FireKeepers at the Crossroads

A 7-Month In-Person and On-Line Program for 2020

with Sheila Bélanger and Anne Hayden

In-person retreats take place on South Whidbey Island, Washington
Begins in March 2020 (see dates below)

If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.
~ Horace Traubel


As humans, we are at a crossroads of never–before-seen–magnitude.  Many of us feel called to contribute to the inner and outer crises of our world. We wrestle with a collective coldness of the heart, where our individual fears, trauma and pain cause us to close off our hearts to ourselves, others and the larger world.

We need to be firekeepers at the crossroads, in whatever form is congruent for each person. In the places where our world is cold, it’s time to build the sacred fires of interconnection, not only for our human species, but for all the other–than–humans who share this planet with us and indeed support our very life on it.

FireKeepers at the Crossroads is a nature-based, in-person and on-line program designed to guide and support a cohort of kindred spirits who are committed to apprentice to being a “keeper of the sacred flame” for our world. To be an effective firekeeper, you must first apprentice to steward your own inner fire at your personal crossroads, so that you know in your bones how to keep the sacred flame for the collective.











FireKeepers at the Crossroads program includes:

  • An initial 3-day retreat on South Whidbey Island, Washington to support each person to deepen into the shape of their unique expression of being a firekeeper at the crossroads in their personal life.
  • After the initial in-person retreat, participants will meet in six monthly online fire circles to share and bear witness to one another’s unfolding apprenticeship journey.
  • Monthly suggested practices and tasks to follow the thread of, and deepen the experience of, participants’ individual soul-enhancing work to steward their sacred fire.
  • Three individual mentorships with one of the guides in support of the personal edge-work that accompanies the apprenticeship.
  • A final 4-day retreat on South Whidbey Island, Washington to support each person to gather the gifts and carry forward their unique expression of being a firekeeper at the crossroads in these urgent times.











Like our other offerings, this is a highly experiential program informed by Process Work and Soulcraft™ practices, modern depth psychology, and immersed in ancient and enduring earth-based ways of knowing, the poetic traditions, and initiatory rites. The personal work will support each individual to become a fully mature, soul-centered adult, in service to offering their deepest gift to the world in these tumultuous, urgent times.

FireKeepers at the Crossroads is designed for people who work in some capacity at the front-lines of systemic change, ecological sanity and cultural evolution. Participants who could benefit from this program include activists, cultural change agents, artists and writers, therapists, coaches, group facilitators, mentors, soul allies, and allies for marginalized groups. Participants have a readiness to embody and give out the vibrancy of their soul depths. They have successfully done enough of their own personal healing work with wounds and shadow material to allow them to be available to work in co-creation with the larger field in service to the world. The program is not primarily designed for personal healing work (although it is often one of the benefits).




In-Person Retreat #1:

Gathering the Circle, Strengthening Inner Resources
March 26 to 29

In-Person Retreat #2:

Going Forth with Hands & Hearts as FireKeepers
    September 30 to October 4

Monthly On-Line Fire Circles (Sundays at 4 pm Pacific Time):

April 19, May 17, June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 13

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INNER WORK PREREQUISITE: This program is appropriate for those who have engaged with a significant amount of inner work and soul-oriented processes. Participation in any previous program with Northwest Soulquest or Animas Valley Institute or an equivalent experiential program is highly recommended. Contact us to explore your background.

REGISTRATION:  Enrollment is by application. To download an application,
click here.  After we receive your application, we’ll schedule a phone or Zoom call with you. For more information,  contact: 

SLIDING SCALE FEE:  $2750 to $5250 (includes lodging at the first retreat and venue fees for the final camping retreat, all meals, and tuition.)

We acknowledge the challenges of economic inequity in our culture and purposely set a wide sliding scale fee. We invite participants who have the financial means to pay on the upper end of the sliding scale in support of others who need to pay on the lower end of the sliding scale. Creative payment plans are available. Contact us for options and details.

Once your application has been approved, please send a non-refundable deposit of $450 to hold your space.  Two options to pay:

    • Mail a check, payable to Northwest Soulquest, to:
      PO Box 181  •  Clinton, WA 98236
    • Pay via PayPal using our email address as the payee: Please add 3% fee for Pay Pal transactions.

LOCATION: The first in-person retreat is held at a small private home on South Whidbey Island. The second in-person retreat is a camping session held at a small private home with camping spaces nestled in the woods.  You will need a tent, sleeping bag and minimal camping equipment for the camping session.

FOOD:  Locally sourced, fresh meals provided. We can accommodate these dietary needs:  vegetarian, gluten free and/or dairy free.  Please specify your dietary needs when you register.

SCHEDULE:  The first in-person retreat starts at 5 pm on Thursday, March 26 and ends on Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm.  The second in-person retreat (camping program) begins on Wednesday, September 30 at 5 pm and ends on Sunday, October 4 at 3 pm.

TRANSPORTATION:  The SeaTac Shuttle will take you from Sea-Tac airport near Seattle to Whidbey Island.  Contact us ( before making a reservation.

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Contact us for more information or an application:

(360) 320-5343    •

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We honor the people––past, present and future––of the Coast Salish Tribes,
the Snohomish, the Skagit, the Tulalip and the Klallam peoples,
upon whose traditional lands this work takes place.