Imagine holding Earth in your heart and listening to how to take your next step. Imagine that we are enough.  That our actions do matter.  Imagine living from a place of love, deeply aligned with the Earth. Imagine living with a full awareness of being a member of the community of mutuality that is the whole Earth.

As we re-awaken our innate and profound connection to Earth and to one another, how do we choose to move forward in the world?  Who do we choose to be?  This will be our focus at a 3-day retreat on October 4-6, 2019.   Join us as we explore how listening to Earth, nurturing our Being, and cultivating healthy community may help us envision our next steps, both individually and collectively.  Register today at

Join us for this Circle of Trust® retreat, based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, author and spiritual elder, where we will:

  • Realign our lives with the natural world 
  • Participate in a process for discernment about who we each choose to be
  • Explore the connections between our inner landscape and our actions in the outer world
  • Be within a community of mutual respect and caring that welcomes the soul

WHERE:  Our retreat will be held at Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island, WA, a short hour’s drive north of Seattle and a ferry ride over the silver blue waters of Puget Sound.  This 72-acre tranquil oasis has two miles of nature trails and a sculpture garden of eco-art highlighting diverse global spiritual traditions. The space provides an ideal environment for personal renewal and spiritual connection, as well as a sanctuary for birds and wildlife.

Meals, catered by local Whidbey Island Chefs, will nourish your heart and soul.

Plan for ample time outdoors to explore and interact with Earth Sanctuary and its sacred spaces.

WHEN: October 4-6, 2019.  Friday 2:00 pm -Sunday noon


Two housing options are available.  We have a limited amount of housing available at and near the retreat center.  This housing is available on a first come, first served basis based on when payment is received.  Please let us know your choice on the registration form. After we receive payment, we will notify you if housing is still available.  If you choose to arrange your own housing, there are several options in the nearby towns of Freeland and Langley, WA, including several Airbnb's,  Harbor Inn in Freeland, Saratoga Inn in Langley, and Langley Motel. 


Registration deadline is September 6, 2019

We will be walking on dirt paths.  If you have concerns about mobility issues or other special needs, or other questions, please contact Karen (253) 651-0348, or Kim (530) 949-5558, 

$460, includes program, food and lodging.  This option includes a room in our available housing. 

$380, includes program, food, but not lodging. You will arrange your own housing. 

Payment information will be sent to you after we receive your registration. Payment information is also available here Payment is due once you receive payment information.  Registration and payment deadline is September 6, 2019. 

Please read our cancellation policy and other important information here

Karen Harding, MS, recently retired from a career teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at Pierce College in Lakewood, WA. She values the role that reflective practice plays in teaching and learning as well as in self-development and self-understanding. As a Courage & Renewal facilitator, Karen continues to explore how our experiences, our relationships, and our thoughts play out in our lives. In addition to exploring the connections between body, mind and spirit, Karen enjoys bicycling, skiing, running, spending time with friends, gardening, and reading.

(253) 651-0348,

for earth, us, and me - Who Do I Choose to Be?

Kim Stokely has spent 20 years as a nonprofit leader coaching emerging nonprofits and community groups as they’ve formed, developed, and taken action. In 2008, she co-founded Courage to Lead for Non-Profit Leaders in Santa Barbara, CA.  She nurtures other nonprofit leaders in their professional and personal lives so that they can bring the gifts of leadership to whole-hearted service for others and the world. Kim’s writing focuses on listening and learning from place, inviting the listener into their inner-soul landscape as well as a deep alignment with the natural world. Kim was prepared as a facilitator by the Center for Courage & Renewal and holds an ACC Coach Credential through International Coaches Federation.

(530) 949-5558,



Kim Stokely

Coaching - Retreats - Ceremony