The 3rd Act Women's Retreat: Renewing your Purpose and Passion Midlife
to Nov 2

The 3rd Act Women's Retreat: Renewing your Purpose and Passion Midlife

Location: Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, California

Dates: Sunday, October 29th through Thursday November 2nd, 2017

IMPORTANT notice about The 3rd Act retreat: Tragically, the lovely Mayacamas Ranch retreat center burned down in the wildfires that swept through the California wine country. In light of the extent of the devastation, The Healing Farm | Retreats has decided to postpone the 3rd Act Women's Retreat. We will announce our rescheduled retreat as soon as an alternate location and date has been chosen. Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns and please sign up for our newsletter for further updates about this retreat and future retreat listings. You can do both on our contact page:




This is an all-ages women’s retreat exploring holistic approaches to finding out what’s next for you as you approach, move through or are even beyond mid-life. This retreat is perfect for those wanting to make the most out of their “3rd Act." Find the hidden gem in you and set goals to work beyond the retreat to experience real growth. This is a (mostly) electronics free retreat at the gorgeous Mayacamas Ranch property in world-class wine country. Learn, relax and enjoy the views while we explore the following:

  • Join our main speakers Patricia Cavanaugh and Ellie Klevins of the “positive aging” coaching business: “The 3rd Act”. They will share a two-part intensive workshop exploring five keys to finding happiness and what’s next for you.

  • Navigate nutrition for mid to late life, plus a bonus finance lecture by three-time Healing Farm retreat participant Catie Fitzgerald. In her midlife transition, Catie is a newly-minted nutritionist but also a 20+ years certified financial consultant.

  • Eat a whole food ancestral diet and find out why during our nutrition lecture (discussing things like using an elimination diet to get a good start on promoting brain health and reducing systemic inflammation to prevent chronic pain and illness or even relieve it). THERE WILL BE A FEW VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE.

  • Enjoy a light and healing exercise program including daily yoga, light hike, guided meditation and an intro to Qigong

  • Swim, hot tub, read, get a massage and enjoy the gorgeous views for three full days and four nights!

Pricing: From $680.00 - $1,650.00 based on occupancy and room choice.

Why am I passionate about this subject and why do I want to explore it more deeply?

I’ve spent the last five years prior to my 50th exploring a higher path for myself and my life. At times it’s been grueling. At times it’s been exhilarating. I’m going through a career change and thinking about how in the world I’m ever going to retire. I'm changing my eating habits to prevent midlife weight gain, promote hormone balance and reduction of systemic inflammation and experiencing the heartbreak and challenges of watching my parents as they navigate the final chapter of their lives. None of it is easy.

This retreat is designed to give you an in-depth introduction to navigating this transition. Instead of calling my own experience a midlife crisis, I’ve taken to calling it a “midlife renaissance." Join us at this comprehensive retreat to hear how you can navigate more easily through this challenging time. We are welcoming all-ages at this retreat, but are limiting it to women only so that we can speak freely and openly during our break-out sessions about what we experience specifically as women.

So put down your electronics and join us for daily lectures on finding your own mid-life renaissance! The final day of the retreat is my 51st birthday so what a perfect way to cap off my 50th year! I hope you can join us!

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Exclusive THF Day at Three Stone Hearth: Tour, Fermenting Lesson, Lunch and Ancestral Diet Lecture!
9:00 AM09:00

Exclusive THF Day at Three Stone Hearth: Tour, Fermenting Lesson, Lunch and Ancestral Diet Lecture!

So excited to set up this very exclusive and intimate day at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley! If you live in the Bay Area, are starting to explore or are trying to adhere to an ancestral-based diet and haven't heard of Three Stone Hearth, well this is your chance to experience this incredible business concept intimately. We will learn about the wisdom behind an ancestral diet (think reducing systemic inflammation in your body to alleviate chronic pain and illness!), have a chance to meet and hear from Co-Founder Jessica Prentice (Author of "Full Moon Feast"), get a lesson in fermenting and have lunch with the staff! You can also pre-place food orders for pick-up while you're there! Even if you are familiar with Three Stone Hearth or have placed orders with them before this will be a fun way to dive in more deeply! THIS RETREAT WILL BE LIMITED TO TEN PARTICIPANTS SO SIGN UP EARLY!


