The Art of Skillful Transformation

The Art of Skillful Transformation

A weekend retreat to nourish your soul, craft your vision, and clarify your action plan to become the next, best version of yourself

The Art of Skillful Transformation

A weekend retreat to nourish your soul, craft your vision, and clarify your action plan to become the next, best version of yourself

With Marni Gauthier, PhD, RYT-200 Sun Mountain Center September 13-15, 2019

You can't go back to your old life.  

You’ve just come through Part I of a major transition. Or you’re in the thick of it – or on the verge.  

Whether you’re …

  • Emerging from divorce or heartbreak ...
  • Beginning a new relationship or longing to  
  • Taking your career to the next level or itching to
  • Finding your feet in a brand-new role at work  
  • Launching a new business or venture
  • Realizing you want to do something more with your next chapter
  • Unsure how to integrate your recent inner work into your real outer life.  

You’re in the midst of change. 

The good news is, every crisis or challenge is an opportunity to become the next, best version of yourself. To align your purpose, passion, and impact. To awaken to the next true adventure.

You’re not alone. More than ever, change is the consistently recurrent force of modern life – particularly for those living an awakened life.

Your new life is calling -- but it’s so relatively unfamiliar or yet-unknown, that, though you hear it, you can’t clearly see it.

Let alone shape, craft, and direct it. Step confidently into it and lead yourself and others. Create and fully nourish your relationships – professional and personal, communal and intimate. Cultivate new ties, habits and ways of being that will sustain and root you deeply in your new life.

You need tools, practices, and disciplines to gird and grow you on this journey. To more effectively wield tools to which perhaps you were exposed a while ago (now dusty) -- or never.

On this path, a wise, savvy, and supportive guide is invaluable.

Who’s not only walked the path, but who knows how to help get you to the next horizon.

Who can see and reflect your authentic self – and help you stay true to it. Who helps you clarify and integrate the lessons learned from your trials. Who can honor and practically support your deep need to live the more authentic, creative, and deliciously alive life you want, and were born to live.

A guide who brings a fierce clarity and radiant expertise to light your way. 

Meet your guide:

Hi, I’m Marni Gauthier.  

I help people in major life transitions cross the threshold to the other side. Grounded, whole, renewed.  

I’m a leadership consultant, executive coach, and master teacher (also an athlete, certified yoga instructor & 20+ years dedicated yogini, inspired cook, parent, and writer).

In the last six years, I’ve helped over 600 leaders in multiple cross-industry organizations, and in 1:1 and group coaching sessions, get unstuck and become the next best version of themselves. To go within and to collaborate and create new paths forward. This is inner work for outer impact, and it’s my expertise, my purpose and my passion.  

We live in a world that’s changing faster than ever before in human or natural history.

From the exponential forces of globalization and technology, to the high-speed, dynamic marketplace, in business as on the planet, the tide is rising. The old paradigms—of work, love and life, of ethics and ecosystems—are crumbling from the inside.

It all means a lot of change for a LOT of people. Many people in my own, near and distant tribes, are in one transition or another. Who thirst to embody more fully their authentic selves in their professional and personal lives. Who hunger for navigational help along the way. Who glimpse, in stops and starts, a new phase on the horizon.  

I created this weekend for you.  

Filled with such unique, experiential information...

“This weekend was filled with such unique, experiential information: the leader archetypes, the visioning, the intimate group and connection. It was brilliant, healthy, tactical—and you’re so open and authentic! Great leadership! I admire you and I love the atmosphere you created from the opening to the closing session.” 

Marina G. Producer, Consultant, Screenwriter  

In this unique weekend... 

In this unique weekend, you’ll learn the archetype of the threshold--and its especial meaning for transformation. You’ll identify and learn to clear what’s impeding your crossing it—and to fully embrace the adventure (in all its beauty and mystery) on the other side. You’ll chart your path forward, clarify the next practical steps on it—and begin to take them.  

Drawing on my signature Holistic Leadership™, Crucial Conversations® and much more, I’ll share timely – and timeless -- wisdom, guide you through exercises, and lead you through potent practices that will teach and empower your own holistic leadership, and personal mastery. So that you can become the next best version of yourself, and actively create your one precious life.  

