This Two Day Exquisite Immersion in Nature


Integrated Wellness Experience


The Property:

Soulful Prairies in Woodstock, Illinois is 80 acres of pure, magical nature. Explore this biodiverse property and take time for a five sense experience. Tune into the sounds of the pasture, breathe in the pine infused air, commune with the fairies in the Fairy Forest, feel the horses healing energy, walk the labyrinth and trails barefoot, and spend time with all the natural wildlife. A perfect setting to get quiet and listen for answers that blow in the wind.

* There is plenty of charming indoor space to utilize if there is inclement weather. Browse the beautiful property and accommodations here

The Experience:

Friday, September 22nd


4:30-5:15 pm:  Check-in 

Property Exploration- Refreshments

5:30-6:30 pm: Viewing Station (Overlooking Pond)

Movement: Sunset All- Levels Yoga and Guided Visualization

JoAnne guides you through a movement suitable for all levels. Poses combined with breath-work and intention will release stress and tension. Heart and hip opening poses prepare you for a weekend of introspection and transformation.

Led by JoAnne Pavin, RYT 500

6:45 pm -7:15 pm Appetizers and Cocktails Barn Loft

Dinner 7-10 pm Barn Loft

Lively Kitchens Farm-to-Table Four Course Meal

7:15 pm -8 pm

Wildfire Talk: Losing Everything, Gaining the World with

Author Nicole Sallak Anderson

Wildfire is an award-winning book about how Nicole and her family lost everything in the CZU Lightning Fire Complex of Northern California in 2020. Her motivational story of resilience after losing her home, animals, and all her possessions inspires us to revere nature and all Her power. She inspires us to let go, embrace the moment, and listen-Listen to nature, the divine, and our intuition. A signed Hardcover Copy of Wildfire is included for all guests. 

8-9:30 pm Champagne Toast and Dinner

Q and A with Nicole throughout dinner.

9:45 pm - 11 pm Outdoor Fire - with Nicole Sallak Anderson

Join Nicole for a fire side chat and a facilitated activity to burn the old, and bring in the new.

Saturday, September 23rd 


For overnight guests:

7 am Sunrise guided visualization, journaling and property walk (optional)

8-9 am Soulful Prairie Coffee, Herbal Tea and Fruit, Light Breakfast in Lower Level of Mainhouse

Day Guests:

Arrive between 8:30- 9:00 am: Property Exploration - Mindful Mingle

Movement Workshop:

Part 1:
9:00- 9:50 am Celebrate the Equinox and Balance your Body

with Yoga for the Fall Season

With JoAnne Pavin

JoAnne guides you through a practice of warming, grounding and core building poses that will promote balance and stability and aid your transition into the cooler weather.

Part 2: 10:00-10:45 am Pilates Stretch and Release-Myofascial Release Mat Pilates

With Kirsten Karlblom, Certified Pilates Instructor

Take the stretch deeper with intention of releasing stored energy in areas of tightness, injury or overuse. Kirsten guides you safely through a full body stretch that serves as a self-massage! You’ll relax into meditation and feel lighter, more fluid, and in flow with nature.

Followed by a Journal Prompt and Reflection in Nature

11:15 am - 1:15 pm Digest with Joy- Lunch and Learn: Barn Loft

Farm-to-Table Seasonal Lunch by Lively Kitchen

Mindful Nutrition Panel with Swati Mhaske, Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine 

and JoAnne Pavin, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner 

Together Dr. Swati and JoAnne share the health benefits of applying the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to modern lifestyles.

Dr. Swati explains food as medicine, the process of digestion, the importance of gut health, and the vital use of spices in our daily cooking. 

JoAnne shares how the sacred process of eating, this five-sense experience, when done slowly and with intention, can nourish us more deeply.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Guided Labyrinth Walk with Erin McElroy: Outdoor Trail to Labyrinth

You will experience the ancient art of Labyrinth walking with an active meditation followed by focused journaling.

A silent experience designed to clear your mind and focus on a set intention. Participants will be surrounded by the sounds of nature as they spend time in slow movement and deep contemplation.

2:30 -3:45 pm Harvesting Creativity: Barn Loft/ Outdoor

Soulful Sketch and Inner Peace Painting with JoAnne Pavin

The power of putting pencil to paper clears the mind and relaxes the brain.

