Retreats & Restorative Stays

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MAY 17 - 19, 2024 | Friday - Sunday 

FEE: $475 - $525

Rest    Walk    Eat   Sleep    Soak   Luxuriate

Write your way into a conversation with Yourself


I am so pleased to invite you to the Spring retreat at Galleywinter, our 4th!  Again, we’ll be held in sweet landscapes and nourished by silence - our inspiration and vision deeply fed, our bodies caressed by all. Ink seeking paper. The time we spent together on the farm in June, October and January was so powerful and precious. Thank you everyone for your courage and authenticity. Our journeys have continued, aided by an emergent inner dialogue. Let’s pick up the reins in May and work our way deeper into that most important conversation.

Relax into the container of the land, trees, horses, human herd, bathtubs, nourishing meals, cozy bed, deep sleep, and dreams. Supported by the emergent energy of Spring, we will take initiative from the trees in flower and new leaves unfurling. Take initiative from the new leaves unfurling. Maybe lie down in the grass.

Slow down and listen closely to your precious body, the most reliable guidance system you have. Relish your cozy bed, find special places to sit and stare, go among the trees and listen to the breeze, know you’ll be nourished with healthy food, rest and sleep as you desire, read, walk on the land, SOAK it up. 

Let your knowingness flow onto paper. Find the parts of yourself that know exactly what to do. Start a conversation with yourself that becomes a reliable inner dialogue.

Everything is Optional / No writing required / No editing allowed 


Amenities at GALLEYWINTER   A pastoral setting of 20 acres and neighboring land to explore  / Wisdom Keepers - 5 Horses, cat and dog  / Places to write – inside and out / Walking paths / Sit Spots / Water – the creek, cold tub, forest bathing tub, inside jetted tub.   Great Sleeping Accommodations – Cozy Rooms - Private and Shared / Barn and Campsites

Places to hang out  / Garage Gym / STUDIO for Yoga and Writing Circles / -  Hammocks & Swing / Porches & Zen Contemplation and Observation Deck

An Artist in the Kitchen   Laurie Gundersen, a longtime friend, wonderful gardener, and cook will be tending the kitchen. She’s our Fiber Artist in Residence and will be working on the Galleywinter Quilt Project while you’re here. We’re planting the garden with the retreat in mind.

The Retreat Structure:
Delicious, Safe, Nourishing Meals  *  Quiet hours & Intentional Silence  *  Digital Detox/Phone Abstention  *  Reading & Writing Circles *  Gentle Morning Yoga  *  Evening NSDR /Yoga Nidra * Individual Bodywork Sessions

Morning Yoga. Warm up the physical and energetic bodies with gentle stretching and guided movement with plenty of pose modifications for everyone.

Individual Bodywork Sessions - optional, not included in fee, scheduled during the retreat. Sliding scale from $70-100.

Tom Ross, Licensed Massage Therapist - Sessions support the movement of energy through the body and light-being. Possible focus on the vagal system to access deep relaxation and connectedness. A boost of positivity!!  60 min.

Jordan Winn. Jordan is a dedicated practitioner of massage therapy, Reiki Usui Holy Fire mastery and Yoga. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki means Universal Healing Energy. The treatment channels this energy to you and particular areas of the body and feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person and promote feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. $100

Hot Forest Bath (unsupervised)  /  Cold Tub Immersion (supervised). Please schedule.

Schedule - Arrive 2 pm – 6 pm Friday January 12 |  Finish & Depart:  2 pm Sunday January 14 |  Detailed Schedule will be provided on arrival.

Accommodations - Private rooms / Shared rooms / Barn & Camping. Contact Gail / 434-244-2663 to discuss any questions about accommodations.

Retreat Fee: $475 Includes all meals, shared rooms and camping. Private rooms add $50. | Click to Register. PayPal or credit card accepted. 

Personal & Group Retreats

Personal stays at Galleywinter

Customized health retreats: Counseling is available to ground or enhance your visit. Ask about nutrition, fitness, stress management, communication and relationship-building, body-wise approaches to alignment, sovereignty and empowerment; horse-wise sessions to become more aware of your personal space, your influence within and around you, emotional states and co-regulating.

Yoga, Meditation, Sit spots, Walking, Gym - All of these offerings are available to while here on retreat:  practice yoga or meditate in the yoga studio, barn loft, forest deck, on the lawn, in your room, or out on the farm.  There are sit spots all over the property, as well as walking paths. Two Hammocks, one in sun, one in shade. The Poplar Grove – seven sister trees east of the house. The creek adjacent to the nut field – sitting there, when the water is high, you can submerge yourself!

Experience with Horses There are several ways to experience the horses of Galleywinter Farm.  You can simply observe and admire our horses from across the fence.  Or Sit with a Horse!  You can request our new meditation deck nearby the barn and safely share space with a particular horse or horses.  Situated in a stand of old poplar trees near the barn, this lovely wood deck allows you to relax, observe and commune. You can also schedule sessions to interact directly with the horses through horsemanship instruction, musing, mentoring, self-discovery, and other therapeutic purposes. Contact Gail to discuss.

Other Services Include:

  • Yoga Classes & Private Instruction
  • Massage
  • Fitness Training
  • Mindfulness Path & Forest Bathing
  • GYM and outdoor walking trails
  • Horsemanship Instruction
  • Nutrition Counseling

Host your Group Retreat or Workshop

To design and schedule a group retreat/workshop, please contact

Book Your Stay

Contact Gail by email or phone: 434-244-2663 to discuss the best accommodation for you.  Choose private, semi private, under roof or outdoors.  Visit our Accommodations Page for descriptions and booking details – very simple! Pay by PayPal or credit card.