Healing Waters Retreat

The Inner Sanctum in Woodside, California
July 4 - 6, 2024

Living in community and weaving together the magic of water with participatory music, dance & movement practices, ritual, grief work, and world-bridging in expansive nature,  we will co-create a container for expression, somatic exploration, aquatic investigation and healing.

~ Nourishment ~ Restoration ~ CommUnity ~ Connection ~ Creativity ~ Laughter ~ Balance ~ Play ~ Healing ~ Ceremony ~ Fun ~

We are blessed to be able to host this intimate, small retreat on the full moon

Our classes and ceremonies will focus on accessing the depths of ourselves, creating exponential healing through community therapy, and shining light into the darkest places.  

At Healing Waters, we empower participants to access their gifts and share their personal medicine bundles. Through this model of community therapy we can leave a big impact on each other’s lives enabling the healing medicine that we all carry to ripple out into the world.

What's Included

  • 2 nights camping at the Inner Sanctum in the hills of Woodside
  • Living in community in a quiet forested 85 acres during the 4th of July weekend
  • Vegetarian brunch & dinner and snacks
  • Access to our salt-water, spring-fed  pool kept at womb temperature
  • 24 hour access to the main house with sauna, sanctuary room, and cozy living room with puzzle floor for dance/movement


  • Aquatic classes, community music & vocal activation, grief work, yoga, and somatic movement classes
  • Participatory live music jams
  • CommUnity fireside song circles
  • Sound healings
  • Contact Improv
  • Aquatic and land dance jams
  • Laughter, play, & sacred silliness

What to Expect

  • Limited number of participants to keep the integrity of our community therapy experience
  • Principles to unify the group to help create a safer container
  • Opportunities to honor and support community members on our unique healing journeys
  • Epic sunsets and ocean views
  • Night time stargazing with limited light pollution
  • Outdoor fire pit 
  • Hiking paths throughout the property
  • Optional private bodywork sessions

Aquatic Classes

The Water’s Edge as Your Dance Partner & Grief Exploration
Explore the edge of the water in solo and partner dances. Find the places of above & below in your aquatic dance where we investigate gravity, floating, the space between realms, and the influence of gravity on movements below the surface. ~Kellyfish

Liquid Contact Jam
Explore aquatic dance, platonic/consensual touch & community healing with an above and below water soundscape.
~John Delaplaine, Jote Lamar, & Kellyfish

Intro to Aguahara: The Basics of Floating a Body
Surrender and be held. Hold and nurture another. In this experiential workshop, you will get a hands-on intro to the basics of surface work in aguahara. ~Kellyfish

Earth Classes

CommUnity Synchronization Free Stretch
~with music by Copperwoman
Tap into the land and move your body however you need to on your mat or on the Earth. Stretch, dance, shake!
No rules, no poses, no judgement.

A somatic journey into primal sounding expression. In this movement and voice activation ritual you will be guided to slow down and turn your attention to the subtle play of your innate wellbeing to both let go and move into archetypal energies present within. We’ll be using mindfulness and breath to gaze inwardly to awaken our senses as well as sounds, groans, and tones which will assist to clear blockages and create a sense of well-being and spaciousness.
~Eve Oak & Sam David

Blindfold Contact
Blindfolded Contact Dance is a slow and gentle experience—for both beginners and experienced dancers alike. The constraint of the blindfold invites dancers to explore other senses to find connection, expression, pleasure, and safety. These workshops take participants on a journey of somatic self-discovery and non-verbal consent via solo and group exercises—both with and without blindfolds.
~Gabriel Diamond and Candice Holdorf

Fireside CircleSong: Music is the Medicine
Comfortable with singing? New to singing? Afraid to sing? CircleSong can open your heart AND your vocal cords. Let’s sing together the simple songs that have come through Copperwoman. They inspire, they teach and they uplift. The songs are easy to learn and in a short time lead to a unified energy field of powerful sound, prayer, joy and fun.

Flow of Activities:

Thursday, July 4th
Arrival 10:00 - 12:00
Snacks & settling in
CommUnity Synchronization
Class sessions
Fireside song circle

Friday, July 5th

Class Session
Class sessions
Aquatic dance jam

Saturday, July 6th
Class Session
Aquatic jam and closing
Departure 5:00 - 7:00

Accomodations and Pricing

Price includes 3 days, 2 nights camping, all aquatic and land classes, vegetarian/ vegan meals, community rituals, access to the main house sanctuary room and sauna, sound journeys, dance jams, grief work, and an incredible support team.

Tent or car camping (with limited spaces for small RVs - less than 28' -  or an add-on option to reserve a bed in the communal sleeping room in the main house. 

Our sliding scale enables those who have abundance to support Healing Waters in our mission to make this more accessible to our lower income participants.


Financial Assistance Ticket

$ 575
  • For those who need some assistance in order to attend this event.
  • Sold out!

