She Rises: A Women’s Yoga Retreat

Sonoma County, CA, United States

Elizabeth McKinley
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10 reviews
Oct 19 - 22, 2017
Group size: 1 - 14
She Rises: A Women’s Yoga Retreat
Sonoma County, CA, United States

Elizabeth McKinley
  • Email address verified
10 reviews

Oct 19 - 22, 2017
Group size: 1 - 14

About this trip

Women, let’s rise! Reconnect with your true self and honor nature’s cycles while supported by other women in the inspiring backdrop of a private, magical forrest on the Russian River in Forestville, Sonoma County, California. We'll harness our collective energy and manifest powerful intentions. 

Beginning on the new moon, the retreat will include a balanced blend of movement and stillness, releasing and receiving, community connection and solo space. During our four days and three nights together I will guide you through daily hatha and restorative yoga, accessible to all levels, as well as guided meditation. We will also explore subtle energy practices, group ritual to promote healing, and practices to connect with the five elements as we gather under the trees or around the fire.  In the evenings we will slow down into deeply relaxing acoustic sound journey for inner peace led by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto. Also included is a nutrition workshop where you’ll learn kitchen tips for women’s health and prepare some tasty treats. During free time, you have the option to schedule body work with the amazingly gifted Jenna Frisch, enjoy the hot tub and pool, walk the hiking trail, connect with old or new friends, explore wine country, or simply be.

And the food! Rachael Gorgestani of The Cupboard SF will craft all our organic, vegetarian, and gluten free meals with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Her cooking is seriously delicious and equally nourishing. 

Just 60 miles north of the Bay Area, the retreat venue holds spaciousness and beauty, with nearly 100 acres of private forrest and a hiking path that meanders through the trees and across the creek. The renovated farmhouse offers welcoming lodging with plenty of room to recharge, and for our more adventurous sisters, there is the option to camp. With a prime location in world famous wine country, our Sonoma County venue offers plenty of fun for free time: enjoy the Russian River, mountain biking, Redwood hikes, wine tasting, and more. 

So, are you ready to reconnect and rise? Examine what you’re holding and what you’re ready to release as you open up to the wisdom of your body, your breath, your spirit. Allow yourself to be held by sisterhood and the natural world, allow yourself to rise

What’s included

+ daily hatha flow and restorative yoga practices with Elizabeth McKinley

+ daily guided meditations

+ group ritual and subtle energy practices

+ organic, vegetarian, seasonal meals by Rachael Gorjestani 

+ nutrition/cooking workshop

+ sound healing by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto

+ three nights of beautiful and spacious lodging

+ option to schedule bodywork with Jenna Frisch (fee extra)

+ use of the pool and hot tub

+ use of the hiking trail

Not included

+ transportation to and from retreat center

+ bodywork fees; Jenna Frisch will be offering massage on-site

Before You Go

Retreat will begin at 5:00pm on Thursday, October 19th and end at 11:00am on Sunday, October 22nd

Cancellation policy: I am honored to have you join this special retreat. If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, I want to work with you. If canceling before September 19th, 2017, a refund will be granted less the $500 non-refundable deposit. After September 19th, no refund will be granted. Payment is due in full by September 19th, 2017. If not paid in full by September 19th, your placement may be forfeited. 

The last retreat filled up, and so if you'd like to join us, be sure to reserve your space now!

Available Packages

Triple Room Accommodation
Available until Oct 18, 2017Sold Out

Catch your zzz's in a twin bed in a room with two other women. Bathroom is shared. Enjoy the early bird rate until July 31st; after July 31st rate increases to $750.

Double Room Accommodation
Available until Oct 19, 2017only 1 left

Bring a friend! Rest easy on a queen bed in a room shared with one other person. 

Single Room Accommodation
Available until Jul 31, 2017Sold Out

Ah, luxury! Sleep pretty in a queen bed in private room. Enjoy the early bird rate until July 31st; after July 31st rate increases to $975.

Deposit: $500

Available options

One hour bodywork session with Jenna Frisch6 left

Triple Room Accommodation
Past Trip


The day unfolds...
Sample Daily Schedule
8:00am tea, coffee, snacks 8:30am guided meditation 9:00am hatha flow yoga 10:45am brunch 12:00pm nutrition workshop 1:00pm free time 3:30pm tea, coffee, snacks 4:30pm group ritual/restorative yoga 6:00pm dinner 7:30pm fire circle/guided meditation

Who’s Going

  • JI
    Joyce Israel
    I am excited to spend quality time with my dear friend and to get to do yoga with all of you.
    Jul 14, 2017

Your Organizer

Elizabeth McKinley
10 reviews
Hi! I'm Elizabeth, a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist at home in the Bay Area. I am passionate about exploring the intersections of physical, mental, and emotional health. My teachings emphasize a strong body-mind-spirit connection and incorporate the traditions of Hatha, Restorative, Yin, and Therapeutic Yoga. Through yogic practices I will guide you to recognize and build upon your inherent wholeness. If I'm not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find me leading mental health groups or soaking up mother nature's wisdom through hiking, biking, climbing, or just being still.


This weekend at the Spirit House was incredible. Elizabeth organized the best itinerary between group time, yoga time and alone time. She is an incredible, yoga instructor who is sweet, kind, gentle, non-judgmental and really there to assist in whatever you need. There was a great balance of planned activities vs flexibility that I appreciated. The food was outstanding and it was great to have the chefs at our disposal to ask questions to. I loved the setting, the wonderful group of women, the accommodations, activities on site (hot tub, walking trails, goats!) and most of all, re-setting and getting away. My only complaint was that it was too short! I can't wait for the next one :-)
This was a soul nurturing weekend in a beautiful setting. Elizabeth led the retreat with a compassionate, welcoming and lovely spirit. The food was nourishing and delicious, the sound healing a deeply relaxing experience, and a walk through the labyrinth was one of the highlights of the trip. I will carry this retreat in my heart, thank you to everyone who made it so special.
This was very restorative in every way. The food was heavenly and Elizabeth's beautiful energy and teaching were just as nourishing. Will definitely do a Well Within retreat again!
An amazing experience that I will always hold dear in my heart!
This was a fantastic retreat! The location is beautiful, secluded and full of vistas and winding nature trails. The balance between activities and free time is perfect and Elizabeth is a gifted instructor. The food is spectacular and healthy. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to spend a few days focusing on their health and well being. I left feeling refreshed and relaxed with a sense of peace and inner strength!
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