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.

We welcome guests to the land for overnight stays, personal retreats, ceremonies and other events that open our hearts in the healing green of the woods. Lodging and most events are open to men and women. Women’s Mysteries School events are for women only.

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.


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.

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!