October 4-6, 2019 a select group of visionary women will gather in the world renowned retreat center of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California to elevate feminine leadership and catalyze transformative societal change.

In this weekend gathering we will:

  • Listen deeply to the wisdom emerging through the sacred land of Esalen and each one of us at this time.

  • Support each other in nurturing rituals and experiences to clear anything that stands between you and your full expression.

  • Share tools and skills for building and implementing feminine principles of mentorship, community, collaboration, authenticity and vulnerability, into culture.

  • Collectively envision the inspired future we will help create.

  • Examine the vectors of change and how we can amplify our impact and get into action.

  • Begin an enduring community charged with embodying and leading the next wave of women’s empowerment, for ourselves and our world.

At a time when our world is cleaving from polarization, climate change and forces that appear to be driving us apart, the time for refreshing, diverse, feminine leadership is now.


Inside the feminine are the keys to a new paradigm of human flourishing, abundance and peaceful coexistence. As we sit in the most diverse circle of intergenerational, cross-cultural women ever to meet on the Esalen grounds, we will begin bringing a new world into existence immediately. We will draw from each other, a rich combination of ancient wisdom and modern science, from the fields of medicine, film, science, business, psychology, consciousness, technology, finance and cultural arts. We will rest, connect, and listen to the land, water, and mountains of Esalen. Together, we will collectively shape the experience and form a new vision for bringing feminine leadership to our communities and the world.

“In the next 30 years we can destroy our world. With the very same powers - spiritual, social, scientific - we can evolve our world. Our mission is to serve as catalysts for a planetary awakening in our lifetime, to take a non-violent path to the next stage of our evolution.” - Barbara Marx Hubbard


Who is this for?

This is for women who have taken the heroine’s journey and have now returned home to share their wisdom. They have transcended the I and are now in service to the WE. You are ready to continue bringing your own healing gifts and wisdom to the world from a place of embodied truth, grace, courage, and compassion.

This year is the inaugural event of what we anticipate to become a larger annual event. As such we are looking to assemble a group of leaders passionate about being part of shaping the foundation and direction of how this movement will grow, evolve and positively shape culture.

How to Apply:

The first year of this Summit is carefully curated to assemble our core team for bringing this work forth. If you would like to request an invitation please visit the Esalen catalog for more information and to apply to attend.

What to Expect:

In addition to the structured time in workshop, participants will be encouraged to take part in meditation, yoga, journaling, mineral baths and time spent soaking in the magnificent grounds of Esalen. Our intention is for leaders to come away from this summit revitalized, deeply connected, inspired and united by a powerful vision for where we are headed and how we will lead this transformation.




G.B. Shaw—“All progress depends on the unreasonable Woman”

About Esalen:

We are extremely honored to be hosting this gathering of women at the stunning Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Esalen, is a wonder of 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, home to hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. Founded in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, Esalen is the birthplace of the human potential movement. It is where some of the greatest culture creators of all time, including Abraham Maslow, Fritz & Laura Perls, Alan Watts, Joan Baez, Ida Rolf, and many others, came to connect, iterate, and share their wisdom. Esalen boasts breakthroughs in fields from gestalt psychology, quantum physics, philosophy, economics, massage, citizen diplomacy and more.

Accommodations are modernly rustic, simple, and elegant. Read more: https://www.esalen.org/explore/accommodations


Lucy Caldwell


Lucy Caldwell is a social psychologist, writer, and creator of the Life Revealed podcast. For twenty years she has devoted herself to the science and practice of how people change, drawing upon the traditions of social psychology and wisdom based practices. Lucy is a steward of aligning people to their highest purpose and truth with an emphasis on awakening, empowering and dynamically reshaping global culture. www.liferevealed.com

Bristol Baughan


Bristol Baughan is a professional leadership coach, speaker and executive producer of Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films. She is a TED fellow, founder of Inner Astronauts, and holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. www.innerastronauts.com

This Summit is carefully curated to achieve maximum impact. If you would like to request an invitation please visit the Esalen catalog for more information and to apply to attend.


Yoga & Leadership Coaching Retreat



Begin 2019 with inspiration and curiosity; to develop clarity of purpose and to establish a clear plan of action for the year ahead. The game being played is no longer sustainable for our bodies, souls, and planet - a new way of being and leading is emerging, and it is time we all use our gifts to re-design the game itself. Begin this new year surrounded by community and natural beauty, as we align our minds, hearts, and bodies, and embody a new style of sustainable leadership. 

