Retreat Logistics

Alive in Your Medicine Retreat, September 14-28, 2024

Welcome to the retreat! This page contains the basic information that you’ll need for our time together.

Your registration is finalized and your lodging is secured once you have clicked below and completed the forms and payment.

Retreat Location

UnU Center address:

26A CR 1103
Embudo NM 8753

UnU Center is 113 miles northeast of Albuquerque, 40 miles north of Santa Fe, and 20 miles south of Taos. If you are traveling by plane, the closest airports are:

  • Santa Fe Regional Airport, with direct flights or connections through Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix – 1 hour drive
  • Albuquerque International Airport — 2 hours drive
  • Taos Regional Airport is a small airport with twice-weekly direct flights from Dallas, Austin, Burbank and Carslbad, CA — 40 minutes drive

Arrival and Departure

Check-in on Saturday, September 14

  • You can check in to your room starting at 5 pm.
  • The retreat begins with dinner at 6:30 pm.

Check-out on Wednesday, September 18

  • Please plan your departure so that you are able to stay through 12 pm on Wednesday as we will spend the morning integrating your experience. 
  • The retreat ends with a box lunch at 12 pm — you can stay and eat or take it on the road with you.  
  • Room check-out is no later than 1 pm. 


Group transportation from the airport may be available once I’ve assessed the level of interest in this service. I will provide information about this closer to the date of the retreat.

What’s Provided

  • Bed linens and towels
  • Soap/shampoo/conditioner
  • Laundry room
  • Wifi and cellphone service (although I recommend that you plan to disconnect from technology as much as possible!)

What to Bring

September in Embudo, New Mexico is moderate, with highs during the day around 75 F, and lows of 45-50 F. It is a high desert climate at an altitude of 5,800 feet. We will be outside as much as possible: sometimes sitting on chairs, sometimes sitting or lying on the grass.

We will do some light hiking and go in the river; some days we will be meeting in the evening or the early morning. I recommend layers and shoes/clothing that can support you across these different environments and times. We will also be engaging with some creative projects (that are not supermessy, but you probably won’t want your fanciest clothing).

Please bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, or sneakers
  • Long pants/sleeves to provide protection and warmth in the the early morning or evening
  • Bathing suit and/or clothing that can get wet
  • Hat and sunscreen for sun protection
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • A yoga mat or large towel for lying down during breathwork
  • Notebook and pen
  • A hairbrush or comb
  • A scarf that you find beautiful (and is not superexpensive or delicate i.e. it would not be ruined if it got a little wet. I will also have some extra scarves)
  • Any images that are particularly speaking to you right now (I will have lots of magazines and photos as well)


  • Water shoes, if you have or want them for wading in the river

If you are camping:

  • Bring a tent and bedding.
  • Towels, outdoor shower, and bathroom access are provided.

Review Your Lodging Options

Review the available options here, then select and pay for your lodging in the yellow box below:

Supporting the Unfolding of Your Essence

This retreat will immerse you in the elements that will help you to open you more fully to your Essential nature, and to hold the conditioned parts of your being with more grace and kindness. I request that you trust the support that will be available to help you navigate this journey.

In alignment with this request:

  • Please do not bring alcohol or recreational drugs to the retreat.

Waiver/Release Form, Lodging Selection, and Payment

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This retreat is an opportunity to become alive to your medicine through deepening connection to yourself and to the larger body of community and nature.

Participating in Integrative Breathwork
I understand that Integrative Breathwork is a process intended to assist me in deep healing, self-exploration and self-actualization during this retreat. I also understand that my breathwork experience will reflect the direct experiences of my life and my emotional responses. It can also open non-ordinary states of consciousness. I understand that Riverbend Coaching makes no guarantees about the specific experiences that I may have when engaging in Integrative Breathing and that session experiences will vary among participants.

Integrative Breathwork is not intended to replace any treatment or therapy which may be appropriate for me. I take full responsibility for my physical, mental, and emotional well-being during the retreat, including my choices and decisions. I understand that anything personal information I share during this retreat will be held in confidence.

Integrative Breathwork may not be optimal for people with conditions such as glaucoma, detached retina, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, a history of aneurysms, epilepsy, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, osteoporosis, or recent surgery. It’s important for me to know if you are pregnant or have asthma. If any of these apply to you, please initial and describe relevant details below (e.g. date of surgery; current treatment, stage of pregnancy, etc). If none of these apply to you, please initial below.


Being Outdoors and General Waiver
I understand that I will be outdoors during much of the retreat, and I am voluntarily assuming any risks that come with being in nature, including but not limited to contact with insects, other animals, sun, and water. I take responsibility for caring for myself outdoors in accordance with my current level of health and physical fitness.

I hereby release, forever hold harmless and indemnify Riverbend Coaching, Julie Harris, their successors and assigns (collectively the “Riverbend Parties”) from any and all civil claims, demands, and/or causes of action as a result of my voluntary participation and enrollment in the services, including, but not limited to, property damage, personal injury, or the negligence of related individuals, now or at any time in the future.

COVID-19: Conditions and Waiver
I understand that COVID-19 is an airborne disease, and that precautions will be taken to ensure adequate spacing, ventilation, and air flow during group breathwork sessions.

I agree not to participate in the retreat if I have been closely exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 7 days, or if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. I understand that if I can’t come to the retreat because of exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19, I am eligible to receive a $400 credit for any future work with Riverbend Coaching LLC. I understand that none of the other retreat-associated fees can be refunded, and I may wish to purchase travel insurance to cover other lost expenses such as lodging, food, and travel.

I acknowledge that even with reasonable precautions, I could be at risk for contracting COVID-19 by participating in Group Breathwork. With full knowledge of the risks involved, I hereby release, waive, discharge Riverbend Coaching from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in Group Breathwork. I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Riverbend Coaching from and against any and all costs, expenses, damages, lawsuits, and or liabilities or claims arising whether directly or indirectly from or related to any and all claims made by or against any of the released party due to injury, loss, or death related to COVID-19.

By signing this agreement, I am acknowledging that I have read it in full, have been truthful about my medical conditions, and will abide by the COVID-19 policy of the retreat.

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