Have you ever thought, known or felt that “All is well” yet, deep down, felt like maybe there was something missing you couldn’t put your finger on? Have you ever thought that a little “special” time away with yourself, or with a special someone or someones, might help with that? Might that bring back a sense of connection to yourself, to another, to your God? Might be the personal and/or professional reset that you’ve been needing?
I now offer Custom Retreats in the Santa Cruz mountains. I can design one for you (or you can design it together with me) to suit your needs, interests, personality, stage of life and more. If you are unsure what this could be like, be sure to read the testimonial below.
Here is a short list of the types of experiences possible. Retreats for:
Imagine a couple of cabins in the Santa Cruz mountains nestled in the redwoods, one for each of us. With your input, I have created a schedule for the days we are together, based on goals and intentions that we mutually agreed upon beforehand.
Activities could include: (remember, everything is optional)
This is a gift of experience to yourself and/or to another/others. An experience that will be tailored just for you. You will have the resources, presence and accountability of an experienced teacher and guide to remind you to enjoy the moment, and to support you to move, with laser focus, toward the next steps of what you really want.
Contact me for more information. Imagine. Consider sharing this experience with another and/or offering it to them as a gift. The gift of “experience” is unique and can touch the heart deeply.
I am so grateful for my personalized retreat with Julianne, timed perfectly just as spring unfolded! Based on my desire to gain a clearer vision of my transition from an intense full-time career to the next fulfilling phase, Julianne designed a custom workshop retreat to make headway on my goal. I appreciated her thoughtfulness and attention to detail not only in how to use a variety of different modalities, but also on healthy eating, resting, sleeping, keeping costs reasonable and transitions between spaces during our time together.
Julianne is a deeply experienced teacher and guide, with plans that are flexible to go with the flow of our energy and breakthrough moments. I also really appreciated her keeping me focused on my stated intentions when distracting stories came up, pausing to offer her noticing and perspectives in the moment, and uncovering and honing insights. The modalities Julianne incorporated for me personally included nature walks, InterPlay, noticing, meditation, yoga for two, labyrinth walking, animal cards, dance, mindful eating, prayer, master lessons and resource recommendations… all served up with abundant laughter and hugs, and the occasional releasing of tears. Julianne exudes confidence, and also shares her own insights from our time together — she is the epitome of a lifelong learner. We wrapped up by creating a transition plan back to the “real world” and a daily self-care plan. It sounds jam-packed, but it felt intentional and easeful throughout our two day retreat!
This retreat day was a time to slow down long enough and dive deeply enough within to find a felt-sense of being alive. With instruction and practice, reflection and connection, we were aware of the body/mind as an instrument of peace, as a friend. With a welcoming of all body types, we enjoyed the awareness of being fully embodied and peaceful in the present moment. Grace moves through Spirit and the body/mind in ways that sometime go unnoticed.
Julianne Rice with Calvin Darling and Cathy Hutton
Calvin Darling, Cathy Hutton and I led this journey into the heart of nature, spending time on our yoga mats and enjoying the company of friends. It was an opportunity to look into your heart, revisit your heart’s desires, and take care of the “you” underneath all the busy-ness. The “you” that needs special time away from it all, in a space allowing you to unwind and reset. This small, 12-person event provided an intimate setting that facilitated deeper connections.
Retreat into the Heart – we carried this theme throughout our day and onto our mats. Practicing yoga is a wonderful way to care for the heart. The breathing practices, especially ujjayi (victorious breath) and alternate nostril breaths strengthen the heart/mind connection and as a result help to balance and steady the activity of the heart. Standing poses help to strengthen the heart. And, the heart opening exercises help to relieve tension, improve circulation and lift our mood – relieving stress and settling the heart, literally and metaphorically.
For those who are dedicated (or are yearning to be more dedicated) to their practice and love working deeply, this 5-day retreat at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond was perfect. Tucked away, snuggled in the arms of mother nature, we enjoyed our time dwelling together, hanging out, addressing personal challenges, getting questions answered “in person,” and taking the time to reflect/release/recreate in an atmosphere inviting breakthroughs to new ways of seeing and being.
We were blessed to have our whole foods plant-based meals prepared by Beth Love, founder of Eat for the Earth. We did yoga and learned more about its essence. We looked at the importance and meaning of satsang (community), sadhana (practice) and seva (service) as well as mining for the meaning of “less is more.” We hiked, had free time, connected deeply to ourselves and to each other. We spent time alone, some time in silence, and enjoyed some very special evening programs.
Rooms in redwood log cabins are lovely and comfortable, and there was an option for camping as well. The location is breathtaking and is easy to get to from Silicon Valley.
I really have enjoyed Julianne’s yoga retreats. She is a very good teacher and the retreats are always a lot of fun. Yoga, hiking, good company, and great food, too. I’m looking forward to her next retreat.
I strongly recommend going on retreat with Julianne. Her kind and generous teaching is a great gift to give yourself. On retreat with her, I got to be very quiet, slowed down, and reconnected with nature.
My retreat with Julianne at the Land of Medicine Buddha was the first yoga retreat I ever attended. I was nervous at first. I had taken classes with Julianne for a long time, but I expected that there would be a qualitative difference between attending a single class, and an entire weekend. I was right in thinking that there is a qualitative difference. I was wrong in what that qualitative difference was. I had imagined that I’d be doing yoga for 14 hours a day, and emerge from the weekend exhausted and brutally sore. Not so. I finished that weekend, thanks to Julianne and the other attendees, an energized and transformed person.
A weekend retreat with Julianne is a true gift of joy, life and learning – from the moment you drive up, there is a sense of peace. I so enjoyed deepening my yoga practice on a physical level and a spiritual level. There were so many wonderful treats in the weekend from new poses to experiencing a concert in the meadow, a meditative walk along the trails and the sound of laughter ringing in the hills. Thank you, Julianne – I am looking forward to your next adventure!
Because an overall perception I gained was that the sensation of effervescent grace and beauty was ever there to be experienced, I asked myself “Would I ever be attentive enough to see it?” The beginning of that seeing came at my retreat with Julianne, through the stillness of that sacred space. It came in the shimmering of wind chimes in the trees, with little else but the soft landing of dust motes to punctuate a silent meditative hike. It was ushered in with the calm after-dinner walks back to my room accompanied by the sound of monks chanting in the temple and the relieving, positive, absence of electronic devices ringing and beeping.
My retreat was the best. I enjoyed the people and the forest. The schedule felt balanced and just right. I loved walking outdoors, laughing with others and learning new things about the way to practice yoga. I especially enjoyed how I was gently guided to make the practicing of my asanas more pleasurable and ultimately more transformative overall. I can’t wait to go again.
March 2022 retreat participant
~ Erich Schiffmann
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