GODDESS ILLUMINATED 2023

Womxn’s Empowerment Retreat
St. Helens, Oregon, June 22 - 25
3 nights, 4 days of magic + community on Solstice Weekend.

COMPLETE IMMERSIVE EMPOWERMENT  EXPERIENCE

If you ever thought about doing a Goddess Session with me this experience delivers 10 times more of the magic. In The Goddess Session you get a taste of connecting to your beauty, power and confidence. Goddess Illuminated is the 4 day version of my signature Goddess Session. I created this as a complete immersive experience of the stuff we touch the surface and is still so transformative in The Goddess Session. I’ve taken all of these concepts and put them into a 4 day experience that culminates with your mini Goddess Session. See yourself through the lens of the goddess, transformed and able to express all your Illuminated light with confidence and ease.

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WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?

"When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens."

Anybody that identifies as a womxn + non binary. If you love nature, art, ceremony, photography and ritual. If you crave connection with like minded community to network with. You do not need any experience with anything! We provide a full goddess wardrobe for the photo session and an adornment ritual where we will be getting ready together.

IF YOU....

Always been called to receive the healing energy of the Goddess Session, but something held you back.

Experienced a Goddess Session and desire a deeper journey into your authentic expression.

Feel like you still haven’t fully reemerged as your full self into a safe community. Want to exhale away stress, worry, anxiety and be held in the magical healing energy of Oregon's lush forest and clear river.

Are ready to change your perspective of self and see yourself as divine, confident & empowered.

Desire an experience of pleasure and luxury grounded in nature to come back to yourself.

Retreat details:

WHAT TO BRING

Your beautiful self! We will provide – all the yoga mats, goddess wardrobe, comfortable bedding, bath towels, and all your organic veggie meals, snacks, tea, coffee, and local spring water. Upon registration, you will receive an email from us with a complete packing list of personal items to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

LOCATION

“The Nest” in St. Helens, Oregon. Address and directions will be emailed upon registration.

DATES

June 22th – 25th, 2023

We will begin with an Opening Dinner and Ceremony on the evening of June 22 and close with a group brunch of June 25

“Melissa does a stunning job offering a wide breath of practices leaning into embodiment, creativity, and potent self reflection that culminates in being able to witness yourself in this really powerful photo session experience. The community and personal reflection is a gift and IS INVALUABLE! 
Alyssa Gursky
EXCLUSIVE OFFERINGS

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Daily movement & meditations practices, supportive sister circles, cacao ceremony and....

4-day facilitated retreat

3 nights of luxury accommodations at The Nest, new private retreat center

All organic and delicious veggie meals prepared lovingly on the land

Mini Goddess Photo Session with Melissa Robin + 3 edited digital photograph to remember your power (Valued at $999)

Abundant snacks, coffee, tea, and local spring water

Generous goody bags

All supplies needed

Embodiment classes

Daily movement classes

Sound bath

Special guest teachers

Personal time to explore and/or rest as needed

Cacao & Fire Ceremony

Live DJ ecstatic dance

Trauma informed therapist present for additional support

Plenty of ritual, ceremony, group shares to inspire and support you on your journey

“What a gift Goddess Illuminated was - It filled me with such love and nourishment. Melissa holds such a beautiful, peaceful and gentle space that helps those self critic voices go away. I was able to drop into deep sisterhood & connection…to come alive & let my soul shine!
Sefan Wilde

Goddess Illuminated Retreat Excludes:

We have some many beautiful offerings for you but these are not included...

Transportation to/from the retreat center

Flights / Airfare

Snack/ Junk Food

TESTIMONIAL MAGIC!

HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THESE GODDESS’:

Logistics & What to expect

Below is a brief description of the main logistics, please look through our FAQ section or feel free to reach out if you have any additional inquiries.

LOGISTICS

GODDESS PHOTO SESSIONS

We will provide all the Goddess wardrobe and some adornments. Of course you are welcome to bring your own items. Upon registration, we will invite you to bring a couple of small items from around your house to use.

LOGISTICS

COMMUNITY

The Goddess Illuminated Retreat will be limited to 22 participants. An incredible team of guest teachers, supporters, and a somatic therapist will provide plenty of personal attention and one-on-one support as needed. Upon registration, each participant will be invited to join a private Facebook community + whats app group to share info and connect with the group.

LOGISTICS

PREREQUISITES

No photo session, art, meditation or movement experience is required to attend this retreat. Come as you are.

