Spring Equinox


March 19th-21st, 2022

Nevada City, CA

Take a break from all the things and join us on a beautiful secluded and magical 10-acre off grid property for a nourishing, relaxing, and uplifting experience with kindred spirits. The Spring Equinox is a sacred time for us to gather, celebrate, honor Mother Earth and her rhythms as we attune to our own inner rhythms.

This property has a beautiful A-frame style home with a large deck, a private pond, creek access, 30-ft Yurt, and miles of hiking trails.

We begin Saturday March 19th at 4pm and the retreat finishes on Monday March 21st at 12pm. There are options for Full Retreat with Accommodations, Full Retreat without Accommodations, and Sunday Only Retreat (no accommodations).

See below for all the details!


The Property  & The Space



Master Bedroom, King Bed

A peaceful, spacious room on the ground floor (next to the bathroom) with a new king bed, reading and desk areas plus a separate door to the outside

Private 1 person $650 | Offering special discount of $575 (please inquire)

Shared 2 person $475 each | Offering special discount of $400 each (please inquire)

*Price includes all meals and retreat activities

BOOKED! - Balcony Room, Queen Bed

Upstairs, zen-like, with a memory-foam queen bed, lots of windows, and private small balcony overlooking the deck and forest.

Private 1 person $625

Shared 2 person $450 each

*Price includes all meals and retreat activities


BOOKED! - Triangle Room, 2 Twin Beds 


Two twin beds and lots of built-ins. This cozy room upstairs has a big beautiful window and lots of character.


Private 1 person $575

Shared 2 person $425 each

*Price includes all meals and retreat activities

BOOKED! - Tiny House Glamping, Queen Bed


This charming little house is just downhill from the main cabin, and a perfect place for writing or quiet contemplation. It has limited electricity and a propane heater. It has its own little porch and a fold-out daybed that comfortably sleeps 2 adults.

Private 1 Person $400

Shared 2 person $325 each

*Price includes all meals and retreat activities

Three Women

Additional Retreat Options

Full Retreat | no accommodations | meals included | $275

Sunday Retreat only | meals included $160

***These tickets (without accommodations) are almost sold out!***

Click here to purchase a retreat pass without accommodations


To book a retreat with accommodations please visit the bottom of this page or email Kate at with your accommodation requests. Please include your 1st and 2nd choice for accommodations, if you prefer private or shared, if you have a friend you plan to share with and the name of your friend, or if you are open to sharing but you do not have a person in mind. 

Massage & Energy Healing

Reiki Treatment

Massage with Amber Defazio, Owner of Zenergy Massage & Wellness

60min $120 | 90min $165

You may choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue & Trigger Point Therapy, or Sports Massage or just let Amber work her magic. Read more about styles of massage here.


"I have had the most incredible massages from Amber!!! She gives so much more than a massage, it's a true healing experience, physically, emotionally and energetically. She somehow finds a way to gently go deep and detangle some long held tension and stress in the body. I always leave feeling completely rejuvenated"

“I have been going to Amber for massages for years, and whether she’s helping with an injury or just providing overall relief, I always leave feeling improved, refreshed and relaxed. She has a huge knowledge base, and does a fantastic job to provide whatever it is your body needs. I would recommend Amber and the Zenergy Spa for anyone looking for body work.”

Energy Healing with Gyongyi Ridenour,

Owner of GyoHarmony Sound & Healing Arts

60min $120 | 90min $165

Healing from the inside out. Experience a deep energy healing, releasing any trapped emotions, freeing any stagnant energies with vibrational frequencies that are keeping you stuck in your Life. This magical session is a combination of Emotion Code, Reiki & Sound healing.


"Gyongyi is a true master of her craft. I've been to many of her group sound healing events, and do private sessions with her as a part of my ongoing health maintenance routine. She is kind, professional, and has a gift for knowing which of her many tools to apply to a particular session. Sound healing is the medicine of the future, and working with gyongyi has been of profound benefit to my own well-being!"

"Gyongyi is truly a gift to our healing. Her presence with sound healing bowls and emotional code healing is both comfortable and masterful. I feel very relaxed in her presence and am grateful to have moved some old stuck energy in our emotional code healing session."



Saturday, March 19th


3:00-4:00 Arrivals

4:00-6:00 Opening Circle 

6:00-7:00 Dinner

8:00-8:30 Yoga Nidra 

Sunday, March 20th

8:00-9:00 Coffee/Tea & Breakfast

9:30-10:30 Silent Morning Hike, Meditation, & Journaling

11:30-12:30 Feminine Flow Yoga

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Free Time! - Use this time for massage, energy healing, explore, rest.

4:30-6:30 Spring Equinox Ceremony 

6:30-7:30 Dinner

Monday, March 21st

8:00-9:00 Coffee/Tea & Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Closing Circle 

12:00 Departures

Schedule is subject to change. Retreat guests will be informed of any changes. 

