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Open to Spring’s abundance with nourishing yoga practices in community with vibrant women. Spend four days and three nights exploring your internal reserves and recharging at Spirit House, a private oasis in the hills just north of San Francisco. Release the season of darkness, embody your gifts, and emerge into Spring with steadiness and balance.

Mornings will begin with hatha flow yoga and meditation led by Elizabeth McKinley. Afternoons will offer space for solo time, hiking, one-on-one healing sessions, or connecting with other women. Late afternoon practices of therapeutic and yin yoga will shift us into modes of openness and receptivity. Evenings, we’ll be guided through sound immersion by by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto, which promotes deep relaxation and energetic harmony. Drift to sleep in your cozy room in the beautiful Spirit House after a soak in the hot tub, a sauna, or some stargazing. Aligning with rhythms of nature, our yoga practices will clear space for inner clarity.

All our practices will be supported by high quality, delicious food. All meals, prepared with love by Rachael Gorgestani, founder of The Cupboard, emphasize pure, healthy ingredients prepared to optimize digestion and enjoyment. Rachael’s organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals will be accommodated to support special dietary needs, and she will also lead us through a cooking class, offering recipes and tips to support seasonal health.

Our retreat space, Spirit House, is just thirty minutes from busy San Francisco, yet it shines with natural beauty and peacefulness. We will gather in the yurt for yoga and sound healing sessions, and the lodging in the main house is sweet and cozy, with lots of natural light. During free time, hike the miles of fire trails right out the door or walk the labyrinth. Soak in the spectacular view in the hot tub or detox in the sauna. The space itself at Spirit Rock is nurturing, and we’ll have it all to ourselves.

Commit to your well-being, honor your heart’s desire, find your place among a community of radiant women at Spirit House. Shed the old, open to the fresh energy of Spring, join us and honor your well within.

What makes this event special...

Here’s what women are saying about experiencing the Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth:

“…A group of women I will never forget. Forever in my heart and soul!” — Anne S.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been surrounded by a group of women with whom I felt so connected and embraced by in such a short period of time, and with such ease. As weird as this may sound, I feel so much love for each and every one of you, and in a way feel like I have always known you on a soul level — everyone seemed so deeply familiar to me. It is as if we were meant to unite for this special time. I feel so empowered by having been surrounded by all of your grace, generosity, care and powerful, divine feminine energy. When I drove away today I felt so full and grateful and I hope I can continue to carry that fullness with me for a long time.” — Marie K.

“It wasn’t just a weekend getaway. It was an opportunity for profound meditation and growth.” — Rose D.

“I love how calm and centered and supportive (Elizabeth) is. She set a tone that encourages people to drop in and also to accept each other and themselves… there was a genuine atmosphere of connecting.” — Sara S.

“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!” — Jess S.

About the host

Elizabeth McKinley

Elizabeth began teaching yoga in 2013 and completed yoga therapy training in 2014. As an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, she shares yoga therapy with individuals of diverse backgrounds in residential treatment programs, through case management services, in substance abuse programs, in mental health clinics, with youth alternatives programs, in medical clinics, and on retreats. Specializing in stress management, she helps individuals build sustainable pathways to balanced daily activities and habits. She supports those seeking ease from trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Elizabeth is also passionate about supporting women, developing nourishing community for us along our healing paths.

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