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Bend of Ivy's October 2021 Newsletter

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Greetings Friends!

Bend of Ivy is glowing with fall’s browns, oranges and reds now. I love how the purple joe pye weed wildflowers are so tall and magnificent. Tall clumps of joe pye are nestling in spots next to the Pond and seem like the tallest JPW’s EVER here! It's fun to watch the butterflies and dragonflies flitting around them. Fall is such a magical time here as nature slows down. Guests feel calm in the energy and nature, a sense of restorative energy. And, if it's a wedding here, there's both lively fun celebratory energy flowing and some restorative pauses. That was last weekend as a beautiful weekend wedding had the pond glowing with lights, and the valley rocking with music. Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Now booking, Fall 2021 and 2022 retreat and stay requests:

  • Lodge retreats, events, weddings and parties. Those are booked directly through us. You can check the Lodge Availability calendar for your best dates. Some fall 2021 dates available.

  • Fall nature stay retreat pauses for family and bubble friend groups. Bend of Ivy is popular as a Family and Friend gathering space. Those booked through Airbnb. Check out BOI Lodge AirBnB page.

  • Solo retreats or small group, family stays. BOI Studio is perfect for that. BOI Studio is also on AirBnB, with either a 1 bedroom/ bath or 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom option.

  • Pavilion Day rental for workshop space and grounds. The Pavilion is available for day workshops, no lodging within 60 days rental date. Please email to learn more.

Coming soon, see below... Want to deepen or start a life elevating self discovery journey? Amplify your inner 'I' and grow UP by exploring You and the Enneagram. Hidden patterns and blind spots get uncovered. Clarity and growth happen.

  • Fall Virtual Enneagram intro workshop early November.

  • In 2022, Bend of Ivy Enneagram Day Workshops. Programs on Enneagram, self-awareness, presence and energy flow. For updates and info, please email me at or sign up here.

Please share our BOI Newsletter with others that may be interested in retreats, events, programs or stays here. Thanks!

Sending love, Susan

Nature Guides. Fall & Presence Pauses.

My Chinese medicine acupuncturist reminded me yesterday that as it’s fall, the body wants to follow the natural cycle of nature. That means the body needs:

  • slower pace

  • more rest

  • presence pauses

She said go sit with a cup of tea. ... More

Buildings, Grounds & Gardens Updates:

  • BOI Driveway Redone - Heavy summer rains had big impact on the BOI driveway so redone to fix. New smooth driveway, done! Take a look at the after below.

  • Outdoor metal furniture painted

  • Extra turtle crossing signs along driveway

  • New Pavilion refrigerator

  • Lots of Lodge bedroom furniture updates

  • Lodge exterior painted

Enneagram Wayfinder

You want to be a better parent, partner, leader, entrepreneur, decision maker? A better you?

Get to know your deep inner self, and ways to grow UP. Be better, lighter, stronger and more resilient. The Enneagram is a popular super map for self discovery and transformation.

Join Susan for engaging and lively enneagram learning programs, virtual and Bend of Ivy programs and retreats. For growth seekers and enneagram explorers at every level. Small group Enneagram Wayfinder Intro program: November 2, 5:30. Coming 2022, Enneagram Wayfinder Day Workshops and retreat.

To stay updated for early notices, please email me ( or sign up here.

“Having never taken an Enneagram class before, I was hoping this class would fill out my knowledge from years of self-study. Susan exceeded expectations with her depth of knowledge and commitment to working with the top teachers in the Enneagram. But, what I most appreciated about Susan's teaching style is her ability to give her students a safe place to explore and grow in our understanding of this ancient instrument and how it can expand our knowing and expansion of our deepest selves. Not every teacher has that skill and I can heartily recommend Susan's class.” Robyn Pichler, Clinical Psychologist

We've earned AirBnB Superhost, again!

We're thankful for all your support of Bend of Ivy!

We hope to see you soon!

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