Sacred Conversations with Land 

An Immersive Retreat & 3-Week Online Integration Experience
September 26 - October 20, 2024

Deepen your relationship with Mother Earth

Cultures around the world have known and honored the Sacred Feminine as Sacred Earth for thousands of years. But what does it really mean to be in conversation with the land?

More importantly, how does it feel? And how do we establish and cultivate a lasting connection to the earth - one based on the principles of respect, reciprocity and deep listening?

Cultivate the practice of sacred land stewardship

In this experiential, month-long journey, we'll begin with a weekend immersion on the sacred lands and waters of Hestia Retreat Center in Mount Shasta, California

We will begin our monthlong journey in community to:
  • Learn Sacred Feminine mythologies that have guided people to live in harmony with the earth and its beings throughout millennia

  • Practice how to connect with and listen to land that has been held in sacred reverence by many, including the Indigenous Shasta and Karuk peoples and its current stewards

  • Uncover your own way of listening and being in sacred conversation with land

  • Create an intention to bring home that will guide you in cultivating your own relationship with the land spaces available to you.

    Following your in-person retreat experience, we will host 3 live online integration sessions to apply the key learnings from Mount Shasta to your context back home.  These weekly touch points will help you solidify your commitment and approach to stewarding land. 
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Our Starting Point:  September 26-29, 2024
Immersion Retreat in Mount Shasta, CA

  • 4 days, 3 nights 
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Full immersion in nature
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Retreat overview 
We begin with an immersion retreat from Thursday, April 25 - Sunday, April 28, at Hestia Retreat Center-- a 10-acre sanctuary surrounded by fragrant cedar and pine with a magical, flowing creek near majestic Mount Shasta, California. 

During the retreat, you'll: 
  • Hear stories of Sacred Feminine mythologies that demonstrate the connection between Earth and Divine Mother
  • Learn how to listen closely to the land, under the guidance of Hestia's current land steward, Belinda Liu
  • Establish practices and an intention for cultivating a deeper relationship with Mother Earth to take home with you
  • Enjoy vegetarian meals, movement practices, time for rest and journaling
  • Nourish yourself with deep rest and the sounds of nature in the cozy yurt accommodations at Hestia. 

Immersion Retreat:
Sample Schedule 

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Day 1: Arrival
  • Check in, get settled 
  • Community dinner
  • Welcome circle 
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Day 2: set intentions
  • Independent breakfast
  • Opening circle: establish container, set intentions
  • Guided land walk
  • Reflection/journaling time 
  • Open time - energy healing, massage therapy treatments available 
  • Afternoon reflections and sharing
    Community dinner
  • Sacred Feminine fireside chat 
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Day 3: Deepen
  • Independent breakfast
  • Opening circle: share reflections from previous day
  • Guided land walk
  • Reflection/journaling time 
  • Open time - energy healing, massage therapy treatments available 
  • Afternoon reflections and sharing
  • Community dinner
  • Sacred Feminine fireside chat
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Day 4: transition & Closing
  • Independent breakfast
  • Morning circle - share experience and takeaways
  • Review online sessions
  • Closing circle

Hestia Retreat Center

A place to come back home to yourself and reconnect with Mother Earth
 near Majestic Mount Shasta, California 

The Hestia Experience 

Cozy Accomodations

Rejuvenate in our cozy 20-foot yurts that have been energetically attuned for deep rest.  Need to feel more grounded?  More heart-opened?  More connected to the cosmos? Or more creatively activated?  We've got a yurt to match any intention!

Beautiful Gathering Spaces

Expand out with our spacious 30-foot gathering yurt for our daily movement, evening fireside chats, and group connection time.  Our mama yurt is perfect for being grounded to the earth and connected to the heavens!

Sacred Landscapes 

Savor the sweet smells of cedar and pine all around the land.  Connect deeply to the earth's elements with the starry night sky, the healing sounds of flowing water and the powerful energy spots on the land aligned to the chakras.

Post-Retreat Integration: October 6, 13, & 20, 2024
3 Weekly Online Sessions 

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Course features
  • In person retreat: April 25 - April 28 
  •  Two dedicated instructors
  • 3 live Zoom sessions: Sundays, May 5-19, 2-4 ET
  • Online community to deepen connections
  • Many supporting resources provided
Putting it all together
Following the retreat, we'll host three live, online learning sessions to help you intentionally integrate our shared experience in Mt. Shasta and refine your own sacred practices of land stewardship.

