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  • Cabin - Shared – $1,575.00
  • Cabin - Single – $1,885.00
  • Cabin - Shared w/ Queen Bed – $1,425.00
  • Farmhouse Shared – $1,480.00
  • Farmhouse Single – $1,805.00
  • Prices include $490.00 for meals and registration fee.

Date & Time Details: This retreat runs 7/22 through 7/28, 2024. Check-in is 3:00 - 5:30 on July 22; the retreat orientation is at 5:45pm that evening. The retreat concludes at 1pm Sunday, 7/28, just after lunch.

Location: Whidbey Institute

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

Contact: [email protected]

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The Act of Being – A Summer Retreat

With Caverly Morgan and Zakiya Rhodes

July 22 - 28, 2024

Our liberation is the act of being.

Our liberation is Love itself.


This retreat is about the act of being (a phrase that has been used to encompass many knowings and philosophies, from the Catholic philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas to Mullā Ṣadrā, an Islamic mystic, philosopher, and theologian). It’s about knowing a happiness you can’t explain because you have no reason to point to. The joy of pure being. Of knowing who you are, resting in presence, and acting in the world on behalf of this deep knowing. 

On this retreat we will explore the act of being in many ways. Honoring the various pathways that support us in remembering our true nature. Freed from the conditioned loop of seeking and resisting, we remember and move from our direct experience of awareness itself.

This summer, we invite you to remember the truth of who we are with us. We invite you to reconnect as we gather for our cherished tradition of retreat, to heal. To be nourished. To clearly see what tends to get in the way when something does. To let it go and return to presence. 

Our time together will be held in the container of the Whidbey Institute. Nestled amongst a 106-acre conservation forest campus on South Whidbey Island, WA, the Whidbey Institute is dedicated to nurturing the conditions for transformational learning and growth.

Our home for the week will be a community of farm houses and cabins dotting the meadow and forest, with delicious organic meals prepared especially for our group by the Institute’s chef. Our daily rhythm will include meditation, community discussion, and individual sessions with Caverly. This retreat experience will be deeply enhanced by the embodied movement practices offered by the gifted Zakiya Rhodes. 

There will be plenty of free time to explore the trail system, wander the gardens, as well as rest. Deeply rest. Rest the mind. Rest the body. Rest into the heart of awareness itself. 

The retreat will have extended periods of silence as well as time for connecting in other ways. It is a hybrid retreat, both relational and silent. Connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, all while connecting deeply with ourselves. Resting in true nature, together. Acting on behalf of the heart of who we are. Acting from being. 

Recommended, but not required, reading for this retreat: The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together

We hope you will join us, friends!


We are offering three types of limited scholarship: for people who identify as BIPOC and/or part of a marginalized community; for those experiencing financial hardship; and for Whidbey Island residents. You can learn more and apply HERE.

Interested in contributing to the scholarship fund? Thank you! You can do so HERE.

Registration Details

Lodging Packages

Packages include 6 nights accommodations, access to the Whidbey Institute campus, meals (dinner, July 22 through lunch, July 28), coffee and tea service, as well as registration and supply fees. 

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 package, AND a tuition option.


Caverly Morgan
Caverly Morgan is a spiritual teacher, non-profit founder, speaker and writer who blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern non-dual approach. She is the author of The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together as well as A Kids Book About Mindfulness. Caverly is the founder of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops and online classes internationally. Learn more at
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Zakiya Rhodes
Zakiya is a life-long lover of movement – from playing organized sports in high school and college, to teaching in-studio and online barre classes for a boutique fitness company. Movement has always been a constant in Zakiya’s life, and a way to cultivate mind-body connection. For most of her life though, mind-body connection wasn’t something that she was conscious of— her awareness of this connection became apparent once she found mindfulness. It was then that Zakiya understood the importance of moving her body with intention. When leading movement, Zakiya strives to create a judgment-free, supportive space in order to promote…
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