Claiming “This is Me” & Nourishing Your Self-Expression

August 2nd – 5th in Ojai, CA

4 delicious days/3 nights dedicated to YOU!

We live in a world where A LOT of our value as a woman is determined by how much we do, achieve, workout, succeed, perfect your body, perfect your yoga, and the list goes on.

We’re taught happiness and connection to our true selves is in a diet, a pill, a book, validation from the outside… and so we seek, and we outsource our own knowing, which often leads to becoming disconnected from what truly lights us up and connects us to our center.

When we deny ALL parts of ourselves we run the risk of living in a metaphorical fogginess, lackluster, exhausted all the time trying to keep up, blocked from our creativity, not as connected as we would like with our lovers and friends… and this begins to come out in our bodies through illness, cancer, depression, anxiety, and pain.

This upcoming retreat is about SHIFTING out of the hamster wheel of doing and into flowing and connecting with your own essence. You need a sacred space away from everything else, an extended weekend to learn how to nourish and fill up your own cup first, so that you can better respond to your day-to-day responsibilities. Immersing yourself in an extended weekend designed for nourishing self-care has proven to be powerful for the women I have hosted through the years, and I feel excited you are here now.

The weekend will be a powerful and healing combination of:

  • Self-discovery and exploration
  • Yoga Asana
  • Self-Loving Practices
  • Nourishment-mind, body, spirit
  • Sisterhood/Community
  • AND so much more!


Date: Thursday August 2nd – Sunday August 5th

Timing: Thursday, check-in begins at 8:30 AM & we begin promptly @10:30 am and commence on Sunday @ 11 am.

Location: A beautiful private ranch home in Ojai, CA

What’s included:

PLUS, a Bonus: Your admission to the retreat also includes a special group one-hour phone call before the retreat will all the participants! This is a powerful opportunity to gather together to vision, connect, and plant seeds before our weekend together. I have found time and time again that coming together powerfully and intentionally in this way before we even come together in person supports you in all that is ready to emerge and be created through our weekend. It also creates a space of connection before we gather for our weekend.

“My capacity for the honoring of my own space and respecting others choices has finally been embodied in my life.”

Since participating in Melanie Elkin’s Yoga’licious 2016 Retreat, I’ve found myself vastly more accepting of others. My capacity for the honoring of my own space and respecting others choices has finally been embodied in my life.

Melanie surrounds herself with a high caliber team. The weekends’ programe flowed seamlessly, the meals were gorgeous. Melanie has a generous quality of listening that allows others to hear themselves: to be energized to listen and hear their own sacred truths. Yes, she is a gifted mentor, workshop organizer and facilitator. Yet it is her grounded and unique Presence that is a priceless gift. This is the extraordinary one that she offers to us all.

ANTOINETTE

In times like we are experiencing nationally and globally right now, now more than ever it is so important to choose to be in containers (spaces) where we are surrounded by like-minded women, and where we can explore and expand into all parts of ourselves. We’re inundated with so much noise daily from the outside world, and it’s essential to carve out intentional time and space like this retreat so you can come home to that quiet voice inside and let your nervous system receive nourishment rather than always running in fight/flight mode.

This weekend is going to be an opportunity to deeply integrate a feeling of wholeness inside you, and to deepen and reconnect to practices that feed you physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

These practices of self-expression, nourishment, self-care, sisterhood are not just luxuries or hobbies, and claiming This is Me is not narcissistic… rather they are essential to our wellbeing and the deepening of our connection with the truth and our own aliveness.

“Getting away from it all, in the company of similar searching women, was the perfect fertile soil to plant new ways of caring for myself and expanding my potential. I was drawn to Melanie's juicy energy, and her amazing synthesis of techniques. Her guided exercises started awakening parts of me that had lain dormant, and I felt myself starting to come back to life. I feel for the first time in years that the pieces are falling into place. I love her intuitive approach, her supportive positive reflection of the best aspects of myself, and the way she integrates the body and physical movement with feelings and ideas. She embodies the best of being a powerful woman and inspires me to step more into my power."

