When I began this adventure in January of this year, the months spread hopefully before me . . . wide open and inviting. I needed a project . . . something challenging that would capture my imagination and make the world a little softer and more beautiful. The idea of this retreat had been planted in my heart months before and by the dawn of the new year was blossoming into something truly vibrant and worthwhile. When my amazing team of strong, adventurous and creative artists came together, the dream of hosting a retreat became real . . . heartbeat and all. I felt truly empowered. Little did I know what lie ahead.
As the months began to march by, many huge and unexpected challenges arose:
Nathaniel & Andrea Eisenberg
Despite all these happenings, this retreat continued to flourish through your enthusiasm and support, displaying all the signs of becoming a renewable and thriving entity. Even the circulation of unfounded rumors that the retreat was cancelled did very little to slow its youthful spirit and momentum. In short, life happened . . . but instead of wilting into a mere memory, this retreat, in it's infancy, took these challenges and has grown with them!
In just three weeks, we will meet at the breathtaking Suncadia Resort and reap the benefits of tenacity in the premiere of the Autumn Artist Retreat. We will toast to ourselves and to our amazing instructors, Tracy and Sarah, who are busy putting the final touches on the incredible projects they have designed to share with us. Supply lists will be posted here shortly or kits may be purchased at the retreat. Candy Courtney of Bird Tail Beads will have additional supplies on hand to keep us happily creating for the duration of the retreat. NEWS FLASH!!! An introductory seed beading workshop will be offered during the open studio hours each night for interested attendees. Kits and supplies for the beading project will also be available at the retreat.
Stay tuned to this blog site for more information in the weeks ahead. If you are still on the fence or have registered and have a friend you would like to share this amazing time with, rooms are still available. Remember that attendees have early registration privileges for the limited space at next year's retreat! Don't let this incredible opportunity slip by! Come and celebrate the immense artistic bounty found in the stunning Pacific Northwest. This is where life happens . . . grow with it!!!
I am a Lover of life and of living it to the fullest, giving daily thanks to God for all the close saves and second chances!!! My most brilliant life successes are my three amazing kids - Nathan, Alex and Becca - and the incredible partnership I share with my husband and best friend, Paul. I am so incredibly blessed!