Community Stories


NUSHU Surf Retreat

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This April, we traveled to Nosara, Costa Rica, for our annual Surf Retreat with 25 incredible women. It’s by far one of our favorite offerings because no one comes out of the week unchanged. In just seven days, 25 women gathered for a week of surf, sun, and sisterhood. Masks were shed, vulnerabilities were embraced, […]

2024 NUSHU Surf Retreat

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In February 2024, we traveled to Big Indian, New York for a special retreat in partnership with Ally Bogard. Each year, we plan our Upstate Retreat in the winter, as it’s the perfect time to rest and turn inward. The season lends itself to restoration and quiet contemplation. There was no better place to do […]

2024 Upstate Retreat with Ally Bogard

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A Blog Repost from Sage + Sound AM/PM: Vanessa Cornell is Not Disciplined “It’s really important to me that we think of wellness in service to our lives, and not think about wellness as a goal unto itself,” Vanessa Cornell founder of the NUSHU, a community of women on spiritual journeys to find deeper connections […]

AM/PM: Vanessa Cornell is Not Disciplined

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Last week marked a momentous occasion as the second annual NUSHU Mastermind Retreat unfolded in the picturesque setting of Stone Ridge, New York. A dynamic group of 18 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, founders, and practitioners, all of whom share a commitment to making a positive impact, graced the retreat with their presence. The essence of this […]

The NUSHU Mastermind Retreat, October 2023

Photo of Sofia Estrella in 2023, exhibiting self-trust.

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Sofia Estrella is a writer and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator. Here, Sofia shares her story how she began to develop self-trust through writing, community, and the power of NUSHU Group. When I look at these two photos side-by-side, I think of the Robert Frost poem. You know the one, especially since we’ve all had moments […]

How I (Began to) Develop Self-Trust, by Sofia Estrella

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Checking In: How’s Your Mental Health?  Guest Blog By J Owens   How are your relationships with your family, friends, and colleagues?   How do you show up in these relationships?   Do you allow yourself to be open when needed or do you hide behind a facade?   Are you comfortable asking for help?   These questions came […]

Checking In: How’s Your Mental Health? 

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In April 2023, we traveled to Stone Ridge, New York for our Upstate Retreat in partnership with Erika Bloom. Together, we adventured both inside and out, exploring the nature of the beautiful Hudson Valley, as well as our own inner landscapes.     “How do I feel? What do I need?” ⁠⁠These two questions were […]

2023 NUSHU Upstate Retreat

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Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator and Founder of Well Refined, Courtney Evans, joined the NUSHU Surf Retreat in February 2023. What follows is her beautiful retelling of the time spent on retreat: “I spent last week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on a women’s surf retreat with NUSHU, a wellness collective I facilitate sharing circles for. I […]

Courtney’s Experience on the NUSHU Surf Retreat

Woman holding surf board on NUSHU Retreat

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I’ve always been really interested in fear. It’s the reason I took up surfing, rock climbing, and skiing at 36 years old. I had spent the last eight years pregnant, breastfeeding, or both. I had been taking care of five babies and put myself on the back burner. I found myself exhausted, numb, and totally […]

My Reframe on Fear

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In February 2023, we traveled to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, for the NUSHU Surf Retreat. Our retreat aimed to combine adventure, fun, and sisterhood in a safe and nurturing environment. What transpired during our time there was nothing short of magic.   In just seven days, 17 women (many of whom were strangers) gathered together […]

2023 NUSHU Surf Retreat

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Every year we’re confronted with hallmark card intensity that makes us feel like we need to do more, take action, and make major changes starting January 1. I think the new year is an opportunity to do exactly the opposite. It’s a perfect time to slow down, notice, and reflect. You see, pattern interruptions give […]

Why I’m Anti Go-Go-Go This Month

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Whitney Sweeney, Life Coach & Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator German tutor turned life coach and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator Whitney Sweeney shares how she rediscovered herself during a challenging period in her life and built an unexpected community of lifelong friends through NUSHU. “Someone in my NUSHU Group said to me the other day, ‘Where […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Whitney Sweeney

photo of Whitney Sweeney, NUSHU Facilitator

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The NUSHU Urban Retreat offered a space for restoration, friendship, and learning. The third iteration took place at Jolie in downtown Manhattan. We were thrilled to bring back the Urban Retreat after two years of hiatus due to COVID. An annual day of wellness and appreciation for our local community, this retreat was true to […]

2022 NUSHU Urban Retreat

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NUSHU held an intimate Mastermind Retreat in Catalonia, Spain in October 2022. It was a powerhouse gathering of thought leaders and friends. What unfolded was pure magic. We gathered for 5 days in Spain, intending to share encouragement, wisdom, advice, and support for each other’s work in the world. NUSHU founder, Vanessa Cornell, held space […]

The NUSHU Mastermind Retreat, October 2022

NUSHU Mastermind Retreat Property
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We held a special retreat for our Certified NUSHU Group Facilitators in New York City on September 30, 2022. This was an opportunity for much of our beautiful community to gather IN PERSON for the first time! The day was filled with loving exchange, rich learnings, community celebrations, and NUSHU Group led by our founder, […]

NUSHU Facilitators Retreat, September 2022

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Jean Dawkins, Accredited Mama Rising Facilitator and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator   Jean Dawkins is a renaissance woman. A classically trained pianist who built a successful medical transcription business followed by a piano studio she founded and ran for nearly 20 years, she’s climbed mountains and volcanoes around the world. Now in her fourth act, […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Jean Dawkins

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Susan Bates is a Poet, Grandmother, and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator.     From co-founding an internet service provider company to becoming Executive Director of a land trust to serving on multiple non-profit boards, Susan Bates, a retired engineer, is now in the “third third” of her life. Since completing NUSHU Group Facilitator Training over […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Susan Bates

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Beth Montgomery is an Aura Reader, Energy Healer, and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator.     An aura reader and energy healer, Beth Montgomery sees NUSHU as a safe space for healing, connecting, stepping into her power, and showing up as her most authentic self. “When I was a little girl, I saw colors around people, […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Beth Montgomery

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Joi Campbell is a Mental Health Counselor, Youth Programs Manager and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator      A champion for New York City youth living in and aging out of foster care, Joi Campbell is also one of NUSHU’s biggest advocates. Having completed NUSHU Group Facilitator Training, recommended NUSHU to friends and family, and held […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Joi Campbell

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Desiree Garrido is a Real Estate Agent, Life Optimization Coach and Certified NUSHU Group Facilitator     With over a decade of life coaching experience and several years of real estate experience, Desiree Garrido is a powerhouse who extends her presence and her gifts to help individuals optimize the parts of their lives they want […]

NUSHU Community Stories: Desiree Garrido