El Coronado Ranch, near Tucson, Arizona in partnership with Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation

Get inspired to reach your creative space with a like-minded community of women in a spectacular location to take the time to slow down and focus on developing your voice



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

If you answer yes to any of these questions above, join us for this very special weekend. Come be part of a supportive environment to get you started and running and build a community of like-minded women. Because we want to make sure you get what you need, we are limiting this retreat to 15 attendees. 


For our first podcasting retreat, we have picked a jewel in the Arizona ecological crown, near Tucson. You can be one of the few who have had a chance to discover this magical property.  

What used to be a depleted land is now a beautiful ranch filled with wildlife, water and art. In fact, the creator of this magical place, Valer Clark, is going to be an active contributor to this retreat. She used to be 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 us and many others.

Juliette Roy, Founder, Be Your Change

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

This is your time….

The world needs your unique voice. Learn how to share positive and inspiring stories that can help everyone to take action to address the many challenges of our times. 


Lodging: 4 nights accommodation at The El Coronado ranch 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 Gluten Free and Organic Food (12 meals). 

A Community Of Female Leaders.

On your free time, hike through the property and go swimming in the natural lake.

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


Wednesday, March 11th

5:00- 9:30 pm Welcome Dinner – Ice Breaking – Setting Up Your Intention & Goals

    Thursday, March 12th: Honing Your Voice


    7:30 am: Optional morning hike

    8:00 -8:45 am: Breakfast

    9:00 am – 10:30 am: Your podcast: Introduce your ideas, where you are at? What do you want to say? Current roadblocks

    10:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Overview of Podcast Format

    • Listening session
    • Series, documentaries, interview-based
    • Intro, Outro, music, copy
    • Length
    • Factual vs. narrative

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Planning your Podcast

    • Write your intro
    • List Your First 6/8 Episodes

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Storytelling

    • Storytelling techniques
    • Story Arc
    • Interviews Techniques and Questions
    • Creating scenes
    • Writing for the ear

    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Hike


    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

    • Welcome Valer Clark – Her story
    • Diner Debrief and Actions Plan

    Friday, March 13th: Getting Over Your Technical Fears


    7:30 am: Optional morning hike

    8:00 -8:45 am: Breakfast

    9:00 am – 10:30 am: Recording 101: Equipment: What do you need as a recording device – Microphones – Headphones

    10:30 am – 12:00 am: Voice

    • Voice Techniques
    • Voice Placement
    • Being a narrator

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

    1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Recording Sound Practices

    • Recording sounds outdoors vs. indoors
    • Recording interviews
    • Ambient Sounds

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Editing 101 (RUX)

    • Software
    • Basic Editing Skills


    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  Dinner Debrief and Actions Plan – Podcasting

      Saturday, March 14th:


      7:30 am: optional morning hike

      8:00 -8:45 am: Breakfast

      9:00 am – 12:30 am: Putting Your Promo or Pilot Together


      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

      1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Publishing Your Podcast

      • Hosting Platforms,
      • Distribution 
      • Marketing and Promotion 
      • Publishing schedule
      • Resources


      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  Dinner Debrief and Actions Plan – Podcasting

      Sunday, March 15th:


      7:30 am: optional morning hike

      8:00 -8:45 am: Breakfast

      9:00 am – 1:00pm : Branding

      • Your story
      • Title
      • ArtCover
      • Small paragraph to introduce your show
      Afternoon and Goodbyes

      Lunch 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Drive back


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      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. 


      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: $1290


      Payment available through Paypal, Venmo


      Payment Plan Available 

      For any questions, send an email at [email protected]




      Democracy Labs believes in the power of innovative technology to empower people to be heard and share their message for the social good. This requires technology, training and support which this retreat is all about.

      DemLabs is thrilled to offer two scholarships to attend.



      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 Gluten Free Food (12 meals) 

      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 

      Thanks to our partners and supporters 

      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 women changemakers. So we have created this retreat to offer you a nourishing and supportive time out of your busy lives and focus on the message you want to gift the world with. 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. 

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      With A Like Minded Community