"How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go ... a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman ... a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself ... waiting to be released ... A place of women ... How might your life be different?" Judith Duerk
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"This experience was what my heart has been yearning for, but I didn't have the faintest idea how to verbalize what it was. It was Divine Intervention that this experience found me at the perfect time, at the perfect place, with the perfect women." Kella, 2nd Grade Teacher, Michigan, U.S.A.
"I am a mental health nurse; my practice includes CBT, IPT, MI and MBCT. I was skeptical of this retreat but came with an open mind. I had no other options because all had failed. I am so grateful I came. The techniques taught at this retreat work. I am more of a believer when I see the scientific, neurobiological basis for what is taught here. Thank you for one of a kind opportunity or gift that I received from Daryl and the two other women who attended."
"Daryl is brilliant. She took away my environment, obligations, and distractions and took me to a place where I could hear what my heart was saying. I learned many things, including authentic communication and self-love." Kim IT Project Manager, Wisconsin
"The day my daughter asked me if I had a death wish, and I replied YES, was the day I knew I was in serious trouble. I wast lost, lonely, putting in time, invisible, just getting through the days, numb and so sad. I had lost ME and the fabulous person that I was. Daryl helped me to find her again and I AM BACK. Watch out world." S. Marenger
"A brilliantly orchestrated retreat from stepping out of time, forcing you into the present, to learnings that motivate and inspire compassion in all engagements. I leave empowered to follow my dreams and become a role model in my interactions. Most importantly, I leave knowing I'm safe in the world." Sheryl, Ottawa
"If nothing else, I am grateful I came simply for the beauty of the setting and connection to nature. But there is so much more. Before I came I could see very little good in my life with very few options to improve it. I've come to see the role I have played getting to this point and how much power and control I really do have to make the kind of life I want and deserve. I have found a way to be happy again and to be hopeful for what is yet to come. Making the decision to come here has changed not only how I see my life but the impact on those in my life will be profound." Gerlinde
"Prior to arriving at Daryl's retreat, I truly felt alone and had many fears holding me back in my journey in life. I had the resources and tools, but never made the time to engage in using these gifts. Now, I am ready to incorporate into my daily life all these wonderful gifts of love. The universe and life really does support me. Thank you Daryl for this wonderful spiritual experience and for helping and guiding me through this internal awareness. Namaste, Karen (47 yrs)
"I have finally removed the chainmail I wore back and forth to work for 15 years. I felt exhausted and angry all of the time. After attending the Women's Wisdom Retreat I have a lightness of being that I haven't experienced in years! I am so much more grounded and centred and feel so much better equipped to be a proactive creator in my life rather than be angry and reactive." CC Emergency Services
"Sometimes we lose our way and we think we should have all the answers. I've gone through life fulfilling these strong and busy roles as mother, employee, employer, partner so when I got lost and questioned my purpose on earth, I was surprised at how limited my options for help were. This retreat was exactly what I needed: respectful, positive and affirming." Cindee Richardson
"I recommend this retreat to any professional woman who sees her worth only because of her professional success. My professional life is fabulous and after being here at this retreat, I know deep in my core that the rest of my life can be just as fabulous. I have been wondering for years why I can manifest such a fulfilling career and still live in such loneliness. I walk away from this experience understanding the power of shifting my perspective. I am looking forward to building a fulfilling social life, one that includes wonder, excitement, companionship and love. Love for myself!! Thank you to Daryl and the other two women who shared this sacred journey with me. This is a bond that will last forever and that will surface repeatedly when I am challenged with my commitment to change." Sharon, CEO Non-Profit
"Prior to coming to this retreat I was lost. I didn't know why I was so angry. Anger that affected my husband and child. Through meditation and reflection I was able to see things clearer. Daryl's kind heart and amazing coaching techniques helped me find myself again and I leave here loving myself. Thank you, Daryl." Mary, age 59, Retired Police Officer
