"Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers." - May Sarton

A Summer Garden Retreat

A full day in-person retreat
with Lisa Kagan and Dawn Thompson


Courage, Pen & Ink by Lisa KaganJoin us for a full-day art and writing retreat to soak in the brilliance of summer while honoring the light within you. We will reinvigorate our curiosity, reengage our imaginations, and offer ourselves the chance to be inspired by nature’s infinite wisdom of design. Through writing and art making, we will connect with the words and stories from our inner landscape and will experiment with painting on river rocks, print-making with natural materials from the garden, making mini sculptures (with self-drying clay), and designing paper mosaics as we create our own personal alters, an ode to the brilliance in each of us. Inviting in the four elements, water, wind, earth, and fire, we will have a chance to consider what balance and harmony mean to us in the ecosystem of our own hearts amidst the push and pull of this tenuous world. This soulful gathering offers you the chance to deeply nourish and refresh yourself in the supportive, uplifting company of other women.

This retreat offers space for creative expression for women of all ages and backgrounds. No writing or art experience is necessary, all art materials will be provided.

Date: Friday July 22, 2022
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Retreat Program Fee: $175
Art Materials Fee: $15
Total fee: $190
Location: This retreat will be held outside in Lisa’s garden at her home in the Woodstock neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

Participants will be asked to bring a bag lunch. Drinks and light snacks will provided throughout the day.

Registration: To register for the retreat, please contact Dawn at: dawnrenethompson@gmail.com or 503.568.6145. Due to the limited number of participants we can accommodate early registration is recommended.

Click here to view the full event details, registration information, and our COVID-19 vaccination policy.


Touchstone Retreats will be offering a full day in-person retreat at Alton Collins Retreat Center on Saturday November 5th, 2022 from 10am-5pm. Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming soon…

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