Healing Retreat for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma
August 17 - 20, 2023 Bainbridge Island, WA
APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSES ON MAY 1st.
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.
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.
The cost for the 2023 retreat is a sliding scale. 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 application.
Pay it Forward: $1300+
Sustaining Rate: $1300 - $1000
Actual Rate: $1000 - $800
Partial and Full Scholarships Available
Can’t attend the retreat but would like to make a donation to support scholarships for attendees? Donate at: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/healingretreat
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, or Sasa, (she/her) devotes herself to the transformative, humbling work of uplifting sacred sexual wholeness. As a “light-bearer,” she is dedicated to easing the isolation and suffering of survivors of sexual trauma, supporting people– especially youth– to develop and sustain healthy and holistic relationships with their sexuality, and to educate and hold healing space for those who have caused sexual harm. As an incest survivor, Sasa has found healing through focusing on familial, global, and self-restoration. Her offerings reflect her experience as an advocate, sex educator, council carrier, ceremonialist and rite of passage facilitator. Her Bolivian/ Spanish and Irish/German ancestry, deep connection to Pachamama, belief in the revolutionary power of love, and practice of restorative and transformative justice shape how Sasa shows up to her work and to the world.
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.
Jay Wade (he/they) is of Italian, Irish and English ancestry and grew up in the Great Lakes region on the stolen lands of the Mississauga’s of the Credit, Haudenosaunee, Huron and Wendat people. Jay has facilitated programs exploring masculinity, sexuality, gender, sustainable living and nature connection. He is a Certified Sex Educator and a Somatic Coach, and is honored to work with clients who are choosing to explore their relationship to their body, their pleasure and their connections to others. Jay values the importance of ceremony and his interconnection to the non-human world and looks to each in his aspiration to becoming a deeper practitioner of grief and love.