4-Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat for Women: Finding Self-Compassion and Stillness.

We are delighted to offer this 4-day silent retreat around the theme of Finding Self-Compassion and Stillness. This retreat will be offered to attendees who identify as women or non-binary and will be held at the Lost River Retreat Center from April 23 - 26 in beautiful West Virginia.


This retreat will include daily talks, guided meditation, mindful walking and movement along with opportunities for Q&A. We intend to offer a safe space for daily mindful movement (yoga or xi gong) and creative expression (mandala drawing). Together, we will explore practices of self-compassion, self-forgiveness and loving kindness. Through these practices, we (re-)connect with our natural wisdom, compassion, intuition and learn ways to cultivate greater ease in the mind-heart-body. We are hoping to have a special bonfire closing ceremony on Saturday night.

All offerings are accessible for first-time meditators to seasoned practitioners.

Check-in will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the retreat will end at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Karen Bridgett. Karen is a seasoned meditation practitioner with years of retreat experience. With a home in West Virginia, she is attuned to the natural setting of the retreat and how supportive an environment of beauty and tranquility is to bringing ease into the hearts, minds and bodies of retreat attendees. She is a parent, entrepreneur and free spirit who relocated her family back to Amsterdam in 2017 and has the vision of leading meaningful retreats for women (re-)finding their voices around the world.

Ashley Gibbs Davis. Ashley is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, in a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teaching cohort through the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center and Sounds True, a Certified Integral Coach and a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator with an MBA from Yale University. She works with groups and individuals to build skillfulness in emotional intelligence, mindfulness, change resilience, empathy and authenticity. She has a lifelong love of studying and bringing to life the teachings of wisdom traditions. She is a wholehearted entrepreneur and parent who plucked up her family in 2018 to travel the world and then relocate to Colorado.

Location: Nestled in the mountains on 43 acres in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, the Lost River Retreat Center offers two lodges with private bathrooms and accommodations for approximately 50 people. The property includes hiking trails, an overlook tower, pond, streams and a large meadow where we will hold a camp fire gathering on Saturday night. https://lostriverretreatcenter.com/

Accommodations: The Main Lodge features a large fireplace area and a dining area with meals provided by lodge staff. In addition to a large common room, there are five guest rooms. Four of the rooms have two bunk beds each and one room is accessible to diversely-abled bodies and has a double bed and one bunk bed. The North Lodge offers a larger common room and ten guest rooms. Each room has one bunk bed, one single bed and one double bed. Camping is not available at the Retreat Center.

NOTE: While WiFi is available throughout the Main Lodge, this will be a device-free retreat.

Meals. Meals at the Lost River Retreat Center will be lacto-ovo vegetarian to allow a safe place for those with dietary restrictions and choices. Please indicate any allergies or dietary needs when registering.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Thursday night through an optional lunch Sunday. (Please indicate in your registration if you plan to stay for lunch.)

This is a primarily silent meditation retreat held in noble silence; it is not an interactive workshop. Please see FAQs for more detail on noble silence. Noble silence is maintained in order to nurture a sense of stillness and deep internal listening with the exception of Q&A sessions and individual meetings with Karen or Ashley. Noble Silence will begin Friday evening after the talk and end Sunday morning in a formal(-ish) ceremony.

REGISTRATION FEE: $525 for room & all meals (does not include teacher Dana*).

A full or 50% deposit is required to register and reserve a spot. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the retreat.

*A Dana (generosity) offering at the end of an insight retreat is an ancient, ongoing tradition that helps support the teachers as retreats and teachings are freely offered. Registration fee covers room & board and facility costs. In upholding the tradition of Insight Mediation, beyond the costs of the retreat, the teachings are offered freely to ensure all can attend. Read more about the practice of Dana in the FAQs.

Refund Policy: If you cancel more than four weeks before the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than four weeks before the retreat unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, the administrative fee will be $100 and the balance will be refunded. We are unable to offer any refunds for cancellations made two weeks prior to the first day of retreat.

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Please let us know... How you heard about the retreat Indicate the name of anyone you are traveling with and wish to share a room. Dietary restrictions and/or allergies
Please indicate any past experience attending silent retreats. First-Timers Very Welcome!
Current Limitations *
Are you experiencing any current physical, mental or emotional challenges that would interfere with or make it difficult for you to practice sitting or walking meditation or periods of individual reflection? NOTE: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact Karen or Ashley.
Required Waiver *
I declare that the information I have given Ashley Gibbs Davis, Karen Bridgett and Midtown Associates is true and correct. I also recognize Ashley and Karen are not claiming to be a mental health professional, and that it is my responsibility to seek out a professional mental health provider if I am experiencing any emotional difficulties. I knowingly release and hold harmless, for myself and my heirs, Ashley Gibbs Davis and Karen Bridgett, along with Midtown Associates, from any claim, liability, demand, action and cause of action whatsoever.
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Indicate preference for Single, Double or Triple Occupancy rooms. NOTE: Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
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