Red Tent Retreat

May 2-5, 2019

Sacred Healing Retreat for Women

First annual Red Tent Retreat offers a place for women to come together in sacred community, taking a step out of regular life to deeply nourish replenish and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. A retreat set in the wise woman traditions of the world, with honored guest speakers and elders.  It is an opportunity for full immersion in sacred knowledge, practices, and enhancement of the divine feminine aspects on Earth.  Hosted by shamanic priestess Bermalva & guests.

Herbalism | Ayurveda | Ceremony | Yoga | Dance

Womb Medicine | Priestess Teachings | Chant

Campfire | Sacred Sexuality | Blood Mysteries

All vegetarian dairy/gluten free meals, herbal drinks and programming included. Accommodation by tent included or reserve your space in the Red Tent Chalet rental (sleeps 6-7) for an additional fee. Babies-in-arms welcome.

To register:

  1. Submit the registration form below to: bermalva@gmail.com
  2. Purchase a registration ticket

 

Cost

One Day – Fri/Sat/Sun – $135

Full Retreat -$375 tent, $425 chalet

Youth – $100 with accompanying adult

Students/seniors/ single parents:  One Day- $100, Full Retreat – $300

Submit the registration form below to: bermalva@gmail.com along with purchasing a registration ticket to be considered fully registered.

*SEVA Place – one spot is held in every retreat where one individual is offered a spot at NO COST, due to a serious disease, health concern, in real need yet unable due to financial restraints (spot avail only if room).

*Work exchange – there is always a lot to do during a retreat and there are options for those looking to help out in exchange for being there (limited number of spaces)

*Note refunds will not be possible later than 7 days prior to retreat start, unless under certain circumstances as illness, injury etc.

Daily Agenda

Retreat begins THURSDAY May 2, 6pm and ends SUNDAY May 5, 6pm

Each day of the retreat will have it’s own flavor and series of events.  We ask that those joining for only one day arrive either the night before or at 6AM on the day of choice.  We also ask that participants sleeping offsite or attending for one day to leave after the evening program is over.  That way the group can link and move as one cohesive energy, starting together and ending together, without the distraction of people coming and going throughout the day, which can add a chaotic element within an intimate group settings, such as this retreat.

Each day’s schedule may look like this:
6:30 am meditation/ yoga
9:00 am breakfast
10:30am knowledge session with Bermalva
12 lunch
1pm nap/free time/karma yoga
2:30 special guest speaker/ session or yoga/meditation
4:00 session with Bermalva
6:00 pm supper
7:00 pm end of the day program
*this is an example only, timings and events subject to change

 

Accommodation & Food
Santainaii is a place in the country that is found to be deeply healing and relaxing. This is a residential retreat, having the chance to live and sleep away from home, in order to fully detach from regular daily life and immerse yourself into the benefits of the retreat.

You are encouraged to bring a tent or trailer to set up on the grounds of the property for private sleeping. Our accommodations are by tent, included in the price.  The Red Tent Chalet is available also, sleeps 6-7 – additional fee applies. Reserve your spot or your group in the Red Tent Chalet by connecting with us directly.

It is best to stay on site at all times during the retreat, as the inner work is best supported by that, however, if there are medical or physical limitations that require you to sleep at your home if you live locally, that is possible – the rate of retreat does not change for you. There are outside showers and composting toilets available, as well as regular flush toilet.

Bedding and pillows are not provided – do bring your own sleeping bag/blankets, pillows and anything else you might need for sleeping. If you snore, please indicate this if sharing the Red Tent Chalet.

All meals are included.  We have gourmet healing foods at this retreat, provided by our personal cook. She will be onsite preparing our fresh vegetarian/vegan foods over the weekend. Our diet is a particular focus on this retreat and we will experience an Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory diet that supports detox of the organs, cleansing, pain reduction and digestion. Diet will be gluten and dairy free, so if you have any specific dietary needs, be sure to note this on your registration form. All food is being taken care of so no need to take snacks along. If you must eat between meals, we will have fruit on site, however we will try and avoid snacking, sticking with the principles of Ayurveda. Upon arrival there will be a sign up sheet for Sevadar tasks (karma yoga). Everyone will be requested to help out (selfless service) in some way over the weekend, in the kitchen, gardens, etc.

Program & Guest Speakers
Each day of the retreat will prepare attendees for the next days’ program.  The sacred divine feminine aspects will be explored through all the senses, elements and states of mind.  Each day is supported by enriching food and beverages to help open perception and facilitate real learning.  Bermalva will host most sessions, including yoga, meditation, chanting and ceremonies, while special guest speakers will join for enriching satsang (spiritual community gathering).  Our special guests this year include; Berdhanya Swami Tierra (spiritual teacher), Satkiana Shaw (Ayurveda), Briya Freeman (Women’s Ayurveda) and Mariane Desjardins-Roy (herbalist from La fees des bois).

Topics explored over the weekend include:

  • Ayurveda and yoga for women
  • Herbalism for women’s needs
  • Sacred ceremony for enhancing the Divine Feminine
  • Dance and movement
  • Womb Medicine – healing and insight for menstruation, fertility and creativity
  • Teachings from the Priestess Path for Self-realization and planetary evolution
  • Chant and kirtan
  • Exploring sacred sexuality
  • Blood mysteries – ancient secrets of menstruation revealed & make your own reusable cloth pad
  • Nightly campfires (weather permitting)
What to Bring
Feel free to wear and bring RED clothing, dresses, skirts etc, it is the Red Tent Retreat after all!

– Meditation kit (cushion, shawl, yoga mat and a large blanket). The retreat involves several sittings a day in meditation, so bring what you think you need to make you comfortable. If you are not used to sitting in meditation, seats are available. Warm blankets/shawls for cool outdoor morning meditations
– Comfortable clothes, warm and cool clothing for fluctuating temperatures.
– Bring a notepad, blank paper, pens, pencils and colored markers/colored pencils
– Your water bottle. We have a beautiful and bountiful amount of spring water. We encourage you during the retreat to drink plenty of water. There will be healthful drinks and elixirs provided as well.
– All toiletries, towels, face cloths and items needed for hygiene
– swimsuit for lake swim (weather permitting)
– any herbs, vitamins or medications your require
– Yoga mat, blocks or props you need
– sunscreen/natural bug spray(just in case)
– rain gear and work/gardening gloves
– bedding, blankets, pillows for sleeping in tent or in Red Tent Chalet
– if tenting/trailer, all tent/camping supplies, tarp, tent pegs etc.
– remaining payment for registration in cash or cheque