October 17-20, 2014

When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of a retreat that is expressly designed to nourish and nurture your soul in a sacred, loving and feminine way?


  • Being embraced by a circle of sisters from a place of love and heartfelt acceptance
  • Being received into the center of a delicate rose - its petals gently caressing you into a felt sense of beauty
  • Being welcomed into the garden of Aphrodite's unconditional love
  • Joining with other soulful women in a place where you are deeply seen and invited to discover and offer your deepest gifts
  • Singing, laughing, dancing and celebrating with women from around the globe

We invite you to take time out of your busy life, unplug and immerse yourself in sacred beauty and soul nourishment. Come, refuel and renew yourself as we create a space for the Goddess in each of us to wake up and stretch out in the sun!

It's challenging in our everyday lives to truly walk the path of beauty and to feed ourselves regularly. So many other things compete for our attention and take priority.

Our three-day oasis in Aphrodite's Garden will give you the break you deserve - it's a special, sacred time for you to be adored, pampered, received and adorned as the beautiful woman that you are. Your senses will be re-awakened as you come alive to your fullness, and you will receive lavish, loving attention that can only happen in a sacred sister circle.

The retreat is co-led by Devaa Haley Mitchell and Elayne Doughty who have guided hundreds of women on awakening journeys. In their care, you will be filled up, nurtured and exalted by the Goddess of Love herself. And after four days, you will leave with a deep embodiment of living your life as love and an immersive experience of the Goddess of Love within you.

What People Are Saying!

"Devaa is a living example of the Evolutionary Woman arising in our midst. Combining brilliant intellect, business experience, spiritual development and now a major outreach into the world to assist is all in our evolution, she is a loving and inspiring woman leading us forward in the 21st century."

~ Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

"I've met a lot of teachers, healers, and leaders in my years on the speaking circuit. When I wanted to dive deeper with my work and share from a new level of vulnerability, I turned to Devaa. She helped me lead from my authenticity, connect with my depth, and open in ways that proved energizing and effective. Her support enabled me to go to a whole new level in my public presentation and bring new qualities to my leadership. She helped me in a million ways that I cannot even describe. I am blessed by her presence. Thank you Devaa!"

~ Marci Shimoff, Best-Selling author with over 14 million books sold, including Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul and Happy for No Reason

"Elayne you are potent expression of female energy. Your deep and wise insights. Your wild women. Your fun. Your joy. Your supportive collaboration. The whole -- and I emphasize whole -- enchilada. I'm really thrilled for you -- You have this powerful energy as the basis for whatever it is that you are building-- and it is big!"

~ Erin Rasmussen

"The time (or should I say timelessness) that I spent with Devaa was profound. After years of seeing all kinds of 'experts' I can honestly say the time with Devaa broke something loose and now I feel burden-free, as well as much lighter and more joyful. I recommend her work to anyone who is ready to fly."

~ Marcia Wieder, CEO and Founder Dream University

"Working with Devaa & Elayne has been one of the more poignant, fulfilling and empowering of my life experiences to date. Both of these women are extremely gifted in identifying and bringing out the strengths, skills and beauty of each individual that they come into contact with. In my own work with them, I have felt continuously seen, heard and held by their unique feminine presence, which is sometimes amazingly gentle and compassionate and at other times fierce and full of fire-- igniting my own inner flame. Always, they come from love. I highly recommend Devaa to any woman who desires to blossom into her full leadership potential."

~ Suraya Susana Keating, MFT, Registered Drama Therapist

"A lot has shifted in my life since working with Devaa & Elayne. I feel clearer, more free, and have more energy. It's also been deeply healing for my heart. I feel a growing empowerment to step into my own leadership as a healer, guide and musician!"

~ Kendra Faye, Musician, Healer, Yoga Instructor, Raw Food Chef

"After working with Devaa & Elayne, I feel so much more connected to my heart, purpose, passion, and a deep sense of my personal spirit. The authenticity practiced in the gatherings has brought me closer to my true essence."

~ Joan Ivazes, Singer/Songwriter/Sound Healing Practitioner

"Elayne, I just want to express my deep gratitude to you for midwifing me into the next evolution of my life as a powerful woman. You were the door in, giving me a roadmap to follow. You have brought me a community that has been missing in my life for the past 10 years, or perhaps longer. You created an oasis to refresh my Feminine soul, after the creative desert I've been crawling through for too long. I'm feeling refreshed and full of possibility. There is nothing more thrilling!

