"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." - E. E. Cummings

Join us for Our Half-Day Retreat in Portland on February 1st ~
RADIANCE: Returning to the Light, An Exploration of the Art of Resilience

On Returning, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

Usher in the New Year with an afternoon of creative reflection… As we move from the darkest time of the year towards the return of the light, this afternoon retreat will offer you the chance to step away from the demands of daily life to connect more deeply with your own inner light through engaging in the creative process of writing, painting, drawing, and collage. You will have the chance to explore what resilience and renewal mean to you in the context of your personal journey. We will experiment with creating our art on circular canvases, drawing inspiration from the cycles of the seasons, the practice of mandala creation, the rich tradition of Japanese crests, and the power of myth and personal symbolism. This afternoon will provide you with the opportunity to nourish yourself in the supportive, uplifting company of other women. Light snacks, tea, and all art supplies will be provided.

No previous art or writing experience necessary. This workshop is for people who identify as female of all ages and backgrounds. This program is offered as a collaboration between Portland Women Writers and Family Heirloom Arts.

Dates & Times: Saturday February 1st, 2020, 1pm-5pm
Location: Vibe Studio, 5633 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon
Costs: $90 (Includes an $85 program fee and a $5 art supply fee)
Registration: To register, please contact Lisa Kagan at Lisa@FamilyHeirloomArts.com or (503) 347-1391. Details…


Learn more about our March 2020 weekend retreat…

Coming into Bloom, A Journey of Renewal & Regeneration
with Lisa Kagan & Dawn Thompson

Click here for full retreat details and registration information…

Exploring the Power of Stories
Check Out Our Recent Article Featured Through the Personal Historians Northwest Blog

“Through my work with Family Heirloom Arts clients and students, I have recognized that the storytelling process opens up opportunities for innovation and discovery that allow people to more fully access their own potential, and in turn make significant contributions in their lives and in society at large. They are better able to understand their past, gain confidence in their ability to address their present circumstances, and begin to envision their future. Through the act of sharing our stories we can deepen self-knowledge, strengthen family ties, and build bridges across generations.” – Lisa
Read the full article…

I have been a member of the Portland Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians (now called “Personal Historians Northwest”) since 2006. Personal Historians Northwest is a professional organization of personal historians in the Pacific Northwest. Our organization is dedicated to helping you create, preserve and share the stories you care about, and to supporting our members as producers of comprehensive personal histories. If you are looking to get involved in the field of personal history or learn more about additional personal history services, this organization is a wonderful resource.

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