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4th Bi-Annual Warrior Women Retreat

  • Alisal Guest Ranch 1054 Alisal Road Solvang, CA, 93463 United States (map)

Join mothers from every walk of life who have broken out of their self-imposed isolation to band together.

On average, we have battled a decade to remain connected to our substance dependent children.

We are united in our passion and provide one another with uncensored conversation and unlimited support.

This is a weekend of fun, learning and relaxation.

Choose your joy; horseback riding, wine tasting, jewelry making, reiki healing, line dancing, smores, spa services and workshops led by guest speakers.

Learn more from Madisyn Taylor (Best Selling Author and Co-Founder Daily OM), Annie Highwater (Author: Unhooked, Educator CRAFT Method), Dee-Dee Stout (Harm Reduction Therapist, Advocate and Author) Joanne Richards (Certified BALM Family Recovery Coach), and Beth Orrick (Emotional Intelligence Life Coach).

Retreat Speaker Bios

There are two steps to attend:

  1. Register for the event via Eventbrite

  2. Reserve your room, if you are staying on property at the Alisal Guest Ranch (highly recommended).

For more info contact Kathleen at, Alisal Guest Ranch, 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA, 93463 - Map


  • I feel the strength of my warrior moms all the time. The resources, the knowledge & the love helps me all the time but especially in time of need.-Julie

  • I left the retreat with a cup, no, really more like a bucket, filled with gratitude from this experience: The beautiful Mommas I only knew from tiny profile picks became my tribe. The beauty of Alisal, the pace of life, the fun we had, the deep sharing with women who walked in my moccasins. I came as an ‘addict’s mother’, left a ‘Warrior Woman’ - a spiritual transformation in identity and strength. I count the days until we gather again ~ break away from a world not easily carried in our day to day lives ~ to share, support, laugh, dance, grow, and learn from each other once again.-Cheryl

  • It was also outside my comfort zone for me to do a trip like that but boy by the last day, I didn’t want to leave. I felt like I was in a bubble all weekend being protected from the outside world which was engulfed by addiction and suffering. For a short three-day weekend I felt like life was not so horrible. - Marlene

  • A meeting of wounded souls drawing strength from one another. I am able to face the world differently now that I have my tribe holding me up. Don’t get me wrong, the stormy days still take their toll, but it is different now. There is so much put into making these retreats PERFECT and MEMORABLE. -Tamar

  • I am a natural introvert and was nervous about joining a group of strangers, but- I felt an immediate and unspoken kinship. We were bonded as warrior women—mamas who speak the same language, who refuse to feel any shame for our circumstances, who have no need to explain how our kids “used to be” or offer any apologies for the horrors we know. When we look into one another’s eyes, we understand the sleepless nights, the gut-churning decisions, and the fear of losing our children to a disease that shows no mercy. -Allyson

Event Q & A

What about the rooms and roommates?

Single, double or triple occupancy rooms are available. You can request a roommate, or we match moms. The rooms are luxury 400-500 square foot suites. Triple rooms include a king and two twin beds, plus 1.5 bathrooms. Doubles offer one king and one twin bed or two twin beds.

Do I have to talk about my kid?

No, you can share as much or little as you like. There is no mandatory sharing, this retreat is for your comfort. Most moms find it refreshing to have the space to speak without censoring the challenges of loving their children through addiction.

Do I have to stay all weekend?

To get the full benefit of the community, meeting sisters and learning new techniques takes time, we ask that you join us for the entire event. Also, you deserve a break and it takes a day to just decompress!

Do I have to participate in all the activities?

No, but we encourage you to engage. The agenda has been carefully curated to offer a balance of learning and fun. We have incorporated an ample amount of downtime to ensure you relax and rejuvenate.

What about horseback riding?

The Alisal provides guidance for all levels of riders from beginner to advanced. Simply state your level of experience in order to ensure you are matched with the best level of support.

What’s the food like? Do I need to bring food?

Breakfast and dinner are included. The Alisal is a luxury property, the food is locally sourced and there is an array of delicious veggies, meats and poultry. The event also includes a special cowboy (think giant pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit and more) breakfast following a hay/horseback ride. There is also BBQ format Saturday evening. (Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions). Lunch is available on property, for a minimal fee. If you wish to eat between meals, you may want to bring a few snack items.

Alcoholic beverages are not included in the package, but can be purchased at the ranch. We ask that you bring one bottle of your favorite spirt or wine for our hospitality suite. Mixers and nonalcoholic beverages are included.

What about the spa? Is there a place to work out?

The ranch offers a fitness center and spa. The fitness center is open daily from 7am-6pm. There are also bikes, walking trails, swimming and tennis available. You can call the spa directly to make an appointment at a 25% discount.

What do I wear?

Alisal is a full working cattle operation, all events are casual, jeans and boots are the norm. The temperatures range from cool in the morning and the evening, with warm sunny afternoons. Layering is recommended for comfort.

Do I need money?

All taxes and gratuities are included, there is no tipping on property. Any items purchased at the ranch mercantile including beverages maybe added to you bill.

How do I get to the ranch if I fly or take the train?

Solvang is 35 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and 2 hours from Los Angeles. There is a shuttle that departs from airports and the ranch can also make arrangements. Please share you itinerary as soon as you book your tickets.

Do I have to stay on property?

We strongly encourage you to stay at the ranch as we have events from early to late and there is much fun to be had being in the community. If you elect to stay elsewhere, your registration fee will increase from $300 to $600.