We begin each day with yoga, grow through collaborative wisdom sessions, and close evenings with meditation. We replenish in hot springs, natural beauty and mountain air. You’ll emerge with a well-defined vision and path to fulfill it. With powerful, practical tools to maximize your influence. Renewed for the road ahead.  

Occurring at the Harvest Full Moon, this experience will allow you to reap the fruits of your 2019 labors: to tend and deepen your inner growth for outer impact. You’ll leave inspired, refreshed, and restored for the next season of your life. All attendees receive a Transformation Guide that supports the translation of the weekend into their lives.

Ready for Skillful Transformation? 

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You’ll leave this retreat with:  

Practical wisdom for powerful living. You'll learn: 

  • What threshold you're on in your life – and how to cross it to newness, discovery, and the next adventure.
  • The difference between transition and transformation.
  • When and how to step into and support an unfolding transformation in your life.

The Art of Personal Mastery – and practice developing it:  

  • How to be the creative agent of your life, rather than a reactive force in its mix. 
  • How to cultivate and execute a vision – and visioning experience.
  • What creative tension is, why it matters – and how to tap it. 

What Holistic Leadership is – how to bring your whole self to your evolution:  

  • What the four leader archetypes are – from cross-cultural frameworks to current, cutting-edge leadership assessments and pathways.
  • Which leader archetype is your gateway -- and which your current growth edge.
  • How to really translate your inner work for outer impact – to transform your relationship, sphere of influence, and maximize positive results. 

Inspiration & resources to shift and expand your life:

  • Personalized action plan that includes next steps, support and accountability.
  • How to optimize your creativity & learning (based on neuroscience & cognitive psychology!). 
  • Tools to establish your own yoga & meditation practices that serve your life goals.  

Physical and spiritual nourishment. Restoration & renewed energy:

  • One full moon. Two deeply restful nights in beautiful accommodations, and organic farm-to-table meals. 
  • Terraced gardens with trails, mountain views, and hot tubs under the stars.
  • Yoga, meditation, wisdom sessions, and mineral hot springs on Rocky Mountain high.

Why Transformation in a Retreat Setting?

Change, trial, and heartbreak are inevitable. The choice to respond rather than react to life’s twists and turns is optional. If you’re alive, you’ve hurt. To live is to experience pain as much as joy. To truly live is to grow—and that means to shed skin. Which is not always comfortable, let alone easy. Sometimes, we find ourselves newly emerging on the inside -- with an outside life that looks familiar, yet is not quite the fit it once was. Or we look around at new terrain of our outer lives -- yet inside, we’re unsure of our readiness for it: what or how to embrace or shape ourselves to it.

The choice to learn to cultivate awareness, depth, skill and courage now is the choice to consciously transform. The most creative, successful people know that we grow or we stagnate and die. The way to grow is to learn from what’s happened (or what’s happening), and apply it for the next cycle — which may be the next day, season, or moment.

This is how we arrive at and thrive as the next best version of ourselves. It’s sacred, powerful work, for a sacred setting. “Retreat” is for these ripe, sacred times.


Retreat is vital for nourishment, perspective, renewal, and growth.

Retreat is central to an awakened life in which you are the creative agent of your life, rather than a reactive force in its mix.

Retreat is how successful, creative people take time, in Stephen Covey’s words, to “sharpen the saw.”

What occurs on a finely designed, well-purposed retreat is advancement.

Four Site retreats are a deep dive into wisdom and renewal that fosters your growth, purposeful living, and conscious transformation. Through experiential learning and replenishment, you emerge with an aligned purpose and path; a clear vision, and steps to fulfill it. Refreshed, whole, and empowered.

To book an inquiry call with Marni, click HERE.

This weekend is for you if: 

  • You’re facing a major transition, and you want to navigate it with grace and power.
  • You long to pause, reset, and clarify what’s next on your path.  
  • You value inner growth for outer impact
  • Your commitments—to those you love, your work, your passions--are vital, and require your whole self. You want to know how to consistently source that holistic power.
  • You know there’s power in emotional & spiritual intelligence and in a mind-body practice—yet unsure how to build these into the rhythms of your life.
  • You’re craving space and replenishment for your body, mind, heart, and spirit.  

You need to be:

Nourished. Resourced. Inspired. 

