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The Fertile Soul Retreat – Haywood Park, Asheville NC

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Sat, Oct 10th – Sun, Oct 11th

The Haywood Park Hotel – Asheville, NC

– Let the Soft Animal of Your Body Love What it Loves – Mary Oliver

Dr. Randine Lewis pioneered “Meridian Movement Therapy”, using the five energetic movements of the elements to work through obstructions of body, mind, and spirit, to help women become more vibrantly fertile. Taoist Body Wisdom is the ancient yoga also known as Tao Yin, the feminine way of embodying our most creative states of being. Infertility struggles can leave one with unresolved health issues, poor body image, or a disconnected physical relationship. If the body becomes an adversary, expecting it to produce a child is almost impossible. We will guide you through and beyond psychoemotional issues, held physically, and into the inherent joy held within your cellular makeup.

Dr. Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure, and The Way of the Fertile Soul has helped numerous women overcome the devastating diagnosis of “infertility” through her ground breaking work that is now offered to all women of all ages and levels of health/fitness. (You do not need to be on the fertility journey to attend.) Our two day Body Wisdom retreat will bring you back in love with your own physical being. Learn to trust and move your body in a way to maximize the flow of your own body’s movement in life. This is the most direct and intense fertility practice that Dr. Lewis teaches. Dr. Lewis has worked with women that, like herself, she calls “recovering intellectuals”, who have lived life through their heads rather than their bodies. TFS body wisdom is a kind but powerful method of tuning directly into the wisdom of the body to discover and overcome blockages to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
While most enlightenment practices are male oriented – focusing on overcoming the mind; TFS Body Wisdom is for women, who experience life through the intimacy of their bodies.
Our bodies know what we need. Our bodies long for what we want most – a truly united state of intimacy with ourselves: unfragmented, undivided, and whole. Issues like infertility, autoimmune conditions, and cancer are all manifestations of inner division. Their first appearance lies in subtle obstructions – sometimes we intuit that something is out of sorts, but our minds can’t find what is wrong. We may blame our spouses, our jobs, or some aspect of our external life. Our bodies always know – the answer lies within.
Answer the most profound call you’ve ever heard – the inner voice that draws you deep within to the embodied awareness of your own divinity. TFS Body Wisdom is based upon non-resistance: that every single symptom – physically, mentally, or emotionally, is not a pain to get rid of, but an invitation to listen to ones inner knowing.
Instruction will include:
  • Learning the energetics of TFS body wisdom
  • Group work with self inquiries into psycho-emotionally held negative belief patterns
  • Movement and meditations to move beyond these limiting belief pattern
This powerful experiential process may be the most effective and loving act you have ever taken for yourself.  Break the bonds that have held you back from the loving embrace of your deepest inner knowing. Live, move, and be the expression of love for yourself.Have you ever felt the enlivened tingling of your whole body, telling you to “go for it!” and you hesitated out of fear – instead listening to programmed doubts and fears – “what would this mean; I can’t; if only I had the courage…” And then the feeling of resonance went away, leaving you only with the scar of regret…We will go into these scars of regret and unwrap their hidden truth.
Destiny is where your genetic code meet your environment as one tingling “YES” to life. Your body feels this sense as resonance and guides you toward its fulfillment. Learn to trust your body’s intuition. Let the wisdom of your body guide you toward better health. Learn to trust your inner embodied knowing and let it guide you toward better relationships, better parenting, more abundant professional expression; learn to live from the unencumbered trust that carries the embodied wisdom of your destiny.
Instead of following any particular diet, we will teach you to listen to what your body needs. This is very different than reacting based on your tastebuds messages that you need to be filled…
Instead of following any particular physical practice, we will teach you to trust and move the way our own unique individual expression longs to move… to unravel the obstructions to living and moving according to its truth.
Bring comfortable clothes. All meals will be on your own – however, there are many dining options just outside the hotel doors. If you do decide to leave during meal times, we recommend that you stay close during these breaks as the schedule is full and we will need to start each session promptly in order to maximize your time with Dr. Lewis.

