A Women’s Goddess Retreat: Let Go of Insecurity, Find Your Voice, Live Courageously
In this powerful, interactive weekend retreat we will explore the archetype of the Unruly Feminine and reclaim the fierce aspects of the Warrior Goddess within each of us. We will tap in to ritual, art, dance, yoga and our collective imaginations to reconnect with and reclaim our right to a full, brave, embodied life. Let’s get Unruly together as we:
- Deconstruct experiences which have disconnected us from our power, our voices, and our sense of Self
- Dive deep into our own spiritual and psychological connections with the Warrior Goddess archetype through yoga, meditation, ritual, and art making
- Reclaim Her wisdom as our own and
- Bring that ferocious, Unruly spirit into our lives for personal growth and collective empowerment.
This retreat is for women of all shapes, sizes, and identities. Come as you are, and expect an unruly amount of compassion for all aspects of who you are. CE credits may be available for counselors and yoga teachers.
Presented with Love By:
Rachel Dhanya Smith
MA, LPC, CAC II, E-RYT 500Rachel is a counselor, yoga teacher, and meditation teacher specializing in helping people of all shapes and sizes live happy, connected, empowered, and embodied lives. She helps people reconnect with themselves – body, mind, and spirit – using a unique and powerful combination of Depth Psychotherapy and Eastern Philosophy. She has particular expertise in treating body shame and eating disorders, trauma, grief, and relationships. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice in Colorado, Rachel writes, speaks, and teaches about the intersections of social justice, the body, psychotherapy, meditation and yoga throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is passionate about her work, and is excited to share the freedom and joy that comes with living a life you love in the body you’ve got.
Founder of Maitri Yoga Centers, E-RYT 500has been practicing and teaching yoga since the late 90′s. She loves spreading the knowledge and heart of yoga in an accessible way. Her deep love of yoga, Vedanta, and tantra enables her to be straight forward, compassionate, caring, peaceful, dedicated and generous in her life and with her students. By listening to her students and to herself, she is able to apply universal knowledge to practical goals of this world including health, family life and business. She believes in the power of yoga for every person and is skilled at finding the right practices for each individual rather than a student fitting into a particular style of yoga. She is fully committed to being a healer, teacher, author, wife, mother and yogini while remaining down to earth and connected to source.
Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)
Day 1 – Friday Arrival
Arrival (3:00 – 4:00 pm)
Beginning at the Surface: Heaven and Earth (4:00 to 6:00pm)
– Preparing for the Journey: Intersectional Identity and Creating Brave Spaces
– Hear Inanna’s story
Dinner (6:00 – 7:00pm)
– We will use meals together to share in nourishing our bodies with the pleasure of the senses and the support of community.
– “Grace” and nourishing the body
Evening (7:00 – 8:30pm)
– The story of Durga and Kali
– Invoking the Goddess: Durga Puja
– Discussion and Dream-tending instructions
Day 2 – Saturday
Early AM (6:30 – 8:00am)
– “Good Morning Goddess” Yoga and Meditation
Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00am)
Morning (9:00am to Noon)
– Walk the Labyrinth and discussion
– Reclaiming the Unruly Feminine: Medusa and the Body/Mind split. Re-membering Medha, Metis, Athenna, and the Libyan Triple Goddess.
– How to see the Goddess in the mirror: Reflections of One Another, a Vulnerability Exercise
Lunch and Rest (Noon – 1:30)
– Meet the Dark Sister: What have you rejected about yourself? Inanna and Ereshkigal, Durga and Kali.
– Death and Rebirth: The art of discernment – what in you needs to die in order for the new to be born? What are you holding on to? Art project.
– Consuming the Darkness: Metabolizing oppression and trauma and Identifying the gifts of our shadow material
Dinner (5:30 – 6:30pm)
Evening (6:30 – 8:45pm)
– Get Unruly! Kirtan and Dance!
– Surrender: The Key to Your Sovereignty: Surrender practice and restorative yoga
Day 3 – Sunday
Early Morning (6:30 to 8:00am)
Yoga and Meditation
– Re-Membering the Self as Goddess: Full Body Yoga Class! Becoming embodied one piece at a time. Honor head to toe. Love and reclaim each part of the body!
Breakfast (8:00 to 9:00)
Morning (9:00 to Noon)
– Unruly Dream Tending Workshop
– Grounding for Goddesses: Discussion and Meditation
Lunch (Noon – 1:00pm)
Afternoon (1:00 – 3:00pm)
– Sacred Offerings: Discussion
– Salt Ceremony
Cost for Participants
Cost include all meals, lodging, and workshops.
– Single Room: $545
– Shared Room: $445
Travel and Lodging
The workshop will be held at the Horseshoe Lodge and Retreat Center, located in the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah, CO. Outside of Pueblo, Colorado, this center is a gorgeous mountain oasis boasting big trees, lovely walking paths, and quiet for days.
This center is committed to environmental stewardship. Expect clean, simple, comfortable, beautiful rooms, composting toilets, and timed showers. Meals are vegetarian and delicious! Dietary needs will be accommodated to the best of their ability. We will send out instructions for letting them know your particular needs.
We think this is the perfect place to retreat!
Horseshoe Lodge is located approximately 2.5 to 3 hours from Maitri Westminster. Planning to avoid rush hour between Westminster and Colorado Spring is advised.
The address is:
9112 Pueblo Mountain Park Rd
Beulah, CO 81023-9706
Please feel free to contact Rachel for more information!