Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat

Voluntown, CT, USA

Still Waters Retreat
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18 reviews
Sep 7 - 9, 2018
Group size: 4 - 10
Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat
Voluntown, CT, USA

Still Waters Retreat
  • Email address verified
18 reviews

Deposit: $200
Sep 7 - 9, 2018
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

This retreat will help you balance energy and find deeper layers of harmony within your body and also the within the environment through the Five Elements so you can awaken your own healing switch. We will explore Yoga Postures (Asanas), Breathing Techniques (Pranayama) Meditation and Guided Visualization, Essential Oils, Intentions and Affirmations, Mantras (mind freeing sentences) and Mudras (yoga with the hands), Journaling and Creative Activities to harmonize the Elements. We will incorporate the Chakras with the Elements, and each practice will be created to help highlight every element so you will become aware of how you might need an Earth practice to help you ground vs. a Fire flow to increase your transformational power. Healing begins with Awareness. 


    EARTH (walk/hike on local trails)

    WATER (swim/kayak/canoe in the pond)

    FIRE (sunshine)

    AIR (listen to your heart read/journal/rest)

    SPACE (look up/lookout/just BE)

“All healing comes from within oneself~We can help each other turn on one's own healing switch, but the healing capacity is within oneself.” 

Self-care is the new health care. You can only heal what you feel so keep tuning in with Awareness for when you get out of tune.

This intimate weekend event is limited to up to 10 fabulous guests.  Your participation and support help to sustain Still Waters Retreat Center for future groups. Thank you. 

About Carol Shwidock, your group leader

Carol Shwidock, a Yoga Therapist/Reiki Master and owner of Harmony Yoga Studio in Stamford CT is a Kripalu-certified Yoga Instructor since 2004. With additional certifications in Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Yoga and Ayurveda with Alana Greenberg and Five Elements Yoga with Jennifer Reis, Carol has also studied with Shiva Rea, Embodying the Flow and Yoga for Emotional Balance with Bo Forbes, Five Elements with Todd Norian and more.

Carol has worked in the field of rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist for over Twenty Five years. She has worked successfully with students dealing with(healing from) diagnoses such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Back Pain, Migraines, ALS, Guillain Barre, Arthritis, Hip Replacements, Breast Cancer and Chronic Tension. She is available for Private Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga parties, Corporate Yoga as well as group therapeutic yoga classes held at Harmony Yoga Studio.

Harmony Yoga has a TV show every morning from 6:30-7 am on Channel 138 in CT or watch on For more information, visit the website here

About Still Waters

A space for people to unplug, think, create, do the inner healing work, connect with nature and each other.  An artist-owned retreat center with your hosts, Tao & Amy LaBossiere.

Still Waters is nestled among 100 acres of conservation forest and a private, 12-acre pond. We offer artfully appointed, rustic and comfortable lodging and retreats for small groups and individuals/couples. Here are just a few of our many attributes:

  • Newly built main house with five guest rooms and 3.5 baths
  • Outdoor water-view dining deck
  • Art & Yoga studio 
  • Private hiking trail in 100 acres of forest with art & sculpture
  • Sunrise yoga platform
  • Beautiful pond-side fire pit
  • Waterfall and spillway

The main house has five guest bedrooms and 3-1/2 guest bathrooms. The eco-friendly beds feature beautiful sheets, blankets, and pillows. Each guest receives one towel set to use during their stay. 

Please bring your environmentally friendly toiletries. We recommend no heavy perfumes as many people are scent-sensitive. 

September is a fantastic time of year at Still Waters. We feel the lingering hints of summer.  For more information, find us on Facebook, Instagram or visit our website here.

What to bring

Comfortable outdoor shoes for unstable ground and hiking

Our main house requires no shoes so please bring house slippers (guest slippers available)

A sweater or sweatshirt (it can get chilly at night)

Your favorite pillow (although our pillows are pretty awesome)

A yoga mat, if you have your own, otherwise we'll provide them

A journal and pen, if desired.


TESTIMONIALS from Sept 2017 Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat

“Practicing Yoga with Carol in nature at Harmony Yoga’s Five Elements Retreat awoke something within me. Carol wove together music, flows, restorative yoga, and poems. We hiked to a waterfall, sang and danced at a bonfire, and practiced together under a huge blue sky. I am home now, but weekend is alive inside me, expansive and open. Thank you for opening doors I did not know were there!”

“Harmony Yoga’s Five Elements Retreat taught me poses with a purpose! Not just going through the motions but going through the motions to get to the emotions!”

“One of the best overall Yoga experiences! You will walk away with the tools to implement in your daily life. Carol is clearly a passionate expert!”

“Being part of the Five Elements Yoga Retreat had many levels for me…a sense of spirited community, relaxation and learning in depth about how we connect to the Five Elements…I had a profound shift!”

“I have slowed down, silenced the noise and become more aware of the Elements missing from my life!”

