I went on this 3 day retreat with Roy and Liz – my first ever yoga and meditation retreat, and I’m so glad I did. They handled people’s differing abilities in yoga very well, and were compassionate and thoughtful in their guidance. The location was outstanding, as though it had been designed specifically to enhance our experience. Great food and conversation with Liz and Roy and the other participants. Overall a wonderful experience, and I will definitely be back for more!
Yoga Meditation Retreat
Aldermarsh Retreat Center, Whidbey Island, WA
March 1-3, 2024
Theme of 2023 Retreat (this weekend, March 24-26): Truth is Love is God
Note: This 2023 retreat is full (waitlist), but we do have a few tent spaces available ($425 per person)
Also, we do have a few spaces left for our April 14-16, 2023 retreat, at Lady Florence, one hour north of Seattle, same price $475. Please ask if interested.
Please note that this is an alcohol free event.
Rooms prices are per person starting at $495 per person
- Tiny cabin in woods, with one double bed, loft bed, sink, short walk to shared bath. $525 per person (for 2)
- Tiny cabin in woods, with two single beds, sink, short walk to shared bath. $525 per person (for 2)
- Tiny cabin in wood, private single, shared bath, $725 (for one person)
- Room with 3 beds, and private bath, with ladder to two additional beds in loft, 3-5 people. $525 per person.
- Room with 3 beds, and semi-private bath, fairly large room, lots of light, 3 people. $525 per person.
- Room with 3 beds, near bath, which is connected with other room with 3 beds, quiet, a bit quirky. $495 per person.
- Room with two single beds, lots of light, shared / semi-private bath $575 per person
- Room with garden view, lots of light, two single beds, private bath $625 per person
Two nights shared room lodging, organic, delicious meals, yoga, meditation, breath classes, playshop, nature meditation walks, kirtan, community & more.
The whole weekend was an individual journey opening up to strangers that became so dear to me drawing me closer every minute. I didn’t want to leave the retreat because the magic spell would be broken. I now seek ways to open my world to the magic of that connection to others … to keep it going. I feel peaceful. I feel unhurried. I feel more love than at any time in my life.
My cup is filled!!! This retreat was Amazing!
A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.
to our seventh retreat at Aldermarsh, on Whidbey Island, a beautiful, quiet, wooded, sacred site close to Seattle and Everett, but feels remote amidst a splendid nature setting. It has everything we look for in a retreat center: 1) outstanding, sacred yoga space, 2) beautiful land and grounds, 3) lots of room options, 4) awesome Japanese soaking tub and great sauna, 5) organic home cooked meals, 6) nice hiking trails within walking distance, and 7) singing frogs and hooting owls!
is both a beautiful wetlands and a human-created space where community, collaboration and sustainability thrive. Aldermarsh is dedicated to educate and inspire spirit and soul-based stewards of the Earth. We host programs and retreats for individuals, groups, and organizations who share our commitment to deeply listen to and steward Earth and human communities in sustainable ways. All who come to Aldermarsh become part of the expression and co-evolution of this environment and contribute to an energy that nourishes this community for future generations
The theme of this retreat
(Sauna pic at left). The theme will be “Truth is Love is God”. Many of us give up on truth these days, as truth has become subjective: “your truth, my truth…”. Is there an objective TRUTH? IS Love truth? Is God truth? Our goal in this retreat is to align our perception of truth with TRUTH. When this happens, there is an expansion or opening of mind, heart and consciousness. But surrendering to truth does not always feel so great! We must surrender our preconceived notions and arrogance to what is Real. We will journey together in the discovery of truth.
Please plan on arriving any time after 2pm on Friday. We will have a gentle, meditative yoga class at 5:30 for those who can make it by then. If not, try to arrive for the dinner at 7pm, followed by meditation, intros, and sacred circle. We finish around 2pm on Sunday.
What else will we do
Besides four yoga classes, we will do some hiking in beautiful, bug-free forests. We will do some breath and meditation playshops, as well as a sound bath to help us relax and connect on all levels.
Aldermarsh is managed by a volunteer-led nonprofit organization. Our inspiration and guidance comes from the spirits of the land, our hearts, and our community. Community support is essential for the long-term sustainability of Aldermarsh
Sound Bath and Kirtan
Kirtan is an easy way to calm the mind and really, an easier way to meditate! You can either lay down and enjoy the music, or sit up and sing or hum along. We start with the kirtan and then do a soothing sound bath while you lay down and relax.
Aldermarsh on Whidbey Island is a beautiful accommodation with good energy and various room situations, from individual small cabins, to rooms with up to 4 or even 5 people.
Teachers, cooks and hike leaders
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Roy Holman will teach some of the yoga classes and lead the hike and help cook. Roy teaches a breath-connected, meditative, flow vinioga, and has led over 50 retreats, in the North Cascades as well as in Sedona, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bali and Guatemala. We will have a total of four or five yoga classes over the weekend in the beautiful space, breathwork workshops, meditation classes,, a hike, a silent meditation walk.. Oh, and great food and great people!
Liz Gross will also teach yoga, meditation and energy work, and help cook!
“I believe all healing involves alignment of the soul with the body. When you’re consciously in touch with the life energy within yourself, you have awareness & communication with the flow of energy that connects you to spirit. I feel very passionate about Vibrational Medicine and love working with others in this way & helping others to connect with their purpose and passion in life.”
Vibrational Energy Medicine brings the physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual bodies back into balance, which opens the way for rebuilding the healing systems of the body. Please read more about Liz at her website
Yoga is about unity and oneness, not divisiveness and polarity. All are welcome on our retreats. We do not discriminate for any reason, including sex, gender, race, age, vaccinated or unvaccinated, masked or unmasked. We trust you to take care of yourself, and to decide first, if this trip is for you, and second, how to take care of yourself. We will do our part to keep everyone safe and honor all our needs, but ultimately, your health is your responsibility. May this retreat be a healing experience for all.
Payment and Refund Policy
It may be advisable to purchase Travel Cancelation insurance, as there is much uncertainty and change these days (you may have noticed!). We request a $500 deposit ($100 for Washington Retreats), balance due 30 days prior to trip–when possible. Note: Deposit is generally nonrefundable. 3/4 of later payment may be refunded if you cancel > 30 days prior to trip, 1/2 refund if you cancel 15 – 30 days prior to trip (depending on retreat center refund policy), no refund under 15 days prior to trip–unless I can get some money back from hotels and retreat center. Note: In these wild, COVID times, we do our best to expand our refund policy, being fair to all involved, including ourselves.
You! We usually have about 15 people, a chance to make new friends and connect, but also quiet time to read, relax, and rejuvenate. You are invited to do as many or as little as the classes and activities as fits you and your needs.