"From the minute I stepped out of the car, Daryl opened her heart and her home to me. Her personality lends itself to a wonderful coaching experience. She trusted that I would know how to find my inner wisdom and never judged or questioned my actions. She ensured my need for safety, nutrition and company of others were met without being overwhelming. The people she brought into my life (fellow retreat attendees, yoga teacher, massage therapist and chef) have irrevocably changed my life forever. I feel grateful for this wonderful experience and blessed to have been brought to Tobermory in November (yes, November). If you have a willingness to learn and grow but are feeling 'stuck' or afraid, then it is worth a phone call to Daryl. She is magnificent!! Angela
"I had hit rock bottom when I landed at the retreat - frustrated, scared, angry ... Daryl and her process guided me to find my strength and get my voice back, there is a healing cosmic force at this location that is in abundance for the taking and the experience of walking on the rocky, beautiful shoreline relates to life and how to regenerate and live on." I.T. and Consulting Professional/Single Mom
"In this nurturing space, I realize how valuable it is to slow down and redirect my sense of self to one of acceptance, care, nurturing, love and possibility. Daryl provide a space for healing, growth and empowerment. I feel like I've found sisters and returned to understanding what's important in life: connection with ourselves, nature, divine, creativity, nutrition. I feel like I've stepped out of the time-crunching world into a special and very, nurturing space in which I could see, feel and experience the goodness of life and remember why I'm here. There aren't enough words of gratitude but I'll try: Thank you for bringing so many elements, experiences and ideas together to create a loving space for me to grow and for all of us to build a wonderful bond. I wish I could go on in the magic space. Now I know I have all the tools to bring it into my life." Felice, 52 yrs. San Diego
"Daryl and this program she has created is life changing. I recommend it to any woman who feels lost, empty, sad, lonely and who feels that despite all of the people in their life and regardless of the accomplishments they've made or material items they have, that something is missing in their life. This journey has helped me discover what it is I've been looking for and why I have never been able to achieve it. This journey has helped me discover me and I've been able to accept so many things that have held me back. This program is tough. I anticipated it would be because I knew I'd have to face things about myself I've spent almost 40 years repressing. But if you are willing to work hard, Daryl will guide you up to the top of the mountain of self-discovery through several Ah Ha moments and then she will let you coast down the side of the mountain helping and guiding you along the way at a pace that is just perfect for reflection and healing. As I leave Healing Rock Retreat, I feel complete." Alison, R.N.
"I felt so stuck when I got here. I was trying to handle life the way that I always did and it wasn't working. Everyday here I faced myself and was challenged, but Daryl is so full of love and understanding. I made it through all the exercises and was quite pleased with myself. I leave the retreat sorry to go, but full of excitement and anticipation for what the rest of life has to offer me. I feel loved, both inside and out."
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"Wow - what an incredible experience! I was reconnected to someone I haven't see in a while - ME! It was great to be challenged to think deeper - look into myself and to practice change. There isn't a woman alive who would not benefit from taking time away to find herself. It was an ability to dig at my ghosts and confront the pieces from my past to move forward from the places that had me stuck. I have learned to, and made a shift in myself to value, appreciate and love myself; therefore, see more of the beauty around me. I feel that by loving and accepting myself just as I am - I am perfect just the way I am - I can have others in my life be peaceful with my change, which will bring more love and happiness to me overall. Thank you Daryl - you live your life in an inspiration way. You lead by example. I appreciate you and what you have helped me find." D. Koeper, Oshawa, Ontario, Social Worker
"It took me over a year to muster up the courage to email Daryl and find out more. I was stuck, mired in low self esteem, overcome with anxiety and stress - wondering where to start. This retreat has proven to me that I do have more than enough inner strength and wisdom to deal with issues. I deserve to be joyful; to take time for me and care just about myself. Go Girl." Jenn B - a young 64 years, Retired R.N.
