Foundational Practices-March 2017

 Foundational Practices:

Embodying the Wild Soul

with Anne Hayden and Sheila Belanger

March 22 to 26, 2017
Aldermarsh Center
on South Whidbey Island, WA


To embody the wild soul is to express woman-at-sunsetour authentic individual soul essence that lives beneath our everyday personality. Wild soul roots are in the unique mysteries of our psyche: key night dreams, longings, synchronistic encounters, reciprocal relationship with nature, and the creative engagement with our personal muse.

This program is an experiential immersion in wild soul practices (many from Process Work and Soulcraft™) to support you to embody a more soul-centered life. These foundational practices stand alone as tools to live fully and also form the core of our other Northwest Soulquest programs.  Participation in this program can count as a prerequisite for entering either of our two Yearlong programs: Seasons of the Soul and Tending the Knowing Field.

In this program, you’ll explore the landscape of your individual psyche through these Wild Soul practices:

  • Conversation and relationship with Nature and Mystery
  • Ceremonial council and the building of community
  • Authentic Movement and other embodiment practices
  • Individualized, guided soul tasks in nature
  • Process Work (from Arny and Amy Mindell)
  • Deep Imagination and drum journeys
  • Artistic expression and crafting of sacred objects
  • Community and self-designed ceremony
  • Song, poetry, silence and belly laughter
  • Wild Mind: A Nature-Based Map of the Psyche

The human psyche evolved organically in response to the challenges of living as a highly social mammal embedded in a wildly complex web of ecological relationships in an animate world. All the ways in which we think, feel, sense, and imagine arose in attunement to the rhythm of the day and the turning of the seasons, and in intimate relationship with myriad other life forms and forces.

Although in everyday life we might feel cut off from the richness of our Earthly roots and relationships, the deep structure of the human psyche — the underlying patterns, universal archetypes, and innate capacities available to us all — has emerged from this living web.


SLIDING SCALE FEE:  $495 – $750 (includes lodging, meals, and tuition)  Payment plans and some partial scholarships are available. Discount of $50 for off-site lodging.

To hold your space, send a non-refundable deposit of $250.  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% handling fee.

LOCATION: A lovely retreat center nestled in the woods with shared accommodations in double rooms.

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 program begins on Wednesday at 7 pm and ends on Sunday 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 to register:

(360) 320-5343    •