We’re excited you’re joining us for the Unlock the Treasures of Your Womb Retreat. There’s a lot of information to take in. We recommend taking a moment, sitting down with a cup of tea and carefully reading this in its entirety.
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Location: Vista Verde Retreat Center, 5 North Rd, Carson, NM
Please use GOOGLE maps to get you there accurately.
Please see Accommodations tab below for more details.
Friday, March 22
1-2 PM Arrival
- Unload and get settled into your room
- Add your offerings to the collective offerings pile for our plant medicine ceremony on Saturday
- Add your sacred objects on the altar
2:30 PM Opening Circle, Womb Treasures Ceremony and Ritual
6:30 PM Dinner
Saturday, March 23
7 -8 AM Breakfast
10 AM Plant Medicine Ceremony
4-5 PM-ish End ceremony
6 PM-ish Dinner
7 PM-ish Free time to do as you please
Medicine Ceremony details:
- We will work with ceremonial cacao and mushroom medicines.
- You will be smudged with sage.
- We will be in the ceremony for about 5-6 hrs.
- You will be able to move about inside the ceremonial space and outside in nature.
Free time after dinner:
There is a lovely fireplace you can hang out around. You can go for a walk under the stars (they are AMAZING), bathe, journal, go to bed, whatever you are called to do.
Sunday, March 24
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Goddess Ritual
9:45 AM Sisterhood Sharing and Integration
10:45 AM Closing Ceremony
11: 00 AM Check out. Walk in nature at the retreat if you’d like.
Important Note: Please refrain from bringing/ ingesting any plant medicine while on retreat. The plant medicines used in the ceremony are potent and exclusive for the ceremony experience.
Catered Meals: Delicious meals prepared by a holistic chef will be organic, vegan, gluten-free. Meals included are dinner on Friday & Saturday and breakfast on Saturday & Sunday. No lunch on Saturday since we’ll be in our plant medicine ceremony.
Feel free to bring any snacks or food you wish to have in addition. At the end of Saturday’s plant medicine ceremony, you may wish to have a healthy, light snack prior to dinner to nourish yourself if you are ravenous or have low blood sugar. You have access to a full kitchen.
Retreat accommodation is at the Vista Verde Retreat Center in Carson, NM – 40 minutes from downtown Taos.
Vista Verde Retreat Center is on 45 gorgeous acres in the rural high desert forest outside of Taos. It’s tucked away among old-growth juniper and piñon pines. You’re welcome to wind your way through the trees on the 3 walking trails. The retreat is designed for you to be held by the nurturing, grounding energies of Mother Earth and drop into your own healing and expansion. https://www.vistaverderetreat.com/
You are welcome to arrive before Friday or stay after Sunday if you’d like to extend your time in Taos. You can stay at the retreat center, Vista Verde, or at other accommodations closer to Taos. Please book extra nights at Vista Verde directly with them. See the tab Extending Your Stay for more detail.
There are private and shared rooms available at our beautiful retreat center. All rooms have a shared bathroom.
We will try to honor preferences for a private or shared room.. Those who registered first will have first choice of a private or shared room.
As you might know, New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. There is much to do if you want to stay an extra day or two.
If you’re going to extend your stay, you may want to look for accommodation in El Prado (just north of downtown), Arroyo Seco (near the Ski Valley), Arroyo Hondo (north of town), Ranchos de Taos (just south of downtown) and Taos proper.
Santa Fe is another fabulous place you could stay for a day or two before or after.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in the area:
- Ojo Caliente Hot Springs
- Taos Pueblo
- Abiquiu & Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted
- The Enchanted Circle
- Taos– so many amazing art galleries, stunning local arts and crafts, New Mexican food, jewelry, clothing, the plaza, chocolate shops and more!
- Taos Ski Valley – great hiking
- Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument – we will be very near it!
- Santa Fe – 2nd after NYC for art!
- Meow Wolf: Immersive Art Experiences– in Santa Fe. Meow Wolf is an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms.
- Taos Earthships
- 10,000 Waves in Santa Fe
The closest airport is in Santa Fe (SAF). It’s a small airport, serviced by American and United Airlines, with connections through Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. It’s about an hour and twenty minute drive from Santa Fe airport to Taos.
