Salish Sea Soiree – An Evening to Benefit Vashon Wilderness Program

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Islanders can look forward to the Salish Sea Soiree – An Evening to Benefit the Vashon Wilderness Program from 5pm-9pm on Saturday, March 7th, at Camp Sealth – the non-profit’s 400 acre outdoor classroom of the past 13 years.

Guests will celebrate the 4,500 people of all ages who have benefited from VWP’s transformative deep nature connection mentoring programs and community events, and proceeds will ensure VWP can expand to meet the demand for their programs and services, including providing scholarships to those in need.

Vashon Wilderness Program is on a mission to ensure a deep connection between humans and the natural world. “We carefully tend relationships with ourselves, each other, and nature based on peace, compassion, reverence, and reciprocity,” says VWP’s Executive Director Stacey Hinden. “All our programs honor Nature as Teacher and Healer. We help our students fall in love with the Earth so that they will protect it!”

Research has shown that spending time in nature improves health and well-being, including increased cognitive, social-emotional, and physical health. Combined with VWP’s cultural practices of gratitude, peacemaking, compassionate communication/conflict resolution, inquiry-based learning, and nature-based community-building skills, youth also develop leadership qualities that will prepare them for an uncertain future.

This year’s theme – Salish Sea Soiree – is inspired by our vital relationship with the waters and and sea creatures surrounding our Island home. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening VWP style – full of warmth, connection, and a healthy dose of play!

Guests can look forward to foraged and farmed delectables artfully prepared by Chef Chris Koerber of Earthen; delicious drinks crafted from Vashon’s own forest and herb gardens; and scrumptious desserts at the Sweet Treat Trot prepared by professional and volunteer bakers with the sea theme in mind!

Hosted by the warm and witty Marth Enson, the Salish Sea Soiree will help ensure VWP’s legacy of never turning any family away. Guests will have an opportunity to “Raise a Fin” and donate to VWP’s Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $207,000 in tuition aid to over 34% of their students.

Be sure to bid at the Silent Auction tables, full of nature-inspired items and experiences to help you connect more deeply with yourself, the community, and nature. There’s a one-of-a-kind evening among the stars in a tree-top woven net overlooking Mt. Rainier; a custom Beyond the Bay Kayak Tour for 6 by Vashon Adventures; an Italian Wine Tasting Party replete with land maps and rich stories by local officanado Chris Zimmerman; and dozens of other special items for adults and kids including art, clothing, wildcrafted herbals, massages and bodywork, and so much more. Of priceless value will be Earth Candles lovingly prepared with the small hands of VWP’s youngest students (ages 4-6).

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in aquatic attire: A Squid skirt? A Jellyfish jumper? A Goeduck Gown? Let your imagination run wild!

Ample parking is available at Camp Sealth and shuttle service will be available on site to drive guests to and from the event hall at the waterfront.

Tickets are $65 per person/$650 per table (early bird price through Feb 7th); $75 per person/$750 per table. Admission includes appetizers, a complimentary alcoholic beverage and dinner. Tickets are available online at vashonwilderness.org

VWP (a 501c3 non-profit) provides transformative nature immersion programs and seasonal celebrations for people for all ages from Vashon and surrounding Puget Sound communities. Their approach to deep nature connection, called Coyote Mentoring, has been touted by award-winning author Richard Louv as “… good medicine for nature deficit disorder.”