Nature honors the phases of shedding, dormancy, and new life with constancy and grace. The caterpillar’s journey of metamorphosis into the radiant butterfly. The seed’s pilgrimage from the hidden darkness of earth to the light-filled certainty of blossom. We too are part of nature, constantly transforming and re-emerging anew. Through writing and art making, utilizing painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking with natural materials from the magnificent Oregon forest, you’ll have the chance to honor your own process of emergence on the cusp of spring. This soulful and inspiring weekend in the beauty of the natural world also offers you a chance to deeply nourish yourself with delicious meals, a quiet, beautiful retreat setting and the supportive, uplifting company of other women.
No previous art or writing experience necessary.
Dates: Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th (Our retreat opens with dinner at 6pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday at 2:00pm)
Location: Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, OR
“Surrounded by giant fir and cedar, lush fern and abundant moss covered vine maple, the Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center near Eagle Creek, Oregon provides an environment and facilities conducive to study and reflection, relaxation and recreation…Trails take you through the woods and along the streams that meander around the grounds.”
A professional chef specializes in using fresh, local produce to create meals that are truly culinary works of art. The retreat includes 6 delicious meals. All rooms have their own bathroom and shower.
Costs: Single Room Accommodation & meals: $335 Retreat Program Fee (includes all art materials): $310
Total Cost: $645
Payments may be made in two installments. First payment is due at the time of sign up and the second payment is due by February 1st, 2020.
Registration: For more information or if you have questions about the retreat, please contact Dawn at: DawnReneThompson@gmail.com or 503.568.6145.
Registeration and payment is made through Alton L. Collins Retreat & Conference Center byclicking here
This retreat offers space for creative expression for women of all ages and backgrounds.
Due to the limited number of participants we can accommodate, early registration is recommended.
About the Facilitators:
Dawn Thompsonoversees and facilitates workshops and retreats through Portland Women Writers. She also holds on-going writing circles for individuals healing from cancer through the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health Science University. She was a staff member for Write Around Portland and has also held writing circles for caregivers and adults in assisted living and memory care. Dawn believes writing our stories, whether they originate from our life experience or our imagination, is a sacred act that liberates, heals and transforms us.
Lisa Kaganis a writer, artist, educator and personal historian. Her business,Family Heirloom Arts is dedicated to helping individuals and families celebrate their life stories and significant life milestones through the creation of illustrated heirloom books and custom art. Lisa offers art and writing workshops and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a facilitator through Portland Women Writers.
*Artwork & Illumination photograph on this page by Lisa Kagan