Embody & Envision – Women’s Reconnection Retreat
October 8-10, 2021
Marshall, North Carolina
Creative reflection & imaginative potential
Deep nature connection
Elemental exploration activities
Yoga & intuitive movement
Ceremonial sauna & cold plunge
Shamanic journeywork & journaling
Inner vision empowerment
Cacao ceremony & song
What a whirlwind life is these days. As dynamic as it can be, the breakneck pace of modern living can leave us disconnected from ourselves and the deeper purpose for why we’re so busy in the first place.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow long, the rhythm of nature invites us to slow down and look within ourselves. Through intentional non-doing and contemplative practices, we are able to gain perspective to refocus, recharge, and gestate the creative endeavors we will birth in the year ahead. What do you want to polish and refine before the vital spring force floods in to support these creations?
In this retreat, we will share authenticity, presence, vulnerability, creativity, and deep nature connection in order to empower ourselves to step into our lives as significant women*. This is a time to recognize our power as creators of our own lives, be seen by others and welcome support from our community. When the inner capacity awakens, things will start to accelerate in our lives!
Please join us for 3 days and 2 nights of creative reflection and imaginative potential. Drawing from numerous practices including yoga, intuitive movement, journal work, song, expressive arts, ceremonial sauna and cold plunge, deep nature connection, cacao and shamanic journeywork, we will focus on questions such as:
-What brings me most alive in this world?
-Where do I most wish to use my energy?
-What are my greatest challenges and how can I move through them?
-What are my unique gifts and how can I share them?
-How can I design my life to fulfill my deepest sense of purpose?
This experience will support you to:
Explore – Pause to notice where you are. Honor the past, accept the present and get curious about your future. Listen to what is actually important for you and take a journey to discover new meadows within your inner landscape. Get wild and playful!
Envision – Allow creativity to move through you in ways you’ve never seen before. Say yes, and yes, and yes again. Begin to see the higher perspective of your path and breathe into the mysteries presented before you.
Evoke – Fuel your visions through discovering the pure potential within. Activate the inner capacity to break apparent barriers and find the power to take the steps forward.
Ease – Release expectations of how and when action takes place. Relax into the great current of your life and allow a natural reset and unfolding to take place. Breathe into patience and trust; allow integration.
Empower – Keep your visions alive by investing and distributing your energy wisely. Take responsibility of your life and own every bit of it.
Embody – Walk your talk in relationships, work, communication – through the hardships and joys for your life. Remember to remember that every moment counts.
Expand – Allow natural emanation of your process. Collaborate, give and receive, breathe through the fear of stepping into your own light and share it with your community.
Location: We will be staying at the beautiful Sacred Mountain Waters Retreat and Sanctuary 40 minutes north of Asheville. The property is surrounded by majestic Appalachian mountains, pristine rivers and enchanted temperate rainforest of North Carolina featuring wood fired hot tub and barrel cedar sauna. Nourishing, delicious, organic breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Plan to leave this retreat feeling connected, empowered, and recharged from communion with your true essence, gifts, and soul’s purpose!
*Registration for Envision & Embody Retreat is now open! This retreat is open to all female, non-binary, and femme-identifying people*
Registration fee: $590 includes full program, camping with your own gear and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
EARLY BIRD discount: save $140 if you register by July 16, 2021 ($450 total).
Bring your friend discount: Save $50 each by bringing your friend ($800 total).
Payment plan: you can choose to pay in 3 installments until September 9, 2021. Please email us to set up a plan.
Bed in the house: There are few beds available in the house for those who prefer not to camp. Extra fee for a bed is $100/person. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check bed availability.
Deposit: You have an option to pay $100 deposit/person to secure your spot and pay the rest by September 9, 2021 or pay in full upon registration.
Cancellation: In case you need to cancel your registration the fee is refundable until September 9, minus $75 service fee. After September 9, the fee is non refundable. If the event or your participation must be canceled due to COVID19, you will receive a full refund minus PayPal fee.
Orientation Call: We will have an orientation call about a week prior to the event.
Opening Circle begins at 2 pm on Friday, October 8, 2021. Opening Circle is followed by activities on the land, dinner and a ceremonial sauna. We ask you to arrive between 12 pm – 1 pm so that you can get oriented to the land, set up your tent and be ready for the opening circle at 2 pm.
Closing Circle will be complete on Sunday, October 10, by 4 pm.
Airports: The event venue is about 40 minutes north of the Asheville Regional Airport. Relatively close airports include: Greenville-Spartanburg Airport about 90 minutes from the venue; Charlotte airport about a 2.5 hour drive to the venue. Specific address and directions will be given upon registration.
Rachel Shopper: Web-weaver, wilderness devotee, facilitator of spaces where wisdom can flower. Above all, Rachel is committed to the wellbeing of people and the planet. She has experienced many healing modalities first-hand, and has trained in nature connection, yoga, poetry, core shamanism, permaculture, and energy healing. Rachel has completed a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling so that she can weave Western psychotherapy into her offerings and hold ever deeper containers for mystery and transformation.
She believes that above all, our hearts and our relationships are our most profound healers. It is the privilege of a lifetime to be able to guide others into their own depths, so that they can become who they were always meant to be. Infusing her classes and retreats with humor, creativity, and curiosity, Rachel facilitates from the heart and encourages her students to express themselves and their gifts with fullness and joy. See Rachel’s full bio here.
Sanni Pääkkönen: Grounded visionary, forest walker, emissary of a new paradigm leadership. Devoted to experience pure potential of a human being, Sanni holds loving and centered space to discover your inner brilliance and step into your power as a creatrix of your life. Born and raised in Finland, Nordic forests and tales brought her to a deep connection with nature and led her into a well-rounded study on empowered living and self-discovery over the last 15 years in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Sanni is an educated Women’s Rights of Passage guide, Embodied Movement & Yoga teacher and Somatic Frequency healer. Sanni shares her service through elemental mindfulness practices, ceremonial arts and core- shamanic practices, yoga trainings, and intentional journeys to sacred sites. Sanni walks the Earth with grace and calm confidence, sings with the melodies captured from the wind, dances with the creative force of the feminine and pours her contagious love into every relationship that comes on her way. Sanni’s offerings are known to be transformative, deep, creative and empowering and she is here to support you through the initiations of life into greater expansion! See Sanni’s full bio here.