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“Imagine a Woman” 

Empowerment Coaching and Groups

Offered by IAW Certified Coach and Facilitator

Trista Hendren

 

 

My “Imagine A Woman” Story

IAW Coach Trista Hendren

I am a Muslim-Christian Feminist. My journey has seemed like a long one. I came out of a Fundamentalist Christian home, ultimately desiring a career as a Minister. After starting Religious Studies in a Southern Baptist College in Florida, I began to deeply question my faith. The doctrines I had been taught as “Gospel” were broken open to me in a way that I could not repair or reconcile once I began to look at the historical, cultural and linguistic roots of the Bible.

I left the school broken-hearted and returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon to attend the local University. There, I learned about Feminism and Islam. A whole new world was opened up to me during that time, and my soul finally seemed to become alive.  But, I was told repeatedly that I needed to study something “practical” to be able to support myself. So, I left my own interests to return to school for my MBA.   I subsequently lost myself in the world of Mortgage Brokering and all the consumerism that came with it.  Along the way, I had two beautiful children and the focus of my life gradually shifted. I felt trapped and stifled by my lifestyle and my marriage. I began to re-look at basically everything. Through a series of loses, I ended up returning to Christianity, on my own terms. I began to realize I did not have to pick one truth.

I purchased Patricia’s book, A God Who Looks Like me, more than 15 years ago. It followed me through every move, but I never finished it until a few years ago. In my diversion away from the Church, I wasn’t sure that the book really applied to me anymore. But I was always drawn back to it for some reason, and ultimately, I decided I must finish it. The IAW poem touched me especially deeply. I began to read it daily as a meditation and grew stronger as I left a dysfunctional marriage. I had not realized how deeply my upbringing in the Church had tainted and still suppressed my core being.

I had been drawn into a relationship with an addict that further distracted me from living the life I desired. During 8 years of multiple rehabs, relapses, AA meetings – and eventually, Al-Anon for me – I became very familiar with the recovery and 12-step communities. Being a multi-faith feminist, these groups were challenging for me. I began pursuing other avenues of recovery and began a blog – heartsarentmadeofglass.blogspot.com, as well as this website the girl-god www.thegirlgod.com.

One area of my previous career that I loved was helping women achieve their financial dreams. Over the years many women became and remain friends. I enjoyed helping them get their finances in line, but saw may clients repetitively stuck in the same patterns. What I now realize is that everything is connected. You can’t keep your finances straight if the center of your being is off; especially if you somehow believe you are unworthy of good things.

 

 

The “Imagine a Woman” Poems

Read through the original Imagine a Woman I and II poems, and notice your response. Each stanza of the “Imagine a Woman” poem leads you on a journey home to yourself. Each stanza holds within it a reminder of the truth. If a stanza triggers strong emotion or longing, there’s a gift for you within the stanza. Let’s meet together in a private IAW coaching session or in an IAW group to uncover the gift of the poem for you!

 

 

Imagine a Woman” Empowerment Services

While I am able to conduct workshops and retreats on all of the Imagine a Woman courses, “Name your own Gods” is my focus point. Today my desire is to help other women rediscover their spiritual center, which is whole and complete.

“Daughter of Woman, your healing task is not to become a new, improved or changed person. Rather, it is to reclaim your natural and essential self in all its fullness. In the very beginning, you remembered yourself. You came into the world with feelings of omnipotence, not inferiority.” – Patricia Lynn Reilly

Name Your Own Gods” Retreat reminds you of your birthright of freedom and courage, and how to use this birthright to inspire and design your own spirituality. Imagine a woman who embodies her spirituality. A woman who honors her body as the sacred temple of the spirit of life. Who breathes deeply as a prayer of gratitude for life itself. Imagine yourself as this woman.

 

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Schedule an IAW Poem-Based Coaching Session with me!

There’s a gift for you in each stanza of the IAW poem. I will assist you to unwrap the gift held within the stanza of your choice using our one-of-a-kind woman-affirming coaching model. IAW empowerment sessions are conducted in-person, by phone, and via Skype. They are one hour long and take you on a journey of self-discovery to unwrap the special gift held within the stanza of your choice. Take the first step on your journey of self-discovery and schedule your coaching session today!

$65  for 1 hour of Poem/Stanza-Based Coaching

 

 

 

Nourish Your WomanSpirit with other “Remember Yourself” Retreats

Do you need to catch your breath every once in a while, as your life spins around you? Do you long for a moment to call your own? Do you wish for quiet time, to hear that wise voice within you?