Financial Assistance Ticket

$ 650
  • For those who need some assistance in order to attend this event.
  • Sold out!

Regular Price Ticket

$ 725
  • Regular priced ticket for this event

Sponsorship Ticket

$ 900
  • For those experiencing financial abundance. Your generous payment helps to support someone else attend as well

Please self-assess your financial ability to pay.
There are limited numbers of each ticket.


We have one work-trade ticket still available. Please write to us at prayersforwater@gmail.com to inquire about availability.

Dorm Bed

+ $50
  • 7 indoor dorm style beds available in the main house

Premium RV Spot

+ $77
  • Only 1 available

Optional Add-ons:


The Aquatic Immersion Package

One of 4 aguahara sessions available with Kellyfish and an Aguahara starter kit including all of the following:

* Pair of leg floaties (handmade by Kellyfish)
* 1 Nose clip
* Aguahara session with Kelly
* Bonus surprises, including art by Jazzy

(only 1 still available)


Water Love Package

* 1 Nose clip
* Special small group 90 minute water healing experience  
* Bonus surprises, including art by Jazzy

(only 4 available)

Sponsorship Program

We will offer a few reduced-price camping tickets for people with challenging life circumstances and financial hardship. Please send us an email explaining your situation and why you want to attend Healing Waters.

If you are financially abundant and want to donate to our sponsorship program please send us an email or simply make a donation using the paypal/venmo links below!

Together we can create a more balanced system and shrink the disparity between poverty and wealth!!!


Our Team

Kelly McRee aka Kellyfish

Aguahara Professional, Swimming Confidence, Healing Waters Creatrix

John Delaplaine

Inner Sanctum Founder & Coordinator, Aguahara Professional

Sam David

Shamanic Sound Healer

Instagram: @samiraceremony


Singing Medicine & Sacred Space Holder

Eve Oak

Somatic Movement Facilitator

Jazzy Pignatello

Digital Marketing and Production Coordinator

Candice Holdorf

Blindfolded Contact

Gabriel Diamond

Blindfolded Contact

Jote Lamar

Site Manager & Somatic Movement Facilitator

I look forward to sharing my passion for community therapy, water arts, commUnity music & ritual, and dancing on land and in water with you!


About The Inner Sanctum

𝐀 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐖𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐆𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡, 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜, 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.

Located about 1 hour from Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz and nested deep in the healing embrace of nature in Woodside, Ca.

** The Inner Sanctum is a California registered Church with a mission of cultivating human connection.

Come Float with Us!

Recent Liquid Contact participant reflection:

"Aquatic dance with John and Kellyfish opened my mind and heart to authentic human connection. Floating weightlessly with new friends in the warm water, our minds quiet and our guards down, I felt treasured in each delicate connection.

Insulated from judgment and expectation within these healing waters, I rediscovered an innocent capacity for nurture and vulnerability. Cocooned by incredible music above & below water with compassionate friends and strangers alike, I expanded into my most authentic self."

Healing Waters Policies:

Inclusivity: We welcome people of all races, genders, body types, physicality, age (18 and over), sexual identity and orientation, etc.

Consent and Boundaries: We empower all participants to state their own boundaries and require that you respect each others' as well.  

Nudity: You may choose to be topless/nude in the sauna (Please use a towel to sit on.) or on the front patio. We ask that participants wear swimsuits for all class sessions.

Sexual activity: To keep our container comfortable for everyone & focused on our aquatic investigations and healing, we ask that sexual activity is contained to you tent/car/RV.

Sensual Expression: As the nature of investigation in water can be sensual, expression of this experience is often present. This is a touch-positive, consent-oriented, intimate space where people may hold each other close, snuggle, and heal though conscious touch.

Drugs & Alcohol: No drugs or alcohol, please. This is a sober event. 

Pets: We ask that you not bring your pets. There are two older dogs living at the Inner Sanctum. 

Children: This retreat is an 18 and over event. 

Deal Breaker: It is critical that we all do our part in creating a safe container for all participants’ healing journeys. If any action taken by a participant conflicts with Healing Waters/ Inner Sanctum's Policies, choosing to do so may result in removal from the residency without refund.


Refund policy

50% of total cost refundable before June 15th
Non-refundable, after June 15th  (With exceptions for illness, serious injuries or emergencies. A ticket could also be sold/transferred to another person.)

Event cancellation policy:

If we have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be offered a place at a future event or a refund.  

COVID-19 Precautions and Policies:

We will be gathering largely in outdoor spaces. The nature of this event is for human interaction and most classes will have close contact, so please do not come if you are sick. Refunds will be given for cancellations due to transmittable illness or COVID-related symptoms. We may ask for a doctor’s note. Thank you for your integrity. We ask for your assistance in maintaining the sanitation and cleanliness of the communal spaces.


Let us know!

We are ready to answer any questions you may have about Healing Waters Retreat 2024.


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