There is a larger international airport in Albuquerque (ABQ) that has many flight options. The drive to Taos is about two hours and twenty minutes.
Taos Air is a small airline with direct flights from four cities to Taos (Burbank, Carlsbad, Dallas, Austin). It usually has flights 3 days a week.
The easiest option for getting from the airport to Taos is to rent a car, as the public transportation options are minimal. Sharing a rented car with another participant might be an option. We will help you connect with each other.
Taos Rides has private transfers and limited shuttle runs from both ABQ and SAF.
Directions to Vista Verde Retreat Center
Google Maps will get you to the retreat center with ease and grace. The address again is:
5 North Road, Carson, NM, 87517, Vista Verde Retreat
- There is a big sign on the right saying ‘Vista Verde Retreat’.
- Turn right at the Vista Verde sign, go down the driveway, pass the Main House on the left
- Park in the clearing on the left between the Main House and the Studio.
If something comes up and you can’t join us, and you cancel by..,
February 22 (4 weeks in advance): Full refund less a $50 administrative fee
February 23 – March 7: 50% refund
After March 7 (2 weeks in advance): no refund
If Helen and Julie need to cancel the retreat for unforeseen circumstances, you will be issued a full refund.
Here are a few guidelines so you can come well prepared.
Reference Carson, NM for the current temperatures. The weather in Taos is cooler in the evenings and warmer in the middle of the day, with wide swings in temperature. Bring layers! The climate is dry with very low humidity.
You may want a wool cap, sunhat, a raincoat, jacket, boots, etc. – anything you feel you might need to be comfortable and warm / cool indoors and in nature. A good portion of our time together will be spent outside. Please come overprepared. Better that way than in lack!
Wear comfortable clothing and bring layers. We will be sitting on the floor at times inside and will spend time outside connecting with Mother Earth.
For Saturday’s medicine ceremony:
Wear loose, comfy clothing. You might want to leave your bra off that day. Dresses or skirts are a great option. Everything can feel very restrictive if it’s not loose and free.
There is also an invitation to ‘dress up’. This is a way of honoring Spirit, like a celebration, but it’s not required.
Some people like to have eye covers as well.
You’re invited to bring a special “goddess” outfit – something that makes you feel beautiful. (Don’t bother with fancy shoes as you’ll be barefoot).
Note: Please avoid wearing perfume as some of the attendees have allergies or fragrance sensitivity. Thanks for understanding.
We will be serving ceremonial cacao on Saturday with the mushroom medicine. It is heirloom cacao that is delicious and heart-opening. It also has a fair amount of caffeine in it so, if you are sensitive, you might refrain from your cup of tea or coffee in the morning and save your ‘caffeine dose’ for our gathering. Also ceremonial cacao is a diuretic. You will get very thirsty during the ceremony so make sure you have your water bottle with you.
Beeswax or Unscented Candles (must be in fire-safe container)
Rose / lavender water
Food & drink
Artwork and handmade creations by you that Spirit would appreciate or you make especially for them
- Journal & pen
- Water bottle
- Camping chair if you feel like you’d be more comfortable than on the floor/ground
- Camping mat (we have yoga mats for you)
- Appropriate clothing for the temperature changes indoor and outdoor
- Special outfit for Sunday’s Goddess Ritual
- Sacred objects for the altar
- Any extra food or snacks you desire
- Musical instruments, if you play them
- Electrolytes, Coconut water – excellent form of hydration
Remember to leave all recreational plant medicines at home. We have enough going on with the two we will be communing with.
Bring anything else you feel you might need to be comfortable and warm/cool inside and in nature. Please come over prepared. Better that way than to be missing something.
O fferings: What to bring?
Let’s feed, give back and energize Spirit well. Pick at least 5-7 items to bring as your offering contribution.
- Spirits/beer/wine -***
- Sweet red wine – Mother Earth loves that***
- Tequila/whisky- the mountain spirits love these***
- Coconut milk
- Honey ***
- Maple syrup ***
- Chocolates ***
- Sesame Seeds
- White produce – really enjoyed by the mountain spirits
- Roses ***
- Millet ***
- Corn/cornmeal ***
- Bee pollen
- Candy/Sweets – Mother Earth loves sweet things
- Herbs i.e.: Lavender, rose, sweetgrass, etc.