"Daryl created a very welcoming and then a very safe space for me to open and express what's happening in my life. She asked the right questions to help me gain clarity around what had been for months, turmoil. The few ground rules she set at the outset were thoughtful and they fostered respect between us. I will continue to use them as guidelines in my relationships. Everything was well organized and both introspection and playfulness encouraged."
"I truly felt I might discover one thing about myself. With Daryl's real, genuine guidance I allowed myself to be completely open of the possibilities that lie ahead for me. Daryl's coaching approach was the life vest I needed. Her compassion and commitment to my process is amazing. To say this retreat is life changing doesn't even begin to uncover the possibilities that I have in my life. I thought being 50 (almost 51) that I had lived my life. I now know that I have with the tools that I have gathered at this retreat my best life is now. Word can't express how grateful I am for giving myself this opportunity. I feel I can breathe." Sherry Naylor, Bowmanvile, Ontario, Business Manager
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"Have you ever woke up in the morning, rolled over, started going through the absolute mundane routine asking yourself 'how did I get here?' If you have, you know about trying to figure that out. Understanding the how is actually quite irrelevant as the answer you are seeking is actually in response to 'how do I get OUT of here?'. This retreat is the answer to that question. It is a safe, inviting atmosphere where women come as individuals only to discover their experiences have created a commonality and not really a healthy one. The exercises in the retreat break down the creation process and provide tools to recreate the healthy - dare I say healed - woman. A powerful process that empowered this woman to take back her life's enjoyment. Thank you Daryl. I will highly recommend it to all of my female friends back home." Tara B, St. Louis, MO, Veterinarian
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"Because of this retreat and the way in which Daryl graciously guided and supported me through every process, I was able to achieve an inner shift I didn't think was possible, and it was transformative in nature. I am truly grateful for this experience and the opportunity it has created for me to begin a new life path. Thank you." Jan. L. Leadership coach, Calgary, Alberta.
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"I'm Sandy, a community worker and mum from Australia. Everything about this retreat is designed in intricate detail to give women the opportunity to look within, identify unhelpful habits and beliefs and reclaim self power in the world. This retreat rocks foundations and clears the sky. I have emerged passionate, believing in myself and with a strong sense of purpose and capacity to make a positive difference in the world."
"Before arriving at Daryl's doorstep I felt burdened by an overwhelming feeling of sadness, loneliness, self-doubt and every other 'dark' word you can imagine. I couldn't even identify what the problem(s) was/were, let alone how to go about solving them. Interestingly, my decision to attend was not preceded by months of "am I ready" "should I try". I found her website, called and, as luck would have it, a spot was available. Serendipity. Through clear discussion, pointed questions, limitless patience and authentic care, Daryl guided me through what felt like an overgrown forest. I have come to understand myself and others, accept what was, what is and what will be. I am grateful to Daryl for helping me open the door to tomorrow." I.B.
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"My name is Gina and I came here lost. What I have learned here and what I will take home is as follows: The past is over and if I listen to my silent visions I will win! I will Love Me! I will move on. I can trust my own judgments."
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"Facing the reality of circumstances of my life and learning to recognize, own and accept the fullness of my self has shifted my perception and perspective of how I will live my life. I came prepared to learn, grow and change and I received a treasure that, though it has lived in me always, I had kept bound in chains of my own creation. I let them go this week and am profoundly grateful for the en-lighten-ment." Julie Link, Toronto, 49 years (Nurse, Health Care Manager)
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"This retreat with Daryl and the other women was powerful, gentle and safe. From the moment I arrived I felt something special and sacred was about to happen - and it did. I have found my centre with grace and sisters who will be with me in spirit from now on. Many thanks Daryl, you do incredible work with lightness and impact." Deb, Corporate Change Facilitation
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"Daryl, I am unable to express the sincerest gratitude that I feel about you and your commitment to helping me understand me, helping me better myself, helping me listen to my inner soul. You kept saying to trust the process and once I 'got that' I welcomed it with open arms. I am so at peace with me and my past. When I leave here, I know exactly what I need to do and who to talk to. You brought clarity into my life and I will now look forward to living the rest of my life the best that I can." Shelley W.
