Women’s Big Sur Aromatherapy Medicine Retreat

FALL -WINTER OF 2019 (DATE WILL BE POSTED IN SUMMER)

In the beautiful Big Sur Redwood forests – Essences of Life Aromatherapy will be hosting a women’s Aromatherapy Retreat for health and wellness. Get your mojo going with Mother Nature – get in sync for your busy life – Renew, reconnect, awaken the “Tigeress” in our soul & body. Come join in a small group of only 10 attendees in the magical and healing forests of Palo Colorado Canyon deep in the Big Sur Redwood Forest on a private estate. You will be awakening your spiritual connection with nature, focusing your mind, body and heart towards pure health in aligning with the forest while immersed in Aromatherapy workshops, communal luncheon from organic local sourced foods, commune in group yoga, American Indian drum circle and meditations. Your package will include two nights in a private guest cabin (details below for 1, 2 or 3 person accomodations) at our private forest retreat with event presentations over two days of yoga, meditation, spirit awakening and affirmations to Mother Earth, wildcrafting walks, Aromatherapy workshops – building body scrubs from the terroire, and an essential oil pharmacy to take home for your health. Additionally, you will each experience the wellness of a “Forest Massage” and body treatment by Moni. Moni is a local healer in Big Sur and is more than just her healing hands.

Hello, I am Moni de Groot. I have a Facebook and Instagram page called Heart Centered Hands. My email is monicapaualdegroot@gmail.com if you wish to contact me in person or to 

discuss my treatments.

Moni is a local massage therapist who has trained here in Mid Valley Carmel, at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and even in Thailand. Along with massage, Moni practices shamanism and has trained under the Peruvian medicine ways for 3 years now. I have personally been moved by Moni’s powers of healing and her connection to both the Earth and spirits of the women in nature. I know she will touch you all with her amazing power of healing too.

Our Host at our “Retreat in the Forest” is Sofanya, the artist in residence who will host your creative endeavors in painting in the forest. She also offers “Essence Portraits” that capture your special energies in her beautiful watercolored artwork for you to take home (this is a separate cost which can be arranged in advance with Sofanya). Or you can create your own forest painting as we provide all the materials and canvas for your creation. Sofanya offers a “Spirit of Creativity” workshop that can be arranged and purchased indiviually during your stay. Please contact Sofanya directly at art@sofanya.com or call her at 831-238-0543. www.sofanya.com

Pricing & Accomodations are booked with your confirmation and full payment of retreat;

$1850 per person, includes one bed or bedroom (or you can share a cabin, see choice of bedrooms below and photos of cabins and accomodations.

All Cabins have kitchens with bathrooms and linens & towels. Amenities will be provided as well for each attendee from Essences of Life.

Spa packaged will include Essences of Life spa products to take home and use during your retreat and all materials for the Aromatherapy workshops are included. Special spa towels will be given to each attendee as well for their keeping. You are encouraged to bring your own comfy Yoga mats or any specials floor mat you prefer for yoga and mediation and warm clothing for outside walks and layers for daytime.

Jasmine House – 3 bedrooms

Jasmine House living room area has a pull out couch and sitting area with table and chairs overlooking the garden in front private yard and forest
Jasmine House Kitchen has full amenities with stove, refrigerator, dishes and cookware, microwave and dining area overlooking the private garden area of the house

Calla Lily Cottage – two bedrooms

Calla Lily’s private garden and outside area for sitting and soaking in the forest surrounding you
Calla Lily Living room area and door to outside garden and forest. Wood burning stove for keeping warm at night is cozy
Living room area with seating area and fireplace overlooking the forest
The Entrance to the Hawk House
The Hawk House Living Room Area with fireplace
The Master Bed with hand-made multiple door use screen and forest views
Hawk House Living Room and fireplace with forest windows view
The Living Room of Hawk House from outside
Outdoor View of Hawk House’s design in the forest
Beautifully created Small HDTV styled modern cabin in the woods has all the elements of fine design in a wooded cabin surrounded by trees and Mother Nature

