Sept. 29-Oct. 1 ~ Embracing the Wild Unknown: Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

De-stress.   Restore inner peace.   Nourish your body.   Relax your mind.

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.40.11 PM

Program Details

Self-care — the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires — is a moment-to-moment process. It’s not about adding something to your to-do list; it’s about cultivating a kinder, gentler relationship with yourself. Are you in transition, asking, “What’s next?” Would you like to find self-acceptance–and even reverence–for who and where you are right now?

Join Renée Trudeau for quiet reflection, rest, and renewal during this deeply restorative retreat for women at all life stages. Explore the transformative power of self-care in a nurturing, empowering, and supportive environment. Nourish your body, mind, and soul, and integrate self-renewal strategies into daily life as you learn how to:

• Meditate and reconnect to your heart’s desire and life purpose

• Experience self-care as spiritual practice and learn Renée’s favorite tools/practices for uncertain times

• Become comfortable living in the unknown and access self-compassion for exactly where you are

• Learn to balance yin/yang energy and unleash your feminine power

Enjoy authentic connection with like-minded women as you explore new ways of being and experience greater freedom and joy.

**Ideal for women at all life stages, especially those in transition. Wear comfortable clothing for Yoga Nidra practice. No prior yoga experience necessary.

“During a woman’s life, she has the need to retreat, replenish, renew and re-energize. Renée created a safe and sacred space at her retreat and the weekend taught me how to better cultivate—and practice—much needed self-care. This experience allowed me to stop, listen, learn and further blossom. Thank you for all you do to support women Renée!”   —Carol O’Neil, Board Member, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Wellness, Lenox, MA

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

“Of all the programs I’ve taken over the last twenty years, this retreat spoke most deeply to my heart and helped me more with self-acceptance than any other. Profound.”  —Patty

.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

“Renée has the amazing ability to create a nurturing, sacred space that honors and celebrates each woman.  This retreat was transformative.  I now get how essential it is to take time to nurture myself.  I am still using what I learned at the Self-Renewal Retreat in my daily life.”  —Mary K., California

{read more testimonials}

We created the following video to give you a sense of what attending a retreat with Renee feels like.

Location Details

Esalen(Big Sur, CA) The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. There is the delicate and subtle Big Sur air of a late afternoon, the midnight mist, the nights so clear the Milky Way can light your walk along the darkened garden path. And always there is the sound of the sea.


REGISTER online or by calling toll-free in the US: 1-888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). International callers may call our international toll free line: 703-342-0500.

Reservation lines are open seven days a week, 9am – 6pm Pacific Time.

Note: SPACE IS VERY LIMITED! Lodging sells out months in advance, register today.  Esalen is a bit of work to get to-but so worth it!!

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally recognized life balance coach, president of Career Strategists, author of the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life and Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life.  She has certified RTA Facilitators in more than 10 countries to facilitate Personal Renewal Groups/Retreats for women based on her award-winning curriculum. Renée has been creating/leading transformational events for women for 20 years and has been featured in the New York Times, Spirituality & Health and more. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and 11 year-old son. (Learn more about Renee’s professional background and training.)




Special Saturday Guest ~ Linda Bloom ~ Relationships at Mid-Life & Beyond

Linda Bloom is a trained psychotherapist and relationship counselors who has worked with individuals, couples, groups and organizations since 1975. She has lectured and taught at learning institutions throughout the United States, including the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 1440Multiversity and the World Health Organization, among others. For more information about Linda’s work, visit




Can’t make it in September?

  • View all upcoming retreats here
  • Wondering how you can work with Renee? Read How We Can Help. 
  • Read/subscribe to Renée’s life balance blog and join the dialogue on our Live Inside Out Facebook community today!