Amplify Your Light - Join me for a 4 Day Forest Immersion + Sacred Creation Retreat.

Meet me by the Fire

Let’s sink into a soul nourishing

weekend of Ceremony, Ritual,

and Sacred Creation.


YES! I'm In.

a 4-Day Retreat at Lori’s Forest Sanctuary

on 10 acres of private deep forest land in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan

Thursday, August 10th – Sunday, August 13th.

Retreat begins at 3pm et on Thursday afternoon and closes at 2pm et on Sunday.

Hello Beautiful Soul,

For years I have been looking for the perfect place to host a retreat. Then, in 2020 when Chris and I purchased land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I knew this is it. Since then we have been co-creating with the land . . . creating ceremonial spaces along with practical elements to enchance the experience here.

While we have entertained family and friends in our forest sanctuary space, this retreat is the first retreat experience I am hosting there.

This event feels very personal, sacred, and intimate for me . . . and I hope that you to feel this love and personal connection as you move through this page.

2023 is inviting each of us to activate a new level of self expression. Our energy is coming into a new level of alignment and we (both individually and collectively) are being called to more wholly and powerfully shine our light. We are being called to lead in new and meaningful ways.

This retreat is a space to sink deeper into that energy and create a unique, personal talisman to amplify the energy and support you in further weaving your magic in the world.

This event will happen at my Forest Sanctuary . . . a primative yet magical space in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan.

On this page you will find more details about the event as well as this location, where to stay, and what to expect.

I would truly be honored if you would join me.

Do not hesitate to ask me any questions or check in along the way.

with love and joy, Lori

Rocks on Log - Lake Superior

Walk with me in the Forest

Feel the earth beneath your feet.

Sink your roots deep into the soil.

Be nourished by the wisdom and love of the great mother
as her sacred presence rises to meet you.


Coffee and journal by Lake Eva
Moon Rock by Fire - Lake Eva
Rocks on Log - Lake Superior

Here’s what you can expect.

Day 1.

2 – 3pm et Gather.
3pm – Opening Circle. Sink into the energy of the weekend.
Clarify personal intention.
6pm – Step into Ceremony – Activate Intentions.
7pm – Nature and reflection time.
7:30 – Community Dinner.

Day 2.

10am – Circle time to share reflections and glean insight from the previous day.
Followed by a forest walk, exploration, a bit of ritual, and personal time.
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Personal ritual, nature, and reflection time.
6pm – Dinner.
7pm – Gather by the fire.

Day 3.

10am – Circle time to share reflections and glean insight from the previous day.
Circle time will be followed by a guided shamanic journey to connect with the essence and energy of crystal talisman. And then you will have time for reflection, personal ritual, nature exploration.
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Time to create.
6pm – Dinner.
7pm – Gather by the fire for a ritual to attune with your sacred creation

Day 4.

10am – Circle time to share reflections and glean insight from the previous day.
Followed by a closing ceremony to activate your creation.
12:30 – 1:30pm Light lunch before departing. 

Create a Sacred Talisman

That reflects your Inner Wisdom.

Amplifies your Light.

Aligns you with your Vision.



A  Talisman is . . . 

a mindfully created sacred object that harnesses the energy of your personal intention and the vibrations or your crystal allies to open a pathway for actualizing your soul’s deepest desires and highest visions!​

During this retreat you will get creative and craft a sacred object. 

This could be a medicine staff, a piece of jewelry, a talking stick, a feather wand, or other sacred object that holds meaning to you. 

Lori will pull out an extensive collection of crystal and stone beads, assorted feathers, leather, silk cord, and so much. Nature will happily provide items such as bark, branches, sticks, etc.

Then you will be guided to sink into a creative flow and bring your sacred item to life. 

Along the way, you will be prompted to weave in lots of magic and energetically align your creation with your highest vision.


– We will connect prior to the retreat to talk about you may be feeling inspired to create. 

– I will have an abundance of materials available. That said, there are times when specific or specialty materials want to be part of a creation . . . for example specific feathers, crystals, other found objects or more specialty types of materials. Often these are specific items spirit gifts you to in your perfect timing. They may or may not be in your hands before or during the retreat. If they are not, don’t worry. This truly is part of the magic. 

Join me for this 3-day Forest Retreat


early enrollment (available until May1)


What to Expect at the Forest Sanctuary

Included Meals

Thursday Dinner

Friday + Saturday Lunch and Dinner

Sunday Light Lunch before departing.

light snacks, drinking water, coffee and assorted tea will be provided.

* Please notifiy us of any dietary restrictions, limitations, or preferences. *

** Vegetarian options will be available with all meals. **

 Day Accommodations

The Forest Sanctuary is Primitive. We are located on a small inland lake near Toivola, MI. Approximately 25 minutes south of Houghton.

Indoor and Outdoor Spaces: We will mostly be outside for this event. But, if it rains, we have the big white canvas wall tent to work within (see picture above). Think glamping tent. This space is heated with a space heater and gets pretty toasty. It’s a wonderful space that is dry and warm.

Parking: There is plenty of space to park.

Bathroom: we rent a port-a-potty and have a hand wash station set up outside.

On the trail: we border on CFR lands and there is an abundance of old logging roads that we use for trails.

