Healing Retreat

For Women Survivors of Incest

March 22-24 (Starts Friday evening, ends mid-day Sunday)

Co-Facilitated by Therese Charvet, Tere Carranza, Marisa Taborga Byrne and Katie Spataro

Within the context of growing awareness and action in our social world around sexual trauma, this is a time for survivors to unite and together undo the effects of trauma´s impact on the body, mind and spirit.

Along the path of healing/wholing lies an unraveling of the pervasiveness of silence and shame, and the need for sacred spaces for connecting with others, grieving, and being held and witnessed within community. This heart-centered retreat will be held by the nurturing grounds of Sacred Groves as we believe in the healing that happens with connection to the land as well as with others.

The intention of this retreat is to create a safe space for honoring and expressing fullness in the context of a small group of incest survivors. The retreat will include a variety of modalities to explore how these childhood experiences are being held in the body with opportunities for release, clearing and healing through talking circles, movement, visualization, singing, a grief ritual, and quiet integration time. Participants will have the opportunity to be honored and witnessed in their individual experience while being held within the container of the group.

*This retreat is for those who have experienced childhood incest who have been enculturated as women (including but not limited to cisgender women, trans women and nonbinary people assigned female). 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.

Fees: The cost for the retreat is $500, which includes lodging for 2 nights at Sacred Groves, meals on Saturday and Sunday and the retreat itself. We are committed to making this retreat accessible to those who feel called. We are offering a limited number of “pay-what-you-can” scholarships.  If interested, please inquire.

Pay-it-forward:  If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund to make this retreat accessible for low-income women—THANK YOU! Please make your contribution here:

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Facilitators:  For this retreat, to ensure all participants are well held,  Thérèse and Tere are partnering with Katie Spataro of Sacred Womb Services, and Marisa Taborga Byrne.

Pre-retreat Information Calls: There will be 2 pre-retreat information video-calls (using zoom) for those interested to ask questions and hear from the facilitators and past participants of their experience. The dates and time of the calls are January 17 and February 21 at 7:30pm. (pacific time) To RSVP for a call, click here.

To Register:
This retreat is limited those who have experienced childhood incest and will be capped at 10 max. Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we are asking those interested to email Tere (tere@sacredgroves.com) your responses to the following questions:
1. What do you hope to receive from this week-end?
2. What therapeutic/healing modalities have you already engaged for healing your childhood experiences?
3. What are the support systems you currently have in place?
4. What draws you to doing this healing work in a group? Have you participated in other group healing/emotional/spiritual experiences?
5. Is there anything else that would be important for us to know about you?

Once we have received and reviewed your email, we will let you know if you seem to be a good fit for this retreat. Once confirmed, please pay $100 deposit to hold your place by sending a check to Sacred Groves 9255 Holly Farm Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or by paying on-line using the following button:

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A letter of background to those interested in this ceremony:

Hello dear courageous survivors,

With abundant gratitude and deep humility, I honor you for your interest in this healing retreat. My name is Marisa and I am a survivor of incest. My soul’s work is healing my own ancestral karma and contributing to the global healing of sexual trauma.Walking this path for over 20 years now, I found grief and isolation to be a distinct dimension of my personal healing work, huge and multi-layered. For years I searched for a spiritual healing specific to sexual trauma and found nothing. After a three day solo fast in nature September 2017, the desire congealed to be in a grief ceremony with fellow survivors. A month later, I put out a call to women I knew who were ceremonialists and familiar with grief rituals, seeking to co-create a container for a survivor specific grief ceremony. Overwhelming yeses came through, and by dedication from Therese, Tere and Katie, the possibility of this ritual was born. We met in the listening, prayer, imagining and creating of a container for transformative healing and release. They encouraged me to explore my needs and wants, and this exploration informed the specifics and activities. It was been a joyful and grueling journey. After the first retreat focused on grief in 2018, Katie, Therese and Tere, as well as the participants found overwhelming results in the healing journeys.

And so, we now offer another retreat, this time focused on healing, with grief being an aspect of this offering. If it is your time to unburden yourself of grief, of isolation, we welcome you. And, if I can be of service, please reach out and I will be happy to connect.

Ever forward on the path of liberation,

Marisa