Miami’s premier wellness destination, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, is hosting a weekend women’s empowerment and wellness retreat with Dr. Paul Hokemeyer and Corey Spiegel, the creator of Light House. The event, held from Sep. 30 through Oct. 3, invites women to experience a range of workshops to lead to a space of calm, clarity and purpose.
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“To heal holistically, we need to look at our emotional and relational life through the science of neurophysiology and neuroplasticity,” shares Dr. Hokemeyer, a Harvard-educated psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in psychology. “The good news is that several empirically proven interventions enable us to rewire our central nervous systems for holistic health. These include clinical techniques that help us change our thought patterns such as cognitive behavioral therapy, traditional healing interventions such as acupuncture, yoga and sound bathing.”
Located steps away from the ocean, the retreat will bring a like-minded community of women together, giving them a safe space to regroup while attending workshops ranging from topics including neuroanatomy to the power of connection.
During the four-day retreat, attendees can utilize the wellness destinations spa and yoga studio, meditation and movement classes while eating their meals overlooking the water.
Ocean Drive spoke with Dr. Hokemeyer for insights into the retreat and what guests can look forward to.
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What is the goal of the retreat?
The retreat's goal is to give women a safe, nurturing, and thoughtful place to reground. As a psychotherapist, I constantly hear people describe feeling isolated, ungrounded, anxious and angry. We are enabling a geographically diverse group of women to form a community based on empirically based strategies for wellness and repair.
What practices can we use to ground ourselves?
I recommend more immediate grounding strategies focused on compulsive thinking and hypersensitivity. One of my top interventions for patients who spiral out of control is a simple counting exercise where they count from 1-20 five times (for a total of 100) until they regain their emotional equilibrium. Another physical exercise I use is to have them grab a handful of ice when they are feeling like they are spiraling emotionally out of control. These exercises sound simple, and they are; but more importantly, they are highly effective in enabling us to ground our unmanageable emotions.
How does the Carillon tie in with your mission?
My mission is to create healing and hope in a world in dire need of both. Carillon fits into this mission by providing a safe, nurturing, state-of-the-art facility where we can create a community around holistic health. We will give the women concrete, empirically based psychotherapeutic interventions to enable them to find their center, hone their innate personal talents, and get back into the world to improve it.
What do you hope people walk away with?
I hope people who attend the weekend retreat will leave feeling empowered and renewed. This is especially important for women who have carried the weight of our problem-saturated world for what seems like time eternal. In this regard, self-care is not a selfish endeavor but rather an investment in self-preservation and claiming personal and relational power.
Tickets for the Integrative Emotional Wellness Retreat are officially on sale here.
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