9:15am – 10:15am: Tour of the Kitchen with Jessica Prentice

10:15am – 12pm: Three Stone Hearth worker-owner and Fermentation/Preservation Lead Andy Renard will guide you in the art of vegetable fermentation & pickling

12:00pm – 1pm: Enjoy a nutrient-dense lunch with the staff

1pm – 3pm: The Nutritional Wisdom of Traditional Diets – learn about the nutritional philosophy that underscores their work. Co-founder Jessica Prentice will provide an introduction to the work of Weston A. Price, and the 11 Characteristics of Traditional Diets. 

COST: $90.00 per person


Started in 2006 by five co-founders as a business coop, Three Stone Hearth is a unique business offering nutrient dense, pre-cooked ancestral foods available for pre-order and pick up and even delivery in some locations. If you want to easily quick-start your elimination diet, this is an easy way to start. They have perfected nutrient dense bone broths and fermented products like house-made kombucha and also offer pre-cooked mains and sides. 

From the TSH Website:

Three Stone Hearth is pioneering a new business model: a community-supportedworker-owned cooperative, and a teaching kitchen all in one.

Our Mission: We heal our community, our planet, and ourselves by building a sustainable model for community scale food preparation and processing that honors culinary traditions and provides nutrient dense foods for local households and beyond.

Our work is grounded in shared values of sustainability, community, and health.
Inspired by diverse cuisines, our weekly menus are prepared using the nourishing traditions approach to ensure maximum digestibility and nutrient absorption. Ordering from us helps reduce your carbon footprint.  We pack our foods in re-usable glass containers, compost waste, and purchase from local farms.



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to Jan 16

Women’s Health Detox and Hormone Balance Retreat - All Ages Welcome!

This retreat already has taken place. Please see current retreat listings and we hope to see you at another!

THIS RETREAT IS NOW SOLD OUT! Please contact The Healing Farm | Retreats directly to inquire about a possible roommate situation.

Location: Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, California

Dates: Friday, January 13 through Monday January 16, 2017


Relax, put down your electronics, learn, swim, hot tub, join daily yoga classes and guided meditation on the gorgeous Mayacamas Ranch property in world-class Napa Valley wine country in the Mayacamas Mountains outside of Calistoga and have someone else do all the cooking to kick off your cleanse!

Join The Healing Farm in welcoming Dr. Amy Nett, M.D. as she guides us through a January cleanse and hormone balance retreat teaching us how to prepare and manage our bodies for our midlife transition. As Chris Kresser’s first trained staff clinician Dr. Nett comes well prepared and will share with us two lectures discussing topics like:

  • Balancing your body naturally to ease your menopausal transition and learning when it's appropriate to consider hormone replacement therapy
  • Best eating practices to get your body in better balance to help you through the transition of perimenopause and menopause
  • Combatting and preparing for that midlife weight gain
  • Most important supplements for optimizing your health
  • The importance of developing a meditation practice to calmly navigate a challenging time
  • Get answers to your specific questions on-site during a Q&A session after each talk
  • Available for private health consult (additional charge)

During our time together, we will also enjoy:

  • A lecture by life coach Emily Boorstein discussing the emotional challenges of midlife (also available for private coaching sessions)
  • A Chris Kresser/Dr. Nett approved paleo reset meal plan featured in Chris Kresser's book "The Paleo Cure "- get a kickstart to your cleanse while having someone else do all the cooking! YUM!
  • Daily yoga
  • Feldenkrais
  • Morning light hike (weather permitting)
  • Guided meditation
  • On-site guest sharing and discussion group
  • Private Facebook attendee group support & discussion before and after retreat
  • Massage
  • The gorgeous Mayacamas Ranch property including organic bedding, pool and hot tub

It’s never too early (or late) in life to learn these practical habits, so all ages are welcome

Pricing: Three nights from $600.00 - $1500.00 based on occupancy and room selection

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Mayacamas Ranch Reset - NOW A 3-4 NIGHT OPTION AVAILABLE
to Apr 24

Mayacamas Ranch Reset - NOW A 3-4 NIGHT OPTION AVAILABLE

This retreat has already taken place. See current retreat listings and we'll hope to see you there!

