UPLIFT Women's Skillshare is a celebration, a returning, an invitation for women to fully step into the age of collaboration and inter-connectedness. Tapping into the expansive energies of Spring in an intimate circle of sisterhood, we will gather for 3 days and 2 nights to share traditional & modern folks skills on a 30+ acre organic farm and historic homestead in the fertile valleys of Orcas Island, WA. Our time together will be shaped by ceremony and an ever-unfolding call to weave traditional knowledge with place-based intuition, to awaken our presence within the creative sanctuary of forest & field.

Our intention is to provide a retreat from the forces that pull us away from our deep knowing, and an opportunity to align with the slow way of moving in harmony that we have known in our bones for generations.

To increase accessibility, we are gathering for two separate sessions (back-to-back weekends). Each session offers 2 Service Roles, 5 Guiding Roles and 15 Open Registration Roles. Tickets are available at sliding scale rates. This will be an intimate event that allows each sister the timespace to share & reflect her experience. We are calling in women of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and body sizes to join us in this celebration of traditional & sacred arts.


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If you feel called to join us, there are a rainbow of ways to step into the circle.




We invite you to deepen your contribution through a worktrade commitment. Your hours of service are exchanged for participation in the skillshare activities. You will intimately collaborate with Sisters of the Tide and experience the ripples of your service reflect upon the faces of your sisters.

As a sister in service, your responsibilities may require you to arrive early and stay late. They may also overlap with some of the skillshare offerings.

2 Service roles offered per session in the following skillsets– Nourishment, Event Photography




We are blessed to be surrounded by women who carry skills of ancestral lineages from across the globe; if you have honed a practice which you would like to share, please consider applying as a skillshare guide. 

As a Guide, you will offer Two–2.5 hour skillshares per session you are attending. Workshop themes may include, but are not limited to: Herbalism, Fermentation, Traditional Arts & Crafts, Meditation, Celestial Energetics, Movement, Earth Stewardship, Activism, Sacred Adornment, and more. You will receive all offerings outside of the classes you are facilitating.

5 Guiding roles offered per session.




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Step into a timeless way of being in sisterhood. Prepare yourself to be fully present in our circle of sisterhood, receive organic meals from the land, breathe life into your creative spark, and wholly immerse yourself in the exploration of new skills.

You will receive all accommodations, four 2.5hr skillshare classes, as well as all offerings outside of the classes including daily tea meditation and/or yoga and the option to relax in-between offerings.

15 tickets available per session. Learn about Skillshare Classes + Guides

Register between March 20–April 20, 2017 /open until 15 spaces fill + waiting list. Registration cost is a sliding scale payment of $275-350 /Includes your $150 non-refundable deposit paid upon registration to hold your space with any remaining amount due by April 20.

Attendance open to all who identify as female, ages 16+.

However you choose to join us, you will have the opportunity to–

Slow down & step outside of your everyday routine

Retreat from digital technology, plug into Nature

Attune to natural rhythms with private outdoor camping accommodations

Honor your personal teachers be they human, spirit, plant, animal or element

Offer and/or Learn traditional & modern folk skills

Explore the meditative arts and unseen realms

Tune into your unique, authentic expression

Share your Voice / Hone in your listening ability

Sit in sacred tea meditation; Move your body with yoga

Nourish your being with 7 freshly-prepared organic meals 

Forest bathe & hike along private woodland trails



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UPLIFT Women's Skillshare is hosted by Morningstar Farm, a 30+ acre historic homestead site and organic farm on Orcas Island, Wa. Conveniently located within a 10 minute drive from the ferry landing. 

Morningstar Farm offers rustic, natural accommodations that allow us to sink into an elemental and timeless way of being– outdoor composting toilet, private outdoor showering, woodland camping, and a swimming pond. On-site secluded trails offer opportunities for bird watching, forest bathing, hiking, and meditation sits.

Our central gathering space, a wooden heritage barn, is nestled between the organic garden and woodlands. This is where we will break bread, share stories, and deepen into circle together. Additionally, we'll host morning tea meditation in a circular canvas tent and ceremony & classes in the upstairs barn loft as well as outdoors (weather permitting). 



Included in registration is a total of 7 meals– breakfast, lunch and dinner from Friday to Sunday evening. All meals will be lovingly prepared on-site and made with fresh, organic ingredients. Our meals will be primarily vegetarian with option of simple meat proteins such as bone broth. If you have any special dietary considerations please let us know upon registration so we may adequately prepare. There will be limited refrigeration available if you wish to bring supplementary foods that require cold storage. We encourage you to stop by the Orcas Food Co-op (on-island) or Skagit Food Co-op (Mt. Vernon, WA; off-island) before the gathering to source snacks and any supplements you may need for sustenance between meals.



Included in your registration is woodland tent camping. You will need to provide your own waterproof tent, sleeping bag or warm bedding. This is an opportunity to nestle onto the earth and attune to nature's biorhythms. If graced with clear skies, our nights will be naturally lit by the moon and stars above. It will be dark– bring your headlamp or flashlight (no candles or fueled lamps, please) for use in your tent. The forest clearings allow for tents with sizes of 1-4 person occupancy.

