- Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center
- Maryville, Tennessee, USA
- Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2019 (6 days)
About This Event
Breathe in the autumn air of these Tennessee Smoky Mountains as we circle in honor of feminine mystery. Reconnect with your sacred inner knowing. Explore the many facets of your feminine nature.
During this women’s retreat, we’ll renew our self-trust, explore our depths, honor our expression and validate our embodied intuition.
We’ll wake to meditation and yoga, express through writing and movement, and gather for stories around flames.
We’ll immerse in the magic and mystery of myths, focusing on the messages and insights they hold for us as women.
We’ll heed the call to honor the wisdom we carry within our stories and voices and bodies, and between each other.
"She is not to be classified. She is not to be controlled. She is the one who gathers seeds and plants them in the sand as dreams and calls forth rain. She is the one who embodies the Moon, honoring the cycles of life." - Terry Tempest Williams
“May we let the stories move through us and whisper, in the vulnerability of our hearts, of the treasures we long to recollect.” - Melanie Champagne, retreat co-facilitator
Myths of Feminine Mystery
What if our yearnings pull in opposite directions? What if our lives move in cycles and seasons, not only in linear time?
What if one long-held desire wanes, while another arises from nowhere? What if we need to get lost and wonder?
What if integrity means allowing your truth to change and flow with you? What if we run to and away, and still, towards our center?
Myths hold a hidden power: they gift us maps, keys, mirrors, legends and paths back to ourselves. They reflect the multitudes within us. They reveal insight into our deepest longings, greatest conflicts, and vivid life energies.
Myths give universal context to our most personal experiences. They open us to allowing life to flow through us, to recognize the sacred beauty of each moment, and to embrace the feminine mystery of regeneration.
As we weave these stories with our own experience, we glean a vaster sense of ourselves and our sacred feminine nature.
When we look through the window of a myth, we see both beyond ourselves and deeper within.
In this women's retreat, you will:
Gather with a powerful circle of women in rawness, vulnerability and expression.
Reconnect with your body and intuition through meditation, yoga and movement.
Experience the sacred rite of sharing stories between women around flames.
Explore core tensions and themes that carry through our relationships with ourselves, others and our lives.
Discover your truths moment to moment by connecting to your own voice.
Rekindle urges within yourself that are aching to be heard and witnessed.
Reclaim the power in the multitudes and regeneration that is inherent in feminine nature.
Remember your vastness and the magic that unfolds when women circle together.
Gather to listen. Open to reveal.
In this retreat, you will reconnect with your body through meditation, yoga and movement. You will gather by candlelight and fire with other women to listen to the stories that offer rich insight into our inner lives.
You will circle for self-exploratory writing circles to thread these insights through to your own experience in the here and now. We’ll heed the call to honor the wisdom we carry within our stories and voices and bodies, and between each other.
Connect to your body through yoga.
With daily guided meditation and yoga, you will listen in for the innate guidance that is found in your body and breath.
The body holds the truth of our physical and sensual experience and is the home of our deepest intuitions.
As we listen to the guidance of our body, as we align ourselves more closely to the sensations of our inner knowing, our intuition attunes and expands.
Immerse in the magic of myths.
Each evening, we’ll gather for oral storytelling around candles and flames.
We’ll wrap ourselves in blankets, get cozy, and listen to mythical stories of the Greek goddesses. Each goddess story hints at the energies and tensions and struggles we experience in our lives.
Each goddess herself is an archetype that exists in all women. Her struggles and her powers and her yearnings reflect our own, and can provide guidance for navigating them.
We’ll immerse in the magic of these myths, focusing on the messages and rich insights they hold for us as women. Myths gift us maps, keys, mirrors, legends and paths back to ourselves.
They reflect the multitudes within us, the different facets of our Feminine nature, including parts we may have lost or forsaken along the way.
Myths bring universal context to our most personal experiences. They open us to allowing life to flow through us, to recognize the sacred beauty of each moment, and to embrace the feminine mystery of regeneration.
When we look through the window of a myth, we see both beyond ourselves and deeper within.
Open and explore through raw expression.
Each day, we’ll gather for self-exploratory writing in the crisp autumn air. We’ll bring the tensions stirred up by the goddess myths into daylight and thread them through to our own experience.
As we weave these stories with our own, we glean a vaster sense of ourselves and our sacred feminine nature.
Tensions we may explore through writing and sharing include our experience of cycles of loss and renewal (Demeter), our hunger to share in relationship while honoring our whole selves (Juno), our pulls towards and away from devotion to sacred fires within (Vesta), or the fear of lowering our shields and masks to be both vulnerable and strong (Athena).
