January is a time to chill, to renew the self and stoke our inner light. Stillness is radiating that warm presence. Oneness—feeling at one with ourselves and the world—needs tending when our sense of interconnectedness wavers. This winter weekend retreat will reconnect you, mind, body, and soul.
Join a small group of women around the fireplace at beautiful Lavender Hill Farm as you restore wholeness. Enjoy downy beds, panoramic water views, lavender terraces, cozy couches, and goodness from the gourmet kitchen. A sumptuous getaway and spiritual retreat in one, this is the perfect gift to give yourself after a challenging year.
Participants at last year’s Stillness retreat said presenter Susan Lynch’s facilitation style was surprisingly fun and powerful, and gave them, “Permission to do our own work. I loved Susan keeping time for us — not once did I look at a clock, and I liked it.” The natural flow of individual and group time allows everyone to go deep while lightening up, at a high level of comfort.
This retreat will include soul healing self-care, energetic practices, and a chance to sport your pj’s and bunny slippers over chocolate cake. It will be co-facilitated by Hestia Retreat member Emily Herrick, whose light restorative yoga will om us to sleep.
Intentional retreat has benefits for all. As Eckhart Tolle says, “It is inner stillness that will transform the world.”
Current Hestia Vice President Susan Lynch is a Vashon Islander with a private shamanic practice. A published poet, editor, and writer, she encourages personal inner development, fearlessness, and stillness through intentional energetic practices, words, and dreaming. Her retreat facilitation style blends personal discovery, group sharing, and nature wisdom with a healthy dose of humor and luxury, for individual experiences that go to the heart of each person's concerns. Her way of working and living is wu wei — to do without doing.
Co-facilitator Emily Herrick says that although she'd practiced yoga for 17 years in 2013, it wasn’t until she'd resigned from a job that was holding her back on many levels and began teaching yoga that she realized the full potency of her practice. The ensuing space allowed her the time and focus to align with her own power and essence in a way that she never had before, and to help other women to do the same. She and her husband, Michael, made a leap of faith and moved from East Hampton, NY to Vashon Island, where they are building a simple, modern, dream home and studio.