Authentic, Balanced, Courageous: Retreat for Women in Tech & Science

31502 N HWY 1 FORT BRAGG, CA 95437

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Melissa Sutor
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Mar 2 - 4, 2018
Group size: 6-8
Authentic, Balanced, Courageous: Retreat for Women in Tech & Science
31502 N HWY 1 FORT BRAGG, CA 95437

Melissa Sutor
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$1480
Deposit: $500
Mar 2 - 4, 2018
Group size: 6-8

About this trip

Authentic, Balanced, and Courageous

The ABCs of Thriving in Work and Life!


***Get on the WAITING LIST for this retreat***Email info@dragonflycenter.org***


Escape from the routine and indulge in this luxurious all-inclusive retreat for women in tech and science.  This really intimate trusting environment will make your experience more candid and conversational than at conferences and large events. 


Set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Pacific Ocean and majestic Redwood forest, the weekend will provide a perfect gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with an intimate group of women who wish to live a more balanced life...including some pampering and ME time. 


Enjoy included gifts with a value of $400!!! 


Join us for this unique and memorable gathering if you:

*Experience demands and pressures at work and in life in general

*Need more time for self care

*Want support in living with less stress and anxiety

*Desire more of a sense of inclusion at work

*Are excited to genuinely connect with other women in tech/science in an intimate retreat setting

*Enjoy being in nature

*Appreciate delicious, freshly prepared foods

*Believe in happiness and that you deserve it!


Value and benefits of this retreat:

*Priceless experience!

*Create lifelong friendships, genuine connections, and heartfelt memories
*Connect with women who share your experience and know what it's like

*Learn from women leaders who have worked their way up to the top
*Be truly heard, share your voice, discuss issues and create solutions

*Discover deep insights and breakthroughs in a safe intimate environment

*Unleash your practical genius and live fully with meaning and purpose

*Get clear on how to be a champion for diversity and inclusion in a way that resonates with you

*Learn how to balance fitness and nutrition into your busy life
*Take home wisdom and skills that can change your life for the better

*Build your support network and stay encouraged
*Experience how self-care reigns supreme and shift your mindset to ultimate self-love (practice mindfulness meditation and yoga)
*Participate in a safe, loving, and fun community of women
*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 Northern California coast
*Be a part of and support social responsibility ~ Dragonfly Healing Center volunteers multiple hours of time and energy every year to be of service 
*Continue the support and inspiration even after the retreat is complete

Venue Details

The spectacular venue is located on the coast in Mendocino County, one of the most gorgeous places on the planet.  The Inn at Newport Ranch received a travel award for being one of the best new hotels in the U.S. and has been featured in several prominent magazines.  It offers luxury lodging on a breathtaking oceanfront getaway on a 2000 acre private preserve.

http://theinnatnewportranch.com


Feel like a loving part of the family as the staff at the ranch are top notch ~ attentive, caring, and ready to offer you the best experience you can imagine.

The venue is located 3.5 hours north of San Francisco.

California's North Coast is the #1 place to visit in the U.S.  -NY Times 2014

Rooms and Cost Details

The retreat price showing in bold in the upper right is the lowest cost offered for the retreat (prices vary depending on the type of guest room).


All prices shown are for one individual, and each price is all-inclusive (please read what is included with the retreat).


For questions, please contact us at info@dragonflycenter.org

Wellness Services

Wellness Services are an additional cost.


Book the following at least 2 weeks in advance by contacting info@dragonflycenter.org

Personal Training and Nutrition Session with Nishi Bhonsle

Craniosacral Session with Tera Bates


For the spa at the venue, book in advance directly with the Inn at Newport Ranch.

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/spa.php

Presenters

Gina Amaro Rudan

Gina is a Cultural Alchemist for X and is also the best selling author of "Practical Genius". Prior to joining X, Gina was a Diversity manager at Google where she created the Immerse VR project at Google. 

In the last ten years she has led her own private executive coaching and leadership development practice and has been a guest lecturer and trainer for organizations including TED, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Nike, Merck Co., Summit Series, the BET Network, the Interpublic Group, LinkedIn, and Stanford University, among many others.

Gina was a 2016 Aspen Fellow and also served on the Generation Listen Advisory Board for National Public Radio. In 2014 the National Association of Women’s Business Owners awarded her with their Hall of Fame award and in 2012 she was named one of the top ten inspirational twitter accounts to follow by the Huffington Post.

A native New Yorker, Gina graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Binghamton University and is a National Urban Fellow holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City.

Gina lives in Redwood Shores with her son and has a great passion for hacking consciousness.

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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 balancing fitness and nutrition into busy lives of women in tech and science.

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


*Consulations with Nishi are 60 minutes for $50; email info@dragonflycenter.org at least two weeks in advance to schedule an appointment during the retreat


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Yoga Classes and Craniosacral Sessions* offered by Tera Bates

A Nationally Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Nationally Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (RCST), Tera Bates has studied and practiced Craniosacral therapy for more than eight years and has been an avid yoga student and teacher for over 15 years. 

