This Spring... No More Than 30 Courageous Women
From Around The World Will Unite In Austin, Texas To Create Miracles In Their
Lives And Relationships...
Power of Pure Love A 5-Day Retreat
and 7-Week Coaching Program
for Visionary Women* May 13 - 17, 2009 - Austin, Texas
with Michael Skye and Deborah York
A Private Event by
or Application Only
are no longer accepting applications for this event. If you
would like to get on a waiting list or contact us, please email
support [at] visionforce [dot] com or call 1-877-844-6667.
What are the greatest
challenges you're facing right now?
Raising my children by myself,
Keeping our family from losing our
Surviving the loss of a child,
Finding my own voice,
Starting my own business,
Keeping my family together,
Saving my marriage,
Raising funding for my project,
Caring for a disabled child,
Finding balance in my life,
Leaving an unhealthy relationship,
Dealing with my teenager(s),
Finding time for romance and
Preserving my sanity,
Creating wealth and abundance,
Finding a job in this economy,
Surviving a bitter divorce,
Searching for my soul mate,
Finding the courage to pursue my
How do you do it? How do you
give so much? Where do you find the courage, the energy and the strength?
And as you wake up every day, and try to
find the courage to stand for your family, your community and the world around
Who stands for you?
Hi, it's Michael Skye, Founder of
This is the web page for the retreat for
women that I've been telling you about.
If you choose to meet the 3
Self-Qualifications spelled out below,
I'd be honored to have you standing with us this
May in our program called Power of Pure Love.
In my view, as a woman,
Youare the embodiment
of pure love...
If you know me or my family personally, you may recognize the beautiful woman at
the top of the page as my sister, Katrina. She just radiates, doesn't she?
She's a mother of two young boys, and her
love (a mother's love) knows no bounds. There's nothing she
wouldn't do for them. If you're a mother, I'm sure you can relate.
Simply by being a woman, you hold an
amazing power to feel and express your love in ways most men will never even
begin to understand.
And, because men don't understand the raw,
limitless power of a woman's love... they fear it, try to control it, and often judge it.
"She's just being 'emotional,' 'reactive,' 'manipulative' or 'irrational,' etc.
As a woman, you may even come to judge
yourself or other women in this way.
And of course, it hurts to be judged for
the very gifts you bring to the world--and so, over time, you can build walls to
protect yourself from being judged.
But then those walls can keep you
separate and suffering inside. Most of all, though, those walls keep your
full brilliance, beauty and power from being expressed in the world.
Well, the world better watch out!
Because, this May 13-17, 2009, no more than 30
courageous women will on a journey together, bringing down their walls, and accessing the fullness
of their power. And I am thrilled just to be involved.
We're assembling a great staff of women and
men to stand with you, and hold space for the miracles we'll be creating
Let go, and let love...
It may seem cliché, but I personally
believe love is the most powerful force in the Universe.
However, this great force (and emotions in
general) are shunned in the Corporate, professional and political world.
We learn to keep our emotions in check to "be professional," and thus cut off
access to our greatest power.
You may have grown up in a household or
culture that frowned upon emotional expression. You may have been in
romantic relationships in which you were judged for feeling deeply, and
In today's world there are all kinds of
ways we learn to cut off access to this great power within. We tend to go
through life raising more and more barriers to protect our heart. And as
we do so, we cut off access to the practical power of love in ways we may not
Power of Pure Love is designed to
amplify your access to this incredible power that lies within--in ways
that not only life-altering, but extremely practical.
Many people call our events,
"The most powerful experience
of my life."
You've probably seen this video, but I invite you to watch it again to get a
taste of how you're going to FEEL, if you're one of the 30 who joins us for this
For six years now, we've noticed how deeply and
gracefully women at these events open to the clear, authentic and beautiful
inner power of pure love. They repeatedly claim to know themselves
as never before, and experience the fullness of their power.
Here's wife and mother, Tracy...
So, I'm very
excited to announce that for the first time ever, we've
custom-designed this event for women.
we at VisionForce offer to leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs, would
not exist without several incredibly powerful women.
And to bring the Power of Pure Love retreat
into existence, I've united with the woman who originally
partnered with me to give life to the VisionForce work, and
who has stood with me for the past 10 years, moving
mountains to bring it to the world.
