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.

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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? If so, this retreat is for you.

Join Renée Trudeau for quiet reflection, rest, and renewal during this deeply restorative retreat for women aged 40 and above. 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:

• Slow down and reconnect to your heart’s desire and life purpose

• Experience self-care –for age 40+–as spiritual practice

• Access self-compassion and self-acceptance in mid-life and beyond

• Relax and connect with your needs, desires, and the body’s natural rhythms

• Meditate to enhance peace, harmony, and resiliency

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

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


kripgroup“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

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“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

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“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

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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!!


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