Welcome to the Groves!

Sacred Groves is a ten acre forest sanctuary located on Bainbridge Island, in Washington state, a little  eco-retreat  run by Thérèse Charvet and Tere Carranza. It is a place to deepen your relationship with Mother Earth and your personal spirituality. Here you can reconnect yourself body, heart and mind, also with Mother Earth and Great Spirit.

UPDATE June 2020:  Because of COVID-19, we are not hosting guests, groups or events at this time.  We are currently re-organizing, unsure when and to what extent we will re-open after the pandemic passes.  

Sacred Groves is not affiliated with any particular religion. The events here include elements of ritual from earth-based spiritual traditions in North America, Africa and pre-Christian Europe. They have been inspired by mentors like Sobonfu Some, Joanna Macy, Starhawk, our relationship with Mother Earth, and co-creative community-based drumming and ritual groups dedicated to re-connecting with Mother Earth.

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Tere (left) and Therese in front of the Red Tent

Events at Sacred Groves are most often co-facilitated by owner-director Thérèse Charvet, with her partner Tere Carranza. To read more about them, click here. Other wonderful teachers and facilitators come to the Groves occasionally to share their gifts. Activities at Sacred Groves occur in the natural setting of 10 acres of Pacific Northwest rainforest.

Click here to listen to a podcast with Therese and Tere (recorded February 2017) with information about them and Sacred Groves.

Sacred Groves is a small wilderness park where you can feel the sacredness of the earth. It’s a place to settle into the quiet, listen to the birds, watch the trees sway in the wind, re-establish connection with God, Goddess, Great Spirit, Great Mystery or whatever it is you call that ineffable power that underlies all of life. We welcome people from all races and cultures who share the belief that the earth is sacred and that music, dance, prayer, ceremony, and time in the natural world are essential for personal and community health.

We want to state clearly that we deeply believe that the lives of black, indigenous and all people of color MATTER!  We are doing the personal work of exploring our own internalized racism, white privilege and colonial-settler roots.  We are making reparations in several small ways.  We welcome suggestions and feedback about how we might do this better.  It is our intention to be part of co-creating a more just and equitable culture where people of all races, genders and belief systems are respected.  We stand against hate and “isms” of all sorts.

Because this is a private residence, we ask guests to RSVP for events and/or call in advance for an appointment or tour. To find out about upcoming events, check the calendar page. To receive e-mail updates once or twice a month, click here or follow us on Facebook.

Click here to see a photo slideshow of the Groves.

Click here to read testimonials from Groves’ guests.

Welcome to the Groves!