go beyond life coaching and yoga retreat Elena Sonnino

Are you ready to go BEYOND?

This retreat is for you if…

You have wanted to get away to recharge but always come up with a reason that “this isn’t the right time.”

You are ready to commit to be MORE present and MORE bold in your daily life.

You want to live each day with intention instead of expectation.

You are not afraid to fall or get a little wet now and then.

You crave connection with other women who want to peel back the layers of perceptions, limitations, and self-sabotage.

Being near water is your happy place.

You dream of someone else doing all the work in the kitchen to create delicious and healthy meals.

And, you think it would be a blast to make new friends and spend the weekend playing in the outdoors.

Go beyond the boundaries of your perceptions to find YOURSELF.

October 20-22, 2017

Lake Anna, Virginia

lake anna fall colors by Kate Elim

Go Beyond Life Coaching and Yoga Retreat

Are you ready to fall into a deeper connection with the hidden parts of yourself that are just waiting for you notice they are there?

Go beyond to find yourself with a weekend that brings together the boldness of fall colors, the energy of the lake to cultivate hope, the guidance of life coaching, and the surrender of yoga.

Connect with yourself and a small group of women for a weekend that will invite you to commit to the version of yourself that is just waiting to be seen.

We’ll take to the shores of Lake Anna – one of the largest freshwater lakes in Virginia – for a weekend of stillness, connection, and boldness.

Why Lake Anna? Lake Anna offers the perfect fall getaway to see life as if you are living in a box of Crayola crayons. We’ll soak up the reflections from the lake to see ourselves more clearly. We’ll embrace the boldness of fall colors to reawaken all that is alive within us. We’ll play on the water with kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

You will go home stimulated to GO BEYOND the boundaries of your perceptions with a clearer vision to live with more intention and purpose each day.

*Images of the extraordinary vacation home where we’ll be staying were provided by Sunset Properties, Lake Anna Virginia

Embrace the abundance in nature as a reminder of the abundance in your life.

What to Expect

This is an overview of what you can expect during the Go Beyond retreat. You’ll receive a more updated schedule to provide the best possible experience when you arrive. All activities are also weather dependent (though we should be able to practice outdoor yoga even in the rain thanks to covered areas).


  • Check in around 4pm. Free time to get settled in.
  • A restorative sunset yin yoga session and opening ceremony
  • Welcome dinner prepared by our private chef
  • An evening of night sky inspiration and trust building


  • Sunrise yoga
  • Breakfast prepared by our private chef
  • Get clear on what you believe group coaching session
  • Free time to use the kayaks, SUPs, read or make your own adventure
  • Lunch prepared by our private chef
  • How do you want to feel group coaching session
  • Free time to use the kayaks, SUPs, read or make your own adventure
  • Sunset dinner at Tim’s at Lake Anna


  • Early morning nourishment
  • Sunrise yoga
  • Brunch prepared by our private chef
  • Go Beyond visioning group coaching session
  • Closing ceremony

Plus! A follow up 1:1 life coaching session after the retreat to help integrate your plan to go beyond the boundaries of your perceptions in your daily life.

Your Lake Anna home for the weekend:

See more photos of our huge 8-bedroom home and the amazing boathouse and decks HERE.

sweet carolina at lake anna
sweet carolina boathouse at lake anna

Expect to laugh. Expect to cry. Expect to have time for yourself to read, play on the water or even take a nap (or two).

Expect to eat AMAZING (and fresh) food made with love by our personal chef.

Expect to connect with yourself and with others.

Expect to have your thoughts challenged and your mind and body nourished.

I cannot guarantee that the GO BEYOND retreat will change your life, but I can promise a venue and experiences that will offer you ways to reawaken that which is already inside you.


  • Two-night luxury accommodations at a gorgeous private home located on the (public side) shores of Lake Anna.
  • All-inclusive food & beverages (including wine at meals) prepared by our private chef and one dinner at Tim's at Lake Anna (one alcoholic beverage is included with dinner at Tim's).
  • Each participant will receive a Swag Bag valued over $100.
  • Yoga classes that focus on creating a deeper mind-body connection (yin and yang style yoga) with necessary props (bolsters, straps, and blocks)
  • A unique life coaching Program by Elena Sonnino which includes group sessions during the retreat and one 1:1 session after you return home.
  • Use of 4 kayaks and 9 SUPs (stand up paddleboards) for use during free time.
  • Snacks throughout the weekend to help keep you fueled and nourished.


