Important Things To Know

Things to know for registered Sisters...

Please read this carefully, as there are some very important steps and updates that you must know prior to traveling to Seabeck Conference Center and while onsite with us for the event. Keep this information handy! 

 

Important COVID-19 safety measures that need your attention

 

●        Within 72 Hours prior to arrival on Thursday, March 30 -  All attendees must provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival.  All groups using Seabeck Conference Center must attest in writing that they have confirmed every member of their group has proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival. Should you test positive prior to attending, you should stay home and care for yourself. Seabeck policy requires that anyone testing positive or showing signs of COVID-19, should immediately leave the campus grounds.   We will have an email address for you to send your documented negative test. Email coming soon.

 

●        Please go inside to the Registration Desk inside the lobby of the Historic Inn where you will receive your registration materials and directions to your room. 

 

●        The Governor of Washington announced that the mask mandate ended on March 12, 2022. We follow State guidelines, so there is not any mask requirement during the retreat.  Be aware that there will be other groups meeting at Seabeck during our retreat who may not have recently tested for COVID-19 and our attendees will be co-mingling with guests from the other groups during mealtimes in the Main Dining Room. Mask wearing is your choice.

 

●        Each attendee will be provided three different color lanyards to choose from, designating your comfort level for how close you would like to interact with others. All three lanyards will be provided in the registration materials at check in. 

 

✔       Blue/turquoise lanyard indicates that “Hugs are OK”

✔       Orange lanyard indicates that you are “OK with talking, but no physical touch”

✔       Pink/fuchsia lanyard indicates that you prefer that everyone “Give 6 feet of personal space”

 

●        Should you begin to feel symptoms and like to take another test during the retreat, we will have a limited supply of additional tests to take. Reminder: Seabeck policy requires that anyone testing positive or showing signs of COVID-19 should immediately leave the campus grounds.  

 

Cancellations:  If you are unable to attend the retreat for any reason, it is important that you contact Marylyn Kirk at 408-504-5121 or Cathy Gucker at 541-222-0863 by TUESDAY, March 28th so that we won’t worry about you. The team leaves for the retreat center early on Wednesday, March 29th to prepare for your beautiful presence, so it is unlikely either Marylyn or Cathy will get your message on Wednesday due to limited cell phone reception. If you must reach us, please call the Seabeck Conference Center at 360-830-5010 and leave a message. If you cannot attend, but have a substitute who can, we need to know as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

If YOU must cancel your registration:

Naturally, no one registers for a retreat with the intention of cancelling or postponing, but unexpected things do happen. Please familiarize yourself with the SisterSpirit Cancellation/Refund policy, which is in place to help both the attendees and the retreat planning team work together in sharing expenses that

may arise from unexpected cancellations. Depending on when you cancel, certain penalties may apply.

Refunds are determined by the following schedule:

 

Appeals to the refund policy will be discussed on a case-by case basis and determined by the Dream Team. SisterSpirit is not responsible for any expenses incurred prior to any cancellation, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip. Any additional costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

 

Arrival and Departure:  Please arrive at Seabeck on Thursday, March 30st, between 1:15-3:30 pm to check-in. This will provide adequate time for your COVID-19 test and to unload your gear before our first gathering. Travel time from SEA-TAC is approximately 2 hours (68.5 mi) via I-5 S and WA-16 W, and no ferry crossing is required. If traveling from North of Seattle, please allow plenty of time to take the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry or the Seattle/Bremerton Ferry. The Ferry schedules can be found at:  https://wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/   Our closing ceremony will be on Sunday morning followed by lunch. Plan to depart Seabeck by 1:30 pm on Sunday. Seabeck policy requires that all attendees have left the campus by 2:00 pm.  Please honor your commitment to arrive on time and remain until the end of the retreat on Sunday.

     

How do I get there if I'm not from the Seattle Area?

Fly into the Seattle (SEA-SeaTac) airport. 

From there you can:


How far away is Seabeck Conference Center from Seattle?


