healing in community

a collaboration rooted in a vision of healing, meaning-making, and joyful community

when & where

May 3-5, 2019 Friday evening until Sunday lunch time

A beautiful hacienda in Arivaca, Arizona, about an hour south of Tucson. Located on 20 acres of gorgeous high desert, near the Coronado National Forest and the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge.


Join a small community of womxn in sharing in—

energy, ritual, reflection, nature, creativity, healing, nourishment & sisterhood



All womxn/women are welcome. This retreat is intended for individuals who have experienced trauma and are interested in deepening their healing work in a small and supportive community.

Spots are limited to 8-10 participants.

If you have questions about whether the retreat is right for you, please contact us.

accommodations & exchange

Accommodations are all inclusive and include lodging, meals + snacks, art supplies, and reflection materials. Lodging includes a shared bedroom. Limited shared transportation options available.

We are committed to offering healing opportunities that are affordable to the greatest extent possible.

Please contact us if cost is a prohibitive factor. For those who are able to pay more to help offset the cost for someone who needs to pay less, your generosity is appreciated.

$450 // sliding scale $350-450

Non-refundable deposit due by April 1.


a peek at the space

Arivaca House-Soulshine Retreat

about the facilitators


melisa doran cole

yoga teacher, intuitive, and owner of the ninth house

Melisa is a boss babe, artist, and ambassador of “the woo.” Her former career as a middle school teacher has evolved into teaching yoga, mindfulness, and intuitive practices for growth. In 2018, Melisa answered the call of a dream to create The Ninth House- a space for community connection, learning, and conscious consumerism. She is currently exploring dreamwork and the indigenous shamanism of her ancestors. Melisa’s soul work is to bring more beauty and magick into the world.


kelly wilt

healing practitioner, writer, and believer of a more beautiful world

Kelly is a writer, speaker, and practitioner with over a decade of experience in healing work and social change. With a strong background in community building and trauma work, Kelly has led transformative national projects, written publications for healing practitioners, and has spoken on related topics around the globe. Interested in the intersections of individual well-being and collective healing—food as medicine + food as joy, movement, and mental health—art, activism, and healing justice— Kelly is all about interconnectedness and nuance. A leo, an outgoing introvert, a plant-based baker, and a chaser of sunshine & gnarly trails, she believes we’re all able to heal when we reconnect with our selves & each other.

As warm as she is fierce, Kelly is passionate about supporting people and projects that work to create a better world. Read more about her here.


The Soulshine Retreat guided me back to a more centered version of myself. My needs and comforts were deeply considered and cared for and I felt safe and supported. I am so appreciative of the support I received and hope many more women are given this opportunity to blossom.
— Melissa
The Soulshine Retreat was a beautiful experience promoting healing from trauma in community with other women. The facilitators were warm, open and skilled in leading groups. It was such a treat to spend an entire day and a half focusing on myself and feeling the collective power we all have within us. If you have the opportunity to attend such an event, please do. You will thank yourself later!
— Winter Retreat Participant
Soulshine Retreat was just what my soul needed. It was 1.5 days of healing, eating, sharing stories, and making new friends with powerful women. Kelly and Melisa created a perfectly curated weekend with a mix of group activities and personal reflection. Activities of movement, arts/crafts and writing, allowed let each person to express their pain and find inner strength. If given the chance, I would go on this retreat again.
— Clara-Jane Saetren