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Stillness in Dark and Light: Spring Equinox

Sabbath Residential Retreat at Turtle Haven Sanctuary

Friday, March 20, 7pm to Sunday, March 22, noon


In the gateway time of the Spring Equinox, join with a small group of seekers as you guide your own journey in silence, rest, and reflection.  Held by the natural world and collective stillness, we have a precious opportunity to deeply and clearly center ourselves while listening to embodied wisdom and to our inner True North Star.  Honoring seasonal Sabbath time at Turtle Haven is an evolving dream in the making. All structured elements during the weekend are optional, as you choose what is supportive of your intentions, your time of rest and renewal.  The studio will be open at all times for individual and collective practices throughout the weekend. The land and the labyrinth will welcome your presence.


OPTIONS: On Friday, we will gather for an opening orientation, an intention sharing Council and a simple guided ceremony honoring the dark and the light within and on our planet, with a candlelit altar for offerings.  On Saturday, options include designated silent sitting meditation times, and Yoga Nidra and contemplative Authentic Movement practice, guided by Elizabeth and Jillian. On Sunday, there will be a scheduled silent meditation and a culminating Council.  Laura Smith will offer several times for individual Ayurvedic healing bodywork sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Please contact her  to schedule and arrange payment.


LOGISTICS:  Lodging will be arranged at the Turtle Haven Forest Hermitage and next door at River Root Farm.  More details will be sent upon registration. To register for the Retreat and arrange lodging, please email  or call 360.319.8704. Sliding fee for the retreat, including lodging: $175 to $225. can be paid at  Space is limited.

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Turtle Haven is offering retreats periodically, which include community meditation times, the practice of Council, and an additional opportunity to receive Ayurvedic healing sessions with Laura Smith. One yoga class of a restorative nature is offered, and this time there will be a yoga and Authentic Movement session collaboratively offered by Elizabeth and Jillian. The idea is to share collective rest and restoration in silence, and to engage in contemplative practices independently and together as desired: the more structured aspects are optional. Our Fall offering was a nourishing and beautiful experience. Here is a flyer for the March retreat. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Scholarship: Sanskrit Immersion

One person who enrolled for the Sanskrit Immersion is needing to withdraw, and generously offering her space to a person in need who would like to attend the weekend. Pleas contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in this space. The flyer is included here!


January 21st Class Cancelled

Greetings! While much of the county’s main roads may look clear, the small road back to Turtle Haven seems to be in a deep slushy and icy “snow hold.” I just drove home from Bellingham only to see how poor the conditions remain! I hope all will be clear for 1/28. I will keep watch to see if the Wednesday class also needs to be rescheduled. Please check back, or listen to my voicemail message at 360-303-3892 for updates. Please also share this information wtih others in our yoga community, so everyone knows not to come for the Tuesday class. Thanks for help in spreading the word! This image partially captures the problem– the traction is much worse than it was just a few days ago, with drizzle on top of snow, and remaining cold temperatures! This photograph was taken through my windshield this evening moments ago!


Ravi Returns to Turtle Haven

April. Ravi Retreat 2020

1/15/20 Wednesday Yoga Cancelled

From all appearances as I peer out at the snow beautifully floating downward to earth, and then gaze at the forecast on my computer screen, there seems to be no sense in waiting longer: yoga class for Wednesday evening 1/15 is cancelled and will be rescheduled, in addition to the class from this morning. Will keep students posted! Meanwhile, hoping to resume NEXT week, and that those who are reading this can find pleasure in the beauty of winter weather!


Weekend 2/7 thru 2/9/20 Sanskrit Immersion Registration

The Sanskrit Immersion with Claudette Evans of the American Sanskrit Institute is officially open for registration! Please send tuition in the form of a check made out to Elizabeth Kerwin, in the amount of $225, as well as your name and contact information to me at 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming WA 98244 . Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancellation happens by 1/10/20. After that time, 50% until one week prior to the weekend, at which time the full amount is forfeited unless there is a true emergency. Many thanks for your understanding, with a weekend retreat taught by a teacher from Tacoma. Those wishing to be in retreat with overnight accommodations, friday and saturday nights, please be in touch with me via email at regarding lodging at the Forest Hermitage or River Retreat both in walking distance from Turtle Haven, site of the teachings.  


Hoping you all have had wonderful holidays thus far!
I am happy to report that the Winter fundraiser for those in need of shelter and home in our county was a success. Together we raised nearly $800, and I was able to contribute props for the classes I will teach at Agape House, as well as cash donations to the YWCA and Homesnow. Many thanks for all who contributed! Susan Roland sold many Maher items at Assumption Church and after our yoga classes, and raised funds now passed along to Sister Lucy and Maher. Thanks to Susan, and to all who made purchases for such a wonderful cause!

I look forward to resuming classes at Turtle Haven next week, on Tuesday January 7th, and Wednesday, January 8th. Please do register in advance following the instuctions on the flyer. Happy New Year! Winter Yoga Flyer_2019+2020

Benefit Classes 12/11, 12/17 and 12/18

There is still room in the benefit classes I am offering at Turtle Haven. Please consider joining in, both to benefit yourself, and to make an offering to our community’s members with challenges around shelter, and home. Here is the flyer for Winter Session with the benefit class information on the flyer as well, listed as Intersession Classes! ALL tuition proceeds to be donated.

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Benefit for Maher: Assumption 12/1/19

Susan Roland will be at Assumption Church on 12/1/19 selling goods made by people from Maher as a benefit for this wonderful community. Here is a link to the Maher website, if you have not been to our local Maher events with Sister Lucy, and would like to learn more– or to see what has more recently been happening in the community!

There will also be additional opportunities to make purchases which contribute towards helping others at this same sale! See the simple description Susan shared with me below:

Sunday, Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Gym
Come check out the selection of arts & craft items, spend time browsing through the used book sale, all while enjoying a variety of baked goods! Sponsored by Assumption Catholic School’s PTC.


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