24

Days

12

Hours

06

Mins

Return to the Mother

July 23 - July 26, 2020

Alison Sinatra

Summer Deaver

Dr. Kelly Jennings

Natavi Orion

Jessica Caplan

Miguel Mendez

Rochelle Schieck

Jill Pettijohn

Lynn Schauwecker

Space Guardians

Return to the Mother is a collective healing experience.This retreat was born from Return of the Queen, an annual gathering of over 50 women held in Dutchess County from 2017 - 2019 created by Alison Sinatra.Now, with Return to the Mother, we are turning our focus to the Earth and all of splendor. How do we connect to the Great Mother both outside of us and within? Let us remember that we are all her daughters and honor the responsibility each one of us needs to take in order to fulfill our sacred duty.This retreat is for 108 women — all shapes, ages, sizes, colors and sexual orientations welcome. We honor you as you are.Return to the Mother is a collective healing experience.
About photographer:
Inna Shynader took many of these gorgeous photos. She is a total goddess.

ScheduleThursday, July 23rd
  • 3 - 6pm Check-in
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9pm Welcome and Meditation
Friday, July 24th
  • 5:30 - 8:30am Sweat Lodge (Optional)
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 10am - 12pm Opening Circle and Yoga with Alison Sinatra
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch
  • 1 - 4pm Free Time for Swimming, Hiking, Breathwork or Enjoy the Dewa Spa(incredible therapists)
  • 4 - 6pm Qoya Dance with Rochelle Sheick
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm dinner
  • 8 - 10pm Sound Healing and Sacred Fire with Natavi Orion and Jessica Caplan
Saturday, July 25th
  • 5:30 - 8:30am Sweat lodge (Optional)
  • 8 - 9am breakfast
  • 10am - 12pm Yoga/Meditation with Alison Sinatra and Summer Deavers
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch
  • 1 - 4pm Free Time for Swimming, Hiking, Astrology and Clairvoyant Readings or Enjoy the Dewa Spa
  • 4 - 6pm Kundalini Yoga with Miguel Mendez
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm Dinner
  • 8 - 9:30pm Dance
Sunday, July 26th
  • 7 - 11am Check-out of Rooms
  • 8am breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Closing Circle, Prayer from Men for the Earth, Water and Women, Angel Wash
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch
  • 1pm Departure
*Please Note That Schedule is Subject to Change

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

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...

Summer Deaver

Summer Deaver is an artist, yogi and mom, who has led yoga and meditation retreats, trainings  and classes in NYC and abroad since 2002. She continues in what has been a 13 year study and practice in the Dzogchen Buddhist Tradition, mindfulness in schools movement, along with tr...

Dr. Kelly Jennings

Dr Kelly Jennings is informed by 15 years of ceremony and ritual with indigenous grandmothers and healers from the Mayan, Meshica, Lakota, Shipibo and Quechua traditions. She's been given the blessing to share these healing practices with the community. She leads ancestral women'...

Natavi Orion

  Natavi Orion is a music maker, community weaver, and queer artist opening hearts and building resilience through his work. Practiced in shamanic arts of the Americas and pagan traditions of indigenous Europe, he works with sound, the elements, and magic to create rituals o...

Jessica Caplan

Jessica Caplan is a vocalist, sound healer, yogi and mother who weaves together music, movement and sound arts to create transformative experiences that awaken compassion and connectivity. Whether engaging with large groups or individuals, her prayer is to facilitate heart-center...

Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez, also known as the “Plant Yogi Chef”, is known in South and North America for his active role in personal development as a wellness counselor, teacher, and healer.  His expansive knowledge integrates Kundalini yoga, meditation, nutrition, Ayurveda, indigenous ...

Rochelle Schieck

Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya, a movement system based on the idea that through movement, we remember our essence is wise, wild and free. Drawing on the wisdom of yoga, the wildness of dance, and the freedom of feminine movement, Qoya helps people feel the feelings ins...

Jill Pettijohn

Jill is a nutritional health expert and chef of life. She has been referred to as a shaman of food. Her goal is to inspire change in those who are willing to take that extra step and make the necessary changes to become a better version of themselves, using all of her professiona...

Lynn Schauwecker

With an extensive fundraising and marketing background, Lynn began working for Tibet House US in 1999 in Development as well as heading up the Annual Tibet House US Benefit Auction. In 2004 she organized the Global Women’s Gathering at Menla which initiated the International Co...

Space Guardians

Early-day collaborators and longtime friends of Alison Sinatra, Kayti Haugh, Alison Baenen, and Shea Lord-Farmer work behind — and occasionally in front — of the scenes to make these weekends a success....

UPCOMING EVENTS

MENLA

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