Mendocino Women’s Retreat in Philo, California

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Hello Beautiful Woman,

The Retreat is just a few days away. Here’s what you need to know:


  1. BulletYou can find directions to River’s Bend on their website:

  2. BulletRegistration is open 3pm—4:45pm on Friday.

  3. Bullet    Please park and come to the registration table before unpacking.

  4. BulletOur Welcome Circle starts at 5pm.

  5. Bullet    The Retreat ends at 2pm on Sunday

Here are some things to bring:

  1. BulletBeach/lawn chair or back jack—something comfortable for our sessions in the Farmhouse.

  2. BulletA small item for the altar w/ special meaning that reflects your connection/relationship with Gaia/Mother Earth. (You will take this back home with you)

  3. BulletJournal & pen

  4. BulletYoga mat if you plan to attend morning Yoga

  5. BulletDrums, rattles & other instruments…some will be provided

  6. Bullet    Specifically a hand drum like a djembe, ashiko or conga if you plan to do the drumming workshop with Giovanna. 

  7. BulletCash/check for balance due (if any) & for Silent Auction & Raffle

  8. BulletDonation(s) for the Silent Auction (take them to the Dining Hall upon arrival)

  9. BulletWe will be making collages, so bring scissors and photos or special images you might want to use that reflect your relationship with Gaia, or Her wisdom. We will also have many photos and images available to use.

  10. BulletFun clothing or costumes/props for the Saturday night  “Gaia-Live” Variety show where we display talent and/or audacious fun for how we dance with Gaia, and how Gaia lives through us. The theme reflects our relationship to Mother Earth, how we care for and heal Her.

  11. BulletSomething(s) for the Silent Auction

  12. BulletScissors for paper     

  13. BulletSnacks (fridge available), stories, songs...

All guests:

  1. BulletA flashlight

  2. BulletComfortable, sturdy walking shoes

  3. BulletTowel  (for bath and for river)

  4. BulletLayered clothing for varied temperatures throughout the day (bathing suit optional for the river; water shoes suggested)

  5. BulletSun screen, insect repellant, hat

  6. BulletUnscented toiletries (this is a scent, alcohol and drug-free event)

Rustic and Platform Tent Cabins:

  1. BulletYour own sleeping bag or sheets/blanket, bottom sheet and pillow provided.

  2. BulletSlippers or easy on/off shoes are a good idea for the walk to the shared bathroom

  3. BulletRustic Cabins have electricity and wood stocked for the wood stove

  4. BulletRustic Cabin guests have a short walk to the shower house, so slippers or easy on/off shoes are a good idea.



  1. BulletBring your own everything (except food).

  2. BulletA bike can be a great help.

See you there!!!!!