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True well being is in the balance of ingredients for a fulfilling, joyful life.


We partner with the best in travel and holistic arts to honor sustainable living for Earth and all her beings, ensure safe and secure travel, develop authentic community, engage local culture and business, and design truly restorative and memorable adventures that will sustain you long past the moment. 


upcoming retreats


December 1-3, 2017 @ Circle Yoga Shala, Jasper Arkansas

A weekend of ceremony for purification, transmutation and clarity.

Through the ancient art of harvesting plant grains, fermenting and distilling them to yield a powerful essence we call alcohol, Sarah is exploring and learning a very old form of ceremonial plant medicine. Her guides and teachers live both in the tangible and intangible worlds. The ceremony she has been given for this medicine came in a vision during her first concentrated diete` and vision quest with the spirit of her own whiskey distillate, a five day personal quest done in the way plant medicine people have worked with plant spirits for eons.

As she has continued to explore this art, Sarah is uncovering the cultures and shamans around the world making and using alcohol for ceremony and healing. This is an ancient art form indeed. Not just shamans but doctors in the West have also acknowledged the healing potential of alcohol. Whiskey was often prescribed for physical healing until addiction and abuse became such a problem it was banned as a medicine by the American Medical Association in the early 21st century.

Like all things used out of balance or context, alcohol is poisonous. Our relationship with it is complex and stigmatized. In her process of fermenting and distilling Sarah seeks to recreate the sacred relationship we have with the plant forbearers of alcohol. In the making of ceremonial grade whiskey Sarah honors and brings reverence back to the process which includes death, rebirth and extracting the purest and most powerful essence of the plants and their partners in the fermentation process.

Created in ceremony and imbibed in ceremony, alcohol becomes a conduit for removing barriers of the mind that prevent connection to Spirit. It becomes a metaphor for taking in and transmuting – literally burning away – that which blocks us from what we seek most. As the medicine works with us we may experience visions, meet with guides of a spiritual nature, process emotions that need healing, and find ourselves in greater comfort and connection with one another. This whiskey that Sarah makes by hand thus becomes an aid for helping us connect to our own pure essence, the essence of all things around us and achieving clarity, inspiration and healing.

By participating in this weekend of ceremony you are supporting Sarah with her continued exploration and education in this medicine. Much gratitude to you!

Weekend Agenda


Arrive between 2-4pm to get settled and enjoy a tour of the farm.

4pm Welcome Circle & Whiskey Tasting

6pm Dinner

730pm Drum Circle and Prayer Tie Making around the Fire


7am Coffee/Tea

730 – 830 Breakfast

9am Ceremonial Fire Lit

11am Purification Lodge & Medicine Wheel Teaching Ceremony

1pm(ish) Lunch

2-4pm Rest, Hike, or visit the beautiful Buffalo River

430 – until Whiskey Medicine Ceremony for Transmutation & Clarity



7am Coffee/Tea

8-9 Breakfast

930-1130am Closing Circle and Meditation

Option for Sunday Afternoon: take a bag lunch to Lost Valley Waterfalls and Cave, a moderate couple mile hike to ancient caves and waterfalls said to be a gathering place for ancient native tribes. If we are lucky, we will hear the ancestors singing here!

Lost Valley is about 20 minutes from the Shala and on the route to Fayetteville, AR.

Lodging & Meals provided by Organic Farm and Training Center Circle Yoga Shala

Friday evening – Sunday AM:

Shared lodging/All meals = $110

*Private lodging/All Meals = $130

Option to arrive Thursday evening and stay Sunday evening. For shared lodging please add $30/night, for private please add $40. For all additional meals please add $10/meal.

*Limited availability, first come first serve.

Cost for Attending Ceremony: suggested donation to Sarah’s Sacred Distillery is $125-$175 per person

Please RSVP to


Fayetteville/Bentonville National Airport is 1 1/2 hour from CYS

Little Rock National Airport is 2 1/2 hours from CYS

Driving Directions:



January 3 – 9, 2018 with an exclusive Beach Escape January 9-13, 2018 by Suncierge

Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Space. From the ancient Hatha yogis to the indigenous shamans, humans have long recognized the restorative benefits of connecting with the elements. They are the ‘medicines’ we seek to cleanse, rebirth and start a new. Join us as we explore the beautiful rain forests of Costa Rica and link together the elemental teachings of yoga with other ancient cultures to gift ourselves a big dose of renewal in the new year.

