Wellspring Women’s Retreats

Self-Exploration and Self-Compassion
through Yoga and Fairy Tales

Next Retreat – September 28 – October 1, Everett, PA

 Stories are ancient medicine. They are humankind’s earliest method of conveying wisdom. The insights they offer are deep and timeless and have to do with the very bedrock of our nature. Throughout the millennia, the keepers and tellers of these stories have, for the most part, been women, so it is not surprising that fairy tales should mark, with exquisite accuracy and poignancy, the main stations on the journey of a woman’s psychological life. They speak of self-betrayals and self-discovery, of aching loss and ultimate triumph. They are the storehouse of the essential psychological experiences that women undergo in the course of our development.

Join Jungian analyst, podcaster, and author Lisa Marchiano and yoga instructor and massage therapist Jodi Mahony for a fall weekend on 150 natural acres in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains.

We’ll spend three days together, allowing fairy tales to gently guide us into an exploration of instinctual wisdom. We’ll enjoy heart-opening yoga taught by Jodi Mahony two times daily, with the opportunity for hikes, star gazing, forest bathing, and other outdoor activities. We’ll also offer experiential ways of interacting with these archetypal stories, such as art, music, and movement.

Lisa will lead two daily sessions on an adventure into the inner landscape, exploring themes such as claiming our heart’s desire and coming home to ourselves. We’ll have the opportunity to use art, psychodrama, and dream work to enhance our exploration of the inner landscape

In addition, each participant will have the option to sign up for a half-hour massage with Jodi and a half-hour one-on-one time with Lisa that will take place via zoom in advance of the event. A few weeks after the retreat, Jodi and Lisa will host a 90-minute zoom session where we will meet to integrate the experience.

We’ll share delicious, healthy meals with complimentary beer and wine, and we’ll spend the evenings together around a fire, sharing wine, stories, and songs. You’ll emerge from the weekend feeling renewed and having deepened your connection with the sacred wisdom within.


“The group Lisa and Jodi brought together was remarkable. Their experiences are not my experiences, yet there is a common thread binding them all together: one guided by a genuine curiosity about themselves and the world around them. So refreshing in a world filled with so much binary thinking. These women have stirred in me something deep that is just beginning to grow and rise to the surface. They challenged me, impressed me, informed me, surprised me, and shared a sacred space with me.”

“The Wellspring Women’s Retreat was the best women’s retreat I have attended. Lisa Marchiano masterfully set the tone and led the work of the group, creating a loving container for self-exploration. Lisa’s gentle and supportive style immediately opened the space for me to relax and encounter my thoughts and feelings without judgment. The Fairy Tales and reactions to them inspired new and important insights. The program offered both flexibility and structure. The social times facilitated rich conversations that stimulated connection and sharing. There were ample opportunities for communing with nature, bodywork, and quiet time for introspection and rest. I am grateful to Lisa for providing this soulful space, and look forward to the next one!”


Thursday, September 28th

3:00 pm — Arrival

6:00 pm — Dinner

7:00 pm — Opening Circle

Friday, September 29th

7:00 am — Yoga with Jodi

8:00 am — Breakfast

9:30 am — 11:30 am — Honoring Our Instincts: Anger — The Leopard Woman

12:00 pm — Lunch

1:00 pm — Walk/Break

2:00 pm — 4:00 pm — Honoring Our Instincts: Fear — The Robber Bridegroom

4:00 pm — Yoga with Jodi

5:00 pm — Gathering for snacks and sips

6:00 pm — Dinner

7:30 pm — Dream Incubation Experience

Saturday, September 30th

7:00 am — Yoga with Jodi

8:00 am — Breakfast

9:30 am — 11:30 am — Coming Home to Ourselves (1) — Sun Girl and Dragon Prince

12:00 pm — Lunch

1:00 pm — Walk/Break

2:00 pm — 4:00 pm — Coming Home to Ourselves (2) — Sun Girl and Dragon Prince

4:00 pm — Yoga with Jodi

5:00 pm — Gathering for snacks and sips

6:00 pm — Dinner

7:30 pm — Campfire/Wine/Poetry/Song/Story Share

Sunday, October 1st

7:00 am — Yoga with Jodi

8:00 am — Breakfast

9:00 am — 11:00 am — Honoring Spirit — The Rough Faced Girl

11:00 am — Departure


We’ll share space in modern cabins set on the beautiful grounds of River Mountain. Each participant will have her own semi-private space within the cabin.


The kitchen at River Mountain prides itself on featuring fresh, regionally sourced meals with an unexpected, modern flare. Daily meals are served in the historic 1807 log cabin dining hall. Relax in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the log cabin, or take your meal to another scenic setting at River Mountain.


The cost for the retreat includes all meals, lodging, alcohol, yoga, massage, and fairy tale sessions with Lisa, as well as the half-hour individual zoom sessions with Lisa prior and the integration session with Lisa and Jodi afterward. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Queen Skylight — $2,175

Queen Bottom — $2,150

Twin Skylight — $2,075

Twin Bottom — $2,050

Twin No Window — $2,025

A $250 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.


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