The SHE Retreat & The Way of the Happy Woman | Women's Yoga, Meditation & Empowerment Retreat | Sara Avant Stover
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A Silent Yoga, Meditation & Feminine Spirituality Retreat

On any single day you wear so many hats and give so much. And, without stepping away from this constant output by going on retreat at least once a year, you can easily end up feeling depressed, exhausted, anxious, and disconnected from yourself and the world around you.

When this happens, you feel separate from and doubtful of your natural brilliance. You abandon your intuitive flow. You disown the most beautiful and creative parts of yourself — and live under a inner tyranny of perfectionism, inner criticism, unhealthy drive, and life-constricting control.

Meanwhile, your true Inner Queen–your inner, wise woman– waits patiently, knowingly, deep within. SHE may only whisper to you, trying to get your attention through the malaise of emotions, illness, dreams, and life stressors, but SHE is never lost.

It’s only through entering silence and turning away from our incessant “doing” that we can finally hear HER voice and be guided Home. Yes, as women, we become sovereign by taking time away from our familiar surroundings, roles, and busy schedules. Within the sacred spaciousness of retreat time, we’re supported to turn within and to fall in love, in every deepening ways, with our own inner, wise Self.

Silent practice retreats are powerful. They allow us to release debilitating habits, realign with our deepest values, reconnect with the joy and wonder of life, and revision our lives accordingly. By discovering our uniquely feminine rhythms, and learning to hear and trust our SHE’s, we can harness our deepest feminine strengths: wisdom, clarity, sovereignty, nurturance, strength, compassion, and creativity.

When we’re attuned to that still place deep within, we know our true desires. Decisions flow with intuitive ease. Yes’s are joyous and no’s are lovingly firm. We dance skillfully with our cycles, seasons, optimal rhythms. Creativity and beauty twinkle through our every movement– even when we feel awkward, messy, and alone.

The path into feminine spiritual practice asks everything of us. It’s a radical journey that starts within … and ripples out to impact our entire existence– both the dark and the light. From how we move our bodies and feed ourselves, to the clarity of our voice, to our relationship with ourselves and everyone we meet.

Finding Yourself Doesn’t Have to be Lonely

Self-inquiry and solitude aren’t enough. All of our wounding happens in relationship. Therefore, our deepest, lifelong wounds can only be healed in relationship. We need one another to grow into greater expanses of freedom. And yet, relationships challenge and nurture even the most solitary she-wolves.

This unique retreat gifts you with the practices, sisterhood, root confidence, and inspiration you need to live fully at home in yourself and your truth….and in turn to bless and inspire others…so that you can finally be the woman you came here to be.

This Retreat Weaves Together Every Aspect of Your Life, Inner & Outer

Receive nourishment in every cell of your body, every dimension of your being. During this uniquely integrated retreat (addressing ALL parts of yourself– body, psyche, and soul), you will travel from your outer landscapes to the innermost ones, discovering your inner SHE through:

  • SHE Yoga: Yin & Flow
  • SHE Meditation
  • Voice Dialogue with Your Inner Family of Selves
  • Dance & Devotion
  • Shadow Work
  • Healthy Eating
  • Women’s Circle Practices
  • Play, Rest, Pampering, and Time in Nature
  • Sacred Silence & Conscious Conversation
  • Solitary Intuitive Journaling & Self-Inquiry

You are being called to show up more fully, just as you are, in all parts of your life, whether you’re raising a family, coaching others towards happiness, or healing yourself.

This retreat will show you how to turn into and trust your inner guidance, your SHE, so you can:

  • Slow down, learn from, and cultivate your inner resources
  • Speak your truth and live your deepest values, despite your fears…
  • Trade force, control and fear for surrender, self-trust, and radical faith
  • Create healthy boundaries (not barriers) in service of a larger you …
  • Prioritize your self-care, nourishment, and rest …
  • Include your sexuality in service of your healthy self-expression….
  • Become available and receptive to more beauty and pleasure
  • Dissolve the guilt, shame, and unworthiness blocking you from your deepest joy
  • Befriend your inner saboteurs to uncover your inner wealth of self-love, courage, and embodied insight
  • Find the gold hidden inside your biggest challenges
  • Rediscover lost or disowned parts of yourself, including your Inner Little Girl (Hint: She loves to play and make magic!) …
  • Transform your demons and shadow side into your greatest allies
  • Reconnect to the unshakeable & liberating truth: you are beautiful and powerful, simply by being yourself
  • Undergo a feminine initiation from the darkest parts of yourself to the light, while reclaiming the long-lost parts of your Soul.

Is the SHE Retreat for You?

Let’s be clear: this experience isn’t for everyone. It involves deep, inner work. It requires courage to turn within and embrace all of yourself: the light and the dark. Please understand that this is NOT a yoga vacation. It’s an ancient initiation for modern women. It’s the Heroine’s Journey, and it’s calling you to show up fully, or not at all.

The good news: a willing heart is the only requirement for this journey. And you will receive tremendous support through the practices, teachings, sisterhood, natural beauty, pampering and time for rest, solitude, and silence.

The SHE Retreat welcomes women of all seasons of life, levels of fitness, spiritual experience, denomination, vocation, and sexual orientation.

Come as you are. Bring all of yourself: your courage, your vast, knowing heart, and — yes! — even that self-doubt, overwhelm, burnout, or dissatisfaction. All of this is leading you to to the next, deeper phase of your journey. At the SHE Retreat, you will learn to dance intimately with all of these parts of yourself, so you can author a life of unprecedented joy, integrity, and alignment.


Reclaim Your Intrinsic Joy, Wisdom, and Strength …  with Soul Sisters … in Paradise

We know how to host a retreat for women, by women. Sara has been holding women’s retreats around the world for over a decade. This SHE Retreat is a special one, as it celebrates the October birth of her new book, The Book of SHE, which also maps out the modern woman’s Heroine’s Journey.

In honor of this celebration, this year’s SHE Retreat will be held in the stunning eco-chic retreat center, Xinalani, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Here, you’ll truly feel like you’re “away from it all.” Perched on a private, serene beach, and surrounded by lush, tropical jungles, Xinalani combines world-class yoga facilities with luxury and ecologically responsible food and accommodations.

You must do it! It is your sacred duty.

I am walking away with a sense of joy I didn't think was possible. I LOVED all the sessions. The clarity, strength, and safety of the container Sara created and held for us cannot be described with words. It allowed me to dig deeply into the inner work that I didn't even know needed to be done. This time has been a gift to myself and everyone else in my life.

Francesca Cervero
Washington, D.C.