Group Retreats

You will have a catapulting experience.
You will be challenged to look deep inside yourself in an eye-opening adventure.
You will identify areas which you let fall to the wayside in the business of your life.
Utilizing all five senses, your awareness will grow in leaps and bounds.
You will leave with a calm mind, an awakened spirit and much lighter than how you arrived.

Some reasons you may choose a group retreat might be:

1. The wish to see how other people handle similar situations.

2. The desire to be in the company of others for support.

3. You have a special interest in the subject being covered.

4. It is more financially viable for you.

Our Group Retreat is limited to 8 participants, for ultimate consideration and attention to every individual in the group. They are time structured, combining group sharing with presentations, and sometimes including yoga and Gong Bath.

Each Group Retreat is theme oriented. A sample of past topics:
Awakening the Inner Aphrodite, Transforming Your Critical Voice, Connecting with Your Body, Searching for Inner Peace.

When you chose a topic that Yolanda has expertise in, and you have a group of minimum 5 people, she is open to organize and facilitate a retreat for your group at Quietude.

Surrounded by the beauty of nature, your retreat will be facilitated by the warm, trustworthy, intuitive, and grounded presence of
Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas.

Is a group retreat right for me?

It’s important to determine if a retreat is right for you.

The first step is a FREE twenty-minute phone consultation with Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas. During this contact you share your main concern and receive feedback how and if the retreat will meet your current needs.

The second step is when a retreat is scheduled. When you decide to participate in a retreat and the date is set, you send in the Registration and Disclaimer of Responsibility forms, accompanied by full payment. Soon after, you will receive accommodations information.


There is accommodation at the earth-sheltered cave home for one individual, (you will need to bring your own bedding and towels). Or perhaps you prefer pitching your tent or parking your RV on our property.

Arrangements for staying on site are made through Yolanda at the time of registration.

Because the village of Schoharie is small, there are only a limited number of Airbnb and one basic Inn within a five-mile radius from Quietude. For more elaborated accommodations you might want to stay at The American Hotel in Sharon Springs, thirty-five minutes’ drive from Quietude.

Arrangements are made directly through the establishments.


During the retreat, we share meals together. For food shopping, should you decide to prepare your own meals, there is an excellent vegetable farm and an organic supermarket close by. In addition, there are several good restaurants in the area, but with limited days of operation.

Fees for accommodations and meals are separate from the retreat fee.