The Antidote:

A Retreat for Women of Color

October 22-25, 2019

Marin Vista House in San Rafael, CA

If you’re thinking “I can’t possibly take this much time (for myself)!” then this retreat is definitely for you.

The Antidote is a different type of retreat.

The Antidote brings together women of color in a space designed for us to show up fully, authentically, and ready to invest in ourselves. Together, we will build the understanding, nuance, and savvy to manage the challenges that are unique to women of color. You will find new ways to address the challenges you can address and create a reality in which you can see yourself and be seen. 

One retreat will not change a white supremacist, patriarchal world, but it can change your agency within it. 

What’s in a Name?

We take our retreat name from Teka Okun’s article, “White Supremacy Culture.” For each facet of white supremacy culture we consciously or unconsciously accede to, Okun offers antidotes of action, education, community and coalition building, and inner work. 

None of these are instant fixes or cure-alls, and we know that our retreat is not the kind of Hollywood antidote that easily neutralizes a poison. But it is a counter, a corrective, a treatment plan. Perhaps it can also be a salve for the often old and deep wounds left by a lifetime of fighting toxic cultures.

Why Come to The Antidote?

Everything we offer at The Antidote is designed for each of us to take off our cultural armor to help us see ourselves authentically. Yes, you will do some deep, serious, and sometimes challenging inner work. It may feel refreshing, exhausting, or both. Our intention is not to offer a “one and done” solution to patriarchy and white supremacy, but to help you see it clearly and make your choices living in it.

Here’s more of what you’ll experience:

  • Space to show up as your full self
  • Time to think deeply, reflect, question, take stock, and get feedback
  • Mentoring, coaching, and mirroring from peers who share your experiences
  • Tools for discerning your priorities, goals, core values, and passions
  • Untangling the dominant messages of work, family, culture, and your inner (racist and sexist) critic
  • Space to say no
  • Honest perspective on personal strengths vs. coping mechanisms
  • Strategies, agency, and freedom going forward
  • Finding more to life and work than hustling to avoid failure and vulnerability
  • Opportunity to walk away from apprehension and toward audacity
  • Ways to leverage and embrace your differences

A Spacious Retreat

Ours is not your typical retreat or conference. We’re not here to cram your days with information or activity. Your agenda includes facilitated group discussions, time for individual reflection, and space for you to recharge or unplug while you create the most meaningful schedule for you, along with opportunities for deep reflection, sustained conversations, genuine connection, and plenty of room to breathe and be in control of your time.

Join us for The Antidote Retreat this October.

Registration fee: $2,500 - $3,500, based on selected accommodations.

“Understand that investing in yourself makes everything you do better.” - Joe Holder, Personal Trainer

Who Are You? 

  • A woman of color.
  • Wondering how you can you be your authentic self throughout your life: your family, friendships and work. 
  • Aware the game is rigged...and you're still in it.
  • Unwilling to play along the same way (or all the time) anymore.
  • Needing tools, resources, and time to reflect.
  • Ready to name the system and your role in it.
  • Eager to assess what’s working and what more you could be doing for you.
  • STILL thinking “I can’t possibly take this much time (for myself)!”

You Have Three Full Days

The Antidote retreat runs from 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, to 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 25. You are highly encouraged to stay onsite for the entire retreat and fully immerse in the experience of investing in yourself. 

We know it’s hard. You have a lot of commitments, and demands on your time. We are all too aware of why you might be thinking, I don’t have time for this.

But we also know that there are some loud voices we must push against.


… you have too much work to do!  


… you can’t take three whole days for yourself!  


… you never have the time… 

The Antidote

Resist the culture of overworking and always doing more.

The Antidote

Recognize the mindset of white supremacist, patriarchal culture.

The Antidote

Take three full days to think, speak, listen, and be seen.

About Your Retreat Hosts

Together, Jennifer and Alison have worked with thousands of clients, accompanying them on their journeys as they expand their agency and (re)discover their authentic selves. As your hosts, we look forward to preparing a space for you, listening with empathy, learning your story, helping you map your path through the smog of white supremacy and patriarchy and helping you take full advantage of our retreat to uncover what you need and already have in the arc of your growth.

Jennifer McClanahan-Flint is a consultant and executive career strategist with Leverage to Lead. She helps women and people of color build careers with audacity rather than apprehension, and she helps organizations build environments in which women and people of color can thrive.

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting. Alison consults, facilitates and coaches leaders, educators and youth to articulate, own and operationalize their commitments to DEI, through the cultivation of skills, savvy and stamina for personal, professional and institutional growth.

Register for The Antidote Retreat

Registration Costs

$2,500: Triple Occupancy

$3,000: Double Occupancy

$3,500: Single Occupancy (only 4 available)

Bathrooms are shared. Registration includes lodging, all meals and drinks, all retreat activities and materials. Registration cost does not cover transportation or activities outside the retreat agenda.


Arrive for lunch on Tuesday, October 22.

Final session ends 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25.

Deadline to Register

Friday, September 27, 2019 

Share this Invitation

Invite a friend or colleague to join us for the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost?

$3,500 single occupancy.

$3,000 double occupancy.

$2,500 triple occupancy.

Bathrooms will be shared.

What does the cost include?

Your registration includes lodging and accommodations, facilitated retreat discussions, activities and materials, and all meals and beverages. It does not include transportation to/from the retreat or activities outside of the retreat agenda.

How do I register?

Registration closes Friday, September 27, 2019.

 When is the retreat?

The Antidote Retreat begins with lunch on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The last session ends at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25.

Where is the retreat?

The private and spacious Marin Vista House, located in San Rafael, CA.

What do you mean by “women”? 

We mean people who identify as women across the gender spectrum, not just cisgender women.

What do you mean by women “of color”?

We define women of color as women, including multiracial women, who identify as other than white.

What do you mean by “work”?

The term “work” can be loaded. Let’s be clear: as women of color, we’re always working. We’re not going to define for you what qualifies as work, and whether or not you do. It’s for you to define... (And this is part of the work of the retreat.)

How big is this retreat?

The retreat will include our two hosts, Jennifer McClanahan-Flint and Alison Park, along with 9 retreat participants. Our goal is to create an intimate and meaningful space for exchange.

What should I bring?

Yourself, tools that help you think and reflect, comfortable clothing (you do you) including for free time, food (if you have any specific dietary restrictions--see “Can you accommodate my dietary needs?” below)

Can I attend select parts of the retreat (just 1 or 2 days, or can I come and go)? 

This retreat is designed as an immersive experience for you and for the group as a whole to build trust and relationships. We ask that you commit to the full experience.

Do I have to stay overnight?

Yes. (See above.)

What if I need to leave early?

If you unexpectedly need to leave early, of course, you can. However, we cannot issue partial refunds. 

Will I have my own room?

The Marin Vista House includes 4 single ($3,500 per person), 1 double ($3,000 per person), and 1 triple occupancy ($2,500 per person) rooms. There will be shared bathrooms. Rooms assignments (including specific roommate requests) are made on a first-come, first served basis.

Can you accommodate my dietary needs?

We’ll provide meat protein and veggie options for all meals, including gluten-free and dairy-free snacks. If you have more specific needs, you are most welcome to bring your own food and drinks.

Can I bring someone?

This retreat is only for registered participants.

What if I’m still not sure? 

Feel free to reach out to Jennifer at [email protected] to schedule a time to speak.