What People said

Women's Testimonial

After 16 years of marriage and two wonderful children, I had everything I wanted; my life was perfect. Then one beautiful, sunny morning it was instantly and completely shattered. My husband and I lost our marriage, and separated. We had no idea if we could put it back together again, and I had lost so much self-worth, dignity and confidence that I was not enough in my right mind to make a good decision about it. When I went to the Women's Weekend I wanted me and my life back. What I got was the truth and the knowledge about me, men, and marriage. It was exactly what I needed so that I could walk out with the clarity to create a whole new marriage on a whole new basis, if I so chose, and what the clear consequences would be if I didn't. My husband and I now have a marriage that is second to none, beyond anything I ever had before. We get to be an example to others of how working it out through the most difficult issues is not only possible, but worth it. I believe in the power of the Women's Weekend and what it can do for women and the all most important relationships in their lives.

Allegra B.
Washington DC


I attended the Women's Weekend after many years of marriage. My marriage was okay, but we spent a lot of time walking on eggshells around one another. Maybe I'm a slow learner: I didn't come out of the Women's Weekend immediately having great clarity or insight, but through the Women's Weekend classes, I began to put all the pieces together. I can now say that I have found the source of my power, and it was right in front of my face! Our marriage is much lighter and happier now. We both feel well-loved and very lucky in life! I'm very grateful for the Women's Weekend and the women who care for it.

Patricia Higgins
Hanover NH


I am now happily married after years of being a single mom, my relationships are thriving and I truly believe that I would not be where I am today without having done the Women's Weekend. Years ago I would have never pictured myself with a man like my husband because I would have thought to myself, "you are not worthy enough to be with a man like that". The Weekend taught me that high self esteem is a choice. It was the catalyst that shifted my entire way of thinking and at the same time reminded me of who I am, guiding me to accept who I'm not and who I'll never be. I am so very grateful for the Women's Weekend.

Sarah W.


The Sterling Women's Weekend took the competition out of being a woman. It restored my faith and trust in women and introduced me to myself and other women as leaders who can forward each others' lives and the lives of our families and our communities. It healed my soul and all of my relationships on so many levels. The Sterling Women's Weekend is a GIFT that EVERY WOMAN should give to HERSELF. Don't wait! Register TODAY for the next one!

Tricia Newell Bennett, WW /1996
(Age 48) Martha's Vineyard, MA


I got many things out of the Women's Weekend but one of the hugest things was a sense of knowing that I was responsible for making my life what I want it to be. I have what it takes to move on and heal. No more waiting for permission. I continue to learn from other women and feel very grateful to have quality women around me. I don't have to carry my stuff around by myself anymore.

Suzanne G.
Ludlow, VT


The Women's Weekend was a life changing event for me. My marriage was falling apart. My husband and I were separated. We have two children and the separation was affecting them. I learned more in one Weekend than I could have received from years of counseling. My husband and I are back together, but more amazingly, our marriage is stronger and we are happier than we have ever been. My relationship with my children and parents has grown deeper because of the Weekend. Most importantly, I became clear on who I am and what I want. Because of this, I am able to be in relationships with an open mind and heart.

Tamara B., New Hampshire.


I've been thinking about what the WW has given me. I suppose the best way I can put it is that the Women's Weekend, time and again, gives me access to getting "un-stuck" in my relationships. When my marriage, relationships with my sons, or friendships, take a wrong turn, I turn to the Women's Weekend technology and inevitably within a short period of time I am back on the right track. With some discipline and commitment I can have all of my relationships--even the one with my self--be healthy, peaceful and fulfilling. How many workshops can provide that? I know of only one.