Mothers /We recognize the importance of self nourishment for all women, especially mothers! If you are a nursing mama or wish to have your family close by while you participate in the retreat, you may choose to return home (if an island resident) or explore alternate accommodations on the island in order to share evenings with your loved ones. There will be no change in registration price if you choose this option. Reach out via email and we can explore options together, if needed.

If camping is not a fit for you, you may choose to lodge off-site at one of the many options the island has to offer. Contact us for suggestions.



Due to our remote island location, Morningstar Farm offers a retreat from internet service. While there may be limited phone/texting available, we encourage you to unplug from digital communication and choose to be fully present with us. This is an opportunity to connect with your Inner Guides and with Nature. There is limited phone access for making outgoing calls and you can be reached via the land phone in case of emergency. We will provide a phone number upon registration.





  • Tent & camping gear
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Towel for bathing
  • A variety of warm clothing & outdoor footwear. Think layers.
  • Rain coat, hat & gloves. Prepare for unpredictable PNW spring weather. 
  • Comfort wear for yoga
  • Yoga mat & floor cushion
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Writing utensil / Journal
  • A small bag or backpack to carry essentials
  • Cash for materials fee


  • Supplemental snacks. Refrigeration is limited.

  • Swimwear + Towel for pond

  • Personal mug, bowl or plate

  • Ear plugs or eye mask for light sleepers

  • Item(s) for community altar


Dress comfortably, adorn simply

Let's step outside of the ever-shifting fashion tides into a space of timelessness. Let the light of Orcas Island reflect your bare, gorgeous self. We will be a mirror of natural beauty for one other. 


Minimal use of photographic devices 

We respectfully ask that you leave your camera and devices in your sleeping area during classes and ceremony. Trust the natural ability of your mind to remember and imprint the feelings and images that are of essence and of service to your experience! We will have a designated photographer artfully document our moments together so you may focus on being fully present. That said, there will be free time outside of ceremony and workshops when you are welcome to capture your experience and the natural surroundings with your camera. Always receive consent before photographing another sister.


Minimal internet connectivity

This is a time to connect to yourself, your sisters and the web of life. Minimal internet access at the gathering will help us to remain in a space of clarity and authentic relation to each other. If it is important for you to have internet access, there will be time outside of our ceremony and workshops when you may do so. 


Natural high

This is an opportunity for cleansing and clarity. We ask that participants abstain from use of recreational marijuana, alcohol and any other non-prescribed drugs during the retreat.


Nourishing meals

Our vegetarian meals (some meat proteins sides will be available too) will be mindfully-prepared on-site by facilitator and experienced event chef, Jane Gray. We will begin our communal meals with a blessing. We will 'break bread' and clean-up together, each woman assuming responsibility for her dishes and aiding the group cleanup. We will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner ( 7 meals in total) made from organic, GMO-free ingredients sourced locally when possible. Please let us know if you have any dietary needs while completing your registration or by contacting us via email at least two weeks prior to the retreat.


Rustic bathing

Morningstar Farm offers rustic, natural accommodations that allow us to sink into an elemental and timeless way of being. There are several handwashing sinks available and a single private shower so bathing access will be limited. We encourage you to sink your hands into Earth and let nature meet you halfway. Soil smudged cheeks and pollen dusted noses come with their own rewards. Celebrate this opportunity to be one with the elements!


Getting to Orcas Island is a journey in itself  

There are a handful of stepping stones along the path to fully arrive here; please give yourself ample time to plan so the journey to the island might be one of intention and ease. Visit Getting Here for travel details. Please contact us via email if you need assistance. 


SESSION 1 / April 28-30, 2017        SESSION 2 / May 5-7, 2017 




  • 10:00-Noon– Guides Arrive + Check-In
  • 1:00-2:00– Orientation for Guides
  • 1:30-3:30p– Open Arrival + Check-in
  • 4:00-6:00p– Opening Circle, Honoring the Land, Introductions
  • 6:00-7:00p– Dinner
  • 7:00-7:30p– Class SignUp
  • 7:30-10:00p– Circle Delving/Sacred Song Circle
  • 10:00p– Quiet Time & Rest


  • 7:00-8:00a– Yoga/Tea Meditation
  • 8:15-9:15a– Breakfast + Morning Circle
  • 9:30-Noon– Morning Skillshare
  • Noon-1:15p– Lunch 
  • 1:30-4:00p– Afternoon Skillshare
  • 4:00-6:00– Free Time & Trade Blanket/Sister Bazaar
  • 6:00-7:00p– Dinner
  • 7:30-9:00p– Honoring Our Elders
  • 9:00-11:00p– Honoring Our Sisters Through Song


  • 7:00-8:00a–  Yoga/Tea Meditation
  • 8:15-9:15a– Breakfast + Morning Circle
  • 9:30-Noon– Morning Skillshare
  • Noon-1:15p– Lunch 
  • 1:30-4:00p– Afternoon Skillshare
  • 4:00-5:00p– Dinner
  • 5:15-6:30– Closing Ceremony
  • 7:00p– Pack Up & Goodbyes