Becoming the change we want to see in the world requires us to develop and maintain our connection with our sense of purpose, with each other for mutual support and community, and with nature for inspiration and strength.


In this retreat you will learn practices that support you in your ability to maintain connection in your daily life, as well as skills and knowledge to deal with the challenges that get in your way.


The program includes:

  • Nature connection practices through sensory immersion (Forest Bathing) and nature journaling,

  • Simple and gentle yoga postures, breathing and mental imagery practices,

  • Inquiry techniques to clear negative beliefs and distracting thought patterns,

  • Work with Archetypes to avoid taking things personally,

  • Non-Violent Communication and Council techniques to heal and strengthen relationships,

  • Unstructured time every day for personal reflection and integration,

  • Opportunities for private sessions with the presenters,

  • Handouts and audio recordings to support your home practice.

Located near Lake Placid, in the heart of the beautiful Adirondack High Peaks area, your program fee includes comfortable lodging with shared or single accommodations, as well as healthy meals with built in vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.


Johanna Messer  is the author of "A Manual for Living Your Own Life,"  and "Freedom to Change" which were borne from her passion to share the practices and techniques that were most effective in her own personal journey to heal herself from Lyme disease, as well as helping her students reach their potential. A teacher in public and private schools for over 20 years, she now does private life coaching and leads workshops and programs to help others learn practical skills to improve communication, reduce stress and redirect their energy towards achieving their goals.

Helene Gibbens started on her own personal wholeness journey at 20, which fueled her passion to share with others what she learns. A Massage Therapist in Montreal for 10 years, she developed stress management programs for clients and organizations. After moving to the Adirondacks in 2000, she opened a yoga center where she has been teaching yoga, meditation and wellness for the community and for NCCC students. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, NY State Hiking Guide License and holds the highest designation with Yoga Alliance, ERYT-500.

Wednesday,  May 16  -

            Sunday, May 20  2018

Arrival 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Ending Sunday at Noon



Retreat Fee:

Shared room: $925

Single room: $1075


Maximum 10 women



Becoming the Change

A Retreat for Women in the Adirondacks