Women of the Desert : Earth Based Healing + Yoga

October 11th-15,  2017  Mex

Women of the Desert: Earth Based Healing + Yoga
A FOUR Day Desert Immersion to Reset, Revitalize & Realign with your life’s purpose in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico


Are you feeling the call…

  • To shed that which is no longer serving you in order to experience more joy and connection to the world?
  • Do you desire to know better your purpose in life?
  • Are you yearning for a deeper connection to moon cycles and to your own inner wisdom as a woman?
  • Are you being called to step into your power?

If this resonates with you – consider to join us in this deep and healing journey for women in Baja, Mexico.

We will start our mornings with Hatha Yoga & Meditation, eat healthy organic meals. Engage in beautiful, grounding Ceremonies that realign our Souls, Minds & Bodies with the healing powers of Nature. In the afternoons, we will enjoy our private pool, beach and fresh, green detox juices made with love! There will be time slots if you choose to book a 50 minutes Esalen Massage or Energy Medicine Session. Notice: this is NOT included in the price.

One of the highlights of our retreat will be to participate in a Traditional Sweat Lodge to cleanse, sweat toxins away & renew our skin using balancing & healing herbs such as: aloe vera, chamomile, sage, rosemary & mint. Soul Retrieval will also be offered. Soul Retrieval is a Shamanic Practice where we journey to the time passed using repetitive drum sound in order to elicit a relaxed state of mind to let go of an experience or story that’s no longer serving us or that is preventing us from being our authentic selves. We will “go within” & shed the old stories, the old skin…

With the expansiveness of the Desert, we will have the time & the space to be quiet & discover the Archetypes of the Divine Feminine & her many faces. Some of those archetypes are the Huntress, the Goddess, the High Priestess. You will be pamper with a mini clay massage & dance your heart away with Ecstatic Dance.  In the evenings we will offer grounding  drum sound healing circles.                                                         

{ testimonials }

 “The week was magical.

Opening the door of my oneself, remembering to be kind (regardless of all the shit that makes me frustrated about the world), recognized my true power (that we all have)…so much still to learn, see, love, enjoy…my heart is open (again).

Grateful I left my cocoon to meet new people, learn new skills, I had to go throw a big pain, getting out of there with the help of amazing friends (you know who you are).” 

-V. Vanessinha

   “Before coming to the retreat I was in and out of therapy and I never really felt like it helped me.

I kept going back to my old behaviors, that were just not serving the person that I should be and I can be, and since the retreat, I feel it was far more beneficial than any kind of therapy that I had.”  

-C Gerring

 “RETREAT, it is a gift – and in this allowing to receive, we offer our gifts more fully and more fearlessly to the world. I am so grateful for my experience, I feel renewed.

Being ‘re-framed’ by participation in the rare air of exquisite nature, great company, bodily opening, communion with the Earth, and ritual.

What an honor and joy it is to share in this celebration that ignites the power of healing transformation.”

-V. Dunwoody

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It will be an honor to have you! with Love, Women of the Desert Crew!

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  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
  • Organic Farm to Table Meals
  • Beach Sunset Strolls
  • Soul Retrieval
  • Andean Fire & Cacao Ceremonies
  • Fresh, Green Detox Juices
  • Sacred Temazcal (sweat lodge)
  • Archetypal Journeying
  • Desert Immersion Hike
  • Herbal Cleansing Infusions
  • Massage & Energy Medicine
  • Drum Sound Healing

We will stay at a Villa close to the beach with a Private Pool.
Payment Options: Price is adjusted if you are NOT staying at the villa or camping.

Deposit to reserve your spot: 25% –The retreat is open to 13 courageous women, To secure a spot book soon! Deposit is not refundable. Remaining payment is due upon arrival to our retreat in cash.

On-site double room $1, 280  |  On-site camping option: $ 900 |  Workshops minus lodging $ 670

Arrival details: On Wednesday October 11th, we will pick you up at San Jose del Cabo International Airport. Please book your flight within the arrival times of 2 pm & 5pm window. if you arrive after 5pm, please arrange your transportation from the airport to our Retreat-in Todos Santos.-

Your facilitators:

Marilu Shinn holds a private practice as an alternative medicine & Shamanic practitioner since 2012. Her formal training includes the Four Winds Society & the Mount Madonna Institute of Yoga as well as an ongoing apprenticeship with Peruvian healers. Marilu is a Mesa Carrier in the Andean Peruvian Tradition. Her mission & passion are to reconnect people with their Authentic Selves & with their innate capacity to heal themselves as the foundations for leading fulfilling, whole lives. Marilu also holds Women Empowerment groups & Earth Based Ceremony in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Vanessa James has been an Esalen-trained licensed massage therapist since 2005 with an eclectic background in both body work & Peruvian & Reiki energy work. In 2013 she journeyed to the Andes & received the Hatun Karpay Rite welcoming her to the medicine path & her journey as an Earth Keeper & Ceremonialist. more info:

Ivonne Lopez is a certified  Yoga Teacher by the Mount Madonna School, for 13 years Ivonne taught in some of the most Exclusive Resorts & Private Villas  in Cabo San Lucas. Her passion is to support students and those living & seeking healthy lifestyles. She incorporates an approachable, responsible & fun manner to her Hatha Yoga style. Ivonne extensively refined her practice by studying with great Yoga gurus such as Shiva Rea &  the Sivananda Yoga Center in the Bahamas. She now lives & continues to teach Yoga  in Murphy’s Northern California. More info:

Viva Dunwoody has always been fascinated by the genius of the women’s bodies and how we connect with and reflect the earth’s cycles and rhythms. Viva has been devoted to spiritual growth through feminine embodiment and earth based healing traditions. She began studying with Sofia Diaz under the Balasaraswati Lineage of South Indian Temple Arts and Women’s Yoga while getting her BA at Naropa University in Spiritual Somatic Arts and Engaged Pedagogy. She is grateful to be apprenticing with Marilu Shinn now in Santa Cruz, while she completes her studies in Osteopathic Manual Practice. Viva is delighted to share her love of healing, dance, song, and earth based ritual with women. She has a private practice in Santa Cruz.