How does a modern woman experience wholeness
in a world that values the masculine over the feminine?
How do we find the place between surrender and action
that feels good, that feels true?
How do we honor both our vulnerability and our strength?
How do we exert our power in ways that feel authentic?
If these are questions you are currently living through,
this is your invitation:
to spark and stoke your feminine fire in order to
illuminate who you truly are and awaken to your power
then marry that fire with masculine action so that you:
feel righteous in your wholeness and ready to rise.
The truth is: masculine and feminine isn’t an either/or question.
You can’t build a fire without wood,
the stored feminine potential energy.
Yet without a spark, the masculine, spontaneous push,
a pile of wood won’t turn into a fire.
Fire is the convergence of masculine and feminine energies
a creative act that ultimately serves to destroy,
to purify, refine, alchemize, heal,
and clear space for new birth.
As a Collective, we draw on it as our inspiration for this retreat
because of its sacred marriage of the two energies,
a fire we are all stoking right now in ourselves and our worlds.
Why Feminine Fire?
In addition to representing convergence, fire is also a symbol of feminine power that evokes layers of meaning and lineage.
Hestia, Brigit, Sekhmet, Amaterasu, Pele, and other fire goddesses.
Mother Mary’s Flame of Love.
The creative and destructive fire of Kali.
The 4 elements and their life in the body.
The history of alchemy as a philosophy and science.
Origin stories and myths.
Cultures around the world believe that nurturing the elements is crucial right now to heal our ailing planet, so we focus on fire as a way to be the change as we work to heal ourselves and the world around us
We will celebrate the New Moon in Aries at this retreat,
a fire sign meant to lead, pioneer, and initiate direct action.
This moon falls beside Venus, giving it a distinctly feminine flair,
and Mars will be in Taurus at this time,
offering a sensual, body-centered focus in action and behavior.
Mercury will also be supportive at this time,
facilitating mental downloads and breakthroughs that will
solidify the new beliefs and systems we will be putting into place.
It will be a week of birth and rebirth,
each of us acting as both mother and midwife.
Just as a baby is made of the masculine and feminine combined,
the process of birth also marries the yin gestation period
with a spontaneous masculine push.
In this retreat, we will embody this convergence through:
dancing with the masculine and feminine,
aligning our hearts and minds with our bodies,
honoring the past while we celebrate the present and look towards the future,
playing with the balance between action and surrender,
all while enjoying sweet, sacred union with our sisters.
We awaken our feminine fire.
So then what?
Then - your life moves in a new way.
You have new tools, beliefs, and ways of making decisions.
You have a community to lean on as that fire fuels inspired action.
You feel PERMISSION to do things differently,
to expand and go past what you know,
and to exert your wholeness without apology,
trusting the voice and the feminine genius of your body.
New Decisions = New Life
Our classes and rituals will not only spark and stoke the fire
but empower you to tend it beyond this retreat.
Most importantly, you will not be doing this alone, even after you have returned home.
You will return as part of a sisterhood whose bonds extend far past this retreat.
"The collective experience of focusing on "I am you, you are me, we are one" helped me realize that I'm really not as alone as I often feel in my struggles & pain. The fact that there were so many different teachers to co-leading us felt really comforting. I enjoyed getting to see all the different styles and perspectives that the women leading this journey bring to to their practice and teaching. I think having shared this experience with so many amazing women will help me to deepen my own practice. I'm so excited to have taken the next step towards where I want to be in this world by practicing my own sacred work rather than just plugging along doing what I "think" I should or have to do to get by. This experience has truly helped me to discover that and to embark upon the next step of my journey."
MEGAN, Retreat Participant
On this retreat, you will:
+ become a member of our Collective, a supportive, loving tribe
+ feel true heart connections with other women
+ learn practices to tap into and trust your body’s wisdom
+ experience authentic rituals and practices
+ heal your body with daily movement, nourishing food, and rest
+ spend time in nature to rejuvenate your soul
+ stop struggling and surrender to your feminine fire, trusting it to clear and heal
+ take inspired action to consciously stoke and tend that fire
"Qoya. A few months ago, I was initiated into the magical world of Qoya by the fabulous founder, Rochelle Schieck. Having just spent a week studying with 30 or so other women, I can honestly say that Qoya is an essential way to connect with your own essence. Through dance, movement and meditation you remember. You remember how to feel truth in your body. You listen deeply to your intuition. And you feel into how wise and wild and free you really can be!"
