4 Day Goddess Empowerment and Healing Retreat • October 2022

Sedona, AZ, USA

JL
Jaya Lakshmi
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Oct 15 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16
4 Day Goddess Empowerment and Healing Retreat • October 2022
Sedona, AZ, USA

Jaya Lakshmi
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14 reviews

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Oct 15 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

This retreat is for you if you:

  • feel called to attend a women's retreat
  • are interested in the Goddesses of India
  • are interested in exploring and empowering your divine feminine 
  • like to do yoga every morning (including meditation, asana and pranayama)
  • love or want to learn to chant, sing and learn mantras 
  • appreciate gourmet vegetarian food
  • love to hike and swim around Sedona
  • enjoy connecting with other amazing, like-minded women 
  • want to relax and unwind, feel nourished and supported
  • enjoy doing things together as a group

We'll be learning more about and honoring the Goddesses Saraswati, Durga, Kali, Radhe, Lakshmi and Tara. It's fine if you are totally new to these practices and teachings.Every morning a puja (offering ceremony) and a 2 hour Sattva Yoga Journey is offered that includes asana (postures), pranayama (breath exercises), mantra (sacred chants) and kriya (particular movements/meditations coordinated with breath and/or mantra for a specific result) for the Goddess of the day.  The practices are for all levels of yoga experience.
In the afternoon we'll connect with nature in Sedona by going on hikes amongst the stunning red rocks and swimming in the sweet pools of Oak Creek.Journaling and napping is always an option. Every evening we circle and sing bhajans (devotional songs), kirtan and sacred heart songs. 
Groups of friends, family and/or couples will fill an entire room.If you are a single person coming on your own for a shared room, please understand we may have to change your original room request to get the best arrangements for the entire group.It may take time to match you up with other singles.Thanks for being flexible!

Check-In and Out & Travel

Check-in will be on Saturday, Oct 15 at 4pm.

Check out is Tuesday, Oct 18th at 11am.


If you can fly into Flagstaff, that is a bit closer to Sedona (45 min) although it can be more expensive - you can always check for deals. Otherwise, fly into Phoenix.


My Personal Story of Goddess Inspiration

      I have had the vision of a Goddess Retreat for many years.  Finally the time has come where everything feels aligned to do this kind of work.  I have learned patience to a deeper degree, as so many of us have, over this time of Covid and the great slowdown.

It has truly been a period of deep introspection and ‘reformatting’ oneself, of transformation and acceptance of truth, causing 

a great wave of growth, especially for those of us on the spiritual path who are here to grow!

     My 10 year relationship with my partner has recently ended/transformed.  I am now in the process of re-claiming my self, rediscovering my self, re-establishing my sovereignty, and exploring what that means, at the age of 55. My two daughters are grown up and thriving for the most part so I am blessed with this fully open time in my life. 

I often feel that the ‘Goddess’ whoever She may be, in whatever forms she comes, has called me to journey deeper within myself, to heal myself, to more intimately align myself with the energies and forces of the Divine Feminine surging through me. And on this journey the Divine Masculine is also revealed and coming back into balance. It’s really what it’s all about, all this spiritual work. To come into Divine Union within ourselves, integrating the Divine Feminine and Masculine.

Yet because I agreed somewhere in my soul contract to incarnate in a women’s body this lifetime, I get the opportunity to fully live and embody the divine feminine. As we women understand, being a woman in this world has an extra set of challenges, that also comes with great reward. Just the fact that we bear children and go through the whole process of motherhood, that physically we are not as strong as men (in general) and we are extra sensitive emotionally sets us up for a lot of intense growth in one lifetime on this planet.

     I have had quite a strong relationship with ‘the Goddess’ since I was a teenager. At a young age I understood there was a Goddess who lived within me, and She had her own connection to my ancient lineage, to streams of wisdom flowing through my body, and visions and memories of  lives lived in the past and in other realms. I felt drawn to become more than I was expected to be in the flat 3D world where I grew up in suburban New Jersey. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic childhood with loving parents, filled with magic and mystery. I even had a horse for all my teen years before I left for college and would go riding on trails behind my house, fostering fantasies and daydreams of other times and lives.  My beloved, kind father was a great provider and a faithful, loving husband.  My mother grew a huge garden and fed us well. She was also an accomplished pianist and helped set my foundation and connection with music for life - for this and more I am ever grateful. 

