At the Fall or Autumnal Equinox on Friday, September 22nd, the sun will cross 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."
We'll begin our retreat on Friday evening by coming together to celebrate the Fall Equinox through writing and ritual and by sharing a delicious, organic meal prepared by Ruthanne. The remainder of the retreat honors the need every woman has to periodically step away from her day to day life in order to return to the larger Self that dwells within.
At times of great collective and personal change, each of us desperately needs contemplative, supportive space to connect more deeply with our wisdom, our truth, our passions, our dreams and our purpose.
Writing in community can help connect you with these vital qualities and 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.
What is waiting to be born within you?
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.All registration, including choice of sleeping space, can be made through Dawn.
Retreat Cost & Logistics:
All participants are asked to pay 50% of the retreat fee at the time of sign up. The remaining 50% of the fee is due by August 15th. Cancellations after August 15th will incur a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations less than 2 weeks prior will incur a 50% fee.
Shared Space (Glamping Dorm Room - a large, comfortable space that sleeps 5 women. For this retreat we are limiting this shared space to 3 women to provide a luxurious amount of personal room. We ask this be a quiet space.): $390.00
From Dawn's 2016 Fall Retreat at the 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!"
- Lisa Kagan
"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."
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