Authentic Voicework: Yoga of the voice retreat

May 6 & 7 , 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm


Authentic Voicework: Yoga of the Voice Retreat is a (12-CEs) course designed to guide participants to release energy in the body through the voice, as a channel of healing. This 2-day workshop introduces the voice & breath as physical instruments to be used as a form of energy work, and to have a chance to experiment as a group with your own voice, and experience the healing benefits! Participants are often amazed to witness the powerful shift in energy.

This modality of healing, founded in Expressive Arts Therapy, includes elements of energy work, classical voice technique, Feldenkreis, bodywork, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Somatic Psychology, Meditation and the mystical path of sound and music or "Nada Yoga".

Stephanie Heidemann is an award-winning Performing Experimental-Vocal Artist, and artist in residence. She was a Massage Therapist/healer for many years, and has taught Authentic Voicework in the U.S. and South America. 
(12-CEs for Licensed Massage Therapists: NCBTMB Approved Provider # 451581-11).


Course fee : 199.00 - Includes two full days of training and lunch.  

Mindfulness Retreat: meditation and more 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 With Denver Boskey and Soraya Massoumi
10:00am-4:00pm


This retreat focuses on techniques to live a more mindful life, with meditation, art and activities to enhance your connections to life experiences. With different choices available throughout the day - mindful themed art, yoga, meditation, walking the labyrinth, visiting the shamanic wheel and more you will leave refreshed and filled with inspiration and insight on how fascinating and beautiful life can be if you simply pay attention.     


Fee: $65.00 - Full day of instruction, art materials, and includes lunch.


Divine Badass Weekend: Unleash your Inner Goddess

With Kerry Helmer, PT, RYT and Jamie Day, LMFT, RDT
Friday March 31 from 6:00-8:30 pm, Saturday April 1 from 9:30am -9:00pm and April 2 from 10:30am-8:00pm



Calling all Sisters, Daughters, Mothers, Grandmothers, Wives, Partners, Friends and Chickadees.... It's time to give yourself the ultimate gift of self-care! With all that we do, we deserve more love, connection and support. Turn on your life force - connect to your divinity.For more information or to register call 646-221-8558 


Retreat Calendar:
  • ​Sunday, Jan. 29, 10-4 pm               Memoir Retreat: Exploring Personal History
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, 10-4 pm               Shamanic Wisdom Retreat: Exploring the energies of the Medicine Wheel
  • Sunday March 5, 10:00-4:00       Nature to Nurture: Harnessing the spirit of the Great Outdoors 
  • Sunday, March 26, 10:00-4:00    Mindfulness Retreat.
  • March 31-April 2                             Divine Badass Weekend for Women
  • Sat & Sun. May 6 & 7                      Authentic Voicework: Yoga of the Voice.


Shamanic Wisdom Retreat:Exploring the energies of nature and the Medicine Wheel.

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 With Ginny and David Shaddock
10:00am-4:00pm


If you have always wondered about Shamanism and how the Medicine Wheel can be used a tool of introspection and meditation, this delightful day of learning, art, and journeying explores the medicine of nature and how we can tap into the energy of spirit animals, messages from nature and our own inner wisdom to feel deeply connected and divinely guided by the world surrounding us. This day includes a beginner's introduction to Shamanism, a shamanic journey meditation, nature wisdom exercises, guidance to meet our spirit animals and an art project (dream catchers) all in celebration of exploring the ancient wisdom of shamanism in ways that we can use in our lives today to feel more grounded, present and in tune with the earth and our best selves. Enjoy a day at beautiful Heartwood to gather at our medicine wheel, create in the art room, explore the outdoors and learn, laugh and relax.


Fee: $65.00 - Full day of instruction, art materials, and includes lunch.


Cutting Ties: Release and Renew Retreat

A day devoted to letting go and moving on from negative relationships or experiences.
Next event TBA


Even when our lives venture down new paths (whether it is by choice or not) we often carry the baggage of the past with us, loading us down and making every step we take feel cumbersome and insecure. The best way to move forward its to shed our burden and cut ties with a negative past. This retreat is designed to refresh the spirit and  help us move on with a ceremony designed to energetically cut ties with people or experiences from our past . Let go of depression, fear, or feelings of loss or hurt, and invite a fresh beginning into your life. Make an event out of your commitment to live a happy and fulfilled life beginning here and now!


This retreat includes gentle yoga, meditation, creative projects, and time for reflection and sharing, all building up to our ceremonial fire ceremony where we will be letting go of the ties that don't serve us.


Retreat Fee : $60.00 - includes a full day of instruction, materials, and inspiration. Refreshments provided.



