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MAY 4 2024


Join us for a transformative retreat dedicated to strengthening your relationship with yourself.

Release the internalized stories that have kept you trapped in old patterns and empower you to reclaim your own narrative.

Who this is for

This retreat is for you if you’re experiencing:​

  • Limiting beliefs

  • Negative self-talk

  • Feeling alone

  • Feeling stuck


Remember, you are not alone in your feelings. Life is hard and we all need a safe space.

What you’ll gain

Leave with practical tools and strategies to continue cultivating a strong relationship with yourself long after the retreat ends.

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Release the internalized stories that no longer serve you

Learn to silence the inner critic

Cultivate self-compassion and self-acceptance

Gain a deeper understanding of your values and aspirations

Create an actionable plan to pursue personal growth and self-fulfillment

Break free from old patterns to embrace change


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MAY 4 2024

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

11:00a   Sound Healing/Self-Scan

11:30a    Expert Discussion

12:15p    Forest Bathing/Meditation

1:00p     Gentle Yoga/Somatic Exercises

1:45p      Light Lunch

2:30p     Creative Workshop

4:00p    Closing Ceremony


An overview of our expert-led topics

Reclaiming Stories:

Exploring the power of storytelling and redefining your personal narratives to challenge societal expectations through narrative therapy

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The Body’s Wisdom:

Healing and self-discovery through somatic practices and mindfulness techniques

Meet your guides

A special combination of expert guidance from licensed mental health professionals and certified wellness specialists

Hosted by:

Justine Astacio

Justine Astacio, LMHC

Founder / Owner of Lotus Theory LLC

Your Expert Guides:

Paola Volquez

Paola Volquez, LCSW, RYT, RCYT

Owner of Spirited Wellness / Mental Health Therapist / Certified Yogi

Stacy Sutherland

Stacy Sutherland

Mental Health Therapist

Betsaida Velez

Betsaida Velez

Certified Yogi

Marysol Ayala

Marysol Ayala

Mental Health Therapist

Jessica Woods

Jessica Woods, LMHC-LP

Mental Health Therapist

Marinés Rodriguez

Marinés Rodriguez

Certified Sound Healer


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The Powerhouse

For individuals who want to fully immerse themselves in the wellness retreat and need the My Formula, My Balance Journal.


The Go Getter

For individuals who already have the My Formula, My Balance Journal and want to participate in the wellness retreat.

What’s included

The retreat offers a range of amenities and experiences to enhance your wellness journey. Here's what your experience will include:

  • Forest Bathing/Meditation: Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature through guided forest bathing sessions and tranquil meditation practices.


  • Gentle Yoga: Nourish your body and mind with gentle yoga sessions that focus on relaxation, flexibility, and inner peace.


  • Sound Healing/Self-Scan: Indulge in the soothing power of sound healing techniques that promote deep relaxation, self-reflection, and emotional well-being.


  • Expert Discussion: Narrative Therapy and Trauma: Engage in an insightful discussion led by an expert therapist, exploring the healing potential of narrative therapy in addressing trauma and promoting personal growth.


  • Somatic Technique Exercises: Discover the power of somatic techniques through specialized exercises that help release tension, increase body awareness, and promote mind-body connection.


  • Creative Workshop: Unleash your creativity and explore artistic expression through a guided creative workshop, nurturing your inner artist and allowing for self-expression

  • Light Lunch & Light Refreshments: Savor a delicious and nutritious light lunch, providing sustenance and fuel for your retreat experience. Light refreshments will also be available throughout the day to keep you refreshed and energized.


  • Creative Balance Board Kit: Enhance your creativity with the Creative Balance Board Kit, providing a unique and engaging experience during your creative workshop

Carefully curated to provide a holistic retreat experience that nurtures your mind, body, and soul.



310 Hardenburgh Ave Demarest NJ 07627

Your wellness oasis within reach

Welcome to our sunlit oasis, a bright and spacious private home conveniently nestled in the heart of Demarest. At the crossroads of convenience and serenity, this carefully chosen home setting creates a seamless blend of comfort and sanctuary.

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What to Expect

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During this immersive retreat, our expert facilitators will guide you through various therapeutic activities, workshops, and discussions that will empower you to reclaim your own story.


Through mindfulness practices, reflection exercises, and supportive group interactions, you’ll have the opportunity to honor where you are currently and embrace the journey towards becoming your best self.

This day retreat is a safe and nurturing space where you can connect with yourself, share your experiences, and gain insights from others on a similar path of self-discovery.


You’ll leave with actionable tools and strategies to continue cultivating a strong relationship with yourself long after the retreat ends.

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Who this is for

Life is hard and we all need a safe space. If you’re experiencing::

  • Limiting beliefs

  • Negative self-talk

  • Feeling alone

  • Feeling stuck


We invite you to join us for this event


Where is the retreat located?

The retreat is located in Demarest, NJ. Our local retreat offers all the benefits of a longer retreat in a convenient and accessible format for busy individuals seeking a wellness oasis within reach.

Will I need a My Formula, My Balance Journal?

Yes, you will need a My Formula, My Balance Journal to optimize your experience at the retreat. Our activities and workshops are designed specifically around components of the My Formula, My Balance Journal. Be sure to choose “The Powerhouse” option, the journal is included in this package.

Are there refunds for the event?

We do not offer refunds. By purchasing a ticket for our event, you are reserving a spot and ensuring your participation. Therefore, we kindly request that you are absolutely sure of your ability to attend before making a purchase. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, preventing your participation in the event. In such cases, we encourage you to consider transferring your ticket to a friend or family member who can attend on your behalf. This way, you can still ensure the utilization of your ticket and provide someone else with an opportunity to enjoy the event. However, should you find yourself unable to transfer your ticket, we regret to inform you that we are unable to provide a refund. This policy is in place to ensure fairness to all our attendees, as the limited space means that once a ticket is sold, we cannot reallocate that spot to someone else. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our customer support team, who will be happy to assist you.

What is the dress code?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows you to engage in various activities with ease and flexibility. In case the temperature varies or you want to cover up during outdoor activities, consider bringing a light pullover or jacket.​ The Lotus Theory shop also provides a variety of merchandise to assist with providing the utmost comfort during the retreat.

Will I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring: - Your My Formula, My Balance Journal - A yoga mat - A reusable water bottle - A writing pen - Headphones - Sources of inspiration* for the creative workshop *Examples of sources of inspiration include magazines, online images printed out, postcards, photos printed out.

Is there parking at the location?

Limited parking is available on site, but not guaranteed. We strongly recommend carpooling for those who have the option.

Have more questions about the retreat? Contact us here.


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