Finding the Deep River Within
How to tame your to-do list and find depth in everyday life.

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Live Workshop & Facilitator Training :: October 2018
led by Abby Seixas, M.Ed., LMHC

Hadley, Massachusetts

Beneath the busyness of our daily lives flows a deep river of creativity, passion, silence, and, among other things, a place of contact with ourselves and what matters to us.

Although ‘the deep river’ is a powerful source of nurturance, the fragmentation and sheer pace of life in 21st century America often buries this deeper dimension under the perpetual-motion surface of our days. This workshop is about slowing down to reclaim your balance and bring more sanity and soul back to your daily life.

Based on the her book, Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman’s Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life, Abby Seixas will introduce the three preliminary doorways and six core practices that can support you in allowing your own deeper currents to flow through daily life.

This full weekend includes a day-long Saturday workshop open to all interested community members and an optional Facilitator Training for helping professionals offered on Sunday. The location for this workshop is in the bucolic Pioneer Valley, along the Connecticut River in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, a perfect backdrop for accessing your own Deep River Within.

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  • Do you have too many demands and too little time?

  • Are you feeling trapped by the tyranny of your to-do lists?

  • Do you find yourself measuring your life according to a picture of "how it's supposed to be?"

  • Have you longed for time and space for yourself, yet feel fearful not keeping busy?

  • Do you ever wonder what your hurried schedule is modeling for your children?

If you are a woman seeking an antidote to nonstop busyness, and to the culture that feeds a frenzied pace of life, you are invited to experience the life-changing practices of the Deep River Within for yourself.

The Saturday Live Workshop is a day-long immersion in the concepts and practices of the Deep River groups Abby Seixas has been leading for over twenty years. The intimate workshop, held on the campus of the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, is an opportunity for you to experience a reconnection to your own inner source of wisdom in a nourishing community and environment.

The day includes:

  • Experiential exercises

  • Group discussion in a safe container

  • Reflective journaling

  • Opportunities for creative expression

  • An atmosphere of humor and connection

This Deep River Workshop will unfold much like a retreat, with the guidance, time, and space to help you slow down and tune in to your own deep river realm {the peaceful current of meaning and depth that flows beneath the busy surface of our hurried, 24/7 world.}

Guided by Abby's expertise and wisdom, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing the support of a group that gathers with the shared intention to step away from the demands of daily life and draw from inner resources for renewal.

Perhaps most importantly, you'll leave the workshop with practical ideas, take-aways and steps you can take to sustain and strengthen your connection to your own Deep River Within.


About Abby

Abby Seixas, LMHC, M.Ed., is an author and psychotherapist in private practice. She has been leading her popular "Touching the Deep River" groups since 1994 to help countless women reclaim their life balance.

Abby has been in the mental health field for more than thirty-five years and has been a consultant and clinical psychotherapy supervisor at training centers in the United States, England, the Netherlands, and Russia. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband near Boston, Massachusetts.


Saturday, October 20th 9 AM - 4 PM

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Deep River groups have grown out of Abby’s experience (and that of many others) that women in a circle of support are a source of untapped power. When this power is nurtured, it can fuel personal growth and help counter the effects of our speed-obsessed culture.

This one-day training is offered to encourage the start of Deep River groups as places for women to learn how to separate themselves from the culture’s drumbeat of go-go-go, and to make conscious choices about their own pace and priorities.

The day will include didactic training, discussion, experiential exercises, and some practice facilitation.

Topics covered include:

  • Design of a 7-week Deep River group, and variations.

  • How to introduce the six core practices.

  • Working with the practices: guiding experiential exercises

  • Guidelines for creating safety and going deep.

  • The group ‘field’ and how to work with it/within it.

  • Balancing transparency and leadership as a facilitator.

At the end of the training, you'll be empowered to lead and facilitate your own Deep River workshops or weave these valuable tools into your existing work or practice.

Helping professionals in all fields are encouraged to attend the training (including but not limited to: psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, nurses, doctors, clergy, teachers, coaches. If your work falls outside of these categories and you'd like to attend, please contact Abby ( to discuss your interest.

{Attendance at the day-long Deep River workshop on October 20, 2018, or another Deep River workshop is a prerequisite.}


Sunday, October 21st 9 AM - 4:30 PM


"May our inner work be a blessing, and may it help to bring about a more life-giving, just, and peaceful world for ourselves and one another, for our children, for our planet, for our future." ~ Abby Seixas

Out of our commitment to connecting the inner work of accessing the Deep River Within to the wider circle of our families and communities, 5% of the total proceeds from this workshop will be donated to RAICES, the largest legal immigration services provider in Texas. RAICES is at the forefront of the movement to keep detained immigrant families together, including a Families Together Hotline.

RAICES has been serving immigrant families for over thirty years, you can learn more about their efforts here.

What past participants are saying

"Being a participant in this group has been a life-changing experience for me.… Taking Abby’s class has allowed me to begin to locate the voice inside me that wants to enjoy life more. I am learning that I owe it to myself to pay attention to what I want out of life, rather than what I think others want me to do.  I don’t have to do 100 things at once anymore…"

“You’re one of the best facilitators I’ve ever run across - it’s an art and you do it extraordinarily well. I came into the group very skeptical and somewhat apprehensive about the experience, but the assembled group of women blew me away in terms of their authenticity, hard work and warmth. They have made a believer out of me re: women’s groups. No small feat...”

“The balance between exercises, learning/listening and reflection was excellent! The many, many positive effects of my “Deep River” experience continue to resonate throughout my life.”

“I approached the group with skepticism and anxiety, both having vanished by the second meeting. I felt the organization and structure of the sessions were exactly enough for both comfort and learning to take place. Even if a concept wasn’t new to me, the group context gave things a very different perspective, a new way to relate to the ideas...I feel so very lucky to have had this opportunity.”


Schedule, food, and other considerations
Both Saturday and Sunday are full-day events with a break for lunch. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch, though tea, water and light snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Our beautiful location is the Hartsbrook Waldorf School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035

After you’ve completed your registration and we approach the date of the workshop, you’ll receive additional information including a schedule, driving directions, and specific suggestions on what to bring with you. You may also send an email at any time to the event organizer, Leah Kent

What happens after I complete the Facilitator Training?
Upon completion of the Deep River Facilitator Training, you’ll have the tools and support to create Deep River groups for the women you work with in your practice or local community. In addition to the training with Abby, the creator and author of these successful programs, you’ll receive a printed manual to guide you as you lead your own groups or incorporate these principles into your existing work. You may contact for any additional questions.

Travel and accommodations
If you need assistance or recommendations on travel or accommodations that are convenient to the workshop location, please send an email to the event organizer, Leah Kent

What is your refund policy?
We understand that unforeseeable events happen and you may need to cancel your registration. Requests received before October 1st receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be offered after October 1st, however you are welcome to transfer your enrollment to another person. {please note the $25 processing fee applies to transfers as well.} In order to process any refund or transfer, you must contact Leah Kent at for assistance.