Healing Retreat for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma
August 19 - 22, 2021 Bainbridge Island, WA
Free INFO gathering for prospective retreat participants:
May 8, 2021 at Sacred Groves on Bainbridge Island, WA
Now is the time for survivors to unite and together free ourselves from the effects of trauma on our bodies, hearts, minds and spirits. This Healing Retreat offers a ceremonial container for a small group of participants to honor, grieve and celebrate the trials and triumphs in the journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse. We use a holistic approach to unravel the pervasiveness of isolation, silence and shame, and to weave together our collective stories while being witness to one another’s individual experience.
This retreat uses a variety of modalities to explore how childhood experiences are held in the different aspects of self and offers opportunities for release, clearing and healing through talking circles, somatic practice, movement, visualization, singing, a grief ritual, and quiet integration time.
From a past retreat participant:
"I have so appreciated the pace of this workshop, the space that it offered such grace, a wakening of who I am. I really feel like me, in a way I haven’t before. Glorious, beautiful, sacred, tender, amazingly sweet and sensitive yet powerfully strong, sensual, erotic and excited to just be me!"
Who is it for:
The Healing Retreat is for adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma, defined as any sexual violation experienced by someone under the age of 18. More information about what defines child sexual abuse from the organization Generation Five.
The Healing Retreat is open to participants of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.
This retreat is intended for those who have already begun their healing journey and are seeking more support by working with others within a sacred circle.
*We use the term survivor, and acknowledge that this may not be the term all folks who have experienced sexual trauma may use to describe themselves.
To fit the needs of our times in keeping all participants safe, the Healing Retreat will be held outdoors at Sacred Groves, a ten acre forest sanctuary on Bainbridge Island, WA, located on traditional territories of the Suquamish Tribe and Coast Salish Peoples. Participants will bring their own equipment to camp in the forest grove and all gathering spaces are held outdoors. A limited number of rustic indoor sleeping options are available.
Sacred Groves is a rustic eco-retreat located on Bainbridge Island which is approximately a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. The grounds at Sacred Groves include mostly flat, unpaved forested paths and grass. Retreat accommodations include camping in a forested area with composting toilets nearby and access to a shower with hot water. No electricity is provided. There are a limited number of indoor sleeping options that are accessed by stairs. Please be in contact with accessibility needs.
Our COVID protocols:
We will adhere to state and local guidelines for COVID safety protocol. Knowing that these guidelines will likely shift over the coming months, we will be in touch with retreat participants at least one month ahead of time about our requirements.
Masks will be required in indoor spaces and where physical distancing is not an option. Masks are optional at outdoor spaces where participants can be safely distanced and participants are always welcome to wear masks at any times.
The cost for the retreat is a sliding scale with payment spots at $750 -$900 available. This price includes camping for 3 nights in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and nourishing organic meals from dinner Thursday through Sunday brunch. We acknowledge that this year has had extreme hardship for some, and are committed to making this financially accessible. If you are interested in a scholarship, please inquire by indicating this on your registration application.
Can’t attend the retreat but would like to make a donation to support scholarships for attendees? Donate at Paypal.com: paypal.me/healingpassage
Katie Spataro, CSB
Katie Spataro (she/her) is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, Holistic Pelvic Care provider and full spectrum doula residing on the unceded lands of the Duwamish people otherwise known as Seattle. Katie studies and practices at the intersections of birth work and sex work, drawing upon the embodied wisdom of these two lineages to support healing of the personal and collective cultural body. Katie blends various modalities of somatic practice, bodywork and skilled coaching in her private practice, and facilitates classes on sexual and reproductive wellness, embodied consent, grief and loss, pregnancy and birth, and erotic education through a trauma-informed and healing-centered lens. www.sacredwombservices.com
Marisa Withey Byrne
Marisa (Sasa) Withey Byrne, she/her, born and raised in California, comes from an Irish, German, Quechua and Spanish lineage. She is a Nature Connection Guide, Rites of Passage Facilitator and Holistic Sexual Health Educator. Marisa began to hold ceremonial rites of passage for adolescents and adults in 2012. As a recipient of the powerful healing attributes of nature, she is a strong advocate for soul discovery in the wild. Marisa is an incest survivor, and devotes her time to creating healing opportunities for herself and her community, as well as holding conversations and councils with youth and adults alike about holistic sexuality, seeing education as a preventative medicine of potential trauma and the key to fully embracing and embodying our wild, natural selves.
Kari Stettler, SEP (she/her), supports people feeling at home in their human body, free and spirited, interconnected in the web of life. At its core, her work is in service to healing relations with self, others, our communities and the greater Earth body that sustains us. As a rites of passage ceremonialist, she co-guides an intensive two-year nature based initiation process into adulthood for young women. Kari has been mentored by deep ecologist and eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy, since 2005 and has been a facilitator of grief rituals and group work for personal and collective transformation since 2007. As a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, she works with individuals and groups to support trauma resolution and nervous system health education. Kari lives a land-based life in Sebastopol, California, where she grows food and medicine for her community and tends bees and chickens. www.somaticresiliency.com
Tere Carranza (she/her) has facilitated grief rituals and healing retreats with her partner Therese Charvet in their sanctuary / home for over 12 years. She enjoys cooking and providing nourishing meals for these retreats as well. She is grounded and steady and easily shares her delight and loving presence. Many teachers have graced her with their wisdom- each participant, each supporter, each facilitator, - as well as the other-than-human beings - have given her gifts that she is still unwrapping. And for all this and more, she is grateful.