As a student of Franklyn Sills, Cherionna Menzam-Sills, Mary Louise Muller and Christopher Muller, and Ray Castellino, Tera has a thorough understanding of the breadth of healing potential that Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy offers through tuning into the inherent health that resides within the body and aiding the body to access its knowledge of healing from within. From Bikram Yoga to Vinyassa Flow Yoga to Iyengar Yoga to Yoga Therapy and now to Ashtanga Yoga, Tera has a wide array of knowledge and understanding in applying yogic principles to promote flow and ease in the body. Tera's yoga classes focus on the felt sense of strength and foundation in the core while simultaneously exploring freedom of expression that exists from within all of us.

Tera is also an award-winning technologist and current IT Project Manager.  She has degrees in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from Georgia Tech.  Tera is Co-Founder and EVP of User Interface and User Experience Design at WIRD P.B.C. Internet Company.

WeirdWorld


*Craniosacral sessions are 75 - 90 minutes for $120; email info@dragonflycenter.org at least two weeks in advance to schedule an appointment during the retreat


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YOU!

We are all teachers and all students!  Hear from women at high levels in the workplace about their personal experience working their way up and strategies they used to build up their support network and stay encouraged, plus the technologies and accomplishments they are most proud to have played a role in.  Discuss your experiences of resilience, dealing with adversity, and having or not having strong healthy boundaries.  Engage in open and honest sharing about discrimination in the workplace (sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism, etc.) and sexual harassment.

What will you share?


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy - The $500 retreat deposit is non-refundable.  If you need to cancel your participation, you can transfer your spot to another woman in tech/science of your choice.  If we have a waiting list, we can transfer your spot for you ($75 transfer fee applies if we make the transfer for you).

There are no refunds, even when paid in full, though transfers are allowed up to 2 weeks before the start of the retreat.

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.


Retreat Menu

Retreat Menu*


Friday

 

Assorted
Chef’s
Hors
D’oeuvres, grilled and fresh vegetables, hummus, feta dip, olives, nuts 
(served
during Happy
Hour) 


Dinner
:

  • Mixed green salad with cucumber, radish, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted
    corn
    salad
    with
    avocado,
    tomato,
    black
    beans,
    vegetables 
  • Fresh
    baked
    rolls with gluten-free bread option
  • Roasted
    barbecue
    chicken and
    grilled
    flank
    steaks
  • Roasted
    ranch
    garden
    vegetables 
  • Parsnip puree
  • Vegan cheesecake with hazelnut crust and chocolate ganache 
  • Coffee and tea
  • Open bar

Saturday


Breakfast:

  • Coffee and juice
  • Assorted baked goods
  • Yogurt parfaits with fruit
  • Tomato baked eggs with avocado toast
  • Home-fried potatoes


Lunch:

  • Collard green wraps, thai style
  • Garden salad with tahini dressing
  • Quinoa salad with tomato, kale and corn
  • Ginger carrot coconut milk soup

Appetizers:Assorted fruit, cheese and charcuterie



Dinner:

  • Arugula salad with goat cheese, grapefuit supremes, lemon basil vinaigrette
  • Salmon with miso beurre blanc
  • Veggie entree
  • Wasabi cauliflower puree
  • Baby bok choy
  • Fresh fruit tart
  • Open bar


Sunday


Breakfast:

  • Coffee and juice
  • Assorted muffins
  • Fruit and bircher meusli with yogurt
  • Buckwheat pancakes with berry ginger compote
  • Poached eggs over sauteed greens with roasted vegetables and salsa
  • Home-fried potatoes


Snacks, Water, Tea, Soft Drinks/Juices available 24 hours


*gluten-free and vegan options available

*menu is subject to changes 

What’s included

  • Chef-prepared meals
    2 Fireside Happy Hours with Appetizers, Gourmet Dinner, 2 Bountiful Buffet Breakfasts, Picnic Lunch, Gourmet Dinner, Open Bar each evening, 24-hour soft beverages and snacks
  • Accommodations
    Choose from luxury appointed guest rooms and suites, each being unique (2 nights stay included)
  • Presenters
    Amazing women from the world of tech/science and the healing arts.
  • Workshops and Classes
    Mindfulness Meditation, Qigong, Yoga, Stress and Life Balance Workshop, Fitness and Nutrition Workshop, "Practical Genius" Seminar, "Disruptive Diversity" Seminar, and Open Honest Discussions
  • ATV Tour
    Beautiful 2 hour ride along the coastline and through the Redwood forest, sit back for a stunning tour of the land with opportunity to walk among the Redwoods
  • Property Amenities
    Hot tubs, Sauna, Fireplaces, Hiking Trails, Lawns, Panoramic Coastal Views, Library, Recreation Room, Wi-Fi in each building
  • Luxury Gift Bag
    Delights for your mind, body, heart, and soul. Value of $400!!!
  • Optional Activities
    Horseback riding ($60 per person for 1 hour beach ride), Guided Hikes ($50 per person for 2 hours through private Redwood forest), Wellness and Spa Appointments (prices vary depending on treatment)
  • Travel Insurance
    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.
  • Transportation
    We encourage carpooling to the retreat, there is no public transportation. The closest international airports are SFO and OAK. The closest regional airport is in Santa Rosa.