Her name is Deborah York.
life-long student of spirituality and a passionate yoga
instructor for over 25 years, and she'll be contributing her wisdom
and love as co-facilitator of the Power of Pure Love
Joining Deborah and me are a committed team of both male and
female volunteer assistants, each of whom knows the
power of this work, having applied it directly in their own
Together, we're all there to stand for
you, and guarantee a miraculous experience by creating an entirely safe, open space to
explore the deepest parts of your self, and emerge a new
Who will be attending?
You'll stand among no more than 29 other passionate women
willing to "change the world," starting with their lives,
relationships, and the world around them: Visionary
mothers, business women, social entrepreneurs, progressive
educators, conscious artists of all kinds, positive
revolutionaries, impassioned students... and anyone else still
"crazy" enough to believe we can change the world.
Most are life-long seekers of wisdom
and personal growth, who already lead courageous lives contributing
Meet some of the women who plan to attend...
"I am so incredibly excited
about this work."
After just 2 phone sessions:
"It has had an amazing impact on me already. I was able to
see the world in a totally different light for a few days after
we spoke. One where it looked like people were all standing in a
place of honor.
I have to say, it looked like a world I would
actually like to be in. I am so profoundly grateful to experience
To have the opportunity to have someone stand with me and
for me to support this process of growing and changing is an
looks brighter and I feel more able to cope with what is going
on, knowing I have this support.
I am like someone in the desert who has
been given a drop of water. I just realised how thirsty I am, and
man, that tasted so good, I just want more!"
"Michael’s work is absolutely life-changing!"
"I've just completed my second personal telephone
session with Michael, and have left the call feeling inspired,
strong, and with a deep 'knowing' that I can truly create miracles
I am a successful Executive Coach and Motivational Trainer, have
attended numerous workshops and read literally hundreds of
self-help and business coaching books, and have the following
NLP Business Coach
Louise Hay Advanced Trainer
As well as experiences in hypnotherapy and inspirational
So I consider myself pretty well-placed to offer an objective
opinion about Michael’s work!
I truly believe that Michael has created something quite
extraordinary in his work, something that sets him apart from "the
rest". His processes are simple and deep. Structured and loving.
Logical and deeply spiritual at the same time. In my opinion, this
is cutting edge experiential development at it's best!
His Judgement Window allowed me the gift of understanding another
person's point of view in such a profound way, that hostility and
fear was dissolved - permanently. Where I was feeling pain and
hurt, by ‘experiencing’ the way my own unconscious judgement
‘labels’ have been hurting my husband, I was able to drop them and
move beyond. And having made that move, I can continue to take
myself to that place of understanding and compassion – Michael
sums it up beautifully by calling it ‘honour’.
Another exercise (honour thy self) took me through a structured,
simple and loving process that, for the first time in my life
allowed me to actually celebrate and feel proud of the ‘bad’
things I had done in my relationship! He helped me to understand
my reasons for dong the things that I did, and to understand what
I was wanting to achieve through my actions, even in the face of
some fierce and scary emotions. I have learned and practiced many
ways to forgive both self and others – but this takes the concept
to a whole new dimension!
This work can (and does) change the way we view ourselves and each
other – and I truly believe that this life-changing work can
truly change our world for the better. Thank you, Michael, I am
very grateful that you have chosen to pursue your life’s mission
and I feel deeply honoured to be working with you.
"inspiration beyond words"
For me, Michael is inspiration beyond
As a former U.S. Marine and someone who has endured much training
in unorthodox methods, I can truly appreciate on many levels the
audacity that Michael brings to this world ..... to put it all on
the line or don't bother showing up. It reminds me that when I'm
sharing my own brand of unconventional wisdom, I'm not holding
back. Playing it safe doesn't change the game. Challenging the
rules, challenging myself to think differently and take action,
that's where it's at for me. I will always have unfailing
admiration for Michael's persistence and integrity. I am so
committed to being a part of this experience, I've been registered
since last year!
At the beautiful Ancient Yoga Center, a retreat facility at Barsana Dham,
an ashram, just southwest of Austin, TX.
What will we be doing?
Before you arrive,
you'll have completed an inspiring registration process, and 3 weeks
of conference calls, where you'll meet other participants and
prepare yourself for the experience of a life-time.
