Wild & Free 

Sheep Mountain, Alaska
July 7-12, 2020

Honest Wellbeing retreats restore mind, body, spirit by bringing together daily workouts, nutritious foods, personal and leadership development, sincere connection, and lots of laughs - all in beautiful natural settings.

Photo: Callie Shiflea

"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

Our retreats uniquely combine physical and personal practice to strengthen and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Experience energizing daily workouts, guided leadership development, local & nutritious foods prepared by an on-site chef, spectacular hikes, local sightseeing, free time to relax, and so much more. 

This week we come together to reconnect with the gifts of our wild nature -- our vitality, voice, intuition, creativity, conviction & personal power.

We'll harness the intense power of this natural setting, butt-kicking workouts, and skillful leadership development to guide you back to the gifts of your wild, instinctual self and your freedom. 

Our goal is for you to leave this weekend feeling powerful, clear, fully alive, and ready to take action - as well as rejuvenated in body, mind, and spirit.

We'll be staying at the gorgeous Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, nestled near the closest point between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountain ranges and the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. This setting is incredibly special to us -- it's where we grew up and we can't wait to show you around.

No need for experience with fitness or personal development. We've got you. Just bring your openness to growth and willingness to get a little uncomfortable physically, emotionally, spiritually. We promise, it's going to be FUN!

What You'll Get

Daily Workouts & Stunning Hikes

Excursions: Glacier Trekking & Optional Flightseeing 

Personal & Leadership Development

Explore Alaska's Spectacular Natural Beauty

5 Nights at Majestic Valley Lodge

Transportation to/from the Anchorage Airport

Sincere Connection with Down-to-Earth


The Good Swag (no crappy t-shirts here)

The Workouts

We all know that movement is a vital part of being human. There is a primal integral part of us that wants/needs it. Our connection to movement feeds our creativity, intellect and obviously our physical health. Learning and understanding the necessity of movement strengthens our motivation, deepens our relationships with our bodies inside and out. It sharpens our awareness to who we are and the world around us. This is is all especially true when we are in nature.

We will start every morning with a 60 min workout (hopefully outside, weather willing).  Each workout begins with a 10-15 min warm up that includes balancing, active stretching as well as midline/stability work. Then we move through a series of exercises that range from low intensity to high intensity. Get ready to squat, lunge, skip, shuffle, run, push, pull, jump, and play! Don't worry, everything is modifiable so if there are movements you can't do, don't fret! We will take care of you.

This week has the opportunity to provide profound insight into what exercise can do for your quality of life. It's way more that just a physical body practice. Learn proper warm ups that improve mobility in the joints and spine as well as building stability where we need it. Find camaraderie in fun, playful workouts that are safe and accessible and not overwhelming.

To top it off, we will be taking you on 2 fitness excursions! Hike the famous Lions Head to witness stunning panoramic views of the Matanuska Glacier, Matanuska River, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. You'll also experience a once in a lifetime glacier trek exploring ancient ice on the Matanuska glacier.  

Paisley Meekin is the owner and head coach of Honest Training is Portland OR. Honest Training specializes in small group training and personal training. Paisley has been working in the fitness/wellness industry for 10+ years. Her passion is creating community through fitness. She holds certifications in corrective exercise, Crossfit (L1), TRX, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She loves her dog Scout, cooking, anything outdoors and all types of fitness.  Find her at @portlandtrainerpaisley 

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The Content

Within each of us is an untamed, instinctual being - some call it the soul self, authentic self, highest self, the small still voice, our wild woman. No matter what we call it, this is the deep, knowing part of who we are; it’s the part that guides us, tells us “this way” and “not that way”. It rises in us and lends conviction when it’s time to stand up, speak up, speak out. It has us move closer to - rather than away from - the intimacy and deep connection we crave in our relationships and within ourselves. It connects us to our aliveness, our humanity.


Yet, so many of us have temporarily lost touch with or turned our back on our own wild, our freedom to be who we are.


We are masters of DOing and achieve so much. In fact, we have brought to life most - if not all - of the dreams of our younger years. 


So why do we feel so... bleh?? 


