• Aligned and Alive

    A Lifeyum Retreat featuring The Desire Map

    Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont

    January 27 - 29, 2017


    So yummy you won't want to leave.

  • You deserve this.

    How would it feel to spend a weekend at a beautiful mountainside resort with a small group of soulful women discovering how to feel good and do good in 2017?


    Step away from the hectic pace of your life and tune inward to your core desires. Align your mind and body through yoga and energy as well as vibrational sound healing. Honor your body with nutritious, organic, and delicious foods and nourish your soul with grace and sisterhood.


    Call your best friend and ask her to join you. Or attend on your own and discover your new best friend. When women come together to nurture the power of love, great things happen.


    Join me for peace, purpose, and empowered pleasure in 2017!

  • This retreat. This year.

    You and 20 other soulful, fun women

    I believe that when we’re intentional about our health, our play, and our generosity, everything shifts.

    And that many of us have the procedures of achievement upside down. Every New Year’s, we come up with our to-do lists, resolutions, bucket lists, and strategic plans — all the stuff we want to have, get, accomplish, and experience outside of ourselves. And here’s the heart of it all: All of those aspirations are being driven by an innate desire to feel a certain way.

    So what if this year, we get clear on how we actually want to feel within ourselves, and then we design our to-do lists, set our goals, and make our resolutions?

    How do you want to feel?


    How do you want to feel when you wake up?

    How do you want to feel when you look at your schedule for the week?

    When you get dressed in the morning?

    When you walk through the door of your studio, your office, your home?

    When you pick up the phone?

    When you cash the check, accept the award, finish your masterpiece, make the sale, or fall in love?

    Before you set your resolutions for this new year — the things you hope to attain, achieve, and accomplish — first, think about how you want those things to make you feel.

    Let this be the year you create your life with pure and powerful intention.

    Aligned and Alive is a two-day in-person retreat for remembering what it feels like to be alive. For discovering what you want most out of your life. This is a brand new, holistic way to set New Year’s resolutions — with soul. Based on the best-selling book The Desire Map, we get straight to the heart of the matter: How do you want to feel?


    At the end of this empowering weekend, you’ll walk away with your Core Desired Feelings and use those to guide your life decisions in your career, your body, your creativity, your relationships, and your spirit. This is a revolution in goal-planning from the heart.

    Get clear on what you most want out of life in 2017 and plan to make it happen.

    Desire feeling good more than you want to check accomplishments off your list.

    Desire feeling good more than you want to please other people.

    Desire feeling good more than you want to look good.

    Feel good, do good.

  • Resolutions out. Revolutions in.

    JANUARY 27, 2017 – JANUARY 29, 2017
    A Lifeyum Retreat featuring The Desire Map


    Engage your heart and start your year in the mountains of Vermont.

    Through guided meditation, yoga, and journaling, nurture openness and energy in your body. This retreat uniquely includes movement, guided inquiry, time in nature, delicious+healthy meals (including chocolate that's good for you!), flower essences, and workshops on massage as well as techniques for keeping your vibration high.


    Tune into the language of your body and mind.


    We’ll engage all five senses to lead us into our own intuition and alignment with core values as well as our shared desires. Daily yoga for students of all levels. This feel-good weekend will leave you with a sense of mind-body balance, radiance, and soul connection.

  • Retreat Team

    Lisa O'Brien

    Lifeyum founder

    Lisa felt called to lead this retreat to bring together a group of soulful women feeling the pull to use their presence as a source of good in the world. This weekend is about connection, alignment and intention -- with a good dose of fun.


    Lisa knows the power of harnessing group energy to feel good and do good. With an extensive background in politics and strategic communications, she propelled change in a number of ways over two decades.


    By stepping out of the chaos and demands of the day-to-day, come back to your center and reclaim your inner most desires. Lisa will lead an exploration of your deepest desires to consciously use your influence for the greater good. Leave feeling empowered, inspired and revitalized.

    Heidi Straub

    Soulful, intuitive health coach and energy healer

    Heidi blends the practical elements of traditional health with a deep knowledge of the energetic and emotional components of well being. She makes the concept of energy understandable, empowering you to keep your vibration high to improve your health and your relationships.


    With an academic background in business and a long corporate career in the pharmaceutical industry, Heidi has developed her methodology after extensive research, training and experimentation.


    You will leave the weekend armed with simple tools to amplify your everyday life. Her approach is unique and not to be missed for longevity of body, mind and spirit.

