Cultivate connection and presence through a joyful retreat in nature

Disconnect to Reconnect

What if you could take an entire long weekend amidst redwood trees and good people where your only focus was on nourishing yourself? 

What would it feel like to truly slow down to the point where you actually become present for each moment—the sounds of the birds, the feel of your feet on the earth, the sun on your face, your breath during meditation, your body as it moves while dancing, laughter during a dinner conversation, the taste of simple, organic food nourishing your body and soul...

We can't promise you enlightenment, but we can guide you toward slowing down, savoring the present moments and learning new ways to incorporate this contentment into your daily life.

Ready to nourish your soul?

October 12-15 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California



These master teachers, DJs, and facilitators point the way. You choose to accept the invitation.

Donna Carroll


Donna is a dedicated recovery counselor and trauma-sensitive HeartMath practitioner who is deeply committed to helping people thrive. With a focus on assisting adults grappling with addiction and mental health challenges, Donna employs experiential and embodied therapeutic techniques including Healing Through Creativity, Inner Child Inner Voice, EcoTherapy, and Sundo Practice, in which she holds a yellow belt. Her approach is rooted in patient, steady support, and her embodiment skills enable her to deeply listen to her clients, facilitating exploration of their deepest motivations toward creating lives of purpose and fulfillment. Over the past two decades, Donna has been instrumental in producing and teaching numerous conscious dance events and programs as the founder of Alixir Dance. As a leader, she harnesses the power of movement, mindfulness, and music to foster transformation, connection, and a sense of belonging for her clients. Her method, Alixir Dance, is enriched by her studies with esteemed teachers including Andrea Juhan of Open Floor International, Daria Halpbern of Tamalpa Institute, and Jenny Sauer Klein of AcroYoga. Donna holds a B.A. in Fashion Design from Kent State University and draws from a diverse background that includes seven years of experience working for renowned companies such as Target, Talbots, Lane Bryant, and May Company. Additionally, she holds certifications in RADT (cert #R1547110224), Kundalini Yoga, AcroYoga, and HeartMath.


Greg Vorst

CEO Embodied Recovery & SunDo Teacher

Greg Vorst is the CEO and co-founder of Embodied Recovery, a treatment center in Los Gatos supporting individuals to transform the suffering of addiction and mental health challenges into soul growth and embodied living. He and cofounder Michael Nolan are creators of the Empowered Living series—12 core teachings that facilitate psychological maturation and spiritual fulfillment. As a therapist, Greg supports clients to discover and undo the blocks to the awareness of love's presence so their inner light can be set free. His work with psyche is complimented by SunDo; a Korean Taoist form of embodied breathwork. In teaching SunDo, Greg assists clients in regulating their nervous system and developing greater capacity to be present to their feelings. With steady practice, people can recover from trauma and develop a profound sense of wellbeing.


Michael Nolan

COO Embodied Recovery

Michael is the COO and co-founder of Embodied Recovery. Michael completed Bethany University’s Addiction Studies program in 2010, and became a certified addiction counselor level II in 2012. Michael’s work with clients is inspired by pioneers in the addiction treatment field including Dr. Barry Rosen, as well as by the works of John Bradshaw, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pia Mellody, Brené Brown, Charles Whitfield, and Eckhart Tolle. In Michael's words, "In recovery I have been blessed with marriage, three beautiful children, a stable career, the ability to pay bills on time, and an experience of self-love that eluded me for years. I wholeheartedly believe that a life of recovery and service creates a greater sense of life-fulfillment, purpose, gratitude and inner peace."


DJ Drez

DJ / Music Producer

Drez transforms the vibe of any scene his sound is set upon. Rooted in underground L.A. hiphop, Dr. EZ applies precise turn-table skills to a cutting edge vision for truly universal music, intelligently integrating elements of hiphop, world music, soul, funk, jazz, and reggae into his trademark sound and production. A master of his craft in the studio and on stage, Drez cuts and composes profoundly original tracks that facilitate body movement practice of all forms— be it dance, yoga asana or after-hours intimate/ecstatic.


Seo Yujeong

Korean Artist & Dancer

Seo Yujeong is a Korean artist and dancer. When she works on her paintings, she uses the energy of love, peace, and happiness that she has received through prayer and meditation. Seo works with her hands unconsciously, without being tied to anything. She is noted for her abstract techniques with unique colors and textures. She said “You can look at my paintings comfortably from multiple angles. The energy is different in the east, west, north, and south. The energy painting works are divided into black holes in the galaxy in the sky, earth, and people. The reason why I specifically dot the energy picture is because I feel that nature, the universe, and human beings all start from a single point. It’s about expressing your gratitude with all your heart for that one thing.”


Wren LaFeet

Movement Facilitator

Wren is celebrating his 24th year dancing! Teaching partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living by facilitating his signature modality, Cocréa, is his joyful service. Using movement, he guides people towards right-relationship through listening and responding to, as well as inviting, allowing and embracing change. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village” and proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through connection and consensual touch. He is a Danyasa trained facilitator, former Awake at Work program facilitator, certified Attunement Therapy practitioner, Do Good Things with Power program graduate, Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath graduate and holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington. Wren is as an addiction recovery counselor at Embodied Recovery.


The Retreat Experience

To cultivate connection and presence, we utilize the following teachings and modalities:

Sundo - lower belly breathing and spiritual energy work
Alixir Embodiment - movement inquiry for self discovery
Cocrea - holistic relational dance
Ecstatic Dance - freeform DJ'd dance
Bow Training - spiritual warrior training
Peacock Alchemy - metabolizing challenge into beauty
Practice Culture - integration in daily life

These practices are weaved together so you can capture a new set point of inner freedom and empowerment. 



3:00-6:00 pm Arrival and Check-in
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm Welcome


8:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am SunDo
10:15-11:45 am Alixir Embodiment
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Free Time
3:00-4:00 pm Taoist Breathwork
4:15-5:30 pm CoCrea
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:30 pm Bow Training
Chill Time


8:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am SunDo
10:15-11:45 am Alixir Embodiment
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Free Time
3:00-4:00 pm Peacock Alchemy
4:15-5:30 pm CoCrea
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm Ecstatic Dance


8:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am SunDo
10:15-11:45 am Alixir Embodiment
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 Closing and Integration
Leave anytime after 3:00 pm

I wanted to reconnect with my self, be grounded, meet new people and love, love to dance.

My experience was profound and beautiful. I feel really greatful, full of energy and hope. I feel happy, happy.
We all have insecurities and think that maybe we can't dance "right" or look as cool as everyone else, but everyone is accepted, and the crowd is so diverse, that no one is really watching you anyways - so go have fun and sweat a little while getting some great exercise!
Dara M.
The variety of music and artists that play here makes for a fun experience and has me explore different ways to express that music. Makes for a spiritual and healing experience every time.
Kristina M.
Worth the drive from wherever you are! Hundreds of people young and old dancing together.
Martin H.

Explore connection and presence amidst towering redwood trees.