August Retreat     Rediscover Your Sacred Self     August 26, 27, 28(315)234-9333

This Retreat is full

3 days Sea side enjoying a beautiful retreat center with an intimate group of women exploring, expressing and inspiring wellness, creativity & connection.

Facilitators, Sandra Sabene (creative coach & director of Liverpool Arts & Healing Center) AND Saraswati Om (director of Dharma Yoga & nutritional wellness coach).  Read more below  


Cost:     $600 - $750  (meals, supplies & guidance)



WEEKEND AGENDA:   Arrival Friday as early at 12pm no later than 4pm                  

 (This information is subject to change)


Welcoming Time– Take some time with our guests and facilitators. Discuss some logistics about rooms, swimming and property. And get to know the space a little. There's a Healing Garden, beautiful trees with benches, listen to the water and just be.  

Dinner5:30pm   We begin and end with a feast. Nourishing our bodies, community gathering and radiant health!  After dinner we will talk about the lodge/ purification ceremony which is sacred & an honor to share. 

Creative Connections 6:30-8pm   Meditative Painting....connect with Sacred Self. Empower through Expression. Self Exploration. A guided workshop inspiring self discovery that will inspire your mind and heart before we begin our ceremonial journey into the spirit world within the lodge. Your journey begins here with words of wisdom, nurturing creative experiences and color that feeds the soul. Step into creative soul connection.

8-8:45pm   Sound Bath: A perfect way to end the first evening together. Drench your whole body, mind and spirit with the vibrations and rhythms shared by Saraswati and Sandra. Drift into dreamland with a sense of peace and well being.


7-8:15am   Meditation and light yoga : Guided by Saraswati. Gentle and beginners always warmly welcomed.

8:15Breakfast: Begin with nourishing the heart and soul...a light prep for a day of purifying & connecting.

begin around 9/10amExperience Lodge: Prepare and light the ceremonial fire, Light meal and hydrate, Prayers and connection, learn about the sacred ways, Lodge begins lead by our Water Pourer, Alexandra and honoring our Fire Keeper. We will be building the lodge (laying on the blankets/clothes that keep the heat in side the lodge) We will be making prayer ties and gathering wood and grandfathers(stones) for the lodge. All this will be explained in more detail as we experience the traditional Lakota ways, songs, and prayers.  The approximate time of the lodge's 4 rounds is 2-6pm (could be shorter or longer)

Saturday Evening: Sound journey followed by guided meditative visual journaling practice. An amazing way to release anything you may still be holding to.  


Early morning journaling with Sandra:  Soft music to inspire, plenty of colorful surprises to play with. For those who need help, Sandra can move your creative juices with plenty of experiences getting creative blocks unstuck.

Meditation and light yoga: Guided by Saraswati. Gentle and beginners always warmly welcomed.

Breakfast: Begin with nourishing the heart and soul...a light prep for a day of connecting & reflection.

Afternoon: Bringing it all together. Daily practices for wellness and creative living. Sandra and Saraswati will offer guidance & Inspirations for bringing these experiences into your daily wellness practices. This Q & A will offer support for anyone seeking more information about creative living, nutritional wellness, Native American traditions following the Lakota ways of spiritual practice.

Things to bring:   Long cotton skirt or dress, yoga clothes, yoga mat, towel, journal, any personal preferred snacks/drinks, TWO BUNDLES OF STORE BOUGHT WOOD, 1-2 STONES (granite, lava or limestone).


The New Dawn Foundation located at The Oaks on the Long Island Sound in New Rochelle, NY, serves those who serve others.

590 Davenport Ave

New Rochelle, NY

About 4 hours and 45 minutes from Syracuse


Read more bout your retreat facilitators

Sarasawti Om: Director of Dharma Yoga Syracuse

Sandra Sabene: Owner/Director Liverpool Arts & Healing Center


Saraswati Om

Director of the Dharma Yoga Syracuse in Syracuse, New York. Teaching yoga for nearly 20 years and practicing 25, in 2008 she completed her 500 hour Life of a Yogi Teaching Immersion with her guru Sri Dharma Mittra, a living yoga master, who is a proponent of a strict vegetarian diet and compassion toward all beings. In addition to teaching regularly scheduled Dharma Yoga classes at Dharma Yoga Syracuse, she is on staff of the Life Of a Yogi Teacher Training program where she assists Sri Dharma and mentors sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) in classical yoga, yogic philosophy, as well as sattvic-ahara (yogic diet).

Saraswati Om maintains the tradition of living the life of a yogi leading by example, including observing a vegan diet and lifestyle for nearly twenty years. She believes that success in yoga may only be achieved if we are to first follow the Yamas + Niyamas (ethical rules), which are the foundation of any yogic practice. The most important of these being ahimsa, compassion and love toward all. She leads lectures, workshops, and group cleanses to assist students in attaining peace and radiant health through the principles of a plant-based, yogic diet. Saraswati Om has dedicated her life to service to the guru and humanity, and offers vast knowledge and support to all who seek the path of classical yoga. You can receive information on continuing to uncover your own health and radiance on her website

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Sandra Sabene

A gifted artist, teacher, Creative Coach and healer. She opened Liverpool Art Center in 2002 as a gallery and quickly met with public demand offering art classes and events which grew the business into a successful community organization. In 2003 Sandra received her masters certification in Reiki healing and began offering classes, private sessions, guided meditations and developing a line of aromatic oils and sprays. She has offered art, healing and intuition services/sessions extensively at events, in healthcare facilities and countless organizations/schools from Central NY, PA through to the Canadian border since 2005. Now she focuses all her energy on building the community arts and healing center settled into her quaint lake-side village location.

Sandra has been in the arts most of her life and loves to explore all painting mediums. Her love of healing and helping others inspired a series called "Meditative Painting" which is now a signature course at Liverpool Art center. Most of Sandra's paintings reflect this soft, graceful blend of healing colors and textures.

Her artwork has been featured in many Syracuse publications, CNY exhibitions, and the Upstate Cancer Center. To see the full list of what Sandra has offered our local communities check out her website, WWW.ARTBYSANDRA.COM.

As a certified Drum Circle Facilitator, Sandra offers a transformative experience using rhythm, fun activities in a format that builds community. Since 2007, The LAC monthly Drum Circle has grown into a creative community for over 50 drummers who regularly gather at Liverpool Art Center for 2 hours of connection through rhythm. Sandra's facilitated Drum Circle offers guided activities in a safe space for adult, teen and youth. This program is called Ride the Rhythm and has reached more than several dozen organizations, schools and events in CNY: VIDEO

LAC Arts & Healing Retreats offers so many opportunities for self discovery, growth and connection. Sandra and many of her gifted peers facilitate healing and inspiring programs at weekend and week long retreat both local and fascinating locations such as Light on the Hill near Ithaca, New Dawn Retreat Center new NYC(ocean-side) and Adams Eden Camp in Lafayette NY. These retreats a guided mind-body-spirit gatherings offered several times a year. GET INSPIRED!

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Workshops with Sandra

Creating with Spirit - Connecting with Sacral Sacredness

Creative Coach and Healing Intuitive, Sandra Sabene will guide us all through a self discovery experience that will shed light on our sacredness and learn how to move through all that blocks us from creating with the abundance that lives within. Each creative step inspires action, healing, and release of all that no longer serves our highest good.

She will be offering demonstrations, private session and healing connections throughout the weekend. All supplies are included and her gentle guidance will inspire self nuturing and deeply profound self discoveries. The desire to re-connect with the Sacred Self and begin or continue attracting more of what you want into your life, your relationships and your heart.