I recently had the honor and privilege of facilitating The Artist’s Way Women’s Retreat at the beautiful ARC Retreat Center near Cambridge, MN. I was honored to witness and interact with a group of women who were courageous, vulnerable, honest, fearless, joyful and also in touch with their sadness and grief. The wisdom and creativity of this group of women amazed and delighted me. Watching them connect with each other, share their stories, build trust with one another, become vulnerable, open and willing was truly a gift to me. As the retreat evolved and progessed, it took on a life of its own. So much of the retreat experience depends upon the group of women and the energy that is created within the group. For me this retreat was truly a labor of love, creativity, stepping outside my comfort zone, asking for help and support, letting go, being fearless and stepping into my power. I spent the last 3 months writing content, marketing, designing an 18 page booklet for the participants, creating exercises, choosing music and more. What a journey it has been. I am filled with gratitude for the amazing women who shared their last 2 days and nights with me. You are all so creative, resourceful, courageous, talented, brilliant, inspirational and I dedicate this blog post to you. You know who you are!
I would be remiss if I did not mention the beautiful peaceful ARC Retreat Center and the incredible staff who took such good care of us. The ARC is located on 90 acres of wooded land near Cambridge, MN and it is truly a peaceful and relaxing oasis. A place to rest, renew, replenish, rejuvenate and relax. A big shout out to the amazing staff who made our retreat such a delightful experience. The food was nutritious and nourishing (all made from scratch) and the staff was so warm and welcoming. Their attention to detail, helpfulness and availability helped to make our retreat truly memorable. Here’s the link to the ARC website: www.arcretreat.org. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.
18 thoughts on “A Joy Filled Retreat!”
Nancy – this sounds delightful! I love the Artist’s way and retreats – what a fantastic combination 🙂
Thanks for your comments Christine!
Nancy, I really enjoyed reading about the lovely retreat you blessed these women with. Saw your post in Inspired Blogging group. 🙂 Nice meeting you.
Nice to meet you too Suzanne! Thank you for your kind words.
Sounds like a Sensational experience! Just last month I read the book ‘The Artist’s Way’. I am very intrigued about your retreat.
Might you send me more info when have a future one? I live in the Twin Cities so this would be Perfect for me! Thank you.
Thank you for your comments Elda. I will definitely email you details when I schedule my next Artist’s Way Retreat. It will probably be in the fall. I have a 12 week Artist’s Way class starting in January in St. Paul. Details will be on my website this week. Hope you can join us!
That sounds like a fabulous retreat of growth and learning, and the place looks so relaxing 🙂
Thanks Kama. It was a wonderful experience for the participants and for me. The ARC is a special place, truly a peaceful oasis.
I love this – going onan art women’s retreat is on my list of things to look for – but alas, Mn is quite a ways from Atlanta
Thanks for your comments Vickie. Minnesota is beautiful in the fall. Maybe you can join us next year:)
Thanks for your comments Kelly. I am feeling grateful, inspired, validated, empowered and full of joy. It was truly an amazing experience and I have learned so much. Already brainstorming topics for my next retreat. And I am going on a 2 day rest and renewal retreat at the ARC in 2 weeks to re-energize:)
Thanks Heather. It was definitely a labor of love:)
Thanks Linda. Lots of walking in faith to bring the retreat into reality and it was so worth it. I am already thinking about topics for my next one. I think the Artist’s Way will be an annual retreat because so many people are familiar with the material and it is close to my heart.
It sounds so beautiful. Congratulations on following this dream and taking the steps to make it happen. Hmmmmm, I’m thinking maybe next year. 🙂
Glad to hear your retreat went well! Thanks for sharing a bit of the behind-the-scenes, labor-of-love experience. Cheers!
The previous comment from Kathleen says it all Nancy. Love that. How are you feeling now that your three months of planning is done?
Are we going back this weekend ? It was MAGICAL. 🙂 ABUNDANCE TO ALL 🙂
Kathleen, we will definitely be going back again and again. And yes, it was magical, powerful, inspirational, fun, thought provoking and so much more:)