Beneath Polarity: Gifts of Shadow

Beneath Polarity: An Embodied Exploration of Gifts of the Shadow

with Anne Hayden and Sheila Belanger

April 12-16, 2017
Aldermarsh Center
on South Whidbey Island, WA

This program is designed to support those who feel dis-heartened and dis-empowered by the current collective struggles with polarized conflict. These extraordinary times of tumultuous challenges with polarities (inner and outer) invite us to lean into that which disturbs us.  Polarization offers us 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. Conscious shadow work benefits you individually and becomes an embodied prayer for the world. We’ll offer potent practical ways to shift patterns of fear and constriction into courageous capacities to explore the gifts of the shadow.

This program is for people with previous experience with soulcraft™ programs (either with Northwest Soulquest or Animas Valley Institute), or equivalent experience, 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 shadow through movement, Process Work, 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. To request an application or for more information,  contact: 

SLIDING SCALE FEE:  $595 – $850 (includes lodging, meals, and tuition)  Payment plans are available. Discount of $50 for off-site lodging.

Once your application has been approved, send a non-refundable deposit of $250 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% 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 an application:

(360) 320-5343    •