As we step into a retreat, leaving the usual busyness and distractions behind, a calling from deep within is answered. It is a precious, sacred time to give our attention toward what matters most and to offer loving presence the prime seat in the house. Here, you are welcomed as you are. In a safe environment, with a supportive group and the guidance of Nicola Amadora, a seasoned spiritual teacher, you receive the priceless opportunity to:
~Come home into the truth of you are, taking your seat to live as That.
~Connect intimately with the juicy Source of all Life
~Steep in the field of love and fill up with enriching nourishment
~Unravel layers of personal and collective suffering & befriend your humanness
~Engage in profound spiritual practices and resonance relating
~Discern delusion, experience liberation and unleash your true self
~Grow your capacity to live awake, embodied and engaged, able to make a difference in this beautiful, troubled world.
All retreats offer deep transmission, a wholesome, embodied, and refined nondual orientation emerging from over 30 years of practice and teaching. Read more Here about the unique spiritual approach, based on ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary psychological integration. Depending on the particular theme, retreats include some or all of the following aspects: Silence, potent meditations, holistic inquiry, grounded and enlivening spiritual practices, embodied nondual and heart wisdom teachings, somatic and psychological integration, emotional healing, collective trauma healing, alone and together time, resonance relating, ceremony, nature and a whole lot of real love.
Spiritual Retreats, Group Meetings, Satsang & Sangha are offered worldwide in-person and online.
Join us for a session, a day, weekend intensive, or a deep immersion retreat!
Ongoing Online Teachings and Spiritual Groups:
Mary Magdalene Group – presently closed one year group.
Field of Love Sangha – Satsang and meditation six-month group. Request to join.
“The retreat was fantastic. Unbelievable, the transformation that emerged in the whole group and myself. The structure was whole and safe. It was so profound, honest and truly life affirming.” ~ Annelot Borleff, Holland
“I felt how caught up I was in my own bubble. I am opening to a domain where everything is welcomed and love is the only currency. Liberation!” Colin, London
“The Retreat: ‘Truly Connected-Make a Difference’ was such a transformative experience! I felt so supported and able to express who I really am- free from judgment and expectations. Nicola is truly inspiring. I look forward to growing further with these amazing retreats”.~ Lauren Barnum, Los Angeles
“Nicola’s earthly experience and connection to The Divine Mother and Father is vast. She is deeply connected to spirit, but so much fun too. I found she can gently sense and pierce the very place we need to individually be met for our healing and transformation. I have been on a path of gathering wisdom teachings and practices over many years from lots of different directions. in Nicola I found an affirmation of my path from someone who is a female ‘master’ and who integrates many of these directions I have found over many years in her comprehensive offering.” ~Kathy Adams, Facilitator, England
“The great Turning was such a beautiful retreat! It was special to feel vulnerable and really seen in a safe environment.” Troy
“Dear Nicola, Thank you for showing me the love and richness in human relations. Being as one, guiding, welcoming, holding, supporting, sharing, dancing, celebrating each other. Man and woman, healing and truly connecting. So beautiful.” ~ Natascha Van den Ban, Holland
“Nicola is a genuis teacher. I love how her teachings flow from deep compassion, knowing and is real. She embodies spirituality and is fully human. She takes a whole group of diverse people into authentic connection and love.The reteat affected so many of us in a deep and real way and it brought me home.” ~Kristin Crowly, MFT intern, Berkeley
“I just wanted to thank you for an incredible experience at the Green Gulch retreat. It was truly transformative for me. I spent much of the day reflecting and writing about a recent breakup that was extremely painful and has left me in a very dark place for the past ten months. I experienced a lot of healing that day during the retreat, thanks to your guidance. During the meditations I felt a seed of compassion was watered in me, rather than resentment and anger, and I think that was really key to the process. For the past few weeks I have felt very joyful and free from the heavy weight of grief that I was under. I feel lifted out of the darkness I was in, and ready to move on with my life. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for helping me to heal and transform.” Annalise from Marin
