Rest as Resistance Retreat

Sunday, February 4, 2024   ·   9:30am - 4:30pm

New Hope, PA


A Retreat Day to Renew

Take a break from your everyday routine to reconnect with yourself, nature and community. 

A sweet schedule of nourishing experiences will soothe your nervous system, expand your mind, and support you in ways that may surprise you.

Sunday, February 4 - New Hope, PA

Space is limited to 15 participants.

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Retreat Location

Rise Retreat Home

Transport yourself to a magical setting and enjoy abundant beauty on this 20 acre property in New Hope, PA. Exact address will be shared after registration.

Retreat Schedule

Sunday, February 4th in New Hope, PA

Arrive and Connect

9:30am - Arrive and settle in to the peaceful setting.

10:00am - Opening Circle 

Rachel & Tami guide the group to ignite the spark of connection within yourself and with those surrounding you.

Sooth and Nourish

11:00am - Sound Bath Class with Sara Schwartz 

Relax into a grounding sound bath to support your nervous system and reset your energy. As you lay in a restorative shape of your choice, surrender to the healing vibrations of voice, singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and shamanic instruments.

12:00pm - Plant Powered Lunch

Prepared and presented by master chef, Michele Ware. Accompanied by recipes to take home.

Relax and Renew

1:30pm - Forest Bathing 

Slow down and open your senses through a guided meditative immersion in the forest.

3:00pm - Rest as Resistance Workshop with Sara Schwartz

In our light-speed world of grind culture, productivity is seen as paramount. We often feel that rest is a luxury, but is it? What would our world look like if rest was our right and our priority? What connections would emerge if we slowed down, created intentional space for rest and resisted "doing" for being? 

In this workshop, we will explore rest as a form of liberation and how we can enhance and commit to rest practices in our lives.

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What's Included

Receive lots of care, inspiration, and goodies!


Through forest bathing, lunch and a soothing sound bath, you will receive an abundance of nourishment for your whole self.


The story sharing in circle and workshop reflections on rest are sure to inspire you in new ways and leave you revitalized.


The sense of belonging and connection in your retreat day is soothing to your soul in such a unique and profound way.

Special Treats

A Rise journal, swag bag and other goodies are ready for you to enjoy and take home. 


Retreat Facilitators

Your guides by your side for your Rest as Resistance Retreat

Tami Astorino

Co-Creator & Facilitator

Tami Astorino, M.Ed.

Reconnect and restore balance to your daily life as you discover the fundamentals of forest bathing with Tami. Tami blends her skills as a facilitator, yoga instructor, and nature lover to offer you an opportunity to reduce stress, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, and optimize overall well-being. Experience a sensory awakening and answer invitations to connect with the natural world that surrounds you as well as the true nature that resides inside of you in forest bathing and workshops with Tami.

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Co-Creator & Facilitator

Rachel Rainbow

Rachel shares her skills as a somatic therapist to facilitate an experience that restores your relationship with your body and supports you in reclaiming your wholeness. Rachel is known for her hugs and will offer these in abundance at the retreat, along with her wisdom in workshops and classes.

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Sara Schwartz

Workshop & Class Facilitator

Sara Schwartz, LSW

Sara Schwartz is the founder of Riot Alliance, a Philadelphia-based sound healing and jewelry business with a social justice mission. Transformed by her personal experience with stress relief and grounding through sound, Sara became a certified Sound Healer to share this practice in community. Central to her work is the honoring of indigenous sound healers and a commitment to making sound healing accessible to marginalized communities. 

With a background in trauma-informed care, Sara has a deep understanding of healing-centered practices offering immersive sound bath experiences in group and individual sessions that support participants to experience restful release in a welcoming, safe environment.


Master Chef

Michele Ware

Michele Ware is a classically trained chef who is driven by the purpose of serving locally sourced, quality, wholesome meals and to inspire others to open their minds and palettes to the power of plants.

Michele is the founder and owner of Little Radish in New Hope, PA.


Retreat Reviews

The vibe created was incredibly welcoming from the second I walked through the door. This energy flowed from Rachel and Tami to every woman to the point that we felt completely comfortable opening up our souls to people who were complete strangers before this day. The day pushed us and was full of tears, laughs and kindness. The transformational retreat unlocked something in me and every woman present. I felt a surge of inspiration from this event and have felt a shift in the Universe that pushes me to be true to myself and follow my dreams. 

I did not know anyone signed up to go to the retreat but I felt a connection to it and knew I must attend in spite of any fears I had of not knowing what to expect or other people.  

I am so glad that I honored my intuition and put my big girl pants on that day and went to the retreat all by myself.  From the moment I arrived to the amazing property I knew it was going to be a special day.  It far exceeded my expectations!

The day’s events were scheduled so beautifully.  Everything flowed so smoothly and naturally.  It was structured so well that it did not feel structured. The activities were all so great. I don’t think I can pick one over the other as a favorite as they were all different but equally great.  And, the food was amazing. Really, the entire retreat was wonderful.  It was just what I needed.


We're glad you have questions. If you can't find your answer, contact us.

Absolutely! Many women attend solo! The welcoming environment is there for new friendships to form and leaves you feeling connected to an inspired community.

The Day of Renewal retreat is held at the Rise retreat home in New Hope, PA. The exact address will be shared after you book your retreat.

Rise is a community where all belong, whether this is your first retreat or you've been to many. You don't need any experience in yoga, meditation or the like; our retreats are about connection to ourselves, each other and modalities for renewing and recharging our whole selves.

Think cozy and comfy! No need to dress up, come as you are and pack your favorite items for hanging out, movement and being outdoors. 

Bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and shoes for walking outdoors according to the weather.

You and your tummy are going to feel nourished! 

Snacks and the chef prepared lunch are thoughtfully designed to give you freshly prepared, wholesome nourishment with ideas to bring home to your kitchen! There is something for everyone  – vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc. 

If there is anything specific you need, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are here to accommodate you.

We will be immersing in our beautiful setting and breathing the benefits of time spent close to nature. Location of activities will depend on weather, but Forest Bathing will be outside unless it's raining heavily, so bring appropriate attire.

The retreat home is equipped with many bathrooms and rooms for you to change throughout the day.

Bookings are non refundable, however, tickets may be transferred to another person or the Rise Gatherings Scholarship Fund.

Email for more information on these two options.

– No exceptions to these conditions apply.

We would love to hear from you! Please send us an email – all questions and considerations are welcome with open arms!