Retreat on the new moon at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA April 21-23, 2023
Are you ready to deeply rest to reset? Would you like to immerse yourself in feminine form yoga practice for three days in a serene setting? During Cycles of Wisdom you’ll drop into a slower pace of life and cultivate a deeper relationship with your embodied feminine transformation. Connecting to the energy of the new moon, the retreat will focus on seeding intentions, personal ritual and self-awareness while offering guidance and support from the traditions of yoga, Ayurveda and feminine wisdom.
As women living modern lifestyles, we must take time from our daily lives to fill ourselves up, so that we may return to our daily schedule renewed, refreshed — and more available for our passions, relationships and our work in the world.
This wisdom weekend retreat will be an opportunity for you to explore and practice what it means a woman who walks the path of yoga with heart, compassion, and authenticity. As a warrior of love, who journeys into the depths of what matters most in her life (regardless of religion, spirituality or creed); listening to the guidance of the heart: the sacred vessel for creativity, expression, and truth.
Cycles of Wisdom is a 3-day, 2-night retreat where you’ll drop into a state of remembrance and resonance with your natural state of being, that which is connected to the cycles of nature and the cycles of your own being. We will work with ancient practices for accessing your deepest wisdom as you release that which no longer serves your highest capacities for growth and living in this world. Through nourishing and therapeutic yoga practices, feminine wisdom, Ayurveda and Bhakti (singing mantras – kirtan), you’ll awaken to deep self-love to calm your body-mind and rest into stillness with cyclical wisdom you can integrate into your life.
Slow-down, connect to feminine wisdom, unlock your intuitive and creative capacities.
In Cycles of Wisdom you’ll receive:
- Daily yoga classes (yin, feminine form and yoga nidra practices)
- Instruction on cyclical living based in women’s and Ayurvedic wisdoms
- Supportive circling with high-vibe women
- Reflective time in nature
- Connection to self
- Time for deep rest
- Nourishing Ayurvedically designed vegetarian meals
- Sacred remembrance of your true expression
- A personalised map for daily self-care
What women say about Kendra’s retreats:
“It reinforced the importance for women to trust ourselves and other women to reveal our inner truths, vulnerabilities and experiences. To also revel in the knowledge that we are all complete human beings with the essence of the divine within us.”
“It was a wonderful experience to spend time with beautiful, open women. And to see that most people had the same reservations that I had. So often, we tend to think “I’m the only one who feels what I am feeling.” It is always comforting to know we are not alone. Thanks for the wonderful retreat!!”
“Kendra is warm, sweet, and kind. She reflects back a different, more uplifting, version of myself than the rest of the world. She exposed me to new perspective changing ideas and resources that have supported me during deep transformation and growth while stepping more fully into my womanhood and dharma.”
Mount Madonna is a spacious, welcoming mountaintop retreat location with expansive views and a serene setting.
On-site amenities include:
- On-site accommodations (single, double, triple and quad rooms available)
- Exclusive retreat space for our group in the Seminar House
- Nearly 400 acres of forested land with hiking trails
- Expansive views
- A working Vedic temple with twice daily ceremonies, both which can be attended by retreat participants
- Ayurvedic Wellness center (available for booking treatments during free time)
- Cushions and yoga props provided
- Oceanview Books and Gift store
- Ayurveda World Herb Store
- Anjaneya’s World Cafe (limited hours during retreat)
- Three daily Vegetarian meals (except Saturday, which includes two meals and added snacks)
- The retreat space is stocked with snacks and tea; available all day
For more information about Mount Madonna Center, please visit: https://www.mountmadonna.org/
Do I need yoga experience to attend?
No previous yoga experience is necessary to participate in this retreat. If you are concerned about your experience level, you are more than welcome to reach out for more information using the contact form
I noticed there will be kirtan. What if I can't sing?
Bhakti in the form of kirtan is not about singing, but more about the heart that you bring to the practice of chanting. The focus of this practice rests in bringing your voice together with others with the common intention of connecting to source through the vibrational sound of mantra. All kirtan will also be accompanied by harmonium.
What is women's therapeutic yoga (i.e., feminine form yoga)?
Based in the teachings of Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and her more than 20 years of practice in this area along with the wisdom of somatics and tantra, feminine form yoga honors the cyclical nature of a woman’s body and life cycle. The conscious-building practices of this form of yoga center on awareness of the heart-womb connection, the deep wisdom of the body, and understanding that all of life’s experiences are in support of the greater awakening of your being. Practices honor where you are in your cycle and your life cycle; accommodations are offered and made throughout the weekend, so that you can work with the needs of your body and honor how you are in any given moment. There is also a profound focus on nourishment and deep rest.
How do I get to Mount Madonna Center?
Please see the Transportation and Directions page on the Mount Madonna Center website for detailed instructions on how to get to the center.
When do I need to arrive on Thursday and leave on Sunday?
Arrival starts at 4:00pm on Thursday and retreat activities begin after dinner and checkout of the center on Sunday is at 12:00pm.
When are meals served at the retreat?
The Center provides three vegetarian meals per day: breakfast 8:30-9:30 am, lunch 12:30-1:30 pm, and dinner 5:15-6:15 pm with the following exceptions: On Saturdays brunch is at 10:00-11:00 am and snack (no lunch) at 1:00-2:00 pm.
What is your COVID policy?
Mount Madonna Center is continuing to maintain health and safety protocols for COVID (https://www.mountmadonna.org/coronavirus) and in an effort to maintain the health and safety of all participants in this retreat, everyone will be asked to bring a negative COVID test on day of arrival and brought to the first session of the retreat. Please be mindful to monitor your own health and contact with others leading up to the retreat.
What is your refund policy?
This retreat has a “no refund policy”. All retreat fees, once paid for are non-refundable/non-transferrable. Please ensure that you secure insurance for the trip/retreat as needed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Cycles of Wisdom
Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
April 21-23, 2023