In golden September we will listen to the land, exploring the mysteries of Cedar and Rose in myth, magic, & herbcraft.
We will gather with like-minded women to replenish and refresh ourselves, drinking deeply from the sacred well of Nature, Spirit, Creativity & Community.
When: September 13-17, 2017
Where: Aldermarsh Retreat Center, Whidbey Island, Washington
Led by: Joanna Powell Colbert, creatrix of the Gaian Tarot
and Latisha Guthrie, folk herbalist & creator of HerbCamp.
Dear Beautiful Ones,
I hope you’ll join me and a circle of lovely women in September, as we return to our beloved home of Aldermarsh Retreat Center. We’ll replenish and refresh ourselves with creativity, contemplation and community. We’ll connect with Mama Gaia as she dresses up in her Summer-Turning-to-Fall glory. We’ll walk the shores of Mama Ocean, and contemplate the coming descent into the dark time of the year.
I’m happy to announce that Latisha Guthrie will be our guest teacher in September. She will guide us in learning to listen deeply to the land, particularly Cedar, Fir, and Rose. Using all of our senses, we will spend time with the spirits of Aldermarsh and invite the Devas to share their story with us. We will carry home herbal crafts that will bring us back to the magic of this rich and beautiful land.
Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island is a magical place, where the nature spirits are quite alive and present. September is one of the most beautiful months of the year in the Pacific Northwest, with mild weather and little-to-no rainfall. And Whidbey Island is a jewel, with luscious beaches, woods and meadows for you to explore, and small towns full of art galleries and cafes when you’re ready to shop.
“Trust Joanna to hold the space, to hold the sacred, and yourself; then trust yourself to hold the possibility that you can enter the space, touch the sacred, and know yourself better than you did before.” Christina Baldwin, author of “The Circle Way,” “Storycatcher,” and “The Seven Whispers.”
“I have been to many retreats in my life, and for me the Gaian Soul retreats have been by far the best. I love that it consists of art, tarot, nature and honor to the Goddess. The land there is magic. The schedule was perfect, I never felt rushed, time even seemed to slow down. And the food! — to have our very own chef whipping up taste treat after treat was pure bliss. I feel so loved and pampered and at peace when I’m there. The camaraderie between the women is an awesome thing to behold.” Karen Karlovich, Everett, WA
“I love the authentic connections that are made possible in the safety of Aldermarsh. I love crossing the magical bridge that makes me feel I am a priestess of Avalon. I love hearing each other’s truths and stories within the comfort of the Marsh House — those walls hold many secrets. When I left, I felt energized and connected with a powerful group of women. A treasure, a filling of the well, and done so consciously, and with great love.” Michele M., Lummi Island, WA
“Delight and surprise accompanied my every moment at the retreat. In awed gratitude, I joined and participated in a powerful circle of women who listened to each other and their deepest intuitions while drawing on their wisdom with the intercession of Joanna’s exquisite tarot cards.” Dr. Ali Erickson, Bellingham, WA
“Coming to this retreat was embarking on a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage to commune with kindred spirits, a pilgrimage to sacred land, and a pilgrimage to rediscover lost parts of myself. I found all of that and more. There was deep exploration, and there was joyful laughter and play. We nourished our spirits, and our bodies were nourished with wonderful food. We held the land in reverence, and the land held us.” Robin W., Murfreesboro, Tennesee
At our Retreat, there will be:
- Teaching on deep nature magic — communion and divination — with Joanna.
- Herbcrafting workshops with Latisha.
- Contemplative walks through the woods, meadows, and on the seashore.
- Time alone and time together.
- Tarot play, to invite deep wisdom into our circle.
- Wisdom sharing in council circle.
- A Fall Equinox Ceremony.
- Scrumptious, locally-sourced, hand-crafted meals by Elaine Nichols of the Radical Rolling Pin.
- A massage therapist available for appointments.
- Giggles and great big belly laughs.
- Sweet dreams.
Want to hear about past retreats?
- Read about our September 2016 retreat, when we said farewell to Aldermarsh. (How the Wheel turns!)
- Read about our March 2016 retreat.
- Read about our March 2015 retreat.
- Read about our September 2014 retreat.
- Read about our March 2014 retreat.
- Read about our September 2013 retreat.
“Joanna’s ability to create and hold sacred space at retreat provides a respite for my weary spirit. I come to retreat with doubts about sparing the time from my work and my family, fears about being the odd woman out, and anxiety about quieting my very loud mind. As soon as I cross the threshold at Aldermarsh and am enveloped by Joanna’s warm hug and the smell of Elaine’s divine cooking, I am transported. Away from all the mundane cares that plague me in the “real world” to a place of serenity, calm and peace.
The kindness, warmth and inspiration of the women at retreat is a salve for all the wounds that the world inflicts on my heart and the laughter, joy and creativity is fuel for my soul’s journey upon the end of retreat. It is a place where you will find exactly what you are looking for, even if you have no idea what that actually is until you hear it spoken, see it reflected in another woman’s eyes, or feel it through the art you craft. It is truly magical.” Lisa Blinn, Houston, Texas
“Joanna has a special gift. She is able to cultivate a space that allows full expression of shadow and light. She holds a circle that encourages woman to show up just as she is wherever she is. But her true gift is in illumination. She has a way of gently fanning the flame of your soul fire so your cauldron bubbles with the spiral smoke that holds the stories of your soul. The kind of illumination that gives you permission to carry on, to rewrite and restore the legacy of your grandmothers grandmothers. Retreat with her leaves you walking in celebration of the witches and goddesses that have long lived within your soul.” Latisha Guthrie, Bellingham, WA
“What I loved about the retreat was the emotional support I received. I didn’t expect to be held in such a loving and caring space. The biggest benefit to me was the healing that took place as I opened up to the restorative powers of circling and the ocean. The retreat was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a very long time! It was truly a dream come true.” Loran Hills, Sheridan, Wyoming
What will we be doing?
