Five Elements Harmony Yoga Retreat

Voluntown, CT, USA

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

Still Waters Retreat Center
  • Email address verified
9 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 Center
9 reviews
An artist-owned retreat center with your hosts, Tao and 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.


Still Waters Retreat Center provides exactly what is advertises. I needed a peaceful weekend in a beautiful place and got that and more. The grounds and the house are just beautiful, the food was delicious, and the energy was peaceful. Local artwork is found in the house and when hiking the grounds, adding to the lovely ambience. Highly recommend!
By Shelli Soto for Women in Recovery Weekend on Nov 24, 2018
I really enjoyed this experience. The accommodations were excellent. The food and ambience were unforgettable. Amy and Tau are marvelous hosts. I would recommend this retreat facility to all.
This is my second time at Still Waters Pond retreat center, and it was as lovely as the first. Food, accommodations, property, art, meditation space... all made my birthday weekend wonderful. And most of all the warm presence of Amy and Tao (and Maggie and Beebee!)!
Everything about Still Waters is superlative. From the moment we were on site, the calm and peaceful energies of the space invited any stress to simply fall away. Amy and Tao, the owners/caretakers of the buildings and land, are incredibly welcoming and invite you into Still Waters, to leave your cares behind. The website says, "Relax. Refresh. Retreat." That really does capture the Still Waters experience. We had the opportunity to spend time in the main house, Cottage Duality, and also wandering the site a bit. The accommodations in both the main house and Cottage Duality are exceptional. We stayed in Cottage Duality, and couldn't have been happier. Technically, the cottage could be considered "rustic." It's bright, inviting, and soothing; the bed is incredibly comfortable. There are inviting places to sit on the porch, or even in the room itself, watching and being among the quiet sounds of nature. The main house is equally inviting -- the wrap-around deck that provides the opportunity to pull up a chair and relax; stand and gaze out upon the property; or have a large dinner party around the tall tables built and crafted by Tao. We did all of these things -- and every moment was amazing. We also had a quiet breakfast, with delicious food prepared by Amy, the morning before we left. It was sumptuous. In addition to the basics (which were far beyond basic!) like coffee, tea, and juice, Amy made the most delectable french toast, accompanied by incredibly delicious maple bacon. All of that, plus a green smoothie that was equally yummy. Wow! What this review has yet to capture are the details. The house, the cottage, the site -- the details are incredible. From the beautiful stone sinks and the "coat racks" (brought to life by Tao from reclaimed boards and repurposed objects, such as old doorknobs), to the living spaces inside and outside. Every single space I was in felt so good, so right. The elements and energy in each and every space invited peace and serenity. Two other key details are Amy and Tao. They are not only incredible hosts -- knowing when to connect with you in the space, and also when to let you be in space alone -- but also such gentle stewards of the land and space. It feels like they have ushered forth the energy in the land and spaces that wanted to be shared. They have done that. Absolutely. If you have the opportunity to visit and stay at Still Waters, you will not be disappointed.
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