The retreat was bliss. It was the bliss of diving into deep talks with a group of women that were curious and articulate and open to the complexity of the world. I want more of this in my life.
— J.G. San Francisco, CA
The Unspeakeasy began with a life-changing retreat in the California desert. Since then, women have gathered in beautiful settings for extraordinary conversations and enduring connections.
What happens at an Unspeakeasy Retreat?
In a word: talking. And more talking. Over the course of four days and three nights, Meghan facilitates conversations on a range of topics, curated around participants’ interests and areas of knowledge. Guest speakers join in person and/or via Zoom. Occasionally there will be weekend retreats that are daytime only and can accommodate a slightly larger group. But by and large, retreats are inclusive of accommodations and all meals and are limited to 15 participants.
As with all Unspeakeasy events, everything is off-the-record.
What DOES NOT happen at a retreat?
There are no trust exercises, breakout groups, talking sticks, walking meditations, or mandatory outings. (There might be yoga and some hiking opportunities, but it’s optional!) Most importantly, there is no social media usage regarding the retreat while it’s in session. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, what happens at an Unspeakeasy retreat, including names of participants, stays at the retreat.
Who comes to an Unspeakeasy Retreat?
All kinds of women of all ages and from all kinds of backgrounds attend retreats. This is not a secret gathering of girl bosses. The point of The Unspeakeasy is to bring together women representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Retreat participants have ranged in age from their twenties to their seventies and have included teachers, scientists, librarians, political consultants, stage performers, stay-at-home moms, students, healthcare providers, community organizers ... the list goes on and on and is always expanding.
Words from Retreat Participants
As someone on the left side of the political spectrum, I've long felt that our conversations are getting narrower and less open. The Unspeakeasy was like a whoosh of oxygen. I can't remember the last time I felt so intellectually lit up and also had so much fun at the same time. I have made life-long friends and feel so much less alone than I used to. The impact of the Unspeakeasy retreat continues to reverberate in my life and helps me feel like I can speak honestly without having to be afraid.