Women's Summer Solstice Nature Retreat

  • Spread Your Wings

    Women's Summer Solstice Nature Retreat

Jun 20th, 2021

Settle into the natural world and enjoy 6 days and 5 nights at Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary among the green rolling hills of far Northern California. Gathering with a group of women during this time of expanded light and long days, we'll explore what it means to inhabit our lives with Intention, Compassion and Joy. 

Sunday to Friday
June 20 - 25, 2021
Arrive Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00pm
Retreat Ends Friday, 11:30am

Drawing on the perspectives of Buddhist practices, secular mindfulness, and the wisdom of the natural world, we’ll discover our innate capacity to fully open to our lives just as they are.

Our trauma-sensitive and resiliency focused retreat includes meditation, relational practices, and mindful movement with extended periods of morning and evening silence. The afternoons include optional small group discussions, time for swimming in the gorgeous outdoor pool, hiking, relaxation and connection. Each evening we'll gather for a dharma talk and meditation.

In recognition of the enormous strain and trauma of the pandemic on essential workers, teachers, first responders and healthcare professionals, we will offer afternoon sessions tailored to capacity building for these conditions.

Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary is located 200 miles north of San Francisco, about an hour's drive outside of the town of Garberville. This beautiful secluded center is tucked into the hills of southern Humboldt County where peace and solitude abound, a perfect place to settle in, unwind, and replenish during the summer solstice.

The Heartwood Lodge Kitchen prepares the freshest farm-to-table fare, grown right on site. The culinary staff creates nourishing menus with seasonal farm fresh produce, merging the best of old world haute cuisine and new world innovation. Our first meal together will be Sunday dinner, and our last meal will be a Friday breakfast. Snacks, tea coffee, and water are available anytime. The chef is happy to reasonably accommodate those with food restrictions.

The newly renovated modern eco-lodging offers a variety of options: private rooms, individual bungalows, and larger upgraded private rooms all with shared bathroom facilities. Outdoor camping is also an option. If you choose to camp, please plan to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. The choice is yours. Retreat fees are determined in the registration process by your lodging choice.

As of June 15, the State of California mandated guidelines will be lifted allowing us to meet indoors. The guidelines of Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary are that all participants are either vaccinated or bring documentation of a very recent negative COVID-19 test, maintain physical distance and wear masks when indoors with others. In an effort to support our health and safety, these guidelines will be in place for the duration of the retreat. We ask that all participants agree to the guidelines.

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

$1,585 - All Inclusive

Fees do not include transportation to and from the retreat center.

*All scholarships have been awarded for this retreat.

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Should this retreat be cancelled by either Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary or Pacific Mindfulness due to COVID-19, all fees will be returned less a 5% bank processing fee. Should you need to cancel your participation due to illness, all fees will be returned less $125. Please see the cancellation policy for all other circumstances.

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 groups and individuals since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering courses, nature retreats, and professional programs. In addition, she regularly teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she has been deeply influenced by her long-time mentor and friend, Sylvia Boorstein. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and love into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. Heidi has a background in nursing, has been a small business owner since 1988, and lives in northern California with her family.

Jen Wallace is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA and regularly facilitates mindfulness programs for groups and organizations. Jen currently is employed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) as the Program Manager for Sexual Assault Investigations and is a Certified Trainer for the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resiliency Model. Jen has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over a decade and is also a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. 

Laurie Cousins is a secular mindfulness teacher, trauma-informed nonviolent parent educator, and somatic resilience practitioner. She is highly trained and certified through the mindful centers of UCLA & USCD which includes being a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Laurie specializes in healing trauma and addictive behaviors through somatic processing and is trained in TRM & CRM from the Trauma Resource Institute. Mentored by Susan Kaiser Greenland and a founding member & teacher of the International Inner Kids Collaborative, Laurie enjoys teaching mindfulness in education for students, families, and faculty throughout Los Angeles and the US. She has a private practice in Studio City and is passionate about helping youth, individuals, couples, and families overcome adversity, cultivate connection, and build resiliency. 

Janine Melzer teaches Forrest Yoga as a way to support and inspire students to become their most genuine selves. She is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. Janine asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath.
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