Spring 2022 Retreat

Embodied Artist Desert Retreat for Creative Women
Dates: May 5th through May 8th

We are looking for women Artists; actors, writers, directors, dancers, visual artists and musicians to take part in a transformational experience in the high desert in California.

In the cradle of a gorgeous desert valley, we will release the static that sometimes overwhelms our heads and hearts and blocks us creatively.


We will nourish and explore our bodies and open our voices, so we can find ourselves in the fire of creative inspiration.


This will be a clearing, meditative and journaling experience, as well as a robust, expansive celebration of our lives.


There will be 6 – 8 hours of programming on Fri/Sat and 3 – 4 hours of programming on Thursday/Sunday, for a total of 18 – 24 hours.

(This doesn’t include scheduled Self-Love Time or meal time.)



Lauren Lovett

I’m Lauren and I’ll be your host for this retreat experience. I am an Artist, an actor, writer, lover and part time desert witch. I’ve been teaching and coaching Artists for over twenty-five years, working with folks on everything from acting, dialects and vocal release, intimacy coordination to reconnecting with the body and weathering the storms of creative life. I’ve enlisted three wonderful colleagues of mine to treat you to the magic of their own expertise. This will be a soulful refresh for all Artists that attend.

More about Lauren


Yogic stretch
5th Chakra (Voice) clearing
Ritual and inner life time
Lessons on 4 Element Movement, Vocal Release, Nourishing the body and Speaking Your Truth


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Jenny Walters

Deciding to pursue a career in the healing arts is a result of exploring my own healing. I earned my MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, with an emphasis in depth psychology, and went on to complete depth psychological training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches. This depth approach allowed me to study the psyche by way of the imaginal, myth and symbol. This felt right in line with all the best parts of art making. I also hold a Master of Fine Arts degree. Now I specialize in working with other sensitive and creative folks as well as the adult children of narcissists and borderline parents and those recovering from narcissistic abuse. When I work with my clients, I help them make their internal experience external so they can access their own insights, voice and power. That’s what I’m here to help you do; to use your full sensate experience and sensitivity to connect to your inner knowing and voice.

More about Jenny


Jackie Ivy

Over her career, Ms. Ivy has worked for major commercial brands such as Nike, iHeart Media, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, World Cafe Live, Soho House, and rag & bone, focused on the design aesthetic and built out of physical spaces as well as operational and financial management. She loves growing new talent and coaching individuals and departments into new understandings of themselves. Previous to her commercial work, Ms. Ivy focused on museum and curatorial studies, primarily at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. Most recently she has focused her career on integrating mindfulness, creative and embodied social justice practices into her work and life. Jackie identifies as a white-bodied cis-gender woman, and welcomes any pronouns. She currently lives in Ojai, CA.



Natalie Griffith Robichaux


Natalie Griffith Robichaux’s areas of exploration include acting, movement, development of the imagination through body work, intimacy choreography, painting, art therapy, teaching and the creation of original theatre work. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and an M.F.A in Acting from the University of California, San Diego. She is certified in the Michael Chekhov technique as well as a level II Reiki practitioner. She has performed in theaters across the country including Lincoln Center Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Her study at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles under Pam Dunne and with MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) in the psycho-physical approach to acting has deeply influenced her work as an artist, instructor and healer. A recent example of original performance work is her solo piece Bicycle Face performed at the International Michael Chekhov Festival which explores the social construct of the feminine as a pathological condition. She has enjoyed academic appointments at Penn State University and UCSD in their undergraduate and graduate theatre programs as well as led workshops in many studios across the country. Natalie’s experiences as an actor, director, artist, educator, and mother fill her passion for championing the imagination and creative spirit in others.



Dr. Shivani Amin obtained her medical degree from American University Of The Caribbean, and was trained in family medicine at Hoboken University Medical Center.

Growing up in the United States in a traditional Indian family, Dr. Shivani was deeply inspired by the wisdom of her ancestors ancient healing methods and successfully integrates these practices with modern western medicine.

Focused on helping patients get to the root cause of their medical condition, Dr. Shivani strives to help patients achieve a unified mind-body-spirit connection as the pathway to optimal health and wellbeing.

The Possibilities

The Shaman Room


Beautiful, large room with King size bed, en-suite bathroom and a gorgeous view. Included in the Mystic package is a one-on-one session with Lauren. It could be voice/alignment work or an Active Imagination journey or even a massage. Your choice.



The Warrior Room


Lovely medium sized room, shared bathroom. Spoil yourself or split with a friend – separate full sized beds.



The Starborn Tent


This is the Starving Artist experience: a tent directly behind the pool housing. Shared bathroom, close to pool and outdoor shower. A value of $220 for tent and ALL meals and programming!



Transformational Programming only


Get an AirBnB off-site and join us for programming and lunches and dinners



Magical Add-ons


A one-on-one session with Lauren. It could be Voice/Alignment work, Active Imagination journey, Somatic Experiencing Session or even a massage. Your choice.


$187 each

All participants will receive


All programming. Enjoyment of heated pool, yoga studio, other outdoor spaces, main meals and retreat gifts 😀

Travel // Arrival // Departure
Getting to the Retreat – when, where, how etc.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent the exact address of the retreat venue which is in Yucca Valley, CA — less than 15 minutes west of Joshua Tree, about 40 mins from the Palm Springs Airport, and about 2 hours and 20 mins from Los Angeles (depending on traffic and jumping off point).


Arrival time on Thursday May 5th will be between 2p and 4p.
Departure time will be 11am Sunday May 8th

If you have any questions please email Lauren: lauren@speakwellus.com