THREE DAY EVENT SCHEDULE

6PM-7:15PM WELCOME RECEPTION AT DOME HOUSE – RAIN OR SHINE

We will welcome our guests with an organically prepared reception of infused waters, wine and specialty drinks with aromatic herbs, flowers, plants and essential oils, hand-made by Aromatherapist of retreat, Rebecca. Enjoy meeting other guests while inbidding in forest treats, meeting your hosts and group discussion on “where to eat in Big Sur” as your evenings will be free to either cook in your own cabins or go out to one of the many gourmet restaurants, in the Carmel or Big Sur area. We will be happy to provide referrals and arrange dinner reservations as well for your dining.

7:15PM EVENING COMMUNAL BLESSING FOR THE RETREAT

PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE FREE EVERY EVENING TO EITHER COOK IN YOUR OWN CABIN IN THE KITCHEN OR GO OUT TO EITHER BIG SUR OR CARMEL AREA FOR DINNER AT ONE OF MANY OF THE FINE RESTAURANTS THAT WE CAN PROVIDE INFO AND CALL FOR RESERVATIONS AS WELL AS REFERRALS TO ANY KIND OF MENU YOU DESIRE THAT IS 20 MINS AWAY IN CARMEL.S

9:00AM BLESSING AND AFFIRMATION IN THE OUTDOOR THEATER

9:30AM YOGA – IN OUTDOOR THEATER OR DOME HOUSE

10:30AM AROMATHERAPY TALK W/ INFUSED TEAS, CLEANSING WATERS AND HEALTHY SNACKS PREPARED BY OUR AROMATHERAPIST

10:45AM 20 MIN WALK IN FOREST – WILDCRAFTING FOR BODY SCRUB MATERIALS

11:00AM AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP FOR WILDCRAFT FOREST AND BODY SCRUB & CREATE WELLNESS KIT FOR HOME FIRST AID HEALTH; Testing for individual EO’s for each person’s body chemistry and prepare materials for creation of body scrub from both wildcrafted materials and natural oils provided.

PREPARE EMERGENCY ESSENTIAL OIL KIT: Lavender, Peppermint, Oregano, Frankincense, Eucylptus, Rosemary 6 Set of Essential Oils for treatment of multiple of illness and emergency treatment and to get thru life’s medical needs. Discussion and receipe for “Thieves Blend” for keeping clear of bacteria/illness/germ control and creation of home brews, tinctures, medicines, cleaning products, pet health, personal hygiene care and living life with organics and essential oils, plants, herbs, trees, roots, flowers and berries.

11:45AM PREPARE AND CREATE BODY SCRUB WITH WORKSHOP MATERIALS AND ESSENTIAL OILS AND WILD CRAFTED FOREST AND TERROIRE

12:45PM COMMUNITY LUNCHEON (INDOOR OR OUTDOOR DEPENDENT ON WEATHER ?!)

1:30PM AROMATHERAPY TALK AND CREATE WELLNESS ESSENTIAL OIL KIT FOR MEDICAL HEATH AND WELLNESS AND EMERGENCIES IN LIFE (YOU WILL TAKE THIS HOME WITH YOU)

2:45PM-4:45PM MASSAGES & TREATMENTS – INDIVIDUAL SCHEDULED

5:00PM EVENING BLESSING AND DRUM CIRCLE AT OUTDOOR THEATERS

9:00AM Morning Blessing and Affirmation, YOGA and Closing of Retreat

10AM – 2pm Massages & Treatments (arranged for each person individually on their schedules)

You are free to enjoy a Day of Art or Just walking in the forest. Aromatherapy treatments and massages will be taking place at the retreat and you are free to go to Big Sur or Carmel for the day as today is your checkout day. Feel free to check out by 11am latest please if you are a late massage, we will already anticipate your departure time.

10AM – 11AM Aromatherapist Talks (informal & Outdoor Distillation of herbs in theatre and day of infusing outdoors (hoping for sunshine) if no sun, indoor infusion on the stove of Dome House!!!

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