“What a beautiful retreat, joyous and opening. I left by the way of magic carpet. So thankful.” Hendrick Paul, Marin
“I feel deeply touched by Nicola’s love and guidance. I now have the tools to connect to my wounds through loving presence. That feels incredibly supportive.Thank you Nicola for your embrace!”~ Anke Spriestersbach, Germany
It is rare to find teachers who are able to integrate so much and be able to support others into an felt experience of release and resolution.In an exploration she did with each person, I experienced her attunement and skillful guidance to move to a new perspective and have a transformation.She goes beyond left brain understanding to an embodied journey through barriers and into a new opening and experience.Nicola is a gifted teacher and guide who was able to take a group of people who were strangers into a safe, deep, undefended and healing connection with themselves and the other group members.She fluidly integrated what was arising in the group with experiential explorations,poetry and meditations.Instead of participants having a passive and conceptual experience it was immediate and integrating of body, mind, spirit and psyche. She is highly skilled and embodies what she teaches. It is rare and truly inspiring ~Trisha Rowe, LCSW,Cert. AEDP Therapist, Oakland, CA
Nicola, you are such a gifted teacher, and it was a privilege to be with you on the retreat. Everyone was at home and welcomed in whatever condition they were in. Your guided meditations were inspired and show your deep integration of very profound spiritual teachings. I am so fortunate to have been present and look forward to learning more from you in the future. Keep up your very important work. You have a gift of transmitting very complicated teachings to a receptive audience in an integratabtle, accessible, and very warm manner. Very sincere thanks.” ~ Fayne, Oakland
You are a great and genuine teacher Nicola. And from the moment I started working with you there have been so many shifts in my experience. I feel renewed, I feel strength and peace. The personal session and meditation group has been profound and powerful. You are a true blessing Nicola! ~ Lou Ann Mc Bride, Louisanna
“The retreat was truly enlightening, to be able to to reconnect with myself, each other, nature, the divine. The energy and authenticity was inspiring!” ~ Katie Byram, Martinez
“I felt guided to explore my depths, far beyond the waves of everyday emotions. You are lovingly powerful and so refined. Thank you for this beautiful retreat.” ~ Autrea, Holland
“The Training Power of Connection was inspiring, heart opening. I learnt valuable skills and I experience more love for the places in me that are disconnected, “the refugee’ who is looking for presence and acceptance. I feel more grounded, balanced and loved now. Nicola’s facilitation was excellent, highly skilled and intuitive. We all came away with simple tools for every day life, and feeling far more connected to ourselves, each other and the Divine- in a real way. Thank you so much!”~ Sieglinde Schneider, Nurse Director, San Francisco
“Dear Nicola, what you teach resonate deeply. They fit into the way I look at the world. Going into that world and “walking my talk”, that’s where it feels unsafe for me. Thank you for guiding me through to a new way. Your guidance is in loving presence, safe and sincere. Thank you for being there.” ~ Miriam, Amsterdam, Holland
“Liebe Nicola, ich danke Dir für diese sehr wunderbare Erfahtung im Retreat mit dir. Deine Arbeit ist so einfach, so klar und so tief. Ich bin sehr tiet beruhrt und ich durfte meine wirkliche kraft meine Stärke erfahren, Herzlichen Dank!” ~ Britta Burmehl, Germany
“The class on ‘Heart of Relating’ was incredibly uplifting. It inspired me and gave me practical insight on how to stay connected to my happiness in relationships.”~ Karina Alvarez, Berkeley
“The conscious relating practice and how you guided the meditation was off the charts. It affected me and the entire group profoundly. Thank you!” Mirabai Wurkowliz, Mill Valley
“Opening and closing, letting emotions come as they are and staying present. No more running from fear. Instead I welcome it with curiosity. I learnt to listen to the answers from my heart and skills to live from that depply connected place inside. I am filled with gratitude for you Nicola as I leave this retreat. Thank you!” Jesse
“I am so inspired by your teachings. You lead with such grace and wisdom, demonstrating compassion and fearless courage. The retreat was wonderful. I am so excited to learn more from you.” ~ Anna, Devon, England
