Beneath Polarity

Beneath Polarity:

An Embodied Exploration of Gifts of the Shadow

with Anne Hayden and Sheila Belanger

February 6 to 9, 2020
Aldermarsh Center on South Whidbey Island, WA

Are you dis-heartened and feel dis-empowered by the current collective struggles with polarized conflict? Are you ready to consciously lean into that which disturbs you?

These extraordinary times of tumultuous polarities (inner and outer) offer opportunities to explore shadow aspects of ourselves: the hidden, potent and compelling parts of us that our ordinary self denies because they challenge our established known identities.

When you have the courage 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 potent practical ways to shift patterns of fear, constriction and polarization into courageous capacities to explore the gifts of the shadow. Conscious shadow work benefits you individually and becomes an embodied prayer for the world.

This program is designed for people with previous experience with soulcraft™ programs (either with Northwest Soulquest or Animas Valley Institute) or who have equivalent experience. You’re ready to dive compassionately and deeply into the holy darkness of the shadow lands underneath the surface level of polarization. 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.



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.”


REGISTRATION:  Enrollment is by application. Click here to download an application and either return it via email or snail mail.

FEE:  Early Bird: $625 paid by January 22; $750 standard. Includes shared lodging, meals, and tuition.

Once your application has been approved, send a non-refundable deposit of $250 to hold your space or pay in full for special early bird fee.  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: Lodging is in shared rooms in the rustic perfection of Aldermarsh, a IMG_7896spacious private center gathering space on South Whidbey Island. Meals are provided from Thursday lunch until Sunday breakfast.

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 starts at 9 am on Thursday and ends at 1 pm on Sunday.

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:

(360) 320-5343    •

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