*This is a special partnership between True Nature and When Women Come To Pray. 

For any questions regarding how to register you may email info@truenaturetravels.com.

Any questions regarding the venue or the retreat itself please reach out to wwc2p.whenwomencometopray@gmail.com

In this Sacred Circle of Women find out what happens When Women Come To Pray.

This is a retreat of presence, trust, and support to empower women, uplift our spirits, and feel the gifts of harmony.

The retreat takes place over 4 days and 3 nights in the ancient mountains of North Carolina. Here, we share prayers and blessings from all traditions, relish in relaxing and restorative practices, hold each other in all cycles of life, and offer prayers to the world.

We have worked hard to plan an incredible weekend itinerary for you. We look forward to spending this deep time with you. We’re thrilled to have Megan Hunt again providing local, fresh, vegan meals for us. Megan loves food and loves to cook and share with others.

Massage therapist, Eliza Volk will be available as well as people sharing astrology and a few of our participants sharing their “gifts” with us.

This is a real opportunity to contemplate and do some restorative work for yourself. So give yourself a moment to think about what you want to get out of the retreat before you arrive. 

This is a simple, accessible, and underground way to rebuild the paradigm of our world.

When Women Come to Pray is all-inclusive, and non-denominational and anyone who identifies as a woman or girl is welcome.


Sacred Mountain
The Blue Ridge Highlands are gentle, rolling mountains blanketed with green forestry and clear blue skies. As a part of the Appalachian mountain range, The Highlands once stood as tall as the European Alps and are over 480 million years old, making them the oldest mountains in the world. They are a touchstone to the beauty, endurance, and primordial history of the Earth.

  • 3 Nights at Retreat Center
  • Three breakfasts, two vegan lunches, and three vegan dinners, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Guided Contemplative Practices – including yoga, meditation, group circles and movement
  • Prayer. Live Music – Songs & Sing-A-Long from all traditions
  • Fire ceremonies, hiking, swimming hole, art projects
  • Use of yoga room, Celestial Hall, retreat house facilities
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Guided Hike to Hot Spring overlook


The retreat center’s name, Wheel of Bliss highlights the atmosphere and the location of the Sacred Mountain of Hot Springs, NC. It is nestled in a tranquil forest of native plants and majestic trees, nourished by splendid waters; rivers, creeks, streams and falls. This area has long been known as a healing place, featuring the replenishing waters of Hot Springs. Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains and trees, as well as visit the spring fed tubs of Hot Springs. 

Enjoy delicious meals with fresh, lovingly-prepared ingredients. The guest-rooms feature different configurations to accommodate your desires; including dorm rooms for shared accommodations, each room with their own bathroom. The entire center embodies the relaxed kindness, love, and wholeness that seem to permeate this blissful place.

Luna Ray


Luna is a PSEP (Somatic Experience Practitioner) , and is ERYT-200 Yoga Certified. For over 15 years, Luna has been leading a variety of body-centered classes, sessions, workshops and retreats locally and internationally. She is a musician and international recording artist, has a BA in Community Studies, and is an activist for developing holistic and sustainable community collaboration. Luna recently completed a 50 hour Embodied Social Justice training, and has been consistently engaged in local social justice advocacy work for the past 2 years. Luna has a BA in Community Studies, and is a Co-Founder of True Nature Education (www.truenaturetravels.com) and The CREER Service Organization (501c3).
For more info go to www.kristinlunaray.com.


Ellen is a grateful Asheville resident and adept at welcoming people to our blessed area. Here we live an attitude of gratitude with the infused spirit that is present in nature. God is everywhere around!
An avid spiritual warrior/maiden her practices include: Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu & Sikh practices, as well as the 12 Steps way of living. Ellen is a practitioner of bhakti yoga, mantra & chanting for over 13 years, crediting it with transforming parts of her life and has turned to Sanskrit or Sufi kirtan chanting for calming and redirecting the mind. She dabbles and appreciates all spiritual paths. Ellen has traveled around the world, working together and communing with people everywhere, always seeking the spiritual heart of others. She is an event & logistics professional, handling groups from 20-7000 everywhere around the world.