“I learned so much and received so many gifts from this retreat. I learnt about the power of real love, and how to embrace difficulties that life presents to us. It was real deep and beautiful. Thank you Nicola!” Jesus Soto, Los Angeles
“If you ever get the chance to work with Nicola Amadora I passionately recommend you jump at it with enthusiasm.Her vibrant caring, good sense of humor, diverse skills and strong, clear wisdom are profound gifts to us humans in these times. After training with Nicola, I feel renewed and reset into a deepened connection with myself, with my co-workers and with Nature itself.” ~ Scott klingemaier, Department Manager at Harbin
“I wanted to thank you for your wisdom, warm heart, and grounded way you lead with the retreat, truly creating an honest, authentic space for our group to unfold into. I’ve since been sitting with and working with some of the pieces that were brought up that day, particularly the practices of honoring my edge, dropping into the belly, and speaking with nature on a more consistent basis. I was truly touched by your powerful story and strength of faith in it.” ~ Lauren Allegra Elio, Los Angeles
The five day Shasta Retreat: “Into the Sacred”was incredible. Being in nature, meditating, deeply connecting with Self and each other was fulfilling and a life changer. Nicola, you are an amazing teacher. How you lead this big group into the Sacred in such a profound, safe and real way, was truly remarkable. Transformational for every one of us. You are a master at this.” Dr. Tonya Fleck
“I have been on many retreats over the years and have my own practice. This retreat made a real difference for me, it was so worth it. The spiritual practice for relating on a very deep level touched me profoundly.” Wendy Wallbridge, Women Leader Coach, Marin
“I have felt more in this retreat than in the last five years. I feel open and alive. Thank you Nicola!”~ Onno de Vreede, Holland
“Nicola you are great teacher. Genuine. The Satsang was amazing. And my personal session with you was life changing.” Lou Ann McBride, New Jersey
“Wow. My heart is stretched wide open, and once again your wisdom, authenticity has moved me in a very deep way. I cannot express the gratitude I have for you, Nicola. I am honored to be learning the tools for true love warriorship form you and I am committed to follow this profound path. i am filled with such joy,and leave this retreat truly connected.” Breann, Nurse, CA
“Thank you, Nicola for sharing your joy, depth, wisdom, care and your love during the retreat and beyond it. And thank you for your gift to bring me into a deeper connection with my own heart. I experience Nicola’s presence as a light that literally enlightens the heart. A light that shines on All. It unveiled a love in me that I had forgotten, and it shone light on the shadow and pain that caused so many problems in my life because I couldn’t find the way to meet it wholeheartedly. She gave me with her loving presence the opportunity to meet it and I’m so grateful for that! A huge liberation, a second chance in life is what I feel now. Her guidance flows from her own direct life experiences and that makes her for me trustworthy. Her transmission is powerful and she is loving and genuine. I highly recommend her as leader, spiritual teacher and trainer. It’s a blessing to meet her! “ ~ Kim Roswitha, Founder of Wisdom with Horses, Spain
” The Shasta Retreat was incredible, I still remember it after a year vividly, it was so powerful and life changing. I will never forget this!” Callia Hansen, Boston
“Nicola embodies the famous phrase that love is stronger than fear. Her example, every moment of the day in this weeklong retreat- even under extremely challenging circumstances – has proven to me the possibility and the promise of such conviction. It is contagious! I am inspired! She carries such a vibrant torch that you can’t help but catch on fire. Standing beside her I burn with true desire to live from a place of fierce compassion and love in action. Nicola’s commitment, dedication and selflessness are palpable and humbling. It has been an honor to walk beside her in nature and the inner terrain of our true nature. Nicola carries the map in her heart and is a blessed guide.Thank you Nicola. You are a treasured teacher and soul companion in this life for me.” ~ Melissa Mahar, Oregon
“This retreat was just beautiful, full of deep connection with each other, nature, spirit, and ourselves. Nicola created a very safe container for people to let go into greater depth, and she was finely attuned to each person’s process. Through guided meditations and practices, she led the group into deep presence and resonance.
