The Cave and the Well

A Weekend for Goddess-Inspired Creators
 February 7-9, 2020

Friday Harbor, WA

Are you working on a novel, but find yourself stuck? Are you trying to finish a painting but can’t find the focus?  Maybe you're feeling a creative urge to begin something…but don’t know where to start? No matter where you are on your creative journey, this is the opportunity to take a deep dive into your project...or start something new! Bring your project or blank slate. Leave with a deeper relationship to your artist soul and new life in your creative endeavor at this spiritual and creative retreat in the San Juan Islands.

Open to persons of all genders over 18 years old. Parents are welcome to bring nursing infants.


Weekend will include…

  • Meditation and ritual invoking Brigid and the Morrigan, Celtic goddesses of creation and courage.
  • Exercises to address creative blocks, fear of failure, and tapping into richer images and symbolism with author Courtney Weber and artist Ashley Rugge.
  • Plentiful creative space to start or work on your project.
  • Nature Walks
  • Community dinners with fellow creators.

The Particulars...

Cost for weekend: $300. Early bird rate of $275 if you register before December 15, 2019.
Fee includes: All workshops with Courtney and Ashley, Friday and Saturday night dinner, Sunday lunch, and optional eco-tour and cave ceremony.

Not included: transportation, lodging, breakfasts, or Saturday lunch. Proceeds from this weekend will benefit Resurrecting Monuments Community Archeology Project.

Weekend begins Friday evening, 2/7/20 and ends Sunday afternoon, 2/9/20.

All workshops will be held at Gallery Mystes Rising: Center for Instinctual Art. Please note: gallery is accessible only by staircase.

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Your hosts…



Ashely Virginia Rugge

Ashley Virginia Rugge is an artist and mystic based on San Juan Island. She learned painting from her mother at the ripe young age of 19 whilst they were living in a tiny cow town in Germany. Since then she has allowed the journey of art to reveal the sacred mysteries to her. She is deeply called to create images and symbols of healing for the earth and all the earth’s creatures. She has recently been integrating her painting practice into other modalities such as poetry, film, performance, and sound art. Blending her plant and landscaping knowledge, Ashley is also an earth artist. She creates landscaped art installations as offerings to the earth. Ashley owns and operates Gallery Mystes Rising, an artist run working gallery in Friday Harbor. She lives with her husband and three kitties in a cabin in the woods on her island home.

Courtney Weber

Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess, Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, and The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might, as well as the forthcoming Hekate: Goddess of Witches. She is a co-host of “That Witch Life Podcast”. She has been featured in the New York Times, Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show.  

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