From Seattle the conference center is 1.5-2.5 hours drive away

From SeaTec airport, the conference center is about 1.5 hours away


Please factor this into your planning to be sure you arrive on time and stay for the full retreat. 


Carpool:  Please make your own carpool arrangements on the Google doc located at  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jfXY6VroE7iNSopj6y6J-4Rl-vKK1zgecBmA-2WJ2tQ/edit?usp=sharing. It's fun to share a ride with someone and make a new friend while being environmentally friendly. Be sure to share the cost of gas, tolls, car rental or ferry expenses with your driver, too.

 

Informational volunteer meeting:   If you are willing to be in service during the retreat, there will be an informational volunteer meeting at 4:15 in the downstairs Meeting Room in PINES followed by our Welcome and Orientation meeting at 5:00.

 

Welcome Gathering and Orientation: At 5:00 in the downstairs Meeting Room in PINES, we will get-acquainted and go over a few housekeeping details. Dinner will follow at 6:00 in the DINING ROOM at mid-campus. Our first Session and Opening Ceremony will be at 7:30 in the downstairs Meeting Room in PINES.

 

Meals:  If you are a vegetarian/vegan and indicated this on your registration form, there will be appropriate food choices for you. Our caterer has been informed of any special diets or food allergies that you may have listed. There is a small, shared refrigerator in the Dining Room for special food needs or to store required medications. (Refrigerator space is not guaranteed.)


Bathrooms/showers and linens: Bathrooms and showers are shared with your roommate(s). All bedding, pillows, towels, and washcloths are provided. All downstairs rooms are handicap accessible.


What to Bring: The full list of recommended items is below. Please label everything. Some women do snore, so bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Also, no pets are allowed at Seabeck Conference Center per our contract. Bring business cards/event flyers for our Community table, labeled photos of departed loved ones for our ancestor altar and drums, rattles, flutes, guitars, ukuleles, or other musical instruments for our drumming circles.

 

Weather:  The month of March in Seabeck experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy is about 68%. The average daily temperature  is 55 degrees, and the average low temperature is 40 degrees. There’s a 45% chance of rain or showers.

 

Cell Phone and Wi-Fi reception:  Cell phone reception is limited especially with Sprint or AT&T carriers and Wi-Fi service may be spotty. Be prepared to be "technologically unplugged" for a few days, just in case!  Seabeck has a 24-hour phone number to leave with your family, and it is 360-830-5010.

 

Artisan Faire: On Saturday afternoon from 2:30-4:00, there will be an Artisan Faire in the Meeting Room in Pines. If you have personally created arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, paintings, have authored a book or produced your own music (CDs or otherwise), this is YOUR time to shine. Price your items and bring your displays, your own change, Square or paper credit card authorization forms for sales. We can’t wait to see your creations!  It will be fun to support our sisters in their creative endeavors and purchase some unique items.  Bring some extra cash to go shopping! 


Retreat spiritual leader, guest speaker & musician:   Rev. Abigail Schairer, Associate Minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Seattle is our retreat Spiritual Leader and facilitator along with the Dream Team. Rickie Byars, the godmother of new thought music, is our featured musician and speaker! Get ready for some powerful energy!

 

Workshops & free time:  There will be a variety of workshops to choose from where supplies will be provided. You can also choose to skip the workshops and enjoy time to bask in any sun you may find, take a nap, read a book, journal, or hike around the area. If you'd like to give a workshop, please fill out our workshop proposal form.

 

Goddess Gift Exchange: Should you have any gently used jewelry or other spiritual items or books you would like to gift to someone else, please bring them to the Goddess Gift Exchange table.  If you find something you like, feel free to give that item a new loving home!

 

Divine Expression Theater:  Our Saturday night talent show, Divine Expression Theater, will be your chance to try out your entertainment skills. All performance pieces (songs, dances, skits, poetry, stand-up comedy, musical solos, whatever!) are welcome for your 3 minutes of fame. Be sure to bring any props, music, costumes, instruments, CDs, etc., that will enhance your special talents (especially sheet music if you want our fabulous musician to accompany you). Sign up for Divine Expression Theater at Registration when you arrive at Seabeck. (How many minutes will you have to perform? Three!)