LOGISTICS

PLEASE NOTE

This retreat requires an adventurous spirit, go with the flow attitude, and an open mind. Although all beautiful and luxurious, some of the accommodation options are more of a “camping” style. Attending retreats away from home is always an adventure and getting comfortable with that from the beginning will create a more pleasant experience. That said, we are here to make the journey as comfortable for you as possible. 

Accessibility: We will be walking and hiking on uneven ground for a number of our outings, so please take that into consideration when booking.

THIS ALL INCLUSIVE RETREAT INCLUDES THESE EVENTS PLUS..

So much magic to co create together as we journey together for...

Cacao Ceremony 

Guided Meditations

Embodiment practices

Sister Circles

Daily Movement practices

Your Accommodations

Daily Nourishing Organic Ayurvedic meals by Aryurivida.

Your own  mini Goddess Session & Portrait! (valued at $999!)

Hi I’m Melissa Robin!

I understand the struggle of self-acceptance; as a person who has body dysmorphia and experienced mental illness, I know how difficult it is to relax and express yourself fully and be SEEN. Integrating nature-based somatic practices, meditation, and rituals will bring clarity, insight, and energy to your system. The Goddess Illuminated experience becomes the path to your transformation. As a Temple Body Facilitator I’m here to support you on your journey and document the process to provide you with powerful reminders that you can use to tap into your divine power in the future.

TESTIMONIAL MAGIC!

HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THESE GODDESS’:

Where we'll be.

The backdrop of our experience.

Just being surrounded by bountiful nature, rejuvenates and inspires us.

THE NEST

The Nest, as we lovingly call it, is a peaceful twenty-acre oasis nestled in the lush watershed of the Columbia River basin, an hour outside of Portland, OR. Home to old-growth cedar groves, majestic blue herons, wide-open meadows, and a bubbling creek, this sacred land nourishes the body, mind, and soul in every way.

Our 2400 square-foot event barn offers a spacious place to gather, move, and create, and our retreat house, cabins, and glamping tents provide a unique array of comfortable accommodations. The dreamy meadow, bountiful fruit orchard, soft forest trails, and winding creek offer many peaceful places to sit, walk, and simply be.

We hope you will feel as held, nurtured, and inspired as we do here at The Nest, and we look forward to welcoming you here.

YOUR INVESTMENT

The price of the retreat depends on your accommodation. Please see all the available options below.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have three work-trade spots open in the Sky Room.

CONFIRMATION

Once you’ve paid your deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with details regarding travel to The Nest, packing lists, and other ways to prepare for our time together. Please feel free to email any questions to info@melissa-robin.com  We are here to help!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you need to cancel your spot in the retreat, we are happy to offer a refund (minus a $150 cancellation fee) if we are able to fill your spot! Please click the button below to read our full cancelation policy:

Accommodation

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There are three kinds of accommodations available at The Nest: A shared room in the retreat house (doubles and triples only), a shared or private cabin (singles and doubles), a shared glamping tent (doubles only).

Book Now by selecting you accommodations below! Limited availability - group size is capped!

All participants must be 21 or over. All prices are per person.
Payment plans & BIPOC discounts available please send me a message if you need either! 

RETREAT HOUSE

There are four beautiful bedrooms with a total of ten queen or full-sized beds throughout the retreat house – Forest (double), Moon (double), Sky (triple), and Orchard (triple). To read about each room, click on the products below.

Each room is comfortably appointed with high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, closet space, pleasant lighting, ample windows, natural views, and colorful original artwork. Most rooms have places to sit and read and two rooms have balconies. There is heat and air conditioning throughout the house.

There are two full bathrooms in the retreat house on the first floor. The Forest, Orchard, and Moon rooms are all on the first floor near the bathrooms, and the Sky room is upstairs.

There is a spacious kitchen, large refrigerator, coffee and tea station, and a kitchen table for eight. All group meals for the retreat will be served outside around large round tables.

If you prefer more privacy away from the group and don’t mind a more rustic experience, I recommend booking a cabin or a glamping tent.

ALMOST SOLD OUT 1 SPOT LEFT Sky Room WORK TRADE

ALMOST SOLD OUT 1 SPOT LEFT Sky Room WORK TRADE

$ 999.00 USD
Work trade spaces This spot is reserved for anyone who is able to arrive one day early and stay for four extra hours to help with set up and clean up and during the retreat. Work traders will need to be able to lift and move heavy objects and be willing to dive in and help where needed before, during, and after the retreat. A bright and freshly renovated 600 square foot room on the second floor with large windows and sliding glass door leading to a balcony overlooking the orchard. The Sky Room features three comfortable full beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, 2 skylights, large closet space, dressers, luggage racks, mirrors, original artwork, a reading nook, couch, leather poufs, and heat/AC. The bathroom is located on the floor below. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. . Pricing is per person.
Orchard Room