But I really had no spiritual mentors, nor was my mother any source of Goddess wisdom for me other than fulfilling her role as a traditional good mother. Which is precious, I know how fortunate I am in this sense. But you know what I’m saying…her daughter turned out to be a wild spirit, a shamaness being summoned to other realms, a healer and a devotee of the spirit, a dancer, a yogini, a weaver and singer, a rebel at heart that couldn’t be contained.  What’s a traditional mother to do? She didn’t know what to make of me and struggled at even liking me sometimes, as I pushed the edge even though I didn’t want to - I wrestled with a force within me that was wanting to be expressed. 

     In my early 20’s in the midst of a number of psychedelic experiences with psilocybin, LSD, and ecstasy much was revealed to me.

I was majoring in cultural anthropology in college at UNH, focusing largely on women’s global and tribal studies. I was particularly fascinated with the rise of the feminine power in the world. I read the classics such as ‘When God was a Woman’ (1976),  ‘Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood’ (1979) by Merlin Stone (1976) , ‘The Spiral Dance’ by Starhawk (1979), ‘Drawing Down the Moon’ by Margaret Adler (1979), ‘The White Goddess’ by Robert Graves (1948) and later on, The Great Cosmic Mother (1987) by Monica Shoo & Barbara More, The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas (1989).  I completely and totally related to all of it. My anthropology teacher always kept me in check though as she reminded me that many  of the claims of long standing matriarchies had insufficient archaeological evidence to prove they actually existed as described. Yet it was acknowledged that so much of our past remains a mystery and much of it perhaps only existing within the memory of our DNA. 

     Something in me has always ‘known’ that many things have been hidden from us and ‘history’ as we know it is just that: ‘HIS’ story and is a very minimal telling of the complex and rich tapestry of human experience over thousands of years.

This is why I loved ‘The Mists of Avalon’ series and ‘The Firebrand’ (the re-telling of the Helen of Troy story) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, who dared to imagine a different version of these great stories from the feminine perspective. Isn’t this something we should do to all the great stories and historical accounts of humanity? Consider that there are huge pieces missing - very valuable perspectives that were not valued, reported or captured at the time. Perspectives of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, business women, educated women, etc have largely gone unrecognized and unpreserved by the dominant popular (patriarchal) cultures of the times, in most of the world. 

     This brings me to the revelation of the Goddess in India. When I was 23 (1988), I found myself in a tiny little cabin loft, adorned with crystals and crescent moon windows, in the misty mountains of Coastal Oregon - the quintessential Oregon hippy dream I’d been dreaming for years. My partner at the time and I had collected a lot of books on Indian spirituality, including ‘Be Here Now’ and  ‘Miracle of Love’ by Ram Das, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Ramayana, the Mata AmritAnandamayi Ma (Amma) biography, ‘Awaken Children’ and other gems of popular spiritual literature streaming over into the west from the Motherland. I found a marvelous book in a shop in Santa Cruz titled ‘In Praise of Tara’, Songs to the Saviouress, by Martin Willson (1986) that changed my life. It became one of the bibles of my life. I still have it today and refer to it often as I seek to commune with the Goddess Tara. Many people don’t realize but Tara was originally an ancient goddess of the northern region of modern India. She had quite a following, that is known as the ‘Cult of Tara’. Only later did she migrate up to Tibet and become integrated into Tibetan Buddhism.  

     I read and absorbed. I also fell in love with the story of Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi. She was the embodiment of the Divine Feminine to him and he basically worshipped her. It was a divine love story, without the taint of the mundane.

