Women's Retreat: Drinking From the Well of the Deep Self

  • North Fork, CA, USA
  • Mar 8 - 10, 2019 (3 days)

About us

Do you long for a renewing return to yourself, reclaiming your authentic beauty, voice and wisdom?

On the trail of indigenous matriarchal American mythology, such as “The Girl who Helped Thunder,” we track hidden aspects of our own wisdom, strength and power, restoring our sense of wholeness and bringing new meaning and possibilities to ourselves and our lives.  Our exploration is deepened through:

Guided Meditation/visualizationAuthentic movementMask-makingDream workMedicine walks in natureTime for rest and reflection
I was fighting with my own mind, doubting myself constantly, I was not a happy person. This retreat helped me find myself again. I feel whole and I feel loved again. I have learned to love myself and discovered wisdom, power and love inside my own body and mind. I've never done anything like this before. Rachel, retreat participant

Event Highlights

  • Guided Meditation/visualization
  • Authentic movement
  • Expressive arts and Mask-making
  • Dream work
  • Medicine walks in nature
  • Time for rest and reflection

Venue Highlights

Take an invigorating dip in a clear cold mountain creek.
We are a secluded, creek-side mountain retreat tucked into a wooded canyon above the town of North Fork with walks to nearby waterfalls — 45 minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance and 90 minutes from Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Southern Yosemite features a spectacular little known 9 mile round trip hike to a series of waterfalls on Chilnualna Creek.
A moving and powerful ritual of release and rebirth is included in the retreat at our spiraling medicine wheel (see photo)


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea


Friday arrival between 3 and 7 pm
Dinner at 5:30 pm
Opening circle 7 to 10 pm for welcome, introductions, working with myth and deepening through collage making.
Saturday morning circle begins at 9 am. Expressive movement, guided meditation, begin mask-making.
Lunch at 12:30 and free time until 4.
Continue work on masks and begin exploring what hidden aspects of the self through engagement with our masks.
Dinner at 6:30.
Saturday evening features authentic movement
Sunday morning circle begins at 9 am. Dream work and ritual of release and rebirth.
Lunch at 1:00 followed by medicine walk and focus on ways to incorporate and continue to grow what you have gained in your daily life.
Departure at 3 pm

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Hearty vegetarian/vegan dinners; soup and salad lunches; continental breakfasts (bagels, veggie sausages, fruit, and granola)
Organic coffee, endless tea, and snack foods (fruit, veggies, blue corn chips & salsa, crackers & hummus)
Yummy vegan desserts


Bedrooms are double occupancy with extra-long twin beds, quality sheets and warm comforters. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Toiletries and towels are provided.


Nearest airport is in Fresno, CA (we will provide transportation to and from airport)
Retreat house is approximately 1 hour from Fresno, 3 hours from Sacramento and the East Bay (e.g. Oakland), and 4.5 hours from Los Angeles

Tags: womens retreats

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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