Soul Food Women's Retreat
July 9-16, 2020
Leyden, Massachusetts

join us for this creative celebration of freedom and authenticity!

spirit fireOur summer Soul Food retreat is blooming in New England for 2020! This year, we're heading to Spirit Fire Retreat Center on the eastern edge of The Berkshires in northern Massachusetts for a beautiful week of women's empowerment, celebration, laughter, community, creativity, and openhearted authenticity.

Relax back into your center point, drop anchor in your deepest truth, and let your natural joy and childlike wonder come back to the surface. Give yourself permission to play, let go of rules and "should"s, lighten up, and rediscover and celebrate who you really are. Come alive and feed your soul with the deeply healing, profound freedom of being you, fully, and bravely shining that out into the world!

Join an amazing circle of women for this soulful and empowering week of rediscovering and expressing your true essence. Carie and CarolineRenew your spirit with Freedom Yoga, meditation, dancing, singing, storytelling, art, laughter, silence, great food, beautiful green forests, and more. Together, we will trust our inner guidance and follow our passion into what makes us come alive.

The focus of our group practice sessions will be Freedom Yoga, the art of living a guided-from-within life, built on the foundation of inner listening, courage, and self-trust. It is a creative practice that involves following the feeling of rightness wherever it leads, daring to do as each of us is guided to do, both on the mat, and, most importantly, in our lives. We will explore and experience this through an eclectic blend of elements: lively group discussions, meditation, creative asana (guided and also freeform), journaling, storytelling, art, mantra and chanting, deep relaxation, plus a soul-freeing dance-fusion practice I created called Bhakti Moves. The asana (yoga poses) will be easy and accessible for everyone.

Come with us! Dare to color outside the lines, release comparison, immerse yourself in the feeling of rightness, and bravely follow it wherever it leads. There is nothing more freeing. It's going to be such an awesome week of self-discovery, celebration, and soul-renewal.

Here's All the Details

Soul Food 2020
July 9-16
cost: $1625, includes meals, lodging, and all program and supply fees

We will arrive Thursday, July 9 after 3pm and begin the retreat with dinner following by opening circle. Departure day is Thursday, July 16 after breakfast.

Getting There

spirit fireThe closest airport to Leyden is BDL - Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. Spirit Fire is an hour and fifteen-minute drive from BDL. Another option for arrival is Boston, which is a 2-hour drive. Transportation to Spirit Fire from the airports will be on our own, via rental cars. Those of us who want to share rides and cost will coordinate with each other as we get closer to July. I'm interested in doing a couple of outings - one to the little town of Shelburne Falls, where they have a famous bridge of flowers and lots of art and shops, and one to some "swimming/watering holes" on the Green River.

Group Size

Our group will be no more than 18 women, including me. I'm expecting the retreat to fill, so I recommend making your deposit to hold your spot as soon as you can. Registration details are below.


Our lodging at Spirit Fire will be clean and nicely appointed shared rooms with twin-sized beds and some bunk beds. A very small number of private rooms will be available. Bathrooms are plentiful and are all shared; most are right across the hall from the bedrooms. Please visit the Spirit Fire Retreat Center website for pictures of accommodations and more.


spirit fireOur meals will be delicious!! Our fabulous hosts, Steve and Tim, will create wonderful and diverse menus for us with that are healthful and tasty, using seasonal, organic produce grown locally on the premises and from nearby farms and co-ops. They can happily accommodate all dietary preferences - vegan, gluten-free, whatever you need.

Registration Details

Non-refundable deposit to hold your spot: $400

Final balance is due on or before May 28, 2020 - 6 weeks prior to the retreat. No cancellations or refunds after this point.

To register, simply email me at I will send you a registration form, along with directions for making your deposit.

Consider joining us for this wonderful, soul-filling, and transformative women's week. I've never been to New England and I'm really excited about going up there. I think Spirit Fire is going to be a lovely place for us. If you have any questions about the retreat, please email me here. I would love to hear from you!

from past past retreat participants

" Carie has a gift in her ability to curate a yoga inspired program that encourages people to look deeper. I signed up for her 2019 retreat in Montana not expecting anything but a relaxing time in the mountains, practicing yoga. spirit fireWhat I left with was a deeper understanding of who I am, what truly makes me feel fulfilled and connected, new tools to help me tune into myself and others, and many soul sisters who I had not known before. I now plan to follow Carie every summer to experience her gifts, take a step back to reflect on what is true, and to connect to what is bigger than just me."
      J. S., Georgia

"Carie has a unique, powerful, and deeply transformative practice. She shares her vulnerability and in return fosters courage among the group to be vulnerable. During the retreat we laughed, cried, sang, danced, chanted, loved, shared stories, supported others, developed camaraderie, enjoyed great food, healed, became stronger, slowed down, and connected with the Infinite. Carie teaches that yoga is more than the asana practice on the mat. Yoga is a way of life. I am grateful to Carie for sharing her practice with all of us. The week was nothing short of magical, and I left feeling changed, whole, connected, brave, and loved."
      C. Z., California

"Carie's retreat was more than I expected. It was not about asana, not about doing a pose "the right way," not about appearance. It was about practicing pausing, breathing, and listening to my inner self. Carie wove together movement, song, silence, and story for a week long adventure in self-discovery. Along the way I found a circle of sisters of my heart. I will be forever grateful to Carie for the learning and the circle."
      K. H., Texas