“We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.” - John Holt, Educator

Retreats & Workshops

Our art and writing retreats, workshops, and classes offer you the opportunity to take a break from your busy life and immerse yourself in the creative process. We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming hands-on programs. Touchstone Retreats offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the creative process of sharing your stories through art and writing. We facilitate art and writing retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. Family Heirloom Arts also offers workshops and classes to help you learn techniques for creating narrative images, bringing your story to life through the written word, and getting started on your own illustrated heirloom book. Create work to treasure throughout your life and share with future generations.

Lisa is a true teacher. She is so encouraging and helpful, asking just the right thought-provoking questions at the right moment. She has a rich body of knowledge and the ability to share so much, both about the conceptual and technical parts of personal history projects.

– Jennifer
Family Heirloom Arts Workshop Participant

Check out our schedule of upcoming programs and contact us to register. Do you want Lisa to facilitate one of these workshops for your family or community group? Lisa can come to you and present any of the workshops listed on the offerings page, or she can design a custom workshop just for your group. Lisa is co-founder of Touchstone Retreats, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the creative process through our art and writing retreats offered in Portland, Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Touchstone Retreats also offers custom retreats for organizations, providing specialized programing for staff retreats, spiritual and meditation programs, and community groups including caregivers, educators, counselors, artists, writers, and social justice activists. Artist residencies for schools and educational organizations offer students of all ages the opportunity to create art and writing about their family stories over the course of several sessions.


I LOVE IT!!! My first glance at the booklet we made in the family workshop caused the hair on my neck to stand up and my eyes to fill with tears!

– Kim Rosenberg
Custom Workshop Participant