About the Retreat

The intention of this retreat is to offer women an opportunity to slow down, receive, connect with nature, connect with each other, and reconnect with themselves while also incorporating play, dance, celebration and ceremony. The schedule is full of practices and activities, but there is also a lot of space for personal time for reflection, rest, or however you choose to spend that time. The women who join this retreat will leave feeling nourished, rested, and uplifted- with full hearts, clear minds, and some amazing new friends!


The Spring Equinox is a sacred time for us to gather, celebrate, and honor Mother Earth and her rhythms as we attune to our own inner rhythms. It signals the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the amount of daylight and darkness is the same in length. Additionally, equinoxes are the only two times a year that the sun rises due east and sets due west. For centuries, ancient cultures have celebrated the Spring Equinox, every culture in it's own unique way. Our ancestors honored and celebrated these thresholds by coming together in community. My intention is to bring back these ancient rituals and bring community together in an intentional and conscious way, so that in turn we can bring more of this sacred way of being into our daily lives. Modern society celebrates often with over-indulging in food and alcohol, while I enjoy my fair share of indulging I believe there is more than one way of celebrating and that we can incorporate more intention and deeper connection into our rituals and celebrations. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of yoga & meditation will we be practicing?

There will be a mix of different styles of yoga, movement, and embodiment practices offered in our circles, ceremony, and yoga session. All yoga and movement is for all-levels and modifications will be offered. I always encourage students to honor their limitations. We may practice any or all of the following: gentle vinyasa, simple kundalini kriyas, yin & restorative yoga, breathwork, feminine embodiment practices, dance, chi-gong and meditation. 

Do I have to sign up for the whole retreat or am I able to sign up for Sunday only? Am I allowed to join the retreat if I'm not staying there?

I'm offering several different options for joining this retreat; 1. Full Retreat with Accommodations, 2. Full Retreat w/out Accommodations, and 3. Sunday Retreat Only (without Accommodations). Go to the 'Accommodations' Section of this page to see all the details and pricing.

What type of precautions will you be taking regarding COVID-19?

I require that you sign a COVID-19 Liability Form prior to attending. If you have any type of cold symptoms I ask that you get tested prior and provide a negative COVID-19 test when you arrive. If you do not have any symptoms you do not have to provide a negative COVID-19 test. I am not requiring masks or vaccines. If you happen to have cold symptoms on the day of or the day prior I will have COVID-19 tests available. I ask that you join us if you feel safe after reading all of this information. If you do not feel safe please choose what is best for you. 

What type of meals will there be?

The food will be healthy, nutritious, and delicious with an emphasis on using organic, local and sustainable foods. I will collect food allergies and preferences prior to the retreat to ensure there is something for everyone, so keep an eye out for the Food Allergies/Preferences form in your email and get it back to me ASAP so that we can plan accordingly. On the day of the retreat you will be able to see the food menu for the day. 

Are Massage & Energy Healing included?

They are not included but we are offering it as an add on. You will have free time on Sunday to schedule a session, and you may also choose to schedule a session during your meal time and we can prepare and set aside a meal for you to enjoy after your session. 

What is the weather going to be like at that time?

According to Daily high temperatures are 60-65°F, rarely falling below 43°F or exceeding 73°F. Daily low temperatures are 42°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 55°F. 

Is this retreat appropriate for beginners, pregnant women, those with mild injuries, gender fluid, or someone brand new to yoga and retreats?

Yes, yes, and yes. You do not need any prior experience to join this retreat. Yoga is for everybody and I strive to always help students feel welcome, not to feel intimidated, and to practice within their own limitations. Wherever you are is exactly where you need to be. This a non-competitive, no judgement, safe, loving, and inclusive space. LGBTQ welcome. Only love is being served here. 

Will there be alcohol there?

There will be no alcohol served or allowed at this retreat. The drinks that will be available are Coffee & Tea for breakfast and Sparkling Water, Tea & Kombucha during lunch and dinner. If you have your own special drinks (non-alcoholic) you prefer feel free to bring them. 

What is the Cancellation & Refund Policy?

If you are cancelling due to COVID you must provide your test results for COVID-19 and if it's an emergency you must provide something to prove your emergency situation in order to receive a full refund.


For any other cancellations you will receive a full refund (minus CC fees) if you cancel two weeks prior to the start of the retreat. If you cancel within two week of the retreat you will receive a full credit towards future retreats and any other offerings from Soulrise Movement.

Additional questions? Contact me at


About your Guides


Kate Leist, Retreat Facilitator

Founder of Soulrise Movement, Yoga Instructor, Flower Essence Practitioner


I'm a lover, a feeler, a healer, and I am guided by my intuition and the Universe. I create sacred spaces for students to feel safe, supported, and guided through whatever life phase they are in. I meet my students where they are at, and I encourage them to meet themselves where they are at; with compassion and curiosity. I have been told that my superpowers are helping people feel nurtured, calm, and safe, as well as the ability to help people go deeper and find what is beneath the surface inhibiting their growth. I create spaces for people to unravel from their conditioning and come home to their truth through yoga, permission to feel, rest & receive, flower essences, meditation, expression, ritual & ceremony.


