Past Retreats






Big Bear, CA

May, 2023




The mountains welcomed us with so many beautiful surprises! From a snowstorm in May that brought us icy morning yoga, to unbelievable forest views – we gathered in awe of nature’s beauty. 

This spectacular group bonded amongst our FUN self-love photoshoot and quickly settled into warm and deep conversations. So much love was shared amongst late night games and exploration of what it means to be our authentic selves. 

This wonderful weekend was filled with luxurious massages, deep belly laughs, healing tears, and incredible food. 





Into the Desert

Joshua Tree, CA

November, 2022


A Gathering of truly magic. This luxurious weekend was described as an “adult slumber party” and “a girl weekend that celebrated everyone there”. We had deep belly laughs and full body cries. The connections formed were deep and genuine. 

The desert was a gorgeous, peaceful, and serene location to gather. A perfect backdrop to take stunning photos and sit by the fire. 

Overall, our Into the Desert retreat was an incredible weekend filled with everything we could have wanted. 






“I loved the welcoming and safe space that April and Lena created at the retreat. I felt empowered to take an honest look at my strengths and weaknesses. I also felt like I was given emotional support and practical tools to better myself that were grounded in reality. It was so nice to unwind from my busy daily life and to set aside the time to focus on myself. I also had so much fun making new friends and felt supported when trying new things.” – Past retreat participant


“From the window to the wall!” – that song encompasses how I felt during my time with Grow and Gather (think Sandra Bullock in The Proposal)! I had the pleasure of being a part of this amazing sisterhood of women and it was truly an experience that I will never forget.
I can honestly say that my favorite part of the trip was EVERYTHING! From the moment I arrived, I felt the love and support of everyone around me. One of my fondest memories was when Lena knocked on my door and said “it’s time” whether it was time for dinner or time for a massage. Or how we all were having so much fun and excitement and laughed so hard my belly hurt. And let’s not forget about Kaiy’s delicious food – elaborate spreads morning, noon, and night!
Being a part of Grow and Gather felt like finding my “found family”. The bond that we created during our time together was truly special and something that I will cherish forever. April and Lena, thank you so much for creating such a memorable experience and for bringing together such an amazing group of women. I highly recommend Grow and Gather to anyone looking for a life-changing experience or more simply, a mommy getaway! If you’re on the fence about going, consider this your official call into action. Jump off the fence and book your spot.  – Pilar