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2019 Retreats

The retreats listed on this page are open to the public but do not represent the full calendar of events at Aldermarsh. For availability and reservation inquiries, please contact us via email at

With Mentors Laurie Wagner & Sonya Lea - Four days among the owls and the alders with a dozen writers and no technology. Together we will explore the liminal, witness each other’s stories, and live in community. We will write honestly and directly in a safe setting oriented to your emergence. We will work in whatever form you’re working—fiction or nonfiction—and we’ll focus on a variety of forms and point of view through a series of exercises. We welcome writers at all stages. Some writers come with manuscripts well underway. Others may have a notion of a piece. This retreat is intimate, and our focus is entirely on your work. There will be times for silence, movement and play.

Laurie Wagner is the creator of 27 Powers & Wild Writing. Laurie is also a writing teacher and coach, author of 7 books, a mixed-media artist, fervent collage-maker, mother of two, and one-time amateur racquetball champion. She teaches online and in-person classes from her home in Alameda, California. Her books include Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love and Expectations: Women Talk about Becoming a Mother, as well as Holding the Dream – The Art of Marlene Louchheim. She's taught writing for over fifteen years, to over a thousand students.

Sonya Lea writes on memory and identity. Her memoir, Wondering Who You Are, about what happened after her husband lost the memory of their life, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Wondering has won awards and garnered praise in a number of publications including Oprah Magazine, People, and the BBC, who named it a “top ten book.” Lea creates retreats and teaches writing in the USA and Canada, including in Banff, Canada's first national park.

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GAIAN SOUL RETREAT: HERB CRAFTER’S TAROT SEPTEMBER 11 - 15 For more information: Contact: Open to Gaian Soul Retreat alumni only. 

WOMEN’S YOGA RETREAT WITH COSETTA ROMANI SEPTEMBER 20 - 22 A Retreat for Women lead by Cosetta Romani. Wherever you are in the spiral of your life, if you still find ways to judge it as “less than perfect”, you are denying yourself permission to be exactly who you are as you are. The enemy of the ego is unconditional acceptance, a state of no judgement, of unconditional love for all that is and all that is not. In this ceremonial retreat we will use ancient practices such as movement, stillness, sweat lodges, breath work, storytelling, silence, oracle journeys, and art. Together, in oneness, we will spiral from one moment to the next and create a crucible for embodied intention, healing and transformation. Retreat includes: 2 nights, 6 vegetarian gourmet meals - teaching, healing and rituals Retreat cost: $630 with $196 deposit required Contact:

RETREAT WITH LISA IVERSON SEPTEMBER 27 - 29 For more information:

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT RETREAT WITH LEE AND LYNN FULLER OCTOBER 4 - 6 For more information: For registration contact: Lynn or Lee Fuller 206.842.0169

YOGA, MEDITATION AND AYURVEDA RETREAT WITH SHANNON MCCALL OCTOBER 10 - 13 Transition into fall with a long weekend reset. The land at Aldermarsh has been stewarded with deep love and respect for years, and we are grateful to be able to return this year. Fall is the season of the first harvest, then of letting go as we prepare for winter. This retreat will serve as a support for you to shore up your practices, and go deeper into your daily routine to support your health as you move towards wintertime. We will practice morning meditation to set a template of calm presence for the day. Slow strengthening asana will awaken and mobilize your body during the late morning. Afternoon Yin and restorative asana will calm and harmonize you on all levels. Long shavasanas post practice and yoga nidra in the evening will restore and replenish your deepest reserves (ojas) connected to strong immunity and vitality as we move towards winter, as well as supporting restful sleep. Breathwork, guided self-inquiry, period of noble silence and ayurvedic teachings (including a guided self-oil massage followed by a wood-fired sauna) will support you in getting more grounded in your present-moment experience, calming your nervous system and allowing a space for personal insight to arise. Shannon will offer sunrise and sunset ceremonial fires (agni hotra) to further support our group’s attunement to natural rhythms. Afternoons will be open for rest, reflection, walks, soaks, massage, or a good nap. CEU’s available for yoga teachers. At the end of our time together, you can expect to return to your life at home more in touch with yourself, more present and resourced, more available to connection with the natural world and other humans and happier than you were when you arrived. Arrival on Thursday between 3 and 5pm and departure on Sunday after 1pm lunch. Tuition + Room and Board is $750 and includes three nights’ shared accommodations, organic meals, use of the sweat lodge, and Japanese soaking tub and all classes. To register: $108 non-refundable deposit to Shannon McCall; P.O. Box 15967; Seattle, WA; 98115.

SELF AS THE SOURCE OF THE STORY: 2019 SESSIONS NOVEMBER 13 - 19 A writer’s nook is waiting for you at The Aldermarsh on Whidbey Island. This is a deep dive into the story you’ve always wanted to tell- memoir, autobiography, self-sourced fiction….Doesn’t have to be a huge project, just a passion you are ready to step into, already in, wanting to finish. For more complete information about Christina and her 25+ years of teaching this seminar go to: For more information or registration:

THE CIRCLE WAY ADVANCED PRACTICUM WITH AMANDA FENTON & TENNESON WOOLF DECEMBER 5 - 9 (limited to 14 participants) The Circle Way Advanced Practicum is a residential retreat that expands on the teachings and practices found in the book The Circle Way: A Leader In Every Chair (Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea), and explores further the nuances of circle as a way of being and as a discipline of engagement. The Advanced Practicum is designed to apply to all layers of system — self, team, organization, and community. For more information or registration: