Annual Women’s Dreaming Retreat
on Salt Spring Island

Every year women come from all over the world to this magical island in the sea with the shared intention of dreaming together in council.

Embodying the Dream is a place of reunion for those of us who crave community with other women dreamers. Whether meeting for the first time or weaving in deeper, we practice at belonging together through embodied dreamwork.

Dates: October 1st – 4th, 2020
Place: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

This was the most magical dreaming experience of my life.  I will cherish it always, and forever. – Teresa Deck, ON Canada

Thank you, dear Toko-pa, for hosting such a graceful, attentive, tender and joyful dream lodge this last week-end on the pristine and glorious island where you presently live. It was well worth traveling from California. Such gatherings nurture the soul and spirit and create strong bonds, in the outer as well as inner space, may we sow more seeds of reunions and inspiring ritual gatherings, the flowers and seeds much needed on an industrious industrial sparse landscape. – Anyes, Nevada City, CA

This was an unprecedented opportunity to enter into a community of women that is creating a new model for how women can interact and support each other, underpinned by a non-judgemental unabashed spirituality. I loved the whole retreat, but especially the fire at night. – Kate Eccles, Toronto, ON

Meet Your Guide

Toko-pa Turner is an author, teacher and dreamworker. Blending the mystical tradition of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreamwork, she founded the Dream School in 2001 from which hundreds of students have since graduated.

Toko-pa is the bestselling author of  “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home” which explores the themes of exile, and the search for belonging. It won the 2017 Nautilus Gold Award for its contribution to the field of Personal Growth, the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, the 2019 IAN Book of the Year award, and others.

Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reconciling paradox, and facilitating grief and ritual practice.


To give you a sense of how a retreat day unfolds, the mornings are magic as we tend to our dream journals and sacred altar in shared silence, while the mottled sky bathes us in diffuse light. After a yummy organic breakfast, we dive right into dreamsharing. Throughout the day, we dance, grieve, laugh and play with our dreams! We feast under Stowel Lake Farm’s vaulted roofs and luxuriate in the land’s many other generosities. And in the evenings, we gather for ceremony around the sacred fire, singing and drumming our longing into the smoke until we collapse again into the dreaming.


If you want to be held in a loving group of women while diving into the mystery, beauty, and prophecy of dreams this experience will be that and so much more! It was fascinating to dig into my dreams and see the many layers. It really did feel like remembering a first language. Stowel Lake Farm is heaven on earth. The accommodations were comfortable and beautiful. THE FOOD WAS DEEPLY nourishing and amazing. Everything was top notch!– Ayesha Ophelia, Chattanooga TN

It is here that I learned the power of dream council. This ancient practice is one that our world needs right more of and is a new priority for me. Our time together was a deep, magical,potently simple, and wondrous! I was struck by the ease at which we opened our pores and listen to ourselves and others (human and non) with the whole of our beings. This is the natural way to be in our world – to listen with tenderness and curiosity to ourselves, the environment and one another, to trust what arises, and to embody that which is calling us. Pure simplicity. I didn’t at all expect to be lead in an exploration of one of my life-long questions. As a child I began asking the waking and dream worlds to show me how ecosystems communicate. How do hives, packs, flocks, colonies, and healthy plant, animal, and human communities use their interconnectedness and senses to work for the greater good of their tribes….so that I may do the same? Dreams and synchronicity, the direct language of the soul and that which is connected to a greater tapestry of mystery, is the imaginal language that every human shares. By tapping into this soul-level conversation with a dream council, it is powerfully evident that together we possess an immense capacity of wisdom, creativity, and healing for ourselves, humanity, and this earth that we are not separate from. Alone, how would we know this?– Tara Sims, Woodside, CA

Loved it. I felt safe to expose my vulnerabilities. I felt heard and understood. And I know that my sharing resonated with some of the other women. The setting of the farm, stunning, the food nourishing for body and soul. The buildings inviting and beautiful. If you want to experience real magic, come to this retreat!
– – Robin Billas, Ladysmith, BC

We gathered up our dreams and offered them to each other around circles, fires, good food, and song. Finally, I felt myself saying, “Yes” to the wild, hidden places within my nature that were dying to be seen and heard. A voice that longed to emerge spoke, arose in song, and I felt my heart singing. In meeting Toko pa for the first time, I felt a strong divine nurturing presence radiating a fiery compassion. Salt Spring Island is a magical place, even the birds responded, listening to us with longing to get  “In”.
– Hilary Harrison, Gloucestor, MA

This was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was amazing to me that even in a group of 30 women I felt so safe and felt myself letting my walls come down. I also feel deeply honored to hear other women’s stories and be able to witness their process unfold. My favorite part would probably have to be waking up in the morning and sitting together in silence while tending to our dreams. This retreat helped me become aware of the things that were missing in my life. Those things being community and a relationship with nature and the land. This retreat provided a sense of safety and acceptance that is needed to truly feel like you belong somewhere.
– – Alisha Lettman, Vancouver, BC

