Women’s Visioning Retreat

Northern California, September 1-3, 2017

Feeling the pull for a replenishing weekend retreat?

For three days and two nights a handful of women will gather in a beautiful retreat home designed to host groups on a mountain top overlooking a beautiful valley.

Together we will take time out to rest, re-vision and renew.

 We will dig deep to reconnect with our true mission and remove obstacles on the path.

You are officially invited to join me, Laura Gates, for a thoughtfully curated retreat experience as we weave together various facilitators and experiences along with nature, delicious organic lovingly prepared food and cozy nooks and crannies to curl up and read a book or sit on the terrace to immerse yourself in silence. 

Picture yourself with like-minded (and like-hearted) women who share your devotion to self exploration and a commitment to making an impact in the world, starting with themselves.

You'll be treated to the magi of several gifted teachers, including executive coach and spiritual guide, Nancy Larocca Hedley, certified financial planner, yoga, meditation teacher and astrologer Michelle Grace, recording artist and vocal teacher Pollyanna Bush and spiritual teacher, retreat leader Marni Suu Reynolds as we weave a magical weekend into a cohesive whole.

Together we will walk the mystical path with practical feet.

What you will experience in the retreat

  • Removal of self-created obstacles
  • Learning to manage your energy and harness innate creativity
  • Galvanize your insight and resources to create your vision
  • Learn to interpret, trust and follow your intuition, calling in your higher wisdom
  • Tap into your soul’s purpose
  • Envision the path forward, clear on your commitments and steps to get there
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  • A cozy mountain top home designed for group retreats with shared bedrooms and bathrooms
  • A hot tub overlooking the valley, perfect for star-filled nights (and a not-to be missed outdoor shower)
  • A separate yurt for group sessions
  • Located in a lovely wooded valley across the road from Spirit Rock, where revered monks and high lamas retreat
  • Intimate setting with space for cozy fireside reading and naps
  • Nourishing healthy meals
  • A labyrinth
  • Goats

What you get

  • 2 nights shared lodging in a gorgeous natural, secluded setting on a mountain top
  • Delicious healthy meals and snacks (gluten free/vegan options available)
  • A full bodied retreat experience with variety of planned guided activities and exploration practices
  • A wonderful opportunity to unwind, learn and practice new skills in an intimate group of like-minded women 
  • A 30-minute energy healing session
  • A personalized Astrology chart with opportunity for paid follow up session (assuming you know your birth time)
  • A personalized Human Design chart (assuming you know your birth time)
  • Opportunities for private healing sessions will available for an additional cost


Total price $825 all inclusive for the weekend. Space is limited to 10 participants.
Includes: cozy lodging for 2 nights, all of your meals and snacks prepared by a lovely chef and all experiential workshops and activities detailed below.

Important Logistics:

  • Our retreat house located in glorious Marin County, CA. The address will be provided when once you register.
  • You are responsible for your transportation to the Bay Area and to the retreat location—
    a 90-min drive from SFO or Oakland airports (depending on traffic)

>>> Please Note: Registration scholarship(s) are available on a very limited basis should you strongly desire to attend this retreat yet lack the financial means to do so. Please message Laura directly (laura AT laurafrancesgates.com) detailing your level of need and desire to attend. 

Please also note: if sharing a sleeping room or bathroom or spending time with a group of women for the weekend in any way DOES NOT sound like your idea of a good time, please do not sign up for this retreat! I will have other retreats at other venues you can explore in the future!

Meet Your Retreat Host

Laura Gates, Curator


Laura has facilitated group events for nearly 20 years in her 30-year career spanning ten years at Citibank on Wall Street, running a six figure marketing business and 22 years coaching clients in such organizations as the Navy, NASA, Shell Oil, Visa, VC-backed startup founders and large Silicon Valley giants to be more powerful, effective and authentic in their work. Laura firmly has her feet in two worlds — the world of business and the world of spirit.

