emotionally charged situations better? Experience a transformation in how you see conflict in your own life and the world around you. Through theory and guided practice, you will gain the skills to become more comfortable and confident in the midst of seemingly intractable conflict. You will explore your own habits, gain tools to resolve and negotiate disputes, and learn a framework to work in any conflict situation as a lay-person or a professional. You may laugh, cry, and surprise yourself as you learn life-changing skills and strategies in a fun, supportive environment.
Mercedes Elena (she/her) is a sex educator, herbalist, and pleasure coach on a mission to help you realize that you are inherently worthy of pleasure, just as you are. Her pleasure practice draws on European paganism, queer magic, and plant-spirit medicine to help folks release shame, embody joy, and celebrate their pleasure. Mercedes holds a B.A. in Reproductive/Generative Health and Herbal Medicine from The Evergreen State College. She studied traditional Western Herbalism at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and is currently completing an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality at Widener University. Learn more about her work at pleasurelorepodcast.com or on Instagram @pleasure.pagan.
Workshop: Healing Pleasure Wounds with Yarrow (online)
Designed for the beginner in plant magic, Healing Pleasure Wounds is an invitation to explore our roadblocks to experiencing pleasure with the support of plant-spirit medicine. With the help of beloved plant ally Achillea Millefolium, we will make space for wounds of unworthiness, scarcity, or powerlessness in determining our pleasure; welcome support for sacred boundary tending; and explore how an animisitc, enchanted relationship with the natural world can open gateways for pleasure healing and liberation.
Robin Cornell (he/him) is a long time Rowe camp counselor and Skill Set attendee. He holds an MBA focused on sustainable innovation from the University of Vermont. Recently, Robin married his long-time partner whom he met at Skill Set in 2015. His hobbies are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cooking and reading.
Workshop: Financial Psychology (in person)
Does talking about money feel like opening a can of worms? Is it the easiest thing in the world? In this workshop we will discuss some basic financial psychology and how to conceptualize financial goals. By the end of the workshop you will have a better understanding of your own relationship to money and how to use your strengths to follow through with financial goals.
Workshop: Financial Literacy (hybrid)
What are some things someone in their twenties can do to set themselves up for financial success in the short and long term? This workshop focuses on understanding tools like compounding interest, credit scores and investing. This workshop is intended to offer an understanding of mainstream financial concepts while also focusing on how to use our own ethics and values when operating in a flawed system.
Marisa Hope Benson (she/her) is an embodiment coach who guides people through somatic practices and sound healing to invite in transformation. She has a BS in Movement Sciences, is a yoga teacher (200hr YTT), a Reiki practitioner (Level II), and most recently has been exploring sound, song and the power of voice. She looks forward to sharing many of the teachings and wisdom she has learned with you!
Workshop: Ethical Non-Monogamy (online)
I know what you’re thinking, is it really possible to ethically engage in romantic and/or sexual connections with more than one person? Many believe it is. At its core non-monogamy is an invitation to define for ourselves the ways we want to love and be loved. In this workshop we will touch on topics such as; core values, unpacking jealousy, navigating triggers, sex positivity and heart opening. Whether you are non-monogamous, or are just learning about it, this workshop is for you. The deepest intention is to become more skillful at creating fulfilling and nourishing relationships, whatever structure we choose!