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Winter FIRE ~ Hosted by Alyse Sweeney's Write to Glow

  • Heaven and Earth Retreats 19892 NW Sellers Rd Banks, Or 97106 USA (map)


Winter FIRE is a seasonal Write to Glow retreat where women eat well, rest deeply, enjoy nature, and witness one another through guided writing circles — then return to their lives and loved ones nourished, refreshed, and connected. 

“I loved this communal writing experience. Truly. I never experienced it before. The feminine style lowers inner-critic noise and releases authentic expression. I loved being seen by others. More of the same, please: connection, movement, reflection and relaxation, here at Heaven and Earth.” 
~Kerry, Summer Glow 2018 

Step away from your routine and responsibilities and step into a cozy, NW winter scene. In this magical space called Heaven and Earth Retreats in Banks, OR, you’ll experience rich connection and rejuvenating offerings around writing, nature, movement, and ritual. 

Just 40 minutes from downtown Portland, this unique, intimate space feels MILES away — tucked away on five pristine, forested acres with stunning views. 

“Beyond my wildest imagination and expectations!!! The space was not the frame around this experience— it was the foundation that let us open into the experiences. Ruthanne has created pure magic here. And the food — phenomenal!
~Lisa, Summer GLOW 2018

What to expect:

Do as much or as little as you desire. There will be scheduled downtime to nap, walk, hike, read, cloud gaze, snack, sip tea + connect with other amazing women.

There will be daily themed and guided writing circles, pen & prompt writing trios, music & movement in the yoga barn, and nighttime storytelling around a crackling wood fire.

Ruthanne’s hearty winter soups + stews, hot cider + cocoa, and all kinds of goodness will be bubbling on the stove, there'll be laughter, deep-dives, walks or sits with thick blankets in the crips, clean air, sand lots of slippers. 

Amenities Include:

a hot tub comfortable for 4
2 in-ground fire pits
an outdoor shower (love!!)
freshly prepared, organic, nutrient-dense snacks + meals, 
food restrictions are accommodated
tempurpedic mattresses, high quality futons with lush mattress toppers. plush and luxurious bedding
close to the Banks Vernonia Trail

Pricing is all inclusive: 

lodging, snacks + meals, transportation to and from retreat if coming in from out of town, amenities, all WTG Circles and additional guided offerings

$675/person (single) | $625/person (double)
AVAILABLE -Glamping Tent (with heater): Queen Bed (occupancy 1 or 2)

$575/person (single) | $525/person (double)
SOLD OUT - Alaska Room: Queen Bed (occupancy 1 or 2) 

SOLD OUT - Sun Room: 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Futon (occupancy 2)

- Upstairs Shared Loft: 2 Single Beds (occupancy 2) 

SOLD OUT - The "Ladies Lounge:" 4 Single Beds with privacy curtains (occupancy 4) 

1 BED AVAILABLE - The "Ladies Lounge:" 1 Single Bed top bunk with privacy curtains (occupancy 1) 

“I am a solitary writer. It changes what I write when I know others will hear or read it. But this never felt too hard or too scary. The thing I appreciate the most was listening to the writing of other women. The prompts were great for me because I usually don’t write that way and it gave me permission to explore topics that I normally don’t explore.” ~Alyssa, Summer GLOW 2018 

Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $250 non-refundable deposit. Here's how:

Email Alyse @ to: 
1). request your room selection, and
2). receive options for securing your room with a deposit.

Alyse will confirm your room selection.

Can't wait to hear from you — and sink into Winter FIRE!!

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