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The Fertile Soul ONLINE Retreat – NEW DATE!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, October 19, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m EST

*Follow-up Evening Event:

Wednesday, November 12 @ 4:00pm EST



We will be offering The Fertile Soul retreat process online, in the comfort of your own home October 18 and 19, 2014. This virtual retreat process will be conducted live with Dr. Randine Lewis, beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST – 2:30 p.m. EST both Saturday and Sunday. We will meet three hours in the morning, break 30 minutes for lunch, and meet three hours each afternoon.

Wednesday, November 12th @ 4:00pm EST – we will have a follow up support evening with all participants.

Dr. Lewis has helped women overcome very devastating reproductive issues, like advanced maternal age, poor ovarian response, high FSH, low AMH, endometriosis, POF, autoimmune implantation failure, PCOS, and recurrent miscarriage. She requires everybody she works with to attend her powerful retreat process. Each participant will be scheduled for a diagnostic TCM evaluation and individualized herbal prescription as part of the retreat process. The online process will be similar to a live retreat, and will allow participants to ask questions, share their experience, and connect with other members of the retreat group.

Instruction will be provided on Chinese medical therapy, internal inquiry regarding causative factors of reproductive dysfunction; dietary therapy, nutritional supplementation, individualized herbal formulation, reproductive massage, stress reduction, and qi gong meditative exercises. We will dive into deeper causative issues like, how do imbalances arise? What does my outlook have to do with my reproductive functioning? Dr. Lewis will share her revolutionary healing process and help you relate to your fertility in a natural, healthy, and open way.

Women who have attended the retreat process have called it life changing. While it definitely improves their fertility quotient, it also can empower women to approach their fertility in far more positive ways. We can help you, whether or not you are trying to conceive naturally, or undergoing assisted reproductive technology.

NEW! Connect with Dr. Randine Lewis Live on Tuesday, March 4th at 7pm EST

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Falling Pregnant:
The Fertile Soul Method vs. Western Reproductive Medicine:
Which Medical Approach is Best?

I consider it almost irrelevant to find the dividing line between natural treatment and medical intervention. Your body is a reflection of your thoughts, feelings, dietary intake, actions, and sleep patterns. Hormonal and ovarian output, as well, is a manifestation of your lifestyle. Therefore, what you do to enhance your lifestyle, will invariably impact the overall health of your body. If you live in such a way that enhances your wellbeing and vitality, it reveals itself in a harmonious endocrine and gynecological environment.

Yet, if there have been patterns of imbalance along the way that have left you with medical diagnoses that might impact ovulation or implantation, there may be some confusion as to how to address them. Many people get stuck here: do you treat it naturally – change your diet, lifestyle, go to acupuncture, take herbs, consult naturopathic medicine, etc., OR do you opt for a visit to the reproductive endocrinologist?

And, because of the advancing clock, they are most afraid of not doing anything, and act from fear, jumping into medical intervention without addressing the most obvious, natural course. Why not do both?

Most of the people who come to retreat or meet with me individually arrive at the place where there is no conflict. They adopt certain lifestyle modifications, stress reduction, dietary adjustments, and natural supplements, as they calmly look into whether or not medical testing or intervention is necessary. This tends to breed much less fear, resulting in hormonal balance and better ovarian output.

I work with women who are concurrently undergoing diagnostic methods or treatments from mini-IVF to pharmaceutical IVF, donor IVF, or are using gestational carriers. They do not throw out their natural, balanced approach while purchasing interventional methods. One improves overall health and well-being; one does not. One is meant to be a short-term procedure; the other is not.

When you broaden your approach to your reproductive care rather than narrow it, your options tend to open up.

Looking forward to connecting with you all on March 4th,


To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075
and then you will be prompted to enter the original
number and access code.

1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.
2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.
3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call – make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.
4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call.

It’s Cyber Monday ALL Week at The Fertile Soul!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Our December Retreat in Asheville on Sale AND all Products!

