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Weekend Retreat at EarthRise


Immersing in the natural world...

Connecting with yourself...

Nourishing body, mind, heart, & soul...

Being in stillness...

Relating authentically with others


This retreat offers an opportunity to open your heart and cultivate spaciousness in your mind

by stepping outside of the routine and familiar... into a world of beauty and state of wonder.

Bringing curiosity into our relationship with nature, ourselves and each other

allows us to experience what is “underneath”

— the silence, stillness and ever-present miracle of simply being here,

in this body, in this community, in this universe.


Earthrise at IONS, Petaluma, CALifornia





The intention of this retreat is to offer a safe container for participants to experience deep connection with ourselves, each other and the world. As we cultivate awareness in nature, we discover that curiosity and compassion naturally arise, we feel more fully alive, and we access more of the totality of our being.

Read "Nature Meditation: What's the Point?" by Marianne

This retreat is facilitated by four experienced teachers, Marianne Rowe MS, LMFT; Katie Dutcher, MA; Jennifer Edwards, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT; and Patricia Wolff, DC, MFT. We offer perspectives from wisdom traditions, shamanism, mindfulness, psychotherapy, neuroscience, and nature therapy.

Elements of this retreat will include:

  • Meditation (Guided and Silent)

  • Gentle Yoga and Qi-gong

  • Shamanic Journeying

  • “Shinrin-yoku” (Forest Bathing)

  • Relational Practices

  • Teachings

  • Mindful Inquiry and Discussion

  • Reflection and Writing

  • Periods of Silence

  • Ritual and Ceremony


Marianne Rowe and Katie Dutcher share why they love to practice mindfulness outside. Awareness of the world around us ground us and connects us to what really matters.



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  • 2 nights lodging

  • Facilitation by 4 teachers

  • All meals: mostly organic, locally grown, seasonal, and sustainably raised

  • Practice Guide


EarthRise at the Institute of Noetic Sciences is a beautiful, semi-rural retreat center for multi-day group retreats in Petaluma, California. The campus is a conscious living center that provides a gathering place to explore ancient wisdom traditions, supports experiential learning, and engages in modern scientific inquiry. EarthRise at IONS has become a place where psychologists, educators, leaders, philosophers, frontier scientists, and spiritual masters conduct their work. We support intrapersonal and interpersonal consciousness work in a gorgeous natural setting.

At EarthRise guests can commune with the land and experience ecological awareness and transformational programs and practices that foster self-reflection and personal growth. The campus is a place where we integrate theory and practice, science and spirituality, as well as renewal and retreat.

EarthRise at IONS is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco. It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco, making it one of Northern California’s premier retreat sites. (See info and directions.)



Using a bounty of sumptuous, mostly organic, locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables and sustainably raised fish and fowl, the kitchen team creates imaginative, eclectic menus that nourish the body, soothe the soul, and warm the heart. Lunches are vegetarian and dinners include fish or chicken as well as a vegetarian option.

Katie Dutcher, founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, shares a meditation to awaken the senses and connect with what is within and around you.

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  • A full refund, minus a $50 service fee, is available until September 6, 2019

  • No refunds are available after September 6, 2019

Patricia Wolff shares how nature meditation connects us with what supports us.


Jennifer Farley gives an introduction to the phases of the moon and explains how to cultivate your relationship to the moon.

Marianne Rowe, founding teacher at Monterey Bay Meditation Studio and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, gives an introduction to the practice of Forest Bathing and how it inspires her.

Katie Dutcher, founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, shares a gentle practice of qigong.

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