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The Big Picture Retreat

Dreaming Your Life's Work Into the Next Year

with Kathryn Lorenzen & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

November 1-3, Unity Village, Kansas City, MO.

Our annual retreat is a welcome refuge from your workaday world to discover what's knocking on the door of your life's work right now, welcome what you're ready to embrace, and dream how you might put a plan into action for the next year. Along the way, you'll re-visit your callings, then examine and reset goals that fit your life and work now. With other participants, you'll find greater companionship for the journey as well as new ways to build and sustain your vision and resilience. We'll also relax and have a lot of fun.


This is an ideal retreat to come to each year as an inspiring, thoughtful, and loving way to plan out what to cultivate, edit out, and invite into your coming year.

Unity Village is renowned as one of the most beautiful, welcoming, and ecologically-minded retreat centers in the country. 

How Do I Know If This Is For Me?

You might find this an ideal retreat if you identify with one of these scenarios:

  • I am in the middle of my work life but feeling like I’m just drifting. I’m drawn to explore – What brings me meaning? How do I find what I’m called to do? How can I fit that into my life and work?

  • I am in a later stage of my life and trying to figure out what I want the rest of my life to be about – What do I really want now to do, contribute, accomplish, or create? How can I head in that direction?

  • I am already doing creative or meaningful work as a career, but I feel pulled to shift direction – Do I want to launch my own practice or business? How can I bring more purpose and meaning to my work?


What You'll Experience

This retreat offers you a replenishing journey into the work that calls to you and how to artfully plan your best next steps to realize that work, whether it's art, service, or livelihood. Through creative and mindful sessions, you'll unearth more of what you always wanted or suddenly need to discover and enact.

We find better ways forward through walking our journeys with supportive companions, and the circle we make together will give us greater perspective, help, and ideas. The welcoming, non-judgmental community we make together lifts us toward our bravest and clearest decisions and discoveries.

You will also have time to discover the trails on the grounds, visit with your peers, peruse the bookstore or flower gardens, caffeinate in the cafe, wander among the many beautiful pathways, or perch in one of the lovely nooks of Unity Village to hear what calls to you. Registration information here.

The Retreat Schedule


The retreat schedule will give you time to relax, connect, and rejuvenate your plans and dreams for your work. If you'd like to stay over Sunday night, that can also be arranged.

Friday, Nov. 1

2-4 p.m.: Check-in

4-6 p.m.: Welcome to the House of Your True Work

6-7: Dinner

7-9 p.m.: What Do You Love to Do?


Saturday, Nov. 2

7:30-9: Breakfast

9-11: Big-Picture Possibilities for Your Work 

12-1: Lunch

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Seasonal Planning to Realize Your Dreams

3:30-6: Open time

6-7: Dinner

7-9 p.m.  Self-Care and Company for the Journey

Sunday, Nov. 3

7:30-9: Breakfast

9-10:30: Sharing Goals, Next Steps, Aspirations, Good-byes


Hummingbird Vista

We meet at the historic and charming Hummingbird Vista, a beautifully restored home built in the early 1930s and overlooking the lush grounds of Unity Village. The four-bedroom home is adorned with hardwood floors, a full-equipped kitchen, generous living area with large deck, high-speed wifi, and all else we need for a welcoming retreat. It's also a short walk or drive from the Unity Village Hotel, where we have a block of rooms reserved for our participants.

 Accommodations & Meals

We have accommodations available at the Unity Village Hotel (our block is held until Sept. 22), and, for a limited number of people, at Hummingbird Vista. See Registration for details.

Meals are prepared on-site by a chef on-site with options for most diets. More details on our Registration page.

Special Guest

We are thrilled to feature Laurie Fickle, a health coach, healer, and educator, as a guest teacher who will help us envision the path ahead and remove obstacles to the work of our heart. Laurie completed the first Right Your Livelihood class in 2018.

Register here.


Unity Village Retreat Center

Unity Village is located in the southeast corner of the Kansas City metro area with shuttle service available to Kansas City International Airport (plus arrangements available for the Amtrak station). This retreat center, just 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, is in the middle of 1,200 woods acres and features the largest fountain display in the area and award-winning rose gardens and historic buildings with distinctive Mediterranean architecture.

Our daily activities will happen at Hummingbird Vista, a gorgeous Victorian house with ample room for our gatherings and meals. If you register in time, you may also stay in one of the single or double rooms in Hummingbird Vista.

The hotel, one of the first green hotels in the U.S., has comfortable and affordable accommodations. We have a block of rooms reserved for participants in The Big Picture Retreat.

How To Find Out More and Register

Please click on the Registration page to learn more about the class, including fees, lodging, meals, and more about the beautiful venue. We also offer a discount for people enrolling in both the class and the retreat. Please also consider a free Discovery Call with us to discover more about the retreat.

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