Theme of Retreat: Emotional Intelligence
Please note that this is an alcohol free event.
Welcome to our third retreat at Aldermarsh, on Whidbey Island, a beautiful, quiet, wooded, sacred site close to Seattle and Everett, but feels remote amidst splendid nature setting. It has everything we look for in a retreat center: 1) outstanding, sacred yoga space, 2) beautiful land and grounds, 3) lots of room options, 4) awesome Japanese soaking tub and great sauna, 5) wonderful hosts to welcome us, 6) nice kitchen to prepare you great meals, 7) nice hiking trails within walking distance, and even singing frogs and owls!
Aldermarsh is both a beautiful wetlands and a human-created space where community, collaboration and sustainability thrive. Aldermarsh is dedicated to educate and inspire spirit and soul-based stewards of the Earth. We host programs and retreats for individuals, groups, and organizations who share our commitment to deeply listen to and steward Earth and human communities in sustainable ways. All who come to Aldermarsh become part of the expression and co-evolution of this environment and contribute to an energy that nourishes this community for future generations.
The theme of this retreat: The theme will be “Emotional Intelligence”. We will utilize the healing energy of the Aldermarsh environment to learn to pay attention to our feelings, intuition, and learn to accept, welcome, learn from and integrate the shadow aspects of ourselves that we often bury, suppress, hide from or project. We will create a safe environment to explore what is within us awaiting our discovery and acceptance so we can be whole, compassionate and loving of ourselves and others.
Schedule: Please plan on arriving any time after 2pm on Friday. We will have a gentle, meditative yoga class at 5:30 for those who can make it by then. If not, try to arrive for the dinner at 7pm, followed by meditation, intros, and sacred circle. We finish around 1pm on Sunday.
What else will we do: Besides twice-daily yoga, we will do some hiking in beautiful, bug-free forests. We will do some breath and meditation playshops, as well as kirtan (call and response chant-song) to help us connect on all levels. Aldermarsh is managed by a volunteer-led nonprofit organization. Our inspiration and guidance comes from the spirits of the land, our hearts, and our community. Community support is essential for the long-term sustainability of Aldermarsh.
Accommodations: Aldermarsh on Whidbey Island is a beautiful accommodation with good energy and various room situations, from individual small cabins, to rooms with up to 4 or even 5 people.
Who attends: You! We usually have about 15 people, a chance to make new friends and connect, but also quiet time to read, relax, and rejuvenate. You are invited to do as many or as little as the classes and activities as fits you and your needs.