Individuals $300 Off with Code TFS300
Couples come for $1800: 40% off with Code COUPLES400

20% ALL Products (media, herbs, and supplements) with Code MERRY20

Sale Ends this Friday 12/6

The Three Treasures

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The one spirit gives rise to two primary divisions – yin and yang; which give rise to the three treasures, the basic building blocks of all of life – Jing, Qi, and Shen; or Essence, Energy, and Spirit. All manifestations of creation require the interaction of these three treasures. We can think of these energetic divisions as:

Creation (Jing) -> Reflection or Interaction (Qi) -> Return or Dissolution (Shen); which must be in harmony in order for life to function optimally.

Growth must be controlled and opposed, or we develop pathologic states like cancer or deformities. Developing tissue must be up-regulated or down-regulated. Without the ovarian hormone AMH, women would be prone to carrying litters. In the developing embryo, growth of the cells between the fingers and toes are down-regulated, resulting in digital separation. All cells begin with Jing, interact through Qi, and dissolve back into Shen.

Oftentimes, when women are trying to conceive, they usually are asking for more Jing, while ignoring the Qi and Shen aspects of the equation. Unopposed Jing, however, is not more likely to produce babies, but pathological states which are detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Yet, when we can examine how the Jing circulates, interacts, and returns, we have greater access to our Jing stores.

Medical research shows us that ovulation dysfunction that results in fertility challenges increases the likelihood for cancer. Chinese medicine could translate this fact by stating that when Jing is held back, bound, or inaccessible, its Qi can’t interact properly and has the likelihood to express pathology rather than creative potential.

We could say that Jing’s biological imperative is to determine whether it should be expressed or held back. Qi’s imperative is also a balance between conservation or interaction, and Shen’s imperative is simply to accept the return back to its origin.

How much energy are you giving to creation, reflection, interaction, and return? Are you demanding too much of your Jing? Depleting your Qi in your worldly interactions? Do you give yourself enough time for reflection, and evaluation? And do you allow the dissolution of those actions in life which do not promote your own wellbeing?

Free Conference Call with Dr. Randine Lewis – October 20th @ 7pm EST

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Honestly, very few who have been on the fertility journey for long look forward to another holiday season without children. It is painful to sit through family celebrations while everyone else seems to be sharing in the joy while all you are feeling is the ache of emptiness at the center of your heart.

We are having our November and December retreats just prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukah for that very reason. No matter what your holiday traditions are, I invite you to join me for our winter retreats in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC. In both retreats we will deal with strategies not only to make it through the holidays, but to truly  join in the spirit of holiday cheer in fertility enhancing ways.

I remember being at my lowest when somebody asked me what I was grateful for. All I could squeak out was “nothing.” I was horrified at how empty my life felt when, from the outside, everything looked good. All I was aware of was what was missing. Yet the energy of gratitude is one of the strongest, most life enhancing energies we can participate in. Yet we can’t fake it. Until it is real, it is just a lie. Our November retreat will bring you to the place of true, unadulterated abundance. There is nothing more irresistible to the grace of new life.

December will take us into the depths with the true meaning of the winter solstice – rebirth. Imagine if this holiday season you could come into the very depths of your being, your most fertile self, and make it manifest. While this may sound like it would be a miracle, it is. Yet, have you ever really recognized the miraculous potential you have within? We will be utilizing traditional rituals and inner work to maximize your most fertile potential. And, like all retreats, the diagnostic aspects of traditional Chinese medicine will be offered, as well as energy work, acupuncture, and individualized herbal prescriptions.

Whether you are a returner or this will be your first retreat, I hope you will be able to offer yourself a gift to yourself and join us during these powerful retreats.

With love and blessings,


Randine Lewis, MSOM, Ph.D., L.Ac.


Author of The Infertility Cure, The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, and

The Way of the Fertile Soul, Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap Into A Woman’s Creative Potential

To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#.

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075

and then you will be prompted to enter the original

number and access code.

1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.

2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.

3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call – make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.

4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call.

Doctor Patient Relationship

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Those who come to retreat often ask what is the most important trait a doctor can have? According to the ancient book of healing, the Su Wen, chapter 39, those who are best at working with people are those who are satisfied with themselves. Without confusion or distress, they can follow the Tao, and reach an illuminated life. Through the deep examination of oneself they can be free of confusion and lift the veil.

