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Upcoming Retreats

TAOS YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Kim

October 1-3, 2021


Join Zoreh and Kim for this deeply rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico.

Let go of the burdens that prevent you from feeling fully present, alive, and joyful. Enjoy two nights at the gorgeous San Geronimo Lodge, including festive catered dinners each night, and a gourmet brunch each morning. Expand your inner horizons with meditation and both active and restorative yoga sessions with Zoreh and Kim. There will be ample rest and quiet time to book a massage or partake in nurturing activities such as journaling, stargazing, hiking, or exploring Taos. Soak in the Black Rock Hot Springs or become enchanted on the shores of the Rio Grande River. Emerge refreshed and renewed, ready to fully embrace your life.


Zoreh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Zoreh’s joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that is both nurturing and fun, and her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. Zoreh has been hosting yoga and meditation retreats in many heavenly spots around the world for more than 20 years.

Kim Schwartz has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500.


$590.00 (plus tax) for Double Occupancy.

$649.00 (plus tax) for Single Occupancy

Limited option for Triple Occupancy; inquire for availability.

Nonrefundable deposit of $250 (plus tax) due upon registration.

* Ticket price includes 7.875% NM gross receipts tax and 2.9% PayPal transaction fee.


Cost includes: accommodations, Friday and Saturday dinner, breakfast, and all yoga sessions.


Transportation to/from the airport is not included in the cost of the retreat.

Please email rippyalbina@gmail.com to arrange your transportation

From/To ABQ:
$60 per person one way
$110 per person round trip

From/To Santa Fe:
$50 per person one way
$90 per person round trip


Register HERE

  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, triple and double occupancy rooms available.

Sacred Healing Retreat

OCTOBER 9 – 14, 2021


We invite you to join us on this five day journey to the Land of Enchantment where you will experience the energy vortex of Taos, NM while visiting sacred sites with like minded people. You will have the opportunity to release what no longer serves you, recharge and receive a new perspective for what’s next for you on your life path.

Our ancestors spoke the language of the Earth to create the healing and miracles of life.

They knew how to access the energy from Mother Earth and from within themselves. We all have access to this energy that exists in all things and inside of us. When your energy and vibration/frequency is high, then abundance, joy, love, clarity, purpose, and peace can find its way to you.

Shan, a shamanic healer, medium and spiritual coach will guide and support you on this journey and perform shamanic clearing, healing and communicate channeled messages along the way.


Shan is a Shamanic Healer, Medium and Spiritual Coach. She has a remarkable ability to access information from multi-dimensional realms, including wisdom from the departed, the ascendant masters, the arch angels, and more.  Her ability to process and clearly communicate the messages she receives, on your behalf, with love and compassion will give you the clarity to release what is no longer serving you and gain new perspectives. Her Intention is to be an instrument of love and light and guide you in a co-creative process during the session, to help you achieve clarity and direction for your divine best and highest Good.



PLEASE REFER TO https://www.shandivinehealing.com/energy-healing-retreat 




Shamanic clearing

Shamanic healing

Channeled messages

One on one support as needed

Hike down the Rio Grand and soak in the hot springs

Horseback riding through the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Native Cultures Feast and Float on the Rio Grand

A visit to the Taos Pueblo, a living Native American community and landmark Red Willow tribal site, with multi story Adobe houses inhabited for more then 1,000 years.

Take in the mountain views and fresh air while stretching and moving your body in sunrise Qigong

Tobacco Ceremony in a sacred waterfall

Experience a traditional fire ceremony complete with drumming and native dance from The Red Willow Tribe and much more!

Stay at The Blue Sky Retreat Center at San Geronimo Lodge, Taos, NM

All activities, excursions, shamanic healing, lodging, meals and taxes included. Please contact Shan to arrange transportation.

*These are a sampling of excursions that you may experience during your Sacred Healing Retreat. The actual itinerary will be emailed to you.


Gratuities for the young men from the Red Willow Tribe and facilitators


We suggest that you arrive the day before the retreat.

Shan is now offering one on one private sessions after the retreat for those needing additional support. Pricing to be determined. Accommodations can be arranged if needed.