The retreat officially
begins Wednesday mid-day. You are welcome to arrive anytime
from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.
3-hour Breath and Body Foundations workshop, which incorporates
breathing techniques and an introduction to yoga, you'll retire to
your room, and dress for the 1-hour evening Reception, catered with
fine vegetarian cuisine and hors d'oeuvres. After mingling
with the other participants, you'll
engage in a 3-hour Orientation session.
On Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, you go for a self-paced run early in
the morning. There's no pressure--if you can't run, then you're free to walk.
We give special instructions on how to use the run as a tool for transformation (you'll never approach exercise the same way again!).
After the run, you return
refreshed and awake for "conscious yoga." The yoga we practice together
at the retreat integrates body, mind, and spirit to prepare everyone for a rigorous day of
The iStand technology you will practice is an original
art form which:
delve into past traumas or involve any kind of regression therapy,
Explores the underlying
mechanisms of inner conflict, which compromise our values and
our vision--and slowly kill our spirit,
Removes hidden barriers to becoming
fully conscious of one's values and vision, and naturally
acting in line with them,
Exposes the core conflict of human consciousness, in a way
that gives the human development professional and the layman
alike a uniquely simple and powerful model for understanding
your capacity to live in the unknown with unforeseen courage,
compassion and vision.
Offers simple, powerful tools
for navigating new territory in line with one's vision, and
for evolving consciously as visionary leaders,
Has you powerfully creating
the future, while grounded in the present.
Presents a much larger context for taking inspired action
in the world.
Awakens you to honor as a
guiding feeling and way of life.
During this retreat, you will venture into
uncharted territory with your me, Michael Skye, as your guide and iStand technology as the vehicle.
You will explore the nature of consciousness, challenge yourself beyond measure, and face your darkest shadows and brightest light. Then, on
Day 5, you will participate in 6 implementation workshops
to integrate this work into your life.
The result? A new relationship to life itself.
Though the 5-day retreat is a
transformative experience in itself, the real challenge comes after
you return home. That's why there are five weeks of calls after the
These five weeks of conference calls
and interaction with other participants comprise an intimate coaching program, which will allow you to integrate the
iStand technology even more deeply in your
life as you take the many bold actions inspired by your newly
What's the investment?
Your investment for the 5-day
retreat (including your 6-weeks of coaching calls and the on-line
community), consists of Room and Board, and Tuition.
Typically, tuition for these
events is anywhere from $1695 to $2,500, not including room and
board. About $2,000 to $3,000 all together.
This time, however,
tuition is only $895and includes a 7 week
coaching program before and after the retreat.Room
accommodations and food for up to 6 nights is an additional $695.
S0, $1,590 all together.
5+ days of intensive on-site training, consisting
Real-life training in honor
Six nights (Monday through Saturday) of
dormitory-style lodging at the spiritual retreat center where
the retreat is held
Up to six days of exquisite, fresh, lovingly
prepared vegetarian cuisine
A self-paced exercise program
High-quality yoga sessions
taught by Deborah York
Plenty of time to reflect and integrate the
Opportunities to mingle,
network, and bond with powerful Visionary Women from all over the world
Three 75-minute Tele-Workshops before the event
Three dynamic and stimulating
75-minute Tele-Workshops after the event
Room and Board fee of $695
covers your room for up to 6 nights, freshly prepared vegetarian
meals (or vegan upon request) for the duration of your stay, the
Dinner of Honor, your materials, a small portion of the shared
The maximum number of registrations
we'll accept for this event is 30. This is to guarantee you
have the most powerful experience possible. The deadline
for all registrations and fees is April 13th.
Once we have 30
registrations, the event is CLOSED. So, if you feel called from
within to attend, don't wait to take the next step: Email
us with your intention to attend, or to request a phone call to get
more information: Email support.purelove [at] gmail [dot]
Why are we
making this life-altering event so affordable for you?
We're able to offer these
greatly reduced prices for this single event, because we're not
investing in any marketing, promotional or sales efforts.
Unlike our regular retreats, Deborah and I are offering this
exclusively to the women in our personal lives, who deeply inspire
This is our way of honoring you
for who you are in the world.
Our main reason for putting on
this event, however, is to honor the women who've stood for,
inspired, helped create and spread this work in the world.