~ Jane Velten

"Elayne brings deep listening, empathic insight, grounded compassion, informed guidance as well as inspired play, to the chaos, confusion, fear, love, ecstacy and joy that is presented her. There is a unique intimacy in her connected understanding, creating safety and containment to go to great depths in ones process of discovery. With Elayne, I feel seen, heard and mirrored in all my authenticity. Two words: playful passion"

~ Sarah Gross

"When I met Devaa, I was trying to figure out my next steps, I wasn't clear on my direction, and I was scared. Together we explored my professional and personal strengths and my connection to Source. Devaa's guidance supported me to find my confidence and authentic power. Her deep wisdom, patient listening, and reflecting were instrumental in my personal process. The work we did has encouraged my heart to stay open and fearless, beginning afresh, every day. I am very grateful. Thank you Devaa!!"

~ Annabella Roig, MS, MPH

"Devaa could be called a spiritual midwife, assisting people in the birthing their inner-selves. She empowers you, assists you, gently encourages you, and honors you for your efforts. With Devaa's impeccable assistance, I was able to go through what is so far the most powerful experience of my life. I am extremely grateful!"

~ Nathalie Daneau, Intuitive Coach and Counselor
  • Experience being fully loved, cherished and adored
  • Authentically connect with a soulful, supportive and safe community of conscious women
  • Awaken your greatest expression of passion, pleasure and sensuality
  • Allow yourself to be deeply seen within a loving circle where you can freely give your soul gifts
  • Remove blockages to your energy flow and greater balance in your life
  • Heal your own beauty wounds, in a supportive circle of sisters
  • Learn simple practices that will nourish you year-round
  • Receive a mythic make-over, drawing out your epic attributes
  • Free up your body through yoga, singing and sacred dance
  • Delight your inner epicure with exquisite, delectable food
  • Nourish your being in a beautiful and serene natural setting
  • Revel in a spacious schedule and an abundant generosity of spirit
  • Leave feeling inspired and celebrated with specific tools to forever nourish your Feminine Spirit

This retreat is connected to the 13 Moon Mystery School, which is a program of Sanctuary of the Open Heart, a non-profit organization expanding our global community dedicated to the wisdom teachings of the Divine Feminine and to building a Sanctuary devoted to the awakening of humanity. The time for re-balancing of male and female energies on the planet is now crucially important. The Sanctuary of the Open Heart is being built to honor and support that process!

Learn more here: www.13moonmysteryschool.org

Friday night
Opening circle to the Goddess of Love
Heart-Centered Devotional Chanting
Gifting Ceremony

Yummy Yoga and music from the Angels
Heart Awakening Ceremony
Rite of Anointing and Sensual Awakening
Soul Nourishing in Nature
Sacred Adornment by Your Sisters
Mythic Dinner & Sacred Mic (kinda like Open Mic)

Free Spirit Dance
Beauty Way Healing Circle
Sound Bath
Heart Art
Soul Sharing Circle
Self-Nourishing in Nature
Goddess of Love Sacred Theater

Partner Yoga
Heart-Centered Devotional Chanting
Closing Love Circle

Rev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell is a transformational leader, who supports people to reconnect with their spiritual depths, unleash their leadership gifts, and step into their full potential. She is co-Founder of the Shift Network and Founder of the Inspiring Women Summit, with a community of over 70K women from more than 160 countries. Through the Soulful Women Wisdom School, which she co-founded with Elayne Doughty, she offers deeply experiential and transformative programs that guide hundreds of women to connect more deeply with spirit.

Devaa knows who we are BEING in the world is equally as important to what we DOING. So, Devaa supports audiences and her clients to drop deeper to cultivate their soulful presence and open heart. Through her trainings, mentorship and a spiritual community, she offers a space for true soul transformation. As a result, her clients are able to reconnect with their radiant essence, make a meaningful contribution to our planet, and have a life that they LOVE.

Devaa also acts as the volunteer Music Director at the San Quentin Prison's Parallel Play Project, using the power of drama therapy to heal and transform the hearts and lives of long-term inmates. She also donates her time to various international service projects. Most recently, she offered a healing program to staff members at the AHOPE orphanage for HIV+ youth in Ethiopia. She's also trained staff members from Search for Common Ground in new methodologies, using the arts for peace-building in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

As a musician, Devaa fuses East and West with groovy, danceable tunes. Her debut album, Sacred Alchemy, aims to reawaken and liberate the many dimensions of the sacred feminine.