You're in the right place – and the time is now.

Become the next best version of yourself.

What's included?

  • Beautiful, comfortable, spacious accommodations, including on-premise outdoor hot tubs & nature trails.
  • Gourmet, farm-to-table cuisine prepared by on-site chef. All meals Friday dinner - Sunday lunch.
  • Daily yoga: Flow, Alignment, strength and flexibility, rooted in Ashtanga & Iyengar (see more, below).
  • Daily Wisdom Sessions: Power & practice to transform your world. Experiential learning at the intersection of the inspired and pragmatic.
  • Two-hour soak at SunWater Spa.
  • Daily Meditation.
  • Fireside chats, rest and reflection.
  • Optional (self-organized) excursion to Garden of Gods or historic Manitou Springs, each a 10-minute drive.
  • 3 pm Friday arrival - 11 am Sunday conclusion.  

Not included:

  • Transport to SunMountain Center (2 hr-drive from Boulder or Denver, ½ hour-drive from Colorado Springs, 1.75 hr drive from DIA). 
  • SunMountain gratuity for staff, suggested $10/day  

To book an inquiry call with Marni, click HERE.

What past participants say:

My tangible takeaways are both physical and emotional ...

“Welcoming, well-paced and valuable. I learned a great deal about myself and holistic leadership. My tangible takeaways are both physical and emotional. The head-heart-gut- consciousness connection was powerful for me. I recommend this experience because it is grounded with academic information, not overly riddled with dogma or religion, and the integration of yoga, meditation, teaching and location was so enjoyable.”  

Jen D. Director, Government Land Management Group

My relationship and career have moved to the new level I envisioned ...

This retreat provided a sacred and powerful space to reflect and reformulate my vision so I can continue to live graciously my life purpose. I really enjoyed the combination of movement, meditation and learning, the intimate setting, and the beautiful enviornment it provided. In the year since it, I’ve lived my choices and embodied my leader archetype in the actionable, practical ways you taught us and as a result, my relationship and career have moved to the new level I envisioned. We’ve become co-owners of our house, engaged to be married -- and I've increased my sphere of influence: I'm doing more and more work in my expertise, and working with purpose-driven organizations.” 

Maria V. Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

  I have done workshops before but none as focused on personal exploration and empowerment ...

“I feel so blessed to have been given this supportive, loving experience at a time when I was soul-starved. I have done workshops before but none as focused on personal exploration and empowerment: the idea of nurturing ourselves and our visions – the mix of intention, “on purpose” action and openness. I appreciate that we saw the visioning process through to clear statements of action. I wish more people could experience the freedom and tender support we just enjoyed.”  

Eileen B. Owner/Photographer 

Ready for Skillful Transformation? 

Accommodations & Nourishment

The rooms in SunMountain’s exquisitely maintained historic homes are beautiful, comfortable, spacious and inviting. From bidets to clawfoot and jetted tubs, exposed brick, antiques and gorgeous linens, each room is unique. All include in-room bathroom suites and organic cotton terrycloth bathrobes for guests’ in-room use.  

Our lodge features a light-filled yoga shala/great room, great stone fireplace, indoor and outdoor dining with flagstone patio and mountain views, and private, large, outdoor hot tub. Moreover, your retreat includes a soaking pass at SunWater Spa, a short walk from the lodge: seven cedar pools filled with health-giving mineral water from the famous Seven Minute Spring. 

SunMountain is situated on six acres of terraced gardens and a biodynamic farm, with trails and mountain views. The resident chef prepares all of our gourmet farm-to-table meals that beautifully appeal to all the senses.  

Choose from 3 types of rooms:

(Prices include: all meals, accomodations, Wisdom Sessions, yoga, hot springs soak at SunMountain Wellness & 11.03% tax rate.)  

Private Room - Accommodates 1 person - $997

Double Room - Accommodates up to 2 people - $827

Triple/Quad Room - Two king beds become four single beds to spaciously accommodate 3-4 people. - $727

About Your Guide

Marni is on a mission to empower the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a new, sustainable future. Her signature Holistic Leadership is both paradigm and practice with inner growth for outer impact at its center. It serves emergent and experienced leaders from Millennials to Modern Elders. Its full circle transforms your relationships with yourself and others, maximizes your influence, and heals something in the world.

