New Year Ceremony Retreats
We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our New Year Ceremony retreats due to rising Covid-19 in the province of British Columbia. We hope to reconvene later in 2021 and will keep you posted with our plans. Please reach out if you have any questions or inquiries.
New Year Intentions
Weekend Retreat #1
*Co-hosted by Theodora Lamb
Rituals for Birth & Death
Weekday Retreat #2
*Co-hosted by Tracy Chalmers and Felicia Chang
Xenia is a 38-acre sanctuary in the heart of Bowen Island. As soon as you step onto the grounds, you'll feel ceremony. There's a 1,000 year old tree, a labyrinth, a meditation room, a sauna, and a gathering place where we'll all come together. There's lots of wildlife and animals on the farm too! Xenia has a long history of hosting ceremony, and we're honoured to welcome you to this sacred place.
At the heart of Xenia is a place where you can be, rest, and find your voice. This place acts as a sanctuary and a place to nourish yourself and connect with others.
From how we introduce ourselves, to how we share meals, to how we explore different ceremony topics, you'll leave here feeling an abundance of ceremony. We also want to ensure that each person walks away feeling empowered to create ceremonies that reflects their needs, and we'll be offering a few ceremony workshops that explore topics around grief, time, legacy, and self care.
The agenda for the weekend will allow for lots of personal time - to be on your own or with others - yet even the unstructured time will have a ceremonial feel.
Over the course of the weekend, we'll guide you through our Story Visioning process that includes reflecting on the year gone by, imagining the year ahead, and choosing a word that represents your vision. You'll dive into archetypes, harvest images and words that capture the feelings you want to emulate, and craft a vision board that represents the story you see yourself stepping into.
The true magic of Story Visioning lies in the sharing. We'll share the story behind our boards, and we'll check in throughout the year to see how our stories are unfolding.
The cost per person is $850 + GST for the three day retreat, which includes two nights accommodation, 6 delicious vegetarian meals, healthy snacks throughout the day, and special treats. It also includes all supplies, workshop components, gifts to take home, 1:1 support sessions, a dance party, and more!
*Does not include transportation to and from Bowen Island. Please note that there is a non-refundable $100 deposit in case of Covid-19 cancellation.
Xenia is best described as rustic, cozy, and full of heart. There are a few private rooms in the lodge, and the rest are shared cabins. Covid protocols means a limited number of guests per room, with at least 4ft between beds. We’ll place people in rooms based on individual needs and requests, and on a first come basis. Read more about the cottages and rooms on the Xenia website. Note there is a sauna, meditation room, labyrinth, and 1,000 year old tree named Opa.
We’ll have a caterer on site with us all weekend, and she’ll be preparing all of our vegetarian meals, including snacks throughout the day. Each meal will have options that include gluten and dairy free. We’ll have dinner together Day 1 evening, three meals together on Day 2, and breakfast and lunch on Day 3. There will be lots of snacks and treats too. You’re welcome to bring your own items from home to store in our shared kitchen.
You’re responsible for getting yourselves to and from Bowen Island. As we’ll be serving dinner at 7pm the first evening, we suggest you take the 5:10pm to arrive and settle in. We’ll be wrapping up on day 3 after lunch, and there are ferries running all afternoon. You’re also welcome to explore the island after we close. We’ll send out details about ferry times and carpooling as the retreat approaches.
The first retreat is created for women, or anyone who identifies as such. The second retreat is open to birth and death care providers of any gender. We’re committed to making this weekend as open and accessible as we can given the conditions of our venue and setting. If you would like to attend our retreat and have questions around accessibility – physical, financial or otherwise – please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your specific needs.
Sharing our gifts
Sharing our gifts
We are fortunate to have so many talented people joining us on our retreat. If you have a gift you would like to share with the group – whether it’s leading us in song, with yoga, on a hike, or in conversation, we invite you to share your gifts so we can celebrate them.
New Year Retreat in 2020
Here’s a slideshow capturing the love and light from our New Year Retreat 2020.