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Healing Retreat for Women* Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma


Co-Facilitated by Marisa Taborga Byrne, Katie Spataro, and Kari Stettler (for bios, click here)

Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, January 26, 2020


To register for an information zoom call, please email

Retreat Description:

Within the context of growing awareness and action in our social world around sexual trauma, this is a time for survivors to unite and together undo the effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit. 

Along the path of healing/wholing lies an unraveling of the pervasiveness of silence and shame, and the need for sacred spaces for connecting with others, grieving, and being held and witnessed within community.

The intention of this retreat is to create a safe space for honoring and expressing fullness in the context of a small group of survivors. The retreat will include a variety of modalities to explore how these childhood experiences are held in the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of self and offers opportunities for release, clearing and healing through talking circles, movement, visualization, singing, a grief ritual, and quiet integration time. Participants will have the opportunity to be honored and witnessed in their individual experience while being held within the container of the group.

To read a letter from Marisa Taborga Byrne about how this retreat was birthed, click here.

Who is it for:

This retreat is for adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma, defined as any sexual violation experienced by someone under the age of 18.  More information about what defines child sexual abuse from the organization Generation Five.

*This retreat is for survivors who have been enculturated as women (including but not limited to cisgender women, trans women and nonbinary people assigned female). 

This retreat is intended for those who have already begun their healing journey and are seeking more support by working with others within a sacred circle.


The cost for the retreat is $550 - $700, which includes lodging for 3 nights on California’s central coast, nourishing organic meals Friday morning through Sunday brunch and the retreat itself. We acknowledge and are committed to accessibility. If you are interested in a scholarship, please inquire by emailing

Can’t attend the retreat but would like to make a donation to support scholarships for attendees?



To begin the registration process, please complete the form following the link below. Upon receipt of your form, we will be in touch with you directly for the next step of registration. Thank you!