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Coming Back to Ourselves: A Contemplative Practice Retreat

With Sarah Manchester

December 6 - 8, 2019
Update: This event has been cancelled due to a family illness. We apologize for the inconvenience! Please consider one of Sarah Manchester's one-day mindfulness retreats, offered on February 29, April 18, and May 9.   During these dark short days before the winter solstice and when our culture is in the middle of the busy holiday season, it is the perfect time to retreat and "come back to ourselves." Through the contemplative practices of meditation, listening, movement, discussion, eating, journaling and art making (optional and no artistic experience needed), we will slow down and tune in and nourish the deeper part…

Alleluia! Alleluia! 2019 Holiday Concert

December 15, 2019
Thomas Berry Hall
Join the Open Circle Singers, poet Judith Adams and singers Greg Garbarino, Steven Merritt, Barbara Dunn, Karen Calhoun, plus island friends in Thomas Berry Hall for a musical celebration of the winter holdays and the return of the light. Plan to stay after the music for coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation. IMPORTANT NOTES: Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. Additional seats will be released on Tuesday, December 3. Get on our waiting list now to be notified when more tickets are released. Parking is limited, and carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Choir members do not need to RSVP. If you are…

The Paradox of Belonging: Womxn Writing Our Way Home

With Anne Liu Kellor

January 3 - 5, 2020
1.3.20 - 1.5.20, a weekend retreat for womxn Where, with whom, or in what ways do you feel most at home in your body? How do you move between solitude and community, or between silence and speech? How can you lean into areas of discomfort, while offering yourself self-compassion and care? What do you need to write about and embrace?  In this retreat, we will gather to write, listen, and share from our unique voices. Each day we will: write from prompts and poems; discuss short readings by writers such as Rebecca Solnit, Natalie Goldberg, and Audre Lorde; and be…

Aligned Yoga

With Jenny Rhodes

January 3 - 5, 2020
Join Jenny Rhodes & fellow yogis for this special weekend away at the enchanted lands of the Whidbey Institute. Retreat invites us to slow down, breathe, feel & bathe in a stillness that re-connects us to ourselves in a deep and meaningful way. Enjoy delicious, healthy meals prepared just for you, practice yoga in the awe-inspiring Sanctuary made of reclaimed trees from the property, cozy up in your cabin alone or shared with one person, relax in the gardens, walking meditation through the Labyrinth, or a wander through the wooded paths throughout the lands. Cost includes: 2 nights accommodation in clean,…

Powers of Leadership (2 of 4)

January 9 - 11, 2020
Whidbey Institute
The Powers of Leadership retreat series convenes a diverse cohort of people across strategic fields to gain perspective on the currents of change moving in these times.

Bet Alef Meditative Retreat

With Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

January 31 - February 2, 2020
The Chasidic masters of 18th century Eastern Europe called the practice of contemplative meditation Hitbonenut. Following in their steps, each participant in the Bet Alef Shabbaton Meditation Retreat will be given tools to discern for him/herself what is, at present, most calling for attention in their lives; and set for themselves a Kavanah, an Intention/Focus, for the retreat and beyond. They will then choose a sacred word or phrase commensurate to their Kavanah to use through this weekend of Hitbonenut, contemplative meditation practice. As an inclusive and open congregation, Bet Alef engages people from many spiritual and faith traditions. “The messages and teachings which the Bet Alef…

Powers of Leadership (3 of 4)

April 2 - 4, 2020
Whidbey Institute
The Powers of Leadership retreat series convenes a diverse cohort of people across strategic fields to gain perspective on the currents of change moving in these times.

Kindling Words West

With Karen Boss

April 5 - 12, 2020
Kindling Words is a retreat for published authors, illustrators and editors of children's books. For more information, go to

Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat

April 20 - 24, 2020
Erica Rayner-Horn will lead Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat. We warmly invite anyone ever diagnosed with cancer to our annual 5 day rejuvenating, healing retreat. Join us for this unique opportunity and leave refreshed, inspired and renewed.  Imagine practicing the healing arts of mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion and Qigong, that help you calm fear and anxiety, boost immunity, build resilience and cope better with stress. Imagine the gift of spending five days in a warm and nurturing community of kindred spirits also impacted by cancer, sharing stories and insights in a safe, supportive circle.  With time for self-reflection, journaling and…

Powers of Leadership (4 of 4)

June 11 - 13, 2020
Whidbey Institute
The Powers of Leadership retreat series convenes a diverse cohort of people across strategic fields to gain perspective on the currents of change moving in these times.

Realization Process Retreat

With Judith Blackstone

June 17 - 21, 2020
Judith will teach all aspects of the Realization Process: nondual meditation, embodiment, relational attunement and the release of trauma-based constrictions from the body.  This is a chance to do deep, intensive practice of the Realization Process in this beautiful natural setting. The Realization Process is a direct path to embodied nondual awakening. It is a series of powerful but gentle, precise attunement practices for realizing your own nature as fundamental consciousness– an undivided expanse of luminous transparency, pervading your body and environment as a unity. Pervading your body, fundamental consciousness is the basis of your sense of existing as an…