Women’s Weekend Intensives


Vulnerability, Self Love, and Soul Passion as Radical Transformation 

A weekend intensive for powerful women ready to step fully into their most authentic lives

April 26-28, 2019

“If you are not free to be who you are, you are not free.”   ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


“I must be a mermaid.  I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”  ~Anais Nin

Who said transformation has to take months or years of therapy, workshops, books?

What if you could rapidly move through the doorway by taking back your power through a series of practices of radical self-love?

The time for wallowing in the mire is truly over.  In these urgent and potent days on planet Earth, we are called to cut through the crap and get really real, really clear, really wild and really inspired.

In this revolutionary weekend intensive, we will cross the threshold of the ordinary and plunge into the depths of our souls, invoking our raw and EMBODIED selves.In Sacred Temple Space, a safe and holy container for deep catharsis and reclamation of feminine power, we will deeply explore our Truest Desires, our Soul Longings, and our Bodies’ Knowings.

Along the way, we will laugh, be irreverent and have a LOT of fun being in a circle of bold, honest, juicy and powerful sisters.  



  • Opening Temple Ceremony on Friday evening
  • Deep Council and Mirroring
  • Uncover your Personal Mythology
  • Working with Edges
  • Deep Exploration and Reclamation of Desire
  • Communal Singing and Drumming
  • Exploration of the Nature Based Map of the Human Psyche
  • Imaginal Journeys
  • Tools for Wholing and Self Healing
  • Solo and Partner Time on the land
  • Exploration of the Wild Self through Ecstatic Dance
  • Tools for Manifesting Your Authentic Gifts

Spirit Hollow has tent cabins with bunks.  This early in the season, we’ll only have one available, but it is cozy with a propane heater and will sleep six.  You need to bring bedding, such as sleeping bags and pillows.  You can also sleep in the yurt in an open, shared space or bring your own tent and camp out.

To keep costs low, we ask that you brink 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 WILL TRY TO COORDINATE THE DISHES 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.

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

Alchemy of Desire
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 “Key Turner”

is passionate about helping others step through the doorway into the mystical and the mythical, the sacred and the sublime, the earthy and the erotic, the dark depths and high heights. She is a fearless and compassionate facilitator who has “been to the mountain” and descended into the abyss to lament for the earth, to celebrate the beauty and pain and who knows the rich gifts that lie in the dark to be mined. She stands in the portal, holding a lantern, singing ancient songs, dangling a key, inviting you to step through into the vast landscape of your Soul.

A shamanic healer and teacher, yoga teacher, women’s guide and youth mentor and singer with 25 years experience guiding others, Tracey is currently in the Wild Mind Training Program with the Animas Valley Institute (animas.org) cultivating more tools to assist in the Wholing and Healing of this broken, beautiful world.

Tracey is the founding co-director of Spirit Hollow for almost 20, with the mission of transforming consciousness one extraordinary being at a time. There, she runs transformational summer programs for kids and teens, trains shamanic healers through the acclaimed Seeing with the Heart Apprenticeship program, offers soul and nature immersions for women and sees individuals and couples for private sessions.

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

Deena Chappell Smith

From the halls of an Alzheimer unit to the auditoriums and classrooms of public schools.  From the main stage to the sacred circle of the feminine, Deena’s road has been a long and winding one.  Her vast and varying career has led her to develop this unique and intriguing way of service.  Deena’s practice is informed by her professional and creative work with dementia patients, women, children, at-risk teens, families and couples. Her experience as a lifelong musician/songwriter adds depth and humor to your time together.

Deena’s approach is inspired by the works of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Doctor Dre, George Martin, Stanislav Grof and many other luminaries of the realms of the mythological. Deena is also enrolled in Regina Thomashauer’s School of Womanly Arts master training program and is looking forward to applying her new knowledge and skills to this intensive.

Deena brings educated perspective and intuitive insight into your personal mythology. Working together , you uncover the underlying archetypal patterns and energies that make up your wondrous, unique self. Through this lens  you begin to unlock, understand and integrate so that you may move forward with a richer, more meaningful life experience. Visit her on the web.