Bermuda Retreat and Conference

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Our 2014 Retreat and Conference theme focused on Transitions: Navigating Change and Embracing Life. We traveled to Bermuda on October 8th thru October 12th and spent 5 glorious days and 4 amazing nights at the Cambridge Beaches Hotel Resort and Spa.

We collaborated with the Bermuda African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) to provide daily workshops to GirlfriendConnect and Bermudian attendees that helped us explore how to navigate through life’s changes and find ways to embrace all that life has to offer:

“Pieces of Me: Identifying and Connecting the Pieces of Who You Are”, speakers included GFC Founder Kim E., Dr. Jolene Bean, history lecturer at the Bermuda College and Maxine Esdaille, Chair of the ADHT Bermuda Foundation. Our workshop explored using DNA exploration, the value of family genealogy, and how culture defines us.

“Evaluating Your Ship-The Map for Reaching Your Destination and a Balanced Journey”, speakers included Dr. Beverly Richards-Psychotherapist and Stress Management Specialist, Philadelphia, Lydia A Henry- Certified Professional Coach specializing in vision building and sustainable attainment, Philadelphia, and Patrice Frith Hayward-Executive Director Woman’s Resource Centre, Bermuda.

We examined ways in which to successfully navigate life’s changes and how to stay on course. We shared ways to “crank up” your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wholeness in an authentic and balanced way.

“Economic Development, Empowerment, and Leadership for Women of African Descent”. Our panel moderators featured our very own GirlfriendConnect Advisory Board member, Barbara Wellons, a telecommunications Senior Sales and Marketing Executive, Florence Torson-Hart, Senior Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch, and local panelists Paula Cox, Former Premier and Minister of Finance, Renee Ming, Assistant Vice President, corporate Banking, Butterfield Bank, and Sancha Durham, local Entrepreneur and Owner of Nail Bar.

While parts of our days were filled with conferences and remarkable discussions, we did take some time to rest, relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful beaches and all that Bermuda had to offer.

GirlfriendConnect Members and Kim E. Playing with DolphinsWe celebrated our arrival with a welcome reception and dinner on the beach at Cambridge’s Breeze’s Restaurant. On Thursday we visited the Royal Naval Dockyard for shopping, a customized tour of the Bermuda National Museum which included the Commissioner’s House Slavery Exhibit – a part of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, and played with Dolphins at Bermuda’s Dolphin Quest! And after Friday’s workshop we enjoyed wonderful spa treatments at the Cambridge Beaches Ocean Spa and dinner at Woody’s a local black owned restaurant. On Saturday we had a fabulous dinner cruise aboard a yacht also owned by a local black business.

Our trip was an awesome experience for learning, growth, bonding, and fun! But like all good things…our fun times came to an end, and we returned home not a moment too soon as a tropical storm blew into Bermuda.

A few of our members were delayed returning to Philadelphia due to the storm, but they ended up enjoying their additional stay doing more shopping, touring, and relaxing on the beach!

All in all we left Bermuda informed and inspired, with new friends and many great memories to share!

Check back with us for more updates and news about our Bermuda trip, including our radio interview and live streaming of our conference workshops.

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