Podcasting Retreat For Female Changemakers

Wed, Nov 13 – Sun, Nov 17, 2019

El Coronado Ranch, near Tucson, Arizona

in partnership with Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation

Join Us For

The First Female Changemaker Podcast Retreat In a Stunning Private Ecological Paradise in Arizona

For our first podcasting retreat, we have picked a jewel in the Arizona ecological crown, near Tucson. You probably have never heard of the El Coronado Ranch where only a few have ever had a chance to discover this magical property.  

What used to be a depleted land is now a beautiful ranch filled with wild animals, water and art.

The owner, Valer Clark, was an art teacher in New York but, in a twist of life, she has spent the last 40 years restoring 130,000 acres of land on the border of Mexico and Arizona creating one of the few real-life land restoration experimentation studied by scientists around the world. A land restorator activist and permaculturist, Clark is not slowing down. She is a true inspiration to me and many others.

Juliette Roy, Founder, Be Your Change

Do you have an idea for a podcast, but are struggling to take the next step?

Do you find it hard to carve the time to work on your podcast?

Are you intimidated about the technology involved? A bit apprehensive about audio editing? Using you voice?

You had a podcast for years but are looking at refining your craft and message? 

This retreat is for you. Come be part of a supportive environment to get you started and running and build a community of like-minded women.

Join Us For A Very Special Weekend.

 There is no better time to start your podcast. The podcasting industry is booming and is craving diverse voices and perspectives.

The world needs your unique voice. 

This is your time….

We need positive and inspiring stories that can help everyone to take action to address the many challenges of our times. 

Program Snapshot

Take the time to slow down from your busy life, enjoy nature and get inspired to reach your creative space with a like-minded community of women.

After 4 nights and 4 days, you will leave with:

A clear action plan to get your podcast off the ground : from content creation to a marketing plan

Basic audio editing skills

Basic voice placement and how to use your equipment and/or choose equipment

Best tips and practices

A podcast trailer or episode

A new community and network of multicultural women to support you in your podcast

We will cover the following topics:

Budget and Revenue Streams

Promotion// Marketing// Launch


Technical Aspects//Additional Resources

Podcast Structure: storytelling versus interviews based

A more detailed program will be available in the next couple of weeks

Featured Instructors

Ruxandra  Guidi

Ruxandra Guidi

Podcast Instructor

Ruxandra Guidi has been telling nonfiction and news stories for almost two decades. Her reporting for public radio, magazines, and various multimedia and multidisciplinary outlets has taken her throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region. After earning a Master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2002, she assisted independent producers The Kitchen Sisters; then worked as a reporter, editor, and producer for NPR’s Latino USA, the BBC daily news program, The World, the CPB-funded Fronteras Desk in San Diego-Tijuana, and KPCC Public Radio’s Immigration and Emerging Communities beat in Los Angeles. Currently, she is the president of the board of Homelands Productions, a journalism nonprofit cooperative founded in 1989, and a contributing editor for the nonprofit magazine High Country News. In 2018, she was awarded the Susan Tifft Fellowship for women in documentary and journalism by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She teaches journalism full-time at the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism.

Juliette Roy

Juliette Roy

Podcast Instructor

LA-based, French-American, Juliette Roy is a passionate advocate for the power of stories of creating change. For the past 20 years, she’s worked across the globe on major multimedia productions for the European Commission and coveted brands like Altadis, Sofitel and Adidas. After moving to the U.S, she ran the broadcasting department of the online radio and podcast platform, Live365 and head business development for Spreaker. She produced Tech Inclusion podcast with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Juliette is the founder of Be Your Change media and producer of Be Your Change podcast which amplifies the voices of female change-makers and highlights their impact on creating a more sustainable and inclusive world.

She is currently producing her first documentary, Nature is My Teacher. She is active with Women’s Audio Mission and Fair Trade Los Angeles.