- Tobacco ***
- Coconut oil
- Buffalo fat
- Ancestral food – Foods your ancestors enjoyed. They will probably come and assist you.
- Food prepared by you or food that you feel Spirit would enjoy.
- Essential oils
- White chocolates
Food & Drink –this is what will be given to Spirit in large quantities. Please bring things you’d happily offer your great-grandmother. She might actually show up as a helping spirit! The ones with stars next to them are the ones that are especially well received.
Preparing for your retreat…
Do as much clearing, healing, releasing and meditation as you can. Eat as clean and healthy as possible. Best to cut out alcohol and any recreational drugs between now and our retreat.
This will prepare you to be a better channel for all the amazing insights, healing, transformation, higher consciousness, aha’s, activations, and any other beautiful things your womb and Spirit might have in mind for you.
Start formulating your intentions for our retreat. What would you like to heal, release, expand into, gain new awareness about, access? An intention is like a prayer; it is a statement of your motivation or direction. Your intention directs your journey and communicates to your Higher Self what it is that you are seeking. It helps focus the energies to support you.
Once you say ‘Yes, I’m in’, the journey begins energetically. Be mindful of the things that pop up in your world between now and our retreat. It might give you some insight into your process.
As you’re setting intentions, release expectations. Keep yourself open to the process. It’s in the mystery where the magic happens.
Doing pre-retreat healing work can be very beneficial in clearing blocks and getting you into a grounded, receptive and open place for a more potent, magical retreat.
If this resonates, please reach out to Helen or Julie to book a healing session.
Julie: Womb Constellations
You are coming to a high altitude (Taos sits at 7,000 feet). If you live at or near sea level, you may want to consider taking chlorophyll to provide your body with support for this transition. Optimally, begin taking a chlorophyll supplement two weeks before you arrive and continue to do so throughout your stay. ChlorOxygen is a great supplement option and is available over the counter as soft gels or liquid drops.
While there may be times when it is necessary to stay connected to the outside world, it is important to minimize this. This retreat provides an opportunity to “unplug.” If you are in a position to do so, you may want to minimize your screen time or leave a message that indicates that you will be out of reach so that you can truly detach from the outside world.
Our retreat will be a powerful 3-day experience. There is much healing, transformation, shifting, and new awareness that takes place. It is best to have time to process and integrate as you slowly go back into your normal routine.
The integration and processing will continue on different levels and ways for everyone. Being in nature, journaling, yoga, meditation, baths with Epsom salts and essential oils, nourishing, eating high vibe foods and getting good sleep are some suggestions to help with your process.
Being proactive with your integration process with all the insights, downloads, healings, inspirations, etc. that you received during the retreat is KEY to receiving the full benefit. If there isn’t pro-active integration, all the golden nuggets you got can seem like a dream a week later as you flow back into your regular routine.
To assist with this, there will be a group integration session on the final day of retreat followed by a group coaching and healing session with Julie and Helen two weeks post retreat.
You’ll also receive a private 1:1 integration coaching/healing session with Helen or Julie within a month of the retreat.
We will create a Womb Circle thread to continue the sharing, celebration, and support in sisterhood. This all helps you get the most out of your retreat experience.
In addition, Julie and Helen will be launching their Womb Treasures online program shortly after the retreat, if you want more support and continued evolution in the womb magic.
If you need additional support, you can book a 1:1 Womb Treasure Integration Session with Julie or Helen to dive deeper and support you in implementing all that came in for you during the retreat. Sometimes it can be a lot so having guidance and coaching is very helpful and supportive for your process. A 60-minute session is offered at a sliding scale: $140-$180.
The restriction period is an important part of the ceremony itself and is an agreement you make with the medicine and with yourself. This 5-day period can be considered a continuation of the ceremony space. It provides a clean container for your energy body to complete the work.
For 5 full days, starting with the day of the last ceremony:
- Abstain from all sexual activity including self pleasuring
- Abstain from alcohol & drugs (tobacco is ok)
- Abstain from receiving energy work from healers, channelers, body workers, chiropractors, etc.
- Abstain from talking about details of your experience to anyone except those who were present with you in ceremony. This invites their feedback and opinions, which can take away from your inner knowing. Others can’t understand what you experienced.
Our plant medicine ceremony is Saturday, so your restriction period is Saturday – Wednesday midnight.
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