I was intrigued by the concept of ‘Kali’ and ‘Durga’ and the ancient pantheon of Hindu deities. I had always been drawn to India since I was a girl, by the sound of Indian music and the exotic tastes of Indian food, by the mystical temples and rich timelessness of the culture, where so many still actively worshiped the deities and many in the form of the divine feminine. Where else in the world does one find so many temples to the Goddess? To Lakshmi, Kali, Durga. Shrines to Radha. Saraswati murtis in the house of every musician. Daily ceremonies (pujas) and prayers are an integral part of life in India and in many communities and villages the Goddess reigns supreme. This doesn’t necessarily translate to equality among the sexes and the positive treatment of women, or a harmonious egalitarian society but it does say something that people see The Divine as feminine with feminine qualities, as Mother Creatress or Mother of the Universe (Jagad Ambe). So many other aspects of the Divine Feminine are at the forefront of the ‘Hindu’ culture and are revered and respected throughout India. 

     The Goddess is alive and magic is afoot’  is certainly true in India as it is in many of the pagan movements around the world experiencing a resurgence of the ancient spiritual practices of their ancestors before Christianity took over. In India, the concept of the Divine feminine is woven into the fabric of society and has been for thousands of years.  

This is why I am inspired to explore these living Goddess traditions of India as a way to experience the Divine Feminine archetypes. There is a wealth of literature and ancient texts to dive into to learn how human consciousness has been and is still is relating to the Goddess in her many aspects.  

     In this retreat we will get acquainted with six of the most popular goddesses of India. It is a basic approach but one I feel that nurtures the cultivation of intimacy with each. Truly we could spend many years just on one Goddess as many devotees do, even a lifetime or lifetimes of developing one’s relationship with Her ever unfolding aspects as She reveals Herself.  But this is a good place to start! 

Especially with the yoga journeys, we get to experience these embodiment practices of kriya, pranayama, mantra and asana. The Goddess is living in these living yoga traditions and we have this incredible opportunity to align ourselves with such refined frequencies, body, mind and soul. Through the practice of these powerful yoga techniques and coming together to reflect the Divine Feminine for each other in her infinite unique forms we expand more into our beautiful and unlimited potential. I feel this is what pleases Her the most, to see Her creation growing and blossoming, Her beauty expanding, Her experience of ecstasy ever deepening through us. Om Devi Ma Namoh Nama.   

Refund Policy

- If you cancel more than 90 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment will be refunded

- If you cancel 40 – 89 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment will be refunded. - If you cancel 30 – 39 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment will be refunded. - If you cancel 29 days or less before your retreat start date, you can apply 30% of your payment to another retreat.

What’s included

  • 3 Vegetarian Meals a Day
    Meals are vegan and mostly organic with dairy and egg options. Snacks provided throughout the day, all provided by our very own talented chef. Filtered water available.
  • Lodging
    Shared and single room options
  • All activities
  • Hot tub and pool
    Make sure to bring your swimsuit!
  • Yoga Items
    Yoga mats, blankets and cushions are available.
  • Transportation
    Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Rental cars suggested, or ride share with others

Available Packages

Garden Room - Shared Room for 2
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Moondance House - Garden Room - Shared Room:  2 twin beds, shared halllway bathroom • $750 per person.

To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$750
Deposit: $200
Master Lavender - Couple/2 Close Friends
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Luxurious master bedroom with one king size bed, private deluxe bathroom and jacuzzi. $850 per person. To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$850
Deposit: $250
Yang Room - Shared Room for 2
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Yang Room - Shared Room, 2 twin beds, shared hallway bathroom. $750 each person. To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$750
Deposit: $200
Sage Room - Shared Room for 3
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Sage Room - Big shared room with three twin beds and private bathroom.  $800 per person. To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$800
Deposit: $200
Master Lavender - For Single
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Luxurious master bedroom with king size bed, private deluxe bathroom and jacuzzi. Single is $1250 total. To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$1,250
Deposit: $400
Zen Room - Single
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Deluxe bedroom with queen size bed, futon couch and private half bathroom (shared hallway shower) $1200 total for single.  Has a special veranda outside with view, small table & chairs.   Note:  This room is somewhat open to the meditation room underneath it.  To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$1,200
Deposit: $400
Peace Nook - For Single
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Peace Nook  - Small room with a single bed and shared hallway bathroom.  To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$775
Deposit: $200
Jade Room - Single
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Elegant large bedroom with queen size bed and private bathroom.  To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$1,200
Zen Room - Shared Room for 2
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Deluxe bedroom with queen size bed, futon couch and private half bathroom (shared hallway shower) • 2 people will split $1550 however they wish. .  Has a special veranda outside with view, small table & chairs.   Note:  This room is somewhat open to the meditation room underneath it.  To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$1,550
Lavender Room - Shared Room for 2
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Lavender Room - Shared Room, 2 twin beds, private bathroom • $700 per person.  To see the house and room, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpNKl1cGRg&ab_channel=GlobalChangeMedia

$700
Deposit: $200
Campsite
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Campsite available for 1 or 2 people. Bring your own gear, use facilities in house. 


