Join the staff and partners of Chrysalis Meditation Center for this four-day yoga and meditation retreat in the gorgeous Sunapee Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Retreat in partnership with Sunapee View Bed & Breakfast and in support of The Fells - John Hay Estate.


LEAD TEACHERS (in alphabetical order)



During  extended periods of reflection and silence offered in this retreat you will: gain deeper understanding of your mind, of habitual behavioral patterns, and of emotional triggers; have opportunities to reconcile and even heal physical pain; experience how compassion and forgiveness can heal relationships; learn how to integrate mindfulness practice with daily routines during service project at local historic nature preserve and non-profit museum, The John Hay Estate.


Thursday 5-10pm

Dinner and welcome

Friday 7:30am-10:30pm

"Rise & Shine" yoga Breakfast with "Fit Foodie" demo

Metta meditation


Mindful woods walk and service project

Mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga

Free choice*


Rest & Relaxation

Full moon woods walk with naturalist Dave Anderson

Saturday 7:30am-10:30pm

"Rise & Shine" yoga


Qi gong

Insight meditation


Mindful communication and meditation

Free choice*

Dinner with "Fit Foodie" demo

Rest & Relaxation

Tibetan bowl healing with Brian Russo

Sunday 7:30am-11:30am

"Rise & Shine" yoga


Mindfulness meditation and journal reflection

Closing circle

*Reiki, massage, and holistic services offered for additional fee. Or just enjoy the area!

PRICE MENU (includes fresh vegetarian meals and snacks)


Full Weekend...........$545



Nature hike...............$ 25

Bowl healing.............$ 30


At the barn

Twin bunk (shared room and bath)...................$665

Full bed (private room, shared bath).................$750

Queen bed (private room, shared bath)............$770

Queen suite (private room, ensuite)..................$920

At Sunapee View Bed & Breakfast (on campus)

Queen suites (private rooms, ensuite).......$875-935

Book "Commuter Full Weekend" here then call Linda and George at 603.763.4212 to book your discounted suite. Bed sure to tell her you are attending the Summer Solstice Retreat!

The stone barn, Sunapee View B&B, and The Fells-John Hay Estate are adjacent to each other. Overnight accommodations are equally convenient. There are also several inns and B&Bs in the area that would love to care for you all weekend. Guest rooms in the barn are all located downstairs. There are two bunkrooms - one with four beds, one with six beds - that share a large bathroom. Two private rooms with shared bath are also available, as well as a private room with ensuite bathroom. Click here to see pictures of barn and property. Call with questions! We are happy to help you figure out accommodations. 781.729.2000 M-F 9am-3pm. Financial aid available by contacting Chrysalis at

Optional experiences for additional fee:
Angel card readings



Check in on Thursday, June 23 at 5pm

Check out on Sunday, June 26 at 11:30am


Meditation cushions are not provided. Participants must bring their own cushions. Cushions are available at Chrysalis Meditation Center for $60. This price is average. Our cushions are imported from Tibet and hand-stuffed with locally sourced barley husks, available only in Chrysalis' signature white. You can pick yours up in the center or we can deliver them to your home. If you would like to receive yours on the first day of the retreat, we are happy to arrange that as well. Email to order yours today.

Yoga mats - These are also the responsibility of participants to bring, though we will have a few extras on hand if you forget.


Disclaimer: While we have and will take ever precaution to create a safe environment for our students, Chrysalis Meditation Center, Sunapee View Bed & Breakfast, and the private owners of Wellsweep Farm are not responsible for any injury through accident or pain experienced through emotional healing during the course of the retreat.

Cancellation policy: Full fee required upon booking. If a paid participant is unable to attend for any reason, this fee is transferable to a subsequent retreat or can be used for workshops at Chrysalis before 2017.

VANESSA GOBES has been practicing meditation for 8 years and mindfulness even longer. She is trained in MBSR, Transcental Meditation, Metta, and mantra-based meditation. Certified by Chopra Center's Andy Kelley to teach students K-12, Vanessa is an educational consultant in north shore schools. As a contributing writer for Mallika Chopra's,,, The Winchester Star, and her own blog, she has shared her perspective in mindful lifestyle for the past six years.

In September of 2015, Vanessa co-founded Chrysalis Meditation Center in response to the growing need for meditation instruction in her community. Her gift with words and gentle guided meditations will be a welcome anchor throughout your four day experience along Lake Sunapee. She welcomes you to Wellsweep Farm and hopes this experience will provide you with what you need.

KATE HARRINGTON has been practicing yoga since 2007, when she moved from the Bronx to Rwanda to open a middle school for girls. As a public school teacher, Kate paired her Harvard degree in Buddhist studies with her practical experience leading groups in mindfulness education, introducing breath work and meditation to students.

She now teaches yoga full time and works at Harvard empowering undergrads in "Koru" mindfulness meditation and is actively developing curriculum for school teachers. She delivers bighearted meditation instruction, her emphasis on lovingkindness, and truly mindful yoga during this four day retreat at Wellsweep Farm. Kate is a joy and a gem. You will feel safe and protected under her guidance.

LARA WILSON is a life-long practitioner of meditation, a devotee of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a breast cancer survivor.  She earned her MFT at Harvard University, studying mindfulness, health, and the creative process with Ellen Langer.

Her passion for mindfulness had a great impact on her cancer treatment at Dana Farber and she shares her secrets of mindful health, as well as her hugely compassionate and therapeutic  perspective, throughout the four day retreat at Wellsweep Farm.

Lara is an accomplished writer and active teacher at Boston's world renowned creative writing center Grub Street.  Those whose meditation practice includes stream-of-consciousness writing will be thrilled to have Lara in the room. Her stirring, poetic guided meditations will inspire opening and release.







JUNE 23 - 26, 2016

"Pause and be still awhile."

DENISE COSTELLO, RN MS got her start in health as a flight nurse in the Air Force. Upon return from The Gulf War, Denise earned her Masters in Corporate Wellness and helped to launch the Breast Care Center at Winchester Hospital. Opening her business The Energized Body in 2009, Denise taught busy people how to stay healthy in sustainable, simple ways.

As co-founder of Chrysalis Meditation Center, she continues to help folks align with health and better understand how a mindful lifestyle can result in whole-being benefits. In her role as retreat director, Denise serves this mindful community as a caregiver for those who need a soft place to land and delivers her knowledge of food and physical health during food demonstrations and presentations.