Eco-Spiritual Retreat: Unification of People & Planet


97% of climate scientists agree: Human activity and carbon pollution are warming our planet and throwing natural systems out of balance. For those who love Mother Earth, it’s easy to feel disempowered in the face of this global crises. What can WE do to correct this world-wide problem?


Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and Pachamama’s Project Drawdown provide knowledge and inspiration to pursue the 100 most substantive solutions already available – and this retreat offers both of these programs! Through a mixture of lectures, group exercises and meditations, attendees will realize their power to be active stewards of our precious planet!

Attendees will also participate in a tour of River Ridge Land and Cattle Co., owned by Charlotte Hanes. This farm focuses on sustainability and uses biological farming methods that sustain the soil and benefit farm ecology.


The price for this retreat includes all meals. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know. As a general rule, we prepare organic meals, including farm fresh eggs from our chickens! Meat is served on the side (for vegetarians) and gluten-free options are served as well. Lodging is not included because some of our attendees are local. Out of town guests are encouraged to stay at Oracle Campus at one of our guest houses or in our campground. After you book your retreat, you will receive a discount code for accommodations, which you can use to book a room or campsite at


Dr. Rebecca keeler
Dr. Audrey Depelteau
Lee P. Clements, D.Min

Rebecca L. Keeler, Ph.D., J.D. is a retired attorney and professor of constitutional law and public administration. As a lawyer, Becky provided legal support for a wide array of programs and services in a large county government. As an educator, she taught courses to help prepare future lawyers and public servants for success. Both careers were energized by her passion for public service and democratic ideals. Becky now begins a new chapter in her life as a committed activist in pursuit of saving our precious planet. She is a volunteer with Pachamama Alliance and a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Audrey M. Depelteau, Ph.D  is Director of East Tennessee State University Innovation Lab and a Climate Reality Leader since 2013. She received a certificate from MIT in Global Warming Science and completed the University of California at San Diego course in Climate Change in Four Dimensions. Audrey asserts that it will take visionaries, unprecedented cooperation, strong leadership, and a broad coalition of scientific leaders, entrepreneurs, elected officials and the general population to create the fundamental tipping point that will reduce the impact of the global warming phenomena on society.

Susan (Lee) P. Clements, D.MinM . is a retired naval officer and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister of the Word and Sacrament. As a full time minister, she served congregations in Lexington, KY, and Martin, TN. Her passion is for small churches and she continues to work with congregations in east Tennessee. Lee supports the spiritual journeys of individuals and communities as they seek to embody the Divine’s love and compassion for all of creation. She has completed the Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive and is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Charlotte Metz Hanes owns River Ridge Land and Cattle Co., a 1,500 acre farm located along the New River in Grayson County, VA. River Ridge specializes in naturally raised beef and berry production. Charlotte also is a member of Rachel’s Network, a partner in Grayson Natural Farms, and a founding member of Grayson LandCare. In 2007, she and Oracle founder Laura George led a successful fight to keep a state prison from being built on the New River. In appreciation, Governor Tim Kaine awarded Charlotte the 2008 Virginia Governor’s Gold Environmental Excellence Award.

Day 1


Friday, August 9

  • Spirituality Salon

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Day 2


Saturday, August 10

  • Climate Reality, Session 1
  • Climate Reality, Session 2
  • Exercise
  • Project Drawdown, Session 1
  • Shamanic Journey

8:00 am – 10:00 pm


Day 3


Sunday, August 11

  • Project Drawdown, Session 2
  • Closing Ceremony 

8:00 am – 2:00 pm


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New Pricing to Encourage Participation in this Very Special Event

Sometimes $200 is a lot of money, even if it is to spent on a very meaningful experience. If this is your situation right now, please join us at the Eco-Spiritual retreat for the reduced rate of $100. We want you to be part of this! If you can afford the regular rate of $200, this level of support is greatly appreciated to help defray the costs of hosting the event.

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