Retreats & Trips

Wellness, Rest and Play on the Emerald Island

Tipperary, Ireland ~ August 7-14, 2021

with Joyce St. Germaine, M.Ed., CHt., RYT-200

and Leslie Gordon E-RYT-500

Note: The trip we had planned for this year has been postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 virus. We have a couple of spaces available! If interested please contact me or Leslie as soon as possible.

Ireland is calling Us: Our Retreat

Ireland is known for its beautiful landscapes and shorelines, its friendly people, pubs and interesting castles. Join us at beautiful Bansha Castle located in Tipperary, Ireland, close to many of Ireland’s most beautiful and interesting attractions. This castle is one of Ireland’s best kept secret get-aways. A former home of the Butlers of Ormonde, Bansha Castle is now ours to experience as a haven of rest and relaxation for the week. This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. There are many places nearby to visit and explore, and there will be ample time for yoga, meditation, journaling and other modalities of self-awareness and relaxation, as well as time to explore the energies of the stunning Irish countryside.

Cost of your trip:

$ 2,400 per person—7 nights double accommodations
$ 2,250 per person—triple

(less $200 early bird pricing paid in full by January 15, 2021; add $700 to double accommodations for a single with private bath. Every room has a private bath.)

$750 non-refundable deposit due to hold reservation.
$500 due by February 1 and April 1.  Balance due June 1, 2021.

Canceling within 45 days will result in 50% forfeiture.
Canceling within 21 days will result in full forfeiture.
Travel insurance is recommended.

Your trip includes:

~Yoga, meditation or mindfulness practice daily (determined by tour schedule).

~Daily workshops that can include past life regression, pendulums, palm reading, ceremony, self-hypnosis for self-improvement, Irish art appreciation, yoga nidra, and more depending on the wishes of the group.

~Auricular Therapy session with Leslie.

~Hiking at stunning nearby Glen of Aherlow.

~7 nights accommodations/bath at Bansha Castle, Tipperary.

~5 dinners; 7 breakfasts.

~Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport and back.

~Many castle amenities including pool table, videos, games, bikes, washer/dryer, full kitchen.

Not included in the cost:

~Airfare to/from Dublin, Ireland.

~Incidentals and meals off site.


~Optional massage treatments available at the castle.

~Transportation for optional excursions.

~Admission to attractions when applicable.

~Private sessions with Joyce or Leslie.

To register, contact Leslie at or Joyce at Space is limited! Book soon!

Joyce and Leslie have teamed up for retreats in both Italy and Costa Rica. They both have extensive experience in their respective specialties. Visit to read about Leslie. They both look forward to providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for your retreat experience.


Contact Joyce at (860) 675-9706 or

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Sacred Sedona Retreat              

Yoga & Shamanism Fusion

with Joyce St. Germaine, M.Ed., CHt., RYT-200

and Anneliese Hurlock, RYT-500, Reiki III, AHC1

November 11-16, 2019

Join us to explore the best of Sedona, including sacred rock formations, energy vortexes, stunning vistas and other spiritual sites. We will stay at the amazing Grace Grove Retreat Center in Cornville to enjoy daily yoga classes and shamanic workshops and ceremonies.

Located on 25 acres, Grace Grove is an organically elegant retreat center. Features include a private outdoor sauna, certified organic mattresses, Oak Creek waterfront, trails, fireplace, & volleyball court, roof top deck for star gazing, Yoga Barn w/wood burning stove. Five-star rated on Airbnb, the property is secluded behind an electronic gate and only 20 minutes from Sedona. An oasis in the desert, Grace Grove is an inviting place to enjoy docile wildlife and lush green landscape next to the rushing waters of Oak Creek.


Early Bird Price! Only $1550 if you sign up and pay in full by September 9!

After September 9, $1750 per person (excludes airfare)

Limited spaces available! Reserve yours now!