We will gather at La Carolina eco-lodge and farm in the mountainous rain forests of Costa Rica. This beautiful, locally run lodge, farm and ranch is the back drop to our adventure together with teachings from master yogini Holly Krepps and shamanic medicine woman and visionary, Robbie Warren Hill Otter Woman Standing.

Opt in for a special post-retreat 4 night beach escape to the Papagayo Gulf, created just for Big Medicine retreaters by our world class travel partner, Suncierge. Suncierge is the first travel service to provide comprehensive travel design, preparation and concierge services for the time-starved who aspire to travel. Let Suncierge handle all your travel planning for Costa Rica! 

Big Medicine Retreat Details

January 3-9 @ La Carolina Lodge, Tenorio & Arenal National Volcanic Regions

All lodging and daily farm fresh meals provided by La Carolina Lodge

Private airport transfers and all ground transportation provided

Daily meditation

Yoga & the Five Elements daily classes for all levels with Holly

Shamanic Ceremony & Teachings for all levels with Robbie

Adventure tour through Arenal National Volcanic Park featuring Canyoneering, Repeling and Ziplining

Natural hot springs visit


Waterfalls and wildlife

Horse back riding

Nutrition council with retreat health coach, Leanne Maciel

Optional private council with master shaman, Robbie


Post Beach Escape by Suncierge

January 9-13 @ El Mangrove, The Gulf of Papagayo

Breakfast and Lunch provided (Dinner available at hotel or in town)

Private airport transfers and all ground transportation provided

All lodging by El Mangrove Hotel Resort

Private beach hopping tour by boat along the Pacific coast line with lunch, snorkeling, paddling, non-alcoholic bevs and wine and beer

Private tour of Palo Verde Park and wildlife as you cruise the Tempisque River with lunch and a visit to the famous artisan village of Guaitil to learn about the Chorotega Indians

Plus a day of leisure for independent exploration or relaxation at El Mangrove

See the full experience brochure from Suncierge


Let our travel partner Suncierge help you make the most of your Big Medicine Getaway!

Flight arrangement and booking

Travel insurance and embassy registry

Pet sitting, house cleaning and ensuring a stocked fridge upon arrival home!

Additional travel planning as

Registration Details

Big Medicine Retreat January 3-9, 2018:

Shared lodging : 1750 USD

Private lodging: 2065 USD

Cost includes all lodging, meals, private airport transfer and ground transport, all activities.

$300 Deposit required, full payment required by December 15, 2017. Payment plans available.


Big Medicine Beach Escape, January 9-13, 2018

Shared lodging: 1684.75 USD

Private lodging: 2898 US

Cost includes all lodging, meals, private airport transfer and ground transport, all activities.

Deposit due is 25% of the total with the balance due 60 days prior.

Register here for Big Medicine Retreat

and opt in for Suncierge’s Beach Escape and additional travel planning services.



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Past All Inclusive Retreats


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January 2 – 8, 2017 SOLD OUT

Join Sarah and her teachers, master yogini Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala and modern day shaman and earth medicine woman Robbie Warren Hill Otter Woman Standing, to experience renewal, adventure and joy in this incredible place on Earth. Tucked away in the volcanic mountains and rain forests of Costa Rica, we gather at family owned farm and eco-lodge, La Carolina Lodge – multiple time winner of Trip Advisors Traveler’s Choice award. Costa Rica’s motto is Pura Vida – the Pure Life. Come let’s immerse ourselves in a truly pure Costa Rican experience of a lifetime. For full details and to register, please visit Big Medicine’s event page.


Vermont Ski and Yoga Weekend: Trail blazing

March 24 – 27, 2016

The season solstice is just past and new beginnings are visible on the horizon. This retreat is geared to help you savor that moment between winter’s full melt and spring’s full bloom. As you prepare for the season’s change, join us for a weekend of hugging the slopes, trail riding, delicious cooking, wine tastings and yoga and meditation.

Join the event and view all details via our Facebook event page.

Location: Good Commons, Plymouth VT; Cost: $775 to $875 per person.



IMG_6932Blue ridge True North Retreat

April 28 – May 1, 2016

The spirit of the Blue Ridge will call you to retreat inward, toward your inner light, your true North.  Sarah and Heather White Yoga partner to create a special weekend in the Blue Ridge filled with yoga, hiking, kayaking the French Broad, visiting Asheville’s local artisans and healthy food and wine pairings created by own personal chef.

Join the event and view all details via our Facebook event page.

Location: Burnsville, NC outside Mt. Mitchell State Park; Cost: $650 to $775 per person.