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"Words are not enough to express how grateful I am to Daryl for creating this experience. I feel blessed by her wisdom, insight and compassion. Daryl and the others created a safe, healing space to learn and grow and reconnect with myself. I truly cannot imagine my life now if I had not come here. It has guided me back to my path. Before arriving at Healing Rock I felt like a lost cause. Now I believe in myself and my heart again. Thanks to Daryl, I look forward to what is to come." Keely Wight, M.A.
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"I attended the Healing Rock Retreat at the end of September 2012. After extensive research on retreats that were available, Daryl’s retreat felt that it would be the perfect one for me, and it was. The accommodations were so cozy and comfortable, the scenery was so serene and beautiful and all of the meals were nutritious and delicious. You really felt looked after and cared for during your stay. Daryl is a very special person who is also an exceptional coach. She is an open, supportive and motivating teacher who facilitated great learning’s and generated “aha” moments, both on the individual level with myself and with the group as a whole. As fantastic as the week at the retreat was (and it was), the real gift of the retreat is when you go home and your learning journey continues. I feel very blessed to have met Daryl and to have had that time with her and the other retreat participants who I now call friends. I was asked recently if I only had two weeks vacation a year, would I still spend one week of vacation going to the Women’s Wisdom Retreat. I smiled as I fondly remembered my experience and said an absolute YES!" Jennifer
"The Women's Wisdom Retreat was the first time I had ever taken time to spend quietly with myself, reflecting on the past and who I am now. In the busyness of my every day life as a mother, sister, caretaker, etc. I seldom stop to contemplate my needs. I didn't know how to do that. Daryl has guided me gently, day by day and given me practical tools to take home that will continue to encourage me in this journey of 'life'. It has been the best few days I have spent on myself. I want to come back every year!"
"Initially I wasn't sure I had the courage to take this journey but now on my last day, I feel so different than when I got here. An inner shift has brought about a magnificent change in me that I never thought was possible. I have a new zest for life. I look forward to really living my life with love being at the centre of my core. I can't wait to embrace the journey of the rest of my life. Than you Daryl so very much." Sheila Ainsworth, Windsor, Ontario
"Best thing that I ever did for 'MYSELF'. The retreat does not teach empowerment, Daryl teaches you how to empower yourself." Kerri W. Reg.N.
"The Women's Wisdom Retreat provided a safe and intimate environment where I could really explore the issues in my life that were creating feelings of fear, frustration and a sense of hopelessness. I have come away with tools and strategies that I can actually implement in my life. It was five days to prepare me for a new direction in my life. The location on Lake Huron and the fabulous meals only served to complete the experience. Time is not important and Daryl doesn't give you the answers; she helps you excavate them for yourself." Kathleen
"For me, this retreat is about letting go of the things that were holding me back and remembering who I am and what's important to me. If you have forgotten how much beauty there is inside you and in the world, come here to remember." Terri, Business Owner
"If you have any inclination that this retreat may be for you .. it is. This has been an incredibly special and revealing journey. I was able to let go of my old best friends - guilt and shame. I lived a very busy and chaotic life. I often neglected myself, my family, my friends, my heart and my happiness. Positive change is now leading my way." Catherine, Toronto
"I am inspired by what I have learned. Words are powerful. I felt more relaxed and open to just let it go. A good positive outlook on life." Debbie, Winnipeg
"This is an incredibly challenging process for a person with difficulty being open with their feelings ... it's given me the tools to let myself begin to process and acknowledge my feelings and needs." Kristen
"My healing is already in process. I was very broken when I arrived at Healing Rock Retreat. I found that with the coaching of Daryl Wood, mother earth and my open mind to allow a change in my thought process, I left the retreat the woman I was born to be. Namaste." K.D. Kingston, Ontario
"Daryl's retreat created opportunities for insight, reflection and learning that were very helpful to me. Her wisdom, warmth, energy and humour made it a very positive and worthwhile experience. With thanks," Jessie MacNeil, Ottawa
"I have had the most amazing journey here! This is a place you can open your heart and be safe and begin to really believe your life will change. Unconditional love lives within Daryl and her inspiration is truly genuine. My experiences here have changed my life forever. I will carry these cherished memories in my heart always. Thank you from my heart Daryl." Laura
"The retreat reopened my eyes to 'things happen for a reason'. My two partners were exactly the right people to have my experience with. Daryl made me feel safe and supported from the moment I stepped out of my car and all three reminded me I am pretty great just as I am. I am good enough." Jen, Toronto
"This retreat gave all that I was looking for. I was searching for a place where I could feel secure, rested and at peace with myself. Daryl is a strong and honest coach, who is prepared to take on the root causes of what creates our mental/emotional imbalances. She nudges you to look at yourself without making excuses or 'reasons' that do not serve you in your search for fulfillment and wellbeing."
