6th Annual Women's Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat

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    6th Annual Women's Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat

Jun 18th, 2023

Settle into the natural world and enjoy 6 days and 5 nights at Bell Valley Retreat in Boonville, California in the heart of the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Gorgeous accommodations, a swimming pond, and six miles of trails on 650-acres weave through the beauty and solitude of rolling oak hills and open meadows.

Gather with a group of women for a week-long retreat during the summer solstice, a beautiful and nourishing time of expanded light and long days. Join us as we renew and reclaim our own innate strength to inhabit our lives with confidence, trust, compassion and wisdom. 

Sunday to Friday
June 18 - June 23, 2023
Bell Valley Retreat 
Boonville, CA

Drawing on the perspectives of Buddhist practice, secular mindfulness, and the wisdom of the natural world, our retreat includes extensive periods of silence, meditation throughout the day, mindful movement, small group practice discussions, and daily dharma talks. There will be ample time for swimming in the pond, enjoying a hot tub, taking a hike, and space for relaxation and connection. 

Our practice spaces include the gorgeous light-filled yurt, the peaceful outdoor amphitheater, and the expansive indoor barn. Walking from the various lodgings to our meeting spaces requires a 10 - 15 minute walk on a well-maintained trail or a gravel road, and includes a gentle hill.

A variety of elegantly appointed accommodations are available at Bell Valley Retreat. Whether staying in the Toll House, Barn, Tent Cabins or the Bell Tents, or bringing your own tent and camping, the spaces are designed with attention to aesthetic beauty and connection to the land. 

Choose from private indoor single, semi-private or multi-person bedrooms, or spacious fully furnished luxury tent cabins or glamping tents set on wooden platform decks. Some rooms have private bathrooms, most offer shared bathroom facilities.

Each spacious tent has an awning covered porch, electricity, and heated twin beds. Bring a friend and share a Bell Tent. They're great for two and plenty spacious for one. Choose your lodging preference with registration.

Each day our catered vegetarian meals will be nutritious, varied and carefully designed to support contemplative retreat practice. There are kitchens in each accommodation that you're welcome to use anytime if you'd like to bring any favorite items.

Bell Valley is located about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco and about 3.5 hours south of Eureka in the Anderson Valley, an area within the Navarro River Watershed – a pristine, sheltered valley surrounded by verdant rolling hills. 

Everyone is welcome. The week-long Women's Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat is suitable for both beginning and seasoned practitioners. We hope you'll join us!

Sunday to Friday
June 18 - 23, 2023
Arrive Sunday, 3:00pm
Retreat Ends Friday, 10:30am

FEES:  $1,200 to $2,020, All-Inclusive
$1,200 - Bring Your Own Tent & Camp, Shared Bathroom
$1,325- Shared Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom
$1,475 - Private Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom
$1,550 - Private Tent Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$1,600 - Barn, 2 to 3-Person Bedrooms, Shared Bathroom
$1,775 - Barn, Private Room, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$2,020 - Toll House Private Room, Private Bathroom

Deposit to hold your spot: $250
Balance due May 5, 2023

Limited financial assistance is available.
Apply for a scholarship.

Cancellation Policy

Bell Valley Retreat
12378 Boonville Road
Boonville, CA 95415

Enjoy this beautiful Retreat Guide and video to give you a sense of place.

In an effort to support our health and safety, all participants must show proof of a negative test for COVID-19 with either a rapid or PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the retreat. 

The Teaching Team:

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, and resiliency-focused professional programs, and she teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. 

Laurie Cousins is a secular mindfulness teacher, parent educator, and somatic resilience practitioner. She has extensive education and training through the mindful centers of UCLA & UCSD and teaches their signature evidence-based programs of Mindful Awareness Practices and Mindful Self-Compassion. She is mentored by Susan Kaiser Greenland and a teacher of the International Inner Kids Collaborative. Laurie is known for her work in healing trauma and addiction recovery and has certification in trauma-sensitive mindfulness as well as somatic processing with TRM & CRM from the Trauma Resource Institute. In her private practice in Los Angeles, she is passionate about supporting teens, adults, couples, and families in finding integrative ways to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate compassionate connections.



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