Take your journaling from the weekend and put it into art. Do your entries reveal a goal, an emotion, or idea that you want to draw forth? The weekend of movement, meditation, and nourishment evokes creative energy and brings it to the surface. JoAnne facilitates the flow of this energy onto paper through a guided soulful sketching and inner peace painting.

Celebrate in this creative process and take this artwork with you as a reminder of your intentions set during the transformational weekend. Conclude the weekend with a clear picture of your soul’s intention!

3-7 pm Add-On Enhancements

Private enhancement sessions can be booked in the peaceful accommodations on the prairie :

Healing Sessions with Barbara Gasior, Reiki Master and Access Bars Practitioner

Overnight Accommodations Friday Night Only: SOLD OUT!


Full Package includes Friday Evening Gourmet Four Course plated Farm-to-Table Catered Dinner with Wine, Champagne and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Saturday Farm-to-Table Lunch with Non-Alcoholic Beverage.

Refreshments such as water and light snacks will be available throughout the retreat.

Overnight Guest’s meals also include Saturday morning light breakfast consisting of freshly squeezed juice, seasonal fruit, yogurt, home-made muffins and locally baked sourdough bread from Compass Lane Farm.


Retreat Facilitator

Movement, Meditation, and Creative Expression


JoAnne Pavin

JoAnne is a certified integrative wellness practitioner, speaker, entrepreneur, founder of The Meal magazine- and host of the Nourish Me podcast. She has over two decades of experience providing customized wellness services to individuals and companies through her  4M Method which incorporates nutrition, fitness, meditation, and mindset training to promote healthier, more balanced lifestyles. She offers individual and group coaching, workshops and retreats.

JoAnne is a Certified Wellness Practitioner by the National Wellness Institute, a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with Ayurvedic studies from the International Academy of Ayurveda, in Pune, India. In addition, she is a certified Weight Management Consultant, Human Performance Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance.

Inspirational Guest Speaker and Author

Nicole Sallak Anderson

Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist, speaker, and essayist. Her writing ranges from AI and Zen to tiny house living to direct democracy to the loneliness of modern parenting— featured as a top twenty story on Medium. She is the author of four novels and a memoir.

In August of 2020, Nicole and her family lost their home, pets, and all their belongings to the CZU Lightning wildfire in Northern California. Many of her essays since that pivotal event have focused on rebuilding a life from ashes, as well as the environmental and societal impacts of housing in an age of climate disaster. Her memoir, Wildfire: Losing Everything, Gaining the World, shares this journey with readers. Wildfire is a story of rage and despair, guilt and hope in the face of an environmental disaster. It is about the sacrifices it takes to be a steward rather than an owner of this beautiful planet we call home. All books are available on Amazon, Audible, and her website.

Master Curator and Personal Development Coaching

Erin Byrne McElroy

Erin McElroy has spent the past twenty years curating experiences from intimate private luxury retreats, corporate conventions, to festivals for the masses. Her facilitation includes retreats focused on wellness and personal and professional development, as well as utilizing silence and journaling as a tool for manifestation, completion, and renewal, and transformation! 

Mindful Nutrition and

Food as Medicine

Dr. Swati Mhaske

Swati Mhaske is a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and the founder of HemaVeda Ayurveda based in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has over fifteen years of hands-on experience in numerous Ayurveda modalities. Swati specializes in treating ailments of the digestive and the autoimmune system, and that of the hormonal system in women.

Swati nurtures the passion to help her clients lead a healthy life by means of Ayurveda.

Swati is the mother of two beautiful children, Vedic astrologer and author. Connect with Swati here:

See what these attendees say about past retreats…

  • “Thank you for such a wonderful evening! I've looked forward to the Summer Solstice event every year.  It's a nice circle of women that I can connect with on a deeper, spiritual level and appreciate the thoughtfulness that JoAnne puts into the event each year.  I look forward to attending the Fall Equinox retreat!” Nicole P., Annual Retreat Attendee

  • “I am so inspired by you! Thank you for everything you do, and for being who you are. Your love and generosity fill my heart. Thank you for having us to celebrate the Summer Solstice and for bringing so many wonderful and inspiring souls together. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga and meditation, which were both cleansing and empowering. However, the best and most nourishing part was the food you prepared for us. I could taste all the love in each bite - the delicious greens from your garden and the flavors of the summer inspired my senses. You are pure magic, and I am so grateful for you. Basia G., Annual Retreat Attendee

  • “I Loved it! It’s truly one of my favorite events of the year. I was happy to see you were hosting something again.” Stacy D., Annual Retreat Attendee