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With Devaa Haley Mitchell, Anodea Judith,
Lisa Schrader, Luisah Teish, Miranda Macpherson
and Mirabai Starr
Live Retreat
October 16-21, 2016
in Northern California

Replenish your whole being in an oasis of healing, pleasure and ecstatic celebration!

Connect with your innermost depths and access your sacred feminine power through meditation, movement and music.

Are you longing for a deep sense of ease, relaxation and joy?

Are you drawn to share sacred time with other women to explore the love, depth and radiance of the divine feminine?

Do you feel like you need some space just for YOU to recharge body, mind and soul?

Then, we invite you to join us for a magical, nourishing “soul sanctuary,” in which you’ll be guided by 6 leading spiritual teachers and facilitators to reconnect with your spiritual essence in a community of empowered, awakening sisters.

As women, it’s very helpful to create an OUTER sanctuary that supports us in connecting with our depths and our natural rhythms.

And it’s equally important to create an INNER sanctuary , where we feel safe to open our hearts and bare our souls.

As women, we are wired to live deeply and in the present moment. We value connection and need to create space for our emotions and nurturing our bodies.

Most of us thrive when we have permission to operate at a more spacious, grace-filled pace. In this slower rhythm, we are able to drop down and connect with our life-force energy.

We are rejuvenated when we tap into the more sensuous parts of our being — which doesn’t happen very easily in the frenetic pace of modern life.

The truth is that we live in a culture that tends to value high achievement and productivity, often leaving the feminine part of our BE-ings untapped or undernourished. We navigate the demands of daily life in an attempt to “have it all” and serve the needs of those around us.

We need time to replenish...time for tenderness, to simply breathe. When we create this space for ourselves, we feel more whole, and more OURSELVES.

The “lights” come back on. We can laugh and truly revel in life, rather than simply pushing through to the next thing demanding our attention and energy.

Sanctuary time is the time in which our soul literally incarnates more fully and we relish in the sheer pleasure of being alive in a body. We come home to ourselves and our bodies.

Accessing Your Deepest Joy AND
Your Spiritual Gifts

What if you were supported to enter into a natural, flowing, relaxed retreat pacing that is fun, profound and pleasurable?

This is our invitation for you with the Inspiring Women’s Soul Sanctuary Retreat...

We welcome you to take the time to be in this sacred rhythm and in a community of juicy support, laughter and play.

We’re holding a sacred space for you to step into your most luminous, powerful and wise version of yourself in the world by first taking the time to connect with your innermost depths and access the sacred feminine power within you.

A truly inspiring woman lives in natural synchronization and alignment with herself. She’s connected with her body, emotionally nourished, and intuitively tapped in. She’s magnetic and radiant because she is connected, on every level, to her soul. We want this for YOU!

When we are fully at home in our bodies, we naturally live an inspiring life, filled with meaning, fulfillment, and success but also depth, connection, and a sense of pleasurable adventure.

The law of attraction sets in as we live from our “shakti,” our natural feminine energy, drawing to us what we most want to manifest. Anything becomes possible.

Deep Soul Support from Six Sacred Sisters

When you step into our Soul Sanctuary, you’ll be guided by 6 wise, delightful teachers of the sacred feminine.

They’ll pour their wisdom into you, weaving their soul gifts into a gorgeous tapestry of grace. They’ll share essential practices to feed your soul, delight your body and soften your heart.

Plus, your teachers will also be in the sisterhood with you! They’ll not only be leading their segments, they’re also part of the circle, receiving the gifts, wisdom and practices, of the other teachers and participants — right alongside you.

We’re excited to share this new Soul Sanctuary model, where there’s a natural flow of leadership and support in response to the present moment.

Not only will you learn from the facilitators (and each other!), but you’ll also enjoy meals together, as well as the group activities and gorgeous walks on the beautiful land of the Earthrise Retreat Center.

