Write of Passage

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Roundhouse Farm

1506 Burnside Road West

Victoria, BC V9E 2E2


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A day retreat with Recovering Words Facilitator, Richard Osler + Sacred Recovery

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“Tell me, what is your plan to do/ With your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver

Words matter; words can change lives in recovery. How is this possible? It is possible because poetry picks the lock of the persona. Thoughts, feelings, images, often long buried, appear on the page as if written by someone else’s hand.

"Using the extraordinary resource of contemporary poetry the Recovering Words workshops introduces recovering individuals to poems that speak to their lives, their circumstances. Using poems written by published poets, some with backgrounds with addictions, others not, the words of these poems strike home. Poets pay attention. They are experts of our world, of our human hearts. It is their voices that begin the conversation in the recovery centre meeting rooms. Time and distance shrinks. Workshop participants are inspired to write their words. Tell their own stories. And to stand up and share their creative words with each other." - Richard Osler

Sacred Recovery recognizes and respects that there are multiple perspectives and approaches to recovery. Intoxication or use of alcohol and drugs are not permitted. 'Write of Passage' is recovery oriented and designed to be a spiritual resource for recovery. It is not a replacement for addiction treatment, psychiatric, or medical care. If you are unsure if this ritual is a fit for you, please contact us.

What to bring:

- Items to keep you comfortable (blanket, water)

- Journal or something to write in

- A pen or writing instrument

- A bagged lunch (or intention to purchase lunch) snacks will be provided!

- An open heart and mind

There are very comfy pillows and back supports provided at the venue!


Richard Osler – Poet

Writing poetry is one rockin’ way to bust open a life! Richard has found the truth of this in his own poems but also for the countless participants in his recovery-focussed poetry therapy sessions he has been leading in Western Canada for more than ten years. Nothing in his previous careers as a business journalist with the Financial Post, on-air business columnist with CBC’s nationally broadcast Morningside radio program and specialty money manager prepared him for the unexpected ways poems we write can know more than we do and become paths to healing. Richard, a somewhat recent resident of Vancouver Island, B.C., facilitates poetry writing retreats throughout Western Canada and the U.S. and, also more than 80, poetry therapy sessions within a residential addiction recovery treatment centre. His poems have been short-listed for prizes in the U.S. and Canada and his full-length poetry collection, Hyaena Season was published in 2016. To learn more about Richard and his offerings please visit: recoveringwords.com.

Vasalisa + Lucy

We are the co-founders of Sacred Recovery. We both have over a decade of professional experience in the field of addiction recovery. We are women in long term recovery.

Vasalisa is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner specializing in ritual and sound healing. Lucy is a Counsellor specializing in Addictions. We have street cred and professional certifications but most importantly we look forward to getting to know you and exploring all that is sacred - together. We welcome you to visit our website sacredrecovery.ca to read more about who we are.

About Sacred Recovery

We believe that working as a collective community, we can truly make a change. At Sacred Recovery we give you the opportunity to contribute to the recovery of others, while taking exceptional care of yourself.


The Sacred Recovery rituals are located at Roundhouse Farm in Victoria, BC. Organic farm and event venue in Victoria BC.

A place for people to come together for retreat, learning, music and celebration. While on site participants can explore the working organic farm, acres of peaceful land, and the beautiful roundhouse. The farm is also home of Roundhouse Midwives, offering complete care for childbearing families. you can read more about the venue at roundhousefarm.co


What are my parking options?

There is parking available on site.

Will there be group sharing?

Yes. Our rituals and workshops are participatory and often will include a group sharing component. Sharing is invitational and all participants are welcome to pass - however we welcome you to push your edges, use your voice, and remember that what you have to offer is valuable.

Do I need to have experience with earth based spirituality or poetry?

Absolutely not. An open heart/mind is all that is required.

Is smoking permitted at the venue?

No. We ask that participants go off property to smoke.

Can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

Unfortunately no refunds will be provided but you are welcome to gift your ticket to someone else. Please send a note to Sacred Recovery in advance of the workshop, or note this in your purchase order.

How can I contact the organizers?

Contact Sacred Recovery with any questions, at: connect@sacredrecovery.ca You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Roundhouse Farm

1506 Burnside Road West

Victoria, BC V9E 2E2


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