Soul Food Retreat for Women

with Annie McHale

We are rescheduling this fantastic retreat to a future date TBD!

Jump-starting a healthy lifestyle begins with putting your needs on your To-Do List. When was the last time you dedicated an entire weekend to yourself? No appointments, phone calls, kids?

Pssst … it’s time!

Escape to the beautiful and private TreeSong Nature Awareness & Retreat Center located in the Columbia River Gorge, where you’ll explore your body and health stories, engage in group discussion, honor private reflection, learn creative and time-honored traditions, enjoy a relaxing yoga session, and meditate in Nature to quiet your mind and reconnect with your soul. All in a safe environment with support from kindred spirits.

Oh, and yes, you’ll also visit an organic farm to harvest ingredients and prepare 6 savory meals that will please your belly and soul. You’ll thank yourself; promise.

COST: $450-$500 per person (dependent upon accommodations selected)
(includes lodging, 6 organic vegetarian meals, private yoga instruction, materials, personalized apron, recipes, and so much more)

…8 people maximum (to ensure meaningful group connection).
…Most dietary preferences accommodated (gluten/wheat/grain/ sugar/dairy/caffeine free).


$500 – Accommodations in cabin, bunk room or hide-a-bed in living room
$475 -Accommodations on covered porch on comfy cots, bedding provided

$450 – Camping with own gear

…Registration deadline: June 15, 2017.
…$100 deposit required to secure registration.
…Remaining balance due: July 1, 2017.
…For women age 18-118.

Call 360-837-8733 or email us at to register.

From Annie:

Annie“At my core, I believe that breaking bread with others is the fabric that weaves families and communities together. Sharing a meal is sacred, and invites people to celebrate friendship, engage in conversation, and connect meaningfully.

Several years ago my husband, Curt and I committed to living a sustainable, healthy life beginning with the food we eat and share. We traded in our corporate jobs for rural living and real food. Gradually, we enlarged our classroom from a simple kitchen garden in Stevenson, WA to a 60-acre organic farm with multiple gardens, an heirloom orchard, animal care, egg production, and a food education program on the Oregon coast.

We recognized a common theme among hundreds of guests: most experienced a profound connection while seated at our table, overflowing with just-harvested organic goodness. The smell of earth, of evening dew, of fresh herbs, and edible flowers was palpable. No one wanted to leave!

rootsFar too often we are reminded of the very real disconnect between most people and their food source, nature, their body, family, and roots. We now know that real food is medicine, the healer of most ills. Determined to bring the farm experience to others wherever they are, as well as debunk the myths that healthy food is too expensive and dietary changes too challenging, we created ROOTS Farmacy. It is our intention to inspire folks to enter into relationship with their own kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals and connect meaningfully with their loved ones.

We’ve done the hard work: the research, the number crunching, the planting, the harvesting, the taste-testing, the recipe tweaking; all from a labor of love. Join us for a class or retreat, and savor the bounty of our local Columbia River Gorge farms while learning to prepare heart-loving food. Your spirit, body, and mind will thank you.

Here’s to living a simple, affordable, DELICIOUS life!”

Annie McHale
(541) 351-5247




  • If you haven’t heard of Gorge Grown yet, I’m happy to make the introduction! This non-profit is all about connecting folks with Gorge-local food sources, and makes it possible in a very easy format. Markets, farmers, and farmer’s markets on both sides of the river are all showcased in this easy-to-navigate website. Check it out:
  • An affordable and simple way to support your fresh and organic lifestyle is to purchase a CSA membership (Community Supported Agriculture) from a farmer near you. Weekly you’ll pick up a box of organic vegetables, fruits, and other products (Honey? Butter? Flowers?) grown right here in the Gorge – can’t get any more local than that (unless you garden, too). Take a look at Local Harvest, a non-profit, web-based directory with thousands of listings of farmers, grocers, artisans, restaurants, and more. Just enter your zip code and a list of local agricultural-based businesses in your area will magically appear.


  • The downtown farmer’s market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction and home to over 250 vendors, and the second largest in the State of Washington. And, the Columbia Tech Center market is gaining in stature, too. You won’t want to miss either one if you live near or are traveling thru Vancouver this summer.


  • Bob’s Red Mill is another Portland gem. An Oregon success story, Bob Moore has dedicated more than 30 years to creating healthy (particularly gluten-free) food items. The Portland-based company sells its products on-line and on-site, as well as in nearly 300 stores in Oregon alone. Here’s a link to find products in a store near you (simply enter your zip code):

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