Retreat Travel and Accommodation Information
GETTING to GALIANO
I’ll set up a private messenger thread for us to coordinate possible airport arrivals / rides to the ferry, reservations, pick-ups and any other creative transportation solutions to do whatever we can for you to get to the terminal for Thursday evening when we leave together!
If you are local (Vancouver area), it would be awesome if you could volunteer to drive as we typically need three cars in total with a full retreat of 12 women. This again, is discussed and figured out quite quickly in the facebook group.
If we have NO locals I will be responsible for finding transport from the Sturdies Ferry terminal to the house – and around the island, so leave that with me.
THE FERRY TERMINAL
Galiano Island is the Gateway to the Southern Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The closest island to Vancouver, we are accessible from the mainland and local islands by ferry (to Sturdies Bay), boat or floatplane.
*NOTE THERE ARE LIMITED SAILINGS TO STURDIES BAY SO BE SURE TO CHECK THE SCHEDULES AND MAKE RESERVATIONS AS THE SAILINGS CAN FILL UP QUICKLY*
Driving / Ferry: From Vancouver, take BC-99 South, then BC-17 South to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. From there, we’re a short ride away, and often the first stop. It’s a small ferry, so be sure to reserve a spot for your vehicle. Visit BC Ferries or call 1-888-223-3779 (1-888-BCFERRY). Note that in shoulder seasons the ferries run less sailings – sometimes only two per day in the morning and evening).
Tsawwassen to Sturdies Bay (September 7 – Oct 11, 2021)
Thursday departs at 10:25 am and 7:15pm ONLY (the trip is 55 mins)
Sturdies Bay to Tsawwassen Terminal (Sept 7 – Oct 11, 2021)
Monday departs 8:30 AM *ONLY* (1 hour non-stop)
Sunday evening departs at 6:20 (2 hour trip via Mayne Island)
From Victoria/Swartz Bay
Driving / Ferry: Easily reached from Victoria International Airport, or from Victoria, take Highway 17 to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, and follow signs to the Gulf Island ferry. Vehicle reservations are not available, so arrive early. Visit BC Ferries or call 1-888-223-3779 (1-888-BCFERRY).
Swartz Bay to Sturdies Bay (September 7 – Oct 11, 2021)
Thursday departs at 4:20 pm (arrive at 6pm) and 6:40 pm (arrive at 8:30pm)
Sturdies Bay to Swartz Bay Terminal (Sept 7 – Oct 11, 2021)
Monday departs 6:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 6:05 PM (90 min trip)
Sunday evening departs at 4:15 PM and 8:20 PM (90 min trip)
Air: Travel to Victoria’s International Airport means an easy connection and scenic flight to Galiano Island via Salt Spring Air.
From Seattle & Bellingham
Driving / Ferry / Blaine border: Take the 1-5 North towards Vancouver, BC. After crossing the border the route becomes Highway 99. Take Highway 17 turn-off and follow the signs south to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. From there, we are a short ride away, and often the first stop. Schedules are infrequent (usually twice per day) so be sure to reserve a spot for your vehicle, and time your driving to allow for border crossings and travel time Visit BC Ferries or call 1-888-223-3779 (1-888-BCFERRY).
Air: Travel from Seattle can be a scenic flight via scheduled or chartered floatplane. Visit Kenmore Air for flights to Galiano Island.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance and medical insurance.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS & DOCUMENTS
*Note that a valid passport is required to cross International borders*
Please ensure you research the required documentation for your flight or for entry into another country (valid passport for the entire duration of the Retreat and return travel, visa, entry fee, etc.). I cannot accept responsibility for delay or cancellation of any flights, train, buses or other forms of transport.
There are EIGHT bedrooms in total and a total of FOURTEEN beds (plus a few futons) so each person can expect a bed to themselves. Unless you want to share of course.
Six of the bedrooms are shared in a combination of twin bunk beds, queen and king beds.
One bedroom has one double bed.
One bedroom at the very top of the house (the meditation room) has one King but also requires a fairly steep ladder to climb up as it’s in the “meditation room” on top of the house.
Bottom line, there will be LOTS to choose from and plenty of space to stretch out.
Room allocation will be done on a first-come, first-served basis as you arrive unless I hear from you otherwise. If you’d like to request to share a room with a particular person let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request.
If you have special sleep requests or concerns let me know and I will do my best to ensure your needs are respected and met.
Think about packing ear plugs regardless and eye masks as there are no blackout blinds if this matters to you.
DRUGS & ALCOHOL USE
It’s important for participants to be clear headed and aware through the coaching sessions and as they process and integrate the learning received. Therefore the use of recreational substances such as alcohol or marijuana is not permitted.
For those who use marijuana for medicinal reasons, at previous retreats, this has been acceptable as long as it respects the other participants’ experience and is used outside of our sessions (like at the end of the day as we are winding down). Please let me know if this applies so we can respect your needs as well as the group being aware of yours.
The most important thing to me is for you to feel supported and nourished with the best possible food available.
My intention is to supply mostly vegetarian and vegan-based options from local and organic sources wherever possible which is easy in this neck of the woods! There will always be “carnivorous add-ons” for each meal which keeps everyone happy.
You can expect me to schedule a call with you soon to connect and find out if you have any special requests, desires, preferences or sensitivities I can be aware of to ensure you feel loved from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.
I can’t wait for you to experience the HEALING that the space, environment and women will bring you over these powerful five days!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above or you feel I’ve missed something that matters to you.
Effective as of July 9, 2021