Mindful Return Fair Play Virtual Retreat

How we divide household tasks and chores is a large point of stress for many working parents. 

As Certified “Fair Play Facilitators,” Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, and Alyssa Goodman, MSW, lead retreats that digs deep into the time and fairness principles of Eve Rodsky’s book, Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live).

Their next half-day retreat will take place from 1:00-4:00pm Eastern / 10am-1pm Pacific on Friday, November 4, 2022.  We’ll meet via Zoom, cultivate relationships with one another via breakout rooms, and limit the retreat to 3 hours given our ongoing Zoom fatigue.

When? Friday, November 4, 2022, 1-4pm Eastern / 10am-1pm Pacific.

Cost?  $125/person

How to sign up?  Register here!

Virtual Retreat FAQs:

Q:  Do I have to read the book Fair Play before I attend the retreat?
A:  Nope!  It’s a helpful resource to have on hand, but there’s no homework you need to complete in advance to participate.

Q:  You can’t possibly solve the gender maldistribution of tasks in my household.  Why should I bother coming?
A:  Indeed, Alyssa and I don’t have magic bullets (no one does).  But we are both trained as Fair Play Facilitators, and we’re good at helping you to break down big systemic issues into smaller pieces and helping you with language that can get conversations going.  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Q:  I’d like to attend but can’t afford the registration fee.
A:  Scholarship assistance is available.  Simply drop me a note at lori@mindfulreturn.com to let me know the amount you can contribute, and we’ll help you participate.

Q:  I have a few other questions before I sign up.  Who should I ask?
A:  E-mail me anytime at lori@mindfulrerturn.com, and I’m happy to answer them.

Hope you can make it!!

“This retreat has provided a peaceful space to reflect on balance in my house and a possible system for role clarity and equity.  The space and [facilitators] provided room for calm and reflection.”  – Jessica, Researcher / Social Scientist and Mom of a Toddler

“Today has been a day to focus on how to make my family work better, show up more for my kids, and nurture myself.  Sitting still for long enough to focus on this worthy topic with two facilitators has been such a gift.”

- Lani Inlander

- Working Mom of 8 and 10 Year Old Boys

Replay Links to Prior Mindful Return Book Talks:


September 2021: The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood, by Connie Simpson

October 2021:  Inconceivable: My Life-Altering, Eye-Opening Journey from Infertility to Motherhood, by Alex Johnston

November 2021: Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children, by Masha Rumer

January 2022:  Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch, by Jason Levin

February 2022: Lenox Takes Flight, (a book for kids about diversity and travel) by ‘Iolani Bullock

March 2022: The Expecting Entrepreneur: A Guide to Parental Leave Planning for Self Employed Business Owners, by Arianna Taboada

April 2022: Time Momagement: How to Get the Time You Need to Do the Things You Want, by Marisa Volpe Lonic

May 2022: Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World, by Eve Rodsky

June 2022: Caregiving Fathers in the Workplace: Organisational Experiences and the Fatherhood Forfeit, by Jasmine Kelland

Which one in the series sounds the most intriguing or relevant to you?  I invite you to start with that one, and have a listen!


September 8, 2022: Autism with a Side of Sushi: A Story of a Japanese Mother and Her Son on the Spectrum, by Kuri Yasuno

October 13, 2022:  Advice to My Younger Me: Career Lessons from 100 Successful Women, by Sara Holtz

November 3, 2022:  Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection, by Yael Schonbrun, PhD

December 8, 2022: Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness, by Laura Coates

January 26, 2023: Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions, by Myra Strober and Abby Davisson


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