She's studied with wisdom teachers and healers from around the globe in the Mayan, Native American and Aboriginal traditions and shamanic trainings with Sandra Ingerman, Michael Harner and Robert Moss. She has a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine®, studied the Four Fold Way® with Angeles Arrien and is a Reiki Master. She has navigates the subtle energy realms, beyond thought and emotion, where change can happen instantaneously. Whether it be executive coaching or spiritual mentoring, her clients have one thing in common: they believe they’re here to make an impact.

What people say about working with Laura:

Laura is an incredible executive coach and gifted spiritual healer. With two decades of experience working with top leaders on a GLOBAL scale she brings insight and clarity to the messiest of conversations in order to get organizations back on track toward their goals. She has supported me to clearly see the vision of my life and empowered me to own my truth, to sweep away what is no longer needed in order to focus on what wants to emerge.
— Executive Coach and Facilitator
While her approach is seemingly subtle, her impact is profound. Shortly after beginning my work with Laura I was promoted to a C-level role, gave my first TED talk and now am a sought-after spokesperson and thought leader in my industry.
— CDO Financial Institution (recently featured in Forbes as one of the top 10 female CDO’s in the US).
Laura brings an ability to guide others down the often-unclear path of transformation with practical, gentle guidance. She has a vast toolkit that allows her to coach people on how to integrate their professional/personal/spiritual experiences. I value her intuitive sense of what a person feels, as well as how they need to take action in order to put those feelings—and the experiences that led to them—to work.
— Leadership Consultant and Author
Laura has an uncanny ability to use the collective group to help each individual unlock their unique and intuitive leadership qualities. Laura’s retreats have helped me better understand and deepen my leadership qualities and identify opportunities for development in a safe and supportive environment.
— Executive Leader Oil + Gas Industry

This retreat has been thoughtfully planned to be an expansive yet deeply replenishing experience.

Retreat Schedule Overview

FRIDAY September 1st 2017

Noon          Relaxed Arrival + Healthy Snacks Provided as people settle in to their rooms
2PM            Retreat Orientation / Welcoming Session led by Laura Gates (managing energy and intention setting)
3PM            Medicine Walk (led by special guest contributor Nancy Larrocca)
530PM        Free Time
6PM            Chef Prepared Community Dinner
7PM            Unleashing Your Voice (led by special guest contributor PollyAnna Bush, Vocal Teacher and Singer)
10PM          Lights out / Silence

SATURDAY September 2nd 2017

7 - 8AM       Breakfast (social silence for the communal space)
830AM        Morning Session: Harnessing Vision and Purpose led by Laura Gates
11AM           Free Time / Healing Sessions
Noon          Chef Prepared Lunch (some healing sessions will be held over lunch, we will hold your lunch for you)
1PM            Free Time / Healing Sessions
3PM            Obstacles, the Shadow, Removing the Blocks (with Group Astrology integration and Money Manifesting special guest                    Michelle Grace)
530 PM       Free time
6PM            Chef Prepared Community Dinner
7PM            Yoga + Intuitive Sound Healing Session (led by special guest contributor Marni Reynolds)
10PM          Lights out / Silence

SUNDAY September third, 2017

7 - 8AM     Light Breakfast (social silence for the communal space)
830AM      Final morning session: Harnessing Learnings & Anchoring Commitments led by Laura Gates
11AM         Chef Prepared Community Brunch
Noon        Departure

Meet Our Special Guest Contributors

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Nancy Larocca Hedley, Medicine walk Guide

Nancy Larocca Hedley is the Founder of Crescent Coaching where she works with individuals and teams to discover their unique strengths, see their path, and take steps on the journey despite obstacles that arise.  Her mission is to support people in experiencing joy, meaning, and purpose through their work and in their lives. Nancy’s personal search for purpose and meaning have led her to the study of many of the world’s ancient wisdom traditions including meditation, yoga, reiki, dance, and earth wisdom practices from Europe, North America, and Central America. When she’s not working she loves to spend time with family and friends, dance, and tend her garden.


