Awakening 1.20

Dates: January 23 - 25, 2020
Location: Scholls Valley Lodge, Hillsboro, Oregon

Awaken to the new year with a restorative retreat at the beautiful Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro. Escape the winter blues. Open up to the inner wisdom of your body, mind, and heart. Ground yourself deeply in your roots to create the space you need to grow and flourish.

  • Reconnect with your body's wisdom, examine your relationship with food, and leave with fresh, healthy recipes presented by body wisdom coach, Genét Friess, MSW, CHC.
  • Enjoy soothing, strengthening, alignment-based yoga classes with Audrey Buchanan, RYT yoga instructor.
  • Awaken to the present moment and experience the clarity and richness of life through guided meditations with meditation teacher, Missy McConkie.

Our awakening and happiness in life are directly tied to our ability to be in the present moment. It is here that we find clarity and freedom from habitual patterns and conditioning that sometimes keep us captive in our struggles. The way we eat, move, think and even breathe all reflect our inner lives. At Root & Branch Retreats we take a holistic approach to each of these areas. The way we pay attention to these things in our lives gives us daily opportunities to awaken, and to learn to be compassionate and present with ourselves and others.

So come and join us!
Bask in the natural beauty of Oregon's wine country.
Connect with other amazing women.
Give yourself the gift of Awakening this January!

Awakening Retreat 2019 at Scholls Valley Lodge
January 2019 Scholls Weekend Retreat
  Your weekend retreat includes:
  • three days & two nights
  • six homemade gourmet meals
  • body wisdom workshops
  • mindful eating experiences
  • yoga workshops
  • meditation workshops
  • time to relax & reconnect with yourself
  • make new friends
September 2019 Rockaway Retreat
September 2019 Rockaway Weekend Retreat
May 2019 Lake Oswego Intensive Retreat
May 2019 Lake Oswego Intensive Retreat
March 2019 Lake Oswego Intensive Retreat
March 2019 Lake Oswego Intensive Retreat

More than 60 women have enjoyed our previous body wisdom retreats!
Here's what they have to say about their experiences:

"This is a beautiful start for any woman that is interested in beginning a journey of self and discovery! The wisdom and experience of the three women is shared in a safe and compassionate way. They create an atmosphere of love and teach in a way that generates confidence in being able to apply what is shared. It's a great way to meet new friends and expand your circle and develop relationships. And, the food is amazing!" --  Maryann B.

"I loved everything about the retreat! It has opened my mind to different ways of thinking about my body, food, outlook on the "diet" word. I have found new meal ideas and foods not tried before that were delicious. I am learning to enjoy the journey! I have lost 20 pounds since the retreat and I don't feel like I am depriving myself, but feeding my body better, and in turn, I feel better about myself because I am more in control of what I am putting in my body." -- Terry B.

"I truly enjoyed being with all three women [Genét, Audrey, & Missy] and the expertise they brought with them. I feel like I have a starting place to build in the three areas. I loved Genét talking at the food counter and sharing her experience. I also loved seeing the way she incorporated simple foods into a lovely presentation. I loved the versatility of quinoa! I would definitely recommend a Root & Branch retreat to others!" -- Lois W.

"A fantastic experience! An amazing house. It met all my expectations and hopes... The food was sensational. The bonding was so special and the classes were life changing. It wasn't all new to me, but it's so helpful to do it in this setting with great people." -- Melody A.

5.19 Intensive Salad Bar
5.19 Intensive Tingsha
9.19 Rockaway Yoga Outside

Tentative Schedule

*subject to change

Thursday, January 23

Check-in -- 3:00 pm

Opening Circle -- 4:30 pm

Dinner -- 6:00 pm

Evening Session -- 7:30 pm

Friday, January 24

7:30 am -- Sunrise Session

8:30 am -- Breakfast

10:00 am -- Morning Session

12:30 pm -- Lunch & Outside Time

3:00 pm -- Afternoon Session

6:00 pm -- Dinner

7:30 pm -- Evening Gathering

Saturday, January 25

7:30 am -- Sunrise Session

8:30 am -- Breakfast

10:00 am -- Morning Session

12:30 pm -- Lunch

2:00 pm -- Closing Circle

3:00 pm -- Check-out

"Taking a specific time for yourself is a wonderful investment. Genét, Audrey, and Missy share their unique talents and areas of study in a way that both supports and encourages personal growth. I have so many happy takeaways from this retreat and am able to return home to my family happy and rejuvenated. Thank you, ladies!" -- Syndi M.

