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  • Cabin - Shared – $745.00
  • Cabin - Single – $925.00
  • Cabin - Shared w/ Queen Bed – $725.00
  • Cabin - Single Occupancy ADA Accessible – $925.00
  • Lodging prices include $325.00 for meals and registration fee.

Date & Time Details:

First Day - August 8. Participant Check-in between 2pm-4pm, Dinner at 6:00pm and First Session Starts at 7:00pm and ends at 8:30pm.

Last Day - August 12. Check-out time for accommodations is at 10:00am. The final session is 10:00am to 12:00pm with lunch to follow at 12:30pm.

Address: 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

Contact: Registrar
[email protected]

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Rest and Refuge: Restore Your Spirit

With Michelle Cassandra Johnson and Rashid Hughes

August 8 - 12, 2024

Join Michelle and Rashid for a Restorative Summer Retreat at the Whidbey Institute

Many of us are being called to find places of refuge and create space for more rest in our lives. We are moving through, have weathered, and are weathering so much as we traverse tumultuous times, uncertainty, and grief, face heartbreak, and as we try to create and be beacons of hope. The Rest and Refuge Retreat is an opportunity for us to practice deep rest, restore our spirits, and remember our points and places of refuge. During this retreat, we will engage in mindfulness and yogic practices such as meditation, yoga nidra, pranayama, and self-reflection to move us into a place of peace, wakefulness, and harmony.

In this retreat, you will experience:

  • Multiple learning sessions with Rashid and Michelle
  • Yoga Asana
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Self-study and reflection
  • A fire ceremony (conditions permitting)
  • Practice with elemental energy–air, fire, water, earth, the above and below
  • Time to commune with nature and the elements
  • Guided nature walks
  • Community building and time for relational resonance and connections with other retreat participants
  • Quiet time and space for contemplation
  • And more!

Registration Details


Lodging for all four nights includes access to the Whidbey Institute campus, meals (dinner, August 8th through lunch, August 12th), as well as coffee and tea service throughout the program.


To increase accessibility for this workshop, tuition is being offered on a sliding scale. Tuition covers the cost of teachings and is listed separately on the registration page. When registering, you will be required to select a lodging option AND a tuition option.

A limited number of scholarships for BIPOC and 2SLGBTIQA+ folks are available. If they are interested in a scholarship, please can contact Michelle directly at [email protected]


Michelle Cassandra Johnson
Michelle is an author, activist, spiritual teacher and practitioner, racial equity consultant and trainer, and intuitive healer. She approaches her life and work from a place of knowing we are, can, and must heal individually and collectively. Michelle teaches workshops and immersions and leads retreats and transformative experiences nationwide. As a dismantling racism educator, she has worked with large corporations, non-profits, and community groups. Michelle was a Tedx speaker at Wake Forest University in 2019 and has been interviewed on several podcasts in which she explores the premise and foundation of Skill in Action, along with embodied approaches to racial…
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Rashid Hughes
Rashid is a meditation teacher, restorative justice facilitator, yoga instructor, and the co-founder of the Heart Refuge Mindfulness Community for BIPOC in Washington DC. He is also the creator of a rest-centered meditation practice called the Four Pillars of R.E.S.T. and sometimes referred to as R.E.S.T.-A Practice for the Tired & Weary. His work streams from his conviction that all people have the inherent capacity to love and to feel whole because love is the ground of our shared being. Through a variety of contemplative-based practices, Rashid passionately facilitates processes of rediscovering belonging and meaning in the present moment.
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