Orchard Room

$ 1,999.00 USD
3 queen beds. A light and spacious 350 square foot room with two large windows, tall wood ceilings, a sliding glass door leading to a deck and a view of the orchard. The Orchard Room features three comfortable queen beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, two closets, a mirrors, large dresser, original artwork, and heat and AC. The bathroom is located next to the room. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. . Pricing is per person.
Moon Room

Moon Room

$ 2,444.00 USD
2 full beds. A sweet 250 square foot room on the first floor with two large windows, and an orchard view. The Moon Room features two comfortable full beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside table, a large closet space, dresser, mirror, original artwork, and heat/AC. The bathroom is located next to the room and a reading nook is located directly across from the room. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
Forest Room

Forest Room

$ 2,444.00 USD
2 queen beds. ​A cozy 250 square foot, “cabin-y” room on the first floor with two windows, forest views, and tall wood ceilings located at the back of the house. The Forest Room features two comfortable queen beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, a bedside table, large closet space, a dresser, a mirror, original artwork, and heat/AC. The bathroom is located next to the room. ​PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. . Pricing is per person.

CABINS

There are three small but cozy cabins at The Nest – two singles, Heron and Hummingbird, and one double, The Perch. To read about each cabin, click on the products below.

Each cabin has comfortable queen-sized beds, high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, hooks, a luggage rack, a reading chair, windows, and colorful original artwork.

The cabins do not have electricity, heat, or air conditioning, so they offer more of a camping experience. You will find solar and battery-powered lights in each cabin, making them very quaint and romantic! 🙂 We recommend bringing a headlamp for extra light, and an external charger for your phone. (You can also charge devices in the nearby event barn).

Fresh local spring water for drinking will be provided in each cabin. A private, two-stall outdoor shower and portable toilets will be a short walk away from the cabins.

If you need a bathroom nearby and/or don’t enjoy camping, I recommend booking a room in the retreat house. 

Perch Cabin

Perch Cabin

$ 1,999.00 USD
2 queen beds. ​A light-filled 250 square foot cabin with tall ceilings and two large windows overlooking the meadow (the most spectacular view on the property!). The Perch Cabin features two comfortable queen beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, a desk, dresser, mirror, large chair, hooks, hangers, heat, and battery operated and solar lights. Please note there is no A/C in the cabins. The cabins are a great option if you prefer more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
Hummingbird Cabin

Hummingbird Cabin

$ 2,222.00 USD
1 queen bed. A private 150 square foot cabin with tall ceilings, three small windows, and a front porch. The Hummingbird Cabin features features one comfortable queen bed with quality cotton bedding, duvet, a dresser, mirror, large chair, hooks, hangers, heat, and battery operated and solar lights. Please note there is no A/C in the cabins. The cabins are a great option if you prefer more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
H̶e̶r̶o̶n̶ ̶C̶a̶b̶i̶n̶ SOLD OUT!

H̶e̶r̶o̶n̶ ̶C̶a̶b̶i̶n̶ SOLD OUT!

$ 2,222.00 USD
1 queen bed. A private 150 square foot cabin with tall ceilings, three small windows, and a front porch with a view of the meadow. The Heron Cabin features features one comfortable queen bed with quality cotton bedding, duvet, a dresser, mirror, large chair, hooks, hangers, heat, and battery operated and solar lights. Please note there is no A/C in the cabins. The cabins are a great option if you prefer more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. . Pricing is per person.

GLAMPING TENTS

We have four beautiful glamping tents at The Nest – Comfrey, Yarrow, Sumac, and Elderberry. To read about each tent, click on the products below. 

Each of our four 300-square-foot tents has two comfortable extra-large single beds, high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, hooks, luggage racks, a reading chair, and windows with screens at the top and along the base for beautiful views of nature. Learn more about our glamping tents here.

The glamping tents do not have electricity, heat, or air conditioning, so they offer more of a camping, close-to-nature experience. You will find solar and battery-powered lights in each cabin, making them very quaint and romantic 🙂 We recommend bringing a headlamp for extra light, and an external charger for your phone. (You can also charge devices in the nearby event barn).

Fresh local spring water for drinking will be provided in each tent. A private, two-stall, outside shower and clean portable toilets will be a short walk away and available to everyone in the tents.

