Wild Wisdom Hoh
CREATED BY LLYN CEDAR ROBERTS
July 11-16 2022 (2 spaces)
August 8-13 2022 (3 spaces )
September 12-17 2022 (2 spaces)
Lori Ferry' & Rob Murphy
A Small-Group Retreat in the Rainforest
Immerse in the Healing Power of Nature
HOH RIVER VALLEY and RAINFOREST RETREAT
Open to Sacred Time and the Healing Power of Nature in this nature immersion in the Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula, WA State, USA
Llyn "Cedar" Roberts, coauthor with Sandra Ingerman of the Gold Nautilus award-winning book, Speaking with Nature, has expertly designed this simple yet life-changing, sacred nature experience.
To register for a JULY Wild Wisdom Retreat - $800* per person guided by Rob Murphy and Lori Ferry', please contact: Lori Ferry'
View retreat details below.
DETAILS FOR REGISTRANTS:
Retreat Container: Relax into your physical and also your subtle senses, to reconnect - with yourself, spirit, and with nature. To keep this intention at the forefront Wild Wisdom Retreats maintain a substance-free environment with no alcohol, no mind-altering substances, and no smoking or vaping. Participants agree to support each other in an unplugged (daily 'touch-in' option) experience, valuing quiet and stillness - equally to laughter and sharing, to connect with nature and the spirit of the place. We employ simple cleansing rituals that awaken your senses and gentle 'questing' approaches that focus and expand your attention, have 'quiet zones' and incubation time, solo 'sits' as well as circle immersions in pristine locations. We have an outside campfire on every dry weather night (except during fire restrictions), with time devoted to exploring the local lore of the lands. We focus on being in nature in an awake yet ordinary way, which is in itself ceremonial. We enact 'wandering', 'deep listening', and other simple nature-based practices on the Hoh River gravel bar and hike on an easy, as well as an easy-to-moderate trail. There are built in options on this hike, such as staying to commune by the river or to forest bathe, or going further on the trail for those with more desire and vigor. There’s always someone nearby to assist you. Every day and every moment and experience has its own texture and rhythm, and every person is encouraged to honor their own and changing rhythms - taking us individually, and as a group, deeper into relationship with ourselves, each other, with nature and the spiritual aspects of the land and of nature beings. "Living in the Hoh forever changed me (Cedar). Wild Wisdom Retreats in the Hoh River Valley and Rainforest are life-changing for those who hear and answer nature's calling." To date, retreaters have ranged in age from the 20's to 80. Join us!
We describe the lodging as ‘varying degrees of pleasantly rustic’. These are safe and inviting, yet, they are very simple and earthy spaces.
1) There is one large cabin with three separate sleeping spaces. 'Cabin-dwellers' will each have a bed to place a sleeping bag upon. The cabin has a large wood stove, a full kitchen (standard sized electric stove with oven and full-sized refrigerator with all dish and cookware) where everyone will store and prepare the food, and eat. and a shared full bathroom. There are no machines to wash your clothes - let go of habituation and think 'simple'!
2) There is a large ‘bunkhouse’ with three wooden platforms topped with thick foam to place your sleeping bag upon. It has an outhouse and a wood-stove. ‘Bunk-housers' also have use of the cabin kitchen and bathroom facilities.
3) Tenting is a welcomed option. There is tenting space near the cabin and you can also tent on the extensive gravel bar of the Hoh River Bed. If you choose to tent, you will still have a cabin or bunkhouse bed reserved for you.
“Cedar” (Llyn) lived in the ‘cabin’ for two years, while she wrote her half of the Gold Nautilus award-winning book Speaking with Nature. She spent much of her writing time in the ‘hut’. Visitors were lodged in the ‘bunkhouse’.
Fresh, filtered running water from the pure glacial waters of the Hoh River comes out of the tap in the cabin, and fresh well water also runs from an outside spigot.
Participants will consult together before the trip in order to plan the week’s meals and purchase needs and other details. Sharing meals together and preparing favorite home-cooked dishes for the group has become a wonderful part of the bonding experience. You are also welcomed to buy personal food items that you may want to have on hand just for you – and you can also feel free to bring food and home-prepared dishes in with you from home, assuming you live locally.
