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Date:  Friday, November 3 - 5, 2023
Activities will kick-off Friday late afternoon/early evening and we'll wrap up by midday Sunday. A rough agenda will be posted closer to the retreat date.

Who this event is for: 
Women who work hard and give endlessly to others. Women who have forgotten what brings them joy but know their "happy" lurks just beneath the surface and can be reclaimed if given the opportunity to recenter their focus onto themselves. And, women who simply think this retreat looks rad and want to be a part of it!  :) 

Women: includes trans women and those who are nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them is welcome.

Black Mountain Retreat Center (BMRC) is a rustic, clean and comfortable venue situated on 485 acres in West Sonoma County six miles outside the rural town of Cazadero. 

Retreat Cost:
$650 for dorm-style accommodations with twin beds (no bunk beds)
$795 for a
private room (double occupancy)
$995  for a private room (single occupancy)

A limited number of scholarship spots are available if the retreat cost is out of reach and you're interested in attending. Please email me

Payment Options:

  1. Pay in full 

  2. Pay a 50% deposit and the balance by October 2, 2023. 
    * Can
    cellation policy applies for #1 and #2 outlined in the FAQs


Lodging Options 

  • Private rooms in the Tara House

  • Dorm-style accommodations in the Manzanita Dorm Building

Tara House Private Rooms 
All the bedrooms in the Tara House are under the same roof. There are two shared bathrooms (with two toilets, showers and sinks in each of them), extensive closet space and full bedding / towels are included. This following list of available rooms will be updated often to show which have been reserved. Layout of the Tara House

  • Reflections Room with two single beds (max 2 people)
    (1 bed is reserved, 1 is available) 
    $795 pp: double occupancy private room

  • ** RESERVED ** Patio Room with two single beds (max 2 people)

  • ** RESERVED ** Sunshine Room with two single beds (max 2 people)

  • ** RESERVED ** Bamboo Room with one single bed (max. 1 person)

  • ** RESERVED ** Forest Room with queen bed (max. 2 people)

  • ** RESERVED ** Apple-Tree Room with double bed (max 2 people)

  • ** RESERVED ** West Room with two single beds (max. 2 people) 

  • ** RESERVED ** Wave Room with one single & one double bed (max. 2 people) 

Manzanita Dorm Rooms
This dorm building features semi-private and dorm-style rooms with individual twin beds with
dividers (e.g., partition walls) to offer a level of privacy and forest or garden views. All rooms are spacious, clean, carpeted and fully-heated for the cooler months. Shared restrooms are just steps away. This type of reservation includes full bedding and towels.

$650 pp: dorm-style accommodations (twin bed and shared restroom)

Not sure and have questions? Email or text 510-592-7775 or we can set up a real-time discussion.     




Suzanna Mannion, RYT500, Certified Somatic NLP Coach 

Founder — Hearts Alive Yoga, Yoga Coaching & Retreats
Suzanna is the founder of Hearts Alive Yoga, a mother, photographer, certified yoga teacher (RYT500 as of 8/23), communications professional and certified Somatic and NLP Coach. Among her top values are love, deep connection with others and self,
creative expression and security. Outside work and yoga, you can find her adventuring with her daughter, soaking in hot springs, engaged in continuing education, scheming the next Hearts Alive Yoga event, catching up with a friend or hiking the local hills with her family. Learn more here

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Sylvie Minot
Co-founder & Executive Director — Syzygy Dance Project

Sylvie Minot is the co-founder and executive director of Syzygy Dance Project, working with underserved communities and individuals to transform lives through movement and dance. Sylvie believes in the power of movement within community as a way to connect, transcend self-imposed limitations, increase body awareness, and create space for new possibilities. She feels energies and vibrations in the world are connected to body and spirit and can help people move beyond the mind, the ego, and the need to control. Read more

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Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR
Founder & “Chief Rhythm Activator" —
DRUMMM Rhythmic Events

DRUMMM’s founder and chief rhythm activator, Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR is a dynamic and engaging facilitator, presenter and trainer with a passion for drumming and a mission to build connections through rhythm. Founded in 2000, DRUMMM’s popular facilitated drum circles and interactive rhythm events engage 10,000 participants a year at a variety of settings in the U.S. and abroad. Jeni is a Certified Village Music Circles Global Trainer, Registered Art Therapist (ATR), REMO-Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator, and trained HealthRHYTHMS and Rhythm2Recovery Facilitator. She is a faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Women Drummers International, and a professional member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. Read more. Meet Jeni (Youtube video)

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Suzanna did a magnificent job and I believe all of the participants had a truly meaningful day.  I believe every single person left the retreat feeling jazzed, loved and fulfilled.

Self Care Yoga Retreat 2023

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