"Daryl has a special gift to share in a way that makes all of us who have had the good fortune to know her, better. Her retreat is a tremendous growth experience, thanks to the special way in which Daryl is able to give each of us exactly what we need. I am grateful for the opportunities created in my life through my participation in this retreat." Patricia, Trenton, ON
"My expectations of the Women’s Wisdom Retreat were far from simple. I wanted to calm the chaos in my mind, be at peace with myself and my world and move into a state of gratitude for the life I have and the challenges that come with it. Healing Rock provided the space to disconnect from the “busy”ness of my life and plug into the business of my life. Daryl holds her ground while women dig through a lot of dirt to find the buried treasures in themselves and their lives. This retreat challenged me in so many ways and the lessons I learned have become part of an essential tool belt which empowers me to fully enjoy my life. Daryl Wood guided me to a point where I can balance my desire for personal wellness with professional success. I arrived at Healing Rock feeling controlled by my life. I left with acceptance and gratitude for my past, total peace with the present AND an excited state of confidence and certainty for a wonderful future. Follow up coaching sessions with Daryl provide me with the clarity, confidence and commitment to enjoy the life of my dreams." Suse Ives
September 2012 - "The Women's Wisdom Retreat is a safe environment to go to be challenged, nurtured, taught, heard, healed, loved. The environment is beautiful and soul-satisfying. Daryl is a compassionate teacher and cooks delicious, satisfying meals. Thank you." Glenda Pauw
September 2012 -"Ms. Daryl Wood is a phenomenal woman. She strategically places you in an environment destined for you to overcome any life limitation, even ones we were unaware existed. Her retreat was pivotal for me, a true eye opening experience that prompted me to take action opposed to allowing days go by while being ‘still’. The other ladies I met were fabulous and were a great addition to my experience. I highly recommend this program. I can attest that women of any age can benefit, even if you are decades apart, everyone attends simply as an individual ready for change. I was ready to face some real truths in my life and was willing to comply with the steps towards development and because of that, I know the benefits will exceedingly materialize for me. Looking forward to what the future has in store. Much love and many blessings." CG
September 2012 - "Daryl and the space she holds is so full with love. I received exactly what was necessary for my intention to be realized. She is gentle and firm at just the right times. She trusts fully. She opens fully. She loves fully. And she channels purely. I will trust Daryl with my most vulnerable places, time and time again. She is Pure Gold and she will do her best to help you realize you are Pure Gold also. She is a true gift to all who let her in." Kimberly A, 40 yrs. old, Pickering, Ontario
September 2012 - “Daryl’s kindness of spirit, generosity of soul and caring connection, guided me into the next stage of my journey; away from a gradually debilitating perspective on life, to one of possibilities and growth. Daryl practices and personifies her teachings which has shown me what is now possible for me. She helped me to uncover the me whom I have missed. Namaste Daryl ... I leave a healthier and more complete person.” Judy from Oakville, soon to be Toronto
June 2012 - "First of all Daryl is a wonderful, caring, energetic person who makes you feel safe at all times. Anyone who is looking for guidance in their life, this is the place to be. Wonderful, awesome and most of all fun! You will feel so special and loved so if you are looking for an experience like this, JUST DO IT." Margaret Bangay
June 2012 - "I came to a time in my life that had a major shift and I was experiencing a difficult time adjusting. A real retreat is exactly what my whole being was thirsting for. Daryl, the Healing Rock Retreat, the process prepared just for me, the friends I made, times of solitude, the hand prepared cuisine - just to name a few and all this surrounded by God's incredible nature, was exactly what I needed. I leave refreshed, with a new awareness." Patty Milthaler, Ohio, U.S.A.
