8th Annual Moving Into The Light Women's Retreat

2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, CA 94060

Melissa Sutor
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Nov 16 - 18, 2018
Group size: 20 - 24
8th Annual Moving Into The Light Women's Retreat
2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, CA 94060

Melissa Sutor
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2 reviews

Nov 16 - 18, 2018
Group size: 20 - 24

About this trip

A Weekend of Self-Care, Empowerment and Positive Transformation

Do you long to reconnect with your authentic self? Do you crave time to de-stress, rest, cultivate inner peace, and renew your soul?  

Dragonfly Healing Center provides a safe and nourishing environment in which women can deeply explore what it means to come into balance in their lives - emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. It is designed especially for women who are and wish to be active and empowered participants in their whole health and well-being.

Through inspiring discussions, guided meditations, hiking, journaling, yoga, and creative expression, we foster an intimate community for healing, integration, and awakening. Connect deeper with your self care by relaxing into the loving healing hands of your wellness service providers.  Experience Massage Therapy and other wellness services as add on options during your retreat.  

Throughout the weekend, you will be led on a journey of new perceptions, towards a whole new way to view your life and experience how the elusive sense of safety, security, and love which you are seeking is not somewhere out there but all within you.

Join us on this journey towards self-discovery... 

This retreat may be just right for you if the above description resonates with you plus:

-You already believe that you are worth investing in

-You are open to receiving (no doing your own dishes at this retreat, we invest in a full service staff to attend to our needs)

-You believe in life long learning

-You want support in connecting more to your inner wisdom and expressing your authentic self

-You want support in living a more empowered life - letting go of guilt and "shoulds"

-You are excited to connect with other women and connect deeper with yourself

-You are excited to co-create an amazing vision for your life

-You want accountability for living a life of balance and self-care

-You value living a mindful life of greater awareness, presence, and happiness

-You love nature, delicious food, and having fun!

To discuss if this retreat is for you, please do contact us at info@dragonflycenter.org

Value of the Retreat

*Create lifelong friendships, genuine connections, and heartfelt memories
*Reconnect with some ladies from previous retreats and meet some new ones
*Take home wisdom and skills that can change your life for the better
*Experience how self-care reigns supreme and shift your mindset to ultimate self-love
*Participate in a safe, loving, and fun community of women
*Learn from and share with the retreat staff who have multiple years of combined experience in their professions along with numerous degrees and certifications
*Benefit from the energy and care put into creating this quality retreat offering
*Spend special moments in one of the most beautiful locations in America on the California coast
*Be a part of social responsibility ~ Dragonfly Center volunteers multiple hours of time and energy every year to be of service 
*Continue the support and inspiration through our Private Facebook Group only for retreat participants

Per Person Costs:
*Gourmet, farm-to-table, full service, catered meals (2 full buffet breakfast meals, 2 four-course lunch meals, and 1 snack meal) 
*Unlimited Tea, Coffee, and Water included daily; fresh juices and specialty beverages included during meals
*Mindfulness Meditation Practices
*2 professionally led and engaging movement/yoga classes 
*12 inspiring workshops 
*Vision Board workshop 
*Additional meditation and activities offered the day before
Total Cost per person = $1425
Bundled together for the retreat and offered at the amazing cost of $444!!!


Costanoa is an eco adventure resort on the stunning Northern California coast just south of Half Moon Bay.

Costanoa Resort offers many amenities including beautiful hot tub, 24-hour saunas, comfort stations with fireplaces, onsite restaurant and store, easy beach access, glorious nature plus much more.  

Located south of San Francisco and to the west of San Jose and Silicon Valley, Costanoa Resort is a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  We are happy to welcome you to a natural paradise!

Your choice of accommodation is an additional cost. This gives you flexibility in choosing which accommodation type you wish for and how many nights you want to spend at Costanoa Resort.  You have a choice of lovely accommodations!  Options are available for luxurious lodge rooms and cabins as well as glamping tent cabins, and more.  You also have the option to commute to the retreat each day if you prefer.  

Please review the accommodation options on the Costanoa Resort website at  http://www.costanoa.com/accommodations.html  
Book your accommodation directly with the Sales Office at Costanoa at 650-879-7307 to receive our 10% Dragonfly group discount rate!!! 

