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A weekend retreat with Joanie Joy

November 4th- 6th, 2022 - in Stowe, VT

Stay tuned for our spring 2023 dates. Or see you in Costa Rica!!

A spacious & powerful weekend of connection:
to your own beautiful heart & being
to each other in community
to nature

Yoga & meditation - Organic seasonal meals - Time in nature

Facilitated experiences to cultivate the facets of the heart


What would it be like to live fully from the heart, at all times? To be guided by our clear intuition and see the power of intention in action? How would that inform your experience, decision making, your interactions with others?


I want you to have a direct experience of the true love and light that you are. Your true being - beyond all the layers of ego and self-identification with emotions and such - is truly, in its essence, infinite and tremendous love.

Love with a big "L"!


Let’s do that together, shall we? 


Let’s dive in and explore the tremendous potential of the heart, through movement, meditation and time-tested integration practices. Learn easy techniques to continue this expansion beyond the retreat and live the life you really desire.

"Reach out for, then embrace your heart consciousness,

tap into the power of the heart."

— Steven Redhead


The weekend includes:

  • Two comfy nights in this brand-new, intentionally built space. Spacious, gorgeous lodge, lovely rooms & movement studio. All rooms are double occupancy: each with two beds and a private bathroom (can be arranged into a single king bed if you are attending with a loved one).

  • Pure food goodness: organic, vegetarian and seasonally balancing meals, cooked with so much love and care (by our favorite chef, Andreas!) We partner with organic farms to provide you with fresh, local produce.

  • The experience: a gentle yet powerful container for connection and transformation:

    • Yoga & meditation instruction & play

    • Guidance to dive deep and open your heart to facilitate insight, healing and growth

    • Authentic relating practices to build community

    • Time in nature & to rest

    • Did we mention the wood-fire sauna?? Yay!

Our home for the weekend:


The Sterling Forest Lodge

*click on images for descriptions*


About the location: 


Sterling Forest Lodge is tucked away in the mountains above Stowe, Vermont on the ancestral lands of the Abenaki people. Our 30 acres offer miles of walking, hiking, biking, and skiing trails with close access to thousands of acres of pristine wild nature right behind the lodge.

The newly renovated Lodge is designed to inspire. The interior spaces are carefully crafted using local natural materials and decor drawn from the surrounding environment to bring the outside in.


Each room at the Lodge tells a different story. Stories of Vermont. Stories of nature. Stories of time. They are all designed with comfort and sustainability at the core as the owners have partnered with progressive, sustainable brands that put human health at the core of their product experiences.

Rooms & Pricing


All rooms are double occupancy: two twin beds and a private bathroom (or one king bed if desired). Each room is named after the type of wood that inspired the design, and are furnished with all-organic mattresses + linens. *All prices are per person, please contact us if you need financial assistance.

  • Red Oak Room: This most spacious room features gorgeous mountain views from your very own couch/relaxing area, a fireplace and claw foot copper bathtub (you read that right!!). Plus a private luxurious bathroom.  $750

  • Walnut Room: Two full size beds on top of each other (yep, that’s a fancy bunk bed!), ensuite bathroom with rain shower, and your own quiet corner and desk to relax and reflect. $680


  • Maple & Ash Rooms: Beautiful and cozy, you get your own ensuite bathroom with equisite glass showers covered by a sliding barn door. Views to the garden or mountain range. $650


  • White Oak & Larch Rooms: Gorgeous woodwork and comfortable rooms with your own adjacent bathroom, accessible through the hallway. $600

Please plan to pay a $250 deposit the time of your registration.

We ask that you pay the full balance by September 30th.

You can also contact Joanie if you need to split up your payment into installments.

We will send a detailed schedule to participants as we get closer to the event. Plan on arriving on Friday November 4th between 5-6pm (please let us know if you need to arrive later). 

Departure will be Sunday at noon.


Covid: We have been successfully hosting retreats since last spring and trust that we will all do what is needed to take care of each other.  Of course, please do not attend if you have been exposed or have symptoms! We ask all participants to take an antigen Covid test anytime on Friday before their arrival and will have some tests on hand in case anyone needs to take one upon arrival.


Please let us know if you have other needs around this or any questions at all.

We truly look forward to sharing this special weekend with you!

Oh, and for those who may have had the privilege to taste Andreas's cooking before, he will be our chef for the weekend!!! What a treat!