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5.19 Intensive Dessert

Menu

While we will practice mindful eating at this retreat, you will NOT be hungry. There will be plenty to eat at every meal and snacks are available any time you are hungry. We will also enjoy dessert!

All the food is freshly created from wholesome & delicious ingredients. The menu is entirely gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free. Every meal is vegan friendly. And you will go home with all the recipes so you can make them again yourself!

If you have ANY dietary restrictions or challenges, please let us know when you register. We would LOVE to cater the menu to your specific needs so you have options to enjoy at every single meal. If we know about them ahead of time, we are able to accommodate any type of diet (for example, we can have grain-free, low FODMAP, or nightshade-free options). Thank you.

If there are any foods you would like to bring from home, don't hesitate to bring them. We are happy to store them in the refrigerator for you.

Scholls Valley Lodge
Scholls Valley Lodge
View from the Deck
View from the Deck
Scholls Valley Lodge Kitchen
Lodge Kitchen
View from the Lodge
View from the Lodge
The great room windows open like large glass garage doors. Even when they are closed the view is spectacular!
Lodge Great Room

Retreat Accommodations

We are staying at the beautiful Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro, Oregon.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, there are two private room options and five shared room options. (See below for a description of each room.) We encourage you to sign up with a friend or family member if you would like to share a room with someone you know. We will work with you to find the best possible room for your situation when you sign up.

Each of the rooms is quite spacious and each has an ensuite bathroom.

To register, please contact Genét Friess. She will send you the details to make your payment through PayPal, Venmo, or by check. Once you have contacted Genét, confirmed your sleeping arrangements, and paid your fees, you are officially registered for the retreat!

Cancellations and refunds: More than 30 days prior to the retreat, cancellations will be refunded the retreat fee minus a $100 registration fee. No refunds are available within 30 days of the retreat. Registration can be transferred to another participant at any point prior to the retreat without any penalties. 

Lodge Guest Room 1
Lodge Guest Room 1
Lodge Guest Room 2
Lodge Guest Room 2
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Lodge Guest Room 3
Lodge Guest Room 4
Lodge Guest Room 4

Guest Room 1

  • Sleeps 4 people
  • 2 queen-sized beds (shared)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Work station
  • Sitting area

Guest Room 2

  • Sleeps 3 people
  • One king-sized bed (shared)
  • Pull-out sofa bed (single)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Sitting area

Guest Room 3

  • Sleeps 1-2 people
  • One queen-sized bed (single or shared)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Large walk-in shower with dual shower heads
  • Work station
  • Sitting area
  • Private deck

Guest Room 4

  • Sleeps 2 people
  • One king-sized bed (shared)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Sitting area
Lodge Guest Room 5
Lodge Guest Room 5
Lodge Guest Room 5A
Lodge Guest Room 5A
Lodge Library/Den
Lodge Library/Den

Guest Room 5

  • Sleeps 3 people
  • One king-sized bed (shared)
  • Pull-out sofa bed (single)
  • Shared ensuite bathroom
  • Jetted tub
  • Sitting area
  • Work station

Guest Room 5A

  • Sleeps 2-3 people
  • One queen-sized bed (single or shared)
  • Pull-out sofa bed (single)
  • Shared ensuite bathroom
  • Jetted tub
  • Sitting area
  • Work station

First Floor Library/Den

  • Private room
  • Sleeps 1 person
  • Pull-out sofa bed (single)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Shower
  • Sitting area
  • On first floor (not seen on layout below)