Yarrow Glamping Tent

Yarrow Glamping Tent

$ 1,999.00 USD
2 XL single beds An elegant and spacious 300 square foot luxury bell tent with stargazing windows at the top and vented windows all along the base of the tent. The Yarrow Bell Tent features three comfortable single sized beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, side tables, a seating area, rugs, and battery powerd and solar lights. Please note there is no electricity, heat or A/C in the glamping tents, however this is a great option if you prefer being closer to nature with more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
ALMOST SOLD OUT 1 SPOT LEFT! Comfrey Glamping Tent WORK TRADE

ALMOST SOLD OUT 1 SPOT LEFT! Comfrey Glamping Tent WORK TRADE

$ 888.00 USD
This spot is reserved for anyone who is able to arrive one day early and stay for four extra hours to help with set up and clean up. Work traders will need to be able to lift and move heavy objects and be willing to dive in and help where needed before, during, and after the retreat. Extra meals will be provided and more specific information will be sent after booking. 2 XL single beds. An elegant and spacious 300 square foot luxury bell tent with stargazing windows at the top and vented windows all along the base of the tent. The Elderberry Bell Tent features three comfortable single sized beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, side tables, a seating area, rugs, and battery powered and solar lights. Please note there is no electricity, heat or A/C in the glamping tents, however this is a great option if you prefer being closer to nature with more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
Sumac Glamping Tent

Sumac Glamping Tent

$ 1,999.00 USD
2 XL single beds. An elegant and spacious 300 square foot luxury bell tent with stargazing windows at the top and vented windows all along the base of the tent. The Elderberry Bell Tent features three comfortable single sized beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, side tables, a seating area, rugs, and battery powered and solar lights. Please note there is no electricity, heat or A/C in the glamping tents, however this is a great option if you prefer being closer to nature with more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.
Elderberry Glamping Tent

Elderberry Glamping Tent

$ 1,999.00 USD
2 XL single beds. An elegant and spacious 300 square foot luxury bell tent with stargazing windows at the top and vented windows all along the base of the tent. The Comfrey Bell Tent features three comfortable single sized beds with quality cotton bedding, duvets, side tables, a seating area, rugs, and battery powered and solar lights. Please note there is no electricity, heat or A/C in the glamping tents, however this is a great option if you prefer being closer to nature with more privacy and quiet away from the main house. Outside showers and bathrooms are a short walk from the cabin. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MELISSA-ROBIN.COM. Pricing is per person.

FAQs

Please send us message if you have any further questions.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you need to cancel your spot in the retreat, we are happy to offer a refund (minus a $150 cancellation fee) if we are able to fill your spot.

If we are not able to fill your spot, we are happy to offer you credit for a future retreat based on the timeline below:

If you cancel your retreat more than two months prior to your scheduled retreat, 100% of your retreat fee, minus a $100 rebooking fee, can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. (You will be the first to know about new retreats as they are announced).

If you cancel your retreat within two months of your scheduled retreat, 75% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 25% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within one month of your scheduled retreat, 50% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 50% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within two weeks of your scheduled retreat, you will forfeit your entire retreat payment.

We are also happy to transfer your spot to someone else who is able to take your place in the scheduled retreat with no transfer fee regardless of when you cancel. In this case, you will need to find the new participant yourself and receive reimbursement directly from them.

In case of a natural disaster, Covid-related closures or surges, or any other unforeseen reasons to cancel the retreat, we reserve the right to make any changes necessary to the retreat. In this case, will offer you a full refund and/or the option to book another retreat. However, we will not be responsible for any changes made to your airfare. For your peace of mind, we recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance in case cancellations or changes arise.

What is the food going to be?

During the retreat, we’ll provide three vegetarian delicious, nutritious, and organic (when possible) meals each day, plus a welcome dinner and closing brunch. We will also provide some nutritious snack platters, organic/fairtrade coffee, tea, and spring water from the land. I am a foodie at heart and love to eat! We want you to feel nourished and cared for.All meals and snacks are gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly. Upon registration, you will receive a form to let us know about any food restrictions.

Whats the weather like in June?

June is one of my favorite months in Oregon! The forest is so lush and flowers are beautiful from the rainy winter and spring. Daily high temperatures from 71°F to 78°F Daily low temperatures increase from 51°F to 55°F. Oregon is known for rain so we may get a little sprinkle.

What do I need to bring?

Any adornments or props you want to be photographed with. We will also have a selection of Goddess clothing for you to try on as well! We will provide art materials, yoga mats, comfortable bedding, towels, all meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and land local spring water.Upon registration, we will send a suggested packing list to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Where is the retreat? How do I get there?

The retreat will be held at my new property in St. Helen’s, Oregon, an hour northwest of Portland. You are welcome to drive directly to the property or there will be carpool options from PDX airport. Address and directions provided upon registration. Carpools encouraged!

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