And that's why we're choosing
to give 50% of all tuition and a
portion of any other salesdirectly to women
who've invested time, energy and/or money to make this work
So just by attending this
particular event, you'll be helping us to honor the women, who've
stood for bringing the transformational, healing work of VisionForce
to the world.
How do I register and get started
Your retreat begins at the moment you
register. That's when you can expect profound shifts in your life
to begin occurring.
The registration process entails:
1) identifying yourself as a
visionary woman ready to stand in all your power,
2) completing an
3) making a financial arrangements.
After you register, you'll be invited to an on-line community,
where you'll join other visionary women, who've made the same
powerful commitment to participate.
The retreat begins on
Wednesday afternoon with a Breath and Body workshop
from 2-5pm, and ends on the following Sunday afternoon at 2pm. We
strongly encourage arriving a day early and departing a day later,
making the retreat a full seven days.
Everyone is required to attend all
sessions of the retreat.
alumni find the event profoundly moving and refer to it as spiritual or transformational, there is no
absolutely religious doctrine or practice
that is followed or promoted. There are no beliefs to subscribe to, only
the willingness to honor our human experience, regardless of our
beliefs and backgrounds.
At a recent retreat we had a participant who
had arthritis in her hip and
was waiting for hip replacement surgery, and she had an amazing
Retreat. With her doctor's blessing she adapted the exercises to her
own abilities, did powerful breathing exercises while others were doing
the morning run, and did as much of the yoga as she could. She found
that she was able to do a lot more than she expected and built personal
strength through embracing the intention to exercise and explore her
inner world. We don't want physical restrictions to prevent
participation and still we encourage people to challenge what they have
told themselves are their limits.
The space created during this process is one where it is safe to share,
where everyone is profoundly honored and respected
at all times, and all participants have agreed to keep others' details
The Retreat is about the present and the future, so we don't
do any kind of therapy or work with the past. Participants should
not only be very mentally and psychologically healthy prior to
participating; they should be individuals who regularly invest in their
Everyone who is accepted will be sent a
document with a variety of suggested ways to prepare for the retreat,
including exercise, recommended movies and reading material. Those are
all things you can do as much as you want on your own time before the
retreat begins. The three pre-retreat conference calls are also an
excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for the rigor of the retreat.
Each week participants are required to join in on one of the two scheduled
calls hosted each weekend.
After the retreat are three more weekends
of conference calls. It's an
intimate coaching program, which will allow you to integrate the work even more deeply in your life as you take the many bold
actions inspired by your newly emerging vision. Through weekly phone
calls, insightful emails and dialog via our discussion group, graduates support each other in integrating your new
practices into your life.
No. The Retreat is designed to be an immersion
retreat, and everyone
stays in rooms at the facility. Attendance at all sessions is
Can I expect this to
impact my love life (and my sex life!)?
Rather than answer this
question myself, I'll share an email I recently received
from a woman who has only begun to experience this work
through a few group conference calls (keep in mind she
hasn't even been to the retreat yet!):
from the UK who posted the honouring letter on the group and
spoke about it on one or two of the calls.
remember that I posted the letter, and my boyfriend who is
living in another part of the country called the evening he
got it to say he was so touched that he was almost in tears
reading it. Well, in fact he was almost lost for words when
trying to talk to me about how he felt. Since then, I have
been more aware and conscious about how I communicate, but I
have also felt more vulnerable. After he got the letter,
there was a period where I didn't see him for a few weeks
because he was moving around a lot, and in some ways our
relationship doesn't make sense logically (he's a lot older
& has had a vasectomy & doesn't want kids, while I do),
anyway at this point I went back into my old mechanism of
creating distance/pulling away because I was aware that with
opening up and writing the letter and being more vulnerable,
I was also opening up to the possibility of really getting
involved on a deeper level, and this scared me, especially
since I wasn't sure how things would work out long-term.
Anyway, being the man that he is, he didn't let me fob him
off, and one night talking on the phone, he held the space
to allow me to feel safe to voice my fears. It was amazing
because in the past I'd learned that these kind of
conversations only happened when one person wanted to break
up. If it hadn't been for writing the letter first, and
discovering that it was safe to share deeper feelings with
this man, I don't think I could have talked so openly and
honestly. As I opened up and spoke to him, I became quite
emotional and tearful, and so did he. After this, things
changed between us considerably, and I felt able to make a
deeper commitment to the relationship.