Emerging from Your Sanctuary Time

We promise that you’ll emerge from this retreat feeling beautifully restored, deeply loved, and much more whole. You’ll feel fed on every level, through delicious food, gorgeous nature, tender touch, rejuvenating body time, wild play, healing for your emotions, restorative energy practices and lots of laughter.

You’ll return home more ready to engage your worldly mission with authentic passion and to know exactly what you need to do to keep your batteries recharged and your joy rekindled.

During these soul-filled 5 days together, you’ll discover:

  • How to create greater spaciousness within the busyness of your life
  • Ritual that will restore and renew your energy levels
  • Shakti practices to soften your heart, restore flow and liberate the healing power of your emotions
  • The beauty of mystical poetry from the ocean of devotion
  • Simple yet profound body wisdom exercise to free joyful movement
  • Ways to access the guidance and support of your ancestors
  • Healing rituals to reconnect to spirit and restore your energy
  • How to establish mini sanctuary spaces within your daily routine
  • Why it’s essential for you to build in cycles of restoration in all areas of your life
  • Sacred practices to nourish your feminine body and soul

You’ll also have the opportunity for meaningful connections with other women — which in itself, is one of the most healing experiences we can have.

We’ve also created unstructured, contemplative time for you to tune into the softer, quieter currents that are moving inside you. This will help you harvest the deeper lessons being revealed to you and connect with your inner guidance for what’s next.

Artistically, you’ll be inspired by poetry, music, dance and ecstatic celebration.


  • Express yourself more fully and open your voice to bring in more joy
  • Open your being to experience more pleasure
  • Discover specific practices to further your awakening journey through writing and journaling (your own story of transformation!)

Together, these soul sisters will open your body, mind and soul to the Divine Feminine and the world, lighting a path of reverence, love and service.

What You’ll Experience During The Inspiring Women’s Soul Sanctuary Retreat

Morning “Paths” of Devotion

In order to have a chance to dive deeper with a smaller group of women over the days of the retreat, you’ll be invited to choose from one of three “Paths” of exploration, which are outlined below. In these “Paths” you’ll have the opportunity to immerse with two of our facilitators into a space of soul expansion and transformation.

Path One ~
Bhakti and Shakti
With Devaa Haley Mitchell
and Lisa Schrader

“Bhakti” is known as the path of open-hearted spiritual devotion, while “shakti” is the feminine life force, inviting us to reconnect with our passion and reconnect with our succulent essence. Taken together, we’ll surrender into the heart of love, awakening the goddess in each of us and celebrating her in each other. So how does the goddess in YOU want to move, express her voice, connect and be met?

We’ll also explore what gets in the way of your love and your passion, including our heart-breaks and the challenges of being a modern-day woman. And we will use the path of pleasure to remind ourselves of our sacredness, activating the wisdom of our sensuality in safe and gentle ways.

Together we will:

  • Melt shame around body image and celebrating the many ways goddess incarnates
  • Soften the heart, restoring flow and liberating the healing power of our emotions
  • Liberate the toxic energy of comparison and working with the shadows aspects of sisterhood
  • Celebrate and recognizing the divine feminine in each of us
  • Explore gentle Tantric practices for activating more sensual vitality and reclaiming our erotic wisdom
  • Relax and receive the deep nourishment that your feminine soul desires, so you can more fully give your gifts with renewed creativity
  • Heal wounds connected to body image, comparison and competition with other women
  • Explore what blocks our open-heartedness and gets in the way of our devotion

Path Two ~
The Ancestral Journey
With Anodea Judith
and Luisah Teish

In the coming years, as we face into the evolutionary initiation to our next form of civilization, it will be necessary to tap into sacred wisdom to guide our evolutionary journey.

The feminine in all Her forms, both mortal and divine, will have a prominent role in whatever future we create. But to remain strong in our feminine power, we must reach beyond the veil for the guidance and support of the ancestors.

