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FEBRUARY 6 -8, 2023


We are excited to invite you to this pilot retreat, a three-day event for Pahara’s women of color CEO community at the new Lone Rock Retreat campus in Bailey, Colorado.


This retreat provides an opportunity for women of the global majority holding the most senior seat in an organization (CEOs, EDs, founders, or presidents) to gather for collective learning, community building, and restoration. It is born from a named need within our community for women of color holding bottom-line decision making to have a sacred space to stand in community; to share leadership lessons and experiences; and to learn from one another in support of personal and professional wholeness and transformation. 


The goals of this retreat are to:

  • Workshop and vision-set around the unique opportunities and challenges faced by women of color in life and leadership. We will name where our experiences intersect and diverge based on multiple facets of our identities;

  • Engage in readings and conversation circles that spark thinking for new and inspiring models of leadership; 

  • Engage in rest and restoration for the mind, body, and spirit;

  • Create space for joy and community-building. 


Moderators for this retreat will be Kriste Dragon, CEO of Pahara, and Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili, Senior Vice-President. Further details on additional practitioners are forthcoming. 


The Pahara Institute continues to develop pilot offerings as part of our personal and professional transformation programming. Based on the needs identified in the network survey along with 140 calls with Fellows and discussion around the seminar table, Pahara is organizing a series of new initiatives pilots, including virtual consultancies, succession planning workshops, regional socials and convenings.

There are a number of terms in use to define and describe groups by racial identity. In the context of this convening, we are intentional in our use of women of color to acknowledge that a range of racial identities from within the Pahara community will be present at this convening, and we aim to craft an experience inclusive of the fullness of experiences and identities that will be present.


We aim to bring together Paharans who identify as women of the global majority in the top most position at their organizations. Significant diversity exists within this demographic, including along lines of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, generation, political ideologies, and years in the senior seat. This retreat will acknowledge and hold space for the range of experiences and identities that will be present in the room.


Date & Time

Start: Monday, February 6, 2023, at 3:00 pm MT * 

End: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, ending at 12:30 pm MT **


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 80421


Pahara will sponsor participant’s lodging, meals and ground transportation. Review the "Travel Instructions" section below for additional detail on booking flights, ground transportation, and travel subsidy support.


We will engage with readings, workshops, and restorative practices at the retreat.


All relevant pre-reading will be electronically shared with participants on Monday, January 9, 2023. We have chosen to send you the retreat readings after the new year with the intention that you prioritize rest over the holiday and approach these materials with fresh eyes and open hearts.

To prepare for the virtual rest workshops that bookend our retreat and learn about our rest workshop facilitator, please review the information on this webpage.

The initial retreat for RLP will convene the week after Easter at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado from April 19-21, 2022. We endeavor to combine the strengths of the Pahara leadership development approach with a Christ-centered retreat experience. A successful retreat will mean leaders have had the space to share their faith, reflect on ways to bring their faith into their work, find some sense of spiritual renewal from the time together, and initiate new relationships with other believers.     

The deadline to register for this event passed. If you have questions, email

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