Nicola embodies an incredible combination of profound love and powerful energy that is both catalytic and highly inspirational. By the end of the retreat I felt more fully connected and also lit up with a powerful call to my next level of purposeful work in the world. I could also sense that each person in the group received something very special. I so appreciate and respect Nicola and I am very grateful.” ~ Sherri Lassila, Women’s Leader and Executive coach
“Nicola is incredibly direct and highly intuitive. During the retreat she offered pointers with profound sensitivity and clarity, which created such a powerful presence, where anything became possible for all of us.” ~ Leonie, Yogateacher in Spain
“I deeply honor the work with Nicola. The field she created in the group and the playful exercises felt like a very safe vessel to dive deeply into truth, our feelings and meet each other honestly, lovingly and curiously. My heart opened and through curiosity I discovered a new way, so real and alive, for relating with others. With Nicola this discovery was really juicy.” ~ Maria, Germany
“Es ist so wundervoll zu sehen und zu erleben wie weit du auf deinem Weg gekommen bist und mit welcher Klarheit, Hingabe und Liebe die du uns mitgeteilt hast. Deine Weisheiten hoeren sich nicht wie Lehrreden an, sondern die Wahrheit spricht durch dich. Das retreat was so magic and transformative. Ganz tief und wundervoll.” ~Theresa Quast, Berlin
Translated into english:
“It is so wonderful to see and experience where you abide and the clarity, devotion and love that you have shared with us. Your wisdom and teachings do not sound like empty words and lectures, but rather the truth is speaking through you! The retreat was so magic and transformational. Very deep and wonderful. Thank you Nicola.” ~ Theresa Quast, Berlin, Germany
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This special yearly retreat invites us to enter deeply into what is sacred within and all around us. The stunning wilderness of Mt. Shasta offers a powerful gateway to connect with all of life.
Meditation, ancient practices in holy places, stillness and communion with all beings, ceremony, light hiking, and swimming in clear lakes, usher us to fall in love with life. Visit the page and discover more about this special retreat.
Open and connected we are fully alive and in touch with each other. We experience sacredness, creativity, and love flow. Difficulties can be more easily transformed. Present, we have access to natural intelligence and wisdom guides our actions and walk. In a state of separation from the spirit of life, ourselves, and each other, we suffer. Often we live in between. This Retreat offers a bridge to deepen into who we really are and be in an authentic connection with all of life. We embrace our human vulnerability to be able to embody our pearl. And we practice relating with fierce compassion and skill toward each other and our world. Meditation, Inquiry, Teaching, Embodiment & Relating Practices support us on this beautiful retreat.
YOUNG PEOPLE RETREAT
Being connected, inspired, and in alignment with our purpose, whether the sun shines or storms rage, gives us happiness. And how do we live that in relationships, at work, and in the streets of this wonderful and tumultuous world in a time, when all hands on deck are needed to create positive change? This retreat is about building a bridge. Spiritual practices, life tools, nature and a group support us to live truly connected to Spirit, ourselves, each other and the world. Join us to experience the fullness of who you are and grow to make a difference with your gift!
Whether we engage with a beloved, friend, child, colleague or stranger on the street we all yearn for true connection. Relating can be a spiritual practice. How do we relate from presence, wisdom, and kindness to one another? What does it take to meet across the chasm of different worlds and open the door to authentically connect? And how do we engage with our shared human vulnerability? As we learn to relate in beneficial ways, our relationships naturally grow healthy, providing a gateway into who we are and fulfilling the soul’s longing together. Teaching, Meditation, Relational Skills, Integral Practices, and a safe space for the Heart will be offered to delve deeper into the Power of Connection.
BEING PRESENT — BEING CONNECTED
is the foundation for real love. This retreat offers you to open and deepen into being fully here now and being connected to all that is. The main door is silence and connecting to the Source. Once entered, a new way of being in ourselves, in the world and in relationship emerges. The retreat includes meditation, short talks, and movement.
A deep yearning beckons us to fully come home. As we enter the chamber of the heart, the gift beyond prize is revealed. This profound, yet simple path of love transforms us to the core. We experience sheer wonder and joy. Barriers and old hurts rise to be met. As we tend to them skillfully, they turn to compost for new growth. It is the gateway to live present, connected and with real love in our world. This beautiful Retreat is an invitation for: Meditation & Inquiry, Teachings for the Path with Heart, Emotional Healing and Relating Practice.
LIVING FROM THE POWER OF LOVE
Responding from Real Love to all of life means nothing less but to radically open our hearts, to uncover the love within us, and to be present so we can embrace what is here. When we are connected in our body and let love move us, our world is affected in a powerful way. In a supportive environment, you are invited to discover the jewel that is you, to meet your blocks toward receiving and giving of love, and to allow transformation to emerge organically. This profound retreat provides you with skills and direct experiences, which can enable you to live more fully and freely from love in this world.
