The Elder Within

The Elder Within:

Cultivate your Elder Presence in Service
to Radical Collective Shifts

Dates for 2022 to Be Announced
In Person on South Whidbey Island, WA

Join our email list if you want to notified
for the next time we offer the program.

Sliding Fee: $245–$675
(includes camping fees and all meals)

with Sheila Bélanger and Anne Hayden


The human-centered world is beginning to emerge from a profound, collective initiation.  What now, we ask?

We need the Elders!

The Covid-19 pandemic brought our ordinary lives to a slow or sudden pause, challenging us to see beyond our individual lives and to feel the truth of the interconnectedness between all humans and other-than-humans.  Covid helped us grow our awareness and compassion for the “other,” and to recognize the need for a vast and total cultural transformation. Going back to the “old normal” is not possible for those who have lived in the deep layers of this initiation, and long for a collective movement where all Beings may thrive.

A radical shift in the deep structure of our human participation is the vital link that can bring about such a cultural transformation.   For this, we need elders who can contribute their sacred presence and wisdom to the necessary radical shifts.

Just as we carry within us an Inner Child who needs to be nurtured and sometimes healed, so we also carry an Inner Elder whose presence is always there to guide us with a soul blueprint.

Cultivating the conditions for the Inner Elder
to thrive contributes directly to the urgent needs
of the world at this pivotal time
more than anything else imaginable.

Opening to the unique wisdom and character of our own Inner Elder is beyond anything that can be learned through ordinary channels. Our invitation for this gathering is to:

    • Submit ourselves to the alchemy of consciousness shifting practices
    • Follow the pathways of the deep imagination
    • Encourage curiously pertinent dream experiences to work on us
    • Track the cairns laid down by our souls along the way
    • Hone practices to develop our capacity for equity and inclusion

This nature-based program offers guidance, practices, tools, and support from a larger field than your individual self. The intelligence of the more-than-human world deeply supports the cultivation of elderhood.

Like our other offerings, this program is highly experiential and is informed by Process Work  and Soulcraft™ practices, as well as modern depth psychology. It invites participants to immerse themselves in ancient and enduring earth-based ways of knowing, the poetic traditions, and initiatory rites.


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. 

REGISTRATION:  (Details for next offering TBA.)

FEES: For this camping program, the sliding scale fee for tuition, venue and meals is $245–$675. 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. Reparation rates available for BIPOC.  Please contact us.

Once your enrollment is confirmed, to reserve your place, send a non-refundable deposit of $200. 

  • Mail a check, payable to Northwest Soulquest, to:
    NW Soul Quest  •  PO Box 181  •  Clinton, WA 98236
  • Pay via PayPal using our email address as the payee: You can add 3% fee for Pay Pal transactions if you’d like.

LOCATION: This program takes place at a private home/retreat space on South Whidbey Island, with camping spaces available in the coolness of the cedar forest nearby.  You will need a tent and sleeping bag and minimal camping equipment.  If you prefer not to camp, we can provide some referrals for lodging in local AirBnB’s.

FOOD:  Locally sourced, fresh meals provided.  These food restrictions can be accommodated:  vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free. You may need to supplement for other specific food needs.  Please specify any dietary restrictions or needs when you register.

SCHEDULE: Program begins on a Thursday at 10:00 am.  Check in available starting at 9:00 am. Program ends at 1 pm on a Sunday.

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Contact us for more information or to register:

(360) 320-5343    •

“When you really see the truth of things, you realize life is a net
where all forms of life are connected.
This net is the only thing that is important.
Indigenous people always feel and express gratitude
for being part of this net of life.”

~Manari Ushigua, leader of the Sápara Nation


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