Join us for a special day to revitalize, explore new ideas and to feel connected to your best self. Our intimate day retreats are limited to 12 guests and offer an intimate, rganic experience where the inspirational grounds of Heartwood and deeply committed mentors take you worlds away from your stressed life.Below is our "at a glance" calendar, then read more about each event below.


It would be idle to say that life is a steady progression in happiness. But it is most certain that in the natural course of things a healthy soul grows continually richer until its latest day on earth.
~George S. Merriam

rejuvenating Day Retreats 

Memoir Retreat:Exploring our personal history and getting it on the page.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 With Ginny Shaddock 
10:00am-4:00pm (optional restorative yoga from 4-5pm included.)


Spend a full day in consideration of the deeper themes and lessons you've learned from life and be introduced to tools and methods that will help you record your experiences to share with others. Whether you wish to write a memoir for prosperity, to share with family or to share with the world, this retreat offers inspiration, instruction, and guidance for putting together a memoir project.We will review the basic goals of memoir, the ways a book is constructed and unfolds, and explore exercises for getting our thoughts and memories onto the page effectively.


The day includes formal instruction, as well as time to relax, reflect, and share our writing. Writing prompts, discussion, and positive critiques sessions keep the day inspirational and informative.


This retreat is guided by Ginny East Shaddock - MFA in Creative Writing/ author of My Million Dollar Donkey.


Fee: $65.00 - Full day of instruction and includes lunch.


Creative Awakening Art Retreat

Next session TBA 10:00-4:00


Join us for a day of personal expression and creativity in a retreat that is part educational and part luscious relaxation! This retreat introduces a variety of spiritual crafts to reconnect us to our best selves and to unleash our creative juices. Learn about creativity and how personal expression fuels our hearts and minds to increase our quality of life. Consider new methods of promoting more creativity in your life. This retreat provides us with time and the materials to explore several craft mediums, and plenty of opportunity to relax as you dabble, experiment and create something special to take home.


Retreat Fee : $65.00 - includes lunch, a full day of instruction and inspiration, and unlimited use of a variety of art materials. Each attendee will take home one or more hand designed art projects.


Revive, Renew and Restore Retreat  

Sunday, March 12, 2017 with
10:00am-4:00pm


Spring is a natural time for revival and renewal. Join us at Heartwood's magical and inspirational Retreat Center as we welcome the upcoming season with a revitalizing and rejuvenating yoga practice, a healthy Spring-inspired meal prepared by a personal chef, as well as projects and activities to inspire reflection and connection.    


Fee: $65.00 - Full day of instruction, art materials, and includes lunch.


Nature to Nurture: Harnessing the spirit of the Great Outdoors through natural self-care products and a peaceful river paddle


Sunday, March 5, 10:00-4:00 with Becca Chamberlain and Rachel Bell


Nature is the ultimate therapeutic resource available to us, and through our discovery of its beauty and utility we can become more attuned to our own purest nature and inner wisdom. Join us in nurturing our inner spirit and caring for our bodies through the healing power of the natural world around us. This day will include the exploration of this healing power through the creation of natural self-care products, as well as the immersion in a gorgeous natural setting through the peaceful and meditative canoe paddle along the Manatee river. According to Native American legend, this specific stretch of the river we will experience, which divided the lands of the Calusa and Timicuan peoples, was named the Singing River due to the lovely music and melodious sounds coming mysteriously from the river during certain moons. As we take in the breathtaking scenery of this spiritually-charged waterway, we will be observing the practice of mindful reflection and deep connection to the earth's lush energy.

The first half of the day will be spent at the beautiful Heartwood Retreat Center for the preparation of the plant-based self-care products and an introduction to integrating mindfulness in nature and a sense of gratitude for self-affirmation and inner peace. These take-home products are healthy and handy essentials in any household to help keep us content and protected in the Great Outdoors. The second half of the day will be spent on the river, setting off from Ray's Canoe and Hideaway--just a few minute drive up the road from Heartwood. This paddling trip welcomes all levels of canoe experience as the river is wide, mellow, and inviting, encouraging the mindfulness practice of this retreat. It is advised to bring a towel, hat, and sun-protective clothing as we will be happily immersed in Mother Nature for 3-4 hours in the afternoon. This early springtime paddle should soothe and relax the mind and body with cooler temperatures and shady vegetation. Come join us for a day of reconnecting with our natural world and discovering our true selves. 

Retreat Fee:  $75, which includes a healthy lunch, supplies and materials for take-home products, all the paddling and safety equipment needed, as well as guidance and instruction on and off the water.