Regeneration, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

Join us for our spring retreat on April 9th… 

Coming into Bloom ~ A Journey of Renewal & Regeneration
A full day in-person retreat with Lisa Kagan & Dawn Thompson

After these past years of tremendous change and uncertainty, many of us are feeling ready for emergence, for new life. When we look to nature, we see how it 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 this spring. This soulful and inspiring day in the beauty of the natural world also offers you a chance to deeply nourish yourself with a delicious lunch, a beautiful retreat setting and the supportive, uplifting company of other women. All art supplies will be provided. No previous art or writing experience necessary.

Opal Creek, Photograph by Lisa Kagan

Dates: Saturday April 9, 2022, 10am-5:30pm
Location: Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center
“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. This retreat includes lunch.

Retreat Program Fee & Lunch: $185
Art materials fee: $15
Total fee: $200

Payment is due at the time of sign up. Registration and payment is made through Alton L. Collins Retreat & Conference Center by clicking here.

Learn more about the Touchstone Retreats program. For more information or if you have questions about the retreat, please contact Dawn Thompson at: or 503.568.6145.

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.

In accordance with many larger Oregon educational institutions, we require that all workshop participants and facilitators be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to participating in a Touchstone Retreats in-person retreat. See the full event details and learn more about Touchstone Retreats Vaccination Requirements.

Detail from Metamorphosis, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

Oral History Interviews
Writing & Editing
Book Layout & Design