Commentary by Father Claude Larre:

The most important thing for healing is the relationship between the practitioner, the spirits, and the patient. Heaven represents the organization of nature, and the movement of the four seasons. In our body is the same life that is in a tree or flower, or in the weather. Have the consciousness to observe the natural order and find it again in oneself and in another. If you understand that you must be in harmony with Heaven, you will practice clearly.

Acupuncture has to move the patient’s spirit to be successful – it is not merely mechanical. You first must have a deep understanding of your own life before pretending to know life in another, especially the disturbances in the development of life in another.

You also must not be blocked in yourself, or full of the desire to heal. You have just to do your best, very quietly, and then let go. You must not have inner agitation or desires, even the best of desires. if you do not have desire, then you have a real relationship with the patient and are not forcing the patient to correct his spirits to please you. To be satisfied with yourself means to harmonize yourself. The best way to cure a patient is to remain in the natural expression of your own power of life. To desire too strongly is stagnation and blockage in your intent and will, and it diminishes your ability to cure.

The texts never say that you must desire to cure. They repeatedly say to be calm and quiet without special desire. Wanting something is always dangerous, even if you are wanting the best thing in the world – the tension in you is bad. Let the life of the spirit grow in you, and bring this to every part of your work.

In my opinion, fertility knowledge and expertise are secondary to being real. Having a spirit to spirit relationship with the patient is where healing occurs. What’s important to you? Do you need to emote? Do you need to understand what your practitioner is doing? Then that needs to be part of your treatment. Does your practitioner have a desire to heal you? According to Chinese medicine, that is a problem. Real healing happens when an acupuncturist gets themselves and their desires out of the way and puts you in touch with the source of healing – which is not them. They are merely a conduit of spirit.

A Doctor’s Role in Fertility

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I just finished our annual retreat with our Continuing Excellence in Fertility Professionals, where we combine personal introspection, TCM education, qi gong, and a Taoist view of the elements.

The universal view of the order that govern all of life is:

The Blood follows the Qi.

The Qi follows the Xin (Heart/Mind)

The Xin follows the Shen (Spirit)

The Shen follows the Tao.

In this model, Blood = the physical body, and the mental and emotional functions which it embodies. It is the last in line. When we, as practitioners, work at the “blood” level, we are relatively inefficient if we are not concurrently working at the energetic level of the heart’s wisdom, which follows the workings of the spirit, which is the universal Way of all things.

When a doctor is trying to manipulate the Blood level while neglecting the other levels, there is no therapeutic change. While the form may adjust itself slightly, when there is no change at the level of Qi and higher, there will be no lasting change at the manifest or Blood level.

You cannot change egg quality by working only at the level of the blood. Therefore, changing your diet and taking supplements while neglecting the way you respond to the world will have little effect. If your energetic reaction to the world is one of stress, protection, and survival instinct, it will lock the Blood level in place. Changing your diet, then, while improving the level of manifestation, will not reach the level of potentiality, which is of Spirit.

A doctor at retreat asked me, “So what’s the use?” Why do we use acupuncture, herbs, diet, and lifestyle adjustments if all true change happens at the level of spirit?

The answer is that we work at the level of the Blood and Qi in order to bring someone into the recognition of true changes that occur at the Shen level. If a doctor is not accessing the Spirit level, true transformation is not possible – only slight manipulation of the form. While at the level of Blood, we may improve the menstrual flow somewhat, lower FSH temporarily, and improve mental outlook for a cycle or two, these changes will not be lasting. They will not reach the level of potentiality, which is of Spirit.

The Nei Jing tells us, “Of course, before needling, we must be rooted in Spirit.” If your doctor is not rooted in spirit – her own and yours, she is practicing at the level of Blood. The ancients called these practitioners “technicians.” While they could diagnose and needle, they didn’t have the power to transform.

All true transformation occurs at the level of the Heart, which houses the Spirit, which gives rise to all potentiality. Here, egg and sperm quality change. Hope is a palpable force, not a weak begging the universe for what you want. The heart opens to allow all possibility. This is true healing; a doctor’s highest role.