Itinerary – 2013 Retreat

Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat

Singing 'Round the CampfireThese are fully packed, yet gently paced, days of creativity. Each day includes visual art journaling instruction with your tandem teachers Elaine Frenett and Jean Warren. Along with learning we take time to savor the beauty of the sparkling lake, laugh relentlessly and relish fascinating food. Prepared and catered by the nearby Lake Alpine Resort Restaurant. We may even have   a guest chef just-graduated from the Culinary Institute (keep your fingers crossed!).

Arrive with a curious heart and you will depart with a refreshed spirit and a wealth of insights.

SUNDAY, September 15th, 2013

This is a day of gently re-calibrating hectic lives to the lake life. Arrive at the Lake Alpine Resort as early as you wish and you may wander the Lodge, the docks, the shore.Afternoon Umbrellas

Cabins open at 2:00 pm. Get settled in and start meeting cabin mates as they too saunter in.  We share two cabins, both with views of the lake.

Quiet Contemplation

At 6:00 pm our Alpine Retreat formally begins. With food! And like a happy clan of quail we trail off to our delicious dinner.

After dinner, we stir up our creativity with a group project that playfully unites our individual energies.

Welcome Dinner Smiles

You receive your full set of workshop guides and handouts.

Then relax into the respite and revival to be had in the days to come. Absorb the glowing full moon energy present that week!

MONDAY – FRIDAY, September 16-20, 2013

Mornin' Yoga on the Lake We ease into each day meandering to the shore for yoga (or stretching, or walking).

Then back to our cabins for breakfast.

The remainder of the morning is devoted to hands-on work. Among the many topics we will explore– Crafting page diversity … Discovering your page style so you never feel like you’re facing a blank page … Envisioning what your journal can “be” to you … Exploring the essence of an image … Refining word choices … Discovering content … Crafting a fresh art philosophy … Distilling the essential elements of the landscape …

Dedicated Sketching

Rekindling intuition and meditation as drawing … describing the indescribable … discovering how other painters paint … to feel freer with your art on the go … And much more.

At noon, we break for an extended, refreshing lunch. With plenty of time to take a private stroll, catch up in our journal, or maybe even nap.Each day will be a mix of topics and activities. The focus on plunging into learning while also staying loose, relaxed and inventive.

We return to class endeavors, dwelling in creativity and mutual discovery until unwinding around a savory meal.
Relaxed Journaling and Duck Watching

Then, after dinner we take time to share what discoveries came during our day and our lives.

As much as these days are packed with workshops, learning, and group activity, there is also plenty of time to just be on your own. One attendee especially “loved the flexibility”. Relax, take in the mountain air, savor a mug of something steamy.  Or amble to the shore and drink in nature.

FRIDAY, September 20th, 2013

This is the last day of our final workshop format.Mornin' Yoga Quiet

After optional yoga, we breakfast. Then we share one final project for focusing on what we have garnered in our time together, to share what we’ve discovered, what we’ve learned, and how we have been infused by our mutual creativity.

We savor one last lunch together chattering and invite previous participants to join us in our “Alumni Lunch”!

Detail Delight

Shortly after noon participants depart. That is unless you’ve registered before August 15 and will be staying on for the extra two days (see below).

This is an ideal retreat for spirited women who feel invigorated in the rustic beauty of a mountain setting, who love words, art, journaling and the energy of women.

Want to add 2 more days?

For free!

Lake Alpine Afternoon VistaThis all inclusive retreat of lodging, food, and workshops from Sunday to Friday is a fabulous value at less than $300.00 per day. And yet we want to make it even better! By giving you two more free nights.

Instead of leaving Friday you can linger till Sunday! All you have to do is register before August 15, 2012 (while spaces remain) and the two free nights are yours.

Why are we giving away two free nights?

We believe in retreats that dovetail to real people. And lot of planning and preparation goes into a great retreat. So, the sooner we know who will be there, the better we can plan a wonderful experience.

So it just makes sense to have a sense of who our cabin mates will be. To start sharing information and to learn about special interests. And that’s why we would love to give two free nights to those women most eager to live a week at the lake being creative.

These two free nights are doubly free! There’s no extra charge and you are free to do whatever your heart desires. These two free days are a great way to practice, while fresh, your new skills and insights. Also a lovely way to enjoy the new friends you will have made.

Friday Group GrinsAt less than $300.00 a day this all inclusive retreat is a treat already. Yet when you add two free nights– now your retreat is only $219.00 each day.

Just imagine, five days of workshops and then the added delight of two more relaxing days for exploration and play.

The feedback forms from last year’s retreat had one overwhelming complaint– “It ended too soon” … “didn’t want to leave” … “regretted it ended to quick.” And we agree. We had already felt that when planning last year’s retreat, and that’s why we (Jean and Elaine) lingered longer last year. And it was wonderful! And that’s why we are offering you the same wonderful pleasure– open days to savor all the memories your journal’s can capture during this generous time of shared spirits.

Do two free days sound delicious to you? Then sign up today!

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2 Responses to Itinerary – 2013 Retreat

  1. Marlene Warneke says:

    What about 2014?

    • YES, yes and YES, Marlene … we have the cabins already reserved and plan on keeping this delicious magic going every year. Next year’s dates are September 7-12th. Save those dates … we’d love you to come play!!!

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