Workshops and Retreats

Massage on Orcas IslandHope in The Great Turning:
A Heart Centered Retreat for Ecological Healing

Summers, Date TBA, Orcas Island, WA

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the daily news of our global crisis, violence, and ecological disaster? Do you feel powerless, heavy with grief, angry, or just numb? These are all natural responses to the magnitude of what is unfolding on planet Earth at this time.
Drawing from wisdom traditions both ancient and new, we will honor the change all around us, and we will engage in a healing process so that together we can move forward into collective hope and creative solutions.

Join us on Orcas Island for a 3-day retreat to cultivate a deepening of your relationship to nature, self and other. Time will be spent alone in nature-sanctuary and also within a sacred hoop of community council to arouse your passion for life and awaken your power to protect it.

Grounded in the teachings of the Buddhist teacher, writer and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and her “Work that Reconnects”, we will come together to explore what it means to be a compassionate and aware human being in a time of great change, both in global consciousness and ecological balance.

This retreat is for the mystical souls, the tender hearts, courageous activists, farmers, teachers, artists, visionaries, healers, mothers and fathers committed to awakening their deepest longings to take part in the healing of our world. We come together to remember our allegiance to the web of life and our true nature as compassionate beings, a homecoming to our true nature.

The retreat will take place on a beautiful, secluded property on Orcas Island. In addition to guided individual and group activities, we will sleep under the summer skies, eat organic food from the garden, swim in the pond, sauna, sing, share stories and cultivate community.

Participation is limited, register early:
Scholarships available.


Erin Quies has been facilitating wellness retreats, doula trainings and individual healing since 2004. She is a soul-centered massage therapist and healer, herbalist, doula, gardener, ceremonial creatress and a lover of nature and all things wild. She lives on Orcas Island where she has a full-time healing practice.

Jeffrey Howard is a psychotherapist in private practice with a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. His practice focuses on emotions and the body in an effort to help his clients access more of who they are and who they want to be, while making greater contact with themselves, those close to them, and the natural world.
He has lived in the Pacific Northwest (Cascadia) for the greater part of his life and has, with his two children, called Bellingham, WA his home for the past 12 years.