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We Came, We Saw, We Mini-ed

A mini version of the main retreat was something we had always toyed with doing, and finally this year we made it happen. We wanted to do something that was (A) in the Sydney area, (B) only one day long and (C ) a lower price point than that main retreat. We still wanted the elements that we think make the main retreat so special - a small group of women, a yoga workshop and some sort of creative workshop. The space had to be homey and welcoming. The food had to be delicious.

And thankfully, that all came to be. We’re very grateful to the women who came to our event, and to the teachers and chef that we had work with us, for this special day.

Thanks!

Participants - seven women, each with unique creative gifts, stories and reasons for being there. You’re all gorgeous. You made this day what it was.

Susan MacDonald - delicious food and snacks, including a raw cacao hummous that we were all astounded at and a foraged raspberry leaf tea that tasted so fresh.

Alison Uhma - Creative Workshop about Graphic Memoir making that had us all giggling at our doodles and thinking deep about our pasts.

Molly Fletcher - for grounding us and relaxing us with your meditation and yoga.

Big thank you to Krista Montelpare for providing wonderful vintage dishware for our food, vintage vases and fresh flowers!

Carman United Church Hall - for the space full of history and warmth.

Lotherington’s Flowers & Gifts - for the Calandiva plants that were the welcome gift.

Here are the photos that Emily took that showcase our first ever Mini CSW:

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.