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Elemental Essence:
A Retreat in Nature

Friday, July 26th until Sunday, July 28th


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Journey through a weekend of  discovery, connection, ceremony, and play as we embrace the elements of wind, water, earth, and fire their sacred essence that live within us all.

We will explore different aspects of ourselves in order to feel more in alignment with our needs, values, and ways of being as well as expressing true selves. Walk away feeling rejuvinated and more in tune with nature that lives within us all with tools to tap into the powerful energies and unlock our own.


The Zen River Retreat (Near the White Lotus)

Reserve your place on the land and enjoy camping near the water with the convenience of the Zen River building that includes a kitchen, full and half bath, and communal spaces.  We also have a firepit near by for time to connect and share around the fire! 


Join Victoria Bryant, Albee Pedone, and David VanDerveer at Elemental Essence: A Retreat in Nature from Friday, July 26th until Sunday, July 28th at the beautiful Zen River Retreat which is located 12 minutes from the White Lotus in Green County and is a couple of minutes walk away from a river, is full of nature and wildlife as well as serenity. 


$300 Early Bird Pricing (May 24th - July 4th)

$400 Regular Price


3 meals, a campsite next to where activities are held and near the river, welcome drink,

and the following activities:

🪷 Opening circle and intention setting

🧘‍♀️ Breathwork and  Guided Elemental Meditation

🗣️❤️ Authentic Relating for Conscious Connections

🥗 Healthy and nourishing  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (vegan/gf options - Saturday) 

Friday night - Potluck style dinner, light breakfast on Sunday

🔥Firewalking to experience the power of releasing our fears to transform and connect with the light within

🌲Journaling and time to relax in nature

🪘Elemental Dancing and Drumming

💧River blessing and swimming

☕️ Cacao Ceremony 

〰️Sound Bath

🤩Facial Fiesta with Aztec Clay Mask!











Meet Your Facilitators

Victoria Bryant Torres

Victoria is an educator, dancer,  performing artist, and the event manager at the White Lotus. Victoria has hosted a number of events that promote connection, reflection, and creativity among participants, such as Aligning with Autumn: A Mindfulness Retreat. She finds that setting intention through ritual and presence, one can more clearly experience truth and connection. She received her certification in facilitating laughter yoga therapy through Dr. Kataria's program. She is a member of Charlottesville's Bent Theatre Comedy Improv group and Bad Hat Fire Troupe.

David VanDerveer

David is the founder and architect of the White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat.  He began his journey exploring mindfulness and meditation as a student of Swami Satchidananda at Yogaville 30 years ago.  David maintains a daily meditation practice which has helped him stay clear, focused, and tap into his creativty so he can create the White Lotus. He has taught both yoga and meditation and has been a professional juggler and performing artist for 25 years.   

Albee Pedone

Albee’s life is dedicated to the service of others. Integrating this intention with training in self-empowerment, through Waking Journeys, he offers group firewalks, glasswalks, and spiritual empowerment workshops, and provides space for individual spiritual counseling sessions. Having certifications as a firewalk instructor, breathwork facilitator, as well as being a Level Two Reiki Practitioner, and Chi Drummer Initiate, he utilizes all he has learned in support of others wishing to choose a more peaceful life of truth, trust, love, and happiness.

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