2024 Upstate Retreat with Ally Bogard and Vanessa Cornell

      Big Indian, NY 12410, USA

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      12 reviews
      Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 28
      2024 Upstate Retreat with Ally Bogard and Vanessa Cornell
      Big Indian, NY 12410, USA

      • Email address verified
      12 reviews

      Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 28

      About this trip

      This retreat is a special culmination of a deep friendship and heart alignment between Ally Bogard and Vanessa Cornell. It is for women seeking greater freedom, ease, and purpose by deepening into a practice of self-contemplation.

      Meditation, movement, journaling, awareness, and inquiry are all tools we’ll use in our time together. This four-day retreat will help you connect with incredible women in a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free environment. You’re invited to remove all masks, show up exactly as you are, and be celebrated and loved for it.

      Ally and Vanessa both believe that laughter and fun are as powerful a medicine as unearthing emotions and tears. Get ready to learn deep lessons, feel seen and held, experience friendship, as well as have a blast!

      We're thrilled to be partnering with Pursoma and ARQ Botanics on this retreat and can't wait for you to experience their amazing products throughout the week!

      Retreat Location

      Winter is the perfect time to rest and turn inward. The season lends itself to restoration and quiet contemplation. There’s no better place to do this than in the stillness and beauty of the Catskills’ vast forests and deep valleys. 

      Although Urban Cowboy is only 2.5 hours from New York City, it feels like a world away. Situated on 68-acres and the longest stretch of uninterrupted forest in the Catskills, it is some of the prettiest land you’ll find in the state of New York. 

      Enjoy a forest bath in soaking tubs, steam in the Estonian sauna, or just relax by the roaring fire and do nothing at all, but get lost in the stars.

      Please note: The property’s best amenity is Mother Nature and a chance to truly disconnect– there’s no cell service. However, all rooms include complimentary wifi.

      Your Guides

      Vanessa Cornell

      Vanessa Cornell is a master space holder and the founder of NUSHU. She creates experiences of safety and transformation that invite you to shed your masks, access your truth, and connect deeply with others. Vanessa teaches others to hold powerful space through her signature course How To Hold Space and NUSHU Group Facilitator Training. In her teachings, Vanessa invites you to come home to yourself, embody your full humanity, find a place of deep connection to your inner guide, and claim your purpose and power.

      Ally Bogard

      Ally Bogard has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002. As a co-creator of Gaiatri Yoga Teacher Training, SoundMind Meditation, and Upwards Gold, Ally employs an innovative and holistic approach when leading teacher trainings, personal development immersions, and retreats worldwide. In her roles as a teacher, mentor and coach, Ally’s in-person and virtual programs have guided thousands of people towards more meaningful lives through embodiment, emotional literacy, spiritual devotion, and commitment to service.

      What You'll Experience


      Daily sessions will be co-taught by Ally Bogard and Vanessa Cornell. Meditation, movement, journaling, awareness, and inquiry are all tools we’ll use in our time together.


      With the picturesque backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, we will provide ample opportunity to move your body and connect to nature.


      NUSHU brings together people of depth, heart, curiosity, and compassion through intentional programming and careful curation. Meet the community of open-hearted, kind, and intelligent women you’ve been craving.


      Our meals are designed to nourish all parts of ourselves. Healthy and delicious, we aim to make you feel fully nourished and comforted. We are of course happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions, and you will have a chance to indicate your preferences when you register.


      Our greatest priority on retreats is giving you the space to relax, recharge, and feel fully taken care of.⁠ You can expect comfort and coziness at every turn of this retreat. You'll have full access to the sauna and cold plunge throughout the week, and for extra restoration, you can add on a massage or select one of the bathing suites with a signature clawfoot tub or outdoor Japanese cedar soaking tub.

      This Is For You If...

      • You want to find and meet a community of like-minded women in an intentional space. You have friends, but somehow they don’t relate to the new YOU that you are starting to discover.
      • You’re always giving to others and you know, deep down, that you MUST give to yourself if you’re going to continue being there for those you love.
      • You just need a break!
      • You know that you need more nature in your life, but somehow life keeps getting in the way of you planning something for yourself.
      • You’re feeling a little bit, well, blah. You know your life wasn’t supposed to just be putting one foot in front of the other.
      • You’re desperate to get away, but one-week retreats in foreign countries aren’t in the cards for you right now.

      What’s included

      • 4 days of programming
      • 3 nights accommodation
      • 8 nourishing meals
      • Co-led programming
        By Vanessa Cornell and Ally Bogard
      • Opening circle
      • NUSHU Group
      • Closing circle
      • Yoga and movement
      • Hiking trails
      • Sauna and cold plunge
      • Indoor camp activities
      • Curated gift bag
      • Pursoma goodies
        Luxury bath salts to accompany your stay
      • ARQ Botanics
        Balance a stressed skin and mind with this incredible facial mist.

      What’s not included

      • Transportation
        To/from Big Indian, NY

      Available Packages

      Single Room, Shared Bath

      Located on the second floor of the property’s main building where the restaurant and bar are, these rooms offer some of the best views on property and are steps away from all the action.

      Deposit: $1,500
      Single Room, Private Bath

      Take in the forest views and unplug in these classic cabin-esque King rooms. Each room has a private deck overlooking the mountains or woods, as well as a walk-in shower.

      Deposit: $1,500
      Single Room, Private Bath w. Outdoor Tub

      These rooms are the perfect combination of cabin charm and the simple luxuries of leisure. Featuring an outdoor Japanese cedar soaking tub on a private deck overlooking the mountains or woods, enjoy a sunrise bath to start your day and a starlit evening soak to end it.

      Deposit: $1,800
      Single Room, Private Bath w. Indoor Tub

      These rooms feature the property’s signature, in-room copper clawfoot tub in front of a large picture window overlooking the mountain and forest views. Relax with a bath, cozy up next to your cast iron stove, or kick back on your private outdoor deck. Tub type and view vary by room.

      Deposit: $1,500
      Premium Private Room+Bath w. Indoor Tub

      These rooms offer the premium Urban Cowboy experience with extra space to lounge and enjoy views of the valley and property from your window. Relax in your in-room copper clawfoot tub, cozy up next to your fireplace or cast iron stove, or kick back on your private outdoor deck with views for days. 

      Deposit: $1,500
      Premium Private Cabin w. Indoor Tub

      This oversized suite has everything you need for a week away. It features 600 square feet of space with an open layout including an in-room copper clawfoot tub, rain shower, potbelly gas stove, leather loveseat for lounging with cocktails or coffee, and a table for dining or working, if you must.

      Deposit: $1,500
      Premium Private Chalet w. Outdoor Tub

      The largest suite and arguably the most spectacular! Wood-paneled cathedral ceilings carry hints of alpine charm throughout the aptly named space with large picture windows in every room. This oversized one-bedroom suite has two lounging areas, a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, a breakfast nook, and a private deck with a Japanese cedar soaking tub.

      Deposit: $1,500

      Available options

      Your Organizer

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