I value diving deep, being real, providing practical and applicable tools, and reminding myself and others to laugh and play! I am a yoga teacher that specializes in Kundalini for Women’s Health, Yin, Restorative & Gentle Vinyasa Flow.


I am an entrepreneur, women’s circle facilitator, flower essence practitioner, nature lover, beagle Mom, Pisces Sun, Gemini Moon, Capricorn Rising, Manifestor in Human Design & and ENFP. I am the founder of Soulrise Movement.


Through diving deep into my own healing journey I have discovered that my purpose in this lifetime is to help others remember their wholeness and live the fullest expression of their true nature. 


Amber Defazio, Massage Therapist 

Owner of Zenergy Massage & Wellness 

Amber has been interested in healing and bodywork since childhood. Her passion grew while studying to get her Associates degree in Occupational Science at New York College of Health Professions. This 2600 hour program opened the door to vast array of modalities for her to include in her massage practice. The extensive knowledge of kinesiology, myology, and pathology taught in this program gives her an exceptional understanding of the human body and the tools to treat each patient in the most unique, productive and healing way. As part of the healing process Amber integrates European (Swedish), Amma (Oriental), Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Prenatal, Reflexology, and Hot Stone therapies to treat everything from stress and sore muscles to chronic pain and energetic imbalances. When she is not taking the time to heal others her passions include family, nutrition, yoga, art, music, dance, and almost everything outdoors.


Gyongyi Ridenour, Energy Healer

Owner of GyoHarmony Sound & Healing Arts

Gyongyi’s passion for Sound healing started back in 2006 while receiving multiple private Sound Healing treatments from her first Sound Healing teacher in Austria. Shortly she realized that she wants to share this healing method wherever she ends up in her life to bring peace, tranquility and balance to other peoples life as well. Her life shifted in 2008 while visiting USA and getting a job in the ski industry as a Ski Instructor. Her passion for holistic healing continued to urged her to seek and learn many other healing modalities to enhance her knowledge about well being and spirituality. She got certified in Reiki, Emotion code, Spiritual consultation, AromaTouch, Psyhic development, Yoga and Sound Healing through IASH (International Academy of Sound Healing). She is leading intro Sound Healing Workshops based on the IASH method. Currently she has been teaching a variety of yoga classes, incorporating Sound healing (with Singing bowls and Gongs) and Essential oils as a blend to elevate a unique experience. In the past few years she has been collaborating with various healers, musicians to raise the vibration and the healing experiences of others.



Bridget Kelly, Chef & House Mom 

Indulgence Consultant, Chef & Wine Expert

Bio coming soon!


"Kate will open a door to the hallway you didn't know was there, right inside of yourself. Can't wait to practice more in the future together." -R. Bobadilla

"Kate has a gift for holding sacred space for you to transform and heal your life. She is delicate, sweet, funny, and relatable. I love working with Kate. She makes me feel safe, seen, held, and loved. Highly recommend this beautiful instructor and healer at any stage of your life." -M. Mignone

"Kate is a wonderful teacher. She comes from experience and knowledge. The best classes were the ones where she taught not from the book but from a place of "knowing", knowing that it was the divine order and knowing it was what I needed in my journey and knowing that it would bring about the best results." -N. Baughman

"Kate's work is like medicine for the soul. Every time I attend one of her classes, retreats, or workshops, I leave feeling like my innermost being just took a long, hot, soothing bath. I honestly don't know her secret, but somehow she has the uncanny ability to consistently curate the perfect energy and atmosphere in the room. If it were a magic potion, the ingredients would be: 2 heaping scoops of safety and security, a healthy pinch of spice to get things moving, some tonic herbs for nourishment, catharsis, and growth, a bunch of know-how, and a whopping dollop of encouragement and unconditional love straight from the heart. 10 out of 10. Highly recommended!" -R. Zimmerman

"Kate did a wonderful job leading our group and giving us plenty of tools to use together and on our own time! I felt very safe, supported and comfortable being vulnerable/sharing with the group. I would highly recommend any program offered by Kate!" -K. Miklusicak

How do I sign up?

Please contact me at with your top 2 preferences from the following list:

1. King Bed Private - ask us about special discount 

2. King Bed Shared - ask us about special discount

3. Queen Balcony Private BOOKED

4. Queen Balcony Shared BOOKED

5. Twin Bed Private BOOKED

6. Twin Bed Shared - 1 twin bed in a shared room available

7. Tiny House Glamping Private

8. Tiny House Glamping Shared

Click here to sign up for the retreat without accommodations

Once accommodation is decided I will reach out about your options and you may register and pay via CC through Square, Venmo, or PayPal. Once you receive your accommodation information you will then have 48 hours to pay and save your spot. After 48 hours if you do not pay then your space will be available for others to reserve. Camping is potentially an option as well if you bring your own camping gear. 

Feel free to reach out with any questions!