Goddess Retreats for Women


October 5-7, 2018

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing,” ~ Maya Angelou

Walking the Spiral

Sisters! Let us gather in the forest and DO OUR DEEP WORK Together. In Circle. In Council. With the Sacred Others. With Intention. With our Souls. Bring all that you are–broken and whole, beautiful and scary, wild and raw, sweet and loving. We embrace ALL of you in Beauty.

Come relax, rejuvenate and nurture your beautiful Goddess self in a safe circle of sisters!  Celebrate the ending of Winter and the first stirrings of Spring.  Because people wanted more time together, we will share TWO nights together, beginning Friday evening.

We will gather to honor the Divine Feminine in each of us through a series of powerful, revealing and fun activities. We will get out on the land and really celebrate our Earth Mother through solitude in nature, hikes and ceremony.  We will choose Goddess cards, explore personal myths and stories and work with archetypes within stories to find out more about ourselves.  We will do guided journeys and visualizations.  We will do gentle yoga and share from our hearts in deep council work.   We will explore our soul’s work, releasing through fire ceremony outworn ideas that no longer serve us and receiving symbols of our unique gifts. We will nurture ourselves with yummy food and celebrate one another by adorning our bodies with henna.  We will laugh, cry, sing, be goofy and, most of all, CELEBRATE!

Joan and Sheryl, Fall Retreat, 2016








Spirit Hollow has tent cabins with bunks.  They sleep up to 18 people and are heater by propane.  You need to bring bedding, such as sleeping bags and pillows and a thinsulate pad for extra padding on your cot-style bunk.  You can also sleep in the yurt in an open, shared space (and you’ll need to bring a small air mattress or padding along with your sleeping bag and pillow) or bring your own tent and camp out.

To keep costs low, we ask that you bring two potluck dishes; come having already eaten on Friday evening.  Since there won’t be enough space or time for chopping and cooking, these should be already cooked dishes that can be easily heated in the oven or on the stove; you can also bring a crock pot. WE COORDINATE THE DISHES with an online potluck app so there isn’t overlap or too much food (is there such a thing?). Bring your own breakfast stuff for Saturday and Sunday.  Spirit Hollow will provide coffee, tea, milk and other beverages for all meals.

Remember, this is a rustic retreat: we have outhouses, which are clean, have skylights and inspirational reading material on the walls.  You may use the kitchen in the house for water and washing up.

photo by Jessica Larkin

The cost is $175 for the weekend. If cost is prohibitive, email Tracey for a scholarship application.
Our capacity is 23; so register early. Please send a $75 deposit to hold your place by sending a check to:

Goddess Retreat
Spirit Hollow
2509 Shaftsbury Hollow
North Bennington, VT 05257

You can also register online:

Click here to see Spirit Hollow’s Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

The Facilitators:

Tracey Forest
Co-founding Director and Steward of Spirit Hollow, Tracey’s whole life has been dedicated to transforming her own consciousness and assisting others in that pursuit. A long-time shamanic healer and teacher, as well as a college English teacher and yoga teacher, she has been training others in core shamanic techniques through the Seeing with the Heart programs at Spirit Hollow for 16 years and doing her Transformational Soul Therapy for private clients, animals and places for twenty-five years.

Tracey also runs life-enhancing camps at Spirit Hollow every summer for kids and teens in addition to Goddess Retreats. 

Tracey is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism (under the direction of Michael Harner) and a Certified Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level, having trained with Shiva Rea. Also, Tracey is a singer-songwriter whose music reflects her belief in the sacred beauty in all beings

She is currently enrolled in the Wild Mind Training Program with the Animas Valley Institute, honing her skills as a Personal Wilderness Guide and Underworld Guide.

Deena Chappell
Born on Long Island to a pair of silly- in- love young musicians, Deena Chappell grew up listening to The Beatles, Doo-wop, Bill Monroe, Billie Holiday, folkies like Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Peter, Paul and Mary and that’s just when she was hanging out with Mom. When she was with her dad, she was getting experienced with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. Basically, Deena Chappell never stood a chance at living “normal” life (whatever that is). She knew from an early age that music was a big part of who she was.

Deena has spent her whole life playing, singing, writing and performing songs and mastering guitar and mandolin.  In addition to her music, Deena has a Masters’ Degree in Counseling from Goddard College, and has been guiding children, teens and adults through her work in camps, private sessions and her current work uniting families with their babies through an national adoption agency.

Deena has been co-facilitiating Goddess Camps for Girls, Teen Spirit Quest Camps and Goddess Retreats with Tracey for the past several years and brings a love of fairy tales, archetypal stories and sacred ceremony to us all.  She has a counseling practice and sees clients from her Vermont office. Visit her here.

Deena and Tracey
Deena and Tracey