Full Heart Yoga:  Yoga for Health and Wholeness

Nature as Ritual: A Sacred Women's Retreat
July 14-16, 2017

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Women’s rhythms are tied to cycles of nature and of the planet.  On this deeply nurturing and inspiring retreat, we will honor nature’s archetypal energies and wisdom, which are also reflected in divine feminine archetypes from around the globe.  

During the weekend, ritual and ceremony will help pay tribute to progress on our personal and spiritual journeys, to cleanse and release what is ready to be let go, and to awaken our awareness of our true selves, and to cultivate powerful energetic tools and techniques to support us on our paths. 

Come prepared for intentional time with nature – cloud watching, fire ceremony, moon bathing, earthing, river floating. We will also practice yoga asana, transformational breathing, deep relaxation, awakened art, guided meditations, chanting, sound healing, shamanic drumming, soothing  self-care practices, and sacred listening and speech.

You will come away from the weekend rejuvenated, balanced and renewed through:

  • greater connection to the sacred feminine and the elements of nature
  • heightened awareness of the wisdom and grace present in your daily life
  • participation in a community of awakened women
  • practical knowledge of how to access the power and support of the divine feminine
  • secret insights from ancient yogic and shamanic traditions to support you on your journey

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Retreat Contributors

  • Lakshmi Kanter
    Lakshmi is a Yoga Therapist, Awakened Heart Meditation Teacher, and E-RYT200/RYT500 Yoga Teacher. Her first tranformative spiritual experiences occurred while adventuring, playing, and sitting quietly surrounded by the awesomeness of the natural world, during eight years as a camper and counselor at Quaker hiking and canoeing camps in Virginia.
  • Gabrielle Fouche Williams
    Sound Healer and Shamanic Drummer
  • Whitney Sweet
    Whit has over 20 years experience of promoting the arts through various national, state and local level realms.  She currently teaches at the University of Maryland in the Dept of Ed, primarily working with students in their residencies as aspiring teachers.  Prior to that she taught at the University of Hawaii teaching arts-integration & ethic courses.



Stone Song Center, 23 acres of luscious wildness – woodlands, meadows and streams – is located in Flintstone Maryland, amidst the Allegany Mountains.   Just 2 hours northwest of Washington DC, the retreat center has a deep commitment to nature and participates in the state’s Forest Stewardship Plan.  Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park are literally next door. 




  • Camping:  You are free to bring your own tent and camp out on the beautiful land.
  • Barn:  The renovated barn is a rustic but very charming structure.  Accommodations are dormitory style with a variety of queen, double, twin and bunk beds.
  • Farmhouse:  The farmhouse is a beautiful house with all modern amenities: central air, indoor Jacuzzi.
  • All lodging includes shared bathrooms.  Bedrooms are typically shared. If you have special requests for a private room or sharing with friends, please let us know as early as possible and we may be able to accommodate your wish.



Our nourishment will be fresh, seasonal and balancing, from Friday nights dinner through Sunday lunch. Options can include gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.  Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or considerations when you register.

Sample Breakfast

  • Granola or Oatmeal
  • Dry fruit/raisins, mixed nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit juice, coffee, tea

Sample Lunch

  • Vegetarian Thai Noodle Salad
  • Steamed Broccoli with Lemon & Olive oil
  • Chilled Beets & Onion Salad

Sample Dinner

  • Quinoa and Mung Bean Kitchari
  • Kale salad
  • Sautéed Zucchini/Yellow squash
  • Chia Seed Pudding



Camping:  $320
Barn:  $370
Farmhouse:  $460

Accommodations, meals, and all activities are included in the cost.   Massage sessions with a professional massage therapist may be booked separately for an additional fee.

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To Bring

Please bring a journal, comfortable clothes for yoga and outdoor activities, a swimsuit, a sarong, a yoga mat, a meditation cushion, your favorite yoga props, good walking shoes, bug spray, a flashlight, and a contribution/offering for our communal altar.

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Tentative Schedule

Friday Afternoon:
Arrive, register, settle in, explore Stone Song property

Friday Evening:
Opening Circle
Gentle Movement & Sound Healing
Sky & Moon bathing

Saturday Morning:
Yoga, Breathing, Chanting, Meditation
Earthing / Forest Immersion
Sound Healing
Awakened art


Saturday Mid Day:
River hike, Mud cleansing, & Play
Free/Quiet time

Saturday Evening:
Fire ceremony with Shamanic Drumming

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Yoga & Meditation
Guided Relaxation


(Elizabeth) Lakshmi Kanter
Yoga Therapist and E-RYT200, RYT500 Yoga Teacher
lakshmi (at) fullheartyoga (dot) com * 510.219.2872 * Washington, DC

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