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Life and communication coaching for women.

Coming Home -- A Women's Retreat


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Coming Home -- A Women's Retreat

  • Zazen Retreat Center 8150 Orr Springs Road Ukiah, CA, 95482 United States (map)

Zazen Retreat Center, Mendocino Highlands


Coming Home is about coming home to ourselves, without waiting for the picture-perfect life, the never-ending to-do-list all checked off, all our foibles and wounded places to evaporate.  It’s about choosing and stepping into love now, exhaling, resting, as we are – without waiting another moment. 

When we come home to ourselves, we take back every last piece of ourselves we have shamed into the closet.  We become our own allies and best friends – imperfect and lovable as we are.  We dare to trust our voice – vulnerable, clear, and courageous – to guide us in our relationships, and to speak our truth with heart, even when it’s scary.  We dare to let ourselves matter – starting here, starting within. 

When we come home to ourselves, a new world arises, within and without.

At Coming Home, you will learn to:

<3      Stand as your own best friend.  Come home to yourself – identifying the habitual patterns of thought and action that keep you from standing by your own side, in the times that you need it the most.

<3      Speak your truth with love.  Come home inside your relationships – find the courage and the skills to speak your truth alongside your kindness, your honesty alongside your vulnerability.

<3      Fall in love with the whole dang world.  Come home within our world – clearing the barriers to us stepping into our roles as the fierce-lovers-of-life and catalysts of social change and collective healing that our essential, undefended selves call for.

Retreat Cost

Early Bird sliding scale before September 14th is $397-597, including lodging and three delicious, healthy, organic meals served daily.



Zazen Retreat Center is located in the Mendocino Highlands, next to Orr Hot Springs and Montgomery State Redwood Forest, about 2 hours north of San Francisco by car.

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About the Facilitator

Marina Smerling is a counselor and communication trainer deeply who is committed to our evolution through the composting of shame into radical self-love.  A former attorney, Marina draws upon a decade of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), nondual spiritual practice, and the Hakomi Method to counsel women in not just surviving, but thriving in their lives and relationships.  Marina supports women in choosing love now, without waiting for the perfect relationship, career, or end of the mile-long to-do list... granting themselves permission to breathe and relax and to be treated with kindness just as they are, gloriously human and imperfect.  Her work supports women in mustering the courage -- and the skills  -- to bring up the hard stuff, speak their truth, and listen in ways that connect, bridge divides, and foster healthy, alive, honest relationships.


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