“I’m leaving having made a shift to a deeper sense of calm and wellbeing, feeling of connection, openness, and body well being!”

“I highly recommend Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat. It simply gives deep meaning to every pose you’ve ever done and didn’t know why.”

“Carol provided us with poses and a purpose, giving peace and tranquility in a place filled with natural beauty. Fabulous weekend from the moment we drove in to the sad moment we had to leave.

“Traveling through the Elements with the connection to the Nature around us, you provided an opportunity to LIVE each Element and reflect on how we can balance them within us. I learned about Awareness and the importance of the poses and time needed to create balance within..I will take time everyday!”

“Carol doesn’t just teach yoga,,,she LIVES it!”

“It was a well thought out cohesive workshop and even thought I missed some of the classes(elements) I came away with a better understanding of the Elements/Chakras. When I entered the room where we practiced, I felt like I was entering a sanctuary where time slowed and “busyness” melted away.”

“Fantastic Weekend! Carol you were organized, professional, warm, supportive and motivating! Thank You!”

What’s included

  • All Meals
    Served family-style in our dining room. Healthy homestyle meals with vegetarian options. GMO-free, locally sourced and organic whenever possible.
  • Bonfires
    Weather-permitting, we'll gather around the fire to tell stories, release intentions, let go of what no longer serves. This is where the connection happens.
  • Hiking
    Take a self-guided or group hike on our fire road in the private woods. See sculptures thoughtfully placed as you commune with nature.
  • Accommodations
    Shared accommodations. Ultra comfortable beds with two guests per room, delicious sheets and bedding in a newly built main house (2017 construction). Shared bathrooms. One towel set per guest.
  • All taxes
    Includes CT State Occupancy and Sales Taxes as required by law.
  • Travel
    We are 30 minutes from Westerly, RI; 1 hour from Hartford, CT; 45 minutes from Providence, RI; 1.5 hours from Boston, MA; and 2.5 hours from New York City
  • Insurance
    Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance

Available options

Stay Sunday thru breakfast Monday9 left


Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat


    EARTH (walk/hike on local trails)

    WATER (swim/kayak/canoe in pond)

    FIRE (sunshine)

    AIR (listen to your heart read/journal/rest)

    SPACE (look up/look out/just BE)


Check In 4pm Still Waters 


7 pm Dinner

8:30-9:30pm Ground into the Earth and Land with Restorative Yoga


6:30-7 am Wake up Walk


8:30-9:30 am Breakfast

10 am options: Hike~Water Sports~Explore~Rest~Journal~Create

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

2 pm Let's talk about Yoga, Ayurveda and You (interactive quiz/questions)

4-5:30 pm FIRE ELEMENT YOGA CLASS/Creative Activities

6 pm Dinner

8 pm-10 pm BONFIRE and Surrender Ceremony


630 am -7 am Wake-up Walk

7:30 am -8:30 am AIR ELEMENT YOGA CLASS

8:30 am Green Smoothies


11 am Brunch 

12-2 Check Out

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Still Waters Retreat
18 reviews
An artist-owned retreat center with your hosts, Tao and Amy LaBossiere. Still Waters is nestled among 88 acres of conservation forest and a private, 12-acre pond. We offer artfully appointed, rustic and comfortable lodging and retreats for small groups and individuals/couples.


This was such a wonderful gift to lead a group of women at Stillwaters Retreat. It was a complete mind, body, spirit experience. The atmosphere was tranquil and welcoming, the food magnificent, the hospitality tremendous. I would definitely come back and lead another retreat here
I recently led a retreat at Still Waters retreat Center and I could not have been more pleased.! Amy & Tao hold nurturing space for all. The accommodations are lovely, clean and so interesting too! The food absolutely delicious and made with love. Amy & Tao supported us in our teaching and took such loving care of all the guests. I look forward to returning to teach or as a guest very soon!
This trip was amazing from the moment I entered the driveway and saw the waterfall. The grounds, hiking trail and retreat center are filled with love, attention to detail and works of art at every turn. Great energy and care from the retreat owners and the retreat facilitators. Food was phenomenal!
Still Waters is a beautiful place for any retreat. Grateful for the warm hospitality, the lovely location and home.
For me this was a special weekend retreat enhanced by the environment, the suburb accommodations, the caring and thoughtful staff and the wonderful meals. This is a Place of natural wonder and careful planning by the management of all the amenities That make for a perfect time. For example, the beds all have comfortable pedic mattresses Unlike the skimpy mattresses often found at retreat environments. This is a second generation Family run environment who take care and pride in presenting a top drawer setting.
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My experience at Still Waters Retreat was beyond words. The atmosphere, the food, the hospitality of Amy and Tao was more than welcoming, it was a graced experience. You can tell that the essence of the fantastic people they are is in every aspect of this home, the food and the grounds. Andrea M.
By Andrea Minelli on May 13, 2019