A published thought leader, expert design-facilitator and executive coach, Marni has played a key role in leadership initiatives in multiple industries, and served as faculty for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and the CU Leadership Studies Minor.

During her PhD program at CU Boulder, Marni studied yoga with some of the best Iyengar and Ashtanga teachers in the world. This led to her ongoing devotion and teacher certification with YogaWorks. She’s taught yoga to executives and traditional yoga students. Her expertise and love of the subject, combined with her fluency as a master teacher, newly opens yoga for the novice and experienced practitioner alike. 

Four Site Leadership reflects the evolution of Marni’s leadership & yoga, a lifelong growth mindset, and artist’s sensibility. Steeped in the transformative wisdom that’s ensued from her rich experience and grounded in mastery as devotion, her holistic approach is geared for applied learning to catalyze your growth, inspire, and renew you.  

A very empowering experience ...

“This was a very empowering experience for me. I saw and felt so many energetic shifts happen in such a profound way. I felt the words of my choices embed in my heart! I loved the physical intent that I was putting into my body with each session. I would absolutely recommend this weekend to friends and co-workers.” 

Deb K. Administrator, Aurora Public School  

Your Retreat Schedule

Friday PM: 3:00: Arrival and check-in 4:00: Farm tour + Orientation (SunMountain staff) 5:00: Welcome + Retreat Introduction 6:00: Dinner 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Wisdom Session I + Meditation  

Saturday AM 7:00: Yoga 8:00: Breakfast 9:30-11:30: Wisdom Session II  

Saturday PM 12:00: Lunch < Free time > 4:00 – 6:00: Wisdom Session III 6:00 Dinner 7:00 – 9:00: Wisdom Session IV + Meditation  

Sunday AM 7:00: Yoga 8:00: Breakfast & Check Out 9:30 - 11:00: Closing Session 11:00: Packed Lunch provided by SunMountain  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You're facing a transition, and you want guidance to navigate it with grace and power.
  • You feel that you're part of a larger creative process that you wish to connect with more profoundly and with greater ease.
  • You want to nurture and execute a vision -- and to know how to do that.
  • You desire self-discovery, revelation and renewal.
  • This resonates -- and your transition involves finding your path, your place, your tribe.

A teaching and learning session comprised of a talk on a particular topic --one or more related elements of the retreat focus -- together with group discussion, individual and collaborative exercises, written reflections, paired and collective dialogue, debriefs, and Q&A.



Yoga's benefits and accessibility make it perhaps the ultimate mind-body practice and foundation to embodied leadership.


I will address and clarify this in the retreat. In brief:


The mind-body is the central force that shapes our lives, relationships, culture, and results. Understanding this – and tapping its wisdom and power – can change your life.


Yoga grows our capacity to respond, rather than react to stimuli, including habitual triggers. Combined with mindfulness training, a regular yoga practice empowers us to choose our responses, our shape, and our very posture.


The body is a source of rich intelligence. It holds not only our history but also our present and future. For transformation to be sustainable, it's vital to engage the body. Because our "executive brain" is one of four interconnected brains, good intentions and thoughts alone collapse under pressure.


In the moment of truth, crisis, or challenge, what is most deeply embodied comes forth.


A strong mind-body practice re-educates our neuro-musculature, our brain pathways and emotional states. It opens space for creativity and newness to support our commitments.


No. Whether you're one of the 37.6 million US adults who practice yoga or one of the 137 million US adults who want to practice yoga, you are warmly welcome.


Grounded in a deeply educated practice of 20+ years, Marni's teaching provides foundational alignment, and links movement to breath in a balance of precision and flow. You are invited into a practice that exhilarates the body, quiets the mind, opens the heart, and animates the spirit.


Yoga will punctuate our days – and we will also be learning, conversing, dining, soaking, and relaxing.


Marni is available to answer any and all questions you may have! To book an inquiry call with Marni, click HERE.


Retreat breathes fresh air into the mind, nourishes the body & heart, and stirs the soul. Marni Gauthier 

Retreat breathes fresh air into the mind, nourishes the body & heart, and stirs the soul. Marni Gauthier 

Ready for Skillful Transformation? 

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