Urban Retreats for Renewal

I have partnered with Dr. Laura Rubiales, ND at Portland Holistic Medicine to offer individual 5-day retreats in Portland for those looking to take time out of their busy day to day lives to jump start healing.


This Urban Retreat for Renewal is about finding a new way for your life to unfold ….


This five day retreat is meant to get your body out of the sympathetic fight or flight and into parasympathetic state where your body and mind can properly function again.  Because in today’s hectic world, many of us don’t have time to get out of fight or flight, this retreat is designed to do that.  Our hope is that you can have a jump start to reclaim a peaceful calmer state.


The retreat includes a medical workup to assess your current health, acupuncture, daily yoga and/ or meditation, access to an empathetic EMDR therapist for trauma, and possible fine tuning of your medications and massage,  you can take great steps to recover yourself and live a fulfilling life again.

The retreat can be customized to suit your needs and individual preferences.

Tools you will take home after this five day retreat are learning to calm yourself and listen to your body and assessment of necessary treatment to balance your hormonal and nutritional state.

Major life events, shocks, traumas and ongoing stress can take a toll on your health and put you at greater risk for a major illness.

  • Have you been through a major shock or trauma in your life from which you have been unable to recover?

  • Do you need support navigating a significant transition?

  • Do you feel tired, fried or riled up after a sudden change or shocking life event that has caused to feel out of balance, stuck and unable to move forward?

  • Are you ready to be open to support to change and shift into being balanced, healthy and whole again?


It is important to take some time to heal and put your body and spirit at ease again.   A retreat in a new location can help remap the brain and give some perspective.  An opportunity to optimize your health can help you move forward and be present in your life.

Portland Holistic Medicine is located on NW 23rd Avenue,
in a tourist destination part of Portland, Oregon
that is walking distance to beautiful parks and great restaurants.

To schedule your individualized retreat
please call (503) 241-5094.


Laura Rubiales, ND, LAc


Dr. Laura Rubiales has been a licensed practicing naturopathic physician and acupuncturist for over 18 years. She has noticed repeatedly that certain incidents, especially those related to loss and trauma, can change people’s physiology, predisposing them to illness, and as a solution created this retreat to transition people to a healthier more fulfilling life at times of stress, trauma and/or loss. Learn more about her here.


Nichole Slykhous, PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nichole is a Holistic Mental Health Expert. She seeks to promote mental health and create hope, health and healing by working with you. Nichole practices Integrative Psychiatry to help you identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, brain fog, fatigue, and other contemporary mental health conditions.

Nichole will search for underlying triggers that are contributing to your symptoms and tailor the intervention to your specific needs as an individual. She realizes that there is no separating the brain and the body and may use counseling techniques, supplements, lifestyle changes, recommend an emotional support animal and/or prescribe medication to treat your condition.


Sheila Walty, LCSW

EMDR Therapist & Professional Certified Coach

Sheila provides intensive therapy that reaches to the core of the issue with the goal of total healing. Her specialty in trauma recovery using an experiential style that includes physical, emotional and mental components. "Our body and mind can betray us until we uncover the truth." She utilizes EMDR, Internal Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Sensorimotor Therapy to address the beliefs that stand in the way of you reaching your highest potential.  Learn more about Sheila here.


Laela Wilding, RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Laela’s classes are typically slow-paced, either Hatha-style or Yin Yoga, with an emphasis on the breath and turning inward while finding strength and balance. Laela strives to set the tone in all classes for calm reflection and physical exploration, often including readings or guided meditations. It is her hope that each student finds their own joy in the movement and the stillness that her classes offer, bringing these qualities into daily life. Laela has been teaching yoga classes in Portland since 2017. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Bhoga, Yin yoga training with Bernie Clark,  Accessible Yoga Training with Amber Karnes, and Yoga Nidra with Michele Lowe and Simon Menashe. Laela holds gratitude for her many other talented teachers and mentors. Laela grew up in Portland, has a family including husband, Todd, 2 kids, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She also works as a graphic designer and is an advocate for people living with HIV. She also loves knitting and reading novels.