There’s a longing, a call that we feel but we don’t quite know how to answer. We’ve tried meditation practices, yoga, therapy, group programs, self-care, personal work, journaling,  affirmation, exercise, the list goes on...but it’s not quite getting us there.


This longing, this uneasiness? This is the soul self calling us back to ourselves and into our next big work. 

That’s what this week is all about -- reconnecting to this wild, soul Self and the instinctual knowing and being-ness that you’ve lost over the years through outdated beliefs, stories, mindsets, patterns, childhood, relationships, traumas, culture. 

It’s time to let go of the experiences we often express as women -- feeling stressed, overwhelmed, unable to relax, not taking time for yourself, anxiety, lack of energy and vision, feeling lack of contribution to community,

Hi! I'm Rachel Butler. I bring over 10 years of experience leading personal, leadership and group development. I'm known for creating accessible and safe programming sprinkled with a lot of humor, and for striking a balance between the more external practice of traditional leadership development and the internal practices of developing the Self. I work with individuals as well as leaders within organizations to develop clarity about - and to act on - their instinctual, human-centered leadership in their lives and work. My background includes an MA in Leadership and Organizational Development and credentials as an executive coach, life coach, and change management practitioner. I've also followed personal studies in Soul Reclamation, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Applied Behavioral Sciences, Humanistic and Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Conflict Mediation, and more. I'm passionate about seeing women step into our wild, instinctual selves and leadership!  Learn more about your coaches

not prioritizing things you know will help, feeling frustrated and like you are betraying yourself.

The skills and mindset that have gotten you this far aren’t working anymore, and it's time to upgrade. 


This week we will use guided reflection, skill building, activities, and conversation to reclaim your wild, and your freedom:

The Magic

The combination of physical practice and leadership development is a magic sauce for transformation.


If you've ever wanted to take a pause from your life to figure some things out -- a time where someone would prepare healthy and delicious food for you, tailor daily workouts to you, and tell you what you need to do to get unstuck/re-energized, take the next step...then this retreat is for you. 


—  Tamara L., OR

“Regardless of age or experience, I was reminded that women have the power to share, accept, and empower each other. We are not alone, all women are born wild. Thank you!”



July 7-12, 2020
Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge

16162 W Glenn Hwy

Alaska 99674

(Approx, 110 miles NE of Anchorage)

Schedule Overview

*Subject to some changes as we plan final details


July 7

Check-in 4 pm

Welcome at 6:00 pm

Check-in begins at 4:00 pm at Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge on Tuesday July 7th.

For those traveling to Alaska, we will offer airport pickup at 11:30 am and transportation to the lodge. 


We'll kick off our time together with a relaxing and fun evening to get to know one another, food and a non-hosted bar, and a Welcome Circle.


July 8-11

Each day will start off with a morning workout, followed by breakfast and time to get ready for the day. 

We'll share late morning to noon together in daily content focused on becoming wild and free!

Lunch will be prepared either in the lodge or on the go, depending on activities for the afternoon. We balance planned excursions with down time to to rest, explore, sit in the hot tub, nap...whatever your heart desires.


We will host a closing circle daily, followed by dinner in the lodge prepared by on-site chefs.


July 12

We'll get our booties kicked in one last workout on Sunday morning. We'll share breakfast, and a final group circle to send us off. 

We will leave Majestic Valley by 10 am to arrive at the Anchorage airport by 12:30 pm for flights.​


Rates include 5 nights lodging, meals daily during your stay, the retreat experience including daily fitness and leadership development content, as well as transportation to/from Anchorage (optional - you may want to rent your own car so you can explore during down times).

Prices go up March 1st!


11/08 - 11/11

Enjoy all aspects of the retreat, resort amenities, breakfast and lunch daily, and a single room in the beautiful Majestic Valley Lodge. 





11/08 - 11/11

Enjoy all aspects of the retreat, resort amenities, breakfast and lunch daily, and a single room in the rustic and cozy Glacier Hall. 




11/08 - 11/11

Enjoy all aspects of the retreat, resort amenities, breakfast and lunch daily, and a shared room with two beds in the beautiful Majestic Valley Lodge. Rate is per person and you secure your roommate. Two available.