    Amy Adams

    Spirited teacher, dancer, and life enthusiast

    Amy is a yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, Contemporary Dancer/Instructor, Choreographer, and Pilates Mat certified teacher. As a yoga instructor and dancer/dance teacher, she has a strong sense and appreciation for movement and the body as a functional, creative, mobile, intelligent system.


    Amy is fascinated with human connection and the immense power of human touch. She enjoys working with bodies of all ages, types, and walks of life. Amy will lead our yoga and Thai Yoga massage practices with her signature lifeyum style.

  • Our Weekend Itinerary

    Plan to arrive on the afternoon of Friday, January 27th. Check-in starts at 3pm, yoga class is at 5:15pm, followed by dinner. See full schedule below.

    Friday, January 27 (new moon in Aquarius)

    3 – 5pm: Check-In
    5:15 – 6pm: Welcome Yoga
    6 – 7pm: Dinner
    7:30pm: Vibrational Sound Healing by Universal Sounds
    9 – 10pm: Opening Celebration by the fire

    Saturday, January 28

    7:30am Tea and Coffee
    8 – 9am: Yoga
    9 – 10am: Breakfast
    10 – 11:30am: Flower Lounge and Snow Mandala
    12 – 1pm: Lunch
    1 – 4pm: Free time for Body Work, Ski, or Nap
    4 – 6:30pm: Energy and Desire Map
    7pm: Dinner
    8:30pm Evening Desire Map Activity
    10pm – 1:30am: Live music (optional)

    Sunday, January 29

    7:30am: Tea and Coffee
    8 – 9am: Breakfast and Check-Out
    9 – 12pm: Yoga, Thai Massage Basics, and Desire Map
    12pm: Lunch
    1pm: Closing Ceremony
    2pm: Departure – or feel free to stay for snow or spa activities

  • Kind Words

    Marri Aviza

    Founding Partner, Hair Designer and Educator, Rumors Salon and Spa

    "Lisa O’Brien is the most gracious and knowledgeable facilitator…perfection! Her leadership is art form. I have never experienced a facilitator who genuinely and authentically dedicated themselves to the message so profoundly but not having it be about her. She was humble and gracious beyond words. Truly magical!


    I belong to an international Women’s Presidents Organization and attend many worldwide seminars; Lisa’s weekend was the best and most powerful to date for me. It truly inspired my inner most feelings and desires instead of more of the same goal setting, strategic planning that we all seem to place so much focus and importance on."

    Christi Tacy


    "Everyone deserves a Day of Yum (or two)!


    Besides the new connections, wisdom & clarity, I feel wonderful, recharged and inspired after a day with Lisa. I have more of a spring in my step.


    She is a breath of fresh air, an inspiring and warm hearted person with a lot of love and wisdom to share."

  • Rates and Accomodations

    The prices below reflect rates by accommodation type, and include two nights lodging, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, healthy, delicious snacks throughout the weekend, daily yoga and workshops, a Desire Map workbook, as well as a gong bath, flower lounge and special gifts curated by Lisa.

    • Deluxe Condo Room at Hearthstone, King Bed, Private Bath, Single rate $1197/person – SOLD OUT
    • Black Bear Lodge Single, Queen Bed, Private Bath, Single rate $1197/person
    • Deluxe Condo Double at Hearthstone, Twin Bed, Private Bath, Double rate $945/person – SOLD OUT
    • Black Bear Lodge Double, Queen Bed, Private Bath, Double rate $945/person (double occupancy required)
    • Commuter, all programming and meals excluding lodging, Single rate $685/person

    Prices above are for payment by cash or check. Eventbrite and credit card payments incur a surcharge. Preferred lodging fills up quickly, so register now to secure your spot. Payment plans available.



    Please contact Lisa at lisa@lifeyum.com or (518) 859-6000 with questions, and to confirm availability of your rooming preference. Once your rooming request has been confirmed, full payment is due to secure your reservation. We cannot hold spaces/rooms until we have received full payment.


    Payments can be made by credit card over the phone or via PayPal, Stripe, or Square; or checks mailed to: Lisa O’Brien, Lifeyum, 595 New Loudon Road, Box 245, Latham NY 12110

    Cancellation Policy

    $200 of your reservation payment is non-refundable. Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail to lisa@lifeyum.com. For cancellations received before December 31, 2016, you will receive a refund, less the $200 non-refundable reservation fee. No refunds will be given for any cancellations after December 31, 2016.

  • Can you think of a better and more deserved gift for yourself?

    Inward reflection. Movement. Laughter. Nourishment. Sisterhood.

    Start the new year feeling Aligned and Alive.

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