”If you are thinking about going, I encourage you to attend the retreat.
Because you'll get more than you can imagine, that's what you'll get in this session.
It may not make sense to you right away, but I am sure that you will be able to realize it. But I am sure that Yukie will guide you to understand the meaning.
If you think of it as a petit inter-dimensional trip to meet your inner self, you will be able to find your inner self. I think it's fascinating.”
In October, Aki Kushio, who participated in the Setouchi Retreat Program, has given me her retreat impressions. With her permission, I would like to post her impressions of the retreat along with a photo.
This program was held in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. Setouchi is a term used to describe the entire Seto Inland Sea area.
”The Setouchi area, the most massive inland sea in Japan, is surrounded by Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, and Ehime prefectures.
The calm sea with no waves, the islands that seem to float in front of it, and the large bridges connect them. This is the image of the Seto Inland Sea that we Japanese have of the Setouchi area.”
What made you decide to take the SETOUCHI program?
Aki: I went from feeling like I was going to go, at first. But, I felt I need to go, and I want to go.
You participated in the 1-day program; what was your most memorable moment throughout the day?
Aki: The synchronization that occurred everywhere we visited. As soon as we met at the meeting place, we went to the place we were called from higher consciousness and sight guardians. I had visited there more than ten years ago. And on the way home, I saw the news in my car. It reported an interview with a group of tourists in Onomichi on the day of the session. It was a day that began and ended in synchrony.
The program has an orientation and follow-up support; how have they helped you?
Aki: The orientation session helped me get rid of any doubts I had about the session, and I felt at ease on the day of the session. In the follow-up session, I was able to look back on the day in a relaxed manner and let it sink in.
There are worksheets in this program; how did you find them useful?
Aki: Asking myself what I wanted to do before the orientation session by going through the worksheets helped me raise my commitment level before the session.
What is the appeal of the photo sessions of this program?
Aki: I was able to look at myself in a naturalistic way. Because Yukie has been taking pictures of me without me even realizing it. I also found it relaxing because of the liberating feeling.
What changes do you see in yourself and your surroundings now compared to before you started this journey?
Aki: I feel that I became aware of my negative feelings about myself more quickly.
What is the appeal of the Setouchi SETOUCHI Program?
Aki: I think it is refreshing for people who are usually separated by time to get away from their daily lives and move with the flow of time. It may sound like a contradiction, but the time seems to go by more slowly because of the location or the environment. I think this kind of feeling is not easy to feel in daily life when you are so busy with work and things to do. I feel that this is an attractive experience for me.
What makes a session with Spiritual Counselor Yukie Izumi different from others?
Aki: I am often surprised by the messages that come from places I could never have imagined, but she also guides me to realize them on my own, which helps me to answer what I am feeling and gives me confidence in myself.
Do you have a message for those wondering whether or not to take the SETOUCHI program?
Aki: If you are thinking about going, I encourage you to attend the retreat. Because you'll get more than you can imagine, that's what you'll get in this session. It may not make sense to you right away, but I am sure that you will be able to realize it. But I am sure that Yukie will guide you to understand the meaning. If you think of it as a petit inter-dimensional trip to meet your inner self, you will be able to find your inner self. I think it's fascinating.”
Do you have any other messages, requests, or impressions to share?
Aki: I was a little lost just before the session, but I am so glad I went. After the session, I feel like I am a little less likely to blame myself for being aware of my Higher Self's messages. Thank you so much.
Thank you very much, Aki Kushio, for your feedback on your participation in the Setouchi Retreat Program.
The Setouchi Retreat Program is a one-to-one, women-only program, with a choice of 1-day or 2-day retreats.
I am currently working on the English translation for the retreat information.
If you have any questions about participating in this program, please feel free to contact me.