We will have a massage therapist, Eliza Volk, available and some people sharing astrology for the weekend. We will also have a few of our participants sharing their “gifts” with us.

Massage & Cranial Sacral Treatments:

If you’re interested in receiving a massage on Friday or Saturday, that would be an additional cost of $80-$120 sliding scale for 1 hour, $140 for 90 minutes. We will have Eliza and her partner Daniel providing massages. Daniel is a “Fire Tender” too and will be serving us by building and tending fires for us. 

Daniel and Eliza are more than just massage therapists; they are healers who have been dedicated to this path for the entirety of their adult life. Come receive a deeply therapeutic treatment catered to your unique needs. These sessions will release tension in your body, relax your mind, and rejuvenate your spirit.

Eliza offers a life-affirming approach to healing through an eclectic range of high-quality healing modalities, such as ThaiVedic bodywork, integrative massage therapy and alignment yoga. She also practices Reiki energy healing, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal detox massage) and cupping. Having studied extensively in Asia, Eliza incorporates powerfully transformative healing modalities originating from the Eastern world, with anatomical and therapeutic knowledge of the West. Having grown up on a small farm outside of NYC, she’s always been very connected with nature, finding peace and serenity within the guided wisdom of the earth. Her approach to bodywork is grounded, strong, nurturing and intuitively guided to bring about deep transformation. 

Daniel’s style of bodywork blends Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, cranial sacral and shamanic energy healing, specific to your needs. Residing on 5th generation family land, Daniel derives much of his healing wisdom from observing nature. He is a dedicated caretaker of the earth, and that includes the humans on it, too. Daniel’s healing style is grounded, deep and present, much like nature’s essence. Your body, mind and spirit will unravel and rewire in the safety of his sessions.


Guided Hike to Hot Spring overlook. It takes time to reach a proper vantage point to really take in the beauty and majesty of the mountains, and embrace them as a whole. This experience is one of the great gifts of hiking. Join our guests on a moderate hike that features a vista of the Hot Springs area.

Hot Springs: 

The heart of Hot Springs, North Carolina, is our 100 acre Resort & Spa. We feature jetted hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River; our tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of World Famous Natural Hot Mineral Waters.

Here you can find peace of mind with ease and comfort. Whether you’re coming off a long hike on the Appalachian Trail or just passing through, you don’t want to miss the charm and beauty of the Hot Springs Resort & Spa.


Wheel of Bliss Retreat Center

3303 Meadow Fork Road, Hot Springs, NC 28743

To see the Wheel of Bliss Retreat Center and accommodations, click here

Arrive on Thursday between 4:00pm – 6:00pm. We will commence with dinner at 6:00pm.

If you can carpool together that would be great to save parking space (and gas).


  • Journal & pen
  • Yoga mat. There are cushions provided. Bring what makes you comfortable.
  • Water bottle
  • If you are providing an “offering activity” please bring your supplies.


  • Comfortable clothes, layers for evening, casual yoga wear, something beautiful for evening & ceremonies.
  • Walking shoes, hiking shoes, and/or river shoes.
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bug spray
  • Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, shampoo, items that work for you
  • For hiking – fanny pack or small backpack or whatever you prefer
  • Phone charger (see information about internet below)
  • Earplugs for sleeping with others

Please note that the house is in a rural area, which is amazing for groups attempting to bond or do spiritual practice. However, one of the trade-offs of a rural environment is that there is only satellite internet available. It’s perfect for sending emails and getting work done, but it will not be as fast as an urban/suburban internet connection for high-bandwidth activities like streaming movies on Netflix. Please note that most mobile phones will not have service in the mountains. However, you may use the house phone to make and receive calls. Most of the groups that rent the house are doing so to unplug, but we believe in full transparency so we’re letting you know this up front.

Access & Vehicles
The road up to the house is gravel. A good driver can get up the road in a sedan, but we recommend attendees take a truck, jeep, or SUV with 4-wheel drive to make it easier. 

King Suite $1099 – 1 available

Queen Room $899 – 1 available

Shared Twin bed room $799 per person – 2 spots available

Single in Dorm Room $670 per person – 10 spots are available

Camping $299 per person – 4 spots available

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $200 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to Wwc2p.whenwomencometopray@gmail.com

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