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Knowing Sacred Presence:
A joyful weekend of forest wisdom and awakened creativity

Yachats, Oregon- Temenos Forest Sanctuary

June 27-30, 2024

With Heather Burns and Irene Elle Bailey


Embark on a transformative journey
into the heart of your own knowing
& the magic of the forest.

This playful and intentional retreat invites you to awaken your senses, tap into your creative center, and connect with the sacred presence within you and the natural world. We will explore the practice of sacred presence that supports us to meet life’s uncertainties and each moment with curiosity and an open heart. Time with the forest and sea will open us to consider the questions:
How do we practice sacred presence?

How do we nurture deeper spiritual connection?
How do we honor our own wisdom and creativity?



Together we will learn to cultivate more connection to our inner wisdom and to the wisdom of the more-than-human world. Through curious exploration and invitations to meet our creative selves, this week-end is a unique opportunity to pause and to deepen our understanding of what it means to be human in these times. We are not trying to push away the discomfort of life, but to examine how we can hold it all while remaining connected to restorative states. To explore sacred presence is to explore what it means to be human, even in times of personal and collective distress. It takes courage to remember our joy and creativity and to engage in practices that help us to live fully.

Find renewal & inspiration

Allow yourself to be nourished by joy and delight through deep time in the forest, delicious food, sunsets, ceremony, connection with the land, community, and the wisdom of the trees. You will have free time to explore the property, roam the trails, and bask in the stillness and abundance of this sacred space. The forest, creeks, and nearby ocean provide space to reconnect to the beauty, joy, and abundance that is always available.

Immerse yourself in:

  • Ancient Wisdom of the Forest: Guided walks, mindful meditations, and earth-connection rituals will deepen your connection to the ancient wisdom of the forest.

  • Joyful creativity: Explore playful movement and nature-based art, igniting your imagination and full expression.

  • Meaningful connection: Engage in unique practices that connect you more deeply to yourself, to other participants, and to the living earth. Leave with a web of support and a feeling of deep belonging.

  • Tranquil forest and ocean setting: Relax in a beautiful forest setting, breathing ocean air, and enjoying the calming energy of earth-presence.

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What's Included

• All Meals (Dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4)

• Forest location to camp

• Sacred space to explore and wander

• A variety of nature connection & mindfulness activities

•Reiki & Sound Healing session in the forest

• Guided Forest Bathing & Ceremony

• Opportunities for deep connection to self, community, & the natural world


This retreat will take place at Temenos Forest Sanctuary, a 5 acre forested property located 2 miles north of the coastal town of Yachats, Oregon. It is very secluded and private and we will be the only group on site. You are invited to camp in the forest (or stay nearby), let the sound of the ocean lull you to sleep, and connect deeply with the trees and beings of this land.

There are trails on the property, tables and chairs to sit and relax, and a hang out/ eating area with a fire pit. The ocean is a 15 minute walk away, mostly through the forest. This space offers itself for deep nourishment and stability. You will likely go home having the land and its inhabitants wedged deeply into your heart.

What's not included

• Transportation to / from Temenos Forest Sanctuary

• Tent

• Bedding (Sleeping Bag & Pad, Pillow)

• Trip Protection (for the unexpected). If you get injured, sick, or have a family emergency in the weeks before our retreat, trip protection can cover expenses outside of our cancellation window.

*** A detailed clothing and equipment list will be provided closer to the retreat.


We will be camping at Temenos Forest Sanctuary, a private, beautiful, and sacred 5-acre forested property that is located just north of Yachats. The campsites are gently and thoughtfully placed in the forest setting and offer an intimate experience with the land. It is truly a spectacular place to camp and call home for a few days.

We will be the only group on site and set up our tents among the trees and share time together in our outdoor kitchen and around the fire pit. We will be using an outhouse during our time on the property. Access to showers available.

* You have the option to stay nearby in a hotel/ Airbnb at additional cost. This must be arranged individually but please reach out for suggestions.

Arrival and Departure:

Thursday, June 27: Arrive & begin settling in, 2-4 PM
*Please plan to arrive during this window so we can start on time.

 Sunday, June 30: Close the space & depart, 11 AM


No experience necessary. Open to 14 participants. Offered rain or shine.

*All those who identify with their feminine are welcome.

Cost: $775 - 1,150

*Payment Plans Available
*Partial scholarships available: Apply Here.

Payment & Cancellation Policy


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