Soul Pilgrimage 

                                           November 11-18, 2017

The Japan Retreat is a pilgrimage of the soul:  The mountains of Aso called Amy and Miyuki Yamamoto to gather a circle of women in the autumn sacred holding space of Japan to offer a portal of soul sistering, becoming, and belonging.

The coven of women who are coming together to reconnect with their Divine Feminine are in the midst of their becoming.  

Each woman deeply senses that she is much more vast than who or what she has been, done, lived, or loved.

You know that something more is meant to be :: your unfolding dreams, desires and destiny are seeking you. 
Yet struggle, uncertainty, fear, confusion, and doubt find you here too.

Our retreat in Japan will support you moving into your next iteration and help you to get unblocked to fulfill the next step in your soul's pilgramige in this lifetime.  We will create space and connections for you to become.   

We will create experiences
through sacred sisterhood, expressive arts, movement, Qoya, guided imagery, tantric breath work, and connection to the land that will create portals of knowing, belonging, and coming home in your essence (heart, body & soul).  Being witnessed by and connecting with this coven, you will have a remembrance of who you are and who you have always been (possibly even through lifetimes). 

From this place of your essence that has always been yours, you can live, love, create, dance, and rock out or into what has been seeking you.


Our week together will be spacious for our coven.  Amidst the abundance of fall colors in the coziness of our ryokan with tea,  rituals & traditions, hot baths (onsen), and day trips, we will guide you into the embodied soul space of surrendering, offering, & receiving around the Sacred Feminine.  

We will delve into desires & dreaming.

We will explore what has been seeking you.

We will cultivate inspiration, creativity & connection.

We will harness embodied wisdom through practices & rituals.

We will be nourished by the land, meals, meditation, the moon, & healing waters.


If you are a yes to the journey with our coven, we would love for you to join us.

DAY TRIP :: Takachiho Gorge

We will travel to this mystical healing site that was created during an ancient eruption of Mount Aso. Manai waterfall flows into the valley from the mythical Ten Manai source.  There are a number of sacred sites in the area that we will explore through ritual and the Feminine Divine.


DAY TRIP :: Sacred Sites

We will spend a day exploring sacred ancient sites and magical landscapes with stunning views of nature and the fall colors.  

We will go to the cave in Shintoism where the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine met and the Feminine gave light back to the world.  

We will walk under waterfalls and feel the power of the land.  

We will hold rituals guiding you into the connection with the land, space, sisters, and you.



Collectively, Amy and Miyuki have offered over 40 retreats.  They have collaborated in a number of retreats over the past few years.  They are kindred spirits, who hold space for women's dreams, desires, releases, and becomings in deep, meaningful, and magical ways.  



Amy weaves her passion for soul connection & extensive training in expressive arts therapy, mind body work, & Qoya for over 15 years into her retreats with a touch of magic, lifestyle curation & je ne sais quoi.  



Miyuki developed her professional services during more than 20 years while living and working in 3 countries: Japan, U.S.A. (12 years), & Australia (6 years). She was initially trained as a hospice nurse and later pursued a career in psychology, mind-body therapy, & energy healing. She now resides in Kumamoto, Japan, and her private practice includes time shared with one-on- one clients, group workshops, trainings, university lectures, & corporate clients. She published her first 2 books (in Japanese: “Transforming Your Self- image through body awareness,”  & “Free yourself from Negative Body Image”) this year.


Our Aso Healers : Yoshiyuki, Miami, Michio, Miyuki, Jun, Ramona

We will work with each of these amazing local healers, teachers and artists during our week in Japan.

Yoshiyuki Kitazato: Integrative body worker, Pilates instructor

Mami Morishita: Integrative Body Worker

Michio Sakata: Integrative Body worker who incorporates cranial Sacral, herbal remedies and Kinesiology

Jun Yoshioka: School teacher, a farmer, Buddhist monk, musician, a integrative body worker

Ramona (Chinatsu Ikekawa): Healing artist who incorporates Henna art, energy work and Japanese traditional arts and crafts.  See a video of Ramona's demo for our art making process here









Ryokan Is traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) style – often shared rooms and futon on tatami floors. For those who’ve never been to Japan before, sleeping on futon can feel heavenly. Super fluffy futons with wonderful heavy doonas for the best sleep ever!  Our ryokan offers both Japanese & Western options sleeping options.

There are 4 housing options.  Each has the option of single or double occupancy.  

Single Occupancy means you will have the room to yourself.
Double Occupancy means you will have a roommate.
*An additional bed can be added to some housing options for a triple occupancy.  

  • Japanese Style Room with Futon on Tatami Floors : Indoor Private Western Shower & Toilet. Beautiful View of the Mountains. **Room can accommodate up to 4 women. 
  • Western Style Room with Twin Beds: Indoor Private Western Shower & Toilet with private outdoor bath (Rotenburo). 
  • Bungalow : Cottage with Bedroom (2 Twin Beds), Living Room, Semi Outdoor Bath (Rotenburo), Indoor Private Western Shower & Toilet. 
  •  Townhouse:  Two story residence: Bedroom (2 Twin Beds), Spacious Living Room, Semi Outdoor Bath (Rotenburo), Indoor Private Western Shower & Toilet. 

    If your heart desires, you will be able to experience a variety of onsen.

    What’s an Onsen?

    Onsen is the Japanese word for hot spring and can refer to the bath itself, or the whole hotel around it. Communal bathing is an art that is Japanese culture and as such they have made a very beautiful art of it. Onsen water is believed to have healing powers derived from its mineral content. Long, languid soaks, in combination with daily Qoya, workshops, guided meditations, & time in nature, as well as the city create the perfect elixir for this retreat. Our ryokan offers public onsen for the guests and some of our accommodations offer private onsen located in the room ( Bungalow & Town House options).


This retreat is for women only. All ages & movement levels are welcome.

Your tuition includes:

  • 7 nights at a traditional Japanese Inn (Ryokan)
  • 3 meals a day
  • Group shuttle to & from the Kumamoto Airport
    * Pick up on 11/11/17 at 12pm at the Kumamoto Airport
  • Portals for work around your inner Creatrix & Divine Feminine 
  • Guided Meditations, Systems Constellations, Tantric Breath Work & Psychospiritual Work
  • Daily Qoya Classes
  • Despacho Ceremony
  • Full Moon Ceremony
  • Day Trips
  • Workshops in traditional Japanese Mind Body Arts

    Your tuition does not include: travel to and from Japan.
    Tuition ranges from $5300 to $7100.

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You can reach our ryokan by:

PLANE at the Kumamoto Airport

**Included in your retreat package is a shuttle to & from this airport.  The ryokan is approximately 30 minutes from the Kumamoto Airport.   





Our nourishing meals will be locally sourced and organic as possible.  Aso has a bountiful agriculture culture. We will enjoy a mix of traditional Japanese cuisine, including kaiseki ryori (multiple course meals), bento box for our adventure days, and some western meals with a Japanese influence.  


You will have time for solo as well as group adventures both in the country and city.  We will have group day trips and a full moon despacho ceremony. Whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, you will be able to delight in your retreat.

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