Held takes place September 20, 21 & 22nd, 2019 in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

This gathering and our hearts are FULL : this retreat is sold out.

Please consider joining me for the Training, Immersion & Retreat on Rest: Caesura in October.

This two night retreat is a celebration: of quiet, of introspection, of our personal relationship with self, and nature, a fond farewell to the summer months and a greeting of the autumn ahead.

A chance to listen: to the secrets the woods, the wisdom of a sky full of stars, and to ourselves - the deepest part of us - so often unheard.

To leisure: to flow into time unscheduled, uncommitted, to wander, wonder. To explore, play, and rest with our own rhythms.

To let go: to acknowledge and shed burden, baggage, and conditioning that we carry, giving time to discern what is worth holding on to.

More photos and discussion on the Held: Facebook Event Page.


This is a transformative and nurturing experience to help us connect deeply to ourselves and to the world around us.

We’ll share:

  • Held space for you to dive deep

  • Held time for you to wander

  • Fluid somatic based movement and passive practices (yoga) designed for all bodies

  • Yoga Nidra and meditation

  • Forest bathing/eco-therapy

  • Journaling, thoughtful prompts, intention setting

  • Healing energy work

  • Vibrational sound baths

  • Nourishing meals

  • Luxury accommodations

Is this retreat silent?

  • Parts of it, yes, but we’ll keep it in line with our previous retreat offerings - (almost) silent. There is an emphasis on respecting the individual experience and our deep need for quietude but there is something so special about sharing these experiences with others. We wish to offer space that reduces the feelings of too much or not enough - fostering a deeper connection with self and others without chatter. A chance to learn, recognize, and practice the art of listening and reflection. We’ll also offer specific times, areas and experiences for conversation, circling and sharing. All activities and offerings are of course optional.

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Where will we stay?

  • After a lot of thought and research, we’ve found a private lodge in Hocking Hills situated on 14 acres with hiking trails and surrounded by forest. There are 8 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, wrap around porches, a spring fed lake (swimming and floating encouraged), hot tub, and ample common space. Both shared and private rooms are available.

  • A separate, small building known as “The Treehouse” offers additional accommodations. This building does not have a bathroom or running water, but is in close proximity of the main house.

How do we get there?

  • The lodge is located in Rockbridge, Ohio. It’s a 3 hour drive from Cleveland, or 1 hour from the Columbus airport (CMH). The exact address will be sent to you after booking.

  • CMH offers non-stop flights from over 40 airports including NYC, Boston, Atlanta, LA, Seattle and Toronto.

How many people will be there?

  • Our focus is on intimate, small group experiences and we’re expecting between 10-12 people joining us.

When do we arrive and depart?

  • Plan on arriving Friday evening around 6pm. We’ll depart on Sunday at 11am.

What makes us trustworthy facilitators?

  • We are deeply invested in this holistic work and passionately share our offerings. Equally as important, we know how to curate meaningful experiences and provide a welcoming, hospitable environment. Gwendolyn has spent over a decade in the event industry: designing, planning and executing complex events around the country and Stacey has been a private chef, run restaurant and cafe kitchens, and spent ample time working and learning at retreat centers in Hawaii and Colorado. Collaborating since 2017, they have led multiple workshops, sound baths, and day retreats together while continuing to nurture their personal and professional growth as loving humans, thoughtful space holders and powerful healers.

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Gwendolyn Ren

Gwendolyn Ren

Stacey Pickering: visit  www.staceypickeringwellness.com

Stacey Pickering: visit www.staceypickeringwellness.com


Reserve Your Spot:

How can I sign up?

  • Review the room selections below.

  • Prices are per person, and inclusive of meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, all lodge amenities and activities/group offerings.

  • You can reserve your spot with a $300.00 deposit or can pay in full at the time of booking. The balance is due by August 1, 2019.

  • Early Registration rates are valid through April 30, 2019.

Have you read this far, really want to join us, but are trying to figure out how to make it work financially?

  • We want to help you join us! A limited number of flexible payment plans are available. Please submit an inquiry here:


Join Us! We can’t wait to share this beautiful experience with you.

You can pay in full by selecting one of the rooms below, or reserve your spot with a deposit.