rekindle retreat for your body, mind, & spirit

About the retreat

Slow Down & Reset Your Life


   Give yourself a break from the everyday rushing-hustle-bustle at the Rekindle Retreat, then slooooow down & hit the re-set button. Let a weekend of soulful relaxing transform your everyday heart.

  • Rejuvenate during Yoga, sacred breath, & meditation practice.
  • Strengthen with Pilates.
  • Gain practical skills to recognize thought patterns, develop clarity, & cultivate presence.
  • Hike the magical Hood River Gorge.
  • Engage, relax, & contemplate with other like-minded people.
  • Shift what’s possible & rekindle deeper awareness & compassion. 
  • Where: Hood River, Oregon.
  • When: September 27-29, 2019.
  • $497.
  • Housing not included--recommendations provided below.
  • For women only.

Experience clarity that lights the path of your bold, beautiful life.

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Strengthen, Reconnect, & Recharge


    Experience a unique program for women that combines the expertise of master yoga, pilates, and meditation teacher Emma Johnson, with the practical mindfulness of life coach, teacher, & doula Marcy McDonald. 

You'll leave hopeful, restored, & with a lighter heart. Bring peace of mind back to your everyday life. 

Most retreats relax you but don't prepare you for how to hold onto that marvelous feeling when you get back home. We'll delve into mindful, spiritual, & physical pathways to a stronger, more present you. 

Want to relax even more? Let us know & we'll arrange for an optional massage &/or hot springs!

We keep the retreat small so that we can really focus on YOU! Limit 12, women only, so register now! 

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A Sacred, Sweet, & Sometimes Sweaty Rejuvenating Weekend


Where: Hood River, OR

Wben: September 27-29, 2019

  • $497.
  • Limit 12, women only.
  • Housing not included--see Details, below.



Experience the REKINDLE Program

Friday, September 27

3:30 PM  Orientation

4:30 PM Yoga & Guided Journaling

6:00 PM Catered Dinner

7:00 PM Mindful Connections: How our brain works

Saturday, September 28

7:45 AM Pilates/Yoga & Guided Journaling

10:30 AM Mindfulness Hike

12:30 PM Lunch out/Free time

3:30 PM Yoga

5:30 PM Dinner out/Free time

7:00 PM Mindful Connections: Recognizing & reframing self-talk

Sunday, September 29

8:00 AM Pilates/Yoga & Guided Journaling

10:30 AM Mindfulness Hike

12:00 PM Catered Picnic

12:30pm Mindful Connections: Sustaining your Rekindled heart

NOTE: Actual times may shift due to weather-dependent activities.

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Set in beautiful Hood River, Oregon, REKINDLE will give you the tools to declutter the chatter in your mind. It will spark a new journey of physical, emotional, & spiritual growth. 

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About Us


Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson’s lifelong commitment to the exploration of movement has led to a mind-body practice that emphasizes breath awareness as a means to release stress to create inner (and outer) balance. 

Emma received her Yoga Teacher Certification and Advance Training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, Pilates certification from BASI, and certification in BarreWorks from YogaWorks in San Francisco. 

While raising four daughters, Emma earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program in 2009. Past undertakings also include ghost writing and editing for The Teaching Company’s “Great Courses,” serving as artistic director for several dance companies, attending RI School of Design, and working with homeless teens. 

Her most recent essay was published in Phoebe Literary Journal; other essays have appeared in Southeast Review, Drunken Boat, Two Hawks Quarterly, Iowa Review, and in an anthology published by NCTE titled: Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing. 

Since founding Writing My Way Back Home—A Writers’ Workshop for Veterans, Emma has also conducted writing workshops at University of Iowa, Eastern Kentucky University, the Writer’s Place in Kansas City, and for military children with parents serving overseas. 


Marcy McDonald


Marcy McDonald is the author of Build Happiness: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, a neuroscience-based guide to living fully in the present. She has created a unique series of exercises that offer practical ways to be mindful, so you can take the notion of personal growth out of your head & into real space.

In addition, she is the owner of Sunset Doulas with certificates from the International End of Life Doula Association & Going with Grace. As an end of life doula, she uses guided visualizations and deep, active listening to help the dying come to peace at the end of their lives.

Marcy spent many years in the corporate world before reinventing her life & following her passion for helping people. Previously, she worked at The Great Courses, where she was a leading force in guiding hundreds of the best minds in the world to create outstanding video courses. 

Working with highly esteemed subject matter experts, in addition to crafting effective partnerships with organizations such as Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, & Culinary Institute of America, taught her how to bring out the goodness in just about everyone. 

She is now applying her deep coaching experience to retreats designed to help you rekindle your heart, re-energize your life, & carry that growth into your daily life.

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You Deserve to REKINDLE

 REKINDLE invites you to slow down, savor life, be kind to your body & your soul, & rediscover wonderful, delightful you!

  • Where: Hood River, Oregon.
  • When: September 27-29, 2019.
  • $497.
  • Limit 12, so register now!

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Gorge View Bed & Breakfast 5 stars

1009 Columbia St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 386-5770

Less than a mile from both Interstate 84 and the Columbia River, this quaint, seasonal B&B is set in a 1912 Victorian-style home. It's an 11-minute walk from Mount Hood Railroad heritage line.

Lodge 902 5 stars

902 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 583-0185

Offering views of the Hood River, this rustic-chic B&B is a 4-minute walk from the town center, and 1 mile from both Interstate 84 and the beach at Hood River Waterfront Park.

Hood River BnB 4.6 stars

918 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 387-2997

Less than a 10-minute walk from Downtown and the heritage Mount Hood Railroad, this quaint B&B in a whitewashed, circa-1909 home is a mile from Hood River Waterfront Park and 47 miles from Mt. Hood

Inn at the Gorge 4.4 stars

1113 Eugene St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 386-4429

On a tree-lined street in a serene residential neighborhood, this tranquil B&B is 1 mile from the Hood River Waterfront Trail and 4 miles from the Bingen—White Salmon train station.

Oak Street Hotel 2 stars

610 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 386-3845

Set within the Columbia River Gorge and a mile from the Columbia River, this cozy guesthouse in a restored 1909 home lies close to galleries, pubs and restaurants, and 2 miles from Koberg Beach State Recreation Site.

Riverview Lodge, Hood River 2 stars

1505 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 386-8719

This modest hotel in the Columbia River Gorge is within 10 minutes' walk of multiple galleries and brewpubs, 1.4 miles from Hood River Waterfront Park and 34.6 miles from the ski slopes of Mount Hood.

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

3-star hotel

1108 E Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031•(541) 386-2200

This riverfront hotel is 0.9 miles from scenic train rides at Mount Hood Railroad depot and 1.4 miles from Koberg Beach State Park.

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Local Venues

Find listings of local restaurants, cafes, breweries, & wineries here: 


What should I bring?

--Yoga/Pilates clothes

--Water bottle

--Hiking boots


--Something wonderful from nature (eg, pine cone, rock, feather...)

Are meals included?

--We provide dinner Friday night & lunch Sunday that will be sensitive to vegetarian, vegan, & gluten-free diets. Please let us know your food preferences.

--We provide snacks coffee/tea/nuts/granola bars, fruit, & water.

--Please see our list of local venues, above, for local meal options.

Is lodging included?

--Lodging is not included. Please see our list of local options for lodging, above.

Refund Policy

50% refund if you cancel by August 1, 2019. No refunds after August 1, 2019.

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Contact Us

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Rekindle Your Heart

Hood River, Oregon 97031, United States

(575) 779-0930