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Coming Back to Yourself: Women’s Retreat with Surya Little and Elena Brower in Santa Fe

October 25 - October 27


Retreat in the height of fall in stunning Santa Fe with two longtime friends and senior teachers. Center in, get back in touch with yourself and tune into your innate wisdom as we turn inward for winter. Expect somatic movement, active and restorative asana, meditation, discussion, contemplation and journaling.


Each day, we’ll explore one of the three heart-minds of Zen; magnanimous mind, nurturing mind and joyful mind. Living our lives, learning to meet our experiences with the spirit of magnanimity, we actively enter magnanimous mind, a space of refinement and kindness. A heart-mind of care and compassion is the spirit of nurturing mind, greeting the world with eyes open. Practicing thankfulness and buoyancy, within ourselves and in our communities, is the practice of joyful mind.

This retreat will serve as a way to develop these attitudes, to integrate them into the way we live out all the aspects of our lives.


You’ll receive:

  • A customized journal for this retreat
  • Five 2-3 hour classes
  • Catered lunch Friday and Saturday

When: October 25 – 27*

  • Friday, Oct 25 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 26 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Oct 27 | 9:30am – 12:00pm

*We encourage you to arrive Thursday night October 24th, and check out Sunday, October 27th.



  • $1,700 for the full weekend of classes, includes vegan, gluten-free lunches on Friday and Saturday.
  • Your deposit of $500 is non-refundable and due upon registration; remainder due no later than August 15th.
  • To cancel your retreat for any reason, you must do so prior to September 15th to receive a full refund. Cancellations after September 16th, 2024 forfeit half the remainder, $600. Thank you.


*Please consult Airbnb or local hotels (Inn at the Alameda, El Sendero, Inn of the Anasazi to name a few) for your accommodations in Santa Fe. 

*We encourage you to bring friends and share accommodations to carpool to the studio for classes.

Elena Brower is a mother, mentor, poet, artist, volunteer, bestselling author and host of the Practice You Podcast. After graduating Cornell University in 1992, she designed textiles and apparel for almost a decade before shifting her focus to yoga, meditation, art and writing; she’s been teaching asana since 1999, studying and practicing Zen meditation since 2020. Her books, Art of Attention, Practice You, Being You and Softening Time walk us through stages of practice, life and listening.

Elena’s Perceptive Parenting audio course is a key resource for parents; her yoga practices and meditations are featured on Glo. She works to elevate bright futures for girls, women and children through her support for Girls on Fire Leaders, On The Inside and Free Food Kitchen. After receiving the Buddhist Precepts from Roshi Joan Halifax in 2023, she’s now a candidate for Chaplaincy. Her spoken word poetry can be heard on Above & Beyond’s Flow State albums.

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