The Longing Beneath Polarity

Dates TBA
In-person on South Whidbey Island, WA

with Anne Hayden and Sheila Bélanger

Are you dis-heartened, perhaps feel dis-empowered, or even outraged, by the current collective struggles with polarized conflict?

Like the energetic charges that create lightning strikes, individual and collective polarization holds an immense amount of energy.  The charge builds until it is released.  Instead of seeking compromise, our somatic techniques support you to lean into both sides of a polarity.  The vitality of the charge is released and becomes available for you to embody and use.

These extraordinary times of pervasive polarities (inner and outer) offer unprecedented opportunities to explore unknown (as of yet) aspects of ourselves: the hidden, vitality-laden and compelling parts of us that our ordinary self denies because they challenge our established, known identities.

When you have the courage (and support) to embody the polarities that have presented themselves (inner and/or outer), it creates a possibility for a third way to emerge. This third way cannot be known by thinking about it, nor by working toward compromise or adaptation. Beneath the surface tensions of polarities lies energy and vitality that is transformative, energy that you can harness for both inner life and outer life work.

We’ll offer practical, embodied ways to shift patterns of fear, constriction and polarization into courageous capacities. Somatic work with polarities benefits you individually and becomes an embodied prayer for the world. With respect and self-love, we’ll explore the unknown parts of ones’ self through movement, Process Work and Soulcraft™ practices, solo time in nature, and conscious engagement with difficult personal and collective relationship dynamics.

This program is designed for people who are seasoned with personal growth work, have adequately addressed trauma, and are ready to dive compassionately and deeply into the holy darkness of what lies beneath the surface level of polarization.


Process Work  “…is awareness based. Its methods allow us to perceive the creative nature of processes, even within apparently very disturbing and complex situations. It is a dynamic orientation and method of working with the challenges of your inner life and outer life events. Its methods are also useful for facilitating organizations and communities dealing with conflict, recovery and social change.” (ProcessWork Institute)



COVID PROTOCOL: We ask that participants be fully vaccinated and be willing to follow the guidelines we will put in place to protect the particular people attending this event, in this place, at the time the program takes place.  Our venue offers the possibility to hold all meetings outside.  Participants will camp in their own tents.

FEES: We offer a 3-tier fee structure.  We acknowledge the challenges of economic inequity in our culture and purposely set a wide fee structure. We invite participants who have the financial means to pay on the upper end of the 3 tiers, in support of others who need to pay on the lower end. Reparation rates available for BIPOC.  Please contact us.

REGISTRATION: To register, please fill out this form and send a non-refundable deposit of $200.

    • Send a check, payable to Anne Hayden, mail to:
      NW Soul Quest  •  PO Box 181  •  Clinton, WA 98236
    • Pay via PayPal using our email address as the payee: Please add 3% fee for Pay Pal transactions.
    • Pay via Zelle by using our email address as the payee.  Access Zelle through your own bank. Payee:  (Direct bank transfer, no fees.)

LOCATION: This program takes place at a private home/retreat space on South Whidbey Island, with camping spaces available in the cedar forest nearby.  You will need a tent and sleeping bag and minimal camping equipment.  Contact us if you are not able to camp.

FOOD:  Locally sourced, fresh meals provided.  We can accommodate vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free diets. You may need to supplement for other specific food needs.  Please specify any dietary restrictions or needs when you register.

SCHEDULE: Program begins on Thursday at 10:00 am.  Check-in available starting at 8:30 am. Program ends at 1 pm on Sunday. For an extra fee ($30), you can arrive Wednesday evening and camp.  Due to the erratic nature of the ferries to our island, please allow for extra travel time.  We recommend that you do not make commitments on Sunday after the program.

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Contact us for more information:
(360) 320-5343    •

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We honor the people and Nations––past, present and future––of the Coast Salish Tribes,
including the Snohomish, the Lower Skagit, and the Swinomish Peoples,
upon whose traditional lands and shores this work takes place.