• 26 - 28 Oct 2023
  • online

A Wild Creative Soul Retreat: The Art of Paying Attention

This is an opportunity to explore and nurture our creative spirits, be inspired to create in new ways, and learn about ourselves in the process. With a sense of spaciousness and generativity, we will awaken our imaginations, take some risks, seek beauty and inspiration in our natural surroundings – all with the goal of letting our creative juices flow. You may participate in one, two or three retreats in this series.

“All the arts we practice are apprenticeship.  The big art is our life.”

~ M.C. Richards

While this retreat is intended for anyone who is interested in creativity, we extend a special welcome to those who feel less confident about their ability to express their creative self. The focus of this retreat will be on paying attention as we engage in the process of creation, rather than on the finished “product” itself. We offer a welcoming home for anyone who wants to (re)connect with their creative urges.

Drawing on principles and practices of a Circle of Trust® and through large group, small group, and solitary reflection, we will explore active creativity and receptive stillness, as well as the intersections and tensions that arise as we navigate among these. We will invite you to be with others as we each engage in the inner work necessary to welcome the muse into our lives and to press the ‘reset’ button on the treadmill of busy-ness which often overshadows joyful manifestation.

In this retreat you will…

  • Tune in with mindful attention to your own creative urges and doubts.
  • Explore what nurtures (and depletes) creativity.
  • Take some risks, make some mistakes, and engage joyfully and playfully.
  • Explore how interactions with the more-than-human world can nurture your creative spirit.
  • Learn principles and practices from our Courage & Renewal approach that can be applied to your daily life and work, helping you stay true to who you are.
  • Connect with others who hope for a renewed sense of courage and creativity in their lives.

The Art of Paying Attention: A Wild Creative Soul retreat will be grounded in the Courage & Renewal® approach  which you can learn more about in Parker J. Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness. It is intended for anyone longing to deepen in relationship with creative expression.  All are welcome.

There are three retreats in this series- you may register for one, two or all three.  See below for savings on registering for more than one.   The retreats series is: October 26 – 28, 2023; January 25 – 27, 2024; and April 18 -20, 2024.

Our retreat begins on Thursday as we settle in at 4:45 p.m. Times shown below reflect US Eastern Time Zone.

Thursday, 4:45 – 7 pm;

Friday, 11:00 – 2:00 pm; 5:00 – 7:00 pm;

Saturday, 11:00 – 2:00 pm.

If you are a newcomer to the Circles of Trust® retreats, an additional time will be provided upon registration, during which you will be able to orient to the Courage & Renewal approach.

Online, via Zoom. If you are new to this format, you’ll receive guidance in advance so you know what to expect. You will need access to a computer or laptop; a set of headphones/earbuds may be helpful. You will also need a strong internet connection and a location in which you can be uninterrupted during our sessions.

We will provide a list of some inexpensive supplies to have on hand, and some pieces to print prior to the retreat.

For each additional retreat in this series in which you enroll, the price savings is reflected as follows. (Two Wild Creative Soul retreats $360, three retreats at $500). A non-refundable deposit of $95 is required with registration, with the balance to be provided by October 1, 2023.

Prior to October 1, 2023, program fee can be refunded less the $95 non-refundable fee. After October 1, 2023, no refunds can be granted.



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