Although there are definitely exceptions, the weather is unpredictable. It is typically dry and warm in July and August, yet there can be rain. June and September are transitional months, there will likely be some rain. You will want to bring layers to accommodate daytime and evening temperatures, as even in July and August - although the sun can get very hot in the afternoon it can feel quite chilly at night after the sun sets and the winds pick up. Although summer is considered drought season, again please be prepared for weather extremes including rainstorms, at any time. You will receive a list of clothing and packing suggestions.
Travel and Meet-Up:
If flying, you can rent a car at SeaTac airport, or schedule a shuttle ride or carpool with other participants from the airport. If renting or driving your own vehicle from the airport, or from elsewhere, you are asked to share rides once you arrive on the Peninsula. We ask for a limit of three cars traveling in to accommodate participants. We depart together from Crescent Lake location just West of Port Angeles, WA on the first day of the retreat. Our exact meeting location will be announced. Please note that no one drives into, or departs from, the retreat location in the Hoh Rainforest without the group. You will receive full informational details upon registration confirmation.
Register soon as spaces fill quickly!
BOOKS - Recommended Reading:
To expand your healing retreat experience, please read these two before you arrive and bring the books with you ~ below are the main chapters you'll want to pre-read.
Speaking with Nature by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
Earth Goddess Nunkui
Wild Western Hemlock
Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness by Llyn Roberts
Chapters 1, 4, 5, 8
SOUND, IMAGE and other RESOURCES
View beautiful images and listen to the sounds of the Hoh Rainforest and River Valley at One Square Inch
Learn important perspectives about 'quiet' in our wild as well as urban spaces at Quiet Parks International
Check out this inspiring book a young author I introduced to the Hoh: The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing
HOW TO ORIENT
Open to the Deep Mystery within Nature - and within You!
BE COMFORTABLE WITH STILLNESS AND QUIET - Deeply Listen
BE A MASTER ‘RELAXER’ - Rest, Sleep, Incubate, Dream
BE A MASTER ‘OBSERVER’ - Open your Physical and Subtle Senses
BE LIKE A CHILD - Curious, Playful and Open Hearted
REFLECT AND MOVE - Muse, Write, Draw, Play and Wander
SEE FROM THE HEART - Perceive Beauty and Ordinary Magic
MERGE WITH 'SPACE', THE 5TH ELEMENT - Embody 'Being'
We left linear time, and all technology, to enter sacred time. We slowed down by being in silence while practicing deep listening. We communed with 1,000-year-old conifer trees, hanging moss, bright lichen, and ferns that were easily 5-feet tall. We snacked on huckleberries, salmonberries, thimbleberries (the leaves of which are nature’s toilet paper!). We made note of the tracks left by cougar, bobcat, and elk. We slowed down for banana slugs…walked for miles without seeing a soul and watched the mist settle on the trees at the end of the day. We shared meals together and sat around the fire telling stories under starry night skies. The balance of making time for nature and each other resulted in a feeling of well-being and love. Llyn’s teachings were gentle reminders to be in the magic, the one veiled by everyday busyness, but always available. Christina Burress San Diego, CA. USA
I'm very grateful to have experienced the Hoh Retreat guided by Llyn. It was such a unique opportunity to bond with nature and others in a mystical and beautiful location. My subtle senses were turned on and I accessed new and helpful information. During and after my time in the Hoh, I felt more centered and peaceful than I have in a while. I'm clearer about how I’ve been living, and how I want to live. This vivid and enriching experience is a rare gift that will always be with me. If you're debating whether to go, just dive in. The Hoh's mystery, the spiritual practices, and community will transform you in unexpected ways. Kelly Shaw Chicago, IL. USA
Wild Wisdom Wilderness Retreats are independently arranged and operated. They support OMEC's projects and its mission to encourage a sacred and responsible relationship with the Earth - and to honor ancient Earth-honoring wisdom ways.