Wild Spirit Adventure

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Adventures, retreats, and sessions in nature for personal growth and spiritual exploration in the Pacific Northwest and Nationwide.


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Waves in the Sea Retreat for Processing Loss and Grief

  • Oregon Coast Tillamook, OR (map)

Loss and grief are very personal processes and everyone experiences them differently. As a supportive community, participants engage as a group and allow space for the individual and his or her solitude. Nature is our mentor and guide as we explore life and death in nature's cycles. Ritual and ceremony is an important part of this retreat as we create sacred space together as a community to display and declare our states of being and express the movement through various aspects of loss. By the conclusion of the retreat, participants often feel lighter, more at peace, and that they've honored both themselves and their loved one.


Participants go through the Wild Spirit Adventure process of all 4 stages so that profound changes take hold and apply to their lives. The 4 Stages are: "Pouring Out," "In Body," "Mindfulness," and "Bringing in the Wisdom." Through all of it, we will, in supportive community, laugh, cry, dance, paint, journal, hike, draw, sing, and embrace everything that is! All Wild Spirit retreats are an intensive experience, with both group and solo activities and exercises from early morning till night time, occasionally in the middle of the night.

This is a rustic wilderness retreat. Participants should have experience hiking and camping in wilderness areas. We will create camping bases, either stationary or backpacking style, depending on the needs of the participants. We hike and spent time outdoors for much of the time, exploring trails throughout the park, while involved in our activities. Bring what you need to feel warm, dry, safe, and comfortable in a variety of weather conditions and situations. More information will be provided about this once you register.

Included in this package will be a 1-1.5 hour phone consultation so that the facilitator, Toby Joy Zelt, can better understand your particular goals. After the retreat, she will call you to check in and make sure your are transitioning back to "real life" comfortably. Most importantly, Toby offers her support, through one-on-one coaching sessions as you integrate what you gather on retreat in the weeks and months following.

This is indeed a retreat for people who are ready to explore themselves and their lives deeply.

The cost for this package is $895 and is limited to 8 people. The retreat will occur so long as there are 3 participants signed up. The cost does not include food. The non-refundable deposit (unless the retreat is canceled) is $350 and due by one month prior to the retreat. Deposits and payments may be mailed to 101 SW Madison St. P.O. Box 8393 Portland, OR 97204. Thank you.


*Wild Spirit Adventure programs are not therapy or meant to replace mental health support or services. These programs support participants with mindfulness, ritual, meditation, ceremony, and nature-based activities as they process typical life-cycle transitions and events. Participants focus on the present moment and creating a deeply meaningful life. All participants must pass a screening process to ensure safety for all involved. Participants must have health insurance coverage during their program.

Earlier Event: February 28
1 Day Wild Spirit Intensive
Later Event: March 25
Stress-Reduction in Nature