Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California

Watsonville, CA, USA

Nicole Smith Levay
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Aug 19 - 22, 2021
Group size: 10 - 18
Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California
Watsonville, CA, USA

Nicole Smith Levay
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
12 reviews

Aug 19 - 22, 2021
Group size: 10 - 18

About this trip

Join us for Earth Medicine Magic, a long weekend retreat of movement, breathwork and meditation in the redwoods of Northern California. This retreat is a one of a kind experience – Nicole Smith Levay will lead you through a journey of connecting to the natural world through your body’s senses. Uplift your spirit through conscious practice in communion with nature.

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is designed for womxn who are sensitive, empathic leaders and visionaries who see a better way possible.

Why now?

It’s time to come out of rest. It’s time to shake the dust off after being in physical isolation. It’s time to learn rituals that keep you vibrating at your healthiest self in a time when disease is prevalent. How will you strengthen yourself in unpredictable times? When you are connected to your inner medicine woman, you always have a safe home.

Imagine how amazing it will feel...

...when you

  • have dedicated time and space to heal 
  • reconnect with other empathic spiritual community in a safe place
  • know various movement, breathwork, and meditation tools to address energy blocks
  • are able to transform pain to pleasure
  • have the ability to self-regulate emotional turbulence
  • are infused with a sense of peace after so much chaos
  • are more aligned with your soul’s purpose and have direction
  • return home more engaged with life on all levels

A Sacred Location

The retreat will take place at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville CA on 355 acres of redwood groves, hiking trails, and meadows… all infused with a sense of peace, spaciousness, and heartfelt service. The Center has always been a sacred space, from the early Native American Ohlone days to the Italian stone masons who saw the apparition of the Madonna in the forest. It’s a place of natural magic and power and a place of personal transformation where people can find their authentic selves through practice, study, and community.

What We'll Be Doing

Amidst a background of a Redwood forest and grassy knolls, allow nature to be your medicine. The five elements - air, wind, earth, fire, and ether - all have a role to play in your vitality. Prepare to be taken through each element as it relates to your blockages and learn the tools to open up your energy to new possibilities of health. You are invited to reconnect to the disowned parts of yourself, meet the discomfort with courage, and grow and transform through this experience. You will be held as you meet wounds that are holding you back. As your own medicine woman, you can return home and apply the embodied practices we’ll be using to ground you, move you, and light you up when you please.

Mornings: Movement & Meditation

Afternoons: Ecotherapy Adventures

Evenings: Breathwork Circles & Community Time


Limited single rooms with private attached baths. Double rooms with shared baths are available for folks traveling with friends/family, as well as tents for camping and spaces for fully functioning camping vehicles (camping rate applies for vehicles too) with access to outdoor, well-ventilated bathhouses.

Vegetarian Cuisine

All meals are strictly vegetarian. The Center’s kitchen uses fresh, high quality ingredients, incorporating organic and local products whenever possible, in lovingly prepared menus. They can accommodate most special dietary needs and requests. Reverse osmosis filtered water and tea are available 24/7. The Center is well-known as a College of Āyurveda, which informs the menu available to guests.

How will we maintain safety protocols?

Due to the unpredictable tides of the COVID-19 pandemic we will strictly follow the California state regulations in place at the time of the retreat. We plan for our yogic practice to take place outdoors (in the event of where outdoor classes would not be possible, an indoor space that is very open with sliding glass doors and windows will be utilized).

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

If a student needs to cancel the retreat:

  • There is a $100 for credit card and processing fee with any cancellation.
  • Between 90-30 days prior to departure, there is a cancellation fee of 25% of the original retreat price.
  • We, unfortunately, cannot offer a refund or voucher if you have to cancel less than 30 days prior to departure. The only exception is due to COVID-19 (see below).

If a student needs to cancel the retreat due to COVID-19:

  • If you are able to present proof of COVID-19 diagnosis for you, someone you are living with, or a recent COVID-19 related death in the family, you will receive a Power Within Healing voucher minus the $100 credit card and processing fees to be used for a future retreat.

If the teacher/retreat leader needs to cancel the retreat:

We reserve the right to make any necessary alterations and substitutions to the program and the itinerary at any time.  All of our retreats, workshops, and events need a minimum number of students in order to take place. If we must cancel the retreat due to low enrollment, a state lockdown or outbreak of a new virus, we will do so at least 30 days prior to the retreat and we will issue a full refund to all enrolled clients as soon as possible.

If unforeseen circumstances beyond our control occur, due to natural disaster or political upheaval, we will issue full refunds minus applicable processing fees. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

What’s included

  • Lodging
  • Organic Veg Cuisine
    Three meals a day
  • Movement & Meditation
  • Breathwork Circles
  • Ecotherapy Adventures
  • Community Bonding
  • Hiking Trails
  • Lake Swimming
  • Other Center Amenities
    Access to the Hanumān Temple and surroundings, Oceanview Books and Gifts, the Āyurvedic store, and Anjaneya's Café
  • Airfare
  • Other Transportation
  • Spa Treatments

Available Packages

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You can bring your own tent for use on the Center's developed campsites, or you can request a 2-person Center tent with a foam mattress (bring your own bedding). All campsites have access to enclosed showers and outhouses.

There are also available spaces for your van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and nearby Center buildings.

Deposit: $397
Double Room
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Double rooms with shared baths are available for folks traveling with friends/family.