Book your accommodation as soon as you register for the retreat to reserve your top choice. Accommodations can fill quickly.  Dragonfly Healing Center is not responsible if your top choice of accommodation is not available.

VIDEOS of Costanoa

Workshop Leaders

Kini Chang, LMFT

With approximately 15 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families, Kini is dedicated to the holistic healing of the mind, body, and soul. She practices as a Mental Health Therapist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland serving children and families in East Oakland through addressing trauma associated with systemic oppression, community violence, and grief and loss.  She also has a private practice in Oakland, CA where she specializes in intergenerational and familial trauma. She is an artist and dancer, and finds creative expression and voice as a platform for deep healing. Many people describe her as warm, understanding, and down to earth.

Kini will be leading the workshop "The Power of Storytelling" at the retreat. 

This workshop will connect us with the power of storytelling and visualization used to effectively address and heal unwanted attachments, negativity, and sadness.   By integrating movement and tapping into the body to bring greater awareness to body sensations, Kini will guide us in learning powerful skills to release this stuck energy and create more freedom in life.  


Nishi Bhonsle

Nishi is the Director of Engineering at Salesforce as well as an AFPA (American Fitness Professional Associates) certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

She will be leading a workshop on “Everyday Nutrition and Fitness for Women on the Go!” at the retreat.

Nishi is a MOM, an aspiring AMERICAN SMOOTH Ballroom Dancer competing in the US, and an Engineering Leader by profession.  She supports her clients to get on their nutrition goals, engage in their fitness regime and dress up their personality.

Her services revolve around personalization. 

  • 80% Nutrition, 20% Fitness and 100% Mindset
  • Customized and tailored to the clients needs.
  • No drastic lifestyle changes for the client.
  • Daily checkins and daily motivation. 

Her offerings:

  • Training based on HIIT, Weight training, Cardio, Strength Training, Pilates and Yoga. 
  • 10-15 min investment on a daily basis.
  • Wholesome easy to make, tasty recipes for all.
  •  Gluten-free, vegan, paleo options available.

Nishi lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and 11 year old daughter. Her husband is a cross fit junkie and her daughter pours her heart into Tap dancing. 
Food Fitness Fashion


Mollie Sommer 

Mollie is an International Yoga Instructor who supports people to LIVE the ADVENTURE of their LIFE through Yoga, Intuitive Soul Coaching, Meditation, Retreats, Personal Classes, and Healing!

Her life has been her education.  She has experienced the highs and the lows and have come out the other side with her lessons stored as tools in her tool box.  She has turned her Karma into her Dharma using her past to build her purpose. Her past has made her strong, a lioness, who uses the infinite love of the universe to help people rise out of their fears and fog.

Mollie helps you connect to your inner self, your own intuition. Teaching you the tools to empower yourself; building you up from the inside out. Guiding you through your past stories, limiting beliefs, traumas and empowering you to step into the life that you truly desire.

Mollie Sommer Wellness


Sunrise Walk and Physical Fitness by Ali Reneer

Ali will lead us on a beautiful walk as the sun is rising, welcoming us into the light.  She will engage us in stretches to get the body moving and energized.  These movements can be easily integrated into your life for greater flexibility and vitality.


Singing Circle and Creativity by Yolanda Rhodes

Yolanda will share her magical voice with us as we gather in supportive community around the dancing fire underneath the brilliant stars.  She will guide us in using our own voice for creative expression and empowerment.  


Melissa Sutor, MS, MA

Melissa will be leading mindfulness meditations and movements, setting intentions and letting go/letting be ceremony, and vision board workshop.  Melissa is a lifestyle coach, mental health counselor, and founder of Dragonfly Healing Center.  Look for her on the cover of the August issue of Mindful Magazine - on newsstands and in stores in July!!!

Testimonials from Past Participants

“Transformative, engaging, empowering, and didactic.  I feel that I formed genuine bonds with women for the first time in over a decade.”

“ Dragonfly Healing Center provided a safe environment for women to gather and embrace themselves.  There was space for everyone to work on their intentions and figure out their vision for the future.  I was able to develop an authentic relationship with my body and enjoy my femininity.  All activity levels were catered to and the location and accommodations were excellent.  10/10 for diversity!”

