Dawn Gabriel on How to Create a Soul Care Retreat | FP 129

On this therapist podcast, Dawn Gabriel talks about how to create a soul care retreat.

Are you looking for a retreat that specifically caters to the needs of therapists? What is the experience like of being in a retreat setting with only other therapists as guests? What are some tips on creating a retreat from scratch?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Dawn Gabriel about how to create a soul care retreat.

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Meet Dawn Gabriel

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Dawn Gabriel is the founder and CEO of Authentic Connections Counseling Center and the host of the Faith Fringes podcast.

Dawn creates an engaging space for fellow clinicians and healers to look deeper into their spirituality and faith. She has about 20 years of diverse experience in the clinical mental health world and currently focuses on helping therapists engage their spirituality in new ways in order to cultivate a deeper and authentic connection with God.

Dawn hosts Soul Care Retreats that are exclusively for therapists. She believes that therapists need their own sacred place to slow down and let go of all that they hold in order to continue their transformative work with others.

Find out more about Authentic Connections Counseling Center and the Faith Fringes podcast.

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In This Podcast

  • The soul care retreat experience
  • Tips on creating a retreat
  • Dawn’s advice to Christian counselors

The soul care retreat experience

Dawn’s soul care retreat was structured specifically for therapists.

That was very important to me, to have a place for [only] therapists because … you just need people who understand you in an instant, and it made it easier [for participants] to let down [their guard] and to let go. (Dawn Gabriel)

The participants were mostly group practice owners but they were all therapists. It is important to have a space where therapists can go to relax and be taken care of because they do most of the caretaking in their professions.

Therefore, going into a space that is dedicated to serving them and their needs is incredibly healing and soothing.

Tips on creating a retreat

1 – Build an audience first: work on creating an audience first before you sell a product or a service.

It’s not something you can just create … unless you have a network of people and an audience that is going to be interested, and they know you. (Dawn Gabriel)

Get to know your clientele and what their needs are and then create a product that solves those needs.

2 – Work with your passions: create a retreat that is based on what you are most passionate about so that you are not solely focused on making money.

Work with your passions so that you will enjoy the retreat and be inspired to make it the best it can be.

3 – Find a physical space that works: look for an environment to have your retreat in that supports its principles and objective. If your goal is to have guests relax, then host your retreat in a relaxing environment.

Dawn’s advice to Christian counselors

Your spirituality can intersect with your business in a healthy way. Your business and spirituality can be more purposeful if you let them.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at whitney@practiceofthepractice.com

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