Women Reclaiming Rest Day Retreat

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11 Peekskill Road

Cold Spring, NY 10516

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Women Reclaiming Rest: Receiving the healing benefits of intentional movement, ritual, and rest meditation

Say Goodbye to Over-giving and Exhaustion

Receive permission to rest

Receive love

Receive forgiveness

Receive wisdom from your body

Receive genuine connection with other women


  • Experience delicious restorative rest

  • Enjoy soulful connections

  • Discover new ways to nurture yourself

  • Linger in the sweetness of the space between

  • Dance with your relationship to receiving

  • Re-ignite your soul through creative expression, ritual, & ceremony

  • Learn practices to tap into and trust your body’s wisdom

"I loved my experience of yoga nidra with Wendy. It was so relaxing, and effective.
Her voice was very soothing, her rate of guidance was a perfect speed, the
visualizations were easy to picture and feel. I especially liked the sparkle
visualizations of my body’s “power centers”. I left the yoga nidra session with a
deeply relaxing sense of awareness in my body and breath. It was great." ~Jess B.


9:30 Check-In & Light Snacks

10:00 -10:30 Welcome Circle

10:30 - 10:45 Yoga Nidra: Intention-Setting/Rest

10:45-12:00 Intentional Movement-Qoya

12:00-12:30 Yoga Nidra: Rest, Release and Receive

12:30 -1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Cacao & Gratitude Ceremony

2:30 - 3:15 Yoga Nidra: Rest, Receive and Rise

3:15 - 4:00 Closing Ceremony

*Please note these times are approximate


Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation

Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based form of guided meditation that uses a combination of intention-setting, guided body scan, breath work and imagery as gateways to reducing mental, emotional and physical tensions. During yoga nidra, the mind remains awake, as the recipient is guided into progressively deeper states of consciousness and relaxation.

Intentional Movement (Qoya)

Qoya is a movement system that helps women to get out of their heads & into their bodies so that you can begin to trust yourself deeply and follow your intuition like a compass. Qoya is also a lifestyle that invites you to live from your deepest wisdom & truth.

The three tenets of Qoya are that we remember our essence as wise, wild, & free.

Wise is knowing your truth.

Wild is standing for your truth & staying committed to yourself.

Free is having the space to speak your truth, to speak from your soul.

Cacao (Chocolate) & Gratitude Ceremony

A Cacao Ceremony invites you to move deeply into your heart and connect with yourself in a way that awakens self-love. Cacao awakens the creative and vital energies of the body when used in a ceremonial way. Participants often describe feeling as if their heart is literally opening like a flower. The idea of a Despacho Gratitude Ceremony is simple; you say thank you. No experience necessary, all you need to do is come with a willingness to open your heart! For more details on this ceremony, click here.

Creative Expression

Participants will create an image or object to take with them as a reminder to continue to rest and receive in their daily lives. This will be easily accessible for all skill levels.

"Dana, you truly helped me heal in ways I didn't know could be healed.... or, at least, at this point in time. Life is magical and YOU exude that magic. Thank you for being a vessel of light and love. From Qoya to Cacao Ceremony to gently guiding my heart towards it already knows, I am better for meeting you. I genuinely cherish that class/experience. Thank you." ~Krissie


Dana Whiddon:

is a mother, wife, artist, therapist, hiker and novice gardener. She believes in the healing power of community. Dana knows that art, movement and meditation are powerful forms of medicine. She is passionate about creating sacred space where these modalities can be practiced. Learn more about Dana here.

Wendy F. Blair:

grew up to develop a “black belt” in anxiety and stress, and from that journey became a holistic psychotherapist, accredited certified Emotional Freedom Technique/EFT “tapping” practitioner, and a trained Daring To Rest Yoga Nidra Facilitator. Both traditional and alternative in her orientation to life and clinical work, she has had a daily mindfulness practice for over 25 years, and integrates both EFT and Yoga Nidra into her life, as well as professional work. Learn more about Wendy here.


Qoya Movement Class

Yoga Nidra Meditation/s

Art Supplies


Ritual & Ceremony

Organic Herbal Tea & Light Snacks


Transportation to Cold Spring


Traveling from NYC to Cold Spring

The retreat space is accessible via Metro North commuter trains. Trains run hourly on the weekends out of Grand Central Terminal. It is a beautiful 20-25 minute walk through the village or a 5-minute cab to the studio from the Cold Spring train station. There is ample parking if you choose to drive.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be an intimate event. Space is limited to 15 participants. Open to women (cis & trans) 18+

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