Venture Retreat CenterNestled among ancient redwoods and meadows of wildflowers on 22 acres, south of the San Francisco Bay Area, west of San Jose and Silicon Valley, near Pescadero, California. Venture Retreat offers overnight lodging for up to 41 Guests can also camp or bring their RV’s. Larger guest groups may reserve weekdays for day use events, workshops and seminars.
This peaceful, well-managed retreat center and weekend getaway is popular among personal growth and spiritual groups. The center is an ideal setting for youth groups who gather to explore and appreciate nature.
Yoga and meditation groups, artists and writers retreats enjoy the soulful intimacy of this unique California retreat center. We also welcome weddings and commitment ceremonies, family reunions and other celebrations. See more events in this venue
Do you long to reconnect with your authentic self? Do you crave time to de-stress, rest, cultivate inner peace, and renew your soul?
Dragonfly Healing Center provides a safe and nourishing environment in which women can deeply explore what it means to come into balance in their lives—emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. This retreat is designed especially for women who are and wish to be active and empowered participants in their whole health and well-being.
Through inspiring discussions, guided meditations, hiking, journaling, yoga, and creative expression, we foster an intimate community for healing, integration, and awakening. Connect deeper with your self-care by relaxing into the loving healing hands of your wellness service providers. *Experience massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki, Theta Healing, acupuncture, yoga therapy and holistic health and wellness counseling.
Throughout the weekend, you’ll be led on a journey of new perceptions, towards a whole new way to view your life and experience how the elusive sense of safety, security, and love which you are seeking is not somewhere out there but all within you.
Join us on this journey towards self-discovery!
The investment in your personal transformation includes accommodations, all meals, and all workshops and classes.
Special Gift Bag for Every Lady!!!
Moving Into the Light Women's Retreat Agenda
Friday: Setting Your Intentions
2pm – 4pm Registration and Getting Settled/Free Time (snacks available)
4pm Welcome, Opening Circle, Meditation and Setting Intentions
5pm Gentle Yoga
6pm Dinner (with Mindful Eating exercise)
8pm Movement Meditation then Letting Go and Letting Be at the Fire
9am Holistic Hiking with Stretching and Yoga on the Beach
11am Health and Wellness Presentation or Free Time
1:30 pm Wellness Services/Free Time
4:30pm Vision Quest Workshop
8pm Vision Board Workshop
Sunday: Living the Light
7am Sunrise Ceremony and Walk
8:30am Meditation and Stretching
9:30am Yoga and Sound Healing
10:45am Connecting the Mind, Body, Heart, Soul Workshop (Luminous Dancing!)
12:00pm Lunch and Journaling/Free Time
2pm Open Dialogue, Integration, and Closing Circle – Gratitude for our Gifts
3pm until 5pm Wellness Services are available
From 1:30pm - 2:30pm on Saturday is a Community Healing offering! Ladies, you will be able to receive treatments in a one room community session including massage and acupuncture and pay whatever you wish. The funds collected will be donated to Dragonfly Healing Center to support future programs and to provide scholarships.
*Wellness Services are an additional cost.
The Moving Into the Light Retreat provides a safe and nourishing environment where women can deeply explore what it means to be in balance in life.
What Do Bring Comfortable clothing for yoga and movement Yoga mat - we will have a few extras if needed Slip on shoes for indoors and shared bathrooms Water bottle, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen Walking/hiking shoes for outdoors Bug repellent for outdoors (optional) Umbrella or rain gear in case it rains Toiletries including shampoo and conditioner o Some people have sensitivities to fragrances so we ask that you please refrain from using chemically scented and high scented products. Please bring low-scented or no scented products, all natural if possible. Hair dyer (optional) Layered clothing – the weather can change through the day Bathing suit (optional) ~ Hot tub and Pool are clothing optional areas Pen and Journal Alarm clock Flashlight Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
Melissa Green, MS, MA
Melissa challenges patterned thinking, while encouraging exploration “outside of the box” with further investigations in “creating our own boxes”. She finds a natural match in counseling and has a remarkable talent of viewing situations from multiple perspectives. Melissa is a bright and gentle, yet firm guide in seeking and exploring the tapestry of our lives. She is a passionate and caring partner to her clients in the journey of realizing their full human potential. She is sensitive to and supportive of investigations in culture and diversity and how they shape and contribute to our being. Melissa embraces the full spectrum of life and offers life skills and tools to enhance trust in our inner wisdom and increase our ability to live our true self that is aligned in body, mind, heart and spirit.
Melissa is compelled to use her voice in empowering and uplifting others in realizing that we are so much more than our conditions. Being raised in a single-parent home below the poverty level in rural Alabama, Melissa embraced education and became the first in her family to go to college. She then trail-blazed her way to higher education and in 1998 became the first African-American to earn an advanced degree in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Notre Dame. Her pioneering thesis was “Developing a Human-Computer Interface to make Higher Education more Accessible to Physically Disabled Students”. She wrote an application that produced a voice-activated mouse; the research was recognized in Scientific American magazine.
With a heartfelt commitment of service to others, she shares inspiration, motivation, humor and compassion through her authentic way of being. Melissa has done extensive volunteer activities, especially with youth over most of her lifetime. She also has worked as an engineer, project manager and consultant in high tech fields. She has trekked around the world, interacting with diverse peoples and cultures and embarked on a two-year backpacking trip spanning over 40 countries. Melissa honors the interconnectedness of mind, body, heart and spirit while acknowledging the relationships among all things. She genuinely believes that light, beauty and wholeness are inherent in each of us. Let it shine!
Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University; Masters of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; and Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Melissa has an advanced degree in Life Experiences from the big beautiful world!
She completed her MBSR teacher training in 2009 with Bob Stahl, PhD, through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Melissa has also completed the MBSR Professional training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA.
Melissa is an instructor with Mindful Schools working to expand the program to diverse and underserved communities in the Bay Area peninsula and south bay.
She is a certified Healer Within Practice Leader, having completed a medical Qigong training program with Dr. Roger Jahnke at the Kripalu Yoga and Health Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.
She is nationally certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Melissa regularly attends retreats, workshops and conferences for continued education and practice that allow her to offer the best to her clients. See more photos and other events by this presenter