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Emotional Wellness Retreat in the US

It's not too late to heal from emotional pain. But it takes work, and especially the courage to transform old stuck feelings that lock you into destructive patterns. This retreat focuses on helping you transform deeply held feelings that lock you into the "old story" of your life. Reclaim your freedom, joy, and aliveness. This retreat is for those who are stuck in grief, or anger, or emotional upheaval.

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  • Workshops and exercises
  • Learn and practice specific life-affirming principles and skills for loving
  • Transform grief, pain, and trauma
  • Learn skills to create a loving, connecting space
  • Free time to rest and relax
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals

5 days with instruction
Group size: 5-12 participants
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Star Dance Ranch is a relaxed environment perfectly suited for deep healing work. It is also the home of Jon Terrell. Its quiet, semi-rural location supports safety and warmth.

It's not really a ranch in the sense that they don't have cattle or cowboys, but it does have an away-from-it-all feel that can be comforting and easy going. It has a 400-square-foot beautiful new addition, built in 2013, where most of the retreat activity takes place.

Star Dance Ranch can accommodate up to 12 participants and 10 overnight. Some participants prefer more privacy or need more privacy because they snore and choose to stay at one of the local motels as long as they agree to be at the ranch for all retreat activities. Additional fee depends on motel cost.

The main house is an old farmhouse with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, plus an office. For each retreat, the upstairs bedrooms are divided into semi-private sleeping spaces for guests. These mini spaces are individually designed.

At Star Dance Ranch, participants slow down and open up to their own unique life journey. All are encouraged to "say yes" to all their feelings, so they can live more fully and embrace the full spectrum of their lives.


We all want to love and be loved. We all long to shine in our lives and express our true nature. We long to be fully alive and present in each moment. We long for emotional wellness.

But too often, we find ourselves trapped in uncomfortable feelings. We lose those we love through death, divorce, illness, and conflicts. We also can repeat old destructive behavior patterns in new relationships, unconsciously recreating the conditions we want to avoid.

It doesn’t have to be that way. At this emotional wellness retreat, you will journey into the transforming power of a loving community to heal emotional pain, and restore a sense of well-being, ease, and hope.

Day-to-day program description

First, we create a warm and safe container for deep healing work. You will learn about and put into practice specific Principles and Skills of Loving. These immediately build trust, openness, and connection. The first night we engage in interpersonal exercises that help your brain and body relax and open up.

At the end of the first night, everyone agrees to a "covenant of caring" with everyone else...to stay, to confidentiality, to practice the Skills of Loving.

The second day starts with "body prayer" of Qigong or yoga, followed by a powerful one-on-one connection exercise. Then, after breakfast, everyone shares their personal life story and why they are attending.

Then, through the second to fourth day, we introduce processes drawn from humanistic and transpersonal psychology and diverse spiritual traditions. You will learn how to connect with fear, grief, anger, and other deeply held feelings and work them through to the other side. %Miraculously, an alchemical transformation takes place. Lead becomes gold, and participants experience joy, insight, peace, connection, and a new passion for living and loving.

You return to your bodies in a new way and experience a fresh aliveness and spaciousness in your hearts. Your dark, stuck feelings come bearing gifts, treasures waiting to be discovered. And this discovery is a celebration!

The final day is devoted to integrating what you learned and to develop "next steps" as you return home.

Come to their retreats if you want to:

  • Transform grief, pain, and trauma
  • Lift sadness by healing suppressed feelings
  • Learn skills to create stronger love and joy
  • Free yourself from suppressed anger, guilt, and shame
  • Discover your true nature as a source of pure love
  • Live life more passionately
  • Learn to trust yourself and your life’s journey

Transform your childhood pain

Their emotional healing retreats often reveal a painful emptiness or hole in your sense of self. Some people have spent their whole life trying to fill that hole with relationships, alcohol, other drugs, dysfunctional patterns, and all sorts of not-very-helpful coping behaviors.

That hole, in most circumstances, is rooted in your childhood experiences. When you are young, you need your parents to care for you. Without your caregivers, you would die. You need to be fed and protected to survive physically. But human life is so much more than just physical survival. You needed healthy parenting to nurture and protect you to thrive.

Many of you were not sufficiently cared for or were traumatized in different ways at that crucial time when you were building your brain’s neural networks of safety, competence, and relational intelligence.

This wounding became a template of how to live in the world, which affects all your romantic and close personal relationships. You replay old patterns of relating; you relive your old stories. In a way, as Harville Hendrix and others have pointed out, you are trying to work through the past lack of nurturing and caring in your present close intimate relationships but often end up just replaying the old patterns.

These patterns often occur below your ordinary awareness. Without realizing the cause, you can blame others or the world for your problems or blame yourself. The root cause of the problem is in that early survival template.

You continue to play this out until you learn how to take care of yourselves, to love and nurture yourselves, and to believe in yourselves. Change the "old story," and you change your world!

Most methods of trying to do this are slow, complex, and just partial:

  • Psychotherapy can be helpful, but it can take years and often doesn't lead beyond mental insights
  • Putting positive thoughts (affirmations, hypnotic suggestions, etc.) on top of the old pattering often only has a temporary effect
  • A healthy diet and exercise can both be beneficial, but they don't get to the deeper issues, your undigested emotional pain
  • Meditation likewise can be helpful, but only a few methods get deep enough to begin to heal your core wounding

They hold their emotional wellness retreats in relaxing and informal settings. They make every effort to create a safe, warm, supportive environment for deep work. All participants must agree to support each other with goodwill, confidentiality, and stay.

This retreat starts at 4 pm on Wednesday and ends at 1 pm on Sunday. Participants are included in all activities. There is some free time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons and the option for a hike up Sugarloaf Mountain to view the Pioneer Valley.


Jon Terrell


This retreat is at Star Dance Ranch, Jon's residence, in the town of Sunderland, in Western Massachusetts. It is an old farmhouse with a beautiful new extension designed just for your retreats.


  • Bradley International Airport - 1 hour
  • Boston - 2 hours
  • New York City - 3 hours


All meals starting with Wednesday dinner and ending with lunch on Sunday are provided. They encourage those driving in from New England to bring a potluck item for Wednesday's dinner. Snack foods are also available during the retreat before Wednesday's dinner and whenever needed. So one meal on Wednesday, three each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and two on Sunday. Jon Terrell tries to accommodate all diets. Participants help with food prep, serving, and cleaning at each meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Workshops and exercises
  • Transform difficult emotions such as grief, anxiety, anger
  • Learn key "principles and skills of loving" to create and transform close personal relationships and heal pain from the past
  • Guided Advanced Meditation experience
  • Learn four position Radiance Qigong
  • Medicine Wheel ritual
  • Four nights' accommodation in an air-conditioned space
  • Wi-Fi
  • All daily meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Other expenses related to transportation to and from Star Dance Ranch
  • Other accommodations

How to get there

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Arrival by shuttle

Travel can be arranged to Star Dance Ranch through van shuttles or Uber or Lyft.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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