Autumn is the time of year when the ancestors are most accessible. So we’ll join together in sacred ritual, under the light of the full moon, to rekindle our strength, access our own guidance, and connect with the wisdom of the ancients. We’ll honor the past and also co-create our shared future!

Together we will:

  • Engage in shared ritual to connect with guidance from our own higher selves, while also tapping the wisdom of the ancestors.
  • Explore what will be required for humanity to shift from the “love of power” to the “power of love.”
  • Experience ancestral stories, legends, and practices from around the world.
  • Activate all of your chakras in alignment with the wisdom and vision you are gleaning.
  • Learn the secrets of “Story Magic” and how to evolve your own life myth, transform your reality and become a more awake, free and empowered human being.
  • Understand how you can claim your unique role as a love-powered evolutionary in this next chapter on our planet.
  • Explore your dreamscape — its symbols, mythological beings and animal totems — as a source of wisdom and guidance.

Path Three ~
Dancing in the Footsteps of
the Feminine Ecstatics

With Mirabai Starr

The way of the feminine mystic balances passionate longing with warm connection, and grounded presence with wild abandon. It is a path that transcends description and is best expressed through poetry, dance and song. You will be initiated into a profound, multidimensional field of love that is at the foundation of a sacred relationship with life.

You’ll also reclaim long-buried aspects of the feminine soul by hearing the stories of the great female mystics, reveling in their poetry and rejoicing in their wisdom. Here, you’ll have time and space to more deeply connect with the sacred wisdom of your own body, sharing timeless practices that throw open the gates of the heart and soul.

Together we’ll:

  • Experience sacred chants and mystical poetry from the ocean of devotion
  • Abide in the deep quiet that underlies the Feast of Love
  • Draw inspiration from feminine wisdom figures within many spiritual traditions including Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, the Sufi mystic Rabia, the Hindu poet Mirabai, Kwan Yin, Tara, Sophia, and the Shekhinah
  • Bathe in a pool of deep nurturance and self care
  • Relax into the stillness of the mystery
  • Take time to journal, write and share our reflections in sacred community

Your Afternoon Workshops

Chakra Healing with Anodea Judith

Chakras are vital centers for organization of the reception, assimilation and expression of life force energy. They exist in the deepest core of you. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to work directly with that life force to heal, balance, and awaken your chakras, and thereby enhance your life force. Through Anodea’s signature chakra therapy, you will become more skilled at working with the body’s life force or “charge” to heal past trauma, release blockage for better flow of aliveness and awakening.

Opening to Boundless Love with
Miranda Macpherson

Miranda will first lead us through a satsang into the boundless love of God and your true nature. Then, she’ll lead open a deep inquiry process, supporting us to access our inner wisdom connected to the topic at hand. Miranda is known for her depth of presence and refined capacity to guide others into direct experience of the Sacred. Within a tangible atmosphere of unconditional love, she teaches and transmits a synthesis of self-inquiry, devotion, meditation and psychological wisdom that embraces every aspect of our humanity as a gateway home.

Accessing the Wisdom of Your Womb with
Devaa Haley Mitchell

There is an inner depth of wisdom that resides at the core of our being — in our sacred sanctum that is our womb. Together as sisters we’ll co-create a sacred womb temple for heartfelt sharing of body and soul. We’ll be diving deep to access this inner portal, then gently moving from this deeper space. We’ll also share stories related to our yonis, menstrual cycles, and those deep yearnings that are ready to birth into the world. Yearnings. As we each listen and respond to this deeper wisdom, our lives are enhanced and our femininity flowers on a deeper level!

Awakening Shakti: Tapped In, Turned On, Attuned to the Heart with Lisa Schrader

Our sacred feminine life force energy, our SHAKTI, is the most potent energy we have access to as women. A woman alive to her Shakti is rooted in her sensual body, allowing her to tap into sustainable energy, giving and receiving pleasure, to source her creativity. Join Lisa Schrader as she guides you through an embodiment meditation, gentle sensual awakening practices, and soul-sharing with sisters to awaken the spirit, heart and erotic wisdom of the goddess within.

