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Isis Cove sits on 45+ acres of unspoiled land in the magical, beautiful, blue mountains of western North Carolina, one hour west of Asheville near Cherokee, and is blessed by the spirits who are the guardians of this sacred land. The land is graced by a creek and a pond full of fish. Many animals make their home here, including foxes, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, lizards, snakes, turtles, hawks, owls, wild turkeys, crows, woodpeckers, turkey vultures and a variety of songbirds. Bear tracks have been seen high up on the mountain and we sometimes hear coyotes howling and the cry of a bobcat.
Isis Cove is both an intentional community and the home of the Venus Rising Association for Transformation and Venus Rising University. The Isis Cove community was founded in 2003 by Venus Rising founders and directors, Brad Collins and Star Wolf. Their long held vision of spiritual community has manifested in these magical mountains.
In 2013, stewardship of the Isis Cove Retreat Center was passed from Star Wolf and Brad to Robert Six Owls and Carol "Gaia" Fleitz. Under their loving care, the Sanctuary has been expanded to twice it's previous size, a hot tub has been added, and many other improvements are planned. Six Owls and Gaia are graduates of Venus Rising programs and co-leaders of a congregation of Venus Rising: Illuminated Heart Sanctuary of Venus Rising. We feel blessed to have members of our soul family filling this very important role in our community.
Currently 20 people live at Isis Cove full time. Several others have purchased lots; some will be living here part time while others plan on moving to the community at some time in the future. Several other members of our soul family live on land surrounding Isis Cove. Some people, finding themselves in transition, have come to live at or near the Cove for a period of time. Community life shared with like-minded individuals is part of the benefit of living at Isis Cove.
The Isis Cove Retreat Center hosts the workshops and retreats sponsored by Venus Rising as well as other spiritual organizations, including the Shamanic Priestess Process, founded by community member Anyaa McAndrew. The Isis Retreat House is a quaint and comfortable five bedroom house with three full bathrooms, a large kitchen, an inviting front porch perfect for relaxing on warm summer nights. There are areas for walking, enjoyable nature spots and inviting outside spaces for meditation and quiet contemplation.
Most Venus Rising workshops are held in the Sanctuary, a beautifully appointed free-standing building that is a comfortable and secure space for soul journeyers to explore their inner landscape. The Sanctuary is the spiritual home of Venus Rising and the location for most of our rituals and ceremonies. Isis Cove is a special place. The land is alive and the spirits are active. The vortexes are strong and the air is rich with magic. The Cove spins a cocoon of safety and comfort whereby all who visit may sink into their hearts and open to the call of their soul.
The Sanctuary and the Isis Cove Retreat House are available for workshops and retreats. Call 828–550‑5859 or email for more information. For information on non-Venus Rising workshops and retreats offered at the Isis Cove Retreat Center, visit their website at www.isiscove.com.