Hestia Retreat


Hestia Retreat is excited to share our offerings for the fall and winter season – some tried and true, some new!

If you’re not familiar with Hestia Retreat, we hope that you will take the time to get to know us and to take time for yourself. The name “Hestia” comes from the ancient Greek goddess of the heart and hearth. As Hestia the goddess is mythologized to have done, Hestia Retreat creates ways for women to find quiet time, to renew ourselves and nurture, support, and inspire each other. We are a non-profit based on Vashon and have been going strong for the past eight years.

In an increasingly hectic world, carving out time for reflection and reconnection with what matters most to each of us is more important than ever. Yet, many women find they are “last on the list,” doing for others more than they do for themselves. Through our programs, we seek to “hold space” for women to reprioritize their own health and well-being.
Please join our mailing list, come to our monthly programs, meet other women on Vashon, and get involved!

Here are our offerings—all at no charge—for the remainder of 2018 and into the new year:
Book Club
First Wednesday of the month
Next event: Wednesday, October 3, 7-9pm – Book TBD
Connecting time with food/drinks followed by book discussion and selection of the next book at a lovely waterfront home. Contact Julia Baker juliabkr@yahoo.com
Journaling Group
Second Wednesday of the month
If you’ve always wanted to journal, or if you simply want to get inspiration by writing to new prompts, this may be perfect for you. Plenty of time to write, followed by brief shares for those who wish to do so. Contact info@hestiaretreat.org

Serene Saturdays
First Saturday of the month – This is one of our new gatherings!
Next event: Saturday, October 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Time to meditate, read, draw, journal – or whatever serene activity is most healing to you – in a restful yoga studio space in the woods. Contact Emily Herrick at emmylouherrick@gmail.com for information, directions, and to reserve a spot. Limited to 8.
Sunday Conversations
Third Sunday of the month – We are expanding this offering!
Sunday, September 16, 4 – 6 pm, at the Senior Center, Bank Road
Enjoy coffee/tea and conversation in a relaxed setting. This is a great opportunity to meet regularly with a group of women just to be together and engage. Contact Catherine Swearingen, catherine.swearingen@gmail.com, to RSVP or for more information.
Hestia Annual Celebration
Thursday, December 13 – evening (time TBD)
Gender-inclusive event for people who are already members and those who are interested in learning more about Hestia Retreat or just to gather with others. Take a break from hectic holiday preparations, and enjoy drinks and appetizers by the (Hestia) hearth! Co-housing Common House. Contact Valerie Manusov, manusovv@gmail.com to RSVP.
We look forward to getting to know you at our events as we encourage women to give themselves the gift of time for themselves.
For more information, visit hestiaretreat.org or write to us at info@hestiaretreat.org.