Fall 2019 Women’s Weekend Retreat with Rev. Connie L. Habash

Nature, Presence, and Connection

October 18-20, 2019

Mount Madonna Center – Watsonville, CA

We all seek connection – it is a human need, and women especially long for deep, meaningful community. Connection is love. When we feel connected with another, there is a feeling of love and understanding. When we are connected to the natural world, we feel that we belong.

The sense of connection develops as we walk the spiritual path, and through the practice of Presence. By becoming fully present in the moment with an open heart and quiet mind, we deepen our relationship to all life, to the Divine, to each other, and even to our very own selves.

Mount Madonna outside path down mountainside

Explore meaningful connection in a group of women dedicated to personal and spiritual growth. We foster this feeling of connection through community exploration and group processes, yoga, meditation, deep nature connection practices, and a sprinkling of sacred solitude.

Women's retreat group photo

The Fall Women’s Retreat includes:

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Moderate hiking and nature exploration
  • Daily meditation and breath work
  • Group exercises, discussion, and creative practices (including a drumming circle!)
  • Free time to relax
  • Accommodations for two nights
  • All meals (vegetarian): Friday dinner; Saturday brunch, snack, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and snack
  • Full access to Mt. Madonna Center: over 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests, including hiking trails,  a small lake for swimming, a hot tub, and a massage and wellness center.


Women's retreat floor exercise

Women's retreat nature hike

What people are saying about Rev. Connie’s retreats

Counting My Blessings

I woke this morning counting my blessings, feeling receptive, grounded and ready to share the energy we cultivated yesterday in all my interactions today.

Lynn Heinrichs

It was very profound for me

Loved how heartfelt it was and how you created so much love and safety in this group – it was very profound for me.

Renee Miller, Fremont, CA

Connie’s leadership is exceptional

Connie’s leadership is exceptional. Her seasoned experience as a group leader, therapist, minister/lover of life and attention to detail allowed me (a natural organizer and caretaker) to truly let go into “retreat” and receive the gifts of relaxation, rejuvenation, connection, and Nature’s Beauty.

Noelle Morris, Menlo Park, CA

Magical and Inspiring Retreat

Thank you Connie Habash for an amazing day of connecting with amazing women! it was an absolutely magical and inspiring retreat. Thank you so much for all you do!

Angela Champney

What was shared had a true resonance

I loved being out in nature and so much appreciated how open everyone was. So much of what was shared had a true resonance to experiences in my own life. It also helped to hear and understand what other women are going through, their experiences and responses.

Sheila Raymond

Truly Powerful and Meaningful

I have to say this was a truly powerful and meaningful retreat for me, Connie. I am deeply grateful.

Beth Hughes

Thank you for a wonderful retreat

Thank you for a wonderful retreat. The space you created helped me be vulnerable, joyous, free, brave, and accepted.

Cindy Ressi, Palo Alto, CA

I feel so much love from your heart

Thank you, Connie, for holding the space for this beautiful weekend… the deep connection on so many levels with the group and myself…. I feel so much love from your heart.

Sue Kessler, Hayward, CA

Everything was wonderful

Everything was wonderful. It came from heart and therefore it was accepted and received by heart… Deeply grateful for this wonderful experience and looking forward to future retreats.

Bibi Sharma, Los Gatos, CA

Mount Madonna Center is a spiritual retreat and community, beautifully located in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey bay.  Secluded among 355 private acres and redwood trees, it offers the perfect setting for yoga, meditation, healing, and renewal.

Mount Madonna Center outside back view

Travel & Transporation

Mount Madonna Center is located about 1 hour south of San Jose, CA.  The nearest airport is San Jose International Airport, but SFO and Oakland International airports are only another 30+ minutes farther.  For those local to the SF Bay Area who wish to carpool, contact Rev. Connie to be put on the carpool list.

Mount Madonna Center room interior

Partial Scholarship

Partial Scholarship may be available for a modest amount of work-trade, or if donations to the scholarship fund are sufficient.  Contact Rev. Connie to apply if you are interested.


Early Registration (by September 18th):
All rooms have a shared bath
$365/person, center tent
$405/person, dorm (4 to a room)
$465/person, double occupancy
$535/person, single occupancy
After September 18th: add $40

Experience a soulful, inspiring weekend – just for women!


Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT leads the adult program. An ordained Interfaith Minister, psychotherapist, and Yoga & meditation teacher since 1993, Rev. Connie is passionate about creating spiritual community and deep connection to ourselves, each other, Spirit, and the planet. For more information email her: [email protected] or call 650-996-2649



A selection of books, CDs, and websites that Connie recommends for your continued awakening.



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