Marni Suu Reynolds, Healer

Marni (ERYT 500) is an Intuitive Energy Healer, Yoga and Meditation Teacher and ocean lover. Marni is currently a Doctoral candidate at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco) in Philosophy and Women's Spirituality. Through her 20 years of spiritual devotion she weaves her knowledge of Buddhism, Energy & Sound Healing, Meditation, Women's Spirituality and Yoga to create her teachings. Marni has her own healing practice and coursework based in Honolulu, where she works with clients locally and remotely. When not on her yoga mat, you may find her in the ocean, connecting to the aina (land), playing with her children, meditating, dancing, writing, painting or planning her next world traveling adventure.


POLLYANNA BUSH, Certified Vocal Technique Teacher

Pollyanna Bush is a vocal ensemble leader and private singing teacher at the Musically Minded Academy. She also teaches piano to singers who want to accompany themselves. Bush is a professional singer, pianist, composer, dancer, and choreographer. She has taught music for over 25 years and has trained in modern dance for 15 years, including work in New York City with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Her student, Lily Elise, was on the popular NBC show “The Voice”. Bush’s teaching philosophy revolves around achieving individual freedom and self confidence as a musician/singer and increasing awareness of body and achieving vocal health. 


MICHELLE GRACE, Financial Planner, Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Astrologer

Michelle Grace, CFP® is an Apprentice Astrologer, financial advisor, community activist, mom, and Entrepreneur. With Astrology she explores the birth and energies of our life, and our process of becoming who we are meant to Be. She is the creator of the True Wealth ® courses. Michelle is passionate about helping to transform our relationship with money, healing our planet and building community. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, she advises clients on how to invest, spend and use money aligned with your core values (personal, environmental and social). She teaches vinyasa yoga, meditation and the True Wealth ® courses for women and couples. She has lead and facilitated the Yoga of Money workshops for Yoga Journal conferences, and leads private workshops on Personal Finance, Wealth, Women & Money. She is the Founder and Managing Member of Soul Sister Enterprises LLC

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How to put in words the magic that was spun during this retreat? It far exceeded my expectations. The location was divine and the company fantastic. I could have stayed there for a very long time (except that my husband and kids would not appreciate it). The food was exceptional, the cost was amazingly low for food, accommodation and Laura’s incredible presence and guidance.
— Naomi Wills, BioBalance
I wish I could express the absolute transformational power that Laura has in leading her retreats. When I came to her retreat last year, I was completely lost and had no direction. I’d made some big decisions and backed out of all of them because I had become crippled by self-doubt. I knew I needed the healing beauty of the Redwoods and Laura’s gentle yet kick-butt guidance, but really had no idea what to expect… I just knew I had to be there.  

Fast forward to just over a year later and I am literally in a completely different life than the one I was living when I hopped on a plan to San Francisco. I found my dream business. One that I have searched for for over twelve years, and one that allows me to help people to transform their lives, and live more authentically inside who they really are.  This I could not have done without Laura’s Women’s Soul Retreat.  

Laura’s leadership is not just about “leading”, it is about allowing the unfolding of the moments within a circle.  And there are many.  She has the intuitive knowledge to know when to lead and when to allow.  This is a gift that she has and it is a power that in and of itself is worth any effort to be in her presence.  You will leave that retreat not only transformed, but with an amazing circle of women that will remain forever.  Even though our circle of souls that gathered that weekend over a year ago have not seen each other in person, we are forever bonded by that beautiful and soul rocking experience. Don’t walk. Run to the “sign me up” button!
— Lisa Jemus, Founder of Tarot Solutions
The four day soul retreat with Laura Gates was everything it promised to be and more. I felt deeply called to attend the retreat months prior to it’s scheduled date, and without knowing a single detail about Laura. The synchronicities that played out in my life prior to the event and during the retreat had me in awe. I knew without a doubt that my soul was guiding me to this experience, and that I would leave changed. I arrived as a woman still somewhat afraid to shine her light to the fullest, a woman afraid to be seen. Within the safe container of nine amazing women, the incredible energy and beauty of Ratna Ling, and Laura’s brilliant leadership and loving guidance, I was able to transcend the fears and beliefs that kept me hiding in order to feel safe. Attending this event is nothing short of a milestone in my life.
— Sandra Moore - Intuitive Soul Coach, SandraMoore.ca