Practice Your Joy on Vashon Island

Welcome to life on island time. 

You must be fully vaccinated to attend this workshop in person. And you must bring proof of your vaccination with you. That means we can all relax and feel more joy as we gather.

Join us on Vashon!

Drive onto a ferry headed toward Vashon Island and you can feel your nervous system start to calm. Sure, you might have waited in line for awhile and you might run upstairs to find the bathroom immediately.

But as soon as you look out the window at the front of the boat, you’ll see the blue expanse of Puget Sound, the Olympic mountains cresting in the distance, and an island covered in green trees. You’re going to be on island time soon.

Of course, the mountain might not be out. It might be raining. But it can still be a moment of joy

After all this time of lockdowns and maintaining distance, you’ll be learning how to practice you joy, together, with other people, in person. 

Mukai Farm and Garden

We’ll be gathering at the Mukai Farm and Garden on Vashon. From 1926 to 1942, this was a thriving strawberry farm. B.D. Mukai, known as the Strawberry King of Vashon, created the first cold packing process for strawberries in the United States. This allowed him to export strawberries across the country. Kuni Mukai created the farm’s Japanese stroll garden in the 1930s. It’s still the only Japanese stroll garden created by a woman in the United States. 

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which ordered the removal, and later internment, of Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens from their homes. The Mukai family had to leave their farm= for the duration of the war. They returned to their farm afterwards, running the business through the 1950s. However, the berry business changed drastically during this time. Farmers began growing strawberries with less flavor because they packed more easily than the Marshall strawberry. Eventually, the Mukai family stopped farming.

The farm was placed on the the National Register of Historic Places in the 1990s and has now been restored by the nonprofit, the Friends of Mukai. (Please watch this video about the history of the farm and a tour.)

This restful, consciously created place is a wonderful space for us to contemplate moving from a hard place to hard-won joy.


  • We’ll be meeting from 9:30 a.m  to 4: 30 p.m on the first Sunday of the workshop.
  • You’ll be greeted with pastries, coffee, and tea.
  • Lunch will be provided, prepared by chef Daniel Ahern. (Let us know about any food allergies when you register.)
  • Together, in the classroom, we’ll work through the first 6 steps to finding your joy.
  • Are you ready to understand how your mind and body work in stress? Are you prepared to learn how to take care of yourself? Are you willing to be silly? Vulnerable? Do you yearn for a community with resilient people who want to create more joy in their lives?
  • We’ll also take spacious breaks for walks, yoga, laughter, and other surprises.
  • At the end of the day, you’ll go home with the feeling of release from being in community with other people, all of you working to make your lives more joyful. 
  • Every day, for 4 weeks, you’ll receive emails with prompts for thinking and writing, as well as suggestions for how to practice your joy.
  • Plus, plenty of links to joyful books, videos, music, and activities you can do.
  • Four weeks after the first session together, you’ll come back to Vashon for our second in-person session.
  • We’ll be sharing our joys and talking together about how we can work for the joy of other people.

We’ll drink coffee and talk. We’ll share food together.

You’ll make new friends and connections.

After this workshop, you’ll be ready to Practice Your Joy.

I can’t wait to be in joy with you.