If you would like to share lodging, you and your roommate can separately purchase your spots in the double room. At checkout you will indicate who you would like to room with. Or one of you can  simply purchase 2 spots in a single transaction.

If you do not have a roommate in mind but would like the shared room option, we will (with your consent) work to connect you to someone else looking for a roommate and you can work out the room-sharing details among yourselves.

Please email Nicole directly at if you require a payment plan.

Deposit: $397
Single Room
only 1 left

Limited-availability single room with private attached bath.

Please email Nicole directly at if you require a payment plan.

Deposit: $397

Your Organizer

Nicole Smith Levay
12 reviews
Nicole Smith Levay is an energy healer and coach who integrates somatic therapy, meditation and breathwork to help womxn with anxiety and depression live and love better. A former professional dancer, Nicole holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and is a well known workshop facilitator at healing centers like Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Ghost Ranch, and Mount Madonna Center. Using body centered techniques, she takes a forward thinking approach to mental health and trauma-informed care.


Thank you so much for putting together a retreat that left me feeling ready to conquer the world. The mix of Kundalini yoga, breathing and chanting in a safe space, out in nature was amazing. The journaling helped answer questions I wasn’t aware I had. Connecting with now friends made me realize how good it is to be in an environment of like minded people. The food and accommodations were perfect. This was my second retreat with Nicole. I didn’t think it could get any better. But Bill and Nicole thought of everything to make the time fulfilling and soul satisfying. Again so much thanks and love.
By Bethe Burns for Connect With Source Energy 2.0: Creativity Edition on Jun 28, 2022
I needed this so badly. I have felt a lot of heaviness for weeks and needed a change in environment in order to find my joy again. The transformation was so powerful. I received needed messages and great joy. Nicole is such a great retreat leader! Super intuitive, flexible, kind and so talented, each retreat has been better than the one before. Can’t say enough about the location and the food! Each time we come together with old and new friends I fall in love again. I’m still glowing.
By Cindy Berk for Connect With Source Energy 2.0: Creativity Edition on Jun 24, 2022
Full of Rest, fresh air, connection, community, fresh food, fun, hope, and also work that gave me purpose. Nicole leads in a way that allows you to trust and dive in. Recommend any trip anywhere with her guidance.
By Ann Duffy for Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California on Sep 11, 2021
To be honest, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the retreat with Nicole. And I'm so glad I did! Nicole is an incredible leader, feeling the mood & needs of the group. I loved the openness & experimentation - trying all kinds of exercises from meditation to movement to visualisation. I loved her flexibility - being able to adjust to our unique group needs & switching gears depending on the changes. I felt so taken care of on our retreat, Nicole would check in with us & how we slept, were feeling & if there was anything else we needed which was incredibly sweet. I felt like I could be myself because of the environment Nicole has created, it felt safe & open. The women that I spent these 3 days together became my spirit sisters & we were able to connect deeply because of that safe space. I also absolutely loved the little surprises that Nicole prepared for us - the magical playlist on the way to the retreat to get us 'in the mood' and the thoughtful goody bags with special treats. If you are new to retreats & kundalini yoga like I was, I highly recommend Nicole as your first experience - you will be well taken care of & will leave feeling refreshed, relaxed & at peace. And if you are an experienced yogi - Nicole will help you deepen your practice. There is something for everyone!
By Rita Poutivskaia for Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California on Sep 01, 2021
After our New Mexico retreat a couple years ago I signed up for this retreat with no hesitation. Nicole is incredibly intuitive and knew just how to create an experience that spoke to all of us. The activities were well planned and amazing and when the weather or power didn’t cooperate Nicole seamlessly changed gears. The rooms were comfortable, the food delicious and the retreat grounds were spectacular. Once again I feel like I came back home healed, with beautiful memories and new lifelong friends. Can’t wait for the next event. ❤️
By Cindy Berk for Earth Medicine Magic in Northern California on Aug 30, 2021
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Nicole Smith Levay knows how to run a retreat and an amazing online community. I signed up for the Earth Medicine Magic retreat and I had no idea what to expect, except that I was excited to travel back to California and stay in the magical Redwoods. I was not new to retreats, but new to this group that had traveled with each other previously. The retreat itself was more than I could have asked for and expected. Nicole is a brilliant healer, who organized and facilitated this retreat full of activities from morning until night. She brought together a group of women that were able to share, heal and bond with each other. I highly recommend joining her online community Power Within Healing, you will not regret it. Thank you Nicole, for giving me a magical and healing experience.
By Jennifer G on 07 Sep, 2021
I recently attended a yoga retreat in New Mexico with Nicole and admit to being very hesitant about going. Nicole is such a beautiful soul, she made everyone feel welcome, comfortable and at ease and I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from her. The experience has launched me onto a new trajectory of embracing me as I am and exploring new ideas and belief systems. Thank You, Nicole!
By Birgitte M on 07 Apr, 2019
Nicole and Bill were such amazing hosts! Always organized, supporitive and attentive. Nicole is the kind of teacher that guides you to see how strong and capable you are of. She is knowledgable, loving, inspiring and has a steady calm presence that made this experience the perfect fusion of relaxing, fun, and full of new. I suprised myself at how much Kundalini yoga and meditation I was capable of doing, and I owe so much of that to the safe space Nicole created. This retreat was like a dream I never wanted to wake up from. I came back to the city refreshed, alive, and more at home with myself.
By Ann D on 06 Apr, 2019
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