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

Retreats & Workshops

Family Heirloom Arts workshops, classes and retreats 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 art and writing programs. Connect with the creative community by exploring personal storytelling through art and story. 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 also co-founder of Touchstone Retreats, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the creative process through our weekend art and writing retreats held twice a year, in the fall and in the spring, at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center in Estacada, Oregon. Touchstone Retreats also offers retreats for organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, 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.

Lisa offers ongoing workshops, classes and retreats at the Family Heirloom Arts studio, located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. She also provides educational programs throughout the Portland area at a variety of locations including; Portland Women Writers, Multnomah County Libraries, and at a host of community and art centers, congregations, and retreat centers throughout the Pacific Northwest.


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