You’ve been thinking about it for awhile, haven’t you?

Signing up for a Qoya Retreat?

You think, “I want to take time for myself. To have a true break, but I can’t afford the time. The money. The hassle.”

But then you imagine the feeling of grass under your bare feet.
You can taste a cup of hot tea, and smell the fall air.
Your heart stirs at the possibility of meeting new friends that feel like they are part of your tribe.
You think maybe it’s not too late to restore faith in yourself, others and life.

You are ready to feel better, to feel good in your body.

On this retreat, you will:

Remember Your Essence. Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember.  Through daily qoya movement, gratitude rituals, fire ceremonies , community connection, pilgrimage to this sacred land, nourishing healthy food and the quiet of the mountains and forest you will remember your true essence as wise, wild, and free. More than remember, you will FEEL your true essence as truth in your body.

Reconnect to Heart and Hope. No one is exempt from the human journey and its challenges and initiations. Resilience of spirit and endurance of heart are required, and it’s easy to lose your connection to hope. This weekend will restore you again and teach you tools for staying connected.

Experience Balance. Despite the fact that we live in a naturally cyclical world, we neglect our natural rhythms and acquiesce to the cultural momentum of more and faster. Take a weekend in the woods, watch the fall leaves change color. As each leaf drops with the wind, see what else you can let go of as you bring balance back to your life.


"To me, Qoya has become a necessity as a way to infuse my spirit with happiness. Gathering together as women to create a sacred circle that forms the container where we practice yoga, dance, and sensual movement with the intention to do what feels good is an amazing medicine."


Friday, October 23rd, 2015
6-7pm: Delicious Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner
7:30-10pm: Opening Ceremony/Celebration

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
7-7:30am: Optional Breathing and Meditation
8-9am: Bountiful Breakfast
9:30am-12pm: Qoya Class
12pm-2pm: Lovely Lunch and time to rest
2pm-5pm: Afternoon Celebration Rituals in Nature
5-7pm: Free Time and Delicious Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner
7:30-10pm: Evening Fire Ceremony

Sunday, October 25th, 2015
7-7:30am: Optional Breathing and Meditation
8-9am: Bountiful Breakfast
9:30am-12pm: Qoya Class
12pm-1pm: Lovely Lunch
***1pm Checkout and dance into your next adventure! or stay for the Qoya Teacher Training
1-6pm: Qoya Teacher Training
6-8pm: Dinner Break
8-10pm: Qoya Teacher Training

Monday, October 26th, 2015
8-9am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Qoya Teacher Training
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3pm: Teacher Training

This retreat is eligible as part of your Initiation training. If you wish to complete your Initiation training in Woodstock, please email us at to arrange. We will contact you to arrange payment for the extra night's stay and for your Initiation training if you haven't already registered for it. For more information about our Teacher Training program, click here.

We also offer the Qoya Teacher Intensive the week prior to the retreat, October 23-26. If you've completed your Introduction and Initiation stages, this is your final step towards Qoya Teacher Certification. Click here for more details and to register.


Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Really.

You can have more experiences of flow -- of ease, grace, and synchronicity with winks from the divine as affirmations that you are on the right track.

You are not alone. Far from it. The sacred journey you are on is simply asking you to follow the voice from within. Although it requires a leap of faith, that is where your flow lives, and it’s easy to find. Really.

If you feel the call to come on this retreat, follow it and imagine it can be easy!


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

Your all-inclusive retreat includes 3 days and 2 nights of:

  • cozy eco-luxury accommodations at Menla Mountain Retreat Center (This space is so special, it was commissioned by the Dalai Lama. It is super sacred land.)
  • Qoya classes and rituals
  • delicious nutritious vegetarian food

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to Menla. It is easily accessible from New York City and Boston by bus or car. Check out the full directions here.
  • Retreat Tuition!

Cost: Pay-What-You-Can Tuition + Room and Board
This is our lowest priced retreat of the year. It is pay-what-you-can in order to make Qoya accessible to more students, and to introduce a new paradigm of energetic rather than monetary exchange.

The cost of registration is solely for room and board. At the end of the weekend, you are invited to receive the retreat portion as a gift, pay what feels right in your heart, or simply pay what you can as an authentic energy exchange for how the weekend was valuable to you.

Our only request is that you listen to the voice in your heart, then give the amount that feels right as an energetic exchange for the Qoya classes, rituals, and time organized together in community.