wellness

Introverts Love CSW!

We totally get it. Events like this can be intimidating at first, especially for introverts. That's why we like keep things small and simple. We know sharing space with others can be overwhelming but the whole point is to fill your creative cup, not drain you. We leave plenty of space for everyone to have alone time to recharge your batteries. In any way that feels good to you.

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We want to create a space where you feel welcomed, relaxed and free to be yourself. So our hearts exploded when Jacquie recently shared her experience of Creative Soul Weekend 2017.

“When I was on my way to CSW in Port Hood I was a little anxious to be spending a whole weekend not knowing 7 out of 8 women attending. I am very much an introvert.

Not soon after, the nourishing food, creative activities, and laid back ‘do-whatever-you-feel-like, whenever’ attitude with the openness of those attending had me completely at ease. I’m grateful to have strong, female friendships in my life but if I didn’t attend CSW I wouldn’t have had the conversations and connections I made there with new people. It prioritized wellness, friendship, healing, joy and the importance of just taking time to be. It still has big ripple effects in my life now in 2019.”
— Jacquie B.

Thank you Jacquie!

Our First Ever *MINI* Creative Soul Weekend!

Happy March!

The days are getting longer and even if there are storms forecast, it feels like winter is on the wane.

We’re so excited today to tell you about our first ever MINI CSW!

Over the last four years as we’ve done the “original flavour” Creative Soul Weekend (which is three days long, by the seaside in Port Hood), we’ve heard from some women in our audience that while they would love to take that time for themselves and indulge in self-care and creativity, for a whole host of reasons they just can’t. Can’t take the time, can’t afford the price point, et cetera.

And we’ve always toyed with the idea of creating a one-day, smaller version of the retreat, closer to the main population centre of the island, but it’s been on the back burner for years, since this is a side passion project for both of us and our number one rule is not to stress ourselves out doing something we do for love alone.

Anyway, this being our fifth year, we decided this was the year to spread our wings a little and try a one-day event as well as the regular retreat in September.

And now it’s all planned and ready for you to sign up!


Here’s what’s on the go:

On March 23rd, the Saturday just after the Spring Equinox, we’re gathering in an old church hall in the seaside town of Sydney Mines, at 10 am. There will be tea and coffee and a little snack to greet you, as well as a little welcome/thank you gift. We’ll introduce ourselves, share nourishment, and settle in. Then at 10:30 the lovely Molly Fletcher will lead us in a gentle yoga flow designed to naturally stretch the muscles and open the joints of the body, while simultaneously providing vital Prana (energy) throughout the body, mind, & Spirit. Leah has taken yoga classes with Molly and can attest to her gentle leadership and calming presence. It’s a great way to start off the day.

After yoga we’ll break for lunch. Local chef (and Creative Soul Weekend 2018 alumna) Susan MacDonald is in charge of food and she’s using her creativity to create a meal that’s both nutritious and inspired by the spring equinox and the event theme of renewal, rebirth and fresh energy. We’re so excited to get to share Susan’s love of food!

In the afternoon we’ll stretch our creativity. Local visual artist Alison Uhma will lead us in a workshop on graphic memoir and creating a brief autobiographical narrative. Experience in drawing is not necessary! Bring a sketchbook and any art supplies you like to work with. Other supplies will be provided. Alison is interested in the capacity of storytelling to both extract personal truth and remedy broken relationships with the self and others. She is currently completing the first serial in a graphic memoir entitled From the Other One, about a daughter's relationship with her mother and the devastation of Alzheimer’s Disease. We’re very lucky to have her with us for this event!

After the workshop we’ll have an afternoon snack, circle up to share anything we’d like to share from the day, and say our farewells, wrapping up by 5 PM.

So there you have it - the first ever mini CSW. We so hope you can join us. We’re limiting spots to 10 women to keep the same intimate and friendly feeling of our longer retreat - so if this is for you, don’t be shy and claim your spot here. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us! creativesoulweekend@gmail.com

Click here to be taken to the event page, with more info including bios for our teachers.




Mind Your Light

Well, congratulations. You made it through January. You made it past Blue Monday, and through typically the leanest and hardest month of the year. Culturally we hang so much weight, so much meaning, on the turn of a new year, and feel like we “should” hit the ground running and guns blazing, but energetically this is the time of year for hibernating, for going inward. Our intention of total reinvention goes directly opposite to our resources, our limits. It’s a tough one to weather.

Recently Leah was scrolling Instagram and a friend’s post caught her eye. Tim Damon (account is private) wrote,

“Today, I was speaking with a loved one about the nature of feeling stuck. While I think it is important to hold space for our emotions to come up, I also think it’s important to get out of our own way and engage in activities that elevate our bodies, minds and spirits (especially this time of year!) That said, I am launching a new project and you’re all welcome to get on board. Between now and March 21, I will be posting images with the hashtag #mindingmylight and invite you to do the same. Many people suffer in silence with their mental health. These images have the potential for creating positive change in our community by inspiring others and sharing a simple yet profound message “You’re not alone”. Let’s shine a light on mental health. We’re all in this together.”
— TimDamon

We love this idea - not just about shining a light on mental health but also the idea of minding your own light. We think of it as a fragile tea light flame, something small enough to cup in your hand yet still powerful. To “mind your light” is to care for that fragile yet fiery part of yourself: your mind and your spirit.

Tim’s project calls us to think daily - How can I mind my light today? How can I cup my hands around the tealight and make sure the winds don’t blow it out?

And most importantly - his project reminds us that we’re all in this together. You, me, your friends, your neighbours, all the people in your community who you’ve never met: we are all human. We are all fragile. We all have that little tealight that we’re each minding. Not one of us has this whole “being human” thing figured out. So let’s help each other - that’s what (we think) we’re all here for, in the end.