What is your experience right now? How do you relate to it? Meeting what is simply as it is, with openness and curiosity, leads into the greatness of our heart, relaxation of the body and releases the mind from strategies and defendedness. The practice of relating to anything as it is from lovingpresence, grows our courage and frees us from conditioning. With that we walk more fully alive, present and in natural friendliness toward ourselves and all we meet.
offers integrated east/west spiritual practices for beginning and advanced students. Meditation instruction includes dharma teachings, nuts and bolts of meditation, support to cultivate wisdom, compassion, mindfulness, how to meet challenges, open the heart and walk centered in daily life. Meditation retreats invite you to experience your true nature, the sacred in life and deepen into the silence of being.
provide an extraordinary opportunity to awaken and to live real love together. In a safe setting we engage in a soulful and practical way with: vulnerability and power, healthy boundaries and integrity, sexuality and connection, embracing the darkest and most luminous in each other, how to turn battlefields into gardens and to nourish your relationships. We enhance intimacy and understanding through non-violent communication, conflict resolution and the language of affection. Loving relationships are possible when we are present, accept each other and dare, without defenses, to truly meet in love. It is a path of the heart.
TO LOVE AND BE LOVED
This retreat is an invitation for couples and singles to: connect to Love present within you, deepen your availability to fully receive, grow in your capacity to authentically give, experience greater wellbeing in your relationships and life, benefit all by living your gift. Meditation, direct experience, practical skills, sharing and teaching support us at this retreat to be at home and intimate within love’s nature.
supports you to raise your child from wisdom, mindfulness and loving-kindness. This includes understanding developmental changes, learning age appropriate language, using positive discipline effectively, applying creative skills for difficult times and connecting deeply with your child in the midst of daily chaos. You are encouraged to cultivate a wholesome home life, which helps your child’s unique nature to thrive.
is an important call of our times. Awakening into the divine feminine means to discover our unique way as women, to find and speak our voice, to celebrate our body and sensuality, to release cultural conditioning, to uncover what is true in us and to claim our power. We are guided to trust, to honor and love ourselves. Meditation, dance, song, art, writing, sharing, sacred ceremony will assist us to unfold deeper into ourselves, into connection with each other and to embody the beauty of our womanhood.
LONGING OF THE FEMININE
The forgotten song of the soul is calling. Our yearning takes us home into the deep dark. Here a brilliant light is shining. Your gift awaits to be received and offered into this world. On this special Retreat be nourished and immersed in ancient wisdom, far too deep for words.We are invited into a lovely home to connect with our true life’s calling through meditation, integral practice, sharing and teachings from the feminine wisdom river.
In this exquisite course for women you are invited to step into grace…Live from the natural elegance and dignity of a queen. Fully embrace your vulnerability and be at ease with your own body.Move from oppression and struggle into the juicy power of the feminine.Rejoice in the sensuality and fullness of your womanhood.Learn practical skills for loving and healthy relationships.Deepen in the art of giving and receiving love.Stay connected and true to yourself in the midst of relationships. Be present to stillness and honor the voice of your innate wisdom nature.Connect intimately with the Source and ride courageously the waves of change.….and offer your gifts in benefit for all beings!
COMMUNION WITH NATURE
allows us to live in harmony with all of creation. We can connect and communicate with plants, animals, the land and the devas, when we are open and listen. This workshop will teach you how and give you practical tools to create garden sanctuaries. You are supported to make a difference by living ecologically responsible and in communion with this earth.
JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF CREATION
This magnificent journey leads us on horseback into the heart of creation: Canyon De Chelly. It has been the sacred land of the Native Americans for 5000 years, where wild mustangs still run free. The breathtaking beauty, purity and power of the canyon opens us into the sacred mystery, beckoning us to step into a powerful connection with nature, our soul, and each other.The canyon holds great historical and spiritual significance; cliff dwellings tell stories of the Ancient Ones (Anastazi, Pueblo, Hopi), who lived there and whose presence is still keenly felt. Spider Rock is known as a powerful vortex, where Spider Woman has been weaving creation since the beginning of time. Together with her we will weave a new story for our own lives, the future of humanity and the earth. On this sacred retreat, we tread in the footsteps of the ancient ones, sleeping 5 nights in tents under the stars, and riding on horses to discover the many wonders in Canyon De Chelly. Woven into our journey will be meditation, deep communication and healing for our relations, your personal soul quest, connecting in the circle of women and men, and a special ceremony. As we emerge restored and filled from the heart of creation, we can create a world, where we feel truly connected and live in harmony with all of life.This majestic canyon and retreat offers us the experience and gift of a lifetime.