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Soul Essence Retreat

Wild Elemental Retreat 


  • 7 nights Lodging in a luxury cabin or suite.  Enjoy the jungle and ocean from your doorstep of this oasis 
  • Three delicious, locally sourced chef prepared meals per day
  • Daily Yoga
  • Breathwork & Sound Healing Sessions
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Two Excursions off property 
  • Unlimited access to SUP and Kayaks
  • Access to the secluded beach right at your doorstep
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Somatic and Nervous System Workshops
  • Transportation to/from Puerto Vallarta Airport

Restore - Rejuvinate - Connect - become

Soul Essence Retreat

Punta Monterrey Beach Resort

November 6th to November 13th 2023

What's NOT included?

What's included?

  • Airfare to/from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 1:1 Sessions or Spa Services
  • Additional excursions that are not in itinerary 
  • Alcohol 
  • Childcare (if applicable)
  • Child Add on Fee (if applicable)
  • Change fees, additional lodging, or other expenses that may result from weather or travel delays 

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The Soul Essence retreat is a week designed to replenish, restore, and reconnect you and your entire family.  

Set on a private beach surrounded by a lush tropical nature reserve, Punta Monterrey Beach Resort is a paradise steeped in magic.  

Each luxury room has a stunning view of the beach and surrounding jungle. The yoga palapa overlooks the property, a gentle beach breeze flowing through it.  

Three locally sourced chef created meals a day will nourish your body

There will be plenty of time to enjoy kayaks, SUPS, and the white sand beach. Go for a hike in the jungle, read and take in the view, or swim in the ocean-all steps from the beautiful room you will call home for the week. 

Yoga, breathwork, and somatic movement will guide you deeper within. Unique excursions and experiences will light your soul on fire.   

In the evenings, we will gather over food, fire, and ceremony-allowing us to connect, celebrate, and become both with those we love, and those we have just met. 

Will you join us?

Your Hosts

Julie has been a Nurse and Nurse Practitioner with the bulk of her career spent in labor and delivery and education. She went on to study spiritual psychology, energy medicine and developmental trauma at Barbara Brennan School of Healing Arts from 2012-2016. Since then has traveled to sacred sites of the world and studied with a variety of teachers and healers to deepen her own integration. She has spent the last 4 years focused on somatic practice, nervous system education as well as experiencing the work of pioneer Emily Conrad in Continuum Movement teacher training.
She now facilitates group healing journeys by combining education, experiential, somatic movement/practice and energy work to support integration and embodiment.

Yoga has been a part of my life for the last 15 years, and has been instrumental in helping me grow on and off the mat.

I completed both my 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training with Gratitude Hot Yoga Center in 2019 and 2020.

I practice regularly and try to always be a student.
In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I thrilled to be joining you on this retreat and look forward to flowing with you on the mat in Mexico!

Julie Schanno 

 RN MSN  Energy Practitioner

, RYT-500 from Raleigh, NC

Amyee is a former ER nurse turned board certified nurse coach and trauma informed breathwork facilitator who guides clients through their deeper transformational and healing journey using a holistic approach.   She is a born and raised Alaskan and an avid outdoor enthusiast.  This is her backyard, and she's stoked to share it!  

Amyee Oen

Trauma Informed Breathwork Facilitator 

Julie Schanno 

Autumn Gibson

As you fly over snow capped mountains, pristine forest, ocean, and alpine lakes-you finally breath. 

This land is sacred, and it's healing properties palpable.   As you disconnect from the hustle, the technology, the constant doing, you start to unwind.  To remember.  To feel, connect, and simply be with parts of yourself you have become distant with.  

Together, we will journey to one of a kind hot springs, kayak to unique islands, jump into icy waterfalls, and hike through the Tongass National Forest.  We will pull up shrimp pots for dinner and catch fish on a pole, not only reconnecting to source, but to yourself.   We will hold ceremony around the fire, dance, laugh, and create together.

You will be held and supported through breathwork, somatic practice, ceremony and sound healing. 

A one of a kind, life changing adventure and experience.  

WILD - Remote - PRistine

Wild Elemental Retreat
Sitka, Alaska

What's Included?

