Thought leaders and authors Amy Chan and Dené Logan challenge old beliefs – such as “happily ever after” and “belonging” to a partner - that ultimately prevent us from advancing and transforming. Leaning into science, psychology, and spirituality, Amy and Dené share their thoughts on how the death of a relationship can lead to discovery and fulfillment.
Following their discussion, we invite you to join small peer-led breakout room sessions guided by the following prompts:
- If you have experienced pain and struggle in relationships, can you identify any new pathways or insights for yourself?
- Is there an action - even a small, sweet step - that you want to take to navigate grief or heartache?
Amy Chan hit rock bottom when she discovered that her boyfriend cheated on her. Although she was angry and broken-hearted, Amy soon came to realize that the breakup was the shakeup she needed to redirect her life. Instead of descending into darkness, she used the pain of the breakup as a bridge to self-actualization.
Amy is the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that takes a scientific and spiritual approach to heal the heart. The Observer calls her "A relationship expert whose work is like that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw'' and her company has been featured across national media including Good Morning America, Vogue, Glamour, Nightline, The Times, CNN, Fortune and more. Her New York Times featured book, Breakup Bootcamp - The Science of Rewiring Your Heart, published by Harper Collins, was an instant best-seller and she recently launched The Breakup Bootcamp podcast.
Dené Logan is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a group facilitator, and an author based in Los Angeles. She specializes in helping couples find more fulfillment in their relationships. Dené utilizes her background in depth psychology and life lessons learned from her own divorce to explore how we can reclaim the aspects of our selves we’ve been conditioned to reject in an attempt to maintain attachments.
Dené is also co-host of the podcast, Cheaper than Therapy. Her first book, Sovereign Love: A Guide to Healing Relationships by Reclaiming the Masculine and Feminine Within, will be published in paperback and released in audio in May 2024.
About Reimagine and the Series "Honeymoon & Heartbreak: The Life Cycle of Relationships"
Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth. www.letsreimagine.org
Romantic and sexual relationships, in all their diversity and complexity, encompass a spectrum of experiences - passionate to contentious, empty to fulfilling, as well as harmful to healthy. If and when these partnerships end, we often see breaking up as a failure. What if we reframe those endings as gateways to self-discovery, rebirth, and transformation?
In this three-part series, speakers include a marriage and family therapist, a breakup coach and entrepreneur, an advocate for divorced fathers, and a world-renowned portrait photographer. With fresh and unconventional perspectives, they will share experiences of grief and loss that developed into pathways for healing, creativity, service, and advocacy.
Topics include the following:
- How do we navigate grief associated with breakups?
- How can we use relationship endings as catalysts for emotional and financial empowerment?
- How do children experience both loss AND resilience after their parents’ divorce?
- In what ways can mindfulness, spirituality, and creativity assist in setting boundaries, healing relationships, or deciding to end them?
- What does it mean to truly love one another?