Retreats in Nature

Cocreate & Customize a Retreat

EmpowR Transformation cultivates nature-based learning and engagement with multiple intelligences in beautiful, powerful, and transformational retreats. Located in Plainfield, Vermont, Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary is a south-facing mountain haven located on seven acres of nourishing, generous, and sacred land with stunning plant and tree diversity. 

Nature-based retreats can be designed and facilitated for groups and organizations integrating any combination of EmpowR Transformation work in personal, organizational, and cultural transformation. Retreats are cocreated with clients to deliver on your intentions and are customized to meet the entry-points for your audience. Retreats at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary weave in the elements and energies of the natural environment to bring new perspective and spark conditions for perspective shifts with your group, team, community, or organizational process. 

Retreats can also be offered based on existing EmpowR Transformation programs and adjusted to meet your needs and people who would be attending.

Retreat Space Options and Amenities

  • Seasonal, Outside, Open Air and Covered Space for up to 20 people
  • Inside Space for up to 12 people
  • Inside Overnight Accommodation for 1-2 facilitators/organizers traveling a long distance
  • Camping Overnight Accommodations (seasonal) for participants traveling a long distance
  • Event Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Flower and Herb Gardens, Meditation Spaces, Pond, Walking Trails
  • Magnificent Air, over 15 species of Trees, Abundant Wildlife, Unseen Friends and Beings, Elemental Magic 

The sanctuary is located on uneven ground and there is one partially accessible bathroom (a couple of steps). 

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Retreat Costs

Retreat costs vary.

Your budget and organization’s social location inform how we cost out the retreat.
All EmpowR programs are intended to be financially accessible and equitable.

Retreat preparation, follow-up facilitation,
food/beverages, and other supplies/needs/facilitators also contribute to cost variation.

A portion of the cost goes to support stewarding of the sanctuary as a safe place for multi-cultural community building.

Please be in touch to discuss cocreating a retreat in nature.

to discuss holding a retreat for your organization

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“I had a most glorious and nourishing time at the EmpowR retreat. I felt heard and witnessed, and was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the awesome vibes of the natural land. Thank you Rae and Saudia for your authentic and transparent purposes in helping us define who we are and help us to be the change in the world we want to see! ”

~ S.W. Montpelier, VT

“For a long time as an activist, I have been fueled by anger, ego, and fear of the future. I got involved in EmpowR programs and community soon after COVID hit while being forced to slow down. My engagement with EmpowR and time at the Sanctuary helped me grapple with the pain and anxiety that clouded me by helping me re-center myself in love, hope, and learning how to feel grounded. I am eternally grateful for EmpowR and the powerful and magical culture we are weaving in community!”

~ Madeleine D, a Vermont Educator