“When I lay down and listen to Shan’s voice guiding me, I feel something that is very important, trust! And I know from witnessing her treatment towards others that her gift is special and very real. Part of what makes her successful and effective in this realm is because she uses her abilities towards the betterment of others, taking her ego and vanity out completely and focusing her love and wisdom on whomever she is reading.“ – HRT., Montclair, NJ


“I have always had a “thing” about my Solar Plexus and knew that something was happening there but could not quiet fully understand what was happening there. Shan was able to shed more light in terms of what was happening to my Solar Plexus and what she said truly resonated. It was such an awesome healing which revealed the blockages that I had and she managed to shift and unblock my chakras. Shan is a gifted healer and her loving and caring nature makes her connection to people authentic and amazing! I prefer the truth to a lie and I love working with her because she tells it as it is in a loving way!” – Mpho., Johannesburg, South Africa


“Working with Shan is honestly miraculous. She does a lot of energy work and you receive powerful healing that impacts you emotionally , physicality , mentally and spiritually. Her post-session feedback alone is more than enough evidence to appreciate her abilities. But then aspects of your awareness change in ways that may be intense or subtle and continue over time as a result of the healing. She’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced!” – BM., Montclair, NJ


Register HERE

  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, triple and double occupancy rooms available.

Writing Sisters: Summit In the Sands

October 14-17, 2021
Writing Sisters Summit

The Writing Sisters Summit was born in 2018 during a discussion between Writing Sister-Friends Nina Foxx and Reshonda Tate Billingsley. Nina began her quest to be a published author more than 20 years before. As and avid reader, she sought to find images of herself in the books she read. Separately, but at the same time, a cadre of writers decided to do it themselves, forgoing traditional publishing. In the pre-Amazon era, this was no small feat. They had to learn how to write, how to promote, as well as learn the publishing business. These trailblazers broke down doors by beating the pavement. They stocked books in their garages before the book distributors would even give them the time of day and sold them from their trunks wherever they could. They set up multi-city book tours that they self-financed, traversing the country to visit the many independently-owned Black bookstores. They would see each other on the road and often ended up appearing together, creating a community and virtual workplace from the usually solitary vocation of being an author. Once a year, many of these same authors would come together at PageTurner.net’s Summit at Sea, an event designed to bring readers together with their favorite authors, but that had the side of effect of helping to create community among authors walking a similar journey.

Publishing has changed over the years and the number of indie bookstores has dwindled. Nina missed the community feeling she’d enjoyed on The Summit at Sea and on the road, and a suggested a writing retreat where faculty could share some of the information they’d learned over their twenty year journey as published authors and mentor others who wished to follow the same or similar paths.

The Writing Sisters Summit – at Sea was born, with the intent of bringing together writers, male and female, who want to hone their craft with and learn from other writers. The Writing Sisters Summit -in The Sands 2020 is designed to spur your creativity and comfort your soul, featuring writing seminars focusing on craft and the business of writing. In 2020, The Summit will be in the sands of Taos, NM.


Nina Foxx, Retreat Director

Nina Foxx is a storyteller. With over 17 publications and counting, Nina has been a published author for over twenty years. Her work has won African American Literature Awards in several categories, shortlisted for Doctorow Award in Innovation Fiction and been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Excellence in Literature. Nina works in several mediums. She has has written and produced short films that have been official selections of and won awards in film festivals all over the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, the Urban Media Makers Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. She has also produced and directed two stage plays based on her work, one with an assistance of a grant form the City of Seattle Arts Commission, and been featured in the Intiman Summer Theatre festival. She is a Leader for a major media conglomerate in technology, where she tells the stories that enable technology innovation. Writing Sisters Summit is her brainchild which she founded with her husband, Barry.


Carmen Green

Carmen Green began her writing career nearly 30 years ago in the romance genre. Having written more than 40 works for Kensington Books, BET Books, Harlequin Books and Simon and Schuster, Carmen now focuses her writing on women’s fiction, essays and creative non fiction. She is big on experiencing firsts.

Several of Carmen’s books have made bestseller’s lists, including Endless Love, Doctor, Doctor and The Husband She Couldn’t Forget.

Today Carmen works for an international retail company in Human resources, and has been a professor of English for ten years in Atlanta, Georgia.

 In her free time, she travels and has recently been to Johannesburg, Capetown and Pretoria, South Africa. Carmen met Nina at a book conference many years ago, where they were both featured authors. They were both in residence and ghost-watching in Wroxton, England while pursuing their MFA degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, HOW TO READ A BOOK, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and, his NEWBERRY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In partnership with Follett Book Fairs, he created the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative to bring more diverse books into school libraries. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time. Kwame met Nina through a mutual friend and worked as a consultant on her first book, Dippin’ My Spoon. She was later his co-author for Do The Write Thing: 7 Steps to Publishing Success.