“This was great.  The retreat helped me to breakthrough to the next level.  The exercises helped me to clarify my vision for the year and the life I want to create.  I feel strong in my power.  Thank you!”

“Uplifting, rejuvenating.”

“ I felt acceptance and likeness in the women who attended- from so many different places and ages.  I was reminded of what I knew and didn’t practice and what I need to let go of to have a fulfilled life.”

“Dragonfly Healing Center hosts wonderful, well-rounded retreats.  I feel relaxed, clear, powerful and nourished.”

“ Amazing!  So much love and inspiration.  It was transformative and also gentle.”

See Video Testimonials Here!

Cancellation Policy

In order to reserve a space in our 2018 Moving Into the Light Women's Retreat, a non-refundable deposit of $175 (or $150 for Dragonflies) is required.  Balance is due by September 16th 2018 for new participants and October 16th 2018 for Dragonflies.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your participation in the retreat, then you can transfer your reserved space to another lady of your choice. If we have a waiting list, then you can request to transfer to a lady on the list.  Retreat payments are non-refundable. 
We strongly urge you to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment should you need to cancel or interrupt your trip.  You can go to:
http://www.roamright.com/ or www.insuremytrip.com or https://www.squaremouth.com/
And find a policy that suits your needs.

What’s included

  • Gourmet meals
    Gourmet, farm-to-table, full service, catered meals ~ 2 full buffet breakfast meals, 2 four-course lunch meals, and 1 snack meal; Unlimited Tea, Coffee, and Water; Fresh juices during meals
  • Mindfulness
    Guided meditations
  • Workshops
    12 inspiring workshops plus a Vision Board workshop
  • Yoga
    2 professionally led and engaging movement/yoga classes for all levels
  • Dinner
    Dinner meals are optional and at an additional cost; there is a restaurant on site and others in the area
  • Accommodations
    Your choice of accommodation is an additional cost. You may also choose to commute.

Available Packages

Now Available!
Sold Out

One of our dear participants is no longer able to attend the retreat, so her spot is now available. 

Dragonflies (have attended previously)
Available until October 16, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $150
Dragonfly in the Making
Available until October 16, 2018only 1 left
Deposit: $175
Sold Out

If you have already received confirmation from Melissa for a scholarship to the retreat, then complete your registration here.  Congratulations!!

*All scholarships have been allocated*

Sold Out

Retreat Leader pre-paid

Available until July 10, 2018Sold Out

Pre-arranged payments

Deposit: $50
Available until October 16, 2018Sold Out

Dear Dragonfly Erika



Connecting and Sharing our Presence

Friday, November 16th

5:30-6:30pm Meditation and Sharing
(meet in the North Lodge Lobby, where Registration/Check-in is located)

See Property Map
6:30pm Dinner at Cascade Restaurant (Optional; cost not included)
8:30pm Fun Activities, Connection and Conversations around the fireplace

(meet in the North Lodge Lobby)

Your Organizer

Melissa Sutor
2 reviews
Melissa is a Mindfulness Teacher, Retreat Leader and Consultant, and Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion who has earned Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology as well as Computer Science and Engineering. She guides people in living balanced, authentic, and happy. Melissa was an engineer and IT project manager in Silicon Valley before traveling to over 50 countries on a backpacking journey around the world interacting with people of diverse cultures and engaging in indigenous spiritual practices. Connecting with the courage to live with deep meaning and purpose in her own life allows her to effectively and heartfully guide others in doing the same. Melissa has been offering life changing retreats since 2011. She has led mindfulness workshops at many organizations including Google as well as retreat centers including Esalen Institute and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Kaiser. Melissa is the Founder and Director of Happiness at Dragonfly Healing Center.


Wonderful and Loving and every way!
By Simone H for 8th Annual Moving Into The Light Women's Retreat on 21 Nov, 2018
This was a fabulous workshop with excellent presenters, fun interactive exercises, lively and mind opening conversation, fantastic food and accommodations! Thank you so much Melissa for truly bringing your beautiful vision to fruition. I look forward to the next retreat!
By Tera B for Authentic, Balanced, Courageous: Retreat for Women in Tech & Science on 13 Mar, 2018

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