Women’s Midlife Health Retreat in Marin [sponsored]

Saturday, February 27th from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands: Day-long retreat featuring a natural approach to menopause lectures, yoga, nourishing meals and cooking demo.

This Healing Farm retreat is hosted by founder Julie Mikos-Houlihan and offers affordable, one-of-a-kind retreats in unique settings in the Bay Area and beyond and brings practitioners and educators together to promote natural long-term health and wellness practices.

The Saturday, February 27th retreat will be held at the historic Headlands Center for the Arts in the gorgeous Marin Headlands. It will be the setting for a day of education, healthy eating and movement. The day will include:

  • Two talks by Marnie Reasor of homeopathy practice Resplendent Healing. With over fifteen years dedicated to women’s health, Marnie is a great resource for us to learn natural ways to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
  • Light breakfast and full lunch featuring organic and local foods prepared by chef Katie Powers. Exclusive caterer for HCA, Katie is passionate about her life in Marin and using local organic ingredients for all of her cooking.
  • Cooking demonstration by Jessica Prentice, Co-Founder of Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley and Author of Full Moon Feast. Jessica will talk about the health benefits of bone broth and take us through the process of making a healing soup.
  • A short hike in the Headlands – El Nino permitting
  • An all-level yoga session will end our day with Marin resident Dr. Alicia Thomsen, a chiropractor with Whole Body Wellness and yoga instructor at Yogaworks

Discussions during the day will focus on the potential challenges and frustrations women face dealing with the natural, midlife passage to menopause. This is a topic that few talk about and women dealing with menopause can feel isolated as they experience symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, brain fog, weight gain and more. In a safe and intimate setting, retreat participants can learn new strategies and practical, natural measures to help ease the symptoms of menopause, in addition to participating in yoga, hikes, eating well, and mingling with other participants.

The February event follows our first sold out retreat that was produced in conjunction with Marin Agricultural Land Trust and featured a health and nutrition lecture by physical therapist, Jennifer Cooper, two organic meals, a walk-n-talk with the rancher and two movement sessions, all set at the gorgeous MALT protected property, Stemple Creek Ranch near Tomales Bay. It was a huge success and received rave reviews from the participants, many saying they had never experienced anything like it before. A well-paced day full of wellness education, nature and local organic food, attendees said they “wanted more!”. Said one attendee: “Absolutely a great way to learn, relax and restore.”

Visit The Healing Farm website to learn more about this retreat and upcoming offerings including a one-week nutritional reset and yoga retreat at bucolic Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga in April.