Writing will serve as a channel to reveal insight, allow vulnerability and bring forth what is calling to be heard from within.
The women's circle provides a loving and open space to reveal your heart, connect to your feelings, discover your truths, unravel your truths, and journey deeper into intimacy and mystery.
Be held in sacred space.
We renew our wise and wild feminine energy when we heed the call to gather in sacred space with women. We will bring in ritual and beauty to honor this intention.
Through sharing, we hold the mirror of inspiration and compassion for one another. We remember the magic that unfolds when women circle together.
"She is not to be classified. She is not to be controlled. She is the one who gathers seeds and plants them in the sand as dreams and calls forth rain. She is the one who embodies the Moon, honoring the cycles of life."- Terry Tempest Williams
- Inspiring location with panoramic mountain views
- Daily meditation & yoga practice
- Daily self-exploratory writing circles
- Evening ceremonial sacred storytelling sessions
- Scenic outdoor yoga pavilion
- 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day
- 5 nights shared stay in charming yurts or furnished glamping
- Guided tour of on-site fauna
- Breaks for relaxing, walking, therapies and exploration
- Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 10 participants
3:00 pm Check-In
6:30- 7:30 pm Dinner
7:45 pm - Opening Circle & Storytelling Circle
Sept 27th - 30th:
7:30 am: Wake-up
8:00 - 9:30 am: Medi & Yoga
9:30 - 10:15 am: Breakfast
10:45 am - 1:00 pm: Exploratory Circle
1:00 - 3:30 pm: Lunch & Break
3:30 - 6:30 pm: Exploratory Circle
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:45 pm: Storytelling Circle
7:30 am - Wake-up
8:00 am - 9:30am: Medi & Yoga
9:30 - 10:15am: Breakfast
10:15am - 11:15pm: Integration Circle & Close
11:15 - 12:45: Optional Relaxation
12:45-1:30 pm: Final Lunch
Venue HighlightsIn the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and amidst one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center boasts seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land, providing the spaciousness to reconnect with nature.
Seven Springs offers charming shared yurts with comfortable beds, inspiring mountain views, nature walks and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals amidst soul-nourishing landscapes.
Inspired by the natural abundance all around, Seven Springs seeks to foster holistic sustenance for the individual and the community.
The Smoky Mountains are the world's oldest mountains and one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, featuring temperate rain forest climate with over 17,000 species of plants and animals. This amazing biodiversity is the backdrop for the abundant richness of Seven Springs and the rejuvenating spirit of this land.
Seven Springs features an open air yoga pavilion built with local forest cedar that offers panoramic morning views of the Chillhowee mountains. The ground offer stunning hill perches, creekside spots, and gorgeous nature walks, with a resident master naturalist/ ecologist to provide a guided tour.
The center is close to many natural attractions to further explore before or after the retreat.
Massage treatments from resident therapists are available in an outdoor massage pavilion.
AccommodationsRetreat guests will stay in well-fashioned private or shared (2 to 4 people) yurts. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding, electricity and lights, electric heating for cool nights, tables and dressers. Yurts are the closest accommodation to the bathrooms.
Guests may also stay in large private or shared (2 people) glamping tents. Each large tent is set on a wooden platform and is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding and solar lights. The tents are located in a cool space amongst the trees.
Shared bathrooms on the property offer two hot showers, two water-saving flushing toilets, and running water.
Morning yoga will take place in the outdoor yoga shala. Women's circles will take place between the shala, outdoor classroom, and the 24 foot yurt classroom with labyrinth floor design.
Mats, props, cushions, and blankets for chilly mornings or evenings will be provided.
Treat yourself. Massage treatments from resident therapists are available in an outdoor massage pavilion.
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll meals will be vegetarian, varied and generously prepared by Ayurvedic chef Wendy who lives locally. All meals are served in the outdoor kitchen, as we take in the beauty of the surroundings. Our first included meal will be dinner on Sept 26th. Our final meal will be lunch on October 1st.
Afternoon snacks will also be provided. The kitchen is available for any additional guest needs.
The closest airport is Knoxville International Airport (TYS). The airport is actually located in Alcoa and only 25 minutes from Seven Springs. We can arrange transportation services to pick you up from this airport, a $10 charge.
You may also consider flying into the Atlanta International Airport and taking the bus or renting a car to drive to Seven Springs. The Atlanta airport is about a three hour drive.
Please see the address below for the GPS location. We will provide additional instructions to ensure you arrive at the front entrance.
Seven Springs Retreat
120 Sweet Hollow Way
Maryville, TN 37803