The next thing
that happened, is that I listened to your call of Jan 15th,
and a lady asked a question about sharing feelings without
seeming needy, and you said something about when a woman
doesn't trust you with her feelings, you don't trust her as
much. A little later, I was thinking about this and how I
have this feeling of not quite trusting my younger brother,
because he gives very little feedback and very little of
himself in conversations. I always feel like I don't know
what he's thinking or feeling, and I sometimes feel like
he's judging me. I then realised that you were right; when
another person withholds what they feel, it creates a
feeling of not trusting them as much. I realised that I
really needed to be more honest and open, even if I found it
difficult and even though I felt incredibly vulnerable doing
this. There was also another gem for me in this call - you
said something about when a woman honours her man, he wants
to make love with her when he comes home, and you said
something about the woman receiving her man. This perculated
through me and a little later, I realised that I had never
fully received any man; I had always held back and kept a
part of myself separate (and safe), not trusting enough.
and realisations processed within me for a few days, and
then my partner came over to stay one night on his way up
north, and this was the first time I'd seen him since
writing the honouring letter. That night when we made love,
I knew it was time to let him in, to receive him, and it was
so much easier and more natural and flowing than before. I
experienced the most incredible sense of one-ness that I
have ever felt with another person. We both acknowledged
that it was the most beautiful experience, and he really
felt how I truly received him for the first time. For both
of us, we carried the most incredible sense that something
powerful and special had occured, and it brought us closer
than we'd ever been before. For me, it was a big realisation
that with being more open and vulnerable, my life was
becoming increasingly beautiful and I felt more alive and
A week later, he
stayed for a few days again, and our entire relationship was
different. I was more open and loving, he was more relaxed,
and the physical side of our sharing was amazing. It was
like that first part of a relationship where you just want
to make love with each other all day, which we'd somehow
missed when we came together a few months before because
life had got a little crazy and he lost his house and had to
move around a lot for a few weeks, staying with different
friends. So I'm going to be really open and honest with you
here, because I want you to know just how much what you do
changes people's lives for the better, and also if you want
to share this information with others, so they can
appreciate the incredible possibility for positive change in
their lives. This is kinda personal, but I'm going to go for
it here... I'm 35 and I've had quite a few long-term
partners over the years, but only had only ever experienced
orgasm during intercourse once -
yes one time! I've always managed fine on my own, but when
with a partner, I would be less relaxed and feel pressure to
perform and feel less secure, so aside from that one time,
it had never happened, and that time was when I was 21, so
it was a long while back. So what happened after I did the
work with the honouring letter, had the insights and
internal changes from the calls, and then started to commit
more to the relationship, to receive my partner and to be
more honest and open about my feelings, is that for the
first time I started experiencing complete fulfillment in my
sex life - and not just once, but regularly. Not only was I
feeling good, but he was too! This was part of how I managed
to allow the change; listening to you talking about
honouring, trust and receiving, I realised that in holding
back I was also denying something from my partner. In the
past I'd always felt like so long as they were fulfilled,
that was ok, I could deal with it, but through the calls, I
woke up to the fact that to be with someone who holds
something back and doesn't enter fully into the
relationship, is not satisfying for either partner.