Dear friend, allow yourself to connect with the beautiful art that is inside you. Welcome your imagination to the table, uninterrupted, and give yourself the gift of being held, supported and nourished while you do so. Initially, I felt vulnerable.  Toko-pa was gifted at welcoming all shadows and dreams and griefs into the space.  She set the stage for a beautiful and safe intimacy. I left feeling so fulfilled, inspired and grateful and it helped me welcome winter in a way I never had. – Karin Beviere, Salt Spring Island, BC

This dream retreat is about so much more than dreaming….it’s a magical dip into a natural way of being, supported by beautiful surroundings and wonderful women. It was amazing. My favourite part was the dreamwork. Also loved the Plant Medicine Walk with Seraphina, and the music. The food was absolutely delicious.
– Karen Lam, Vancouver, BC

All was so incredibly excellent. The farm had the feeling that it was being put to rest for the winter… which felt conducive to going deeper into dreamwork.  My favourite part was eating breakfast in communal solitude as we woke slowly from our dreams.  Making that part of my oh-so-private life a communal act was very beautiful.  There were a few lines out of Toko-pa’s teachings that stayed with me to this day – about exile and belonging, and accepting the ragged edges of ourselves.  ‘Embodying the Dream’ is a beautiful experience of being held in a community of dreamers; of women who chose to believe that there is something beyond the mere ‘skin of the world.’
– Kera Willis, Squamish, BC

This was the most magical dreaming experience of my life.  I will cherish it always, and for
ever.– Teresa Deck, ON Canada

This was an unprecedented opportunity to enter into a community of women that is creating a new model for how women can interact and support each other, underpinned by a non-judgemental unabashed spirituality. I loved the whole retreat, but especially the fire at night.– Kate Eccles, Toronto, ON

Embodying the Dream Retreat is a place to let go of all the masks and suits that we tend to wear in everyday life to survive. It is safe there to be, and to be in open dialogue with yourself, your dreams, and go deep into what they bring up. To do so in the protective cocoon of the community of women who respond to this invitation, is nourishing to the heart and soul. There is something very special in the being listened to with the loving care of this community and Toko-pa’s gentle and kind ways of guiding you through the dreams, make you feel safe. Everyone brings something special and unique to the group: wisdom, life experiences, knowledge, songs, love, a hug… it is truly special. – Maddalena Ghezzi, Cambodia

If you’re longing for a deeply connected experience in a group, and if you want to learn more about how to work and play with your unconscious mind, I highly recommend Embodying the Dream. The quality of presence of people in the group was what made the experience so deeply meaningful and safe. It was incredibly relaxing, gorgeous, and wholesome. I felt held in a safe space not only by the group, but by the land, and the people who tend to the land and property there. The meals were incredibly tasty, healthy, and fulfilling. It was very heart opening for me to share my dreams and stories in this dedicated group.I felt safer and safer to share and open up more of myself with each passing day and interaction. I have tons of favorite parts! Walking in nature with Toko-pa and the group off of the farm, dancing, sharing outdoors around a gorgeous fire, all bundled up and witnessing the moon bless us during our sharing. I plan to go again next year. Come with me! – Carolyn Vega, Mountain View, CA

It was very moving and is informing my life and work back home. Everything was lovely. Beautiful, comfortable, clean. Inspiring on so many levels. The food was exceptional and you could taste the love. Such a gift it is to be a part of remaking consciousness through dream work with Toko-pa. Anyone new can trust that she will be held and fed on every level in the most exquisite of ways. I am so very grateful for this experience. It is changing me. – Meegan McKiernan, Seattle, WA

was like nothing I had experienced prior. I realized that “discovering” is important to me and that with this material and the beautiful ceremonies and guided discussions there is an endlessly beautiful amount to discover and uncover. It is the most healing, exploratory retreat I have gained the most from. It was a time of utter safety that will resonate eternally with any participant.– Stacey Curtis, Toronto, ON

It was an amazing, life changing experience. I was impressed with the depth of sharing, trust, intuition, diverse knowledge, vulnerability, sacredness and also the willingness of group members to share. The farm is breathtakingly beautiful and the food mostly homegrown, nourishing and delicious. This workshop may add an element of depth and breadth to your life, to your deep knowing of who you are and what your creative gifts are. Also, and in the company of supportive women, how to move forward with courage, conviction and in a deeply sacred feminine groundedness in the full expression of your creativity.– Cindy Waites, Salt Spring Island, BC

