Healing Yourself: Healing the World 5 days/4 nights October 25- 29, 2023


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This retreat is for women looking for an opportunity to deepen their relationships with themselves and deal with major changes or shifts happening in their lives.   Transitions can ripen our hearts to new yearnings and experiences, and open our doorway to calls to service.  As women, we have so much to offer and this retreat can help you find your deepest wisdom and learn how  to take it forward into your life.   

We will explore transformational tools for self-care, grief work, and self-compassion; and create the opportunity to slow down and feel the support of other women. We will explore mindfulness practices, walking, moving and sitting to drop deeper into our feminine voices and power. Whether you have a mindfulness practice or are curious to explore these tools more deeply, we will create a deeper circle of care, healing and deep listening together, and a container to hold whatever needs to be felt and processed.  

This year’s retreat will cover two additional days of deep diving into our embodied selves where we can embrace gently the parts that are in pain.  We will open more deeply to the intuitive knowing of our deep feminine containers through embodiment practices from Goddess myths and Mother Gaia.  Through many forms of connection with nature, ourselves and each other, we will learn the power of compassionately witnessing ourselves and each other: Yoga, Ritual, Sacred Dance, Deep Practice, Nature Practice, Sharing Circles, and Silence. Tools for grieving and the IFS Toolbox will be presented and explored in our practices together. 

In this weekend, we will uncover, share and explore what we know about ourselves deep inside, that is always there for us—when we slow down, get quiet, and tap into our own deep feminine wisdom.  In our final day, we will explore ways that we can move forward into the world with this new wisdom by finding our new place of action in the world.  We will revisit Joanna Macy’s Spiral as we have in Stage 3 of the Midlife Voyage and practice  “seeing with new eyes” and other rituals in deep time.  This will give us the perspective of our interconnectedness to everything so that we can see beyond and within at the same time. This ecodharma is our final focus.

When:  October 25-29, 2023
Where:  The Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Center    8941 Overland Road,  Ward, CO  80481

Register Now:   Single $999     Double $950
Arrival: 9 AM Wednesday, October 25th    Departure:  Sunday, October 29th   1 pm
Registration Closes – September 15, 2023
Early Bird Deadline  –  May 31, 2023

Some scholarship money is available if you need support to attend this retreat.

TO REGISTER:  Click on the box above and follow the prompts to pay.  A registration form will be sent to you after you make your payment.

Donna Roe Daniell, LCSW, RYT 200      

Donna brings over 28 years of experience as a family therapist, vipassana meditation practitioner and student of Buddhism, MBSR teacher, certified IFS therapist, trained Mindful Self Compassion teacher, and climate activist. Her unique coaching program The Midlife Voyage to Transformation offers a powerful mindfulness toolbox that ignites fierce courage in the face of fear and pain.  This roadmap through grief and loss brings true authenticity, clarity and passion back into your life again.  Her memoir of her own midlife struggles, “A Midlife Voyage to Transformation,” available through her website, is a guidebook for women in midlife transitions and shares her own path to transformation using the tools she offers in her retreats for women.  Donna’s exploration and training in Ecodharma or engaged buddhism, Trauma Healing, Zen Buddhism, Joanna Macy’s Spiral, and Deborah Eden Tull’s Heart of Listening dharma facilitation training has inspired her own path of offering transformative experiences for women in transitions and most recently dealing with grief.


This retreat was exactly what I needed!  I’m in the middle of a divorce and had really lost my sense of self after many years in an unfulfilled marriage.  I was able to work through a great deal of anger, shame and hurt during the week with the guidance of our instructor/guide and the support of other women attending the retreat.  I found healing and moved into a place of loving kindness and compassion for myself by implementing the mindfulness techniques from this retreat.  Thank you for this transformative opportunity!!  HS 2022

“I was scared to attend this retreat —fearful of discovering something I did not want to acknowledge or face. I feel so blessed to have been given this weekend to connect with so many different spirits of beautiful women and move through that fear more. I can’t wait to see where these new connections take me!” KV 2021

