Mind Fall Retreat to the Redwoods with Nearly Mindful and @Jfouts – Janet Fouts

November 1-3 2019

De-stress, Reset, and reconnect in the redwoods

The transition from season to season generates inspiration to re-connect with ourselves and reflect on the year so far and any changes we want to make.   Let your mind fall into reflection, and give mind and body a well deserved reset before the holidays are upon us.

Enter our Learning Circle –a safe space to explore mindful attention to self-care and learn skills to develop awareness of our inner critic, and how to talk to ourselves with kindness rather than judgment.  get grounded, and turn your focus inward to revive and refresh body and mind. 

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Come away with us to the beauty and grandeur of the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Give yourself permission to let your mind fall into reflection and open your heart to your truest dreams.

Join like-minded souls and use this time of transition to fuel your inner wisdom. You’ll share insights and create friendships in a safe and caring environment, devoid of judgement and criticism. Find the inner knowledge of yourself you’ve had all along and rekindle the spark of joy in your heart.

Learn skills in mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to aid  in:

  • Building a regular "Happiness practice" to bring joy to your life
  • Trusting your inner guidance to tell you what you really need
  • Manage emotions more skillfully through self-awareness
  • Bring focus to what matters and learn how to let that other stuff fall away
  • Together we will learn a variety of tools, incorporating sound, movement and stillness to care for ourselves


Wait, there's  more!

When you register for the retreat you'll also  get:

  • Learn techniques to get deeper in meditation-without a struggle
  • 1 hour coaching call pre-retreat
  • Private one-on-one during the retreat
  • 1 hour follow-up coaching session after the retreat
  • Join our monthly masterclass for retreat participants
  • First access and a discount on  Janet's newest online courses

learning circleLearning Circle?
Our retreats use the teaching model of a learning circle-we work together to develop deeper communication with each other and our selves. This means that you don’t just sit for a lecture. The retreat includes highly interactive and engaging segments in duscussion with other participants, one-on-one or as a group. This allows for collaborative knowledge-building,  open dialogue, and deep reflection around concepts with a focus on learning as a community. Frequent activites keep the energy flowing as well as allowing our brains space to process and come to a fuller understanding of the concepts and apply them to your own life situations. 



Check in at 4 PM
Locate your cabin and get settled in

Opening welcome, introduction to the learning circle

Dinner 6:30 PM

Sound meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Yoga to settle body and mind

Breakfast 8-9

Morning Yoga


Learning circle 

Lunch at noon

Afternoon exercises and activities, 

Dinner 6:30 PM

Drumming with Arthur Hull from Village Music Circles

Yoga to settle body and mind


Breakfast 8-9

Morning yoga​


Learning circle

Lunch at noon

Closing session at 1 PM

About Our Teacher, Janet Fouts

Janet FoutsJanet believes deeply in the value of self-awareness and mindful attention to self-care and teaches mindfulness and emotional intelligence online as well as in person. She earned her certification as resilience and coping facilitator from the National Wellness Institute and is a Life and Mindfulness Coach.

She trained with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center in their Mindful Awareness Practices program, Dr. Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity Practitioner program, and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).

Her journey as a caregiver inspired the transition from social media marketer and CEO to mindfulness coaching after discovering the value of mindfulness and emotional intelligence in rescuing her from depression and anxiety. She shares her story in her book “When Life Hits the Fan, A Mindful Guide to Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others” now available on Amazon. Learn more about Janet on this website.

Abbie Dutterer-Yoga Instructor

Abbie DuttererAbbie believes that mindfulness can be both accessible and practical. Her warm and welcoming teaching style offers individuals a compassionate space to be themselves. Abbie is dedicated to letting students explore how yoga and meditation resonate with their unique bodies and minds. Her slow-flow yoga classes focus on the breath and smart sequencing with options for each student. Abbie has been teaching in the Bay Area for 8 years: in middle school gyms, incarceration facilities, at corporate offices, and in local yoga studios.

Abbie calls Flying Studios in Oakland her studio home. You can find her on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.30pm for donation-based Deep Flow, and on Saturday mornings at 8.15am for Deep Flow. She also specializes in one-on-one yoga and meditation and
corporate offerings. For more about Abbie, visit www.justabbie.com.

Arthur Hull from Village Music Circles

Arthur Hull- Drum Circle

Arthur will be offering us an amazing opportunity on Sturday evening to learn a variety of percussion instruments, culminating in a drum circle for all to join in!

As a rhythm ambassador Arthur Hull travels the world inspiring community-building through the metaphor of music. His pioneering Rhythm Facilitation work has touched the lives of thousands of people world-wide instigating the new and growing profession of the community Drum Circle Facilitator.

A gifted percussionist and charismatic facilitator, Arthur leads diverse groups through a joyful and inspiring experience using music and rhythm. From small groups to groups of thousands, English speaking to Mandarin, youngsters to elders, Arthur’s wit and humor motivate people beyond cultural and personal barriers inspiring full, enthusiastic participation and community-building.

Sequoia CabinLodging
The venue for our retreat is the spectacular Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, Ca. Nestled among the redwoods is the Las Alas Lodge our main meeting and dining space. Here we will learn about how a mindful approach to life can create change and awaken our hearts.

We’ll stay in the private and secluded cabins on the property, each with it’s own unique location in the trees.

Cabins available can sleep from 1-5 individuals and are equipped with a private full bathroom and heater. Bedding, shampoo, soap and linens are provided.  

Continental Breakfast, a hearty lunch, snacks, and dinner will be provided. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs, allergies or preferences. 

The Sedona Retreat

The retreat in Sedona in April 2019 was such a joy.

The setting was spectacular, and spending 3 days immersed in self-care really created a sense of community and belonging. 

Participants came away with new friends and skills that they have continued to use to be more mindful day to day. 

This retreat will also cover  essential elements of emotional intelligence and mindfulness and take us into new areas of practice together.

Feedback from attendees

 " I didn't know what to expect and I loved everyone.  Over 3 days, I was able to start implementing practices that I wasn't able to do on my own.
Tools/practices to take home - I've been home for 2 days and I'm using/doing several of the practices each day (so far)... and I feel like I will continue." ~L.S.

"Janet is a superb growth facilitator, with a knack for knowing when to slow down, when to break and when to pursue. Much like better orchestra conductors, her directives were gentle, clear but very aware, and quick to offer support to individuals, at the precise moment needed." ~D.B.

"The pacing of the retreat was perfect, each segment building on the last. As the days unfolded, deeper self-awareness arose. Tools to increase mindfulness were explained and demonstrated in simple, clear steps.

Janet has a nurturing personality that must be experienced in person to fully appreciate. She is a very wise, humble and helpful guide and, now, friend."~Anon

Cancellation Policy

Naturally, no one books with the intention of cancelling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen. We recommend travel cancellation insurance once you have made your reservation.

Cancellation within 30 days of the event will be refunded at 80% to cover handling fees. Less than 30 days will not be refunded.

If circumstances require us to cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to a future event, transfer your ticket to another person, or you may request a refund.

Nearly Mindful is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.

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