Refuge & Renewal: A Women's Meditation, Hiking & Yoga Retreat

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    Refuge & Renewal: A Women's Meditation, Hiking & Yoga Retreat

Sep 11th, 2019

Join us for our annual Women's Wilderness Hiking & Meditation Retreat! Dive into 5 days and 4 nights of Insight meditation, hiking and mindful movement in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park - one of the most glorious parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Wednesday to Sunday
September 11 to September 15, 2019
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park

Immerse yourself in the beauty of contemplative practice amidst the magnificence and wonder of the natural world. Days of meditation and inquiry, yoga and hiking lead us into the profound and transformative practice of deep self-care - a time of true refuge and renewal.

We'll stay at Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, California, just outside of Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. The Center offers indoor shared lodging, nutritious vegetarian meals, a large practice yurt for meditation and movement, a swimming pool, and peaceful secluded walking trails.

Seven Circles is located about 55 miles east of Fresno, 250 miles southeast of San Francisco, and 200 miles north of Los Angeles. 

Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha and practices of secular mindfulness, our days will include early morning silent movement and meditation, hikes in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park (a 20 minute drive from the retreat center), a picnic lunch on the trail, interactive discussions, and a daily talk. At the end of our day of hiking, we’ll return to Seven Circles for a beautiful dinner followed by the nurturing support of restorative yoga and evening meditation. The retreat will include regular periods of meditation and silence, deepening our connections with ourselves, each other and the natural world. 

Everyone is Welcome - both beginning and seasoned practitioners! Please be realistic about your capacity. It's essential that your physical condition can tolerate the high altitude and strain of daily hiking. 

Wednesday to Sunday
Sept 11 - 15, 2019
Arrive 3:00 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday
Retreat Ends by 11:00 am on Sunday

Retreat Fees:
$950, All-Inclusive
$250, Optional Deposit to hold your spot with
Balance due July 25, 2019

Fees do not include transportation to and from the retreat center.
Cancelations to July 25, $200
July 26 to September 1, $400
No refunds after September 2, 2019

In support of our contemplative practice, this retreat will be free from alcohol and drugs.

The Teaching Team:

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher and dedicated practitioner in the Insight Meditation tradition. She has been guiding groups and individuals since 2005 in private and professional settings, and from spring to fall offers meditation retreats in the wilderness. Heidi holds certification in mindfulness facilitation through UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Jen Wallace is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has specialized in trauma recovery and resiliency in her work with law enforcement, victim advocacy and support agencies, and the recovery community in Seattle. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Jen is a certified trainer for the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resiliency Model and has also attended their Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

Laurie Cousins is a mindfulness meditation teacher with special expertise in mindful self-compassion, addiction and recovery from trauma for children, teens and families. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and UCSD. Laurie is a lead teacher for Susan Kaiser Greenland's Inner Kids Program and is the Family Programming Advisor at the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles.

Samantha Akers is a dedicated practitioner in the Insight Meditation tradition and has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1999. She has extensive training in structural anatomy, yoga and yoga therapy and is a certified massage therapist. Samantha offers a very special form of yoga that is therapeutic, mindful and gentle. All movement is infused with metta (loving-      kindness) and is inclusive and accessible for all. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to practice. Sam’s knowledge of the body in its many shapes and forms shines through as she compassionately and skillfully responds to the needs for adjustments, modifications and gentle practices. This embodied mindful movement will be a blend of slow, active practices rooted in Restorative and Yin Yoga.


Some Photos Courtesy of and Seven Circles Retreat Center

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