“This was a new experience for me! I’m good around people and strangers but the depth of the relationships that I developed with fellow retreaters was heartwarming, encouraging, and inspiring. It allowed me to go deeper in my search for wholeness and compassion for myself and others. I believe compassion will carry me further in this life than I knew previously.” RN  2021

“The Woman’s Mindfulness Retreat with Donna was an amazing and powerful experience. She created a safe place for us to go into ourselves and be vulnerable with each other. She had carefully planned activities that we gradually and gently were able to go deeper and deeper. In only three and a half days we felt so bonded as a community! I highly recommend a retreat with Donna.” SS  2022

“This retreat has opened my heart to myself and the other women on their journeys. I had not attended a retreat before, so I did not know what to expect. I found acceptance, kindness, caring for myself as well as from others. I’ve only known these amazing women for four days! The community and connectedness is powerful and I hope carries me on afterwards.” AK 2021

I knew this retreat would be wonderful and hard and, indeed, it was both!  There was so much support and camaraderie that enabled me to move forward from some stuck areas.  I’m feeling more peaceful with many tools to care for myself and many hugs along the way.  Yeah!   CS 2022

Donna’s retreats get to the heart of the important matters in the first few moments.  If you’re wanting to heal grief that’s hanging on for much too long, this retreat is for you!  Meditation, a variety of mindfulness practices, yoga, dancing, and singing together.  You won’t be sorry and you’ll leave much lighter, brighter and more joyful than you arrived.  EF  2022

Additional information


Single Room, Double Room


Retreat Schedule
Day 1: Thursday, November 5
9 – 10 Arrival – check-in; room assignments
10 -12:30 Introductions & Retreat Opening & Orientation
Exploring Mindfulness (Discussion) – Practice Time
12:30 Lunch
1:30 -3:30 Guided Hike
3:30 – 4:30 Self-Exploration Time (alone)
4:30 – 5:30 Practice Time
5:30 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 Sharing Circle – Telling our stories

Day 2 – Friday, November 6
7: 00 – 8:00 Morning Practice
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 Intro to Loving Kindness or Metta
Self-Compassion Practices
11:00 – 12:00 Dyads Exercise
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:30 – 3:30   Guided Hike – Outdoor Practices
3:30 – 4:30  Self-Exploration Time (alone)
4:30 – 5:30   Practice Time
5:30 – 7 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:00  Practice Time
8:00  – 9:00  Sharing Circle – Exploring our Voices

Day 3 – Saturday, November 7
7:00 – 8:00 Yoga & Movement Practice
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast – Going into silence
9:00 – 4:30 Day of Silent Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Practice
4:30 – 5:30 Introduction to IFS /Midlife Voyage to Transformation
5:30 – 7 PM Dinner in silence
7:00 – 8:00 Coming out of silence; sharing our experiences
8:00 – 9:30  Sharing our gifts — music, dance, song


Day 4 – Sunday, November 8
7:00 – 8:00 Morning Practice
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 Final Practice
11:00 – 12:00 Retreat Closing
12:00 Lunch and leaving
1:00 Retreat Over/ Clean up
COST: $550 Single,   $499 Double or Triple   REGISTRATION IS OPEN TILL OCTOBER 1

COVID-19 UPDATE: If there is a need to cancel this retreat due to REMERC closing the retreat center, all payments will be refunded minus $20 administrative fee.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations between September 1 and October `1st  will receive a full refund minus $50 non-refundable deposit.  No refunds after October 1st.

Facilitated by Donna Roe Daniell, LCSW

Donna brings over 28 years of experience as a family therapist, vipassana meditation practitioner, MBSR
teacher, certified IFS therapist and trained MSC teacher into her coaching practice.  She works specifically with women in midlife transitions such as divorce, death of a loved one, empty-nesting, caretaking a loved one, menopause or major medical issues, and retirement or work transitions.   Her unique coaching  program, “The Midlife Voyage to Transformation,” offers a powerful mindfulness toolbox that ignites fierce courage in the face of fear. This roadmap through your grief brings true authenticity, clarity, and passion back into your life again.