The Yoga Church Retreat
The Yoga Church Retreat is a place where we can gather in person with the intention of building community, deepening our practice, and cultivating a sense of the sacred in our lives. It’s a place where we can explore spirituality as the embodied human beings that we are. We’ll move, breathe, and chant together. Rest in silence together. Connect with Divine Mystery and build our capacity to love.
July 7-11, 2019
On Bainbridge Island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest
We’ll arrive on Sunday evening. We’ll eat and take some time to settle in. We’ll stretch our bodies after travel. We’ll formally begin with an opening circle designed to help us come together as a community and to ground our spirits in the space.
We’ll spend three full days in practice, reflection, nature wandering, ritual, and rest.
- We’ll explore creation stories—from wisdom traditions and from our life.
- We’ll reconnect with the 5 elements that make up our world and our bodies.
- We’ll explore concepts like roots, ground, home, spirit, being.
- We’ll experiment with symbols of meaning and work to craft authentic symbol systems to support our ongoing spiritual practice and life.
On Thursday morning we’ll have a closing circle to anchor our time together more deeply within us as we prepare to transition back to normal life. We’ll share a final meal and head back across the water.
I’ve been to several retreats in my life and I know how much the details matter.
- How hard is it to get there?
- What’s the location like?
- Where do I sleep?
- How’s the food?
- What kind of space do we meet in?
Lodging, food, space, surroundings… These details can support or hinder our ability to retreat—to withdraw from daily life—and experience rest, learning, and community. With this reality in mind, I chose our retreat location carefully. We’ll be gathering together at the beautiful 250-acre Islandwood on Bainbridge Island.
Transportation: You’ll fly or drive into Seattle and then take the ferry across the Puget Sound as you transition from daily life into retreat (a boat ride!). If you’re not in a car, I can help you get from the ferry to the retreat center. Sessions will start at 4pm on Sunday evening.
Lodging: You’ll have your own room with a private bath.
Meals: We’ll have our own private dining room, where we’ll share 12 meals together (Sunday dinner through Thursday lunch) with menus designed by a chef featuring local, organic, and sustainably-sourced ingredients.
We have a wonderful shared gathering space in which to learn and practice. One evening we’ll gather at the great outdoor fire pit and some of us might find our way to the art studio at some point. And, of course, you’ll want to walk the trails and enjoy the lush, green, Pacific Northwest.
I’ll let this video show you…
We can retreat in this beautiful location while our learning and efforts are supported by the hospitality of Islandwood’s wonderful staff. (Seriously, one of my favorite things about being on retreat is knowing that I don’t have to think about grocery shopping, cooking, or dishes!) Plus, our dollars will support the mission of Islandwood—a non-profit environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for the region’s children. It’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to be there with you in July.
4 Nights of Lodging (private room & bathroom) and 12 Meals
If a payment plan would be useful to you, I’m happy to arrange one. Please contact me.