As soon as I arrived I felt a vital part of something quietly magnificent. This Eden, this sacred space called Stowell Lake Farm is sublime. It is heaven on earth. My room was my haven, quiet and cosy and spotless and all embracing. I slept ” like a chicken “- a little saying in our house that means” really well” ! Heidi and her sous chef are goddesses! I have never tasted food that delicious in my life. You can taste the love. So amazing. For me sharing dreams and stories became easier with time and trust and courage. To share fully one’s self can feel uncomfortable and exposing. The power of the circle supports and heals and opens our hearts. Through connection and belonging we are strong and grounded and able to share. My favourite part was the morning time, waking up early to help get the fire going, being in communion in silence, eating our breakfast and each doing our own rituals, journal writing or choosing cards from the decks or sitting in the sunshine, knowing we would meet at 10:00am and share the weather in our hearts with laughter and tears. I would say, it just might change your life.– Patty Northcott, London, ON

I truly felt belonging, understood, held, and valued. I felt invigorated and playful as we explored the mysteries and hidden gems of our dreams. I felt empowered, wise. So much love and potency and fascination swirled around every gathering. I am extremely grateful and honored that I was able to share my dream with the whole group and discover endless layers of meaning that we were all able to resonate with. Stowell Lake Farm is an enchanting place that matched the surreal and inspiring mood of the retreat. If you are seeking to feel love, inspiration, magic, connection…this is the place. This was the most powerful and healing retreat I have experienced. The ritual, sharing, and love that unfolded during this time has transformed me, I left feeling part of community and more clarity on my life’s purpose. – Becca Baer, Denver, CO

Thank you, dear Toko-pa, for hosting such a graceful, attentive, tender and joyful dream lodge this last week-end on the pristine and glorious island where you presently live. It was well worth traveling from California. Such gatherings nurture the soul and spirit and create strong bonds, in the outer as well as inner space, may we sow more seeds of reunions and inspiring ritual gatherings, the flowers and seeds much needed on an industrious industrial sparse landscape. – Anyes, Nevada City, CA

Stowel Lake Farm is located in the gorgeous south end of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. This breathtaking retreat centre offers a variety of in-residence accommodation and is a short ferry ride from Swartz Bay, Victoria (Victoria is on Vancouver Island). Registration includes 3 gorgeously crafted meals a day, using mostly locally grown and organic foods. Stowel Lake Farm is an extraordinary living example of community and heart.

Click through the slideshow below to Embodying the Dream photos from 2017. 

For more information about the farm, visit


Stowel Lake farm has a number of gorgeous buildings including heated yurts to accommodate us. There are 6 private rooms available at an extra cost (as availability permits) and the rest are shared spaces with 1 or 2 other women. You will be given an opportunity to express your room preference on the registration form, but keep in mind it is first-come-first-serve. Click here for an accommodations brochure.



Driving: Use this address for Google maps: 190 Reynolds Rd, Salt Spring Island B.C.


Air: We recommend that you fly into Victoria Airport, because it’s just one short taxi to the Salt Spring Island ferry (Fulford) from there.


Ferries: The sail from Victoria (Swartz Bay) to Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) is 35 minutes. Please make sure to plan ahead for your sailing time, so you can arrive for our check-in time between 3-5pm on Thursday. If you are arriving at a different terminal, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to the farm. For a full list of fares & schedules, please visit


Shuttle:  Stowel Lake Farm provides shuttle service to and from the Fulford Ferry terminal at two arrival times (the 1pm and 3pm). If you want to reserve this shuttle, please let us know 2 weeks in advance.


Check in/out: Check in is on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 between 3-5 pm. Orientation begins at 5pm sharp, followed by our opening feast at 6pm. Kindly plan for your departure for 1-2 pm on Sunday so we can enjoy our closing lunch together (12 pm).


Staying longer: If you’d like to arrive a day or two early or stay longer, please contact Stowel Lake Farm directly to make arrangements. Please be aware that you will need to arrange for your own meals, since the Farm only caters during the retreat. The nearest town (Fulford Harbour) is a 40 minute walk, or 5 minute drive from the Farm.



Prerequisite: It is recommended that you take Dream Drops before attending retreats, but if you have previous dreamwork experience, send us an email at and we’ll arrange for an equivalency.


Includes: Includes 3 luscious vegetarian Meals/Day and 3 Nights Accommodations


Does not include: Airfare to Canada, Ferries to/from Salt Spring Island, additional activities and outings.



Before July 20th: $1095


After July 20th:  $1195


*Commuter Rate: $995


(*for locals staying off-site with meals included)


Space is limited to 35 women for this event


Cancellation Policy: All deposits are non-refundable. Any (paid in full) registration cancellations before May 28th will receive a refund, minus a 30% administration fee. After May 28th you will receive a 50% refund, minus a $50 administration fee. Because this is a residential workshop with individualized meal and accommodation planning, no refunds can be issued for cancellations after June 19th.


We are financially responsible for the retreat so we ask you kindly to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.