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August 4-8, 2024 in Colton, OR

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Remembering our belonging to this earth and each other by weaving Wisdom, Wellness and Wildness in Sacred Sisterhood.

This is for all who identify as Women and value the deep joy of reclaiming and embodying our humanity as medicine.

WHAT IS THE TEMPLE OF BELONGING:

A blend between a gathering, conference and retreat .

It’s an intersection and practice ground for community and culture to remember the old ways and thread them bravely with the new.

Here, we value sense of place, diversity of personhood, and rooted purpose.

The Annual Gathering

The Temple of Belonging Bio-Regional Gathering is a transformative four-night, five-day celebration of women-powered culture, focused on building and tending to local community and connection here in the PNW.

Dive deep into an intimate, nurturing environment where you can reconnect with your essence, forge meaningful bonds with others, and tap into the universal source that sustains us all. This all-inclusive experience centers women in a retreat format designed to echo the rhythms of our inherent wisdom, wellness and wildness.

Over the course of four full & enriching days, immerse yourself in a soulful blend of activities at your own pace: participate in morning yoga and meditation, engage in heartfelt rituals and ceremonies, be inspired by the many wisdom shared, enjoy home-cooked meals, and explore the serene outdoors with hikes and camping under the majestic cedars. Our offerings also include a dedicated space for mothers and children, a healing arts spa, enchanting evening gatherings with songs by the fire, and a vibrant makers marketplace.

This is a down-to-earth space to co-create belonging in ways that are organically born from our shared joy and diverse needs as women, mothers, daughters and sisters.

Join us in the Pacific Northwest’s most cherished women's gathering—The Temple of Belonging.

 

Discover more and embrace this unique opportunity to transform and remember in the company of an inspiring, women-centered community.

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What you can expect:

Annual 4 1/2 day campout

Wisdom and Workshops

Craft and Skill Building

Home Cooked Meals

Movement and Meditation

Healing Arts Services

Maker's Market

Sacred time in Nature

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The Temple of Belonging

The Temple of Belonging- from the witch tarot by Agni Sullins:

The Church of Fitting In is a tattered doctrine pedaling the snake oil of self-improvement

it sustains its dying creed from your contortions

of worthiness bending for approval

twisting for appreciation

bowing and scraping in hopes of sanction

through the blood-art of performance

prettiness and productivity its prophets of profit

believe you are less than and grow rich from the spoils

of your complicit agreement

when you believe their creed, you'll purchase the diet

conceal the flaws tweeze the unwanted

shave the unsatisfying girdle your nature deny your deep joy sacrifice your pleasure on the altar of pleasing others

and suffer the guilt of every stolen freedom

in the unholy name of fitting in

you'll reject all that doesn't grant you access

to their idea of perfection

and purchase all that does what they don't profit from

there are no riches in belonging

except for the woman who is willing to embody it

The Temple of Belonging is golden

its hallowed ground welcomes you

as both priestess and crone

and adorns your shoulders with the robes

of benefactress and beneficiary
enter the covenant of your sovereignty

become your own sanctuary

drink from the chalice of self-worth

take communion with the internal

divine swallow it down like the seasons

and seeds of Persephone's fruit

give voice to the old songs

the ones that wolf and moon and forest still sing to

dance out of Eden feet drumming the wayback

wonder and chant the holy stories

the truth older than myth

that women are the holy grail

conceiving, conjuring, and delivering

every single human being on the planet

worship at the altar of your soul's deep content

like the moon-drunk curve of lily

the garnet skin of pomegranate

the ink spill arc of raven's wing

glorious in its unfolding precisely as it is

wild, whole, free and perfect in relation only to itself

kiss your curves like a prayer

anoint your fingers with honey from your own jar

spread wings and legs and heart in flowered benediction

become a disciple of inner devotion

resurrect the silver salvation of self-respect
believe in your self and your wild holy heart

like it's a sovereign religion
it is and the world needs more missionaries.

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