2019 Wild Self No Barriers Women’s Retreat

Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27, 2019

Hosted by No Barriers and the Heart J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch

The Wild Self No Barriers Women’s Retreat is October 24-27, 2019 in the front range of the Rocky Mountains near Loveland, CO.

We offer the setting to harness nature’s inspiration to deepen mind-body-spirit connection and connections between women on the retreat. This retreat features daily yoga practices, mindfulness and self-compassion teaching, sharing circles, group meals, outdoor activities, campfires, and time to reflect and rest. This weekend offers the space to step into your wild natural self by fostering opportunities to build friendships, play freely, and try something you’ve never done before.

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Event Snapshot

  • Where: Sylvan Dale Ranch (2939 N Co Rd 31D, Loveland, CO 80538)
    • 1 hour from Rocky Mountain National Park
    • 1 hour from Denver International Airport
  • Who is this for: Women
  • What: A restorative 4 day, 3 night retreat
  • Why:
    • Find reconnection to self and community
    • Overcome personal obstacles
    • Discover your inner balance
  • When: Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • How much: $875 all inclusive price (lodging, food and activities)

woman smiling and trekking while wearing no barriers shirt


  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Horseback riding
  • Massage
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Goal setting
  • Team building
  • Fishing
  • Games
  • Trail Running


Mica Adesso, Ph.D., L.P., RYT

Mica blends Western and Eastern healing practices through her work, currently as a licensed psychologist at the Colorado State University Health Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and graduate minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices. She has been trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Ayurveda, and Botanical Medicines, among other healing practices. She has led Mindful Yoga groups and retreats in various locations for the past 7 years. Mica’s passion and strength is in creating a space in which people feel safe enough to explore their breath, brave enough to embody their whole self and courageous enough to connect vulnerably in community.

Steph Dalager, M.S., MFT-C, RYT

Steph was once told that she’s a jill-of-all trades, master of none, a title which she’s come to  embrace with time. Through the varied experiences of having worked a corporate business job for a fortune 50 company, studied herbalism in the forests and fields of Minnesota, performed in a 5-piece women’s bluegrass band, and had innumerable meaningful everyday experiences, she’s learned that there is nothing quite like the power of community and the beauty of the natural world to promote healing and transformation.  It’s this belief that drives her excitement for creating spaces for collective experience. Steph is currently working as a therapist and community educator at the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center in Fort Collins, CO and holds an M.S. in Human Development with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University. She is trained as a yoga teacher, with specific training in yin and trauma-sensitive yoga, she has also led mindfulness-based group therapy.  Steph engages in her own connecting practices including running through the mountains, gardening, and cooking and sharing meals with others.

Shelly Annameier, M.S., MFT-C

Vast deserts and big mountains hold a special place in Shelly’s heart after growing up in Arizona and later spending many transformative years living and working in both Colorado and Chile.  She has a passion for wilderness-based community-building experiences that cultivate authentic connection to self and others. She currently serves as a mindfulness guide on wilderness treks for young adult cancer survivors, works as a therapist in private practice, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science with a focus on the impact of mindfulness training on reducing teen stress/depression.  She has an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Shelly has led mindfulness-based group therapy for the last four years, is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and is currently working on a certification in Intuitive Eating. Shelly cherishes feeling wild and free in the outdoors and has found a sense of restoration, belonging, and healing through camping, trail-running, community dinners, and observing the way her two dogs exist so joyfully in the world.

Julie Fast, BS, LMT, NMRT

Julie Fast or “JFast” spent a transformative summer in the mountains of Colorado as a wide eyed 16 year old and hasn’t looked back since.  After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in Physiology, JFast spent 4 years with the Peace Corps in South America working in Community Health.  While there she perfected her nodding/smiling techniques, learned the subtle art of waiting, constructed more wood burning stoves than she could keep count of, and fell in love with the people and cultures of Peru and Ecuador.  In the following years, JFast sought to combine her passion for service work, health and the outdoors by experiencing life as a summer camp director, international guide, teacher, and thru-hiker before going back to school for massage and neuromuscular therapy.  Presently, JFast works full time for No Barriers as an Expeditions Manager and continues an active part time practice in massage therapy.


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“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Author of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype


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