Ok, so there's
more! So now I had a great sex life and a closer and more
loving relationship, but there were still challenges. Having
no set abode, my partner drifted for a few more weeks, and
then decided to live and work at a community a couple of
hours drive or so away. I was initially really happy about
it because I knew how hard things were for him, and I felt
it would be a good thing. Soon after he moved there, he was
telling me about the groups he wanted to do there, and I
knew he only got one day a week off and doing the groups
might mean working some of these to make up. During the call
I began to feel like just as I had opened up and was
becoming more emotionally involved in the relationship, I
was losing him to a community which I wasn't a part of and
that there wouldn't be room in his life for me any more. I
didn't voice this because I knew things had been hard for
him and I wanted to help him stay positive, not bring up my
insecurities. What happened was that while talking, I
started to lose enthusiasm and eventually felt like I didn't
have much to say. It was like the energy of the conversation
drained until I had nothing more to give, but it happened so
fast and surprised me. Later I remembered that this used to
sometimes happen before when talking to people, and I also
realised that I'd had two conversations going on in my head
at once; one with Nick, and one with myself which I didn't
allow him to know about. It took me a few hours and another
reinforcement (through something I read in a book) of what
you said about level of trust and sharing feelings. The
penny dropped again, and I realised consciously that I had
been doing this, and had withheld my true feelings from
Nick. I really felt how this takes away the energy
and 'realness' in a conversation, and knew I had to change
this. I also realised that hiding my feelings was another
leftover pattern which I'd needed in childhood but didn't
need anymore, and having already discovered through the
honouring classes that new ways of being open do work & are
a LOT better than how I'd previously dealt with things, I
felt more open and safe to try doing things differently. I
made the decision and had an intense desire to change and to
be really open and step up my level of honesty in this
relationship. What happened next was that I first
experienced an overwhelming feeling of love for him, which I
guess must have been squashed down with the other stuff, and
then I felt incredibly free and exhuberant. I called him up
and left the longest message ever, telling him about how I
had really felt when we were talking earlier, and how I
realised I was not being honest with him about my
feelings. I felt SO good after I did this, and it was
incredibly liberating. Not only had I broken down some more
walls between my partner and I, but I realised that the
potential for positive change in so many areas of my life
was immense. I had never dared be so bold before, and this
action, inspired by your work set a precident which I can
only imagine the possibilties for. I had this image inside
my head of being in a kind of wooden conservatory with many
sides, and I'd broken all the doors down and the sun was
filtering in for the first time since I can remember. I had
so much energy that night that I couldn't get to sleep for
I know I still
have a way to go, and I know I'll be challenged again at
times, but through doing the honouring work with you, I have
made some huge changes and my life is so much more full and
real and beautiful. I know I did the work, but you were
there providing guidance, direction and incredible
inspiration. Without this, I wouldn't have been able to do
this, or maybe I would have eventually in some smaller way,
but this is like personal growth on turbocharge! I'm still
amazed at how you do this; sometimes it seems like you're
just having an ordinary (ish) conversation with someone, but
you're planting the seeds for incredible change and
growth.Other relationships have also changed in my life; I
wrote an honouring letter to my mother, with whom I have had
very little contact over the last ten years, and even though
she hasn't acknowledged it, I answered the phone to her for
the first time in ages a couple of weeks back, and I felt no
apprehension or need to get off the phone ASAP (I'm staying
at my dad's place & I usually get an intuition it's her when
she calls, so I let him answer). When she spoke to me, she
was more friendly too, and I've spoken to her a couple of
times since. I also had an open discussion with my older
brother about his lack of communication, and feel things
will be different there now too.
There's one more
thing I'd like to say, which is that although I had to
unsubscribe from the honour my man group because I now don't
have a job, you've still sent me invitations to join the
calls (e.g 15th Jan). First I thought I shouldn't listen and
should let you know, since I'm not paying at present, but
then I had this feeling that it was meant to be, and that
the universe/God was helping me out. I really do appreciate
what you do, and if I was working I wouldn't hesitate to
keep subscribing. Anyway, because of this, I got the
incredible insights and changes from the 15th Jan call and
decided to write you this letter. I also know that sometimes
I'm 'supposed' to be part of certain groups and that by my
being part of them, I make valuable contributions which help
the others in the group, or the facilitator. So I'm letting
you know that you're sending me invites without me paying,
and that if you did this on purpose, I really appreciate it,
and would be happy to join the calls and share my
experiences with the group, which I hope might help others.
If it's by accident that I stayed on the list, please feel
free to take me off until I have a new income and can pay
like I'm supposed to! In any case, feel free to share what
I've said in this letter with anyone else you think might
benefit. I might be English, but I'm not that shy! I love to
share simply because if I can do this and it helps one other
person, then it is always worth whatever possible
embarrassment I might feel about sharing intimate details to
do that. It's also another great opportunity to learn that
it's ok to be open and that there are a lot of people just
like me out there. I'm also discovering a passion for
communication within me that I didn't even know was there! I
was brought up in a family where honest or open
communication was NOT ALLOWED, in fact not much
communication was allowed at all! This work has set
something free with me, and now I feel like I have more
purpose in my life, and a new level of love for life and for
others. Thank you Michael!