What time should I arrive at Cedar Springs on the first day of retreat?
You can plan to arrive as early as 1 PM on Wednesday. It’s good to arrive no later than 4 or 4:30 PM, so you don’t have to rush to get settled before dinner. We have an orientation circle at 5:30 PM and dinner is served at 6:00 PM. We will have an opening circle afterwards. If you come early in the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the Cedar Springs acreage and chat with some of your fellow retreatants.
Many retreatants who have a long flight have discovered that they are more rested and ready for the retreat if they fly in a day early and stay at a hotel near the airport on Tuesday night or locally. (Staying at Cedar Springs Tuesday night is not an option.)
What time do we end on Sunday?
On Sunday, we have planned activities in the morning and lunch is served at noon. After that, we pack up, and we need to be gone from Cedar Springs by 3 PM. (We highly recommend that you stay for the final morning and the closing circle — very important to your retreat experience! Please try to make your travel arrangements so you can stay.)
Where do I fly into?
Most people will fly into Seatac (Seattle Tacoma International Airport), although our Canadian friends may want to fly into Vancouver International Airport.
Seatac is south of Seattle. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Seatac to Cedar Springs, depending on traffic.
How do I get from the airport to Cedar Springs?
Carpool with Other Participants:
The best way to get there is to carpool with other participants and share the cost of gas and car rental. You will be able to connect with others in the private Facebook group after you have registered, to make arrangements. If you’re not on Facebook, let me know and I will connect with you others who are driving (joanna AT gaiansoul DOT com). We will send you driving directions after you have registered for the retreat.
Take the Shuttle:
You can also take the Airporter Shuttle from Seatac to Burlington. The cost is $36.00 one-way, $68.00 round trip. The shuttle leaves Seatac about every two hours; you can find the schedule here (look for Northbound Service, leaving Seatac, arriving Burlington). You will need a reservation. It’s about a half-hour drive one way from the Burlington drop-off point to Cedar Springs. Please let us know ahead of time when you will be arriving; you may have to wait until another person arrives on a separate bus so we don’t have to make more than one trip. There is a nice waiting area with restrooms etc at the Burlington Airporter office.
Where can I stay before or after the retreat?
Most of the people who fly in stay Sunday night at a hotel near the airport and fly home Monday. You could also stay at a B&B or other lodging in the Skagit Valley. The annual Tulip Festival begins on April 1st, but you never know — the fields might be in bloom mid-March — daffodils, if not tulips! If you are looking for a sweet town with cafes, galleries, and shops, you will want to visit the waterfront village of La Conner. (Psst! One of my all-time favorite restaurants is Seeds Bistro in La Conner.) It’s about a 45 minute drive from Cedar Springs to La Conner.
What else do I need to know about staying at Cedar Springs?
When you arrive:
Please park in the areas provided. Do not park on or too close to the various roadways anywhere on the property.
Joanna or her helper will be in front of the Lodge, in the gathering room, or on the side porch. We will welcome you and show you to your room.
Community meals and shared responsibilities:
Participants are asked to share in the clean-up after each mealtime.
Self-serve breakfast may include: eggs, yogurt, granola, fruit, bread items, juice, tea and coffee, milk, butter, jam. Please bring your own dietary preferences if required.
Please keep all food solely in kitchen areas. Water may be carried everywhere in covered containers. No open beverage containers in bedrooms at anytime.
The following information is from the staff at Cedar Springs:
Cedar Springs is a working farm. Please park in the areas provided. Do not park on or too close to the various roadways anywhere on the property. Always watch for approaching farm equipment. Do not go into the barn and never enter the shop area where saws and other dangerous equipment is stored.
Do not approach or attempt to feed any of the larger wildlife (deer, elk, etc.) that may be present on the farm property. If hiking at night, be aware that that is the time when they are typically closest to the farm and likely near Day Creek.
All wire fencing surrounding pastures is typically ‘on’, meaning it will shock you if you touch it.
Do not enter pastures at any time. If you pass through a gated area where the gate is secured with chain, please make sure you re-chain the gate on the other side as you pass through it. This ensures that the horses in that area do not get out.
From April through June the water in Day Creek is swift-moving; it can rise quickly and unexpectedly. Please use extreme caution.
Cedar Springs is not responsible for injury, damage or loss to any individual and/or their property. You will be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival.
Commonly Asked Questions:
How is the cell phone and internet coverage?
You should be able to use your cell phone with no problem. There is internet access, although it is not speedy enough for streaming videos or music.
Can I bring some of my own food?
Yes. You should mark your food with your name, and keep it in the kitchen refrigerator or one of the kitchen cabinets. Cedar Springs asks us not to have food in our rooms. We won’t be providing wine or other alcoholic beverages, so if you want those, please bring them.
What to Bring:
- Tarot deck (the Gaian if you have one; if not, any tarot deck)
- Personal journal
- Slippers or heavy socks to wear indoors (no shoes allowed)
- Sturdy shoes for outside (for walking and hiking)
- Layered clothing, including lightweight rain gear.
- Water bottle and/or covered hot beverage container for time spent in our gathering space and outside.
- Hair dryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner etc.
- Any special dietary needs or supplements.
- Altar item, relatively small, that represents something you hold sacred.
- Spending money for a massage. (Cash and checks preferred.)
- Art Supplies: List to come.
What Not to Bring:
- Dogs (unless service animals).
- Perfumes or strongly scented toiletries.
- Incense, candles.
- Valuables and daily stress!
Before you leave:
Please mindfully depart by clearing your space (both physically and energetically) at closure. Please remove the sheets and pillowcases from your bed and leave them on the floor with any dirty towels and washcloths.
Heartfelt thanks from Joanna.
Blessings on your journey and may you walk in Beauty.