Soulful Mentoring & Coaching With Susan Grace Beekman

Return to Essence – Women’s Retreat by the Sea

Return to Essence

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Hello, you! 

I mean the Real You. I’m talking to the one who craves time to reconnect with herself in a deeper way, in the company of a few others with the same intention.

What if you had a date to connect deeply with your essential being in the company of other souls next winter? What if this were the year you were to plant an oasis, knowing it will be waiting for you when the dark and cold seem like they will drag on forever?

Planning a trip to the sun has long been a strategy of mine for managing the long rainy Pacific Northwest winters. I’ve come to love Zihuatenejo, which is pretty far from everything along the Pacific coast.

Susan and LeaI never imagined I’d want to bring other people with me to the sun. Then last year I happened on a charming hacienda just north of there in Troncones. In my mind’s eye I saw myself there with Lea Bayles and a few other women doing Qi Gong on the grass right in front of the ocean. There we were in the gorgeous outdoor living space, journaling and sharing and growing together.

Ever since then, Lea and I have been planning a retreat to do just that. Every day we fill in more details, coloring inside and outside the lines.

Come join us and your Real Self for a kind, deep, and playful splash next year. The sooner you decide and commit, the more you save. We’re looking forward to sharing all of this and more with you.

Susan Grace Beekman

Join our gathering of spirited, creative women as we:

  • Luxuriate in the healing presence of warm sea and sun
  • Enjoy playful movement, reflection and sharing
  • Deeply relax and release years of holding and tension
  • Align with the rhythms of nature, within and around us

Nourish your body and soul through:

  • Silence and celebration
  • Stimulating conversation
  • Delectable, fresh, local food
  • Laughter, rest and rejuvenation
  • Easeful, restorative pace
  • Poetry, story and music
  • Delicious yoga and qigong customized especially for you
  • Journaling, inquiry and deep listening





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March 1-7, 2015 at La Posada de los Raqueros — Troncones, Mexico

  • Retreat cost: $1500

  • Super Early bird special: $950 (paid in full by August 31)

  • Early Bird Special: $1200 (paid in full by October 15)

What’s included:Ceviche

  • Breakfasts each day featuring fresh local fruits, juices and yogurt
  • Mid-day feasts of delicious local fish, vegetables and fruits
  • Your Return to Essence journal
  • Daily surprises and delights

Our bonus gifts to you:

  • Full Moon Celebration—Last night dinner and sacred (but not solemn!) ceremony honoring our week together
  • World Beat Dance Party with George Beekman, DJ Extraordinaire
  • Early Morning Alive Alert Awake Enthusiastic Option: Join Lea for her green vitality drink, a brisk walk on the beach and dip in the sea
  • Reunion Gathering Call: A month after the retreat we will reconnect on a group phone call

Lodging costs vary depending on which of the colorful and gracious options you choose. Photos and more details on each below.

Click here for the registration form


Questions? Contact Susan Grace or Lea





You have your choice of one of these amazing rooms at La Posada de los Raqueros on the beach (click any of the images below to view a larger version)

Sol y Mar

Sol Y MarBedroom house 75 meters from the beach, with fully equipped kitchen.

This lovely, spacious bungalow will be shared by four women. Each bedroom includes two twin beds. Sol y Mar is a 2 bedroom/2 bath loft-style home with private patio, a fully-equipped kitchen and separate talavera tiled bathrooms and shower on each level. 75 meters from the beach.

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Casita del Pelicano
Two story beach front bungalow with private tropical garden. Includes kitchen.

Casita del Pelicano is an oceanfront bungalow. When you stay in Casita del Pelicano the beach is literally right outside your door. The first level of Casita del Pelicano offers a large living room with comfortable seating and a talavera tiled bathroom with a solar hot water shower. Large shuttered and screened windows provide a cool breeze throughout the inside living area, where you can relax on the couch while listening to the sound of the ocean. The spacious open-air terrace sports a fully-equipped kitchen available for your enjoyment and convenience. Upstairs at Casita del Pelicano features a king-sized bed with screened windows that let in the cooling ocean breeze all night long.