All sessions are held on Sundays, from 2-4 p.m. ET.
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Live sessions:
  • May 5: Bridging your experience
  • May 12: Flowing with challenges 
  • May 19: Tending the sacred fires

Includes immersion retreat plus 3 follow-up online sessions
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Becoming a Land Steward with Belinda Liu

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Meet Your  instructors

Belinda Liu, MEd

Belinda is a land steward and nature-inspired visionary who has devoted her life to cultivating new models for how we live, grow and connect with ourselves, each other, and Mother Nature. She is the co-founder of Hestia Magic, a network of sacred land spaces and retreat centers around the world serving the evolution of humanity. 

A former Teach For America teacher, China Fulbright Scholar, non-profit education leader and entrepreneur, Belinda is also the co-founder of Gratitude Blooming, a social enterprise and artist collective integrating art, nature and self-inquiry into inspiring multi-sensory experiences for personal insight, human connection and social change.  

Liz Childs Kelly, MA

As the founder of Home to Her Academy, Liz is deeply dedicated to growing awareness of the Sacred Feminine in all aspects of life. An award-winning researcher, educator, and host of the popular Home to Her podcast, she is also the author of Home to Her: Walking the Transformative Path of the Sacred Feminine (Womancraft Publishing), a 2023 Nautilus Gold Award Recipient.

Liz teaches and leads workshops online and across the United States. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, Mashable, Rebelle Society, Human Parts, Braided Way, and Just As I Am: Hymns Affirming the Divine Female. An initiated priestess in the 13 Moons lineage, she holds certifications in Reiki, as well as Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.
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Frequently asked questions

What is  the structure of this course? 

Sacred Conversations with Land offers a unique hybrid learning experience designed to help you develop basic land stewardship practices in a hands-on environment, followed by online support to fully integrate all that you've learned. The course begins with an immersion weekend at Hestia Retreat Center in Mount Shasta, California, and is followed by 3 weeks of live Zoom sessions. 

What are the dates? 

The immersion retreat will be held September 26-29 in Mount Shasta, California. Subsequent Zoom sessions will be held from 2-4 ET on Sundays October 6, 13, and 20. 

What does the cost for this experience include?

The course price of $2,222 includes 3-night shared accommodations at Hestia Retreat center, plus three delicious vegetarian meals per day, along with in-person land stewardship instruction, yoga, meditation, group discussions, and a custom retreat journaling kit upon arrival. It also includes three follow-up live Zoom sessions with instructors Belinda Liu and Liz Childs Kelly and many supporting resources to help support your land stewardship journey. Massages and a limited number of private accommodations are also available for an additional fee.  

Can I still participate if I'm not able to attend all dates? 

Zoom sessions will be recorded and can be accessed at any time, so in-person attendance for them is not required. However, full in-person attendance for the immersion retreat is required to participate.

Do you offer a payment plan? 

An initial deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot, followed by 2 payments of $861. Final payment is due before the retreat begins on Thursday, September 26.

What is your cancellation policy?

You may cancel this course prior to April 15, 2024, without penalty. Cancellations following this date will not be refunded. 

What are the accommodations at Hestia Retreat Center? 

Cost for the Immersion Retreat includes shared accommodations in one of Hestia's luxury glamping yurts. You may see more images of Hestia online at at Shared bathroom facilities which include hot showers and high-end composting toilets are available with all yurts. We do have limited availability for private accommodations available for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information.

How do I get to Hestia Retreat Center?

Hestia is located in a rural area about a 5-minute drive from downtown Weed, CA and 15-20 minutes from Mt Shasta. There is a Greyhound stop in Weed and an Amtrak stop in nearby Dunsmuir. Local buses and taxis are less frequent. It takes about 4-4.5 hours to drive here from the San Francisco Bay Area without traffic. The closest airport is in Medford, Oregon, which is about an hour away. 

What is  land stewardship? 

The role of a land steward means intentionally taking responsibility and care for the land around you (regardless of ownership status and also beyond the literal care of a farmer or permaculturist). Caring for the land requires us to cultivate a relationshp much like how you would show up for a cherished friend or loved one.   

This intimate quality of connection and communication is what allows us to be in sacred reciprocity. It also helps us avoid unconscious, historical patterns of extraction and transaction with land and move toward a more consent-based relationship. 

Once you learn to listen to Mother Earth, you will hear her wants, needs, and preferences, almost like literal yeses and nos!  
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