Wise, Wild and Free

(Sage, Sauvage et Libre!)

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Life is short.
And long.

It's full of blessings.
And challenges.

Yet - at the heart of your life
and the variety of your experiences
lies the core of your being:

Your Essence

The eternal part of you that never wavers
no matter what challenges come your way.
The part you were born with that you will die with. 


Wise from your lived experience and intuition.
Wild from your animal body and love of life.
Free from your expanding capacity for joy and possibility.

Though at times, it can be hard to feel your essence,
it is always there for you.

No matter how heavy you feel right now, I'm here to tell you:

Your true essence is wise, wild and free.

You can release the blocks to feeling it
through simple, joyful movement.

You can feel gratitude for the lessons,
relief for the things that didn't work out,
and awe at the present invitation life offers you.

Come and see how your body can be a portal
to remember who you really are
and celebrate your divine essence.

France is the perfect location to savor your life as a gift.
This time - the gift you receive is your authentic presence.

We dance because we can no longer not dance.

Whatever the vision you are holding for your life, there's a cosmic companionship available to you as you step into your inherent charisma, the je ne sais quoi that you uniquely bring to the world. 

This freedom to express yourself requires you to let go of the conditioned critical voices within and around you. Imagine the inner wisdom, authentic creativity and liberation inside of you that is ready to emerge more than before. 

Truth isn't always easy, comfortable, or convenient, but it is always a relief. It always brings you to wholeness. While it requires courage to trust your heart to move in all directions, it also feels so good to feel your wholeness restored. To release your inner critic and see the world through the eyes of love, of freedom.

What needs to be released for more of your truth to live? Shall we find out together?  



This weekend will give you an opportunity to explore what ways are the most effective for you to access your inner wisdom.

It will provide you with tools to call on the wild woman who expresses her truth rather than represses it.

Finally, it will bring the clarion sound of freedom that your soul became embodied to remember.

Freedom in your body. Freedom in your mind. Freedom in your heart.

You already possess this freedom. Now it's time to remember.

"My favorite part of the retreat was the bonding with other Qoya women from around the world. Through sharing Qoya classes, wonderful food around the dining room table, hikes around the chateau, and late night bedtime chats, I feel that I made some wonderful lifelong friends."

AMELIA BROWN, Rhode Island


Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya teachers, taught thousands of Qoya movement classes, and led dozens of retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same.

Qoya is designed to feel how the body and movement are a portal to remember our essence, to feel our perspective shift from going through the motions to savoring life as sacred. Qoya does this through classes, workshops, rituals, retreats/pilgrimages, teacher trainings, free videos online, a blog, and Rochelle's book, Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free in hopes that all that feel the call to remember can be supported on their journey.

There are no levels to Qoya, and it is a movement that people of any age or ability level can do. It has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine, Oprah.com, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today. 



On this retreat, you will:

  • dance to embody your wise, wild and free essence
  • spend reverent time in nature 
  • nourish yourself with rest, movement, and communal meals outdoors
  • enjoy the beautiful natural setting of the chateau, including walks through the woods or a swim in the pool
  • discover new ways to access your inner wisdom
  • gain practical tools to integrate into your life back home
  • make new friends in a caring circle of sisters to witness and support you
  • consciously envision the next chapter of your life


Day 1 – Arrival
2:00pm – 4:00pm arrive at the Chateau
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Opening Ceremony
7:00pm – Delicious Dinner

Day 2 – We Dance!
8:00am – Meditation and Breathing
8:30am – Beautiful Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm – Qoya Class
12:30pm – Lovely Lunch
3:00pm – 6:00pm – Afternoon Session
7:00pm – Delicious Dinner

Day 3 – Departure
8:00am – Meditation and Breathing
8:30am – Beautiful Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm – Qoya Class
Blessings for your journey!

"The Château de Clérac is that rare place where my mind sinks into simultaneous focus and relaxation. The food reinvents your relationship to pleasure, the people there are the most charming and kind that I've met, and everywhere your eye lands, there is immense beauty. It is truly heaven on earth."

EMILY B., playwright and screenwriter


Château de Clérac is a gorgeous family run sanctuary-retreat that beautifully blends old world elegance with new world community, warmth, and comfort. The castle-like chateau is set in 22 beautiful acres of private gardens and forest and offers a salt-water swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, a pond, and nearby walking trails. Meals are shared together outdoors when the weather permits, enjoying the fresh morning air at breakfast or watching the sunset at dinner.

There is only one you in this universe.

Your unique wisdom,
your exquisite wild feminine essence,
your soul's path to freedom.

Dance your way to fuller external expression
of the internal miracle that is you.

Expand your capacity to enjoy and celebrate your life
not only at this retreat, but far beyond.

Dance because you can no longer not dance.


Pricing is per person.

Your tuition includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations

  • 5 delicious meals

  • Daily Qoya classes

  • Daily Circle/Rituals

  • Shuttle to and from airport or train station

Your tuition does not include:

  • Travel to Bordeaux airport or train station

Register for your spot today.

Shared rooms are $555. You'll be assigned a roommate.
Single rooms are $777. You'll have the room to yourself.

Select the housing option you desire at checkout. All pricing in USD.

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 non-refundable deposit. 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.


How do I get there? Merignac is the closest airport, located about 45 minutes South and West of Chateau de Clérac. There is also train service into Bordeaux.

We can arrange all airport pick up and drop off. Château de Clérac is happy to coordinate free shuttle service to and from the airport or train station provided you arrive near the arrival and departure times. If you are arriving outside of those times, we can still arrange transport, but there may be an additional charge.

Arrival/Departure Times
Please plan on arriving between 2:00-4:00pm on June 1st.
Please plan on departing by 1:00pm on June 3rd.

What currency do I need in France? Euros. If you plan to use credit cards, be sure to let your credit card company know you're traveling!

Can I bring my own food and drinks? All meals and snacks are included; you will be well fed with organic local produce whenever available, much of it raised on the estate. We will cater for any dietary requirements provided you let us know when booking.