• Daily One of a Kind Nature Excursions-Kayaking, Hiking, Hot Springs, Fishing, Beach Combing & Whale Watching 
• Roundtrip Float Plane Trip to and from Khaz Bay 
• Transportation costs once retreat starts
• Family style meals including fresh Alaska Seafood 
• Guided Trauma Informed Breathwork 
• Group Sound Healing  
• Opening & Closing Ceremony
• Access to kayaks and boats anytime - giving you independence to explore on down time
• Private or double room sleeping options
• Nervous System & Somatic Workshops
• Friendly & Local guides

Join me in Alaska

MAY 2024

WHAT'S Excluded?

• Airfare to and from Sitka, AK
• Lodging for the night before departure to Khaz Bay 
• Alcohol and special snacks
• Massages or other 1:1 treatments 

The Location

Khaz Bay Adventure Lodge is a remote island lodge located 45 miles North of Sitka, AK near Chicakoff Island.   This small family run lodge was built by the owners.  Much of the timber and furniture came from the land and was harvested by hand.  It resides on one of the only private areas of land held in the area – making for top quality, beautiful accommodation in a uniquely wild and remote setting.   If you seek to see the real Alaska, but want to be comfortable doing it-this is the place to be.

The Journey

During this experience our hope is that you feel safe and supported to disconnect from society, and reconnect, reclaim, and rewire yourself.  Using the power of nature, adventure, and multiple healing modalities such as sound healing, breath work, meditation, coaching, energy work, & nervous system nourishment, you will be guided and supported in your journey, no matter where you start. 


Together we design a full day that will change everything for you
This is where you receive life changing coaching
on top of a mountain with an epic view
 paddle boarding a secluded bay
 sitting on a beach listening to the waves
or lounging in a remote hot spring.
Use your imagination or I can use mine.  Together we will adventure, laugh, cry, and dive deep into what ever is holding you back from living your truest and best life. Using the power of nature, challenge, and connection to create an unparalleled experience, this will be a day you will never forget.

A day that will change your life forever 

1:1 Intensive

What's included?

A full day of experiential coaching designed specifically for you
 All Logistics and costs of what we do together
Food & Snacks 
Personalized email with commitments and a plan moving forward

The Ultimate Experience

- Michelle Leonard

I loved how I connected more deeply to myself, to nature and the animals (whales, fish, sea otters, seals, bears, eagles, ravens), and to everyone in the group. It was a group of humans connecting deeply with our true nature in nature. My experience far exceeded my expectations. I learned a whole different way of looking at the nervous system. I now have a deeper, palpable understanding of how we process trauma; life events and what happens when we get stuck at any point in this processing. It was very powerful to get beyond self -consciousness and be open to the consciousness of the group. I felt safe and even loved in sharing about myself and where I have “gotten stuck” in processing of my life events. There was a lot of love, joy and humor while learning to more deeply acknowledge how my body feels and reacts to memories and external triggers, and also all of the beauty that life has to offer. I more deeply learned how to let all of these experiences flow through my nervous system- to feel them and acknowledge them. It is hard to put in words how moved I was at doing this work with a group of people that I had just met. There was sacred acceptance, love peace joy harmony and a lot of laughter. A lot of spiritual healing and human learning! There was definitely a deep soul connection in the group.

What people are saying...

"Amyee and Julie are amazing guides! Thank you both for a life-changing experience"

- Patricia Lane

For 3 days after I returned home, every time I washed my hair and got out of the shower, I would suddenly get a whiff of campfire from our last fire and each time, it took me by surprise and it made me smile and gave me warm fuzzies. As a pediatric occupational therapist, we use many of the same concepts we talked about, but with different terminology, and I never thought to use it to apply to MYSELF as an adult. It has given me a more objective way to view energy vs feelings and being aware of some of those unconscious body processes and reactions (fight/flight/freeze) and just that awareness makes it seem manageable and seeing that it can change and reframe.

what people are saying...

"My experience was indescribable"

- Barbi Buckles

I loved all the adventures we went on, I loved the people we were with, including the family that owns the lodge. That family, including the dogs were the best hosts that I could of possibly imagined having. The lodge was full of love and laughter, great food, deep conversations and wonderful experiences. It was my first time to Alaska, and it was more than special for me because it is a magical land with lots of splendid sea life to see, including a swimming bear. The adventures that we had, the walks that we took, and the camaraderie of our group couldn't have been more fun and engaging. I was able to work on some deeper idiosyncrasies of my personality or maybe just past issues that I had not dealt with yet.

What people are saying...

"I knew this was going to be a trip of a lifetime but it exceeded my expectations "