Have it All to Yourself: $200/night
**Bring a girlfriend special: $130 each/night


MariposaQuiet, two level bungalow with private terrace.
The first level of Casita de la Mariposa offers a large living room with comfortable seating and a talavera tiled bathroom with solar-powered hot shower. Large shuttered and screened windows provide a cool breeze throughout the inside living area, where you can relax on the couch while listening to the sound of the ocean. There is a fully-equipped open-air kitchen with a large terrace available for your enjoyment and convenience, complete with a refrigerator and stove. Upstairs at Mariposa features a king-sized bed with screened windows that let in the cooling ocean breeze all night long.
Have it All to Yourself: $190/night
**Bring a girlfriend special: $120 each/night

Cuarto Caballo del Mar or Viejo del Mar

Cuartos CaballoCourtyard suites with talavera tiled bathroom.
Viejo del Mar and Cuarto Caballo del Mar: Located in the courtyard of our Posada, our two double-occupancy suites (cuartos), Viejo del Mar and Cuarto Caballo del Mar, are spacious, colorfully-decorated, comfortable rooms with talavera tiled bathrooms. Each oceanview suite sports a king sized bed, desk and full bath with a solar-powered hot shower. Outside the suites on the covered terrace you have your own sitting area where can you can relax in a hammock or on one of our comfy couches or chairs with your morning coffee and journal.
Have it All to Yourself: $155/night   **Bring a Girlfriend Special: $100 each/night

**Bring a Girlfriend Special. Some of our accommodations may be booked all by yourself or shared with a friend. You and your friend can share a king bed or request a second small roll-in bed. Bring your friend (or mother, or sister or daughter) for this option and enjoy lower room costs and receive a 10% reduction in the price of the retreat for each of you!

About Susan

Susan BeekmanSusan Grace has spent more than forty years in transformational work. This has taught her that curiosity, deep listening, and courageous questioning can clear confusion and
open the door for something far greater. She seeks to bring these qualities as well as feminine wisdom, and vivid life experience to everything she does.

Susan taught writing and archetypal psychology for twenty years and fell in love with the magic and momentum that happens when groups gather. She has been active in a series of long-term women’s groups during the last thirty years. She holds an MS in Counseling and is co-author of a book on family peacemaking. She led workshops around the country for parents during this time.

In her latest career as a life coach, Susan has supported thousands of curious people as they uncover their essence. She has served as a Master Coach, instructor and mentor with Dr. Martha Beck’s life coach training for almost ten years. Beck describes her as “Kind, warm, funny, and smart.” She is also a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and a trained spiritual director. She currently mentors clients all over the world as they inquire into the suffering created by their own minds. She has led personal retreats annually for the last seven years and is currently working on a couple of writing projects (you can get a peek by visiting her blog).

About Lea

Lea helps women awaken the radiant vitality of their true nature, so they feel Lea Baylesfabulous in their own skins and shine their unique gifts into the world with ease and joy.

Lea’s playful, compassionate, sensual and soulful approach draws from her master’s degree in psychology and experience with theater, dance, mind-body healing, energy medicine, interactive imagery, shamanism, yoga, dreamwork and chi-kung and her personal challenges and joys with living in a body.

She has created the Co-Creating Heaven on Earth interviews with visionaries, Replenish Your Soul meditation series, numerous articles and integrative wellness curriculums and the popular guidebook, Take Back Your Life: Moving from Chronic Pain to Lifelong Healing.

Since she was a teenager, Lea has been an avid practitioner of holistic mind-body-spiritual healing methods. These helped her heal her own host of health issues including eating disorders, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, insomnia, inflammation and lyme disease.

Learning to access the healing power within has given her great insight, compassion and the ability to help thousands of others dramatically increase their health, well-being, joy and vitality.

Transformational speaker, performer, coach, teacher and writer, Lea combines evocative imagery with movement, sensuality with spirituality and aligns body with soul in her unique and magical offerings of healing, creative and transformational practices.



Air and ground transportation are not included. The nearest airport is Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, which is served by several major airlines. Alaska offers one or non-stop flights there from many cities. It pays to watch for low fares. Some people have been able to find tickets for as little as $500.

You’ll leave the retreat:

  • Creatively revitalized and inspired
  • Keenly attuned to the freedom, rhythm and juice of your life
  • Expansive in your possibilities
  • Supported by your new community of soul-friends
  • Carrying a journal full of experiences, memories and practices

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