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Return to Your Element: Fall Harvest Retreat

Return To Your Element: Fall Harvest Retreat

“Unwind, connect and gather your summer’s harvest during a nurturing weekend immersed in the elements”

Peru, Vermont
September 2-4, 2022
with Gardner Orton and Julie Dokas​


Nestled in the heart of the green mountain forest, amongst rolling hills cradled by mountain peaks, lies New Spring Farm.  A sanctuary for your body, mind & spirit, where your journey is honored, supported & deepened by the wisdom & presence of Nature.

This land invites your introspection, reflection & transformation. It invites your bare feet, your open heart & your playful spirit. It invites you to reclaim your voice, your breath, your power, your passion & creativity. It invites you to commune – to come into union with the spirit of the forest, and the deepest parts of yourself.

During this immersive 4 day retreat, we’ll explore contemplative practices alongside land-based ceremony for a deeply healing and transformative journey designed to realign, recharge & reawaken. Working with the Elements brings many opportunities for healing, growth, letting go, intention setting & manifestation. You’ll find deeper alignment within yourself, as you connect more deeply with the Earth and others. 

Gardner Orton & Julie Dokas invite you to New Spring Farm this June to

Return to your Element…

 An opportunity to Relax – Release & Recharge

 Remember who you are, at the deepest levels of yourself and Reclaim the Wildness that lives inside of you

Find your Balance, Your Power, Your Magic As you Restore and Reconnect with the power of your breath

Commune with the Land, The Stars & the Water

And return home to yourself, with clarity, conviction and purpose.



Cultivating Presence – Contemplation, Meditation & Grounding

Nature Awareness & Communication Practices

Essences & Oils in Sacred Practice

Breathwork/Flower Journey

Sacred Fire & Water Rituals

Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sungazing & Star-bathing

Superfood Elixir Party

Light~Body Nutrition


Fees and Deadlines:

Retreat cost: $595

Deposit: $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot at time of registration.

Final balance due by August 15th, 2022

If you are registering on or after August 15th, 2022, 100% is due at time of registration.

Cancellations: Retreat Cost minus deposit will be refunded if canceled prior to 8/15/2022. Cancellations after 8/15/2022 will be refunded 50% of Retreat Cost.

What is included with registration fee:

All retreat activities and facilitation

3 organic vegetarian meals (Lunch & Dinner on Saturday. Lunch on Sunday)

Snacks, Tea, Elixirs

Fresh spring water for drinking

Access to all of New Spring Farm amenities

What is not included:

Transportation to and from New Spring Farm

Lodging not included, but accommodations are available (see below)

What to Expect:

Working with the elements and land-based practices means that we will be primarily outside, regardless of weather conditions. Activities will include a fair amount of hiking/walking over varied terrain. Please plan accordingly.


***For more information, or to register for this event,

please email Gardner Orton at

[email protected]***



The Lodge at Bromley

This hotel blends relaxed, lodge-style comfort with warm personal service. Located right on Bromley Mountain & only a 6 minute drive to New Spring Farm. You’ll enjoy sweeping southern views of the West River Valley or the peaceful slope of Bromley Mountain, Vermont’s only “south” facing ski resort. In-room amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, microwaves, mini fridges and balconies or patios enhance the guest experience.  Each room has 2 double beds, so rooms can be shared & the cost can be split between retreat attendees.


The Moss Brook House

Situated on the edge of a picturesque 120 acre farm that borders the Green Mountain National Forest, is this recently renovated charming home awaiting your visit. With brilliant natural light and rolling pasture views, the quiet dead end dirt road provides privacy, while still being only a mile from J.J. Hapgood general store and centrally located to multiple towns for all of your vacation getaway essentials. This house encompasses the best of both worlds.

The 1st floor has an open fully equipped kitchen & well appointed living room, 2 bedrooms with queen size beds & 2 full bathrooms with showers, one with a bathtub. The second floor is a spacious loft with two twin beds. In the living room, there is a couch, two comfortable chairs, a round table for dinner or games, a large flat screen TV, satellite TV with movie channels.

The house rental can be split between retreat participants, if you feel comfortable doing so.


Camping at New Spring Farm 

Pitch your tent in the field at the edge of the woods, or amongst the towering trees of the Green Mountain Forest.

Campers can use the bathrooms & shower in the barn.

$20 per night per person. Limited availability.





Gardner Orton is the founder and director of Sacred Mountain Wellness, with locations in Burlington and Peru, Vermont, as well as the visionary leader of New Spring Farm. As a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Somatic Breathwork Therapist, Gardner works with both individuals and groups to create positive, long-term results. A student of Alternative Health for over 25 years, Gardner helps his clients to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually through one-on-one counseling, guided breathwork healing sessions, and group workshops. Gardner’s practice embodies the philosophy that true health and happiness are only achieved when all areas of one’s life are in balance. To learn more, visit

Julie Dokas is the founder and creator of BiolumenEssence, a company whose mission it is to connect people to the heart and soul of nature while deepening their awareness and experience of their own innate luminosity. She refers to herself as an Energetic & Botanical Alchemist, as her work is a synthesis of 24 years of immersion in various modalities of energy work, eastern & western herbalism, holistic nutrition, and clinical aromatherapy.  She is most passionate about her work with flower essences, as they bridge the gap between herbal & vibrational medicine, and are subtle yet powerful catalysts for transformation, growth & conscious evolution. To learn more, visit