Jana B., Vancouver, BC


"Before I did the Women's Weekend I was searching. I had a great career and made a lot of money and that made me happy. But my personal life was in shambles. I was attractive. I had gone through a divorce that was quite a surprise to me so I kept dating men that weren't right for me so I wouldn't have to figure out what went wrong. A friend led me to the Women's Weekend when I was sharing that I didn't know what to do with my current dating relationship of six years. 8 years later I always say that The Women's Weekend is like doing years of therapy (because I have done that) but you get what you need much faster--in two days! I learned the differences between men and women and how to behave in different relationships. I am now married to a successful man who has the same value system as me. I wanted to quit my job and stay home with the kids and he agreed that my doing that would be the best for our family. The tools I got from doing the Sterling Women's Weekend were relatively simple to implement once I trusted myself and what I wanted and believed I could have it. I am 100% confident that if I had not have done the Women's Weekend I would still be tap dancing around issues with men and I would have missed the opportunity of having a daughter (I got married and pregnant at 40!) I would be single and working and wealthy. And alone. Now I have everything in my life that matters and I didn't have to sacrifice anything. Life is simple. Life is fun. Life is good. Thank you, Justin."

Sandra Casarez Donayre
Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Men's Testimonial


I'm writing to you to thank you personally. I don't believe I've ever told you how the Sterling Men's Weekend changed my life. I'll likely never know the true value that trusting relationships with men has for me. Prior to my Men's Weekend, ten years ago, I was always a loner and rarely sought the support or input of other men except for business advice. I was an economic and professional snob and felt superior to less accomplished and less successful men. I did not have a sincere loving relationship with my father, although I was aware through psychoanalysis that accepting my father including his faults was important. I spent my life being pre-occupied with my personal and economic success. I left little time for my three young children.

I changed in each of these areas and one substantial additional one... giving back for the blessings we have gotten. I have raised my sights and find giving of my self and serving others charitably to be of great value to me.

In all, I attribute these changes to the attitudes, wisdom and emotional mind set that I and others leave the Men's Weekend with and put into action daily keeping the Men's Weekend in mind. It has made my life more rewarding and I have personally seen the changes it has made in my children, wife and those I touch.

Thanks again and best wishes,
Bill E - New York


I did the Sterling Men’s Weekend over 12 years ago in December of 1989. I’d have to say that it is clearly one of the best things that I have ever done for myself.

I was 42 years old when I did the weekend, I had been married twice, I had 2 children from my first marriage, I was about 2 years into a relationship, I had very few men in my life that I trusted, and I thought life was pretty good.

The relationship that I was in was very good, however I had an uneasy feeling that if something didn’t change it probably wouldn’t last. I knew that we loved each other and she was an excellent woman but a number of things just weren’t working right. I went to the Men’s Weekend to see if I might be able to learn something. I must say I got a lot more than I thought I would get. We are still together and it just keeps getting better every year. I now have hundreds of men in my life that give me everything that I need and one woman that gives me what I want. She is by far the most wonderful woman in the world and I should mention that she has NEVER done the Women’s Weekend.

I’ve been very active in supporting the Men’s Weekend & The Sterling Institute. I’ve had numerous leadership rolls and each one has taught me a lot. I’ve stepped back a few times, from being very active, but never quit or left my team. Since doing the weekend I’ve pushed and challenged myself more than ever before, each time I’ve learned a lot about myself and my relationships.

Thank you Justin.
Bob M. - Vancouver Canada


One of the many things that I got out of my Men's Weekend and the most significant is a renewed relationship with my father. Since I was 7 years old I could not trust, respect or love my father due to him leaving my mother and his 5 children for another woman. I especially thought I would never have compassion for the man ever again. My men's weekend gave me the access to forgive, trust and love him once again. Today I acknowledge my father as a great man and he is an active part of my life.

SJR Concord, CA


There is rarely a day when I do not feel a measure of gratitude for the changes my Men's Weekend has made in my life. Most profound among these is my recognition of the value of having men close to me, and the discipline I practice of having these men know me fully and support me to be true to myself. Equally important is the context that my wife and I share regarding the raising of our children. We are in agreement that the worst thing we could do to our children is to divorce one another, and the best thing we can do for them is let people into our lives to support us when things become difficult as a couple. I believe our boys will be better men because of this.

Paul H. MW March 1993 - Vancouver Canada