Retreat

August 2-5, 2022

The Beautiful Exchange

"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, a praising heart instead of a heavy and burdened spirit–that they may be called beautiful, strong and magnificent."
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Be You

THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR YOU TO START

You are invited to join us on a sacred journey nestled within foothills of the California Sierra Nevada mountains. Close to Pinecrest Lake, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and Yosemite National Park, this special place naturally inspires and invigorates the soul. Within this gorgeous setting is an all-women’s retreat that provides encouragement, healing and transformation of mind, body, soul and spirit.
 

This unique experience is designed for women who are dreamers and creators of all forms of expression-be it visual, performing, culinary arts, music, writing, fashion design or any of the various ways creativity manifests. We understand the efforts you continually make toward building your career and bettering yourself as well as the world around you. We join with you in that. We see each woman as a beautiful and unique soul, with talent, purpose and an assignment to bring love, life, connection and meaning to a world that is in much need.

We know you sometimes feel unclear, overwhelmed and alone. You may be aware of obstacles hindering the full flow of your life’s expression, but not know what they are or how to effectively deal with them. You may wonder if certain circumstances or patterns in your life will ever change or if your struggles and pain are in vain.  Insecurity may be an occasional intruder or an ever-present squatter residing in your mind. You may feel that life is not the way it should be...things aren’t right...life feels broken. You may feel broken-like part or all of your heart has been crushed and betrayed.  Life can be beautiful, adventurous and amazing. It can also be brutal, painful, lonely-and everything in-between. 

Our emotional responses to painful or difficult life experiences are not problems to be solved.  Rather, they are offerings to be given to the “Great Artisan” of the cosmos, who lovingly mends the broken pieces in us by masterfully placing them back together.  
 
This is where the art of Kintsugi is such a helpful concept. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken pieces of shattered pottery with lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The Artisan embraces the flaws and imperfections in the piece and carefully reconnects them. It's brokenness is highlighted and becomes part of the object's story and beauty. This new piece of broken pottery is considered more valuable and beautiful than it was before. 
 
One of God’s names is Jehovah Rapha the God who heals emotionally, physically and spiritually. Psalm 147:3 says that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” The power of forgiveness through Christ is a lot like Kintsugi. Kintsugi is a metaphor of Jesus Christ, the Master Artisan, filling and healing the shattered places in us with something of the highest value-His very presence. Our flaws and imperfections are swallowed up in Christ and used to create a person that becomes more powerful, impactful and beautiful than they ever were before. Psalm 31:12 says “I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.” 
 
Kintsugi reminds us that being broken is part of the human condition. It also reveals a type of mending that creates more depth, beauty and value than was possible before the breaking. It shows us ways to carry our experiences of love, pain and loss forward with us that are healthy and life-giving. “We become a living, breathing masterpiece of art where God‘s glory is revealed through our brokenness." Jody Thomae explains beautifully in her book The creator's Healing Power. There is no place of greater power to change the course of our personal and collective history than to surrender to the love of the Master artisan.

This retreat is geared towards those with a passion to express the artistry, beauty and creativity of God through personal and cultural transformation.

Through RSM, A Christian Neuro Emotional Therapeutic tool, you will experience a personalized healing journey

Enjoy a sunrise walk on a beautiful trail

 

Workshop Breakout Sessions

 

Reflection time alone with God

 

Opportunities to connect with other creatives during catered evening meals

 

Express your new truth through Dance, Movement and Art

 

Receive a free devotion book geared toward the creatives

Receive encouragement from the featured speaker Jody Thomae 

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Register before May 1, 2022 and receive 10% Discount

Meet The Team

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Jody 

Pastor, Author, Speaker

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Tamara 

Creativity Coach 

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Joelene

NeuroEmotional Practitioner

Cost *All prices in USD
The cost of the retreat is $482.00. ($75.00 deposit) and includes:
Guest Speaker Jody Thomae, A group session of Art Movement, A group session of Art Creativity, A private Neuro-Emotional Session, Group Sunrise walk, 3 Dinners, Prayer sessions available in private or group settings, Post-retreat devotional book 

$482.00 ($840.00 Value)

Other important information
Space is limited to 12 participants. This retreat is for women only. 
A completed registration form and deposit of $75.00(US) non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot at the retreat. 
The remaining balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the retreat. 
A minimum number of participants must be registered and attending for a retreat to be held. If this is not the case, the retreat will be cancelled. If this happens, participants payments will be refunded or transferred to the rescheduled date. 
Refunds for cancellation or transfer to another retreat within 60 days prior to a retreat will be handled on a case by case basis and will likely reflect the deduction of some or all costs already incurred.