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Support Report: My Doable Self-Care Plan Sets Sail!

I’m thrilled to report that the My Doable Self-Care Plan 4-week Small Group met via conference call on Tuesday evening and we are off to a wonderful start. Women from Massachusetts, Kansas, and New Mexico are participating and are finding the tele-group to be a convenient (accessible from the comfort of home) and practical way to connect with others who are prioritizing their self-care.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Register Now! My Doable Self-Care Plan 4wk Small Group

For the first time, I’m offering a small group tele-coaching opportunity for caregivers interested in prioritizing their self-care practices. This tele-coaching small group is available to anyone in the country who would like to join us via conference call for four weeks in June. We’ll meet for 60 minutes on Tuesday evenings (limit 6 participants).

Learn more about this special program!

Warmest regards,
Mary

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Feature Article: Sacandaga Sun Holistic Magazine

We are thrilled to be featured in the Summer Solstice 2012 edition of Sacandaga Sun Holistic Resource Magazine. The publication, based in the New York State Adirondack region, features holistic resources including Art, Healing, Green, Organic, Wellness, Fitness, Inspirational departments.

It’s especially meaningful to me to be recognized by a publication based in my home state – and a region that knows the meaning of helpful guide services. Rest.Stop.Ranch Guide Services (a name inspired by my Upstate New York upbringing and Adirondack wilderness experiences), is a life-coaching service supporting caregivers and receivers across the nation with self-care and other life goals, offered via phone and at program locations. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming group coaching offerings!
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Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Cultivating Compassion: Spiritual Directors International

The Spiritual Directors International Conference is this week– at the CoCo Key Hotel in Danvers, MA. The theme is year is “Cultivating Compassion.” On Thursday night starting at 5pm (exhibitor and conference book store opens) is a free and open to the public event. At 7pm is a formal Welcome and talk about Howard Thurman as a Cultivator of Compassion. Learn more about this event on the Spiritual Directors International website. You may be interested in attending if you live North of Boston!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Respite Report: Brooksby Village Caregivers

I presented a “Take Care of Yourself: Seven Sustainable Skills for the Long-Term Care Journey” 60-minute workshop to the Brooksby Village Caregivers’ Support Group yesterday. The group of six and their two group leaders learned and experienced the Seven Sustainable Skills Song & Dance, a 2-minute breathing break, and a 5-minute guided meditation on the Seven Sustainable Skills self-care themes. We explored the experience of being at rest, with no interruptions. The group members reported feeling at peace, calm, relaxed.

We also discussed the Wellness Wheel for Dementia Caregivers, a visual that I developed based on my reading of the dementia caregiver wellness literature. It highlights five wellness activities that help dementia and other long-term caregivers: Wellness Education, Skill Training, Coaching, Support Group, and Peer Networking.

Group members’ feedback indicated that they most liked: meditation, concentration and change of thought, the seven steps, breathing, the community spirit, guided meditation combined with the yoga/dance, a feeling of peace, clear and slow direction for each pose, moved at a pace with participants.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Guide Services Launch!

The journey to become a guide has been Spirit-led. A few weeks ago, I shared with you my Called to Coach story – Now, we launch over the next weeks and months… a life coaching service for long-term caregivers and receivers which I believe will help so many.

Learn about Rest.Stop.Ranch Guide Services and schedule and introductory session!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Pro-bono Life Coaching Packages!

A total of three 5-week life coaching packages (60 minute sessions) are available for long-term caregivers and receivers who are interested in experiencing the benefits of one-on-one life coaching (offer available Apr-Jun). Take the time to prioritize your self-care!

Contact Us to schedule your 5 weeks of one-on-one coaching free-of-charge:
Email: programs@rest-stop-ranch.com
Call: 978-887-4202 (M-F, 10a – 5p EST)
Web Form: Contact Us

Learn more about life coaching at: Rest.Stop.Ranch Guide Services

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Called to Coach

Dear friends,
About a year ago, on Good Friday of Easter Weekend, I received a phone call from a woman in New Mexico. She shared with me that after five years of caring for her husband with Parkinson’s Disease, she had reached a limit. “I feel like I have Alzheimer’s. I can’t think straight anymore,” she said. We spoke for forty-five minutes and at the end of our conversation she said, “You’ve been incredibly helpful. You should become a coach.” Well, I hadn’t before considered becoming a coach. I heard her suggestion but didn’t feel I would take action. A month later, I met Judi Neal, the author of the book Edgewalkers, and Director of Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, Sam Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, at a conference. When we followed up via phone a few weeks later she too said, “Mary, you should become a coach.” Hearing this a second time made me listen. A few months later, I became a certified Life Coach and Group Leader. I am now passionate about the benefits that coaching offers long-term caregivers and others. On-going coaching truly offers a level of companionship and support that can be a foundation for personal empowerment, growth, and realizing positive, sustainable results.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry and action,
~ Mary