On the Water: we have a dock, canoe, paddle boards, and life jackets. The lake is spring fed and crystal clear. It can be a bit chilly, but it is quite refreshing on a warm summer day. Bring along your swimsuit. Our outdoor shower area is a lovely changing room.

By the fire: we have multiple fire rings . . . spaces to be social and space to step into ceremony. We will be using both.

In the forest: Our land is surrounded by CFR lands. Our immediate 10 acres are an abundance of hardwood trees: Oak, Maple, Birch, and Ironwood. Trails, gravel roads, and more are available for wandering and hiking.

Cell service, internet, electricity: we are remote, but we have all three of the above. How cool is that?!

Optional Add-on

An out-door hands on customized energy session with Angela Bain

Including techniques of reiki, accu-pressure, and reflexology to ground and embody your experience. What better way to enhance your retreat than with a highly energetic personalized session?!

Customized energy sessions will be available during your retreat. If this is something that interests you, let Lori know with your registration. She will help to coordinate the details.

Where to Stay

Please note: Overnight accommodations are not included with your registration fee.

Offsite and Onsite options are available.

Please note that onsite accommodations are primitive and space is limited.
Requests will be honored on a first come first serve basis.

On-Site Accommodation Options

2 Primitive Campsites are available for $20/night.

These are available upon a first come first serve basis. If being on site feels aligned for you, message Lori at

Please note: You will need to provide your own tent and other camp gear.

Water for hand washing and primitive showering is available.

There is an on-site Port-a-potty restroom.

Drinking water is available for day use, but I invite you to bring along a little extra if you are planning to camp.

Off-Site Accommodation Options

Depending upon your preferences for location, comfort, etc. Here are some places to explore.

McLain State Park
Twin Lakes State Park
Houghton County Park

Parkview Lodge and Grill in Twin Lakes
Independence Stay in Houghton
Country Inn & Suites in Houghton
The Holiday Inn Express in Houghton
The Vault in Downtown Houghton

Other Logistical Nuggets

Forest Sanctuary Location

We are located approximately 30 minutes south of Houghton, MI off Hwy 26.

Precise location details and directions will be shared with registration.

The Forest Sanctuary is approximately 2.5 miles from a main access road. The driveway is well maintained and easy to access with a standard vehicle.

Weather in the Forest

Weather in the Keweenaw Peninsula is wildly and wonderfully unpredictible. We are located about 10 miles ‘as the crow flies’ from Lake Superior. We are also on the western side of a ridgeline. This means that we have more precipitation and cooler temperatures than other local areas.

The weather changes quickly and while most days are absolutely beautiful, we feel it is important to be ready for anything.

Daytime temperatures are typically between the 60’s-80’s. Evenings and overnight temperatures may be in the 50’s – 60’s.

What to Bring?

– Layers of clothing.
– Rain gear.
– Warm jacket.
– Comfortable footwear. From sandles to hikers, bring what you need to keep your feet cozy and comfortable.
– Swimwear. (if you’d like to take a dip in the lake)
– Any materials you would like to use with your creation.
– Preferred snacks. (for yourself or to share or both)
– Ceremonial items that you like to use. (rattles, drums, incense, feather wands, specific ceremonial attire)
– Camp chair. (I do have several chairs on site, but if you have something specific that is easy to bring along, do so)
– Water Bottle and Favorite Mug. (I will have drinking water and warm beverages on site, but it is helpful if you bring along a water bottle or favorite mug. If you have preferred beverages, please bring those as well.)
– Bug stuff. This means something different for everyone. In fall the bugs are typically not too heavy. And we have well cleared trails and spaces around camp. That said, mosquito season has not yet let up. Last fall the ticks were heavy. So far this year they have been mild. We have bug spay (all sorts) along with mosquito repellant coils that we burn (like an incense). If there is something specific you prefer to use, please bring that along.

Travel - by car + by air.

Exact location will be shared upon registration. You will also receive directions and other fun details for navigating the northwoods and finding our ‘off the beaten path’ location.

The Forest Sanctaury is located about 25 minutes south of Houghton, MI, just off hwy 26.

If you are traveling by air, your closest airports are:
Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, MI (approximately 2hr drive)
Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, WI (approximately 4hr drive)

If you fly, plan to also rent a vehicle. The distance of the airports may add an extra overnight on each end of your journey. Let this be part of the adventure. The drive from both of these airports is gorgeous and filled with unusual and quaint locations along the way. We will give you some tips.

Refund and Cancellation Policy.

For cancellations made prior to July 1st, a full refund less a $50 processing fee.

Cancellations made after July 1st will be credited to a future event, program, or training with Lori A Andrus (less a $50 processing fee).

About Lori A Andrus . . .

Lori A Andrus

Lori is an artist, ceremonial guide, and wisdom teacher. With great joy and deep commitment, Lori artfully blends her background as an occupational therapist with nearly two decades of deep study in the areas of spirituality, earth-based healing, ceremony, and crystal wisdom.

Known for asking spot-on questions, she invites her clients to explore the most intimate facets of their soul. Her creative and inspiring online programs offer breakthrough lifestyle applications and support individuals in rising into their soul wisdom and shining brightly in the world.

Through the Meet Me in Sacred Space Podcast Lori shares practical ways to bring crystal wisdom and sacred practice into your everyday life.