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The Re-Treat

The Re-Treat

Re-vitalize, Re-new and Re-define Self Care

with Anna Levesque, Ayurveda Health Coach and 500 RYT and Sommerville Johnston, LPC, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and 200 RYT

Are you tired of feeling tired, overwhelmed and stuck? Would you like to experience greater vitality and capacity to live a life you love?

Your diet and lifestyle choices may be keeping your nervous system stuck on high or low, leading to anxiety, depression, fear and dis-ease in the body and mind.

In this Re-Treat, Sommerville and Anna use their unique insights and experience to teach you how to change your schedule, your response to stress, and your nutrition – so that you can change your life.

The practices in the Re-Treat re-vitalize, re-new and re-define self-care to give you powerful tools to take charge of your health and wellbeing for more energy, ease and freedom in mind and body.

Fall Retreat Themes

  • How to ground yourself during the busyness of the upcoming Holiday season.
  • How to cook warm, nourishing and practical meals for fall season.
  • Calming anxiety and worry, and cultivating peace of mind and confidence.
  • Standing your ground and knowing yourself confidently and courageously.

What’s included

  • Science based intro to the nervous system and what a healthy system looks like.
  • Intro to mindfulness practices to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Learn how to use opposite thought, emotion and action to propel you in an upward spiral of positivity, productivity and love.
  • Intro to Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, and diet and lifestyle strategies for a grounded, calm and joyful fall season.
  • Intro to circadian health based in Ayurveda and tapping into the science of chronobiology
  • Intro to meditation.
  • 2 morning yoga classes.
  • Healthy, nourishing, and easy to digest plant-based meals cooked by Anna.
  • Your own room in a beautiful cabin in WNC with shared bathroom.
  • Take home self-care plan customized to you.

How it Works

  1. Register by November 8, 2021
  2. Receive a welcome email with links to register for the Zoom meetings, recipes, shopping food list, tips for creating a sacred space at home.
  3. Participate fully in the virtual Re-Treat.
  4. Feel more grounded, peaceful and healthy.

Sound awesome?! Don’t take our word for it, here’s what participants had to say:

” Anna and Sommerville helped me see how even small changes to my lifestyle can help me become the best version of myself.” – Jill W

“Impressive, educational, rewarding, practical.” – Linda C

Truly one of the most meaningful things I’ve done for me – and others – in a long time. So grateful!” – Joy

Watch the video and hear why Linda Coad, CPA attended the retreat three times!

Fall Re-treat Schedule

Friday  Opening Circle on Zoom  7:30  – 9 p.m.


Yoga with Sommerville via Zoom 8 a.m. – 9:15  a.m.

Begin to tune into the language of your body, listening to what it has to say. In this morning yoga session you will be invited to track your body and your breath through gentle flow interspersed with yin style poses as you wake up and orient to the day.

Workshop with Sommerville via Zoom 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Sommeville will teach the functioning of the autonomic nervous system as it relates to the stress response, trauma, and resilience. You will also acquire tools, like Mindfulness practices, that help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the body to enhance a sense of strength and peace throughout your daily life.

Cooking class and lunch with Anna via Zoom 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Spices and Ayurvedic ingredients demystified! Learn how to cook a delicious and nutritious meal that has all 6 tastes according to Ayurveda. (Shopping list provided once you register).

Workshop with Anna via Zoom 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Now that you know how your nervous system works, Anna introduces practical strategies based in Ayurveda that help you grow your stress resilience and develop a healthy response to stress. Research shows that 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death are due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Anna introduces you to how Ayurveda works and teaches you how to make daily choices that boost your immunity, improve your energy and align you with your highest and best health.

Guided relaxation with Sommerville via Zoom 8:15 -8:45 p.m.


Grounding Yoga for Fall Season with Anna via Zoom 8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The variability of fall season, known as Vata season according to Ayurveda, can increase our susceptibility to stress and anxiety. This is the season where grounding, standing strong and steadiness are most needed. This gentle alignment-based class will help you feel calm, grounded and empowered.

Workshop with Sommerville via Zoom 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Examining the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, Sommerville will guide you as you practice expanding your choices in all realms, by using attention and intention in small everyday choices.

Cooking class and lunch with Anna via Zoom 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Let’s cook another delicious and nourishing lunch together! (Shopping list provided once you register).

Workshop with Anna via Zoom 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Building on yesterday’s introduction to Ayurveda, we turn our focus specifically to fall and winter season diet and lifestyle strategies that set you up for optimal immunity, health and wellbeing.  Your gut microbiome needs diversity of plant based foods in order to thrive, and part of that diversity is changing up your diet along with the seasons. For example, learn why eating salads in fall and winter can have a detrimental effect on your digestion and health. In this talk you’ll learn what to eat and what lifestyle practices to incorporate to have an easeful and healthy fall/winter.

Closing Circle via Zoom 4:45 p.m.


November 12 – 14, 2021


Beautiful cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina near Bryson City


Click Here to Book Online!

Call 916.580.9352

“This retreat was the impetus for a lot of positive change in my life. Changes I may not have made if I hadn’t started here.” – Tara

“Thank you so much for this past weekend!  It was absolutely awesome!!” – Cheri

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