Location:  Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga California


  • Full Week: Sunday, April 17th, 4:00PM - Sunday, April 24th, 11:00AM
  • Partial Week: Sunday, April 17th - Wed/Thursday April 20 or 21st (price is total for three nights with one bonus night free)

Featuring:  A "Personal Paleo Code" Reset

THF Note: Originally planned as a week-long paleo reset, it has come to our attention that many people can't commit to a whole week! Although we do believe a whole week is ideal, we've decided to make it possible for more people to join us by offering a 3-4 night option. See pricing page for more details:


Nestled among the rolling and oak studded hills outside of beautiful Calistoga California, join me to immerse yourself in the teachings of functional medicine practitioner Chris Kresser author of “The Paleo Cure”. Attend our keynote lecture by Chris and eat meals structured around the first few days of the “Paleo Reset”. Get the most out of your reset with nutritional lectures by one of Chris' nutritionists (book a private consultation!) and join us for a cooking demonstration by Diane Sanfilippo, New York Times best-selling cookbook author of Practical Paleo and popular blogger at Balanced Bites

Read more  about our guest speakers and practitioners.  

Relax and rejuvenate with daily beginner progressive yoga or intermediate/advanced yoga, hikes, swimming and sunning in this peaceful and gorgeous setting. Optional add-ons may include a visit to a local organic farm, field trip to a local park for a longer hike, private massage therapy and acupuncture based on availability (sign up in advance to secure an appointment!). Or simply be content with sunning and swimming at the pool, reading and relaxing in an electronics-free setting (yes, there will be internet and phone access in your room!) for one glorious and low cost stay in stunning northern Napa Valley!


Partial Week: $500.00 - 1500.00* total based on 3-4 nights occupancy (fourth night is free!) + tax - price includes food, lodging, keynote address, nutritionist lectures, cooking demonstration, daily yoga, daily hikes. 

Full Week: $1500.00 - $2,900.00 total based on occupancy + tax (we are offering a 20% discount for full week participants. Use coupon code MTWENTY when making your payments). See pricing page for details on full week pricing.

Add-ons include  tips, massage, acupuncture,  private sessions with yoga instructors, nutrition counseling and two field trips. 

Why a health vacation? This is the perfect getaway for yourself and a friend to have a healthy and rejuvenating vacation that won't make you feel sluggish (beach vacation), that won't be a killer on your body (workout-heavy vacation) and that won't be a whirlwind tour experience. How nice it will be to relax and be healthy at the same time. Unplug in a beautiful setting, let someone else do all of your healthy meal-planning and take away thoughtful eating and exercise solutions that can become your daily habits. This is your chance to immerse yourself in a program that will help you to kick a lot of those nagging health issues and at half the cost of a spa vacation!

Space will be limited to 35 lucky participants so click here to make a deposit!

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Three Nights in the Desert - ALONE!?
to Mar 9

Three Nights in the Desert - ALONE!?

  • Joshua Tree National Park, CA (map)
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Location:  Joshua Tree National Park

Dates: Sunday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Featuring:  YourSELF

Description: In January, 2014 I had six days to kill between obligations in Los Angeles and Tecate Mexico. I was in the midst of a mid-life crisis, contemplating a career change and needing to find myself again. Not having much money to devote to the few days, my sweet husband suggested I camp at Joshua Tree National Park. My first reaction was to ask if he could meet me there to camp with me. With only one car between us and the fact we live in the San Francisco area, it was impossible for him to join me. I slowly warmed up to the idea of camping alone. It ended up being a glorious four days of self-reliance, self exploration and self discovery.

Many friends whom I’ve told about this experience have expressed an interest in doing this themselves, but will not consider doing it “all” on their own. I would like to offer a retreat in which I will lead you to your site, give each participant a loose itinerary and supply you with what you've chosen as your selected package. I will be nearby (as well as the other participants) and available via walkie talkie should you need assistance, but would encourage you to “do it all on your own!”

With this level of solitude and self-reflection my hope is you will gain renewed clarity, a new sense of self and a peaceful re-entry into your everyday life. We will connect at the end of your journey as a group to chat about how you feel and how you can take this fresh feeling home with you.

