Wise, Wild and Free
Life is short.
It's full of blessings.
Yet - at the heart of your life
and the variety of your experiences
lies the core of your being:
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.
A Qoya retreat 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 retreat 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.
"Thank you, from the depths of my heart, soul, being body. You have found me and freed me and brought me home. I will never be the same. I don't often have the words to express my gratitude for life changing moments, and while I know the divine led me there, danced through us, wove her magic spell and cloth around us... you were at the wheel. And I am belly laughing, tear leaking eyes, heart to the earth with gratitude. Thank you for this cellular teaching of my body's wisdom, of ecstatic sisterhood, of divinity here on earth, of reverence. I will simply never be the same. Everything is changing, everything is open. Qoya is life, you were right, it is a lifestyle of reverence."
-ELIZA REYNOLDS, author of "Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years"
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.
SAMPLE ITINERARY (actual times will vary)
June 30th: Arrival Day
2:15 pm: Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm (Luggage Room available to store bags until 4:00)
5:30–7:00 pm: Dinner
6:45–7:15 pm: Guest Welcome Session
7:30–9:00 pm Opening program session
8:30-11:30am: Program Session
1:45-3:45pm: Program Session
4:00-6:00pm: Free Time or Initiation Teacher Training (optional)
7:30-9:00pm: Free Time (8pm Thursday Fire Ceremony)
July 5th: Departure Day
9:00am-11:00pm: Program Session
12:00pm: Checkout Time (Luggage room available to store bags until your departure)
11:30-1:30pm: Lunch (departure day lunch is included in your stay)
INITIATION TEACHER TRAINING (OPTIONAL)
Initiation Teacher Training is available at Kripalu! It is our second level of teacher training in which you learn the basics of how to lead another person through a Qoya class.
To sign up, simply:
1) Register for the retreat through Kripalu.
2) Register for the Kripalu Teacher Training on our website. After you purchase it, you will receive access the online components of the Initiation Training program, which includes online classes and materials to support your Initiation teaching journey.
3) Register for the Intro to Qoya Training if you haven’t already, and complete it before we gather together at Kripalu.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. For more than 40 years, Kripalu has been teaching skills for optimal living through education for the whole person: body, mind, heart, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.
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.
COST + REGISTER
Your tuition and accommodation fees include:
Daily Qoya movement classes that combine yoga, dance, and sensual movement
Rituals and conscious community-building exercises to honor, nurture, and express your soul
2 nights’ accommodation
3 delicious, nourishing meals per day
Access to Omega’s amenities: yoga classes, sauna, library, labyrinth, walking and hiking trails, pond, cafe, basketball and tennis courts, and bookstore
They do not include:
Travel costs to and from Omega
Register for your spot
The retreat tuition is $380, plus the accommodation fees, which range from $616-1,773 depending on what housing option you choose. Registration is run through Kripalu, so please contact them directly if you have questions about registration or accommodations.