Turtle Haven Sanctuary and Forest Hermitage

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Community and Companionship for Seekers of the Soulful in the Pacific Northwest

The Sanctuary land offers beautiful trails through the forest, and along the river, where themed shrines invite contemplation, places for making “offerings,” as well as beauty, a staple of soul nourishment. Turtle Haven Sanctuary, with its Nooksack River frontage, looks out to the Northwest face of the Twin Sisters Mountains. There is a well maintained 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth, for reflective pilgrimage, deep listening and inner guidance. The land reflects great natural beauty coupled with graceful and harmonious human companioning with nature in the form of trails, gardens, mosaic work, and the shrines along its pathways.

Individuals seeking guidance and companionship may meet with Jillian Froebe or Elizabeth Kerwin, Turtle Haven’s stewards. Elizabeth offers weekly yoga classes, and occasional retreats, while Jillian holds space for ongoing circles practicing the Discipline of Authentic Movement and Dream Exploration through expressive arts modalities. Lantern Bearers, a group of interspiritual seekers, meets monthly on the land, and holds Solstice celebrations for the larger community in June and December.

The Turtle Haven Sanctuary buildings include Jillian and Elizabeth’s home, in addition to Chiron House, a smaller guest house, and a large, spacious well lit round studio that is the sanctuary space where individual and group work, as well as classes and community circles gather. This building with radiant heat floors, and its many windows and domed skylight, offers comfort and shelter for deep work, while also affording visual communion with the natural world from an indoor protected space.

Rather than a spartan abode, we offer the Forest Hermitage as a place where spiritual sustenance comes in the form of art, beauty, stillness and immersion in nature. We value the sensory and envision the hermit as one focused within, removing distraction in order to deepen into Self. Each well-balanced person has inner resources that often remain untapped. Holding sacred space through stillness, either in solitude or in companionship, is never for ourselves alone, as it ripples out towards planetary healing, liberation and transformation of our global family.

The Spirit Within may emerge as your sole guide while at the Hermitage, or a companion and guide from Turtle Haven Sanctuary is also available to help you initiate and clarify your Inner Tasks, and to offer support during the course of your retreat as you form and track intentions. A retreat may help you formulate significant questions while leading to graced signposts along a path of inquiry. Perhaps you are initiating a creative project, reconnecting with a significant other, retreating for emotional or spiritual healing or simply needing a peaceful getaway from your daily routines. Revitalized, you may discover deeper wells of joy, strength and peace as you engage again in your everyday life.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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