Free Live Virtual New Year Retreat 2019: Recording Available

Free Live Virtual New Year Retreat hosted by Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold at

Lately I’ve been wondering just what it is we need at the end of one year and the beginning of another.

Maybe that’s because I’m always a bit surprised (again) by the flood of advice directed toward women at this time of year. I guess I’m especially feeling it this year, after having recently written about what our wild and precious lives truly want from us.

As a result, I’m feeling compelled (and excited) to offer something new: A free live virtual new year retreat.

So…what if the start of this new year could be different?

  • No need to sort out the past year
  • No resolutions to make
  • No goals to set

Instead, just a simple, gentle process to unearth your own unique rhythms and bring you home to yourself.

We do not need to operate according to a predetermined plan for our lives. Rather, we need to practice a new art of attention to the inner rhythm of our days and lives. If you work with a different rhythm, you will come easily and naturally home to yourself.
-John O’Donahue


Perhaps you’ve grown a bit weary of predetermined plans.

Or the constant pressure to know where you’re going.

And, even if you do find end-of-year/beginning-of-year planning helpful, maybe there’s something more that you’re longing for.

Something more to center you as you cross the threshold from one year to the next.

Well, it just so happens that earlier this year I was talking and writing about this with my dear friend Charlotte (author, writing coach and retreat leader). We both were feeling a deep yearning to attune to a more personal, inner rhythm of life.

And something kind of magical happened during that conversation.

It stayed with us for the rest of the year. We found ourselves being pulled toward that something more through a potent of blend of…

* reflective writing
* story sharing
* poetry
* prose
* guided meditation

Now, we’re delighted to join together to share it with you, our gift as we move into the new year.

During this virtual new year retreat, we’ll spend two hours dropping down into the inner rhythms of the season, our days and our lives. We’ll be writing together, talking, listening and breathing deeply.

You can participate at whatever level feels good to you. If there’s time, you’ll be invited to share your writing, but only if you feel comfortable doing so. No pressure, no critiques. This writing is just for you.

By the end of this virtual new year retreat, we think this process will begin to weave its magic into your entire year, just as it did for us.

Free Live Virtual Retreat: Writing into the Rhythms of a New Year

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • 5pm to 7pm PST via live teleconference
  • Bring your journal, a pen and an open heart.

And if you can’t attend at this time, you’ll get a link to the recording within three days of the live virtual retreat so you can listen and take part on your own.

Once you sign up for the retreat, I’ll be in touch in January with reminders. I’ll also send out the private teleconference number the day before and a final reminder the day of the retreat: January 17, 2019, at 5pm PST.


Please share the love with others.

Invite them to join the virtual new year retreat by signing up here.

So looking forward to writing into the rhythms of the new year with you on January 17!

The Wise Trees…
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
-William Carlos Williams


Patty Bechtold

Patty Bechtold

Welcome. I'm a Santa Rosa therapist and life coach, and I help women who feel like something’s missing in their lives or themselves. I specialize in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief, life transition, and women's groups. On this blog I write about different approaches to help you find your way back to your deepest wisdom. Thank you for being here.