Inner Guidance By the Gulf: Accessing Your Deep Inner Wisdom Through Creative Process (a weekend retreat)

Inner Guidance By the Gulf: Accessing Your Deep Inner Wisdom Through Creative Process (a weekend retreat)


This weekend retreat workshop is designed for those who want to access and deepen their relationship with their own inner wisdom, or spirit of guidance. We use a variety of tools and experiences that draw on expressive arts and creative process: SoulCollage®; Soul Scribbles; “New Viewfinding”—creative explorations using photography (easy exercises with a phone or digital camera); and Soul-Guided Writing. In addition, we have time for a ritual circle on a peaceful Gulf of Mexico beach and other interactions with nature. We create a safe, supportive community and our work is done within a sacred energetic container.


The location is Casa Nur, a beautiful private home and studio in the Venice/ Englewood, Florida area on the Gulf of Mexico. The house is a 1-minute drive/10-minute walk to a quiet public beach on Manasota Key.  Casa Nur offers ample work space (in good weather—which is most of the time—we use the lanai, enjoying the varied greens of the landscape, just beyond the screen), and grounds and gardens to wander or work in.



Workshop fee: $290. All workshop materials are provided. Housing and most meals are not included, except for a feast on Saturday evening. 

Accommodations: There are many nearby accommodations, and the facilitator can help with arrangements.  (Two places within walking distance to check out: The Seafarer Beach motel, (941) 474-4388,; and the Manasota Bridge motel, (941) 474-5365).

Air travel: The closest airports are in Sarasota, Fort Meyers, or Punta Gorda, Florida. Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater are a little further afield, but within a 1.5 hour drive. There is no public transportation to Casa Nur, but the facilitator can help set you up with a driver service. Those coming from out of the area should plan to arrive Thursday evening.


More on some of the processes we will explore:

**SoulCollage® is a simple, magical and powerful process of combining visual images (cutting and pasting from printed photos--no particular skill or experience needed) to access information from your deeper self, and then letting the collages “speak.” Participants create collaged cards with their own visual symbolic language. Together, the cards form a unique "deck” that can be as a personal discovery tool—a personal oracle. For more info, visit

**Soul Scribbles are quick exercises using quick scribbles or doodles to get at some of the ideas and issues operating beyond the conscious level.

**Soul-Guided Writing is an empowering form of journaling that allows the inner voice of guidance to come through as a kind of personal channel. Akin to what is sometimes called automatic writing, the process is multi-sensory, and involves directing questions to that wise teacher. Guidance often shows up in surprising and delightful ways.

**New Viewfinding is literally playing with new perspectives through a camera lens (easy to do with a simple phone or digital camera; no photography skill is necessary). Enjoyable “looking and capturing” exercises expand creative understanding and lead to different ways of thinking and seeing.

** Surprises—Unexpected opportunities for giving and receiving.


SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to serendipity and change!)

Friday, February 28, 2020

10:00-11:30  Gather and meet one another. Orientation to the area and set-up of the workshop.  Learn about our group and individual intentions. Explore the idea of inner guidance and the higher self.

11:30-12:30  Weather permitting, opening ritual on beach and picnic lunch (bring your own or we’ll have a selection of items to build sandwiches).

          1:00-5:00     SoulCollage®, session 1. Collage-making and interpretation.

          Dinner on your own (individuals may opt to go to a restaurant together).


          Saturday, February 9, 2020 (leap day!)

 9:30-10:00   Gathering and greeting the day.

11:00-12:00  Soul-guided writing

12:00-12:30  Introduction to New Viewfinding

12:30-3:00   Lunch break and personal reflection time. Opportunity for walks, journaling, and New Viewfinding camera exercises. Stay on the grounds or go to the beach or nearby natural areas.

     3:00-6:00    Share mid-day explorations. SoulCollage®, session 2.

          6:00        Sunset beach viewing for those who wish.

          7:00        Dinner at Casa Nur.


          Sunday, March 1, 2020

          9:30-10:00  Gathering and greeting the day.

          10:00-12:00  SoulCollage®, soul-guided writing or other guided experiences.

          12:00       Snack

          12:15-1:30   Final activities, sharing and closing ritual.



private home/studio
Englewood, FL (us)
Phone: 608 658-7144

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February 28, 2020 - 10:00am - March 1, 2020 - 1:30pm