January 14 - January 16, 2022

Alison Sinatra

Jennifer Muir-Braunstein

The season is upon us when the days are shorter and finding the light within is even more important.
This weekend retreat is specifically curated to meet you in that internal space. Nature is the ultimate teacher and we will be delving into themes that reflect the dying process (Autumn/Winter) and that lead us to planting seeds for something beautiful (Spring/Summer). The gateway of death is imminent for all of us in a body. We strongly believe that by honoring and engaging in conversation and practices that familiarize us with this Sacred passage will help invigorate our living.
The retreat will have prayer, sharing, restorative yoga, writing, sound healing and breathwork. Breathwork uses a powerful, open mouth breath to help clear the channels and move us into a non-ordinary state of being. It is an incredible way to open energetic channels and fortify one's being.
Menla is surrounded by the Catskill mountains and the atmosphere alone is a sanctuary and holy balm for our collective confusion. There is an undeniable energy afoot when women come together. Breakthroughs and transformations occur; individuals find center; the collective gets lifted; and the effects of our efforts spill out into our everyday lives, benefiting our partners, friends, families and communities.

Friday, January 14th
  • 2 - 3 pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 4 - 6 pm Opening Circle-sharing and Prayers, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 8 pm Sound Healing
Saturday, January 15th
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm Yoga & Journaling
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4:00 Free Time for Relaxation and Spa
  • 4 - 6 pm Breathwork
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 8pm Death meditation and Sharing Circle
Sunday, January 16th
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm Closing Circle, Sharing and Prayers
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch and Departure
*Schedule is subject to change. 


Alison Sinatra

Alison Sinatra has been leading women's retreats for over 20 years. Her mission is to help people connect to spirit through their body. Return of the Mother was born out of Return of the Queen a retreat for over 50 plus women that was co-created to facilitate healing through a mu...

Jennifer Muir-Braunstein

Jennifer Muir is a Tibetan Tones practitioner, contemplative caregiver and a keeper of sacred space. She has worked for many years supporting those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. More recently she has embarked on a path of working with death and dying as an ...



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