 

Dates for 2024 SisterSpirit:  We anticipate that SisterSpirit 2024 will be approximately the same time frame—end of March, first part of April 2024. Pre-registration for 2024 will be available at the retreat. You can pre-register yourself and/or a friend or relative for next year for $99. This amount will apply to your 2024 registration fee, you will receive a $40 discount off the 2024 retreat, AND you will be able to register a few weeks ahead of regular registration. You will have first choice of lodging location before registration opens to the public. Checks, cash, or debit/credit cards are accepted for pre-registration.

 

We are super excited to see you again or meet for the first time!  So much has happened since we last met and we can’t wait to be with you at this transformational retreat where we will emerge connected and full of possibility! We will see you at Seabeck on Thursday, March 30 between 1:15 and 3:30pm

 

Love,

2022 SisterSpirit Dream Team

 

Rev. Abigail Schairer, Marylyn Kirk, Cathy Gucker, Michelle Lang, Rev. Lynda Lundry-Starr, Cheryl Gifford, Julieanna Smith, and Rev. Donna Starr


 

Must-haves packing list –Label everything-use blue painter’s tape

●        Water bottle with a leak proof lid labeled with your name. There are multiple locations to refill your water bottle

●        Layered comfortable clothing (jeans, yoga pants, shorts, tops, sweatshirts, etc.)

●        Comfy shoes

●        Pajamas, robe, slippers/flip flops, ear plugs (soft ones are available at most drug stores)

●        Menstrual supplies (there’s lots of female energy which could trigger your cycle early)

●        Toiletries -shower gel/soap, shampoo, toothbrush, brush, blow dryer, etc. Towels are provided.

●        Warm jacket, rain gear (Seattle = rain) hat, gloves, scarf for nighttime or early morning walks

●        Flashlight and batteries or use your cell phone—it’s very dark at night and we want you to be safe while walking from place to place

●        Chargers!!

●        Any special dietary items. There is very limited communal refrigeration in the Dining Room for those with special dietary needs.

●        Prescription medications, small first aid kit, insurance cards and emergency contact information

●        Costumes, props, sheet music, etc., for Divine Expression Theater (talent show)

 

Optional items - label these, too!

●        Personally created arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, paintings, etc. for the Artisan Faire, plus displays, extra change, Square and/or paper credit card authorization forms. Wi-Fi may be iffy.

●        Drums, rattle, flutes, rain sticks, guitars, or other musical instruments for the drumming circle (label them)

●        Yoga mat or towel for the ground/floor if you wish to participate in yoga (label it)

●        Commuter coffee cup (labeled) with a lid.

●        Family pictures for our communal altar, including photos of those who have transitioned (label them)

●        Business cards or flyers for your business to share at the community table

●        Extra cash: Suggested amount $75-$150 for gas, meals while traveling, appreciation gifts for staff, money for Artisan Faire purchases, musician/speaker CDs/books, and cash or checks for pre-registration for 2024 retreat ($99)

●        Allergy/cold medications/natural remedies

●        EpiPen for food allergies or bee allergies

●        CPAP and extension cord for those with sleep apnea

●        Sacred or “homey” items to embellish your room, battery operated candles are okay

●        Crazy PJs, scarves, sarongs. Be yourself!

●        Board games or outdoor games to share during free time

●        Personal art/craft materials or a book for quiet hour every day (the Colman Craft Center is also available during this time)

●        Headset or ear buds for MP3 players or phones. The walls are thin. Even if you think the volume is low, your neighbors will be able to hear (that includes conversations, so be aware of quiet hour).

●        Bicycles are allowed, so if you are traveling by car and can fit it in, bring your bike to get from location to location.

 

Please leave the following at home:

●        Pets are not allowed on the property. If you have a service animal that you must bring, please contact Marylyn Kirk at sisterspiritlove@gmail.com and discuss this with her.

●        Unregistered guests - everyone must be registered in advance

●        No folding lawn chair needed (YAY!!) Seabeck provides cushioned chairs in our carpeted meeting space.

●        A closed mind – nobody wants that!