The Heartbeat Retreat
Our retreat is on hold for 2017. please check back in for 2018.
last retreat: August 10-14, 2016. ORCAS ISLAND, WASHINGTON.
Facilitated by Mila Redwood & Baelyn Elspeth
Journey into the heartbeat of the earth, through our 5-day women's retreat on Orcas Island, Washington. Nestled in the ancient cedar forest, we guide each woman on a journey of rhythm and song, sisterhood and love. Through our retreats, we are devoted to holding sacred space where women are deeply nourished, celebrated, and honored for who they are, where beauty and joy have no limits. We sleep under the starry sky, provide organic meals from the garden, swim in the pond, sing in the sauna, and dance under the moonlight. Join us for five days on the Salish Sea...
Cost: $780. Donation includes all retreat workshops, organic meals and camping accommodations. A non-refundable deposit of $350 USD is required to reserve your spot. Retreat payment is due in full by June 1st, 2016. Space is limited to 15 participants.
We will be offering 2 scholarships for our 2016 retreat, for a reduced retreat price of $450. To apply for one of our scholarships, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deposits and full payments are non-refundable. In the event that a retreat participant is unable to attend, the registration is transferable to another participant up to one week before the retreat, with approval from Mila and Baelyn.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Should I plan to Arrive and depart?
Our retreat will begin at 5 pm on Wednesday, August 10th. You are welcome to arrive on the land anytime after 12 noon, to set up camp and settle in before we begin. The retreat will conclude after lunch on Sunday, August 14th. All sisters are invited to pack up and depart on Sunday afternoon.
How Do I Get to Orcas Island?
There are a few different ways to travel to Orcas Island, depending on where you are coming from. There are two main airports that service Orcas Island by shuttle bus - Seattle Airport, and Bellingham Airport. From each airport, you can take a shuttle bus to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, where you get the ferry to Orcas Island. Alternatively, some retreat participants like to rent a car instead of the shuttle bus, which provides more flexibility for exploring Orcas Island before or after the retreat.
What is the weather like on Orcas Island?
You will arrive on Orcas Island at a glorious time of year, when the dragonflies come out to dance in the summer sun, and the land overflows with the abundance of a late summer harvest. Be prepared for long, sunny days, and relaxed, cool nights. In August, days are typically warm and nights are cool, so please bring layers of clothing and a warm sleeping bag. Also, please make sure that your tent has a rain fly in the chance that we are blessed by the rain Goddesses.
What is the food like at the retreat?
We delight in providing you with the highest-quality meals, sourced from local, organic, living foods, most of which are grown on the land where our retreat is held. Our meals are prepared with love and kindness by our Kitchen Magician Jackie Rose, and are primarily plant-based, whole foods, supplemented with local fresh goat cheese, smoked salmon, and fermented goods hand-crafted by our neighbors. Orcas Island is a part of San Juan County, the only county in all of North America where GMO foods have never been grown – not one seed. The soil here is pure as gold, and the food is a living prayer.
What kind of facilities and amenities will there be on the land?
Our land sanctuary is equipped with full amenities in the way of a bath and shower house, community kitchen, ceremonial yurt, sauna and swimming pond. While there is cell phone access, we encourage each Sister to unplug for the duration of our gathering, to give yourself the true gift of retreat. While here, we will share the land with our wonderful Land Stewards who offer their heart and souls to the co~creation of this beautiful sanctuary. With this, we ask all to be mindful and thankful of our neighbors as we journey together into the Heartbeat of the Mother.
Will i need to bring any money?
The full cost of the retreat is included in the retreat price, which includes all meals, workshops, and camping accommodations. This year, there will be two sisters offering massage for those who would like to receive some hands-on healing work while at the retreat. This is optional and will be by donation, with a suggested donation of $50-150 depending on the type and length of the session. Additionally, for those sisters who plan to explore Orcas Island before or after the retreat, you may wish to bring some extra spending money for accommodations, shopping, etc.
I have never camped or done anything like this before. Is that okay?
Yes, absolutely! We are here to guide your journey each step of the way, and to create a welcoming, safe environment for you to dive into this retreat. We honor your time with us, and are committed to ensuring that you feel supported and provided for.
CLICK HERE to register for our 2016 retreat, or to contact us with any additional questions.