Create, heal, and reconnect with ease and pleasure in the body.
Turn off your phone. Put your out-of-office message on. Rest and reconnect with your body. This retreat is a supportive structure to take time out from the go-go-go. Each session explores different ways of cultivating ease, pleasure, and creativity as pathways to playfully erode oppression, and all sessions are optional. I encourage retreatants to see this as a menu of explorations that fit within your own personal decompression and creative practice schedule. While staying at our beautiful Airbnb on Winnisquam Lake in New Hampshire, we'll also have opportunities for sharing in our evening group and delicious meals and time to explore in nature.
3:00p - Arrival
6:00p - Dinner
7:30p - Sharing of intentions for creative and personal explorations
5:30 - 6:30p -Opening Conversation: Powering down, clearing, grounding, and centering.
6:30p - Dinner
7:30p - Sharing of creative and personal explorations
9:00 - 9:45p - Meditation: Letting go and clearing of old energies
9:00 - 9:45a - Meditation: Levity and Ease, opening to possibility
1:30 - 3:00p - Conversation: Maintaining balance and ease during re-entry into a post-pandemic world
5:00 - 6:30p - Creative Forming + Conversation: Ease amidst urgency, Pleasure amidst grind culture (Option to bring some creative materials for drawing, writing, collaging, singing, or movement)
6:30p - Restaurant dinner with sharing of work, play & exploration
9:00 - 9:45p - Meditation: Deep Healing and Metta ("loving kindness" or "friendliness")
9:00 - 9:45a - Meditation: Pleasure, inviting in all the good stuff
10:00 - 12:00p - Authentic Movement: Guided exploration of pleasure and ease in the body
2:00 - 3:00p - Conversation: What's Next for You in the New World
3:00 - 3:30p - Closing: Social chatter and closing meditation
6:30p - Dinner
7:30p - Sharing of work, play & exploration
9:00a - Closing share, fun and empowering proclamations
10:00a - Depart
Cost is $900 with the option to pay more in support of financial aid for others. Please enroll by sending payment via Venmo (julieannotis) or Zelle (), including your personal intentions for the retreat.
What to Expect
"I recently had the pleasure of attending a virtual retreat led by Julie Ann. She offered us all a lovely 'tasting menu' of her best treats. There was conversation, creation, authentic movement, guided meditations, tea time, generous breaks, and heartfelt connections. My fellow participants were so engaged and supportive; echoing the vibrations and tone of safety and welcome open kindness that was so well presented by Julie Ann. I went into this weekend looking to shed the weight of guilt I had burdened myself with. When Monday came I felt light and inspired, glowing with possibility. No more aversion and guilt; just me and the moment at hand. This virtual retreat scratched the itch I was feeling for a return to embodied, in person retreat simply because IT WAS. Julie Ann figured it out! How to break through the barriers of screens, shatter the black mirror, and burst light into all the spaces of my heart. She has conjured some magick with her virtual retreats, and I would highly recommend this experience to seekers of any variety." - Melisa K.
"I registered for Julie Ann's virtual Pleasure and Ease Retreat without having met them before. Along with a group of other participants, I felt welcome and safe to creatively explore and delight in my inner world through movement, drawing, and meditation. One of the most impactful experiences I had was when Julie Ann led us in a guided healing meditation. The healing I experienced was profound. Julie Ann is able to guide the subconscious towards healing in skillful and caring ways." - Simha T.
Pleasure + Ease Retreat