Beneath Polarity

August 11–14, 2022
In-person on South Whidbey Island, WA

Three-tier fee: $325 • $495 • $675
(includes camping fees and all meals)

with Anne Hayden and Sheila Bélanger

Are you dis-heartened and 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 wants to be 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.

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 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.

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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)

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

CURRENT COVID PROTOCOL: We ask that participants be fully vaccinated and boosted and be willing to follow the Federal, State, and County guidelines in place when the program takes place. Our venue offers the possibility to hold all meetings outside.  Participants will camp in their own tents.

FEES: For this camping program, we offer a 3-tier fee structure:  $325 • $495 • $675.   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: nwsoulquest@gmail.com. Please add 3% fee for Pay Pal transactions.
    • Pay via Zelle by using our email address as the payee:  nwsoulquest@gmail.com  (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 accomodate 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 9:00 am. Program ends at 1 pm on Sunday. For an extra fee ($30), you can arrive Wednesday evening to 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    •    nwsoulquest@gmail.com

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We honor the people––past, present and future––of the Coast Salish Tribes:
the Snohomish, the Lower Skagit, the S’Klallam peoples, and the confederated tribes of the Tulalip reservation,
upon whose traditional lands and shores this work takes place.