Entering the Chrysalis with Luisah Teish

There comes a moment in everyone’s life where you recognize that the old ideas, beliefs and stories you carry no longer match the truth of your vision of who you can be. But how do you let go of your old identity and rebirth yourself? Story and myth can play a potent role in rescripting your life and preparing you for awakening new possibilities. They lay down the script for the drama of your life. In this workshop, Luisah Teish will show you how to let go and create a new storyline for your life. And you will then joyously enter into the metamorphosis phase, beginning to transform into the winged beauty your soul meant you to be.

Writing Your Story of Transformation with Mirabai Starr

Have you longed to share your story, but don’t know how to begin to articulate something so holy and mysterious, so beautiful and perhaps also so painful? Your juicy story is one that deserves to be told. Join us for a session of guided writing exercises, deep dialog, and meditation. Emerge with a revitalized connection to the core of your experience, and a fearless voice to tell about it.

Evening Delights

  • Opening fireside ritual to open the sacred portals under the full moon
  • Ecstatic Dance to shake your body and lift your soul!
  • Storytelling and ritual theater with Luisah Teish, filled with amusement and laughter
  • Singalong chanting and kirtan with Devaa Haley Mitchell and Zuleika to open to the ecstatic current of the divine
  • Storydancing and mystical poetry with Zuleikha and Mirabai Starr
  • Moving meditations to meet and connect with the other women participants in a nonverbal context
  • Last night — fire ceremony to release intentions
  • Mirabai — weave in blessing process into closing ritual

Other Juicy Tidbits

  • Purify with an healthy diet and ayurvedic cleanse if you so choose!
  • Walk the outdoor labyrinth in silence for deep reflection
  • Enjoy hiking the gorgeous 200 acres of rolling hills in northern California

Praise for the Faculty...

“When I wanted to dive deeper with my work and share from a new level of vulnerability, I turned to Devaa. She helped me lead from my authenticity, connect with my depth and open in ways that proved energizing and effective. Her support enabled me to go to a whole new level in my work and bring new qualities to my leadership. She helped me in a million ways that I cannot even describe. I am blessed by her presence.”
— Marci Shimoff, Bestselling Author with Over 14 Million Books Sold, Including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Happy for No Reason

“Working with Lisa has been transformational. Her work has put me in deeper contact with my own internal source of sustainable feminine power. She operates at a level of mastery with this work that is effective, beautiful and heartfelt. I recommend her highly.”
— Marcia Wieder, CEO/Founder, Dream University

“It is with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, who I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague. In addition to being a gifted author, Mirabai is blessed with the capacity to inspire others with her wisdom and understanding of mystical theology. I referred to her translations of Teresa of Avila’s great masterpiece, The Interior Castle, while writing my own book, Entering the Castle, because of the excellence of her work. Mirabai is a rare jewel.”
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spiritand Entering the Castle

“We have been blessed to work with Luisah Teish over the past many years, and consistently find her contributions to be of the highest quality, not only in her storytelling and keynoting, but in the kind of presence and respectful spaces she creates for people to have transformative experiences... Her gifts as a communicator, spiritual teacher and elder are many, and the presence and intentionality with which she hosts any group are deep and profound.”
— Nina Simons, Co-founder and President, Bioneers

“In my opinion as a therapist, Anodea is a master of mind/body integration work... She has taught me through her trainings the practice of witnessing/experiencing the "charge" in my life force, which has helped me to get grounded and locate the sacred space inside myself. With my clients, I am able to witness their charge, back off my agenda and allow the intelligence of their charge to guide the way to their opening.”
— Paula Weithman, Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Dallas, TX

About the Faculty

Rev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell
Is a soul midwife, spiritual teacher and business leader. She is a co-founder of The Shift Network and Founder of Inspiring Women with Soul. Devaa also offers deeply experiential and transformative work, through coaching, mentorship, courses, workshops and retreats. She also offers sing-along world kirtan music gatherings and performs both locally as well as at international festivals of music and yoga.