Cost: Starting at $300.00 for a DIY experience to $800.00 for almost all-inclusive including transport from LAX

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Women's Health and Yoga Retreat - A Natural Approach to Menopause with Marnie Reasor, CCH - PRICE REDUCED!
8:45 AM08:45

Women's Health and Yoga Retreat - A Natural Approach to Menopause with Marnie Reasor, CCH - PRICE REDUCED!

marin headlands wellness retreat

Location: Headland Center for the Arts, Sausalito (Marin Headlands), CA

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:45AM - 5:00PM

Featuring: A Natural Approach to Menopause - An Intimate One Day Retreat with Marnie Reasor, CCH, RSHom (NA) of Resplendent Healing.

Description: Menopause can be one of the most painful, frustrating experiences women face.  No one is talking about it and no one seems to understand what you are going through. Night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, brain fog, and weight gain…together let's learn some ways to face these challenges with natural solutions.

Join The Healing Farm | Retreats in the gorgeous Marin Headlands for this intimate one day retreat at the unique Headlands Center for the Arts. We’ll welcome Marnie Reasor, CCH, RSHom (NA), menopause expert, who helps women experience menopause easily without medications and side effects.  We'll also enjoy a special visit from Jessica Prentice of Three Stone Hearth who will teach us to cook a healing soup with bone broth. Two organic and locally sourced meals by exclusive caterer Katie Powers and an all-level yoga session by Dr. Alicia Thomsen, yoga instructor at Yogaworks and licensed chiropractor will round out our day!

During this powerful retreat, women will break the silence around menopause and learn strategies that will decrease their symptoms quickly and easily.

PRICE REDUCED! - Cost: $125.00

Read more:  About the day's events, about Marnie and book your ticket for this valuable retreat!

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Wellness and Yoga on the Ranch - A THF/MALT Joint Retreat: SOLD OUT!
9:00 AM09:00

Wellness and Yoga on the Ranch - A THF/MALT Joint Retreat: SOLD OUT!

Location: Stemple Creek Ranch, West Marin between Petaluma and Tomales

Featuring: Practical wellness tips to build into your everyday life, yoga and movement classes, a short hike and chat with our host rancher and two locally sourced organic meals!

The Healing Farm and The Marin Agricultural Land Trust are teaming up for this special "Wellness on the Ranch" retreat! 

Located in the rolling hills between Petaluma and Tomales, Stemple Creek Ranch produces sought after grass-fed beef and lamb. Have you ever driven through all that rolling ranchland in West Marin and wanted to sneak onto one of those gorgeous properties? Well this is your chance! Not only that but enjoy two local, healthy organic meals (including Stemple Creek meat, of course!) and wander the property all the while learning practical wellness solutions to build into your everyday life.

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a non-profit I've admired for a long time and I'm so excited to team up with them for this very special one day retreat on one of their "MALTED" ranches. Visit the MALT website for more information on how MALT protects family ranches and farms in West Marin County, CA and experience not only a rare visit to one of their protected properties, but meet the rancher, hike to the rancher's carbon farming testing area, picnic on the creek, get informed by our speaker Jennifer Cooper, PT of Flow Physical Therapy about healthy eating habits you can build into your everyday life and enjoy two movement sessions. It'll be one relaxing and informative whirlwind of practical wellness! Plus you'll get to learn more about this great non-profit!

Cost: $175.00 per participant

Read more: about the day's events and to learn about our speakers and practitioners!

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Stinson Beach Mini-Retreat
12:00 PM12:00

Stinson Beach Mini-Retreat

Introducing The Healing Farm brand!  My new website which will introduce my new brand and the complete Healing Farm concept will go up in early 2015, but please join me in kicking off The Healing Farm and attend the first of a series of holistic healing mini-retreats. This series of retreats will teach you realistic and small changes you can make utilizing holistic healers and by making changes in your everyday routine to help you live a healthier life without changing your lifestyle completely!

At this very special retreat we will breathe in fresh ocean air, eat well and experience peace and wellness. We will plant the seeds which you can cultivate in realistic ways to develop long-term habits to live healthy – simply.

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