June 2012 - "Exactly what my soul was craving. An opportunity to understand me and learn the tools to make personal change. I was ready and this experience delivered." Barb, Program Coordinator, Educational Institute
June 2012 - "This is the most divine experience in my life. Daryl not only helped me go through the present issues but also guided me deeper into myself and my inner wisdom." C.F. Ho, Military RN
March 2012 - "I am so glad I took the leap and booked a weekend at the Women's Wisdom Retreat. It was a great birthday gift to myself. I expect to be reaping the rewards for some time. Daryl provided a safe, comfortable environment in which I could connect with myself and come away with a fresh perspective. Daryl is a generous, warm wise woman." Brandie, Journalist
"This was an amazing experience. Such a life changing and eye opening experience. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking to improve the quality of the journey of life." Liz Grover, Mississauga
"This Women's Wisdom Retreat was awesome, totally transformative for all." Lena
"An eye-opening experience. Anyone beginning or following a journey to heal their soul, make a decision or find a path for their life - spend the time with Daryl. You will never regret it. You owe it to yourself." Vicki Thomson, Mississauga
"What a wonderful enriching experience at the Healing Rock; a place of warmth, solitude, and time to focus on my personal growth. Daryl provided a safe place and the opportunity to let go and connect with my inner self while sharing the experience and support with my best friend. She provided healthy meals, directed exercises and a shoulder to cry on. I felt she was genuinely invested in the program and also my well being. I feel I gained more insight into what was contributing to the things that were not working in my life and established tools to keep me on the path of purpose, self love and happiness. I am grateful to have had this experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to do a little digging with a little courage with the support of such a wonderful woman. Thank you Daryl!" - Jennifer Burt
"Daryl, thank you so much for this experience. I learned so much and I will be better for it. I tried many new things and enjoyed the time we had together." C
"This retreat has been a life-enhancing experience for me. It was a wonderful opportunity to restore mind, spirit and body." Joanne
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at this retreat especially because of the time, space and wonderful warmth." G
"Your soul will be fulfilled by Daryl's wisdom, caring and openness. The surroundings are also beautiful. My emotional, spiritual and physical being have been taken care of. Thank you." S.B.
"Daryl's retreat is done in a magnificent setting that sets the setting for a life altering few days. Thank you." Judy
"Thank you Daryl for a truly inspirational and thought provoking experience! You have allowed me an opportunity for "IN TO ME SEE" so that I can reclaim my personal strength and refocus my life. I am forever grateful!" Mary Margaret Fuller, MS, RSW
"What I freely received here I will take with me and share with others." Angie
"A wonderful, enriching experience for women that takes them to a place of healing that they can only dream of." Natalie
"Amazing, life changing - the best gift I ever gave myself." Kerry W.
" As I sit looking over the bay, the words I write can nowhere near express the awe and grace that I feel. The time that I have spent here was so what I needed. Thank you so much for offering your space, love and compassion amongst such natural beauty and healing energy." LM