Get to the Root of your Feminine Story…


o   What if you felt free to be your genuine self in every moment?
o   Imagine if you were truly connected to your feminine wisdom.
o   What if you had the confidence to always speak your truth?
o   Envision getting to the core of what holds you back.


Do you feel like you bury your femininity to function in what feels like a masculine world?

Perhaps you understand that your thoughts and beliefs are connected to your physical experiences and yet you can't break your limiting cycle.

Or maybe you just want to feel fully expressed in the world!


Whatever the case may be…

You are ready to get to the root of your feminine story.

Your “story” is the lens through which you perceive your life and is what most affects your day to day experiences. Your feminine story carries the beliefs you have about being a woman in this world.

Your best version of this story creates lightness and strength, abundance and worth.


What if I told you that the only thing holding you back from living that story is YOU?

What is your truth?

We invite you to release your self-judgment long enough to reveal your authentic, feminine self.

Living your authentic, feminine self lies in your ability to embrace and fully accept who you are, while balancing your inner feminine and masculine traits to create balance. Only then can your biggest, brightest and best self emerge.



This day retreat is designed to help you discover and dance within your story to excavate the pieces that strengthen you and release the pieces that are holding you back.



Holistic Wellness Guide & Mentor, Susan Shehata, Qoya Instructor, Colleen LaSota and Holistic Nurse, Jen Quade, join their wisdom for this unique blend of activities to deepen your knowledge, lighten your spirit and bring you an experience that will transform the way you see your personal story.


My retreat experience with Susan allowed me to re-examine my core beliefs and in a loving manner shine the light of awareness on areas where I wasn’t seeing how some of my old patterns were still at play and not allowing me to grow and thrive in the manner I desire.  I felt empowered by the tools shared with me to lovingly care for myself as I continue to learn and grow!

~M. D.

When you explore your story in an experiential manner, it allows you to deepen your understanding of it.

Jen's workshop is eye opening.  It encourages you to love yourself, to listen to your body, and to actively work towards self healing.  I can't wait for the next workshop and I look forward to finding new paths for healing.  Jen is incredibly inspirational and her workshop is life changing. ~ S. E.

We have created this day retreat to reflect the diversity of how our personal story forms. Through movement, dance, inner knowledge and ancient wisdom, you will utilize different experiential tools to access and transform your feminine story in a profound way.

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Sunday, April 19th; 2015


Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture

Minneapolis, MN


The day retreat includes:

Opening Meditation
Identifying & Shifting your Core Story; Susan Shehata

Your Core Beliefs formed at a very young age and are comprised of beliefs you have about yourself, other people and the world around you. They inform your thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviors and become YOUR STORY—and once you understand how all these pieces connect–you will be empowered to eliminate your Core Obstacles-which are the things that keep you stuck, limited and self-sabotaging. This workshop will identify and walk you through the process of dissolving the core beliefs that are holding you back.

Qoya; Colleen LaSota
I am thrilled to share Qoya on this powerful day! During this part of the retreat we will take time to honor our story and feel its physical expression through our movement and dance. Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember. We remember that our essence is wise, wild and free. Wise, wild and free also draw reference to the movement forms that we practice. Wise evokes the wisdom of yoga, wild the creative expression in dance and free invites us to expand our capacity for pleasure in the body through sensual movement. In Qoya, we focus less on how it looks and more on how it feels. There's no beginner, intermediate or advanced levels because there's just one level and that is when it feels good you're doing it right. We shift from seeking external validation around "doing it right" to a place where you reclaim the innate ability to move the way that you want to move and internally validate your experience- the fact that it feels good in your body is enough! If you would like to learn more about this pleasurable and fun practice, visit


Healing the Wild Feminine; Jen Quade

The female body is a powerhouse of energy and transformation, yet many women feel disconnected to their innate vitality and healing power within. Learn about your unique feminine body and energy system and discover ways to transform limiting beliefs and patterns by becoming more present in the root of your body. This women’s workshop will include guided visualization, writing exercises, uniquely feminine self care strategies and ritual to help you become aware of your patterns and connect you in with your sacred center… your pelvic bowl… your own wild feminine internal landscape. Receive transformative tools and support (that you may use the rest of your life) to access the power, wisdom and joy that lies within you.

Closing Ritual


The retreat includes an Organic, Vegetarian, Gluten Free Lunch


Workshop Facilitators

colleen lasota squareColleen LaSota practices acupuncture and leads Qoya classes in south Minneapolis at Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture, the movement space she shares with her husband. Her work in both these practices is inspired by Taoist philosophy, alchemy of all sorts but especially of the spirit, the Divine Feminine and the cycles of life in our natural world. Colleen holds a deep reverence for movement and loves exploring the medicine it offers. When not practicing inner work, leading Qoya and shifting Qi with needles, she spends as much time as possible enjoying the outside world and loving life with her family and friends.


Jen Quade practices Revolutionary Women’s Holistic Health Care. As a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Certified Practitioner of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ and Holistic Pelvic Care™, she offers intuitive bodywork and energy medicine to women in South Minneapolis. She is a transformational coach and a speaks on topics ranging from Holistic Stress Management to Wild Feminine Self Care. When she’s not working with women and studying holistic healing, you’ll find Jen playing her guitar and singing world music, dancing and planning her next adventures to far off lands to study with traditional healers. Jen is on a mission to live her best life and be of service doing what she loves.

“I think of myself as providing a bridge between the realms of modern medicine and traditional healing wisdom... so that you can apply the ancient wise, powerful and creative energy within you to your modern life."

Susan Shehata, also known as The Space Guru™, is a Mentor, Guide and Performing Artist, who specializes in helping people identify and release hidden obstacles that hold them back from the life they envision.  She does that through Space Consultations, Holistic Wellness Services and through Music & Theatre. Though her offerings are varied, the goal of her work is the same: to clear the deep patterns of resistance in people’s lives.

Susan has been a professional performer for nearly twenty years and a certified wellness professional, focusing on transformational healing and space work, for thirteen years.

Raising the Consciousness, the media and events arm of her business, produced a radio show by the same name, and produces the annual Twin Cities Kirtan Fest, and other healing and music events that inspire global change through individual action. Susan is also a writer whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Edge Magazine and Southwest Journal. As a musician and performer, Susan focuses on musical theatre and kirtan. Her life’s mission is to use her voice as a performer, writer, healer and mentor to assist in global evolution.




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Sign up today for one of the seventeen spots in the Exploring your Feminine Story feminine story quote2Day Retreat and you will:

  • Move towards greater balance

  • Get clarity about what is important to you

  • Move in the direction of open, authentic relationships with yourself and others

  • Change how you navigate your daily life

At Qoya I am able to awaken my senses, my spirit, my connection to physical pleasure, and most importantly my feminine intuition. Qoya asks us to find ways to move and breathe in ways that feel good in THIS very moment, and I can't think of a more positive, empowering, and relevant message to give to women in this day and age. ~A.C.

We look forward to exploring with you!

Jen, Colleen & Susan