Past Retreats

She Rises: A Women’s Yoga Retreat Honoring the New Moon

October 19th to 22nd, 2017

Forestville, CA


Spring Cleaning for the Soul: A Yoga Retreat

April 20to to 23rd, 2017

Forestville, CA

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March 22 - 25, 2018

Forestville, Sonoma County, CA

Join a group of powerful women as we use the tools of yoga to connect to the source of vibrant energy within. We will gather in a private forrest to open to the flow of our creativity, nurturance, and wisdom. We will tap into the well within that provides us with abundant and clear energy. 

This four day, three night spring retreat will guide you to harness your life force and experience balance. Enjoy daily guided meditation and hatha flow yoga, as well as therapeutic yoga, group ritual, and connection to nature, all in the community of women seeking to embody their best self. During free time, you have options to enjoy an on-site massage with Sara S'Jegers, explore wine country, walk the lush hiking path, soak in the pool or hot tub, or connect with friends. A balance of stillness and movement is sure to nourish!

Also nourishing: the food! Rachael Gorgestani, founder of The Cupboard, will craft all our vegetarian, organic, locally sourced, gluten free meals. She will also lead us through a cooking workshop and offer tips to integrate food into a yogic lifestyle. One afternoon Giovanna Garcia of will lead us through an uplifting cacao ceremony, designed to support you in opening your heart to the richness within. 

Just 60 miles north of the Bay Area, the retreat venue holds spaciousness and beauty, with nearly 100 acres of private forrest and a hiking path that meanders through the trees and across the creek. The renovated farmhouse provides welcoming lodging with plenty of room to recharge, or if you’re feeling more rustic, enjoy the option to camp. With a prime location in world famous wine country, Sonoma County holds plenty of fun for free time: enjoy the Russian River, mountain biking, redwood hikes, wine tasting, and more. 

Are you ready to see, feel, express your truth? Join a group of wise women in nourishing the internal realms, the body, and community as we cultivate deep wellness. Join me in honoring your well within.

Saturday, November 4th

2:00 - 6:00pm

Addison Yoga Loft, Berkeley 

Find space within without leaving the city. In this half-day retreat we will share ritual, asana, nourishing food, and reflective practices to tune in with the cycles around us and bolster our capacity for healing and thriving. Harnessing the energy of the full moon, we will explore our inherent wholeness to allow abundance in to daily life. 

Life is full, and in the busy-ness we often forget our bodies or our spirits or our true selves. Join me for a mini retreat where we will reconnect with the fullness in a way that fuels steadiness and ease, in a way that sheds excess, in a way that harnesses the energy of what truly matters towards fullness that feels fulfilling. Under this full moon let’s connect with full hearts and move towards vibrant health. Full moon. Full heart. Join me. 

Pre-registration required. All are welcome.


What's Included:

Group ritual

Hatha flow yoga

Healthy homemade vegetarian snacks and tea

Restorative yoga

Guided meditation

Join Us:

After October 4th: $68

Bring a friend! Two guests: $108

Early bird before October 4th: $54


Have questions about this mini retreat? Drop me a note!

October 19th - 22nd, 2017

Forestville, Sonoma County, CA

Women, let’s rise! Reconnect with your true self and honor nature’s cycles while supported by other women in the inspiring backdrop of a private, magical forrest on the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. We'll harness our collective energy and manifest powerful intentions. 

Beginning on the new moon, the retreat will include a balanced blend of movement and stillness, releasing and receiving, community connection and solo space. During our four days and three nights together I will guide you through daily hatha and restorative yoga, accessible to all levels, as well as guided meditation. We will also explore subtle energy practices, group ritual to promote healing, and practices to connect with the five elements as we gather under the trees or around the fire. In the evenings we will slow down into deeply relaxing acoustic sound journey for inner peace led by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto. Also included is a nutrition workshop where you’ll learn kitchen tips for women’s health and prepare some tasty treats. During free time, you have the option to schedule bodywork with the amazingly gifted Jenna Frisch, enjoy the hot tub and pool, walk the hiking trail, connect with old or new friends, explore wine country, or simply be. 

And the food! Rachael Gorgestani of The Cupboard SF will craft all our organic, vegetarian, and gluten free meals with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Her cooking is seriously delicious and equally nourishing. 

Just 60 miles north of the Bay Area, the retreat venue holds spaciousness and beauty, with nearly 100 acres of private forrest and a hiking path that meanders through the trees and across the creek. The renovated farmhouse offers welcoming lodging with plenty of room to recharge, and for our more adventurous sisters, there is the option to camp. With a prime location in world famous wine country, our Sonoma County venue offers plenty of fun for free time: enjoy the Russian River, mountain biking, Redwood hikes, wine tasting, and more. 

So, are you ready to reconnect and rise? Examine what you’re holding and what you’re ready to release as you open up to the wisdom of your body, your breath, your spirit. Allow yourself to be held by sisterhood and the natural world, allow yourself to rise.

Join us:

There are options for lodging designed to fit your personal needs and budget. A non-refundable deposit of $500 ($400 for camping) is required, with payment in full due by September 19th, 2017. The retreat will begin at 5:00pm on Thursday, October 19th and end at 11:00am on Sunday, October 22nd. The last retreat filled up, so reserve your space now if you'd like to join us. 

Camping (Bring Your Own Gear): $600; before July 31st: $550 - SOLD OUT

Triple Room: $750; before July 31st: $700 - ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT

Double Room: $850; before July 31st: $800 - ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT

Single Room: $975; before July 31st: $925 - SOLD OUT


Curious about what we'll be getting up to? Here's a sample daily schedule:

8:00am tea, coffee, snacks
8:30am guided meditation
9:00am hatha flow yoga
10:45am brunch
12:00pm nutrition workshop
1:00pm free time
3:30pm tea, coffee, snacks
4:30pm group ritual/restorative yoga
6:00pm dinner
7:30pm fire circle/guided meditation

Cancellation policy: I am honored to have you join this special retreat. If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, I want to work with you. If canceling before September 19th, 2017, a refund will be granted less the $500 non-refundable deposit. After September 19th, no refund will be granted. Payment is due in full by September 19th, 2017. If not paid in full by September 19th, your placement may be forfeited. 

Rise to embody your true nature.

She rises. I rise. Together, we rise.


Spring Cleaning for the Soul:

A Yoga & Meditation Retreat

APRIL 20 - 23, 2017

Join Amy Hyun Swart and Elizabeth McKinley for four days and three nights of yoga and meditation to recenter and renew on the Russian River in Sonoma County. Daily yoga and meditation practices, nourishing organic meals, community connection, and space for solace in nature will support you in letting go, realigning with your true self, and planting seeds for a thriving future.  

We will share practices to release what no longer serves you and call in what you deeply desire to cultivate wholeness. You will enjoy: 

morning guided meditations

daily hatha and restorative yoga practices

group ritual and expressive arts

delicious vegetarian meals

beautiful and spacious lodging

There will also be plenty of space for enjoying the pool and hot tub, hiking, exploring the Russian River, solo time, journaling and bonding with friends new and old. 

We will gather at a private estate of nearly 100 acres in Forestville, CA on the Russian River, about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco. Exact location will be given to participants upon registration. 

The retreat begins Thursday, April 20th at 5:00pm and ends Sunday, April 23rd at 11:00am.

Our food will be prepared by Rachael Gorjestani of The Cupboard SF, which means it is going to be delicious and energizing, a treat for all senses. All meals will be vegetarian, organic, and gluten free and can be made vegan upon request.