Commuter Option

  • Sleep at home and commute to the retreat
  • Limited spots available
Lodge Second Floor Layout
Lodge Second Floor Layout

Choosing a Room

  • Contact us with your sleeping preferences and we will find the best available room option for you. If you are signing up with friends, we will find a room to accommodate you together.
  • When you sign up with a friend, you will each receive a $25 discount off the registration price!
  • Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis -- so register early to get the room you want!
  • If you are coming on your own, please don't worry! We will work with you to find the most comfortable sleeping arrangements possible.
  • If you are coming with more people than can fit in one room, we can assign you to two neighboring rooms. Since each of the rooms are rather large, you can also talk with us about accommodating more guests on an air mattress or cot in your room.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

Email Genét to reserve your spot today.

Retreat Costs

  • Queen bed (single bed, private room) = $545 (SOLD OUT)
  • Pull-out bed (single bed, private room) = $525 (SOLD OUT)
  • Queen bed (single bed, shared room) = $495
  • King bed (shared bed, shared room) = $475
  • Queen bed (shared bed, shared room) = $445
  • Pull-out bed (single bed, shared room) = $445
  • Commuter price = $425

Your retreat price includes your room, 6 gourmet meals, all the workshops and classes, as well as a gift bag full of surprises!

Rooms are assigned first come, first served -- so register early to ensure your first choice!

To register, please contact Genét Friess. She will send you the details to make your payment through PayPal, Venmo, or by check. Once you have contacted Genét, decided on your sleeping arrangements, and paid your fees, you are officially registered for the retreat!

Cancellations and refunds: More than 30 days prior to the retreat, cancellations will be refunded their retreat fee minus a $100 registration fee. No refunds are available within 30 days of the retreat. Registration can be transferred to another participant at any point prior to the retreat without any penalties. 

Sign up with a friend and you will both receive $25 off your retreat price!

"I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat at the beach recently.  I expected that it would be relaxing and enjoyable, but it really did exceed my expectations.  The healthy food was delicious, the yoga classes a reminder how much I love yoga and the meditation a new experience.  Each of the instructors were well informed, interesting and quite professional.  They made each class fun and informative. They put you at ease no matter your age, fitness or knowledge of that particular subject.  They were pros at getting the group to gel and feel comfortable. The energy at the retreat was very positive and uplifting.  It was motivating to improve ourselves, to improve relationships and our lives. It was wonderful." -- Kathy L.

We would love to have you join us!

Email Genét to reserve your spot today.

"Amazing! [The retreat] exceeded my expectations. Everything was so rich. The location was fantastic and really helped create a conducive atmosphere and energy. I loved the classes and the synergistic experience from the trio of classes as well as the group of women and the closeness we all now have. I feel so enriched. Thank you!" -- Courtney A.

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5.19 Intensive Hot Chocolate Station
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Video of our January 2019 Body Wisdom Retreat at Scholls Ferry Lodge in Hillsboro, Oregon.

"The retreat was very enjoyable and relaxing. Genét, Audrey, and Missy are very good at what they do! The food was so nourishing and amazing, and the setting right on the beach at Rockaway was picture perfect. I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone wanting to push the reset button!" -- Karen M.

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"I've worked one-on-one with Genét about mindful eating. Each time she coaches, I feel I learn another piece of my life puzzle. I joyfully was able to attend this retreat and it was even more than I had hoped for. We women are so hard on ourselves and this retreat spoke to our female hearts. We are enough just the way we are, even though we all still have much personal work to do in our life journey. I hope to be able to come again and again." -- Nancy J.

"Attending this retreat has been a time for renewal of body and spirit. The delicious food, meditation, and body wisdom teachings, and nurturing yoga experiences came together in the most magical way. I feel inspired to bring these new ideas and skills home with me and look forward to seeing the ways they enrich my daily life." -- Rachel H.

