Sacred Sands: Full Moon Retreat in the Sonoran Desert

Journey with Paulette and Denise to Tubac Ranch for Rest, Renewal, and Radiance
March 21 - 26, 2024

Paulette and Denise both called Arizona home for many years. And for 17 of those years, they held a vision and collaborated to build a vibrant and loving yoga community truly of the heart.

After leading international retreats from Italy to Bali, Denise and Paulette are excited to be returning to the healing power of the Sonoran Desert where they will lead a March Full Moon retreat in Tubac, Arizona.

Emerging from the darkness of Winter, Spring in the desert is a magical time. All one need is look to the magnificence of the desert wildflowers and its palette of color to feel inspired.

Over their years of friendship and collaboration, Paulette and Denise have developed an even stronger bond. The love they share for the yogic/spiritual teachings they’ve been steeped in for over 30 years, and for one another, is palpable. They share their wisdom generously, create a safe and sacred space for potent transformation as well as restoration of the spirit. Denise and Paulette are known for holding a strong heart-centered container of intentional retreat.

Oh, and lest we forget, Paulette and Denise love to laugh and have fun while retreating.

Merge with the space of the heart in the Sonoran Desert, which is alive and silent. 

Retreat is for your deep rest, renewal, and the return to wholeness which deepens the access to your own liberative freedom.

The practices you’ll receive will restore you on all levels and clarify your inner spaces so that you return to your life luminous, clear, and available to what is possible.

Each of us carries the mystery of the absolute within.
Explore and expand your own Luminosity.

Set in foothills of the Tumacacori Mountains, Kenyon Ranch first welcomed guests in the 1930s. Today, the ranch stays true to its historical roots and offers a classic guest ranch experience with modern comforts and amenities.

Stay in cozy casitas with modern southwest design, sit by the fire and be absorbed into the night sky watching the full moon rise and receive its brilliance.

$1200 to make a Deposit by check, Zelle, Venmo please contact Paulette or Denise
All levels welcome. Grace will meet you where you are at and leave you filled with wonder.
  • Each morning begins with yoga, meditation and practices that align you.
  • A breakfast of healthy local farm foods follows practice.
  • Free time to choose paddleboarding, horse rides, hiking, exploring the arts district in Tubac, or relaxing next to the pool and treating yourself to massage.
  • Light snacks for lunch.
  • Afternoon brings other types of practice, contemplative, movement, plus all sorts of fun things with several gifted guest teachers; Denise's sister, Lori Hamilton, Denise and Paulette's long time friend and colleagues, Deb Payne and Nancy Dales, and the very talented Karen Bean. 
  • Dinner under the canopy of the stars of the desert’s night sky.
  • Evenings will bring campfire stories, a wine tasting, sample of local tequila, and a few surprises. 
Paulette and Denise each has over 30 years of experience teaching and mentoring. They are well-versed in the facilitation of ceremonial and spiritual practices. Their work together has become a model for intentional collaboration.


Kenyon Ranch was founded by William Allen in 1937. Located in Tubac Arizona, in the foothills of the Tumacacori Mountains, the original ranch buildings are constructed of stone. Allen originally visited Arizona from Ohio and decided to purchase land. The ranch, named after his alma mater Kenyon College, opened in 1938.

Bill Allen and his wife, Marcella “Sis” expanded the ranch to 1700 acres and the family ran it as an active, successful dude ranch until 1973. Bill served as president of the Arizona Dude Ranch Association for two terms in the 1940s. Over the years, popular actors and celebrities visited the ranch including Cary Grant and Ricky Nelson.

Kenyon Ranch was eventually sold to Charlie and his wife Barbara who called it home. Barbara was the founder of the heart-centered therapeutic STAR method, and a pioneer in the field of depth psychology. She believed that each of us has the capability of creating lasting positive change.

In January of 2022 Kal Ludeke purchased the property and has taken conscious stewardship of the land. His intention is to maintain the history and integrity of the property while revitalizing it. Kal continues the legacy of sharing the beauty and healing properties of what is now called Tubac Ranch.

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Non-refundable fee of $300 if canceled after March 1. Full payment is due March 7, 2024.
Nearest airport is Tucson International Airport, AZ with pickup available.
Phoenix Sky Harbor, AZ is a 2h drive and will require a car rental.