Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM PDT
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM PDT

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The workshop starts with dinner on Thursday evening. Please arrive between 3:00 - 5:00 PM to check into your room. The workshop completes on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM.

We advise to get reservations for your ferry travel. 


Stowel Lake Farm 
190 Reynolds Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Y3

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Bettina Rothe  

The Teachers


Bettina Rothe
is a somatic leadership coach and a licensed 5Rhythms® 
dance teacher who has studied healing movement arts, meditation, psychology, and shamanic practices. Her passion is to invite people into conscious embodiment.  She is a seeker, an edge walker, and a devoted mother of two girls with deep compassion for our human experience and the challenges we face in this time of accelerated change. Bettina leads with clarity, lightness and humour. She has been teaching workshops internationally since 1998.

"I love to empower women and bring the fierce feminine back into leadership."

Laura Ahava
is a group facilitator and integrative Lomi Lomi bodywork practitioner who is present with the spirit and energy of the body.  Laura is passionate about the empowerment of women. Her inspiration is shared through somatic awareness, physical strengthening and devotional embodied movement with drumming and song . She guides dance journeys, breath work ceremonies and yoga classes to move beyond self-limitations and activate the vast intelligence of our bodies self-healing while cultivating energy and having fun!

Laura will be offering Lomi Lomi bodywork during the retreat. She
 has trained through the school of Hawaiian Shamanic Bodywork and has studied CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute.

Sharon Abbondanza
draws on decades of training in anatomy, psychology, philosophy and a variety of yoga lineages to assimilate the intelligence of yoga therapy with the innovation of restorative alignment using the BackMitra. She has a thriving private practice and offers workshops and trainings in North and Central America. With poetic eloquence, Sharon whole heartedly guides students to access an inner well of wisdom and power. She is an intuitive and dynamic teacher who cultivates a soulful learning environment that honours the body as a profound portal to our multidimensionality.

SHE- Power, Beauty & the Beast
A 5Rhythms® Movement & Embodiment Retreat
with Bettina Rothe, Laura Ahava & Sharon Abbondanza

May 23-26, 2019
Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC

We invite you to join in the creation of sacred space that honours the Feminine.
As women we will come together to honour our body temples and the wisdom they hold, finding within our true power and beauty.

Through the transformative practice of 5Rhythms, we will bring kindness and compassion into the cracks and wounds of our humanness. 5Rhythms is a path of integration, of healing the split between spirit and body - a path of dancing ourselves back into wholeness. Each Rhythm offers us tangible tools to bring body, heart, mind, soul and spirit into alignment.

Through storytelling and witnessing, we will honour the stories we each hold that have created separation, doubt and our own version of the “beast within”.

Embodied voice and breathwork will guide us in reshaping our voice to find its most natural, fluid and powerful form, so that we can speak our truth and share our message with clarity and strength.

Yoga will integrate the enlivening flow of vinyasa to vitalize the body, with reflective inquiry into conscious breath and yoga therapy to refine awareness and establish presence. Attuning to practice with an attitude of reverence and curiosity, we leave the mat lighter than when we arrived and learn to live with a relaxed resilience.

Land and community based teachings will be shared by the women of Stowel Lake Farm.

Together we will step through the gateway to becoming the embodied, feminine, intuitive, powerful beings we are meant to be.

No previous experience is required. 
Everyone is welcome who identifies as a SHE. 


Stowel Lake Farm is a retreat centre, an organic farm and
a community of families living together.


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What we offer:
- 3 nights of accommodation of your choice
- 9 locally grown organic meals that are infused with love. Vegetables grown on the farm are used whenever possible. The meals are vegetarian with the exception of a salmon dinner on Friday evening.
- Daily 5Rhythms® movement sessions
- Morning meditation & yoga
- Special evening events
- Farm tour and community talk
- Time to enjoy the land and the lake
- Optional body work (extra cost)

Retreat Cost:
A deposit of $250 is required at registration or you can pay in full right away.
Rooms are being assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Early bird registration savings are available until March 31.

Private Deluxe (private room with en suite bathroom): $ 1155/ $ 1115 (SOLD OUT)

Private (private room with shared bathroom ):     $ 995/ $ 955

Shared Deluxe (double occupancy with private bathroom): $ 895/ $ 855 (SOLD OUT)

Shared (double occupancy with shared bathroom) and shared Yurts: $ 845/ $805

Camping: $ 735/ $695

Off site: $ 645/ $605

Partial tuition scholarships are available for those in need of financial support.

Please note that all cancellations will incur a $50 administration fee. 
Cancellations after May 10th will receive a 50% refund. Because this is a residential workshop with individualized meal and accommodation planning, no refunds can be issued for cancellations after May 20th.


"The embodied feminine power practices we learned at the SHE workshop fed my soul in a way I didn't even realize I had been craving. I made friends with the place where my power lives, and I experienced myself showing up to life from that place.
I cried, I roared, I laughed, I made new friends. I felt true safety with other women. 
Together, as women of all ages and backgrounds, we danced, and we sang, and we witnessed each other as sisters, with hearts full of love and compassion.
There is nothing this world needs more." 

- Danielle Rondeau, lawyer, author and life coach