At the Fall or Autumnal Equinox on Friday, September 22nd, the sun crossed the celestial equator, making night and day approximately equal length. The Equinox is a gateway promoting balance. On the Equinox we bridge the light and the dark in the natural world as well as in our own inner landscape. This threshold is a powerful opportunity to return to the center of yourself after all that has transpired in this past year, both collectively and personally, in preparation for the quieter, more introspective season of winter.
What better place to return to your soul and to the stories that live inside your body than the quiet beauty of Heaven & Earth Retreats. Creator and owner, Ruthanne Adams, is delighted to share this gathering space she has created for healing, for quiet, for strength, for guidance. "Our goal is an experience of connecting with the inner most aspect of your true self...Heaven and Earth Retreats' inspiration is in its quiet beauty. We offer our gratitude to the healing elements so wonderfully provided in nature."
Writing in community can help orient the compass of your heart towards the life you wish for yourself and for the larger world. Our stories reunite us with the deep well of our memories, our losses, our passion, the silenced voices of our soul as well as with our visionary imagination and poetic heart.
Heaven & Earth Retreats is tucked away on 5 pristine acres in Banks, Oregon, just 30 minutes west of Portland and 50 minutes east of Cannon Beach. There are 4 shared spaces, 4 private spaces and 2 shared bathrooms available. Retreat costs include sleeping accomodation, homemade, healthy, organic meals and snacks throughout the day, as well as access to the beautiful grounds.
To visit the Heaven & Earth Retreats website, which includes photos of the rooms and grounds, click here.
Fall Equinox Retreat 2017, Heaven & Eart Retreats
"Dawn brings a graceful heart and a deep spiritual elegance to her writing groups. This retreat was a beautiful embodiment of that, nourishing on every level. Safe, expansive, gentle. We were welcome to rest, eat, write, to listen in, and to dive as deeply as we felt called. I cannot recommend her writing circles highly enough. This is not just writing. This is healing, evolution and transformation. I feel extremely blessed to know Dawn, and to hold her as a mentor and permission-giver in deepening my connection with my Self."
"The fall equinox retreat was not only a beautiful way to usher in the change of season, but also a really powerful way to honor the seasons of our lives. Dawn held space for all of us to use writing as a way to explore ourselves and our own process of transformation, honoring our own unique life moments. Dawn helped to create a sacred space to connect with the other participants, while connecting more deeply with ourselves. I came away feeling rejuvenated, and re-entered my life with a fresh perspective, renewed energy and a stronger connection to my own creative process."
"I absolutely loved the retreat. I can't think of a thing that I would have wanted to be different...You truly have a gift for setting people at ease and making self-care easy and comfortable. The prompts were varied and interesting, and allowed me to drop right in with my pen and journal every time. The ritual and activities were also perfect. The music was a fabulous addition."
Sovereign Self Retreat 2016, Historic Balch Hotel:
"My time away at the Portland Women Writers fall retreat was truly rejuvenating for mind, body, spirt and heart. The dedicated space to write in a circle of other women, was both inspiring and affirming. Dawn is a gifted facilitator, helping to draw out the power in our own voices in a reflective, supportive and sacred way. The chance to take a break from the hectic pace of normal life, provided the opportunity to slow down, allowing ourselves to be nurtured and reconnect with the wisdom of our inner muse. I came away from the retreat refreshed, more deeply committed to my own writing practice and connected with a new circle of women. I can't wait until next year!"
"I had an amazing time. I am so grateful to be able to participate in your workshops. You set such a loving,supportive and inclusive tone for these gatherings and I feel privileged to be a part of them."