Amsterdam Black Women


A Midsummer Weekend's Dream

Weekend Retreat

June 22 - 24, 2018

Well Castle | Limburg, Netherlands

Join Amsterdam Black Women for

‘A Midsummer Weekend’s Dream,’ an intimate wellness retreat set at the beautiful Well Castle in the Limburg province of the Netherlands.


ABW is partnering with immersive self-care experts, OYA Retreats, to host a special weekend for Black women to renew ourselves mind, body and spirit, and to connect in a serene setting while ushering in the Summer Solstice.

Your Retreat reservation includes:

  • 3 days, 2 nights accommodation at the historic Well Castle, a restored 14th century medieval castle in the southern province of Limburg, Netherlands. Well Castle is home to Emerson College's premier Education Abroad Program

  • Yoga, movement and mindfulness workshops and classes hosted by OYA Retreats, a premier black-owned health and wellness company based in the U.K. Their mission is to create holistic self-care and self-practice experiences for Black women and women of color who desire room to explore, reflect, release, and renew

  • All meals catered by Well Castle

  • Non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks, juice, coffee & tea, water)

  • Leisure time to rest, relax and explore the Castle grounds and the village of Well

About the Retreat

About Your Instructors

Stacie CC Graham, Founder of OYA Retreats

Stacie is a certified Hatha yoga instructor as well as a certified life coach. As a practitioner, she is dedicated to the lineages of Iyengar and Kundalini yoga. She travels to India every few years in order to study and honour the origins of the tradition.

Mindfulness forms the foundation of both her professional and personal work. And yoga, in its entirety, signifies for her an art of living.

Kim Loliya, Workshop Host

Kim is a certified somatic sex educator and magazine editor who supports people in learning more about their body and sexuality. Kim promotes radical self-love as a way of bringing transformation on an individual, societal and global scale and she is committed to facilitating safe spaces and open-hearted communities where people can really be (with) themselves, share stories and feel nurtured. 

The Retreat Itinerary (tentative; subject to change)

Friday, June 22

  • 16:00 - 18:00: Arrival

  • 18:00 - 19:00: ABW Welcome & Dinner

  • 19:30 - 21:00: Women's Circle & Guided Mindfulness Practice


Saturday, June 23

  • 8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast

  • 9:30 - 11:30: 'Coming Home to Self' Workshop with Kim 

  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch

  • 13:00 - 15:00: Me/She/We free time

  • 15:00 - 17:00: Kriya Yoga with Stacie

  • 17:00 - 18:00: Me/She/We free time

  • 18:00 - 19:00: Dinner

  • 19:30 - 21:00: Yoga Nidra & Guided Mindfulness Practice


Sunday, June 24

  • 8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast

  • 9:15 - 10:45: 'Radical Self-Care & Self-Love' Workshop with Kim

  • 11:00 - 12:00: Closing Circle led by Stacie

  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch

  • 13:00: Departure

The Retreat Specifics

Retreat Cost (cost per person, paid in British Pounds):

  • FLASH - available until May 11th or first 10 sold: £100

  • ADVANCE - available until May 18th or total 15 sold: £120

  • REGULAR - available until June 8th or total 18 sold:  £140

An additional €70 EUR per person will be collected upon arrival at Well Castle to cover the cost of meals.

Early registrants have the best chance of receiving the room of their choice.

*Transportation to/from Well Castle is not included.



You have the option of selecting a Double, Triple or Quad room (pending availability). Rooms will be assigned at random unless otherwise requested. e.g. if you request a Quad room and are traveling alone, ABW will pair you other Retreat guests at our discretion. If you have a friend you would like to share a room with, please write their name(s) in the “Comments & Questions” section of the booking form. We will try our best to honor all rooming requests but final selection is subject to space and availability.


The retreat is fully-catered and includes two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, plus non-alcoholic beverages. Please note any dietary restrictions and allergies in the “Comments & Questions” section of the reservation page.

*Please note: Well Castle is located in a remote area of Limburg with no access to shops or restaurants. We advise you to bring any additional snacks/nourishment you may need. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.


Location and Accessibility:

Well Castle is located near the border with Germany, approximately 2 hours southeast of Amsterdam. The nearest train station is Venray. The closest airport is Rotterdam. The facility is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. 


*ABW is looking into securing a shared shuttle van from Amsterdam. Details TBD.


To maintain an intimate experience, the Retreat is limited to 18 participants. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted until capacity is reached.



Payment is made on the OYA Retreats website and the cost is payable in British Pounds. An additional €70 EUR will be collected upon arrival at Well Castle to cover the cost of meals.

Deadline to RSVP: 

June 8th

Unfortunately, reservations can no longer be accepted after this date.