Anodea Judith
Anodea Judith, PhD is an international workshop leader, somatic therapist, yoga teacher, ritual priestess, historian and evolutionary philosopher who believes we are here to create Heaven on Earth. She is most known for her bestselling books on the chakra system, including Wheels of Life; Eastern Body, Western Mind and The Global Heart Awakens.

Luisah Teish
Luisah Teish is a writer, storyteller and ritual events director. She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She is an elder and Womanchief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition and she teaches online classes and weekend workshops.

Miranda Macpherson
Miranda Macpherson is a contemporary spiritual teacher, counselor and author of the spiritual guidebook Boundless Love (Random House 2002). Miranda has been teaching internationally since 1995 and is known for her depth of presence, clarity and refined capacity to guide people into direct experience of the sacred. Miranda is also founder of the ground-breaking “OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation” in London, and today leads two “Awakening Love and Wisdom” sanghas in California.

Lisa Schrader
Lisa Schrader, the Founder of Awakening Shakti, supports women worldwide to awaken the heart of their authentic feminine power and sacred sensuality. A teacher, author, speaker and coach, her work in Tantra and Sacred Sexuality has been featured on Oprah, Oxygen and VH1. She has a private coaching practice supporting clients worldwide and is certified through the International Coach Federation.

Mirabai Starr
Mirabai Starr is author of Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, new translations of the Spanish mystics, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila and the award-winning book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. She leads contemplative interspiritual retreats worldwide.

Your Retreat Location

The Retreat Center

Our retreat will be hosted at EarthRise, a beautiful, semi-rural, conscious-living center located within the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) campus. This is also the office headquarters for The Shift Network, and you’ll have an opportunity to engage with senior Shift Network leaders during the retreat your Seven Sacred Sisters.

The Setting

Enjoy being amid 194 acres of rolling hills, where hiking trails meander through pristine native live oak woodlands and the surrounding open space offers panoramic vistas of the California landscape. A beautiful meditative labyrinth made of river stones lies high on the hill overlooking the valley below.

Other special features include a beautiful permaculture garden that provides fruits and vegetables for the kitchen, a meditation hut nestled in a peaceful oak grove, a sweat lodge, a fire circle and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation.


Local ingredients are the inspiration for the cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products and extraordinary cheeses. The kitchen uses organic produce from local farmers and from their own permaculture garden whenever possible. The chef draws upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors.


EarthRise provides sleeping accommodations that include single, double and couple rooming options. All of the rooms have recently been renovated, and are simply and attractively appointed with a desk, clothing bureau, linens, blankets and towels, and include access to a shared kitchen for tea and coffee. All housing accommodations are situated near to one another and next to the retreat space.


EarthRise at IONS is located just 35 minutes north of San Francisco. It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco.

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the The Inspiring Women’s Soul Sanctuary Retreat

We feel honored that these amazing women have chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive in-person retreat. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with renowned spiritual guides from diverse backgrounds.

The 5-day retreat will take place from October 16 – October 21, 2016. Plan to arrive at the retreat center by 4:00pm Pacific on October 16 and depart from the retreat center before 3:00pm (after lunch) Pacific on October 21.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your evolution as a divine being, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

Register now:

$1500 Regular Tuition
$1000 Tuition

Room and meals for the week
(starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Friday):

Commuter – $397
Shared room – $847
Single Room – $997

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact us at


Q: What is your refund policy?
A: The retreat is refundable until July 18, 2016 minus a $200 processing fee. After July 18 the retreat is 50% refundable until September 1, 2016 minus the $200 processing fee. After that point, due to the hard costs of this retreat, your payment is nonrefundable.

Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: No, since we have a hard limit on the number of participants at the retreat site, we won’t have space for full scholarships.

Q: If I have any further questions, how can I reach Customer Support?
A: Email: or call us at 415-223-7565.