If you heard a YES in your spirit, you’re ready to experience one of the IAW “Remember Yourself” Home Retreats in the comfort of your own home or to register for one of my local “Remember Yourself” groups.

Patricia Lynn Reilly wrote the retreats to give you a time out, a quiet moment, a deep breath. To remind you of the truth about yourself when you forget. To escort you home to yourself when you lose your way. Choose from among IAW’s 6 “Remember Yourself” Retreats:

 

The Journey Home” Retreat reminds you of the natural resources for authentic living that reside within you, and how to access them daily. Imagine a woman who discovers the way home to herself. A woman who descends into her own inner life. Who reunites with her essential self and reclaims her natural capacities. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80 PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet: “The Journey Home: Three Pathways Home “

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “The Journey Home: Three Pathways Home “

$27  PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “The Journey Home: Three Pathways Home

 

Heal into the Present” Retreat reminds you of the expressive capacities for resilient living that are your birthright, and how to access them daily. Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present. A woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80  PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Heal Into the Present: Four Steps Into The Present”

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Heal Into the Present: Four Steps Into The Present”

$27 PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “Heal Into the Present: Four Steps Into The Present”

 

 

Author Your Own Life” Retreat reminds you of the creative intelligence you already possess, and how to access it to author your own life and self-understanding. Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who trusts her inner sense of what’s right for her. Who takes responsibility for the design and content of her life. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80 PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Author Your Own Life: Five Choices of Authentic Living”

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Author Your Own Life: Five Choices of Authentic Living”

$27 PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “Author Your Own Life: Five Choices of Authentic Living

 

 

 

Love Your Body” Retreat reminds you of the body-loving instincts of the child you once were, and of how to awaken them in every season of your life. Imagine a woman who is glad to be alive. A woman who has released body-scrutiny and -criticism. Who celebrates her body with reverence and respect. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80 PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Love Your Body: Five Pathways to Body Love”

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Love Your Body: Five Pathways to Body Love”

$27 PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “Love Your Body: Five Pathways to Body Love”

 

 

 

Name Your Own Gods” Retreat reminds you of your birthright of freedom and courage, and how to use this birthright to inspire and design your own spirituality. Imagine a woman who embodies her spirituality. A woman who honors her body as the sacred temple of the spirit of life. Who breathes deeply as a prayer of gratitude for life itself. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80 PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet:“Name Your Own Gods: Five Paths to Conscious Spirituality”

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Name Your Own Gods: Five Paths to Conscious Spirituality”

$27 PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “Name Your Own Gods: Five Paths to Conscious Spirituality”

 

 

 

Relationships from the Inside Out” Retreat reminds you of the essential connection between self-love and the love of others, and how to experience your relationships from the inside out. Imagine a woman who turns toward herself with interest and attention. A woman who turns inward to listen, remember, and replenish. Whose capacity to be available to others deepens as she is available to herself. Imagine yourself as this woman. Click Link to Purchase.

 

$80 PURCHASE 1 hour of IAW Coaching + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Relationships from the Inside Out: Five Ingredients of Conscious Relationship”

$100 PURCHASE  Two – 1 hr IAW Coaching Sessions + Retreat Workshop booklet: “Relationships from the Inside Out: Five Ingredients of Conscious Relationship”

$27 PURCHASE the Self-Guided Retreat Workshop booklet: “Relationships from the Inside Out: Five Ingredients of Conscious Relationship”

 

 

 

IAW’s WomanSpirit Empowerment Program

The IAW Empowerment Program consists of the six retreats listed above. Although each course is self-contained, the courses, in sequence, reflect IAW’s distinctive Journey of Empowerment. The retreats will empower you in all seasons and situations of your life.

  Purchase all 6 Retreats for $150 in the IAW Empowerment Program, click this link to learn more.

 

Become a Certified IAW Coach-Facilitator

Join me on the “Imagine a Woman” Team as a certified Facilitator-Coach, and launch, grow, or enhance your coaching business, therapy practice, and woman-affirming ministry. The IAW team is committed to providing you with niche- specific training and supporting you once you’re certified to share your amazing gifts with the clients who need you!

 

IAW Facilitator-Coach Certification Program

 

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The poem resonates in the core of my being. It’s become more than a poem—it’s my mantra. Thanks for lighting our path! –Wendy

I celebrate “Imagine a Woman” today because I’ve become the woman described in the poem. Before the poem came into my life I didn’t know such a woman existed. –Linda

The “Imagine a Woman” poem is not just a poem—it is a prayer, affirmation, and daily inspiration for me. To imagine this woman, and to imagine that I am this woman has helped me on “my walk through the past to heal into the present.” —Gina