MAY 25-28th, 2018

$300 USD per person 

Madre Tierra Retreat 2018 offers a 3-day eco-getaway in which participants will take a break from daily routine to quiet their mind, connect with nature, and tap into their inner peace. Madre Tierra aims to provide a safe space which promotes well-being and self-care through various alternative, holistic, and expressive therapy teachings.


  • Daily Yoga classes.
  • 3-night accommodation at Hostel in the Forest
  • Linens & Towels
  • Daily delicious and healthy vegetarian brunch and dinner (3 brunch, 3 dinners)
  • All workshops
  • Use of Hostel property and all amenities (Glass house, library, screen porch, labyrinth, trails, kitchen, refrigerators/supplemental food storage, pools, lake, fire pit, garden, art space)


In order to register for a this retreat, participants must call the Hostel at (912) 264-9738 to sign up, at which time the Hostel collects a $75 deposit (refundable up to 10 days prior to the event, you can pay for the event in full when registering if you wish).

Spots are limited.

*Please send an email to ellarapha.art@gmail.com to confirm registration.


Friday, May 25th

11-3pm                    Check-In

7:30                         Dinner in screen porch

9pm                         Opening ceremony in Library

Saturday, May 26th

8am                         Intermediate Yoga @ Glasshouse

9 am                        Beginners Yoga @ Glasshouse

9am-11am              Permaculture workshop @ Garden

11am                        Brunch

12:30-3:30pm       Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice Part 1

12:30-3:30pm       Heartfull Hooping @ Glasshouse

4pm-7pm               Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice Part 2

4pm-7pm               Learned Optimism: Manifestation Through Positive Affirmation & Art Making

7:30pm                   Dinner 

Sunday, May 27th

8am                         Intermediate Yoga @ Glasshouse

9am-11:30              Stop, Drop & Breathe™ @ Glass house

11am                        Brunch

12:30p-3:30p        Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice Part 1

12:30p-3:00p        Learned Optimism: Manifestation Through Positive Affirmation & Art Making

4pm-7pm               Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice Part 2

7:30pm                  Dinner                      

Monday May 28th                                

8am                         Intermediate Yoga @ Glasshouse

9 am                        Beginners Yoga @ Glasshouse

11am                        Brunch (everyone must check out by 11am but the retreat is not over!)

12pm-3pm             Coming Full Circle: Earth Mandalas

3PM                        Closing ceremony in Library


Stop, Drop & Breathe™ 

Kristy Vizzone

Participants will be guided in mind, body and spirit activities to increase concentration, self-regulation, calmness and compassion; including yoga, meditation, pranayama, and hands-on projects. They will also learn how to extend these practices to children up to adults. Useful in schools, corporations, hospitals, and homes.

Learning objectives:

-Self-regulation/calming skills, self-motivation/increase focus, Discover best personal practices for increasing inner calm.


Heartful Hooping

Katie “Pinto” LaBrun

Time to embrace the therapeutic integration of yoga and the hula hoop.  We will begin and end with yoga practices that utilize the hula hoop for stability and alignment.  These practices will bookend a fun and challenging (but open to all levels!!!) hula hoop dance class that will get you jumping, rolling, and throwing things in the air.

Learning Objectives

-Successfully accomplish a physical action that was previously unavailable to participant, especially if participant believed he/she was unable to do it.  aka … if you didn't think you could do that, but you just did it… what else do you believe you can't do that might need to be reconsidered?

-Let go of something.  We will address the concept of trust in the release by leaning tricks that involved jumping (letting go of the ground) and throwing the hoop (letting go of your security blanket) and apply the emotions and process to daily life

-How to care for your body on a daily basis with exercises that can be done in 5-10 minutes, so that this movement can be a part of your life even when you don't feel you have time to do a full practice or attend a class. Making this accessible to everyone

Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice

April Kline & Kimberly Bush

Do you ever long to feel more connected? Wish you had something to hold onto that could remind you to breathe and be present?

In this one-day workshop, Kimberly Bush and April Kline invite you into a safe and powerful place of spiritual creativity. You will be encouraged to become still, listen deeply, and purposefully and intuitively weave your inner wisdom into a personal collaged journal and your own set of prayer beads. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to carry what you have experienced and learned into your daily life. No artistic ability or experience necessary.


