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Autumn Rewilding Retreat | Reclaim the Skin You are Meant to Be In: How Stories of the Selke Guide Our Becoming

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Photo by April Huizenga

Photo by April Huizenga

"Myth insists that in each of us a great kingdom presides: filled with forests, remote castles, giants, witches, lovers, the dreams of the earth itself. To hear a story well told was to bear witness to the wily tale of your own life meeting the bigger epic that those before you had walked. Such speech was a way you tasted your ancestors. We don’t have such stories: such stories have us.” ~Martin Shaw

Join writer, eco-theologian, and wild soul guide Mary DeJong for a weekend retreat that will hold sacred space, spiritual practice, and soulful stories to reclaim and restore our sense of wholeness and interconnection with the sacred, wild world. You will be welcomed with a spacious and inspirational beach-front home on the Saratoga Shores of Camano Island, a large island situated west across the Camano Gateway Bridge in the Salish Sea. 

With high vaulted ceilings and circular seating around its prominent wood-burning fireplace, this Pacific Northwest architecture home is located on welcoming and wild shores, and faces west, overlooking large expanses of the Saratoga Passage. Beach front property allows for easy and welcoming access to the shore, where sea treasures await! Seals, sea lions, and whales are often seen from this beach; and eagles and hawks roost in the surrounding evergreen tree canopy. 

This immersive Rewilding Retreat will go deep into the mythopoetic realm of the Westward Autumn Quadrant of the Rewilding Wheel circuit. This powerful women’s-only weekend retreat will create the context wherein we will learn together from the archetypes within the Celtic Selkie much and its potential form and meaning for the woman’s journey towards authentic be-ing and belonging. 

NOTE: This retreat is for female identifying individuals only

Price (with lodging) includes:

  • Hearty and thoughtfully prepared organic vegetarian snacks and meals (Friday evening heavy hors devours; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast)

  • Coffee/Tea throughout the day; wine/beer in the evening

  • Lodge-like Dorm, shared room, twin bed, shared bath (SOLD OUT—linens and towels provided ($425)

  • Lodge-Single Monk, private room, full size bed, shared bath (SOLD OUT)—linens and towels provided ($500)

  • Commuter Option, (SOLD OUT) lodge off-site and enjoy all the programming and meals at the cabin throughout the weekend retreat ($225)

  • Expert teaching of the Rewilding Wheel and seasonal centering

  • Soulful group facilitation 

  • Invitation and support to engage with meaningful rituals and nature-based spiritual practices

  • Supported personal sacred space to rest, remember and rewild

  • Art and Rewild-Crafting supplies

  • Deep engagement with the Celtic Selkie myth through various mediums

  • Rewilding Wheel Workbook

  • Access to woodland trails within Cama Beach State Park

  • Guided beachfront labyrinth walk 

Price does NOT include:

  • Ground travel and transportation

  • Programming at Cama Beach State Park

  • Lodging if you are registered as a commuter participant 

Sample Schedule*

Friday, October 11

  • 7:00-8:00pm—arrival, check-in, settle in

  • 8:00pm—Sacred Rewilding Circle

  • 10:00pm—Great Silence (participants lodging off-site return to their accommodations)


Saturday, October 12

  • 8:00am—Beachfront Matins and Morning Liturgy

  • 9:00am—Breakfast

  • 10:00am—Sacred Rewilding Circle

  • 12:00am—Lunch

  • Afternoon Sacred Space

  • 5:00pm—Dinner

  • 6:30pm—Sunset Labyrinth Walk

  • 7:30pm—Sacred Rewilding Circle 

  • 9:00pm—Selkie Movie (optional)

  • 11:00pm—Sacred Silence

Sunday, October 13

  • 8:00am—Beachfront Matins and Morning Liturgy

  • 9:00am—Breakfast

  • 10:00am—Sacred Rewilding Circle and Closing Ceremony

  • 11:30am—Pack up (for on-site lodgers) and depart

*schedule is subject to change and final schedule will be provided to retreat registrants in September 2019.