Becoming Embodied- Reclaiming Pleasure, Joy, and Intimacy

Becoming Embodied: Reclaiming Pleasure, Joy, and Intimacy

Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2023

On this week-long retreat at Haramara in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico, we will circle together and explore what it might mean to expand our imaginal and somatic horizons in an effort to reclaim more embodied pleasure, joy, and intimacy! This trauma conscious retreat will incorporate yoga, depth psychology, sexology, somatics, and inner work, as primary pathways of healing and well-being.

Topics for exploration during our week together will include dream work as a primary pathway of imaginal knowing, the felt sense as primary pathway of bodily knowing, Jungian psychology around the shadow and the somatic unconscious, the importance of inner work, healthy boundaries and communication, developing a healing relationship with our bodies, our relationships to joy, pleasure, and intimacy, and what it means to be a sexual being. The retreat also includes a daily heart expanding yoga practice that is designed to complement the deep explorations and inner work.

What is your relationship to pleasure? Are you curious about being able to honor your body and its needs and desires?

What is your relationship with intimacy? To vulnerability? What wants to heal?

What is your relationship to being a sexual being? How do you feel in your body? What might your body be trying to tell you?

What new way of being might be trying to emerge?

Hilary and Matt’s approach to embodiment and inner work is holistic in a psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical, and sexual sense, and is inspired by their own experiences of healing, personal empowerment, expanding imaginal and somatic knowledge in their own lives and practices, and through the growth of their own relationship.

This retreat is for anyone who is curious about reclaiming embodied joy, pleasure, and intimacy, those who want to rest, relax, restore, and deepen into their relationship with themselves and others, for those who are seeking clarity and empowerment, and for professionals such as teachers, yoga teachers, therapists, or counselors, who want to explore embodiment and healing in a holistic way. Individuals and couples welcome. No experience necessary.

Type of Retreat: Inner Work + Psychology + Yoga + Sexology + Personal Growth

Type of Yoga: Hatha/Vinyasa/Yin/Restorative

Packages include:

*7 days accommodations

*3 meals per day–organic, local, and prepared by Haramara’s world class chefs, plus granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea (vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian options available)

*Access to juice, smoothies, beer, wine, margaritas, and daiquiris (additional cost)

*Daily yoga, meditation, and embodied movement classes

*Welcome circle on arrival day + dinner

*Five in-depth workshops on reclaiming embodied joy, pleasure, and intimacy

*Experiential practices in depth psychology and dream work in community

*Ample free time for radical self-care, time in nature, and to explore the beauty of Haramar

*Access to private beach, infinity pool, and hot tub

*Optional one on one Sacred Counsel/Dream Work sessions with Hilary (additional cost)

*Optional private yoga lessons with Matt (additional cost)

*10 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance


Prices are in US dollars and include all taxes. All expenses included except travel/airfare. Payment plan options are available.

Sharing: If traveling solo, we can pair you up with someone.

Dorm Option: Non-coed designed to accommodate up to 8 people in a large, shared bedroom with 2 bathroom facilities. You will enjoy the same features of the cabanas but in a large open room with individual canopy beds (see photo).

Rooms are limited, register early.

*Dorm Occupancy– $1550

*Quad Occupancy– $1750

*Triple Occupancy– $1850

*Double Occupancy– $2050

*Single Occupancy– $3250


Transport to and from Puerto Vallarta airport is provided by Haramara at an additional cost, which depends on the number of riders.

Type of Retreat: Wellness, Yoga
Style of Yoga: Vinyasa Flow

Additional Information, Questions & Registration:

Contact Name: Hilary Buckwalter-Wilde
Contact Email:
Contact Phone Number: 218-213-8786
Online Registration:

About the Instructors:

Hilary Buckwalter-Wilde, MA, ERYT500, YACEP

Hilary is a budding depth psychologist, and an experienced trauma informed embodied movement Guide that has taught yoga for over 15 years. She is the original founder of House of the Gathering Yoga School, co-founder of Wilde Yoga with her partner Matt, and the founder of Indwelling. At HGYS Hilary participates as a Guide in the 250 hour yoga teacher training program. Through Indwelling Hilary offers one on one Sacred Counsel for individuals and couples. At Wilde Yoga Hilary and Matt offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats. Hilary specializes in holistic counseling, depth psychology, boundaries, trauma healing, sexology, dreamwork, ancestral mending (epigenetics), spiritual direction, embodied movement, bodymind integration, and somatics.

At present Hilary is focused on offering Sacred Counsel as a path of reclamation for individuals and couples that are seeking holistic and creative pathways for healing. Indwelling is a path of reclamation that centers around bodymind integration, imaginal ways of knowing, and trauma informed care.

In 2022 Hilary is taking a comprehensive somatic sex coaching training through Somatica Institute in San Francisco, CA, in order to become a certified sex and relationship coach. As a champion of unabashed erotic enthusiasm, she looks forward to helping her clients overcome sexual issues and expand their erotic horizons in a depth psychological and trauma conscious manner in an effort to reclaim embodied wholeness, pleasure, and joy.

Hilary has a Masters in Advocacy and Political leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a second Masters in Depth Psychology with specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She is presently a PhD candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, researching the somatic unconscious--the lived experience and phenomena of the unconscious psyche in the bodymind.


Matthew Johnson, RYT200

Matt is the co-founder of Wilde Yoga with his partner Hilary. In 2020 Matt stumbled into his first yoga class at the tail end of a tumultuous time in his life. At the end of the class, he noticed that he felt different. It was such a powerful experience that he began to attend yoga classes as much as he could, in pursuit of MORE–more peace, more restoration, more wellbeing. As he attended classes more frequently, he started noticing that all aspects of his life were shifting. This spurred him to sign up for a month-long yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga that took place in January 2022.

Matt has been a firefighter for 25 years and practiced Jiu Jitsu for 9 years. He has two college age daughters, Madeline and Elizabeth, who enjoy taking yoga classes with him. Matt also enjoys boundary water trips, the outdoors, foraging, visiting friends in Alaska, taking his dog Georgia for hikes in the woods, and spending time with his partner Hilary.

As a teacher, Matt provides a safe container for practice that allows students to be curious about embodiment and traversing the depths of being, while empowering them to cultivate space within themselves for more joy, love, and pleasure. He is inspired by witnessing the growth and introspection that occurs on the yoga mat and is a champion of the idea that the work we do on the mat translates into every aspect of our lives. Matt believes that this is how we deepen our relationship with ourselves, and how we cultivate presence, internal space, and embodied consciousness.