To view photos from recent retreats, click on this link

Half-Day Retreat

Are you longing for a peaceful space in the midst of your busy life where you can slow down, open your heart and pay attention to whatever Life is offering you in this moment?  If so, our half-day meditation retreats provide you with an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and with the beauty of nature.

Spending quality time with yourself is one of the most healing and transformative gifts you can give to yourself, your loved ones and your world.  Join us to experience the preciousness of each moment, in Mary’s beautiful garden retreat.  To see it, watch this video.

There is a Half-Day Retreat on the first Saturday of every other month (even-numbered months) from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Mary’s home in Kirkland, WA.  There will be no Half-Day Retreat in February due to the Costa Rica Retreat.

The cost for the retreat is $40. Registrations need to be received by Noon the Friday before.  To register, you may either email Mary and pay at the door or click on the button below. Payments are processed through PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. For questions, please email


Denmark Retreat July 29 – August 2 2015
Experiencing the joy of being fully alive!

strandgaardenTake a moment and recognize that everything that happens in your life happens in the present moment, so this moment is the only one that matters. (took out second in your)  It is where all of the joy, peace and Love you long for are found.  And yet you, like most people, probably only have a few moments during the day when all of the thinking quiets down and you become aware of the present moment.  In those moments, you are fully available to Life.

Trying to be in the moment doesn’t work – it only creates struggle.  In this retreat we will explore how to access all the peace, joy, aliveness and trust that this living moment has to offer you without trying!

The retreat will be held within a container of silence, but we will do a lot of sharing and exploring together so that you can leave with the tools and insights that allow you to know more deeply the joy of being fully alive.

The retreat will take place from 5:00 PM Wednesday to 3:00 on Sunday at Strandgaarden Retreat Center.  Cost is DKr 5000 (US$915) dbl room and DKr 5400 (US$1000) single room which includes the retreat, room and meals.

Early Bird registrations received before May 1st DKr 4500 (US$825 dbl room and DKr 4900 (US$900) single room.

For more information, please email Siff at or you can go to the Danish website at

Workshop in Copenhagen July 24-25, 2015.  Contact and registration in Denmark is with Siff


Hawaii Retreat February 21-28, 2016

IMG_2766Do you dream of a time of deep relaxation and renewal?  Do you long to enjoy the beauty and peace of nature, to play in the warm sun of a tropical paradise? This retreat offers you all of this and more. The smells, the colors, the sounds and the wildlife all conspire to invite you back into the magical presence of life.
This is an invitation to take time out of your busy schedule to reconnect with yourself and with life. It is a true gift to yourself, and there is no better setting than the Hawaiian Islands, where life makes love to life.
The focus of the retreat is on learning how to show up for whatever life brings in each moment.  In that process, we will give ourselves the gift of silence through the day, and times of exploring together ideas and skills that invite us back into life. We will share both our wisdom and the challenges of learning to quiet our minds and open our hearts.
There will be some meditation.  The emphasis, however, is not on meditation techniques, but rather on using meditation practices to experience each moment of our lives more fully.

The retreat will be held at Hui Ho’olana, a beautiful and consciously stewarded retreat center on the island of Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands.

The retreat price includes your room, meals and retreat fees for 7 days.  Rooms are non-smoking and are shared by 2 to 3 people. Meals are vegetarian plus fresh local fish, cooked and presented buffet style.

The price will be: $2395 ($2195 if registered by June 1, 2015).  A $700 non-refundable deposit holds your place.  Balance is due by December 1, 2015.  No refunds on balance after January 10th, 2016.  Cancellations after that date can apply the balance paid to another retreat within one year.

You will need to make your own travel arrangements.

To see photos of previous retreats, please click on Hui Hawaii Retreat Book.



To ask general questions or request information about unscheduled retreats, please Contact Us.  For a schedule of upcoming events, please go to our Events Calendar.