11/08 - 11/11

Enjoy all aspects of the retreat, resort amenities, breakfast and lunch daily, and a shared room with two beds in rustic and cozy Glacier Hall. Rate is per person and you secure your roommate. Two rooms available at this rate.




11/08 - 11/11

Enjoy all aspects of the retreat, resort amenities, breakfast and lunch daily, and a shared room with two queen beds separated by bathroom area for additional privacy. Rate is per person and you secure your roommate. Two cabins available.



We hope to see you!

It's such an honor to lead retreats and workshops with so many amazing women. Our greatest hope is to see more women living and leading with our whole, wild hearts. 


If there are questions we can answer for you, please don't hesitate to reach out:



We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and hope to see you in Alaska!



I'm local and am traveling on my own to Majestic Valley - when should I arrive on the 7th?

Yasssss you beautiful Alaskan! We are so happy to have you. You can plan to arrive at 4 pm on Tuesday, July 7th. We will share more details about check-in times as the trip approaches.

Should I rent a car?

If you are someone who likes to explore on your own and prefers the freedom to do that, you may choose to rent your own car. Some guests have preferred this option in the past. We will be in rural Alaska without access to Uber/Lyft so there aren’t other options to travel independently. We do provide transportation for group excursions, but it won't be available to do your own thing.

Do you recommend a particular hotel in Anchorage/can you pick me up somewhere besides the airport?

The Dimond Center Hotel would be an easy option for those arriving prior to the 7th. It offers a free shuttle to/from the airport and free breakfast.


We will be picking up at the Dimond Center Hotel at 10:45 am on the 7th.

There are a number of other accommodation options in Anchorage that are more in the downtown area if you'd prefer that. Hotel Captain Cook and the Copper Whale Inn are a couple of spots we'd recommend.

Which airport should I fly into and when should I arrive?

You will fly into Anchorage International Airport (ANC). 

We will be picking up at the airport on 7/7 at 11:30 am and dropping off on 7/12 at 12:30 pm.

If you're wanting to travel with us, you’ll likely want to book:

  • Alaska Airlines flight #85 arriving at 11:00 am into Anchorage on 7/7 

  • Departing flight #98 (1:50 pm), #100 (2:50 pm), or #102 (3:20 pm) on 7/12

These flights go through Seattle, with connections to Portland and other cities.

Of course, you can travel with other airlines of your choice. See information about the transportation we will provide, rental cars, and local hotels to decide what's right for you.

Where is this place, anyway?

Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge is located about 115 miles NE of Anchorage, Alaska. It is nestled near the closest point between the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges and the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. To get there we will travel along the Glenn Highway (Route 1), considered a National Scenic Byway due to its extraordinary beauty and history. In our opinion, the drive in itself is a spiritual experience.

I'd like to extend my trip - do you have advice on what I should see/do?

Of course! We'd love to share our favorite things to do and see in our beautiful state. Let's jump on a call to chat more so we can see what you're interested in and make recommendations. 

How will I get from the airport to the lodge?

We are providing transportation from and to the airport, picking up at 11:30 am on 7/7 and dropping off at 12:30 pm on 7/12. We will also be picking up at the Dimond Center Hotel at 10:45 am on the 7th, which offers a free shuttle to/from the airport.

You may also choose to rent your own vehicle.

Majestic Valley Lodge is about 115 miles from Anchorage. After we do pick ups at the airport, we will plan to stop at a grocery store on the way out of town so you can grab some provisions to have for the week. We will also stop at some scenic viewpoints along the way for some sightseeing, because hot damn, the views!! We will likely arrive at Majestic Valley lodge between 3-4 pm. 

What other activities will there be in the area?

The communities of Sheep Mountain and Glacier View offer a variety of activities, from hiking to glacier trekking to zip lines, river rafting, wildlife viewing (the lodge is located beneath the Sheep Mountain Dall Sheep Reserve), flightseeing, and simply enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

The retreat will include some of the areas most popular hikes, as well as a visit to the Matanuska Glacier.

I've been to an Honest Wellbeing retreat in the past - will the content be the same?

This content will build nicely on what we've done in past retreats. There may be some repeated material with new context. The majority of the content will be new, with material on voice, boundaries, mental models, and more.


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