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Peace Not Pieces Women's Retreat
Peace Not Pieces Women's Retreat

Sun, Apr 02


San Miguel de Allende

Peace Not Pieces Women's Retreat

Join us for an unforgettable week of healing, reflection and empowerment in San Miguel de Allende.

Time & Location

Apr 02, 2023, 12:00 PM – Apr 08, 2023, 11:00 AM

San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

About the event

This journey is personal for me, the host, Michelle Wedderburn. After making the decision to end my marriage in early 2022 while living in a foreign country, I chose myself and my child over fear of the unknown. I chose us in order to discover the strength that has always been within.  The idea of this retreat was and is one of pure alignment with my current life. I remember thinking "I want to wake up to something powerful every morning that reminds me of who I Am. I want to walk by it several times a day and feel it hug my spirit, warm me, and give me the strength to continue to Be Me. This project has become the vehicle, the catalyst of all that 2023 holds and beyond. Peace Not Pieces Retreat is the support you need to bounce back from emotional traumas, relationships that have damaged or broken you and the space you need to reflect, begin the healing process and exhale.  This retreat will provide you with an unforgettable week of (re)bonding with yourself through Creative Art Sessions, Self Reflection Workshops, Body Movement, Sound Therapy, Reset methods and Self Care.


As a part of this retreat, products of the workshops may be used by the facilitators in future publications. Participants must sign a waiver.

What's Included:

  • Round trip ground transportation from BJX/QRO airports
  • Welcome Meal
  • Daily continental breakfast and lunch provided
  • Farewell Meal
  • In-home pamper day with Massages and facials
  • Healing through Art workshops
  • Healing through Movement workshops
  • Hot Springs
  • Full Moon release through sound and movement ceremony
  • Accommodations for six nights included
  • Transportation to scheduled activities

Additional meals, excluding the welcome and farewell meals, will be the responsibility of the participant.

What's NOT included:

  • Leisure transportation in and around SMA
  • Daily meals
  • Activities not explicitly listed above


Space is limited and confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. 


$3,200 per person

Space is limited and confirmed on a first come, first serve basis once a deposit has been made. Deposits and Payments are nonrefundable however, in the event you need to cancel your balance paid may be used as credit for future travel experiences with Expat Life Mexico, CasaELM, or the Journey Retreat.

About the Workshop Facilitators:

Kate Vandoren

Kate Van Doren (American, b.1978) explores human resiliency, connection, and the healing power of nature in her work. As an art therapist working in the mental health field for more than two decades, Kate offers a unique lens, cultivating connections with her inspirations to foster their stories about the human condition. She is deeply devoted to creating art that raises healing awareness in the lives of others. With contemporary realism we capture, expose, and explore the boundaries of the human condition. A strength based narrative dialogue integrated into the art making process can help organize and shape how others see themselves in an empowering way. The goal is to offer both my inspirations and viewers an experience of the human connection to their natural world. I am deeply dedicated to the healing capacity of art and nature in the lives of others.

To learn more about and view Kate's work, visit; (Fine art work) (Art therapy work)



@Eldiasinmujeres (retreat specific project is published here)

Gabriela Osorio

Bilingual therapist with more than twenty years of clinical experience and two masters, one in Family Systems in UNIVA and the other one in Clinical Art Therapy in Loyola Marymount University. Gabriela is the Director of different art therapy programs in México and other countries. Trained as Montessori guide for children from 2 to 6 years old and as an artist in Vancouver, Canada, where she studied fine arts. Active member in the American Art Therapy Association in the US where she has also presented clinical work. In the present, she lives in Zamora, Michoacán, in México where she has a project called “Casa Corazón” where she offers workshops for children, adolescents and adults, among other art workshops like music, painting and embroidery.

Instagram: @gabriela.o.fajardo

Facebook: Casa Corazón

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