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Reclaiming Our Medicine


Activating the Curandera Within: A transformational and healing weekend for Latinx, Indigenous Identified women, and non-binary femmes.

It comes as no surprise that the current social and political landscape has many of us operating in fight or flight mode as a mechanism for survival.

We carry the burden of fear for ourselves, our families, and our communities, resulting in compromised mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health. In addition, many wellness spaces unintentionally create harm for Indigenous and Latinx communities, where our traditional medicine is often co-opted and commodified without the rich grounding that comes from honoring culture, ancestors, and traditions.

It is time for us to Reclaim the Curandera Within and activate the medicine from our ancestors in order for us to LEAD more authentically, holistically, and with an intersectional focus on the work that lies ahead

This weekend is an offering for YOU.

It is time to be on the forefront of change and that requires us to lead from an intentional and deeply resourced place.

Racial healing requires that we look within, face our pain, acknowledge where we have been hurt and where we have been the perpetrator in order for us to transform our individual legacy and the legacy of this country.

Healing sessions will include:

  • Sacred Circle Storytelling
  • Beyond the Whiteness of Wellness: tapping into our ancestral wisdom
  • Illuminating the Shadow: Exploring and transforming anti-indigeneity and anti-Blackness within ourselves and our communities
  • Yoga and gentle movement
  • Guided nature walks
  • Kitchen Alchemy: Community Building through Food

Your Retreat Facilitators and Holders of Sacred Space

Marla Teyolia

Marla Teyolia is a mother, partner, executive coach, facilitator, and personal guide who has been holding sacred space for individuals and groups to access their healing and liberation for over 20+ years. Her family lineage is indigenous to this land by way of the Mexica people.

Marla had the privilege and honor to study with Elena Avila (RIP), Master Curandera and author of Women Who Glows in the Dark, as her apprentice for four years. This indigenous, holistic healing system has deeply informed how she approaches transformational leadership development and sustainable growth… one that is connected to nature, community, lineage, and personal agency. She is deeply influenced by her 20+ years as a student of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices and brings all of these modalities to her work.

Marla holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a Certified Empowerment Workshop Facilitator and registered yoga teacher.

Over the years, Marla has partnered with and led trainings, retreats, and coaching programs with dozens of institutions, organizations, and individuals from Facebook, Google, McDermott Will & Emory, Columbia University, Bard College, Mount Holyoke College, Southern Methodist University, MTV, NYC Department of Education, C. Moore Media International Public Relations, and the Youth Development Institute, among many others.

Marla offers deep gratitude for all her sisters, teachers, colleagues, and beloved clients that have shown her the power of healing and personal growth as a catalyst for life-altering change. She is deeply indebted to the healing wisdom of her ancestors and to her mother, life partner, and children for deeply resourcing her with love and support as centers the healing and wellness of women of color in her life’s purpose.


Stefanie has been teaching Yoga in studio settings in 2008. Beginning 2009 Stef witnessed the disparity in Yoga spaces...who has access? Who feels welcome? Stef taught Yoga in some nontraditional spaces in addition to the customary work of wellness and kept her eyes open for what was possible.

Stef got fired up with US turn of events in November 2017 and began waking up more to her role in the narrative of wellness and the Dominating Culture of our world in general. Stef began learning with Off the Mat into the World as she craved a safe space to let her heart heal and be heard. Soon after and by no accident, Stefanie attended one of Marla’s Self Care Workshops for Women of Color. Stef didn’t realize how much she need communion in a way that let her fully take off her mask. It was deeply healing and also incredibly illuminating Stef’s awareness to her pain in passing.

Stef continued her work in studio spaces and in 2018 received a grant to begin to support her Heart’s work, Hanuman Homies. Hanuman Homies is a 501c3 nonprofit offering Yoga and Wellness practices to underserved Youth in DFW in addition to providing donation and free Yoga to the public so that everyone can take their Yoga off the mat and into the community! Stefanie looks forward to Hanuman Homies serving as a resource to help bridge gaps in accessibility and understanding; while learning about how to be a part of necessary conscious change necessary for Collective Healing.

2020 has so much on the horizon and Stef looks so forward to meeting YOU! Stefanie wholeheartedly believes that all of these challenges we are facing as POC are catalysts for transformation and empowerment as she has felt this truth in her life. We are called to come together to heal and practice using our voices in safe spaces. We are called to reclaim what has been lost along the path of assimilation to fully embody get a glimpse of our Becoming. Stef is in the process of Reclamation and Remembering and she looks forward to being a part of that Collective Process. Stefanie is honored for the opportunity to hold space for your voice and heart while you Reclaim and Remember.

The Location: Stillwaters Retreat Center

Let the land hold and heal you…

Stillwaters Retreat Center is a 40 acre, gated center with cabins/rooms for 30 overnight guests. Amentities include a beautiful indoor Pavilion, swimming pool, stocked fishing pond, 1/2 court basketball, soccer field, hiking trails, a marvelous outdoor deck. Learn More


Stillwaters Cabin

Choose an option:

Get-A-Way Cabin

FULL Cabin to YOURSELF. If you would like to split and share the king bed, please email marla@cultureshift.agency. Price would decrease to $450/pp


Meadow Rooms

Choose an option:


We will contact you to set up a payment plan.


If you would like to support the healing of Indigenous and Latinx-Identified individuals and are not able to attend the retreat, please consider donating to this fund. 100% of proceeds will be used to provide reduced and/or full scholarships.

*If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email marla@cultureshift.agency

Stillwater: Two full baths, Fully equipped kitchen, Direct TV/DVD upstairs/CD player, Gas stove/ Refrigerator, Cozy living room with fireplace, Covered front and back porches, Charcoal grill/ fire pit, Coffee/Tea.

Getaway: Full kitchen opens to living room, Private porch with patio area, grill and fire pit, Direct TV, Tucked off by itself, the perfect get-a-way, Golf cart available to rent $40 per day. Includes: coffee, creamers, fire starters, charcoal, fire wood.

Meadow: A, B, each have 4 single beds/ one bath with tub and shower, C has two twin beds and one queen bed/one bath with tub and shower, D has a queen size bed, sleeps 2 double occupancy, wheel chair accessible and large walk-in shower. Each room has Direct TV, Small refrigerator, Coffee, hair dryer, sheets, towels, shampoo & soap provided, ice & drink machine along with microwave in Washateria, washer and dryer, patio for all guests to use with fire pit, wood provided.