Join in community, connect with the land, your health goals, & cultivate your resilience.
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Each day you’ll participate in interactive sessions, discover practices and tools to help you move toward your desired goals.
We'll be indoors, outdoors, walking the land, and in the kitchen; learning new ways to connect to your health goals & up-level your commitment to nourishing your best asset ... YOU
We'll explore a few natural local wonders with a seaweed safari on our coastal shores and a visit with old growth redwoods.
This weekend falls on Earth Day, and a springtime New Moon - low tide, which will make for an epic adventure.
Eat on the Wild Side
Our menu will be curated from the bounty of Sonoma County, focusing on local produce and wildcrafted nutrient dense foods! Enjoy being cooked for during the retreat, and get acquainted with new, wild foods.
We'll cater to your dietary preferences, Whether you’re Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, or vegetarian, we've got you covered.
Come as you are, with an open mind and heart in a beautiful natural setting, creating an opportunity to plant the seeds of transformation.
We'll be staying in a beautiful West Sonoma County historical farmhouse, just outside of Occidental, my home town for the past 25 years.
Known for its Bohemian culture, lush greenery, towering redwood forests, and gorgeous rocky coastline, West Sonoma County is a magical paradise that allows your wild side to shine through.
In addition to interactive sessions at the farmhouse, we'll explore a few natural wonders, (weather permitting) including an old growth redwood forest, local tide pools for a seaweed safari, and of course, we'll make time to explore Occidental, my hometown!
The vision for this retreat is to come together in person and create an experience of learning and deepening our connection to our healing journey in practice with one another. This retreat will distill some of the core teachings from my work into a condensed form, giving you new tools and inspiration.
We depend on the health and vitality of the earth. It's our right to nourish ourselves with the earth and our own circadian rhythms in mind. We'll connect to living in rhythm when it comes to how we nourish ourselves, and discover the wild medicine growing all around us.
This is exactly what Vitality Live is about.
My take aways from Mary Sheila have gotten me back on track to mindful eating and how easy it is to prepare and do, not to mention the eye-openers about the foods we eat. Really makes me want to choose what serves me best!
Day 1 - Connect - Get oriented, meet your community and explore what
the weekend has to offer. Set your intentions and enjoy our farm to table dinner and opening circle.
Day 2 - Experience - Now that you've set your intentions - tap into where
and how you want to change, as well as the steps you can take to get there. We'll explore the land around us, and share cooking concepts and ideas
that will revolutionize your everyday meals.
Day 3 - Explore - We'll make our way to the ocean for a low tide seaweed safari, followed by a visit to an old growth redwood grove, and explore Occidental. We'll follow the day up with a celebratory farm to table feast.
Day 4 - Expand - While we bring our weekend experience to a close,
we'll discuss how to implement the insights and strategies you’ve gained
over the weekend and continue the growth you started here.
Breakfast will be served
All meals & snacks are included for the weekend, except for our Saturday lunch in Occidental.
The knowledge Mary Sheila shared with us over the course of a weekend was so valuable to me. Even weeks later I feel confident in the steps I’m taking towards my health. I have the power to prevent illness and disease in my body & so can you! Mary Sheila really is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Ayurveda, blood sugar and nutrition. She also has a lot of experience with cooking and working with people on all walks of life. She is able to help pinpoint exactly what changes you need to make relating to health. I love the connections to the chakra system. I feel very connected to my body. Thank you so much!
Mary Sheila Gonnella has dedicated her life to helping people reclaim their health. As a board certified holistic nutritionist, educator, and Ayurvedic educator, she provides the information, insight, empowerment, and support you need to take charge of your health and live the life you were meant to live.
As a lead up to her deep dive into all things nutrition, Mary Sheila developed a deep passion for basketry, wildcrafting, seaweed harvesting, farming, fermenting, and herbalism. She credits these practices to supporting her on her own healing journey, and deepening her connection to the earth. She loves to share health concepts through the holistic lens of earth medicine, supporting others to tap into their own vitality.
She creates a uniquely supportive experience for her clients and students. Her passion makes nutrition concepts come to life, leading her clients to consistently successful outcomes.
Mary Sheila has a way of teaching that is positive and not fear based. Her message is that food and lifestyle changes that can reverse health conditions don’t have to be extreme. Mary Sheila’s approach is informative as well as fun - as all learning should be.
– Jennifer M.