  • 6 Days/5 Nights at the lovely Grace Grove Retreat Center, Cornville, AZ
  • Airport Transfers and Private Van on all Excursions in Sedona
  • Yoga Classes, Shamanism Workshops & Ceremonies
  • Excursions to Powerful Energy Vortexes, Stunning Vistas, Spiritual Sites and Unique Cultural Attractions
  • Vegetarian, Ayurvedic Meals prepared by our Private Chef


For registration, flight info and payment details, contact

Joyce (860)675-9706, or

Anneliese (860)331-3973,


Joyce St. Germaine, M.S. Ed, CHt., RYT-200

Joyce is a Certified Shamanic & Shapeshifting Practitioner, Certified Hypnotherapist & Past Life Regressionist, Spiritual Counselor, Registered Yoga Teacher, Intuitive Reader, Artist, Art Teacher and TV Show Host and Producer. Highly trained in various Shamanic traditions, she blends the teachings of many cultures in traditional and non-traditional ways.  Joyce brings over 40 years of teaching experience into her private practice, offering services and instruction to all types of learners and all levels of experience. Joyce will offer daily group activities designed to celebrate and deepen our connection with “All That Is”. She has taught Shamanism, Yoga, Art and Spiritual Studies throughout the US, in Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Italy. Joyce is owner of The Sacred Journey Center for Spiritual Studies in Burlington, CT.                                                         (860) 675-9706


Anneliese Hurlock, RYT-500, Reiki III Advanced Practitioner, AHC1 (Ayurvedic Health Counselor)

Anneliese has a unique background in Yoga and Healing Arts, fortunate to have found yoga in high school. Yoga, meditation and reiki have transformed her life, helping manage the effects a very difficult path, including PTSD, anxiety and depression. She opened Luna & Lotus in Collinsville, CT in 2017 to share her passion for healing others. Anneliese has taken a 200 HR YTT in Bali, SVASTHA Yoga Therapy, 300 HR YTT through the Tantric Alchemy Institute, Ayurvedic Health Counselor Level 1 from California College of Ayurveda,  “The Body Keeps the Score” Trauma Informed training, Vipassana Meditation course, MYNT Kids Yoga training, and has co-facilitated many retreats in the US and Costa Rica. As culinary intern at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Retreat Center in Costa Rica, she helped design their Ayurvedic Inspired cuisine. Lover of all things beauty she is also a holistic hair stylist! It is her mission to share light, compassion and healing to the world one individual at a time.                                                        (860)331-397

What to Bring:

  • Airline Tickets, Boarding Passes
  • Cash or Credit Cards
  • Journal, Pens, Colored Pencils
  • A Rattle if you have one
  • Eye Mask or Bandanna
  • Personal Small Sacred or Meaningful Item
  • Earth-Friendly Personal Care Products
  • Yoga Clothes
  • Backpack or Tote Bag
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Camera and/or Binoculars
  • Book or Reading Material
  • Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Bathing Suit if Desired
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Earth-Friendly Sunscreen
  • Refillable Eco-Water bottle
  • Comfortable Clothing for Both Warm & Cool Weather. (Temps in November can range from the 70’s to 30’s.)
  • Compact Umbrella
  • Required Medications
  • A Kind and Open Heart!


Shamanic Yoga Retreat

with Shamanic Practitioner & Yoga Teacher, 

Joyce St. Germaine, M.Ed., CHt., RYT-200

April 6-12, 2019


Santa Teresa, Costa Rica


 Explore the natural fusion of Yoga and Shamanism in this unique and playful retreat inspired by ancient Mayan teachings. Stay at the gorgeous Casa Verde, a beautiful community of five secluded, air-conditioned houses with dedicated yoga and workshop space. Enjoy lush tropical gardens in the heart of a tiny beach town.  Santa Teresa is hailed as a world class surfing destination with white sandy beaches, shops, restaurants and spectacular sunsets. Visit


Only $1500 Per Person (single or double) Includes:

  • 7 Days/6 Nights in beautiful Costa Rica with Hotel Taxes & Gratuities
  • First night in San Jose to allow a visit to “La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park & Animal Sanctuary” 
  • Five nights at “Casa Verde”, just 180 yards from the Santa Teresa Beach
  • Airport Transfers with our Private Driver upon Arrival & Return, Stop at Artisans’ Marketplace
  • Shamanic Yoga Classes, Workshops & Ceremonies in Beautiful, Two-Level Covered Pavilion
  • Gourmet Breakfast and Dinner Daily at Casa Verde
  • Air-Conditioned Houses, Patio Kitchens, Free Wi-Fi, Swimming Pools
  • Short walk to Beach, Shops, Restaurants, Grocery store, ATM, etc.
  • Admission and Taxi to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, Optional Excursions such as Zip Line Canopy Tour or Surfing Lessons are not included.
  • Airfare is not included. Happily, our itinerary does not require the usual additional flight from San Jose to Tambor to reach Santa Teresa, saving nearly $300 from the total retreat cost.
  • Payment Details:
  • Deposit of $500 is due January 1, 2019 or ASAP to hold your space.
  • Second payment of $500 is due February 1. 
  • Balance of $500 is due March 1.
  • Please make checks payable to: “The Sacred Journey”,
  • Write “Costa Rica 2019” in the memo line. 
  • Mail to Joyce St. Germaine, 29 Davis Road, Burlington, CT 06013.
  • If you prefer PayPal: (use “send to a friend option”).
  • Canceling within 60 days of retreat will result in 50% forfeiture.
  • Canceling within 30 days will result in full forfeiture.
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.
  • If interested, please contact me IMMEDIATELY for airline/flight information!


Limited spots available; reserve NOW!!! (860) 675-9706 or

Your Retreat Leader, Joyce St. Germaine, M.Ed., CHt., RYT-200 has lovingly crafted this retreat to integrate Shamanism and Yoga. Both practices honor a loving relationship to the “All-That-Is”. The beauty of the ocean waves, jungle foliage, cascading waterfalls, white sands, unique wildlife and breathtaking sunsets all invite us deeper into our universal connections. Our daily Shamanic Yoga practice will be enhanced by an exploration of the ancient Mayan symbols and teachings of each calendar day.  Experience unique yoga   classes designed by Joyce, incorporating asanas/poses, sacred sound healing, savasana/relaxation and cross-cultural shamanic ceremonies. Evening shamanism and other workshops may include power animal journeying, sacred sound meditations, spirit guide unions, etc. All activities are appropriate for any level of experience although participation is not required. Joyce will be available for private Soul Retrieval, Intuitive Reading, Energy Healing, Cord Cutting and Hypnosis Sessions during the retreat.

Joyce is an award-winning Teacher, Artist, Certified Shamanic Practitioner, Certified Shapeshifting Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Counselor, and Certified Hypnotherapist. She has taught Shamanism, Yoga, Art and Spiritual Studies throughout the US, in Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Italy. Highly trained in various Shamanic traditions, she blends the teachings of many cultures in traditional and non-traditional ways. She is Owner/Director of The Sacred Journey Center for Spiritual Studies in CT, USA.





What to Bring:

  • Passport (check exp. date)
  • Airline Tickets, Boarding Passes
  • Cash or Credit Cards (local currency preferred, currency exchange at airport
  • or at ATM in town)
  • Journal, Pens, Colored Pencils
  • A Rattle if you have one
  • Eye Mask or Bandanna
  • Personal Small Sacred or Meaningful Item
  • Yoga Mat,
  • Yoga Clothes
  • Flashlight or Headlamp, Batteries
  • Camera and/or Binoculars
  • Earth-Friendly Personal Care Products
  • Flip Flops or Sandals
  • Sneakers or Hiking Shoes
  • Cell Phone and Charger (Free Wi-Fi)
  • Comfortable Clothing for Warm Weather
  • Bathing Suit, Cover-Up for Beach or Pool
  • Sunglasses, Sun Hat
  • Earth-Friendly Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
  • Refillable Eco-Water bottle
  • Backpack or Tote Bag
  • Compact Umbrella or Rain Poncho
  • Required Medications
  • A Kind and Open Heart!