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Sacred Alchemy: Reclaiming the Heroine’s Journey  

A New Year's Residential Meditation Retreat for Women

1) Registration Process

Please complete this online registration form:
Limited spots available, so please register early.

2) Program Description

We are the stories we repeat to ourselves.

Our personal and collective mythology is one of the most powerful forces in our lives.  These myths can keep us trapped in habitual and false stories. Or they can show us how to enter the stream of collective liberation, where all beings can thrive.

Over centuries, women have suppressed their vital energies, sacrificed their inner wisdom, internalized oppressive behaviors and impersonated distorted archetypes in order to function in the shadow of a fragmented and broken society - a culture that is built on dominant systems based on scarcity, competition and patriarchy.  This, in turn, has led to a dissociation from the heroine’s journey, including the female body, primal energies, nurturing relationships, and the earth herself.

We have a choice.  We can reclaim the unbroken lineage of the sacred feminine that is already in our cells.  We have the capacity to rewrite the story of our times.

In this retreat we will use the of power of meditation to courageously face the naked reality of our psyche. Mindfulness will guide us into our subtle body and teach us to trust pleasure and intuition. We will also use the practices of dream work, intimacy with nature, and harvesting the wisdom of community to invoke a field of Sacred Alchemy - a seemingly magical process of collective transformation and creation.

Please join us for this rare opportunity to practice meditation, inquiry, and mystery in a circle of women committed to building equity, trust and solidarity. After completing this retreat you will be invited to monthly gatherings of powerful women, to continue to strengthen community.

Please note that this is a residential retreat. The days will weave silence, guided meditations, practices with nature and interpersonal community practices. On New Year's Eve we will have a ritual and celebration.

Space is very limited, so register early, as it will fill.

3) Retreat Date & Time

Date: Dec 28th, 2018 to Jan 1st, 2019

Venue: 6868 Cold Springs Rd, Penngrove, CA 94951, USA (Sonoma County)
The retreat is held at the incredibly beautiful Cold-Springs Retreat Center, located about one hour from Berkeley, CA.

4) Please Note

  • All those in the gender spectrum who identify as female are welcome.

  • Please note that this is a residential retreat at a beautiful retreat center in Sonoma County.

  • For the benefit of the group process, punctuality and full attendance are requested.

  • While the retreat draws from some Buddhist teachings, this series is non-sectarian and has no affiliation with any religion, organizations or institution.

  • Please be aware that this is a workshop style retreat that will include some periods of silence and some periods of speaking. Some exercises may be emotionally evocative as we learn to face and respond to the expansive and contracted states of our inner and outer worlds.

5) Diversity

We are committed to diversity and inclusive community building.  Our sincere wish is to learn. To create a nourishing space for people from a wide range of backgrounds, race, class and sexual orientation.

6) Contribution

The fee for the retreat is in two parts:

1) We ask for $475 to cover the center, food and logistics. You are asked to pay this when you register.

2) You will be asked to offer teacher support at the end of the retreat. The invitation is for those with the means to pay at the higher end and those with lower means to contribute at the lower amount to support economic equity and inclusion.

3) Please note that we have a few scholarship spots available.

There are no refunds for the retreat. Please register with a commitment to attend the entire retreat. 

7) Teacher Bio

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Erin Selover is a dharma teacher, body-oriented psychotherapist and lover of all things wild and mysterious. She teaches at Spirit Rock and in her local community in Berkeley, CA. After completing more training programs than she can name she is actively apprenticing with her own inner muse and welcomes you to join her on this journey. More on  


Nirali Shah offers Counseling and teaches Mindfulness Meditation retreats with an emphasis on mind-body awareness and self-inquiry. She has spent thousands of hours meditating in silent retreats in monasteries, meditation centers and cells in Asia and the United States. You can read more here.



8) Contact

If you have any questions, you can contact: info(at)shvaas(dot)org

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