Nestled away in the redwoods in Northern California, in a private camp devoted to retreats in meditation and the arts, you will practice being radically, unapologetically you in a community that celebrates you.
You will look deeply into your own patterns. You will take up your space. You will relax. You will move. You will create. Do nothing. Do everything. We will practice being present with ourselves, our bodies and each other with exquisite gentleness.
Here’s my vision: that we all take up our own space.
That we live in our bodies, unapologetically.
That we free ourselves from external ideas of who we should be.
– You feel uncomfortable in your body... you try not to think about it, but sometimes you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and do not like the emotions that come up.
– You feel trapped thinking about food all the freaking time, judging yourself as good or bad based on what you did or didn't eat.
– You feel self-conscious... almost like you wish you could disappear. Perhaps about your gender. Perhaps about your presentation. Perhaps thinking about what others think of you. Sometimes this keeps you from going out to social events, even though you feel lonely and want to connect with others.
– You know that it's time to make a shift, even if that feels almost impossible to fathom.
– You want to say goodbye to anxiety, guilt and shame, freeing up your energy to live your life fully.
solo nature journey
You will gain insights & tools to make sustainable shifts towards radical body respect & self love that you can take home and apply.
Be in a beautiful space that celebrates you, exactly as you are, opening up possibilities within you.
I have done a ton of retreats, and something I’ve found is that sometimes they feel like an amazing experience that’s disconnected from my “real” life. That’s why as part of this experience, I am offering everybody pre and post-retreat support (2 individual calls & 2 group calls) — to begin to prepare for the retreat that feels connected to your life, and to have some support in integrating the lessons / realizations post-retreat.
I am a thin, cis, temporarily able-bodied white queer woman, and I am dedicated to our collective liberation.
I hold the vision with you of feeling alive and free in your own body.
I coach, lead courses and workshops, and facilitate retreats so that you can learn to live and embody your own liberation.
You can read more about me here.
and all others who identify under the LGBTQ umbrella
*queer and trans black, indigenous, people of color, including multiracial folks
I am committed to creating an authentically multiracial space where QTBIPOC are seen, celebrated, and supported in your lived experience of how race affects your experience in your body.
Europa Grace, a queer person of color, will be guiding mindful movement geared towards compassion and inclusion. In this way, they will contribute to the leadership of the retreat, sourcing inspiration from the vibratory practices of yoga, ayurveda, dance and qi gong. Europa holds a space full of freedom to be yourself, inviting authentic creativity into the body, mind, spirit and community. This is an intentional space of welcoming, guidance and support to all folx with respect to ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, body type, race, language, class, culture or religion. They will also be facilitating a POC breakout group during the retreat.
If the retreat is calling you, I welcome being in conversation and I thank you for your willingness to trust.
Although this is a "camp," it's not exactly camping. We'll be staying in big yurts on sleeping mats and futons. There are a limited number of futons / beds off the floor and we will be assigning those based on need, so please indicate on your form if you need to be off the ground.
The retreat location is not completely scent-free, but we will be using scent-free products and asking all participants to be as scent-free as possible.
The grounds are on a relatively sharp incline from the location of the sleeping yurts to the meeting yurts to the kitchen yurt. This can be hard on knees and lungs. It’s not very wheelchair accessible, although they do have some wheelchair ramps that we can look into using. If you use a wheelchair or other or other mobility assistance and are willing to work with us on it please be in touch.
If you plan on coming and need ASL interpretation, please be in touch as soon as possible and we will see if we can make it happen.
Please get in between 1 and 3 pm on Friday afternoon, March 24th.
We will finish by 3 pm on Sunday, March 26th.
We’ll help coordinate rides. The roads are wooded country backroads the last 20 miles or so, so we ask people carpool for safety reasons. It takes 2 to 3 hours from the Bay Area, depending on traffic of course.
You can fly into San Jose (SJC, this one’s closest) or San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK). Get into San Jose airport by noon pm or SFO or OAK by 11 am on Thursday, or fly in the night before in order to arrive on time. We will help coordinate ridesharing from the airport if you'd like.
Want to get a sense of how the day is scheduled? Check out a sample schedule here. Please note, this is very subject to change and may not be the exact timeline of our retreat.
I value accessibility and generosity.
There are quite a few different ways to pay because I know people are in different financial situations.
$250 covers the hard costs (retreat center rental, the food, the cook, yoga teacher, logistics support, and materials). $350 and above pays Elizabeth and supports the functioning of Queer Body Love Coaching.
Please choose an amount that feels like it respects your commitment to transforming your relationship with your body and yourself, the retreat, and that honors your financial reality.
$450 / $550 / $650
2 equal payments of $250
2 equal payments of $300
2 equal payments of $350
If you are unable to make these payments work and feel this retreat calling to you, please apply — I want you there. Let's see if we can figure it out :)
...and I’ll get back to you with next steps.
Applications deadline extended until Sunday, March 19th at 5 pm. (Although some of the pre-retreat resources may not be available the longer you wait -- the sooner the better!)
Only spots for people of color remain. If you are white and interested please feel free to apply or let me know of your interest and I can let you know when registration opens for the next retreat.