Suzi Wiley

I am sharing this with you because I too am always learning the importance of caring intimately for ourselves, and here’s what I continue to discover..

As women, we are being taught that we have to fit into the mold of an ‘ideal woman’ or take a ‘magic pill’ or do a ’10-step process’ in order to be accepted and loved. It’s just not true. The quick-fixes and scripted routines are no longer resonant for a woman like you, who cannot be contained or defined, and who deep down knows there’s nothing to “fix.”

When it comes to deepening into self-love, there’s no such thing as an arrival point. Self-love is a practice, and the real commitment lies in learning how to easefully come home to ourselves…each and every time we are pulled away.

The way to create optimal shifts in your life isn’t by going through the motions everyday because you’re “supposed to,” it’s by tuning in and choosing, moment to moment, in a way that deeply honors the natural wisdom and cycles of your being.

“I "feel" more within myself and I'm more mindful in caring for myself, whether that be speaking up when I need to, moving through a yoga class, or just breathing deep when I wash my face each evening. Since the Yoga'licious retreat, so much has shifted in how my heart and brain communicate with my instinct. I listen better when my body wants to relax, when my mind needs space, and when my gut tells me "no". I've also found "my voice" which may be difficult to understand, but I'm not scared (or maybe less scared) to share my emotions and fears with my partner. The value of investing in myself has taught me that I need to take care of myself before I can help others or even be entirely present."

Anonymous

Are you feeling curious to learn more?

Maybe it’s a yearning, a heart opening, or something awakening in your body that is peaking your interest.

If you are sitting behind the computer screen feeling a strong pull to learn more, I invite you to follow that impulse.

Next steps to learn more is to set up a complimentary no-strings-attached phone call with me so that we can connect, vision, and see what is possible for you if you were to attend this retreat. We’ll also discuss price and payment plan options.

Imagine what could be possible for you and your body if you were to invest in yourself in this way?

Your time is NOW.

“I learned that it's in turning toward rather than away from what we most fear that we come alive and into our true feminine power.”

I was very excited yet a little scared to attend the weekend retreat. Melanie's skills as a facilitator were very loving and welcoming of us all.

I learned we all have certain feelings, body parts or parts of our lives that we are afraid to face. I learned that it's in turning toward rather than away from what we most fear that we come alive and into our true feminine power.

Melanie has an inner glow that's infectious. Her childlike joy is healing to be around. I loved that so much. She showed us through exercises we did that health is an important state of being. The ability to be with yourself no matter what life brings you. Accept all aspects of ourselves and know when you need them and when others can take a long needed vacation.

The women at the retreat were amazing and very healing to my soul. Being able to relax in our softness and femininity was awesome. Thank you so much for the work you do. Women need it desperately.

Robin Walker


This is not just your run of a mill yoga retreat, and if you are solely looking for just a physical yoga retreat this is probably not the best fit. During our time together, you will have the safe space to explore, vision, open up a dialogue of appreciation and curiosity around your relationship with your Self, be playful, feel vibrant again, and be part of a community of amazing women!

“I have learned to honor who I am and what my needs are and have immensely strengthened my self-care practice. I have a compassion and love for myself that I have never known before.”

"Before working with Melanie, I was uncomfortable, almost afraid, of being in my body. I saw myself as a victim of my own life and stressed myself out with trying to control every little piece of my life and my body. I spent a lot of time and energy obsessing over the piece of candy I ate and pinching and measuring my body with my hands. I’ve been a part of Melanie’s private program and group program and feel such a shift in the way I think about myself, carry myself, and view my daily interactions. I have learned to honor who I am and what my needs are and have immensely strengthened my self-care practice. I have a compassion and love for myself that I have never known before. Melanie has guided me to a better understanding of and connection to myself. Very quickly I came to trust and feel very safe with Melanie. Every time I met with her she provided me a [metaphorical] mirror in which I came face to face with myself. Choosing to step into session was choosing to feed the part of me that was starving to be listened to and seen. Each time was a declaration to myself that I deserve the positive I seek in life. Perhaps that aspect alone is the most healing of all. That is the kind of space that Melanie creates."

Kristina