We have designed the Sacred Return workshop retreats to be affordable, all inclusive once you enter the workshop space, comfortable, exciting and intimate. We have tried to think of the questions that might come up. If you have one, see if we’ve answered it here. If not, feel free to contact us directly and we’ll find an answer for you!
Q: Do I have to be part of any particular religion or belief system to participate in Sacred Return?
Absolutely not. Sacred Return does not advocate for joining or leaving, accepting or rejecting any belief system or religious affiliation. Sacred Return is about things that we have in common, no matter our backgrounds or beliefs—actually that’s kind of the point.
Q: How is Sacred Return different from other seasonal workshops and spiritual retreats?
Sacred Return is based in today’s world, in the things we see around us every day. We tie our daily experience to traditions and observances across cultures, passed down through time, and present in the here and now. The symbols may vary but the message is the same—we are happier when we participate in turning the wheel of the year rather than just riding it. We seek to fill an empty place in our spirits with inspiration that allows for eclectic choices of the symbols that make us feel connected, wherever we find them.
Q: Are Sacred Return workshops always in Washington State?
We schedule workshop retreats in or near Bellingham, WA for each of the eight seasonal tides of the year and invite our guests to come here. Our events are intimate and (in terms of size) exclusive. We are open to bringing additional workshops to groups in other locations if you bring your group together and reserve a location or want to host them in your home. Several groups of friends have already expressed interest in hosting Sacred Return in other parts of Washington and in 6 additional states. We’re excited about that! We’re in the process of creating a Sacred Return hosting kit so you have everything you need to invite your friends and prepare for a workshop where we come to you!
Q: What can I expect when I come to a Sacred Return workshop?
You can expect a group of 6 to 10 eternally curious people, usually women (we’ll let you know if it’s likely to be a co-ed workshop) who are interested in exploring ways to connect the past and the present in honoring the seasons of the year. You can expect to share experiences and laughter with an appreciative audience, to be indoors and outdoors in comfortable and often beautiful surroundings, to participate where you want to and watch when you don’t. No two workshops will be identical and although we will begin and end on time and cover the agenda you receive beforehand, there will be room for improvisation as our conversations moves us forward. You can expect to come away excited, filled up with ideas about how you want to create ritual and celebrate the seasons.
If you need to cancel more than 15 days from the workshop, and we are able to fill your spot, we will refund 80% of your registration fee. Less than 15 days out, we won’t be able to issue a refund. If the weather really doesn’t cooperate, if we’re flooded—or snowed-out, we’ll reschedule the workshop or give you the option to attend another.
Q: I have special dietary requirements. Can Sacred Return accommodate them at the workshop I’m attending?
If you have special dietary needs, please let us know. We’ll make every effort to take care of whatever requirements you have and, if we find we can’t meet your needs, we’ll let you know right away so you can make an informed decision about registration for a Sacred Return workshop.
Q: How should I prepare? What should I bring?
When you register, you’ll receive several emails that will include details about the workshop and the location, recommendations for things to read and think about, and some examples of what you might want to bring with you. Never fear, our workshops are set in comfortable surroundings. Accommodations, meals and workshop materials are included in your registration fee.
Q: Does Sacred Return reward referrals?
Yes, yes yes! When you refer someone who registers for a workshop, we’ll give you a $50 credit toward a future gathering and the rewards can accumulate! Refer 6 people and you’ve got a FREE registration, maybe to a workshop filled with your own friends.
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