Rooted Retreat

7 Day Women's Retreat in Montenegro for connection & grounding

This retreat is devoted to connecting with your own roots and ancestral wisdom. We will be embarking on a path of remembering our Earth-loving European heritage, reclaiming our female bodies as extensions of the Earth, destigmatizing the witch archetype and weaving a tapestry of belonging between the present and ancient to become rooted in Mother Earth once again. “Women of Ash, Women of Bone, every woman burnt, a seed was sewn. Women of Ash, Women of Fire those flames, they lifted our spirits higher, they only lifted us higher” – Gabriella Gaia

5 – 11 May 2024 


For 7 days (6 nights) retreat including all classes, workshops, walks, accommodation & 2 vegan buffets a day. The prices include everything for the week except your flights & transport to the retreat. Only a 350€ deposit is needed to make the reservation. You can view the accommodation details and photos here .

Discounts & scholarship positions available for woman in the local balkan region and BIPOC community.

60% Off For The Local Balkan Community With the code ‘JELENA’


Amidst a globalized world that often encourages us to travel far to seek answers and external solutions, we want to invite you to shift the focus inward: towards your own roots and the troubles and blessings which breath through them.

Part of this deep and necessary process is to look at the ways we got disconnected from our own Earth-loving ancestral traditions and teachings. Instead of relying on far away worlds to provide answers, we will firstly reclaim our own (female) bodies as sacred extensions and vessels of wisdom of the Earth, singing love into the wounds of persecution and neglect and unearthing our power as women of the rivers, lakes, trees, of the sun, the moon, women among animals.

We will unearth the hidden wisdom in the depths of our own stories and deepen our understanding of their ancestral heritage. Remembering, restoring and re-defining what it means to be rooted in our bodies & minds, in our ancestral connection, in the elements and in interdependence – from this place we weave a connection between the present and the ancient, reviving the thread to the wise women who came before us.

This journey will take us to explore old European pagan cosmology, demystifying the witches (healing women) of the European lands and find healing through old herbal mythology. We will be unraveling and deconstructing the Western conditioning around how the worship of the Earth can look and feel like, adjusting it to the needs of the times we are living.

These retreats are aimed for all women and people identifying as such.


Yoga & Movement ClassesThe Power of Myth – Fairy Tales As Threads To European Pagan CosmologyUncovering the ‘Witch’ Trauma Herbal MythologyPractice & Templates Of Elemental Ritual & Offerings Beltane Celebration


  • Awakening to the importance of our ancestral origins amidst the globalization of the world
  • Embracing and connecting with our inner roots
  • Celebrating the diversity of our origins
  • Clearing ancestral trauma, Receiving ancestral blessings


  • Allowing, accepting
  • Rooted in the elements
  • Educational, curious, demystifying ‘taboos”


8:00 – 9:30 Yoga & movement class
10:00 -11:00 Plant based brunch
12:00-14:00 The Power of Myth – Fairy Tales As Threads To European Pagan Cosmology
17:00-18:00 Plant based dinner
19:00-20:30 Fire Sharing circle

THE PLACE “Mahakala Center” & Plant based food

The homely centre is located in the small seaside village of Buljarica in Montenegro, cradled by the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by the four elements of earth, air, sun and water, located on a steep hill between local houses and a 15-minute walk from the local beach. 

The kitchen is fully plant based with a zero waste policy, all food sourced from local family owned organic farms and the water from the mountain spring. The food is home made by local Montenegrin women and the Menu crafted by Dr Vesna Lemm, a detox & nutrition specialist.

Mahakala offers 2 daily homemade vegan buffets, meal times based on a powerful intermittent fasting philosophy involving two highly nutritious meals per day (served at 10:00 and 17:00). During the day we serve plenty of seasonal fruits, spring water and herbal teas. Additionally coffee or snacks can be purchased from the coffee shop.

Katharina Louise

Katharina Louise is a multi-disciplinary artist, storyteller, ancestral researcher, spaceholder, creative director & producer. Being a multi-faceted person, she is curious to continually explore new ways to contemplate & translate a language of belonging and the power of myth, into practice, story, projects and (moving) images. The question “How did we get so far away from understanding ourselves as a part of the Earth?” drove her to deeply research into Europe’s indigenous cultures and their eradication. She has been gathering threads of the old stories of pagan Europe to ignite remembrance of our inherent ancestral knowing while uncovering an authentic, contemporary embodiment of it, in which grief & the elements are the gateway to birthing a new culture of belonging.

Jelena Vuković

Jelena Vuković is a Montenegrin artist and feminine embodiment mentor.
Her transformative work is rooted in the profound healing power of presence, the art of conscious touch, movement and a deep exploration of archetypes, notably the original patterns of God and primal feminine consciousness.
Her remarkable journey of self-transformation has not only inspired her but many others.
Through her women’s circles, Jelena initiates a profound exploration of personal value, erotic innocence, and the cultivation of unconditional love within one’s micro-universe.

Marijana Lemm

Women’s space holder and environmental & social activist from Montenegro. Marijana is the founder of Tara; in the last 5 years she has poured her heart into creating Tara and the world-wide community. During this time she discovered her deep passion of working with women, movement as well as nature, and realized how all these are interlinked. As an activist, Marijana works with the protection of wild rivers in the Balkan area and among other social justice issues. She loves sharing the medicine of movement and empowering women to find their own form of sacred activism.

Linnea Elisa

Women’s empowerment coach, space holder & yoga teacher from Finland. Linnea’s own lived experiences and studies in psychology and holistic coaching lead her to understand the importance and interconnection between our emotions, experiences, mind and body. She learned to combine movement and human psychology, establishing practices that allow you to get in touch with your emotions, true inner self and wholeness. Linnea’s heart beats with a fierce passion for deep inner healing and human potential, dedicated to empowering women in awakening to their worth, owning their dreams and crafting unapologetic lives that resonate authentically with them.


  • Women seeking connection to their inner self in a new yet ancestral way
  • Open to establish and cultivate connection to one’s roots of origin
  • Curious and open to heal on a deeper, multigenerational level
  • Women seeking to deepen their spiritual relationship to the land
  • Women wanting to embrace their inner healer, the white “witch” within


Tara is reimagining the ways we connect with spirituality; shifting from individualistic to collective. 5% sales of every retreat will support local conservation groups or indigenous community projects. Empowering you to make inner transformation alongside meaningful collective change. You can read more about the organizations that we support this year in our philosophy page.

What our past guests have to say:

" A magical week!! The 7 day retreat offered more then I could have imagined! Attracting such lovely, friendly, down to earth people that I really enjoyed doing all the classes, workshops & excursions on offer with. This is the most well rounded retreat, a feast for all the senses, in a beautiful wild setting, that really allows you to open your mind and heart to all possibilities. The classes were a good challenge for me, I’ve never eaten so well, I loved the sunset and adventures and can assure you you’ll come away feeling inspired, stronger, with new friends and a full heart. "
Chelsie T.
" Incredibly magical retreat with amazing people - Thank you Tara! It’s been a month since I had to, reluctantly, leave the retreat and I still think about the retreat every day. I am so thankful that I was able to have this experience... I ended up experiencing and receiving so much more than I ever anticipated. I’ve already been noticing a significant increase in my quality of life; I’m happier, less stressed, and able to face upcoming challenges with a positive attitude. It would be impossible for me to list everything I love about Tara. "
Aleah S.

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