The Writing Sisters Summit in The Sands 2020 is designed to spur your creativity and comfort your soul, featuring writing seminars focusing on craft and the business of writing. In addition, this year’s retreat will also feature wellness seminars including guided hikes, yoga and mindfulness moments appropriate for every level, intended to strengthen your awareness of mind-body connection.

There is limited space.

Single . 750.00 . (seven available)

Double 650.00 . (seven available)

Non-refundable deposit . 250.00

Payments made in full by December 30, 2019 will receive a 10% discount.

Payment must be made in full by July 30, 2020.

Payment will be made through Paypal’s secure processing site which accepts all forms of credit cards. Would be grateful if you chose to pay with “friends or family option” if you already use paypal to nina@ninafoxx.com (thank you!) or simply follow the links above.

Payment plans available at no extra charge. Balance + remaining payment link will be sent to you after purchase.



Writing Seminars

Intimate seminars on craft and the business of writing including one on one time with seasoned instructors.

Past seminars have included:

  • You’ve got a deal, now what?

  • The use of Figurative language to impart detail about unfamiliar settings and cultures.

  • Take your writing to the next level: showing vs telling and other things you need to know.

Topics will be selected a month before the retreat based on needs of registrants.


Wellness & Yoga

Guided hikes, mindfulness, mediation and yoga sessions, tailored for your level and designed to help unleash your creativity, led by an accomplished industry professional—who is also an author.


Lodging & Meals


  • Arrival reception

  • Daily breakfast

  • Two lunches

  • One dinner

*Saturday night dinner will be on your own in lovely, nearby Taos.


with Mary, Kia, Julia, and Casey

Dates: October 22-24

We live in challenging times – times that have tested our patience, our flexibility, and our reserve. As a result, we are all looking for ways to cope with stress in nurturing, intuitive, thoughtful, sustainable ways. In this yoga and meditation retreat, we will: discuss ways to reduce stress in our daily lives; learn radical self-care methods to build up our emotional reserves; talk about the importance of setting healthy boundaries; and hold space for one another.


Cost ranges from $455 to $655, depending on room type.



Accommodations in these cozy, quiet rooms are single or double occupancy. All rooms offer their own private bath.



$555 – Early Bird Registration (register before April 22, 2021)

$655 – Registration (register on or after April 22, 2021)



$455 – Early Bird Registration (register before April 22, 2021)

$555 – Registration (register on or after April 22, 2021)




Register now. For questions, email gatherandgrowglobal@gmail.com


SCHEDULE (everything is optional – the main point is to relax and unwind!)


Friday, October 22, 2021

3:00 pm – Check in

5:00 pm – Introductions & Opening Ceremony

6:30 pm – Dinner at Blue Sky

7:30 pm – Chillaxing time: restorative yoga, hang out in the hot tub or pool, whatever you want


Saturday, October 23, 2021

6:30 am – Morning Yoga and meditation

8:00 am – Breakfast at Blue Sky

10:00 am – Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga

12:30 pm – Lunch at Blue Sky (from Manzanita Market)

1:30 pm – Craft, hike, labyrinth, or free time

4:00 pm – Guided meditation workshop

6:30 pm – Dinner at Blue Sky

7:30 pm – Restorative Yoga


Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:30 am – Morning Yoga

8:00 am – Breakfast at Blue Sky

9:00 am – Closing Ceremony

11:00 am – Checkout



2 nights’ accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

Daily yoga classes (appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

Meditation workshop

Options for crafting or hiking

Plant-based, healthy, delicious meals

Coffee, tea

Support and personal attention from the facilitators



Intuitive Healing

Labyrinth walking meditation





Flights / transportation to New Mexico

Transportation from airport to and from Taos

Car Rental or Shuttle Fee

Travel insurance

Medical care


Fancy coffees / alcohol not included (BYOB)



(a)   Due to the nature of this event and because we have obligations  to pay the resort to secure your room, there is a $100 non-refundable  deposit on all purchases.

(b)  You (or any member of your party) may cancel your booking at any  time, providing that the cancellation is made by the person submitting  the booking form and we are notified in writing. Cancellation will take  effect the day such notification is received by us. Should you choose to  cancel your participation in the Retreat prior to 30 days before  the start of the Retreat, you will receive a refund of the total amount  paid to Company minus the non-refundable deposit of $100. If such  cancellation is made within less than 30 days before the start of the  retreat, we will retain the full amount paid. However, if another person  can be found to take your place, then we may offer you a refund at our  discretion.

(c)   Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat. There are no  refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Insurance Policy, you  may be able to make a claim on your insurance.