January 12-18, 2020

The Mistress of Longing: A Retreat to Honor Longing & Recollect Belonging with the Sacred Feminine

This retreat is an opportunity to experience homecoming and deepen our relationship with the Sacred that is waiting for us. We will explore the embodied and mystical portal into the greatest mystery of our time longing. Often, we are taught to reject our longing. Yet, it is the heartbeat of our creativity and the doorway to belonging. In fact, longing leads the way to our genuine and authentic expression and engaging with it can revolutionize life as we live it. This retreat will focus primarily on the sacred feminine available in the present moment, especially as she relates to longing, drawing from both mystical and practical approaches to create and appreciate a beautiful life.

We will use mindfulness, guided visualizations, writing prompts, altar building, ritual, and movement to embrace the whole and holy longing that exists within and around us in a beautiful and serene sanctuary. Fresh, organic food, a gorgeous setting, an incredible Labyrinth, and bountiful blessings await us in Costa Rica! What an auspicious way to begin 2020!

This is an opportunity to relax and reclaim what belongs to you through intention and connection to your heart, body, mind, and spirit, and equally, to the dynamic and sacred energy of the land and her generous offerings.

Wendy Havlir Cherry will share the teachings from her book, The Mistress of Longing, a love letter to and for devotion. Using mindfulness, guided visualizations, writing, and ritual, Wendy will guide participants into the inner mandala of their own wisdom and clear heart.  Anne Wilzbacher, will share her grounded and gifted knowing as a Wilderness Therapist to lead us into one of the most profound and sacred relationships we all have in common, the pulse and life force of Mother Nature.

If you desire wild abundance, farm to table food, a beautiful landscape, heartful vision, and soulful connection, this retreat is for you. Together we will create communion with the land, our hearts, our longing, and each other. We will explore movement, mindfulness, reflection, journaling, ceremony, and altar work daily. There will be plenty of free time, as well, to explore, rest, and relax on your own


Our Guides:

Wendy Havlir Cherry, MA3

She is a poet, teacher, mindfulness instructor, and spiritual mentor. She holds three master’s degrees, in Eastern Classics & Sanskrit, Western Philosophy, and Counseling in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. She has worked for many years as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups, both adults and children.

Wendy has also spent many years studying with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves. She has taken advanced trainings in Curanderismo in The Heart of the Wounded Healer series and the integration of storytelling and the healing arts for helping professionals in The Mysterium series.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband and their furry four-legged, Roland The Great. The Mistress of Longing, her second book, will be published internationally by Womancraft Publishing in November 2019. Her first book, The Reach is (W)holy; Poetry Inspired by the Sacred, was published in 2017.

For more information, visit www.shegathersbeauty.com.

Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC

Anne is a Wilderness Therapist who graduated with a Master Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. Anne has worked in various settings with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2004. She believes that people are already whole and brilliant and supports them in making contact with this amidst the struggle of being out of alignment with one’s true self. The natural essence of the wilderness, its revealing factors, and the creativity it provides, has been her co-therapist.

Anne currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she founded Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path to Reveal, Restore, Reclaim Your Deep Rooted Belonging, a wilderness program that serves young adults throughout the world struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, identity and attachment struggles.  The program is built on establishing a foundation for sustainable health, vital living, and walking one’s own bold path.  Emerald Arrow encourages and promotes deep nourishment and growth through courage and vulnerability. It supports the heart path…which is the bold path.

Anne is passionate about feeling, discovering, learning, and creating through life in the outdoors, spontaneous adventure, playfulness, and grace. She enjoys mindfulness, meditation, photography, reading, writing, listening and dancing to music any chance she gets, feeding the connection to her own desires and heart’s path.

Outline of Retreat


  • 1:00-6:00 arrival/check-in
  • 6:30-7:30 dinner
  • 7:30 welcome, introductions, setting sacred space


  • 6:00 labyrinth walk (optional)*
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 meditation and intention setting
  • 10:00-12:30 meeting The Mistress of Longing and altar building
  • 12:30-2:00 lunch, rest, and free time
  • 2:00-5:00 guided meditation, journal writing, movement
  • 5:00-6:00 tour of the organic vegetable garden
  • 6:00 farm to table dinner prepared for us by Hotel Cala Luna Chef (www.calaluna.com)


  • 6:00 labyrinth walk (optional)
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 meditation, intention, and altar tending
  • 10:30-12:30 into the wilderness of our hearts + connecting with The Mistress of Longing
  • 12:30-2:00 lunch, rest, and free time
  • 2:00-5:00 working with the inner labyrinth
  • 5:30-6:30 sunset meditation
  • 6:30-7:30 guided relaxation


  • 6:00 labyrinth walk (optional)
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30-10:00 meditation, intention, altar tending
  • 10:00 shuttle to Tamarindo
  • 10:30-2:00 lunch in Tamarindo, rest, explore, and free time
  • 2:00-5:00 ocean offerings and sacred circle
  • 5:30-sunset meditation
  • 6:00 shuttle to La Senda
  • 7:00 dinner


  • 6:00 labyrinth walk (optional)
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 meditation, intention, altar tending
  • 10:30-12:30 receiving the wisdom
  • 12:30-2:00 lunch, rest, and free time
  • 2:00-6:30 sharing the wisdom + labyrinth ritual
  • 6:30 dinner
  • 7:30 singing bowl ceremony


  • 6:00 labyrinth walk (optional)
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 meditation, intention, altar tending
  • 10:30-12:30 reclamation and belonging
  • 12:30 lunch, rest, and free time
  • 2:00-5:00 communion and offerings with The Mistress of Longing
  • 5:30 sunset meditation
  • 6:30 dinner, cacao ceremony, music, and celebration


  • 9:00 breakfast and fair-wells
  • 11:00 check-out



  • A signed copy of The Mistress of Longing by Wendy Havlir Cherry
  • Daily practices to nourish and strengthen the heartroot of your belonging
  • A day-trip to the ocean in Tamarindo (lunch in Tamarindo not included)
  • 3 organic healthy meals daily (vegetarian options available)
  • Freshly made juices
  • Cacao ceremony
  • Singing bowl meditation and ceremony
  • Walking the world’s largest labyrinth daily & repatterning the sacred imprint of your heart, body, & mind
  • Daily guided meditations & journaling prompts
  • A blessing bundle created especially for you by Anne & Wendy
  • Workshops in the morning and afternoon with plenty of free-time to explore, rest, and relax
  • Farm-to-table organic dinner with Hotel Cala Luna chef (calaluna.com)
  • Our own alive well water
  • Monkey visits
  • Lodging in newly constructed bungalows with private bathroom and outdoor shower in the middle of the jungle surrounded by nature.

Pricing per person: 

Single: $1950 (limited availability)

Double: $1530

Triple (if enough interest): $1350

Airfare and transfers not included.


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