(Photos taken last weekend at an Earthed Gathering for Rootical Women, here on my own home island, hosted by my friends Latisha Guthrie and Marybeth Bonfiglio.)

I’ve returned home from the fifth Gaian Soul Retreat I have hosted at our beloved Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island. I love, love, love this work. This weekend I realized that creating retreat experiences is one of my three art forms, along with writing and making art. On retreat, I hold the container for women to ...Continue Reading…

I am one grateful woman, to be able to live this extraordinary life. This past weekend, I gathered women once again for a Gaian Soul Retreat at our beloved Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island. I invited them to come away and drink of the sacred well of nature, spirit, creativity, and connection. They came from ...Continue Reading…

A circle of 18 women gathered together yesterday at magical Fincayra, just south of Bellingham, for a “Magical Tarot Dreams One-Day Retreat.” We were blessed with a cold, sunny day. The beauty of the ever-changing play of light, mist, clouds, and fog on sky and water fed our spirits. The cards sparked our intuition as ...Continue Reading…

(I wrote this last Saturday morning. Craig and I went away for the weekend to a house on the water, about an hour south of Bellingham. It was part romantic getaway, part business retreat, and altogether soul-renewing.) I wake in darkness edged by a dim golden light from coals burning low in the bedroom hearth. ...Continue Reading…

Photo of Joanna by Anna Hall. At Aldermarsh, Gaian Soul Retreat, September 2013.

The third Gaian Soul Retreat has come and gone, and once again I am blessed beyond measure by this work I am called to do, and by the women who gather in circle at Aldermarsh each spring and fall. We were blessed by early morning mists rising in the meadow, and late afternoon sunshine in ...Continue Reading…

Since my first visit to Taos, Santa Fe, and Ghost Ranch in the summer of 2011, New Mexico has taken firm root in my heart. Perhaps it’s because the natural beauty there is so different from our Northwestern beauty. Perhaps it’s because the colors are rich and intense, and because the fragrance of juniper, sage, ...Continue Reading…

Last Monday, I woke up in my own bed after several days away in the fabled land of Aldermarsh, and I felt a bit lost. Where was the Northwest/Zen-style bedroom? The pure white comforter, the clean wood trim, the woven wall hangings from Thailand and New Mexico? Why was the teapot in the wrong place? ...Continue Reading…

I find myself slowing down, as I finalize preparations for my retreat at the end of the week. I think I’ve entered retreat time already. Yesterday afternoon I headed out to the island where I used to live. After crossing the water on the small ferry, I dropped Craig and his music gear off at ...Continue Reading…

I’ve just come home from an extraordinary retreat at my beloved Aldermarsh. This retreat, led by Christina Baldwin, was called “Self as Source of the Story,” based on her book Storycatcher. During the week, the Muses shook me upside down, spun me around, and put me back together again. This morning I resisted the urge to ...Continue Reading…

Day 3 of 30, #instagratitude. Once you discover the value of retreating from your everyday life on a regular basis, it’s kind of hard to stop. Later today Craig and I are headed out for a two-day creative business retreat. We’ll both be working on big-picture strategies, goals and plans for our businesses in 2013 ...Continue Reading…

I hosted my first Gaian Soul Retreat last week, and I have to say that it was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. The land, the women, the food, the sauna!, the way the Spirit Dolls came together into extraordinary works of art — everything surpassed my expectations. And my expectations were pretty ...Continue Reading…

(I took this photo one week ago, the evening before the Gaian Soul Retreat began at Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island.  Oh yes, heaven!  I’m in the process of writing a blog post about the retreat. It was extraordinary.)

Before Taos, chop wood, carry water. After Taos, chop wood, carry water. There was the land, the Place. A cerulean sky filled with billowing white clouds. The scent of sagebrush and a whiff of rain. Shades of terra cotta, burnt ochre and pale jade. Thunderclouds sculpted by unseen hands. Ever-shifting light on hills, now golden-orange, ...Continue Reading…

I’ve been on retreat for the last week in Taos, New Mexico.  Even though my body is back here in the luscious Land of Blue & Green, my heart is still on retreat in the Land of Sage & Adobe . . . re-entry is slow.  I’m being kind to myself.  Soon I’ll have stories ...Continue Reading…

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