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Return to your Element

Friday Sept. 2nd - Sunday Sept 4th 

 New Spring Farm, Peru, VT 

  with Gardner Orton & 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. 


Return to your Element Video

During this immersive weekend 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. 

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. 

Connecting & deepening your connection to the EARTH is a profound & wondrous experience. Magic & wisdom awaits you, as you learn to listen more closely & tune into the heartbeat of Gaia.
 Slowing down and paying attention to your breath unlocks many things within us…things we are ready to heal, let go of, and breathe more life into…AIR teaches us that respiration fuels inspiration.
We all are carrying some stories, beliefs or patterns that we’d like to incinerate and transmute. FIRE offers us the opportunity to release what no longer serves us, while igniting the passion to pursue what we are dreaming into being.
 Maybe you’ve become a rigid and rough around the edges – living in “the matrix” will do that to you…WATER teaches us how to soften our rough edges, to feel, flow & cleanse…and forge our own path, even create epic canyons, if we choose.
The Elements offer us different ways we can make space in our lives, for what wants to reveal itself & emerge: the full expression of who we are and why we are here. This space allows your soul to be seen, expressed & acknowledged.



Gardner Orton & Julie Dokas invite you to New Spring Farm this September, 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 Attunement - 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





September Retreat Cost: $595

$200 non refundable deposit to hold your spot at time of registration

Final balance ($595) is due 30 days after initial deposit

*If you are registering on or after August 15th, 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.


September Retreat Schedule:

Friday Sept 2nd: 5pm - 7pm

Saturday Sept 3rd: 8am - 9pm

Sunday Sept 4th: 9am - 4:30pm



What is included with registration fee

  • All retreat activities and facilitation 

  • 3 Organic vegetarian meals ( Lunch & Dinner on Saturday and Lunch on Sunday)

  • Snacks, Tea, Elixirs

  • Vermont Artesian Well 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 during the 3 1/2 days, regardless of weather conditions. Activities will include a fair amount of hiking/walking over varied terrain. Please plan accordingly.



Please contact gardner@sacredmountainwellness.com for more information & to arrange accommodations 

 The Lodge at Bromley 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. 

**If you prefer to contact Bromley Lodge directly, please mention that you are here for the retreat, as we have reserved rooms for our participants**


The Moss Brook House

Situated on the edge of New Spring Farm, 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. *Please note that the wood stove is not in-use for guests.  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.



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 www.sacredmountainwellness.com


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 25 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 www.biolumenessence.com