One of the days may look something like this:
- A yummy breakfast.
- Morning circle.
- Herbcraft workshop with Latisha, or nature magic workshop with Joanna.
- A scrumptious, nourishing lunch.
- A contemplative walk on the beach.
- Maybe a massage!
- A delectable dinner. With dessert!
- Dance of Life or story circle or a surprise!
- Sauna, hot tub, time together, or time alone.
Of course, we can’t plan the magic — all the synchronistic things that happen, the moments of insight and healing, and the bonds that form as the days and nights unfold.
I can promise you that I know how to hold the container for the retreat in sacred space, in such a way that encourages these magical things to happen!
I invite you to connect with your inner guidance, and see if coming to this retreat for replenishment and connection, is right for you.
P.S. The Retreat will begin with dinner on Wednesday and end after closing circle on Sunday morning.
About Joanna . . .
Joanna Powell Colbert is an artist, author, retreat host, and creatrix of the Gaian Tarot. Amber Lotus Publishing Co. calls her one of “the most accomplished and well-loved artists in the Goddess-spirit community.” She was named by SageWoman magazine as one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality movement.
Joanna teaches e-courses and workshops on earth-centered spirituality, seasonal contemplative practices, creativity as a devotional path, the Divine Feminine, and using tarot as a tool for inner guidance and self-exploration. She leads Gaian Soul Retreats for women several times a year. She lives on a small, magical island in the Salish Sea near Bellingham, Washington.
About Latisha . . .
Latisha Guthrie is a folk herbalist and nature writer. The creator of HerbCamp, an herbal based rewilding nature camp for adults, she has taught folk herbalism for ten years.
Currently she is building an enchanted food forest and herb’n learning sanctuary with her husband and homeschooled daughters in the Pacific Northwest.
She shares plant inspired stories and rituals in the art of noticing at her website herbmother.com.
People are talking about the Gaian Soul Retreats:
“I don’t think I had to put voice to a single one of my “first timer” questions. What I loved about this part of the retreat was that I didn’t have to guess at what expectations there were around logistical details, and that set the tone for the entire weekend. What I loved was the acceptance by each person for each person. I never felt I was alone, all were welcome and all could join in the myriad conversations, coming and going at will.” Karen B., Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
“What makes these retreats so special is that they are open enough that each one of the participants will discover exactly what it is they need to discover at this point in their lives. This has been true for me all three times I’ve been on retreat with Joanna. And — Elaine honored us, with her nourishing food and nurturing presence. Thank you. . . . “ Mary M., Oregon coast
“The best part was meeting so many wonderful women, the camaraderie and genuine warmth. I would tell anyone that is questioning whether or not to come, to listen to their heart. If they truly are seeking a time of rest and rejuvenation, of quietness of spirit and an alignment with their souls’ inner voice, come. Give yourself the gift of this time.” CrowsFoxes, Pennsylvania
“Come to this retreat to make time for your soul-me. Make time for you. Understand that no one has an agenda for what you should come with or what you should leave with. This is a time to do some wildcrafting within your own beautiful self. Make time for it.” Arwen Lynch, Austin, Texas
“Your ~Heart~ was very evident in all your soul-satisfying culinary creations, Elaine. We were all so thankful to have you with us!” Theresa E., North Carolina
“Joanna said the food would be good, but I wasn’t expecting … inspiring!” Katherine S., New York City
“This was my second time attending the Gaian Soul Retreat. It felt like coming home. It had been 18 months since I’d last been there and Aldermarsh welcomed me with open arms. Sometimes I ask myself, what have I done to deserve being part of this wonderful community that comes together at this retreat? Surely someone will see the “real me” and ask me to leave. Then I realize this is the “real me” — the person I become when I am surrounded by wonderful supportive people, where I can let my defenses down and open to what is.
For a few days I am true to myself and I vow to bring that true self out into the world. Why should I waste my time being less than I am? And this is the gift of the container Joanna creates at the Gaian Soul Retreat. She creates community, she facilitates love and caring. Her compassionate creative heart permeates the space and our hearts grow in response. Unexpected healings can and do occur. It’s magic. I will return again and again and again.
Come. You will find yourself held in the loving arms of the land and community; accepted as you are, loved as you are, nourished body and soul.” Karen B., Seattle
We’d love to have you join us for 4+ days
of inspiration, renewal, and connection!
September 13-17, 2017
Private room, $1385, Early Bird Price $1310. Already sold out!
Private tiny cabin, no bathroom: $1385, Early Bird Price $1310. Already sold out!
Shared room, $1295, Early Bird Price $1220. Already sold out!
This retreat is sold out. If you would like to be on the waiting list in case of cancellations, please email me at Joanna AT gaiansoul DOT com.
All registration fees are per person.
Early Bird Price is good through April 30th, 2017.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and Paypal.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel your spot before June 1st, 2017, we will refund all but $150 of your tuition. After June 1st, we won’t be able to issue any refunds because of agreements with our providers.