GEMINI A, Retreat Participant
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE
This retreat will be co-facilitated by Qoya founder Rochelle Schieck and 12 other Qoya Teachers:
March 25th, 2016
7:45pm: Opening Ceremony
Tentative Daily Schedule (subject to change)
8-9am: Bountiful Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Optional Teacher Training
9:30am-12pm: Qoya Class
12pm-2pm: Lovely Lunch and time to rest
2pm-5pm: Afternoon Adventure or Workshop
5-7pm: Free Time and Delicious Dinner
7:30-10pm: Evening Ceremonies (Gratitude Despacho, Cacao, Fire and other Visionary Ceremonies)
*Wednesday: Qoya Class 9:30-12pm and then 2-5pm teacher training on Tuesday and Thursday.
April 1st, 2016
7am - 8am: Qoya Class
8am - 10am: Bre
Blessings for your next adventure
This retreat will be held at Blue Spirit, one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica. Located in Nosara, the center is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the center provides an extraordinary setting for spiritual transformation, personal growth, and environmental sustainability.
SOLD OUT: Superior Ocean View (Single Occupancy)
These beautiful double rooms have step-out balconies and lots of windows with extraordinary ocean views. The room is elegantly furnished to provide the most luxurious space for couples or singles. Each room has a king-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Superior Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
SOLD OUT: Ocean View (Double Occupancy)
These double rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for two people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Ocean View rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
SOLD OUT: Mountain View (Double Occupancy)
This double room has a step-out balcony and large windows with an extraordinary mountain view. The room is tastefully furnished and provides the perfect space for two people. It has a king-sized bed or two twins with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. Mountain View Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
SOLD OUT: Nature Suites (Double Occupancy)
Nature Suites are very cozy and located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. They are simple and natural wood frame structures and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each Suite sleeps two people and includes a separate enclosed porch with a desk. All Suites have solar hot water as well as air conditioning. The Suites are a short walk up the hill to the Main Building. Nature Suites have a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
SOLD OUT: Hermitage Rooms (Double Occupancy)
These rooms are specifically designed for singles and provide privacy and elegance, while being cozy and inexpensive. Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, a queen-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and a natural ventilation system. There are also a few Hermitage Rooms available with twin beds for two people. Hermitage Rooms have a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
Eco-Cottages (Double Occupancy)
The cottages are beautifully situated in lush vegetation, allowing for a sensual being-in-touch experience with nature. They are simple and natural wood frame structures with screening for natural ventilation. Each Cottage sleeps two people and has a private bathroom with ambient temperature water shower, or you can use our shared bathhouse with hot water showers. Everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide a comfortable and ecological setting. The Eco-Cottages are situated below the Main Building and involve a short hike up a stone stairway to get to the Main Building. Each Eco-Cottage has a safety box large enough to fit a 17" laptop computer.
SOLD OUT: Platform Tents (Single Occupancy)
Each Platform Tent has a queen-sized air mattress and is placed on a platform under a wooden roof for protection against the sun and rain. The Tents are surrounded by nature and close to a shared bathhouse. All linen, pillows, and towels are provided to guests. Guests in the Tents can bring valuables to be stored in the safety box at Reception at no charge.
COST + REGISTER
This retreat is for women only. All ages and movement levels are welcome.
Your all-inclusive retreat tuition includes:
- 7 nights eco accommodation
- 3 meals a day of delicious, nourishing food
- Qoya classes and rituals
- 2 adventures (horseback riding, surfing, etc.)
- 1-hour massage
It does not include:
- travel to Costa Rica
- shuttle to the retreat center
- $60 gratuity for retreat staff at checkout
Register for your spot below.
Shared Double Room Onsite
Commuter (Staying Offsite - housing and transport not included)
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.
Step into this Collective Qoya Retreat.
Share your wisdom. Learn from others.
Support others on their journey and be lifted on yours.
Awaken your feminine fire.
Its convergence makes you
righteous in your wholeness
and ready to rise.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?
It starts with dinner at 6pm on March 25th, and ends at 9am on April 1st. We recommend that you arrive around 4pm on the 25th to have time to settle in before dinner.
+ What's the closest airport to Blue Spirit?
We recommend that you fly into Liberia, and book a shuttle through Blue Spirit, which costs $60 (not included in your retreat tuition): http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/shuttle-reservations
+ If I arrive a day early, will Blue Spirit allow me to pay for an extra night and stay there?
No - you will need to book a room nearby and arrive at Blue Spirit on the 25th.
+ What is the Initiation Teacher Training?
Initiation Teacher Training is our second level of teacher training for those people pursuing the journey of becoming a Certified Qoya Teacher or who wish to form their own home practice. If you are a regular Qoya participant, Teacher Training is an amazing way to bring more structure and inspiration to your personal practice, and to go deeper into the fundamentals of Qoya. Similarly, if you are new to Qoya and wish to dive deep with the practices, teacher training is a wonderful way to submerge yourself in all things wise wild and free. For more information: http://www.qoya.love/qoya-teacher-training/
+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.