Embody the Muse

Remember when you were a kid
and you got excited about coloring outside the lines?

You could paint a purple elephant
without thinking, “But elephants aren’t purple…”

At some point, you learned that elephants are grey,
and there was probably some teacher
who taught you to color inside the lines.

You started to question yourself, doubt your ability,
judge your artistic efforts,
and maybe even put away your paintbrush.

Yet...you still love to dance and paint.

You want time and space to go big and messy
with your feelings and your creative process.

You want to translate the wisdom in your body
into tangible expression to propel yourself forward,
exploring your feelings without having to name them
or make excuses for them.

This retreat is an invitation to tap back into your childlike joy
with freedom to enjoy the process.

It’s your permission slip to express your feelings
without judgment or congratulation
(and to paint a purple elephant or two).

It’s not about being an artist or making art. 
It’s all about how it feels. 

In Qoya, we say, “There’s no way to do it wrong,
and the way you know you’re doing it right is
when it feels good.”

The same philosophy applies to painting.

There’s no way to do this wrong. 

We are gathering to remember, share, and get messy.

You will be elbow deep in paint, Qoya-ing ON the canvas, 
moving with the color, the paint, with your body as the brush.

YOU are your own inspiration!

"Sara helped me get back to the feelings in my body when I was attempting to paint specific things on my canvas. It’s such a long held belief that I have to create something that looks good to other people; otherwise, it’s not art. Sara was amazing in holding space for me to simply feel the paint, and allow whatever was my truth to escape onto the canvas."


After you dance Qoya, you often wonder:
how do I translate this feeling into something
I can use outside of this fleeting moment? 

You reach that place where your brain is quiet
but your body is awake.
It’s time to create! 

Hands in paint, expressing those feelings directly onto canvas without concern of form or of “making art.”

When you feel complete, you stand back with reverence to see how your ideas are fluid, intuitive, and sacred. 


You have anchored the energy from your body into
a physical form, a touchstone to help you remember
and embody this intuitive message.

You can parent with that energy. 
You can grow your business with that energy.
You can bring it to your relationships.

You will come to know your own body as your Muse. 

Just as you have learned to trust the truth in your body through Qoya, through painting, you will see how your truth feels outside the boundaries of your skin, so you can interact with it from a totally new perspective. You will return home having witnessed your unfolding process with a canvas you can hang up as a reminder of your experience, or keep rolled up in storage for your next deep dive.

You are the creative force you long to be.


Sara Ballard is a life long joy seeker, lover of music & movement, sacred adornments, and is deeply committed to creating community. As a former bodyworker, Sara has always had a passion for helping women feel connected to and fall in love with the physical and metaphysical magic in their bodies.

Her life’s work has been built on various ways of helping people reconnect, access, and remember the truth in their body. She thrives on authenticity, deep connection, and reverence to her and others’ divine nature.

In any given week, you can find Sara teaching weekly Qoya classes, offering Qoya teacher Initiation training, and hosting retreats in Greenville, SC. She loves creating Sacred Soul Malas, bespoke semi-precious gemstone prayer beads individually created for each person. In her spare time, she homeschools her three beautiful children, and laughs and plays with her patient, Qoya-loving husband, Russell.

"Dancing a Qoya class with Sara is truly an embodying experience. She is gifted at helping women drop into their bodies and connect with themselves to hear true inner guidance. She leads her classes with such joy and love, and holds a safe space for women to feel deeply and to connect with each other in love, transparency and vulnerability."



Day One: Friday, June 2nd
2:00pm - 5:00pm Arrival - Welcome!
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Opening Circle Ceremony 

Day Two: Saturday, June 3rd
6:30am - 8:00am Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am Qoya Class
10am - 1:00pm PAINT & Qoya
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 5:00pm Painting or Free time
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 - 9:00pm Evening Ritual 

Day Three: Sunday, June 4th 
6:30am - 8:00am Breakfast
8:30am -10:00am Qoya class 1
0:00am - 12:00pm PAINT and Qoya
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Paint, Journal, Free Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm- 9:00pm Evening Ritual

Day Four: Monday, June 5th
6:30am- 8:00am Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am Qoya class
10:00am - 12:00pm Creative Exploration, multiple mediums
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Creative Exploration or Free Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm - 9:00pm Evening Ritual 

Day Five: Tuesday, June 6th
6:30am- 8:00am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:00pm Qoya class + Guided Meditation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Creative Exploration and Free Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm- 9:00pm Closing Circle Ceremony 

Day Six: Wednesday, June 7th
6:30am - 9:00am Breakfast & sweet farewells!
6:00am to 12:00pm Departure



Qoya Initiation Teacher Training will be offered following the retreat from June 7 - 10. If you enroll in both the retreat and training, save $397 on your training tuition. Simply add it on during the checkout process. Click here to learn more about Qoya Teacher Training. Note: you must complete the Intro to Qoya online training before the Initiation Training in order to participate.


This private home (Sara's) has been dubbed by Qoya teachers who have danced here as "The Qoya House." A light-filled, spacious home with a saltwater pool and spa, a dedicated movement/Qoya room, and plenty of space to get creative, The Qoya House is the perfect getaway for those looking to connect with other incredible women, relax and take time for yourself, and to fully immerse yourself in your own creative experience. 

Greenville, SC is a quaint little city near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lush with greenery, and sweet Southern charm. Nestled in the upstate area of South Carolina, Greenville feels like your home away from home with an extra dose of sweet tea, grits, and Southern drawl.

All retreat participants are encouraged to stay onsite, but are welcome to find outside accommodations. All lodging and meals, and supplies are included in the retreat cost.

The price is the same for those wishing to stay offsite.

All rooms are shared, and are "first arrive - first to choose."

Early Bird Special

Sara will make a custom Sacred Soul Mala ($444 value)
for every woman who registers by March 31st.


This retreat is for women only. All ages and movement levels are welcome.

Your all-inclusive retreat tuition includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations
  • 3 meals a day + snacks
  • 6 days of Qoya classes and rituals
  • all art supplies, including a large, collapsable canvas
  • shipping your finished canvas home in the domestic United States up to $50 (international shipping is not included)

It does not include:

  • travel to Greenville
  • shuttle to the retreat

Register to reserve your spot:

Payment plans available through May 1st.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?

Arrive between 12pm and 5pm pm on Friday, June 2nd Depart between 6am and 12pm on Wednesday, June 7th

+ What's the closest airport?

Nearest airport is GSP (Greenville/Spartanburg, SC) is a 14 minute car ride to The Qoya House (retreat location). Taxis run about $28 one way Other airports include CLT (Charlotte Douglas International airport, NC) - 1.5 driving hours from Greenville and ATL (Atlanta, GA) - 2.5 hour drive from Greenville.

+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at info@qoya.love.