-Participants will be able to compare embodied and disembodied experiences as well as identify the advantages of being embodied, particularly in challenging circumstances.

-Participants will be able to identify five specific ways in which witnessing and embodied experiences can be strengthened and become second nature through concrete practices including: a silent practice; meditation; connection with breath; visual imagery; and the creative process/art making.

-Participants will be able to actively apply three principles of open studio process to increase empathic attunement with themselves and others. They will demonstrate an understanding of how these principles can deepen relationships with themselves and others and the benefits therein.

-Participants will be able to use the tools practiced in this workshop to directly enhance and expand upon a non-judgmental and open attitude towards their own creative process which increases non-judgment and unconditional acceptance of self in all aspects as well as increasing attunement to the delicacy of this process in others.

*There is flat $10 per person fee for one mala to be purchased directly by attendees during the workshop. Special beads that are more expensive (e.g., semi-precious stones, etc.) may also be directly purchased at the workshop if desired.

Coming Full Circle- Earth Mandalas

Ella Dufrene, MPS

The Mandala Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion.” It is an ancient symbol that represents our life and the universe. Mandalas are seen everywhere: in the structures of our cells, the earth, and universe. During this workshop, participants will work together create a large mandala using all natural materials from the earth while exploring and reflecting on the interconnectedness of humans and and earth. This workshop aims at promoting centering, meditation, emotional expression, mood enhancement, and relaxation.

Learned Optimism: Manifestation Through Positive Affirmation & Art Making

Ella Dufrene, MPS

This workshop utilizes positive affirmation and intention setting to address our own personal barriers which may be preventing us from manifesting what we want out of life. Whether it be in terms of goals, personal achievement, or interpersonal relationships, this workshop is designed to challenge those hurdles. During this workshop, participants will be guided through an art making intervention aimed at refuting and replacing negative thoughts and replacing them with a new sense of what is possible. Group members will work independently and together to explore their visions and goals.

Permaculture Workshop with Hostel Work-trader Nate
What is permaculture ? Permaculture is intelligent design that uses free, sustainable energies and resources that are energy wise and collaborative to minimize the impact of the site on surrounding  environment. It is a ethically based whole system design approach to create sustainable human resource with little effort.
We will be learning about some of the architecture behind perma as well as bio swales, closed loop systems, companion planting and a chop and drop system. I will also show you some holistic remedies  to pests and every day waste you can feed your plants with.

Click here to meet the facilitators!



When is the retreat?
The retreat begins at 4pm on Friday, May 25th. Check-in is at 2pm, however guests may arrive as early as 10am. The retreat ends on Monday, May 28th at 3pm, guests are welcome to continue enjoying the hostel until sunset.

Where is Hostel in the Forest?
The Hostel sits on 133 acres of forest and wetlands, 2 miles from H.W.95 in Brunswick, Georgia. It is located short distances from the famous “Golden Isles” of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. There are also many prisitne coastal barrier islands including the famous Cumberland National Seashore close by.

How do I register for this retreat?
In order to register for a this retreat, participants must call the Hostel at (912) 264-9738 to sign up, at which time the Hostel collects a $75 deposit (refundable up to 10 days prior to the event, you can pay for the event in full when registering if you wish). The Remaining $225 is paid when arriving to the forest. Space is limited!

Dietary restrictions?
Let the hostel know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions and the hostel will do it's best to accommodate your needs.

Traveling with friends?
The Hostel has rooms that fit up to 4 people. Let the hostel know who will be with you.

What should I bring?
*While the retreat offers basic supplies, you may also bring your personal art supplies.
*Snacks. There is a kitchen space to use between meals-please label and store in the community fridge if you get hungry in between meals.
*Organic bug spray and flash light.
*Long sleeved items that are light to cover up in case of mosquitos.
*Linens and towels will be provided, you can bring additional blankets/pillows if you so desire.
*Cash to spend at the Hostel, there is a teacher/art gallery vending space with products for sale, or to pay for Hostel Coffee and merchandise.

Where is the closest airport?
The closest airport is in Jacksonville. The Hostel can make arrangements for your pick up, make sure to tell them far in advance to ensure transportation.

***Cell phone use is not permitted in the common areas. Remember, we are here to unplug, de-stress, recharge, and connect with one another and with nature. Please only use them in your lodging areas.