"Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows." - Henry David Thoreau




Coming into Balance ~ A Journey of Flow, Care & Compassion

A full day in-person retreat

with Lisa Kagan and Dawn Thompson

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Drawing inspiration from the natural world and its infinite wisdom of design, we will explore how the currents of our own lives move through us, offering their own gifts and insights. This year, during our annual spring Emergence retreat, we turn to a personal and collective call for balance and flow, care and compassion. When we strive for balance in our own lives, we identify what we are ready to let go of so that ample space is made for creativity and new beginnings. This generates the possibility for flow in our inner and outer landscapes. When life is flowing, we return to a place of trust. We open to our great human capacity to deeply care for ourselves, one another, and the planet in a spirit of compassion. 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.

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.

Illumination, Photograph by Lisa Kagan

Dates & Times:
April 16, 10am-5pm (This is a full day retreat)

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: $200
Art Materials:
Total Cost: $215

Payment is due at the time of sign up. Registration and payment is made through Alton L. Collins Retreat & Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information or if you have questions about the retreat, please contact Dawn at: dawnrenethompson@gmail.com or 503.568.6145.

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