February 6 - 11, 2017 ~ $2,000*



“It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time
is not the only universe there is.

I think it's healthy that people should have this experience.”

— Aldous Huxley

All enquiries, see Reservations below.




4 - 6pm
4 - 6pm

Relaxation & Restoration

4 - 6pm


begins 7pm
begins 7pm
begins 7pm
Tucson Gem

Eleanor Roosevelt said "Courage is more exhilarating then fear, and in the long run, it's easier."

Now, when we so need the embrace of the feminine, this retreat offers a safe space to dive really deep into the Voice of the Planet, "Pachamama", the benevolent, giving goddess of the indigenous people of the Andes. It also offers a time to give back to the Earth in prayer and ceremony. By opening gateways into profound meditative states, together we will create opportunities for healing of body and soul, through extraordinary feelings of wonder and connectivity. It is time to awaken our innate potential to come into Unity by opening to love, emotional innovation and real wisdom.

The retreat will be limited to 20 people and only for those who have previously worked with me.


For those people who are training as facilitators in the work, or anyone who wants to understand the work more deeply, this retreat offers an opportunity to be mentored by Namae in a circle with 3 very experienced elders. We begin each day at 4pm and meet for two hours before each ceremony. Read more about the mentoring process here.


Aravaipa Canyon is one of the true natural wonders of Arizona. Located about 50 miles northeast of Tucson, the preserve includes 9,000 acres owned by The Nature Conservancy that are managed in conjunction with about 40,000 acres of federal lands. We will be staying at the very end of the 11-mile long central gorge, which cuts through the northern end of the Galiuro Mountains. The canyon walls soar 1,000 feet up in a Federal Wilderness Area containing many sensitive wildlife habitats.

~ Homestead


Pristine Aravaipa Creek, a tributary of the San Pedro River, flows beside our homestead and runs perennially through the full length of the preserve’s canyon. The homestead is nestled at the foot of Brandenburg Mountain, surrounded by stunning saguaro forests. The creek shelters rare species of desert fishes and there are more than 200 species of birds. Larger mammals that have been reported to roam the canyon include mountain lion, coatimundi, ring tailed cats, black bear and desert bighorn sheep. The creek is lined with cottonwoods, willow, walnut, alder and sycamore trees. There is endless hiking, including easy walks and trails for all levels of experience.

There will be a rest day on the third day so everyone can enjoy this beautiful location.

   ~ Aravipa Creek


The Ranch is 1.5 hour drive from Tucson, 2 hours from Phoenix. Tuscon is the easier airport.

Let us know if you want to share or need transfers when you book. There is a long stretch of dirt road and a couple of creek crossings so best rent a high clearance 4WD. Roads are subject to closure during wet weather.

Plan to arrival no later than 3pm on Monday, February 6 as the road in needs to be driven during daylight. We start at dusk on the 6th. Departures are Saturday morning, February 11. The Tucson Gem Show, supposedly the largest gem show in the world, finishes that weekend so many of us plan to go play there after the retreat. Book your extra accommodations early!



The Ranch has a very simple, rustic homestead with 7 shared bedrooms with 21 beds. No prior room reservations are available. You are welcome to camp. There are 4 bathrooms and a large open kitchen dining area. The large meeting room leads out to the deck and lawn; there's a quiet library, 2nd floor outdoor deck that overlooks the creek, a small labyrinth, outdoor fire pit and a Native American sweat lodge.

~ Homestead



All meals will be lovingly prepared using local seasonal organic produce. The menu is designed to supplement and compliment the work. Full breakfasts will be available, light snacks for lunches and hearty soups provided after ceremonies. If you have any allergies or special dietary needs, please advise upon booking.

The work is designed to awaken your senses and open your sensitivity to others and the environment. It is strongly suggested you refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and taking any altering substances during the retreat.

   ~ Saguaro flowers
Read the session care page again before you come. Pack light, include a warm wind/rain jacket as it can get cold in the canyon at night.  Bring light walking shoes, comfortable layered clothing, flashlight and your usual supplies for sessions, including a journal. Mats and blankets will be provided to make your nest. In consideration of other people, please use unscented toiletries, no scented fabric softeners and skip the garlic before you arrive.

~ Saguaro forest


Bring only the recommended sleep aides and ear plugs, plus supplements, especially magnesium and electrolyte replenisher. Cell reception is extremely limited (definitely no AT&T) and there is no internet service provided.  You can try driving out of the canyon to get reception if you have to.

If you are on ANY medications or you're receiving treatment for ANY physical or emotional conditions, please let me know well before the retreat.

* Price includes 5 nights accommodation, meals, ceremonies and integration; excludes transport and additional accommodations ($70/person/night). Optional mentoring/training classes will be $100/hour.

  ~ Aravaipa Canyon

$222 non-refundable reservation fee is due upon booking to confirm your space.

FULL PAYMENT IS DUE NO LATER THAN JANUARY 29, 2017, as I will be travelling before the retreat. Please e-mail Allie to get confirmation of your space and obtain the address to send your deposit. Make checks payable to Conscious Ways, write "AZ Retreat" in the memo section of the check and send it to the address provided to you by Allie.

All available scholarships have been taken.

~ Saguaro Sunset


If you wish to support our community by donating to CWays Home, our 501(c)(3), please contact Allie.

The initial deposit is non-refundable, with the exception of sudden cancellations due to inclement weather. There will be no refunds if you choose to leave during the retreat. Wherever possible, we will do what we can to ease your journey.

"Don’t be an interpreter of reality, be a visionary. Don’t think about it, see it!”


Caught In The Web-by Martina Hoffman

"Caught In The Web" ~ Martina Hoffman

"Imagine the changes that could happen if everyone suddenly stopped acting like someone else,
became true to themselves, and celebrated the beauty of their uniqueness.

Only after people have willingly begun to reveal their vulnerability, dreams and pains,
will we be able to see that beneath the surface we are all the same.

Imagine what that truth could do to neutralize the clutches of evil,
once this black and white world suddenly became embraced
by a strong rainbow of loud, powerful, loving voices.

We could put color back into every home, every school, every industry, every nation,
and every garden on earth, where ever flowers have been crushed by corruption.”

Suzy Kassem.


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