Shake Up Your Speaking – Schedule

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Our tentative schedule

Sunday, March 18:

7:00 p.m.: Pre-event drinks and meet ‘n’ greet at the Acacia Mansion

Monday, March 10:

9:00-10:00: Breakfast provided. Coffee and tea at morning sign-in

10-12:30: Group training session

12:30-1:30: Lunch on your own

1:30-6:00: Group training continues

6:00: Dinner on your own.

After dinner: You’ll have some light homework, but you’re free to continue exploring Ojai, or snuggle into bed with a movie or a book! It’s your time.

Tuesday, March 20:

9:00-10:00: Breakfast provided. Coffee and tea at morning sign-in

10-12:30: Group training session

12:30-1:30: Lunch on your own

1:30-6:00: Group training continues

6:00: Dinner on your own

7:00: Wine and dessert social hour! Meet at the mansion and enjoy some social time after all your hard work throughout the day

Wednesday, March 21:

9:00-10:00: Breakfast provided. Coffee and tea at morning sign-in

10:00-1:00: Group training session

For those who are heading home, we wrap up! Head to the airport, or stick around for more Ojai exploration!

Ojai Visitors Bureau has a great list of things to do in Ojai, and of course, feel free to ask me if you’re looking for a specific activity!


I want to introduce you to our guest and somatic coach, Jennifer Reitz, who will be teaching a grounding and centering practice.

From Jennifer:

jvanhomer“Somatic coaching builds the capacity and resiliency to move with a centered, graceful presence in any environment or circumstance. My coaching creates embodiment. How is it achieved? Through recurrent practice. Whether we realize it or not, we are always practicing something–from breathing, standing, or sitting to interacting with others, handling conflict, and managing stress. Through aligned practice, we support our goals and ideals, increase our integrity and authenticity, build trust and respect, and begin to lead from the bones.

The practice will be experiential; we will explore centering and grounding as a way to be present, open and connected and learn to come back to center when we are thrown off.”

Being in touch with your body is a critical aspect of speaking. If you feel that connecting with and feeling present in your body is difficult for you when you’re on stage, or if you just want to learn an additional practice that will improve your overall stage presence, you’ll enjoy Jennifer’s tips.

There is no need for workout clothes; whatever you’re wearing to attend the retreat is fine, as long as it’s comfortable and your movement is not restricted.

I’m so excited to have Jennifer joining us. I hope you’ll take advantage of learning this practice!

You can learn more about her here.