“We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are.” - Charles Eisenstein

In this New Year Yoga & Leadership Coaching Retreat we will harness the power of ancient rituals and wisdom, cognitive and behavioral science, and spiritual psychology to:

- cultivate your own authentic style of leadership

- rest in the serenity and silence of the surrounding coastal redwood forest

- strengthen our bodies and minds through yoga and meditation

- develop skills to listen and prioritize our inner wisdom and purpose through earth-based wisdom and somatic practices

- learn tools to move through resistance and fear

- increase confidence, agency, and action

- design spiritual practices that sustain creativity and vitality (and avoid burnout)

- understand the neuroscience of mindfulness and goal setting

- connect with a community of inspired and like-minded individuals who share a desire to show up powerfully in the world

Bristol Baughan (Inner Astronauts) and Rebecca Rogers (Rebecca Rogers Yoga) offer this annual New Year Yoga & Leadership Coaching retreat to harness your unique gifts in service to the world, define your brand of leadership, get into your body through yoga, and build a spiritual practice that will keep you focused, playful, and resilient.

Retreat testimonials

"A beginning-of-year retreat is much more impactful than just setting a new year's resolution. This retreat combines the centering aspects of yoga with coaching to help you reflect on the prior year, and set tangible goals for the upcoming year. I loved the concept of the '3-Foot Toss' - setting goals you can easily achieve because that could be the start of something much greater." - Jeremie, CA

"Once you go to Rebecca & Bristol's retreats, you will want to go over and over again!" - Emily, MA

If you have attended a workshop or retreat organized by Bristol and/or Rebecca, please enter the discount code 'ALUMNI' at checkout for your discount to be applied. 

What’s included

* Pre-retreat leadership self-inquiry assessment

* 4 yoga classes (3 vigorous Vinyasa, and 1 Restorative)

* 4 group coaching experiences (including guided meditation, visioning exercises, goal setting, and daily practice design) * All meals beginning with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the final day

* Beautiful onsite lodging: each cottage has 2 private rooms with shared bathroom, fireplace, kitchen, living area, and deck with views of the forest (bedding/linens provided)

* Post Retreat coaching call (via Zoom) for participants to report on their action taken and what tools they have used to work through any resistance

E-mail bristol@innerastronauts.com to get more details.

Yoga, Surfing, & Leadership Retreat

March 31 - April 6, 2018

Aljezur, Portugal


The game as it has been played is no longer sustainable on our bodies, souls, and planet. Change is happening at a pace never before seen in all of human history and conscious embodied leaders are being called into service around the world. Leadership is now about discovering who you truly are, why you are here, and taking action from your inherent wholeness. Join myself and Hatha Yoga Teacher and Owner of Ocean and Yoga Retreats, Jana Toepfer, for a week of wholistic coaching for mind, body, and spirit. Together we will discover your unique definition of leadership and cultivate proven skills for how to embody it with courage and play. In an intimate, beautiful setting, we will share our favorite transformative practices from ancient and modern traditions of Spiritual Psychology, Meditation, Tantra, Yoga, and Surfing.  

On this retreat you will:

  • cultivate your own authentic style of leadership and clarify your vision

  • learn self-inquiry skills to connect with your inner wisdom and purpose

  • create a solid, spiritual practice so you can bring fresh creativity and vitality to your work (and avoid burnout)

  • practice skills to move through resistance and fear that increase confidence, agency, and action

  • strengthen your body and focus your mind with Ocean & Yoga's Yoga & Meditation Program

  • learn to surf and how to cultivate states of flow with expert, local surf instructors

  • have time to be alone in nature

  • eat local, organic, nourishing meals

At the end of this retreat you will not only have tangible leadership skills, you will also walk away with a new, vital perspective on life. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover who you really are and why you are here. We will be combining our favorite teachings from years of travel and study and delivering an enormously valuable, transformative experience in this one week retreat.

Team: Bristol Baughan, Leadership Coach & Exec Producer of Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning films, Jana Toepfer, Hatha Teacher & Owner, Ocean and Yoga Retreats, Max, Local Foodie, Ocean Guide & Surf Instructor

Location: Olho Branco, Aljezur, Southern Portugal (The closest airports are Faro (1.5hrs) and Lisbon (3hrs). Getting Here.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Thurman

This week includes:

  • 6 nights on an organic farm in double or single room (farmhouse, shared bathroom) or triple space (cabin)

  • daily yoga, meditations and/or pranayama (3-4hrs per day)

  • daily Inner Astronauts Coaching sessions and exercises (2-4hrs per day)

  • surfing lessons (with expert, local surf instructors, including equipment, 2 days)

  • guided meditations in stunning, natural, landscape

  • ocean-guiding session

  • Sound Healing Journey

  • daily healthy breakfast or big brunch

  • choice of healthy lunch pack

  • daily homemade dinner

  • campfire

  • other surprises

available on request

  • therapeutic/private yoga sessions

  • massages and body work

  • herbal workshop & organic gardening knowledge

Price: 995 Euros / $1175.98 

You can book your retreat by sending an email to Jana  (jana@oceanandyoga.com) with the following information:
- your full name, address & for which retreat you'd like to sign up

- which room option you prefer (single, double, triple)

- any dietary needs, allergies or food intolerances that you may have 

You will receive a confirmation email with an invoice to wire your deposit (250EUR). Please e-mail us with any questions you may have. 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
— William Hutchinson Murray