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Retreat to Quietude

Welcome to Quietude, a private and tranquil space, surrounded by 70-acres of luscious woods and forests, open green valleys and bubbling streams.

Our retreats focus on identifying and dislodging habit-patterns, clearing the way for emotional, psychological, and spiritual expansion. It is a life changing experience. Because of the experiential methods utilized, all senses are activated. We go beyond just talking.

No clocks provide you unlimited time and the work flows organically because we tap into what is present. Insights surfacing from one activity determine and point to the direction, modality, and location for the next activity.

Your one-on-one retreat is facilitated by Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas, a licensed psychotherapist and international retreat organizer and leader for over 30 years. You will be welcomed by her warmth, trustworthiness, intuition and grounded presence.

One-, two-, or three-day retreats are offered from May – October.

The Power of Your Retreat

Retreats are powerful and life-changing.
With no clocks and no forty-five minute restrictions, you have the luxury to go deeper, leaving with new skills to handle and overcome challenges.
One retreat can be equivalent to months of weekly therapy.

1 Day Retreat = 3 Months of Weekly Therapy

2 Day Retreat = 6 Months of Weekly Therapy

3 Day Retreat = 9 Months of Weekly Therapy

Honoring and moving at your pace, we utilize traditional and age-old methods specifically tailored to your needs, which might include, but not limited to:
  • Voice Dialogue Facilitations*
  • Forest Bathing**
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Energy & Chakra Clearing
  • Silence
  • Body Dialogue
  • Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT)
  • Spiral Walk
  • Meditation
  • Awareness Release Technique (A.R.T.)
  • Bonding Patterns Approach
  • Dream Work
  • Creative expressions such as:
    • Writing
    • Drawing
    • Movement


Click below to watch and learn more about the experience and impact of our retreats and programs

*Voice Dialogue: A consciousness tool that can help us to become aware of our many different sub- personalities or ‘selves’ and how to consciously choose from the strengths and limitations of these selves. This method is based on the theory of the Psychology of the Selves, created by Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone.

**Forest Bathing: Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to have measurable health benefits. (Please refer to the article in the Time Magazine, July 25th, 2016, entitled, The Healing Power of Nature)

The Healing Power of Nature

Our work together is done outdoors.

We might be working on the front patio, in the forest, by the pond, waterfalls, or lake, in the middle of a valley or under a covered bridge. We might be working while sitting across from each other, walking, swimming, kayaking, or hiking, having meals, or walking the Spiral.

Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to have measurable health benefits. It also opens vulnerability and enhances energy flow which eases the assimilation of new concepts.

The only two structures on the property are the barn and the custom-built earth-sheltered cave home, powered exclusively by solar energy and a natural well. Whenever the weather is not conducive to outdoor activity, we utilize the earth-sheltered home.


“… I set up [my] retreat to be able to create the next chapter of my life on another level. Yolanda is highly intuitive, wise, grounded, practical, wholistic, deeply caring, supportive and points out what is important and someone who has earned my trust.”


“A well-prepared retreat guided by a fearless leader, willing to challenge and able to make us comfortable.” – Urs

Quietude Retreat Center is a place surrounded by nature’s exquisite beauty, quiet, stillness and an environment created for personal prayer /reflection…Having the opportunity to participate in facilitations with Yolanda, stimulated a “re- birth” of my emotional, psychological and spiritual growth – a true Birthday gift to myself. -Lisa S.

‘Going through the midst of a crisis in my life, the retreat helped me to gain clarity and dissipated some of the fog that surrounded me…The retreat takes place in a tranquil and peaceful landscape that helped me to leave the hecticness and commotion of my busy city life and be nurtured by the serenity of nature. Yolanda guided me with care and awareness. She was very gentle and understanding throughout the time spent at the retreat. It was indeed a great investment on my personal growth.” -Efthymia