Learn more about Devaa and her offerings at www.devaa.com.

Elayne Kalila Doughty, MA, MFT, has been on a path of passionate service for the past twenty years, inspiring women around the world to step into their full potential. She specializes in helping women tap into their deepest wisdom, enabling them to harness their own transformational power to be more effective and whole in every aspect of their lives. Elayne is an expert at guiding women from all walks of life to transform the pain of the past into a powerful present and an extraordinary future. She is a powerful bold and passionate speaker, spiritual activist, best-selling author, psychotherapist, soul midwife and ordained priestess.

Elayne currently brings these teachings to a myriad of diverse projects. At The Soulful Women Wisdom School (www.soulfulwomen.com), Elayne and co-founder Devaa Haley Mitchell offer deeply experiential and highly transformative spiritual leadership programs. In 2010 Elayne also co-founded The Gracias Foundation (www.graciasfoundation.org), which has a mission to empower and improve the lives of women, children and young adults through grassroots projects in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. Her work at Gracias led her to create The Safe Embrace Trauma Healing Program, which is the culmination of many years of work with women survivors of trauma and gender based violence. This program promotes trauma healing and empowerment for women across the globe. Elayne is currently implementing this program with Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues at the City of Joy in Bukavu, Congo.

Elayne is the founder of The Queens of Transformation – Powerful Women Changing the World and is also a faculty member at The Shift Network (www.theshiftnetwork.com). She is the co-host of The Inspiring Women Summit (inspiringwomensummit.com), a virtual gathering of more than 70,000 participants from 160 different countries. Elayne, along with Lisa Nichols, contributed a chapter to the best-selling book, Unbreakable Spirit: Rising Above the Impossible. She is currently working on her next book, Priestess on Purpose: Women in Passionate Service to Healing the Heart of the World. Connect with Elayne Kalila at www.ElayneDoughty.com.

Ralston White Retreat Center in Mill Valley, CA

You ladies are very lucky this year! For the first time, our public retreat will be held at the Ralston White Retreat, our favorite retreat venue in Northern California. Ralston is nestled in the slope of Mt. Tamalpais, about 25 minutes north of San Francisco.

Located on 43 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, California, the Ralston White Retreat was designed by one of San Francisco's most prolific architects, Willis Polk. The retreat was completed in 1913 and was a wedding gift to Ruth Boericke, Ralston White's bride. He named their home the "Garden of Allah" after a popular novel at the time.

The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, nine relaxing porches and balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. The heart-shaped lawn and beautiful grounds invite you to enjoy the elegance of your surroundings. There are several walking paths on the property as well as connecting trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

We will be taking over the entire property, so there's no need to figure out rooming in advance. Just arrive and see what room suits you! We will all enjoy luxurious "mansion" bedrooms that are private to semi-private and all have large windows with views. The rooms have a very cozy yet elegant vibe. There are bathrooms and showers on each of the three levels of the building.

In addition to the stunning location,The Ralston White Retreat offers tasty and creative meals, award winning homemade breads and desserts, and fresh and delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their kitchen will happily accommodate specific dietary requests, and can work with groups to design menus that meet their needs and desires. We'll enjoy meals in a grand 600 square foot dining room with windows overlooking the front garden. French doors open onto two porches where guests can enjoy meals outdoors during nice weather.

Retreat Dates: October 17-20, 2014
Arrive in time for dinner Friday, 10/4, at 6pm Pacific. Leave after lunch on Monday, 10/7, around 2pm.

Location: Ralston White Retreat Center, Mill Valley, California (Learn more about retreat site.)

Program Price: $997 (food and lodging are separate)
Program Price: $595
Bring a Friend for a Reduced Price: $495

Additional Fees for Food and Lodging:

  • Overnight accommodations (3 nights) + Meals (9): $475.00
  • Meals-Only Plan (6, lunches and 6 dinners. No lodging) + Ralston Commuter Fee. $297.00

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Your program fee is 50% refundable and food & lodging fees are 100% refundable through September 17, 2014. After that point the fees are not refundable, as payment must be made to the Ralston White Retreat Center 30 days in advance. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and fill out a short form about the reasons for your cancellation. Your request will be processed within three days and we will send you a personal reply on the status of your refund.

Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: No — since we have a hard limit on the number of participants at the retreat site, we won’t have space for scholarships.

Q: If I have any further questions, how can I reach Customer Support?
A: Visit our Customer Support Center at support.theshiftnetwork.com, and we will be glad to help you!