In-Person Retreat Programs

Join us for in person programs and enjoy learning, growing, connecting, and renewing with guest teachers at the Sanctuary

Deep Connection with Nature
with Betzy Bancroft

Join us to gather with herbalist Betzy Bancroft to deepen our connection with nature. Humans are part of nature, and nature is part of humans, from the observable sun and seasonal cycles to the unseen microbes in and on our bodies. Alignment with these rhythms and principles of nature is critical to the function of our bodies and the experience of optimal health. Through the exploration of circadian rhythm, natural environment, sensory experience, and our microbiota especially, we will discover just how very deep this connection is. Participants will gain a new appreciation of the roles nature plays in our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, from microbes to sunlight, with many simple practices to help support healing through reconnection with nature.


July 14th-16th Medicine of Place with Kat Maier

Join us to gather with herbalist Kat Maier, author of Energetic Herbalism, and Emily Ruff, director of Sage Mountain, as we learn what Medicine of Place means, spending the days giving back to the plants, the land and nourishing the spirits that inhabit this small piece of paradise. While these times are challenging, they also deliver a dynamic message and instruction on new ways to move thoughtfully and with intention in our efforts for ecological preservation.




August 4th-6th Learning Energetic Patterns from Nature with Betzy Bancroft

Through the interactions of earth, water, air and fire all of life becomes possible, and this natural view is the framework underlying many great medical systems of the world. In this class, we will learn to recognize the behavior and personality of the elements in nature and the body, and how they embody the fundamental qualities of heat, cold, damp and dry. Exploring these qualities helps us recognize symptom patterns and chronic tendencies that underly our states of health. We’ll discuss herbs and practical strategies to help us facilitate balance and healing using these principles.




Forest and Nature Therapy Immersion with Todd Lynch

Forest and Nature Therapy offers us the opportunity to slow down. It re-aligns our rhythms with the landscape, allowing our senses a respite from everyday demands and uncertainties. It’s a chance to remember ourselves and the joyful relationships that await us outside. Guided Forest and Nature Therapy walk is not a hike or naturalist adventure, but an opportunity to slow down and allow our bodies to engage all of our senses. These prompts are the gateways through which we can use our senses to explore the sensations we’re immersed in from moment to moment.


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