Available Packages

The Ranch Room - Full Bed, loft level

The Ranch Room is a shared room with 2 beds - a single bed in the loft and a queen bed on the main level.  This option is for one person for the bed in the loft.

The Ranch Room faces east with views of the rolling hills of the ranch. It features a hand crafted queen bed and full size bed in loft. This is the inns smallest and coziest room. The décor celebrates ranch life and the wonderful expansive view. The bath includes a tub with shower and luxury robes and amenities.  *The Ranch Room is a Shared Room for 2 people with individual beds

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/room-ranch.php

$1480
Deposit: $500
Newport Suite - Sofa Bed

The Newport Suite is a shared room with 2 beds 

The Newport suite is located in the redwood house and has one bedroom with a queen bed. The bath has a large walk in shower and double sink. The glowing electric fireplace's mantle is from the old Newport Farm House circa 1900. The décor honors the former lumber town of Newport and the redwood forests with trees rising from floor to ceiling.The suite has a full kitchen including an outdoor grill. The living room area has a flat screen TV, full size pull out sofa bed and there is wireless internet throughout. The Newport suite is the properties accessible room and equipped accordingly. This suite has a stunning southwest facing ocean view. The outdoor terrace has a dining set and a cozy private two person hot tub for you to enjoy. The Newport suite is appointed with fine furnishings and luxury bath amenities and robe.

*The Newport Suite is a Shared Suite for 2 people with individual beds

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/suite-newport.php

$1600
Deposit: $500
Newport Suite - Prepaid

The Newport Suite is a shared room with 2 beds 

The Newport suite is located in the redwood house and has one bedroom with a queen bed. The bath has a large walk in shower and double sink. The glowing electric fireplace's mantle is from the old Newport Farm House circa 1900. The décor honors the former lumber town of Newport and the redwood forests with trees rising from floor to ceiling. The suite has a full kitchen including an outdoor grill. The living room area has a flat screen TV, full size pull out sofa bed and there is wireless internet throughout. The Newport suite is the properties accessible room and equipped accordingly. This suite has a stunning southwest facing ocean view. The outdoor terrace has a dining set and a cozy private two person hot tub for you to enjoy. The Newport suite is appointed with fine furnishings and luxury bath amenities and robe.

*The Newport Suite is a Shared Suite for 2 people with individual beds

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/suite-newport.php

Available until Feb 18th
$0
Deposit: $0
The Chute

The Chute guest room is appointed with memorabilia of the historic Newport lumber Chute formally located on the ranch.The Chute room has a luxury California king bed, gas fireplace, ocean view, and is mere steps away from the sun deck and water tower hot tub.The bath has a walk in shower and is complete with fine amenities and cozy robes. 

*Private Room

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/room-chute.php

$1815
Deposit: $500
Barb's Place

Barb's Place is located directly across the parking lot from the main inn. This guest room has a queen bed and a lovely seating area with an electric fireplace, television and wireless internet.The bath has a walk in shower. Barb's place also has access to the six person hot tub located on the second level of the main inn. Outside it's dutch door is a small terrace with a seating area. There is a wonderful view of the entire ranch compound and the coast. A perfect quiet spot to watch a sunset or the ranch's happenings. The room is appointed with fine furnishings, luxury robes and body care amenities. 

*Private Room

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/room-barbs.php


$1915
Deposit: $500
Birdhouse Suite ~ plus special gift!

Holiday Special ~ one hour private relationship coaching session ($300 value) with Mindful Relationship Expert, Yasmina Porter. Uplevel your relationships with business colleagues, partner or potential love, family and friends. 

Register before December 31st to experience this special gift during the retreat!


The Bird House suite is located on the second floor of the ranch's Redwood House. The large room is divided by a wonderful redwood burl that splits the living and sleeping room. The suite has a small kitchen and dining area. The living area has a gas stove, flat screen TV and wireless internet throughout. The bath has a walk in shower, luxury bath amenities and robes. Outside the sliding door is a south facing ocean view deck with amazing views. The deck has a cozy two person wooden soaking tub, seating area and grill. Selecting this suite will be memorable for sure.

*Private Room

http://theinnatnewportranch.com/suite-birdhouse.php


$2100
Deposit: $500
Grove Suite - PrePaid

For Registration Purposes - please submit registration form by selecting this option

Thank you!!

$0
$1480
Deposit: $500

The Ranch Room - Full Bed, loft level
Past Trip

Itinerary

Arrival Day
Friday, March 2nd

3:00pm - Check-in begins; Retreat Registration at check-in 

6pm - 7pm - Fireside Happy Hour (Meet and Greet) - Appetizers, regional wine & beer, soft beverages and coffee

Open Bar from 6pm - 9:30pm 

7pm - 9pm - Dinner & Dessert with lively discussions 

9pm - 9:30pm - Mindfulness Meditation

Your Organizer


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Melissa Sutor
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Melissa is a Mindfulness Teacher, Retreat Leader and Consultant, and Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion who has earned Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Engineering as well as Counseling Psychology. She supports 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.

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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!