$500
Deposit: $200
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arriving

Check in is at 4pm, Dinner is served at 6:30pm, Orientation Circle at 8pm.

Your Organizer


JL
Jaya Lakshmi
14 reviews
Jaya Lakshmi has led spiritual yoga-based adventure retreats since 2011. She is well known for her music career of 30 years, which has produced over 19 albums in the genres of mantra music, singer-songwriter and electronica. In addition to offering sacred music and ceremony at retreats, she is also a certified Sattva Yoga Teacher (Rishikesh, India) and has an extensive background of yoga training and experience.

Reviews

I had an Amazing time. Sedona is a Very powerful place. This Retreat was a great learning experience and an awesome getaway to melt the Stress away. She is a beautiful Soul and I enjoyed all the activities scheduled. She was very flexible and kind with individuals who were a little new to Yoga and meditations as well. Great Time!
By Diana L for 6 Day Goddess Empowerment and Healing Retreat in Sedona on 11 May, 2022
This was my third retreat with Jaya Lakshmi. With her well of knowledge and pure presence, she brings teachings, techniques and an experience that you can embody. I have always left feeling connected, inspired, rejuvenated and restored. I am so grateful for the space that Lakshmi holds for me each participant!
By Bridget O for Hawaii Yoga, Chant and Ocean Adventures Retreat with Jaya Lakshmi on 03 Apr, 2022
The perfect combination of yoga, meditation, pranayama, singing, ocean activities, free time, shared meals, and time spent with awesome humans. The location at WhaleSpirit Sanctuary is unique and truly special. The land is ideal for a retreat and inner work/healing. Deliciously curated meals made with the bounty of the islands are unfused with love and nourish the body. Lakshmi's love of the island and passion for bringing people together is felt from the time you arrive until departure. A magical time that I will cherish and hold in my heart. Aloha!
By SARA P for Hawaii Yoga, Chant and Ocean Adventures Retreat with Jaya Lakshmi on 31 Jan, 2022
This was a wonderful retreat beautifully organized by Jaya Lakshmi! All the preparation instructions were super clear and helpful, including directions to the retreat center. WhaleSpirit Sanctuary was absolutely lovely, with gorgeous views over Kealakekua Bay, and stunning nightly sunsets. Lakshmi gathered a really sweet and like-minded group of yogis together, including two very lovable children. The food was outstanding, made by chef Natalie - I really appreciated that it was mostly vegan, all gluten-free, local and organic - plus ultra-delicious and plentiful. The daily ocean swim/snorkel was a real treat, and it was a bonus blessing to see a whale while we were kayaking. The daily yoga classes gave my practice a boost, and of course getting to listen to Lakshmi sing old and new songs and chant together in a small group was a real treat! I really can't say enough good things about this retreat, and I very highly recommend going to anyone who is considering it! Me ke aloha pumehana!
By Eileen H for Hawaii Yoga, Chant and Ocean Adventures Retreat with Jaya Lakshmi on 30 Jan, 2022
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Rest, Rejuvenation, Joy, Music, Community, Friendship ... sacred. This retreat was everything I hoped it would be. The location near Kealakekua Bay was magical, the food was outstanding, the people were wonderful. Jaya Lakshmi is a master retreat visionary. Our days were just the right balance of yoga, swimming in the ocean, and free time for reflection and rest. It was organized, but not rigid. It was laid back - Hawaii style. Truly a retreat, it was just what I needed, and I hope to sign up for it again if she offers it next year.
By Pam H for Hawaii Yoga, Chant and Ocean Adventures Retreat with Jaya Lakshmi on 30 Jan, 2022
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