  • Single occupancy king room, private bath: $978 (SOLD OUT)
  • Single occupancy, queen room, private bath: $950 (SOLD OUT)
  • Single occupancy king or queen room, shared bath: $926 (SOLD OUT)
  • Triple occupancy, full or twin, shared bath: $750 (SOLD OUT)

*Prices are per person

You can view photos of the house and rooms HERE. Room requests will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

To reserve your spot: pay a deposit of $450 and will you will be billed for the balance 30 days later. The balance is due no later than August 1, 2017.


If you cancel on or before August 1, 2017, you will be refunded the registration fee paid, less a $100 administration fee.

If you cancel between August 2-19, 2017 50% of the registration fee paid will be refunded.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 20, 2017.

Check-in time: Please plan on arriving for the retreat at 4 pm on Friday, October 20.

Check out time is at 11:30 am on Sunday.

How to get there:

Lake Anna is approximately 80 miles south of Washington DC. The exact address will be shared with participants once they are registered.

Anyone that would like to fly in for the retreat can arrive at airports in Richmond or Washington DC.

What you'll need:

This will be a casual weekend. Pack clothes for yoga and loungewear to wear around the house.Think fuzzy socks and slippers. The lake is likely to be a bit cold for swimming, but a bathing suit never hurts. Additional layers for kayaking and SUP are recommended.

We will be going out to dinner on Saturday night, but the restaurant is casual.

Walking shoes in case you want to venture out for a walk or hike.

Please bring your own yoga mat.

Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) will be provided. Please bring any other personal products that you might need/want.

You will receive a journal as part of your swag bag.

Consider a camera, books, magazines – and anything you'd like to have around during free time to help you unplug.

Cell phones: You are welcome to bring your phone, but please be mindful of using it (as a phone) only in your room.  Note there is wifi at the house but reception can be spotty.




What happens if it rains?

The good and bad news is that we cannot control the weather. We'll hope for sunny skies, but you never know. Kayaking and SUP can still be done in the rain. There are covered decks and indoor spaces for yoga, so we can practice in multiple places depending on the weather. We might even want to go play in the puddles.

What if I don't know anyone?

You will make new friends! Most of the retreats that I have gone on, I've gone "solo" with the intent to meet new people. I promise, no one will bite. 🙂

What if I want to come with a group of friends?

That works too! Feel free to share the retreat with anyone you know. If you would like to split the triple occupancy room, please specify those roommate requests on your registration form.

What will the water temperature be like?

It isn't going to be hot. 🙂 Consider bringing an extra pair of yoga pants or coverups that you don't mind potentially getting wet when you are on the water.

What type of food will be served?

Spa-like, healthy, organic and local food as much as possible. Please let us know if you have any dietary allergies or concerns on your registration form.

Is alcohol included?

Yes, wine will be included for dinners.

Can I get a refund if I need to cancel?

Yes. And no.

If you cancel on or before August 1, 2017, you will be refunded the registration fee paid, less a $100 administration fee.

If you cancel between August 2-19, 2017 50% of the registration fee paid will be refunded.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 20, 2017.


Lake Anna is centrally located on the Virginia, just 80 miles south of Washington DC – making it easily accessible for anyone in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

Lake Anna is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Virginia –and offers a quiet, fall retreat location where nature is the centerpiece – away from distractions. The lake boasts 225 miles of shoreline and covers over 20 sq. miles.

We'll spend as much time as possible outside during the weekend – on the water, near the water, and just looking at the water from one of the many decks.





  • Colorados – Double Occupancy – $3,195.00
  • Colorados – Supreme King Private Occupancy – $4,195.00
  • Colorados ~ Triple Occupancy Room – $2,750.00

A Message from Elena

We are all on our own individual journey to go beyond the boundaries of our limitations. I’m sure I had self-limiting perceptions when I was younger, but for me – the BIG stuff that is at the core of all of my own perceptions came when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1997. Since then, I’ve learned that I need to trust myself before I can trust others, I need to stay grounded in the present moment to be fully alive and exuberant and that in the end…everything I need is already within me – just waiting for me to find it.

So when it came time to planning this GO BEYOND retreat I wanted to bring together four of the things that have helped me on my own journey: water, fall colors, life coaching and yoga. I am over-the-moon excited to welcome you and create a weekend of experiences and possibilities to help guide you to a deeper connection to yourself so that you too, can go BEYOND.

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