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Making Time for Yourself: The Grace Workshop for Women

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A weekend-long seminar that teaches women how to recharge and take control of their lives -it's an experimental workshop that's getting rave reviews from those who participate. 

The seminar took the 20 or so women participating into a spacious, bright room at the Villa Maria College. Soft music played, sunlight streamed in, and no shoes were allowed. 

Mary Jo Lorei, an Erie native now based in Los Angeles led the Grace Workshop for Women. 

"There's a lot of discovery, there's a real chance to connect with what's important to you. Each individual woman and what's important to them, in their life," said Lorei. 

Studies show that Americans work longer days, take less vacation time, and retire later in life. About 65 percent of Americans report moderate to extreme stress, according to the American Psychological Association. 

"As humans and especially as women, there are so many things going and we are pulled in so many directions that we don't take care of ourselves as well as we should," said Ellise Peake, an Erie resident and one of the workshop "students." It's her second Grace workshop. 

"I feel like in 2014, we're inundated with so much technology. There's a lot of doing, going, going, going," said Allison Parr, another workshop student. 

The workshop gives the women an opportunity to tune out all the bustle of life, and gain perspective on their own lives. 

"There's no cell phones allowed so it's a lot about just slowing down. I feel like I'm in a place that's receiving, and I'm in a context of support with other women," Parr said.

Another large part of the workshop is the connections made. 

"What I'm really learning in this workshop is that I could be going through something, but that a lot of other people in the group are going through the same thing," Parr said. 

The seminar seeks to make a lasting impact on the women who participate. 

"It's not just a great weekend that made me feel better, but it's actually a weekend that's changed how I do things in life so that life has elevated," Lorei said. 




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