Valer Clark

Valer Clark


Valer Clark Austin is a permaculturalist involved with desert greening. Based in southern Arizona, she is known for promoting ecological restoration through water conservation and holistic land management. Valer is a graduate of Hollins University, from which she received the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award in June 2012. In the 1990s, she founded the Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation, which translates to “Watershed of the Springs”, based at the El Coronado Ranch. The foundation encompassed various educators, scientists, ranchers in the area, and government agencies to restore and maintain the grasslands in the area, as well as, restore the habitats and biodiversity.

Notable Achievements include: Protection of over 130,000 acres in Mexico; Construction of 50 large gabions, 40,000 loose rock dams and 1000+ berms in Mexico and the United StatesRestoration of the Coues Deer’s and Gould’s turkey in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona; Restoration of 5,000 acres of grasslands in Mexico with native vegetation. Her work has been recognized by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the United States Geological Survey as well as The Nature Conservancy. 


Your Retreat Includes:

Lodging: 4 nights accommodation in either twin beds in a shared room or double bed in a single room with private bathroom or shared bathroom. 

Podcasting workshops led by Ruxandra Guidi and Juliette Roy: 4 days of podcast education and coaching.

An Introduction To Ecological Restoration And A Private Guided Hike To Discover The Magic and Biodiversity Of The Land and The Ranch Led By Valer Clark.

Homemade Food (12 meals). 

A Community Of Female Leaders.

Hikes through the property and swimming in the lake.

Does not include flight transportation costs and transportation costs to and from the ranch.


Limited To 15 Women (We want to give you lots of attention and coaching)

Twin Bed in Shared Room (has shared bathroom): $1090 per person

Queen/King Bed in Solo Room & Solo Bathroom: $1490



All meals and snacks are provided. Please contact us if you have any dietary restrictions prior to coming to the ranch. The ranch is in an isolated location and we want to make sure we have everything to meet your needs. 


The ranch is located about two hours away from Tucson airport and 4 1/2  hours away from Phoenix airport.

Car rentals and gas costs are the attendee’s responsibility.

Please let us know the time of your arrival on Wednesday as we would like to help organize carpooling to share costs.


Everything you need to get the most of your experience e.g swimsuits, hiking shoes, camera, computer, writing pad, yoga mat, running shoes, a hat. 



Lodging: 4 nights accommodation in either twin beds in a shared room or double bed in a single room with private bathroom or shared bathroom

Podcasting workshops led by Ruxandra Guidi and Juliette Roy: 4 days of podcast education and coaching

An Introduction to Ecological Work And A Guided Hike Led By Valer Clark

Homemade Cook Food (12 meals) provided by Neococo, a company creating work for women refugees

A Community Of Female Leaders

Hikes through the property and swimming in the lake

Fun and Supportive environment

Does not include flight transportation costs and transportation costs from to the ranch.


Bedrooms either have twin beds or a double bed. Bathroom is either in the bedroom or just outside the door.

Possibility to share a double bed if desired, please contact us for more information 

Your Voice Matters – Every Step Of The Way

Take Your Podcast To The Next Level

Creating a podcast is fun and at times overwhelming. 

 Some comments we hear all the time: 


Where do I start?”

“I am not a technical person.”

“I have a podcast idea but I don’t like my voice.” 

“Do I have something to say?”

Don’t worry. We have been there, and it can be a bit daunting, especially when life gets in the way. Reading through tons of websites; watching tutorials; listening to webinars; reading white papers, going to conferences can be a cumbersome process – and can dry up the creative juices. 

Most of us have busy lives, between work, family and one hundred other projects. It can be hard to carve the time you need to prioritize launching your podcast.   

That’s why we have created this retreat. We are here to encourage female changemakers who are taking action towards a more equitable and sustainable world to launch their podcasts. 

We believe the world needs to hear the voices of female changemakers and so we have created this retreat to offer you a nourishing and supportive time out of your busy lives to carve out time for yourself and the message you want to share with the world. Plus it is way more fun to do it with over people.

 We are creating a fun, powerful and memorable experience; an inspiring teaching moment and a space to build a valuable community of other like-minded women to champion one another’s growth. 

Learn. Connect. Share.