who we are at sacred grove retreat center

Goddess of the Grove

Ellen has been blessed to be the owner and steward of Sacred Grove Retreat Center since May 2006. She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson University, she moved to Washington, DC and worked for a year and a half. Saving her money, she left the country and backpacked through Europe for a year.

After returning from Europe, she settled in Portland, Oregon, where she lived for 22 years and worked primarily as a licensed massage therapist.

Ellen loves traveling and meeting people from other cultures. One of her favorite excursions was a 6-week trip to China, Tibet, Nepal, and Thailand.

Needing more blue sky in her life, she moved back to the south in 2003. In May, 2006, she and her partner at the time, Tim Beebe, bought and moved to Sacred Grove Retreat. They worked tirelessly to beautify the land and raise its vibration.

Ellen is a welcoming hostess and has a special ability to create rapport with every visitor. She loves creating a sacred space where all feel welcomed. Ellen is fondly called the “Goddess of the Grove” by the others living on the land.

Since the fall of 2015, she has been actively involved in staffing the Gratitude Trainings in Mooresville, NC. This Leadership development training changed her life and set her on a course of truly creating the life of her dreams.

Part of the training included a Ropes Challenge Course day. After that day, she decided that Sacred Grove Retreat should have a course, and she partnered with Dan Miller of Chiji Dynamics to make it happen. The course was completed in 2016, and Ellen obtained her ACCT Level 1 Ropes Certification License that same year.

Vice President of Everything

Jade is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and avid traveler. She grew up on a tobacco farm outside Hot Springs, NC, and served in the United States Air Force. Jade worked her way through college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Jade is a certified Project Manager and became Ellen’s business partner in 2013. Today, she manages the business operations of Sacred Grove Retreat Center and also runs an online personal development and internet marketing business.

Jade is an ACCT Level 1 Ropes Certified Facilitator.

Dubbed Sacred Grove’s “Vice President of Everything,” Jade works closely with Ellen and the staff to ensure your visit is enjoyable, well-organized, and a great and meaningful experience.