Genét, Missy, and Audrey
Genét, Missy, and Audrey

Genét Friess, MSW, CHC, is a body wisdom coach who helps women and men feel AMAZING in their own bodies through tuning into their own body wisdom and honoring what their individual body needs and wants, so they can step out of confusion and overwhelm -- and step into trust, peace, and health. She has a masters degree in social work, and she is certified as a health coach and as a life coach through the Health Coach Institute. Coaching provides the perfect opportunity to use her social work counseling skills in combination with the nutrition knowledge she gained through her training, as well as her own personal health journey. She works with clients one-on-one and in groups, giving them the system, support, and accountability they need to make lasting habit change — all without diets or counting anything! Genét’s gentle, but powerful approach to coaching will allow you to discover for yourself what you need to be at peace with your body, your food, and your health. Genét loves experimenting in the kitchen, hiking in the woods, spending time with her husband and 4 kids, and practicing yoga & meditation (as taught by her fabulous teachers, Audrey & Missy). She believes chocolate is an essential nutrient and has a weakness for yerba mate with lemon. Follow her on Instagram @rootandbranchcoaching.

"What a wonderful three days I experienced with you and all the other beautiful women. I am still amazed at the wealth of knowledge you have about nutrition. I have tried a few recipes at this point... My husband and I are thrilled to have these meals in our lives. You are a beautiful woman inside and out." -- Linda W.

Genét Friess, Body Wisdom Coach
Genét Friess, Body Wisdom Coach
Audrey Buchanan, Yoga Instructor
Audrey Buchanan, Yoga Instructor

Audrey Buchanan has a university background in Social Work and children's early social/emotional development. As a RYT yoga instructor, Audrey teaches Alignment-based Yoga because proper form leads to maximum benefit and minimizes the risk of injury. She enjoys yoga for both its slow physical strengthening and its physiologically calming properties. She works with yoga clients one on one and in group classes as well, and can craft sequences for particular individual needs. Audrey lives in Lake Oswego with her sweet husband and four busy children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, and reading, but mostly napping. She talks in her sleep and is addicted to Starbucks hot chocolate (don’t tell Genét). She is so excited to work with and learn from everyone at the retreat! Follow her on Instagram @yogayourway.lakeoswego.

"I loved doing yoga outside. All of the sessions were instructive and I love Audrey's calm demeanor and how gentle she takes it." -- Pat R.

Missy McConkie was drawn to meditation nearly a decade ago when chronic pain and a major life transition left her feeling desperate, foggy, and hopeless of ever feeling well again. What first felt like a shattered world and a dissolved foundation has led to an exquisite path of awakening, clarity, and love. Of course not every moment is quiet contemplation; Missy loves both playing and teaching music, playing with her three kids, working with a local non-profit, and eating anything that Genét makes. Missy is currently enrolled in at the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

"I loved the meditation workshops. I appreciated Missy's willingness to be so personally vulnerable. Her intelligence brought it all forward." --Kaaren P.

Missy McConkie, Meditation Teacher
Missy McConkie, Meditation Teacher

Why wait?

Email Genét to reserve your spot today.

Attire

  • Casual yoga clothing all weekend
  • Warm layers for being outside (we encourage spending time outdoors if possible regardless of the weather)

Suggested Packing List

  • Toiletries
  • Warm slippers or cozy shoes for inside
  • Comfortable walking shoes and/or rain boots for outside
  • Coat or rain jacket & hat depending on weather forecast
  • Yoga mat if you own one (please let us know if you need one - we will have extras)
  • Blanket for under your yoga mat in case we are able to do yoga outside under cover
  • Yoga strap or block if you own one (we will have plenty of extras)
  • Favorite pillow(s) for sleeping (linens, blankets & towels provided)
  • Cushion or pillow for meditation (only if you would like to experiment with sitting on the floor)
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Mandalas at Retreat
Upstairs Hallway

Planning ahead?

We are currently putting together the details
for a body wisdom retreat in
COSTA RICA in 2021!
If you are interested in hearing all the details as the trip is finalized,
drop us note and we'll add to our email list.
That way you'll be the first to know about this exciting adventure!