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Connect - Couples Retreat
Take a deep breath... Together

May 13 - 15 2022


Over the past few years, change has inevitably affected the relationship you have with yourselves and your partner. Kids, work, household maintenance, and a pandemic can get in the way of you two deeply connecting. Life moves fast.

What if, for three days, you and your partner were able to rekindle this fire, and deepen this connection to each other? 

Join couple Melissa and Michael to experience what it means to deepen your relationship through spirituality, nature, and many proven relationships strengthening activities. 

Friday - Sunday 

May 13 - 15 2022

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The Valley of Light in Independence, VA

  • 22-acre Oracle Campus is situated in the New River Valley near the small town of Independence, Virginia.

  • Oracle Campus rests along the New River – the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere and possibly the oldest river in the world.

  • The campus is located in a region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

The beautiful site includes: 

  • Frontage on the New River and Saddle Creek

  • Peace Pentagon conference center

  • Meditative labyrinth, medicine wheel, and other outdoor sanctuaries

  • Hiking trails, pond, and meditation gazebo

  • Beautiful lodging in the large guest house. 

This retreat will be supported by the community that resides at the Valley of Light.  They are an eclectic mix of pioneers who are actively working to help humanity evolve to a greater level of awareness.  Welcoming homes, lovingly cooked meals and an atmosphere of peace are some of the elements our community will offer you.  

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Total Together:

Early Bird Through April 1, 2022
$750 ($375 per person)

Regular Pricing:
$850 ($425 per person)

Includes all meals, workshops, classes, and outdoor activities

+ affordable lodging at the Valley of Light. Book Here:

About the Leaders

Michael Malles is a life-long musician, talented vegan chef and student of the yoga traditions.  His journey has led him from time as a monk in the ashrams of the Hare Krishna movement to raising a family with conscious principles.  He lives with his family in Gainesville, Florida where he is a full-time dad, yoga teacher, and ayurvedic cook.  Michael’s musical style incorporates his skill with guitar, violin, and percussion to create an ambient, uplifting vibration.  Michael seeks to combine ancient ideas and practices with modern knowledge to help people create a more integrated and satisfying lifestyle.


Melissa Baker is a Certified Health Educator, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga Teacher, and Digital Wellness Advocate. Her mission My mission is to guide individuals to connect, understand, and realize the truth that lies within their inner technology, so they can live authentically. Melissa has taught at various locations around the United States, including the University of Florida and the Redwoods in California. Melissa and Michael's classes have brought healing and connection to many people through their workshops and classes. 

Schedule of Events


Opening Circle

Grounding Couples Yoga Practice

Tour of the Valley of Light


Cacao and Restorative Couples




Morning Breathwork & Couples Meditation


Self-Care Time

Kayaking or Guided Partner Hike

Couples Cooking Class


Workshop: Creating a Conscious Relationship

Walking the Labyrinth 


Connecting Workshop


Self Expression Activity


Kundalini Yoga Kriya and Meditation


Activity: Creating your vision together

Two separate spaces - Men’s Circle & Women’s Circle


Integrating Workshop


Closing circle & gratitude

Check out of Valley of Light 


Ready To:

Connect with Each Other

Hike & Kayak

Practice Yoga and Meditation

Sip Heart-Opening Cacao 

Indulge in Organic Food

And so much more...







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Frequently Asked Questions

Whats you cancellation policy? 

If you need to cancel your reservation, you will receive a full refund if it is before January 1st 2022. If itis after Jan. 1st, 2022, you will receive a 50% refund on your reservation and accommodations.

Will you require vaccinations? 

As of now, the Valley of Light (location) is requiring all retreat participants to be vaccinated. We will be re-evaluating this requirement closer to January 2022. 

How do I get to Valley of Light? 

Here is a link to directions:

Is this Retreat suitable to all bodies and abilities?

Yes! Melissa and Michael are able to create classes that accommodate to each person's level. Be sure to let them know if you have any injuries or special needs when doing yoga. 

I'm not flexible, can I do yoga? 

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

Any other questions? E-mail Melissa at

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