Women’s Visioning Retreat

Northern California, September 1-3, 2017

For three days and two nights we will gather in a beautiful retreat home on a mountain top to experience visioning our future selves, calling in our true mission, removing any obstacles on our path.

Join Laura Gates as she curates a retreat experience where you can join other like-minded women in harnessing your full potential. Laura calls upon gifted teachers, including executive coach and spiritual guide, Nancy Larocca Hedley, certified financial planner, yoga and meditation teacher and astrrologer Michelle Dench and Vocalist Pollyanna Bush weaving their magi along with time for relaxation, a hot tub with a spectacular view over the valley, massages,delicious meals and cozy nooks to tuck yourself away with a book and space for alone time on this weekend of rejuvenation and renewal as we 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


  • A cozy mountain top home designed for group retreats with shared rooms
  • A hot tub overlooking the valley, perfect for star-filled nights
  • Outdoor showers, a sauna, and space to roam
  • 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)
  • A variety of experiential sessions for learning and practicing 
  • Massage


Total price $995 all inclusive for the weekend- includes lodging for 2 nights, all materials, meals and snacks, and massage.

Retreat house located in glorious Marin County, CA. Address for retreat location will be provided when you pay. Space is limited to 12 participants. If sharing space communally with other women doesn’t sound appealing, please don’t register! 

You are responsible for your transportation to the Bay Area and to the retreat location. 
A 90-minute drive from SFO or Oakland airports (depending on traffic)


Meet Your Retreat Hosts

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).

Nancy Larocca Hedley, Medicine walk Guide

Nancy Larocca Hedley 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.

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As the founder of Crescent Coaching, Nancy’s work takes many forms, including Executive Coach, Organizational Consultant, Facilitator, Pathfinder, Career Coach, Retreat Leader, Medicine Walk Guide, and Meditation Teacher. Additionally, Nancy is a part of Simplified Coach where she serves as Adjunct Faculty for Facebook’s Learning & Development team, teaching Managing Bias, StandOut Advantage, Crucial Conversations, and PeoplefUel workshops across the organization.

Prior to founding Crescent Coaching in 2008, Nancy spent 10 years in HR leadership roles at Yahoo, focusing on leadership and employee development, organizational change, M&A, and talent acquisition. Her clients have included individuals, leaders, and teams in organizations such as Facebook, PayPal, Wisdom 2.0, eBay, Yahoo, Nutanix, Visa, Google and Rambus.

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.


What people say about working with Nancy:

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POLLYANNA BUSH, Certified Vocal Technique Teacher

We will free our voices with Pollyanna who is a gifted singer and vocal teacher, combining singing with movement. We will nourish our hearts and channel our creative energy with Pollyanna's tried and true technique (I know because she is my singing teacher and believe me, when I first went to her I was convinced I could not sing!)

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. Her formal music studies were at College of Marin, Mills College in Oakland, and San Francisco State University in classical, choral, jazz, popular, and music theory. 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”.

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

After 10 years in the world of corporate banking, Michelle felt drained and used up. One night after yoga class, she told her teacher the desire to help women transform their relationship with money. She suggested the book "It’s Not About the Money" written by Brent Kessel the Co-Founder of Abacus Financial. Reading Brent’s book, resonated and stirred her desire to help the world by creating a sustainable approach to finances. I went to meet him, knowing in my heart that this was the work I was meant to do. That initial meeting evolved into a career at Abacus. After several years her path led her incorporate Mindfulness, Insight Meditation and astrology into her tools in working with women to help the break through barriers to achieve success.

Her life's work is inspiring women to create True Wealth.


Retreat Schedule Overview

Friday- Travel to Retreat Home in

3:00pm Arrival
4:30pm Orientation, setting our individual and collective intentions
6:00 Dinner
7:30-8:30 Managing Energy, Tuning into the Signs and Visioning the Future
10:00pm lights out and silence


7-8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 Obstacles, the Shadow, Removing the Blocks (including Money Manifesting with Michelle Dench)
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Open time. Please maintain quiet in the house.
(suggested options for deepening your experience of inner listening, nature walks, naps, massage, etc…) 
4:30pm Guided Medicine walk in nature with Nancy LaRocca Hedley
5:30pm pre-Dinner gathering and debrief
6:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Unleashing Our Voice, PollyAnna Bush, Vocal Teacher and Singer
10pm lights out and silence


7-8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 Harnessing our Zone of Genius, harvesting the learnings, anchoring commitments
11:00am Brunch
12:00pm Departure


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
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
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
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
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