Come nurture yourself and your creativity on the shores of magical Lake Atitlan.
*Expand your creativity and nurture your artist’s soul in community with other women.
*Access your deep wisdom and come home to yourself.
*Rediscover creativity as play.
*Experience Guatemala’s rich culture, learn about its history and sacred traditions.
Art making and creative expression are practices in listening deeply to ourselves and coming home to that which is most true and essential in us. On this retreat we will be nurtured by nature, yoga, and the creative process as we play and create using the SoulCollage® process.
On this retreat daily gentle yoga and expressive movement will open our bodies and support our creative unfolding. Meditation practices will open our hearts and cultivate mindfulness, and the SoulCollage® process will deepen our connection to our soul and our innate wisdom.
SoulCollage® is a creative and intuitive process of creating a personal deck of unique, collaged cards that express various aspects of ourselves. SoulCollage® draws from both Jungian psychology and Native American shamanic wisdom and fosters creative renewal, self understanding, self acceptance, and soul-tending. SoulCollage® is both a fun form of creative play and a profound transformational process. Absolutely no experience in art, or yoga is necessary! All levels of students are welcome, and all are made to feel comfortable in both the art making and the yoga.
To soak in the riches of this beautiful and gentle culture, outings and excursions are arranged to visit nearby traditional Mayan villages, artisan markets, a women’s weaving collective, and market towns. There will also be abundant free time for artmaking, swimming or kayaking in the lake, sitting in a hammock in the lush gardens of the retreat center, writing in your journal, or reading a book.
Laura Hansen, MSW, is an artist, Expressive Arts facilitator, Professional Coach, and former business executive. Her creative life and meditation practices have provided her a way to navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. She now facilitates others in their creative and spiritual journeys and is especially interested in the intersection of art and spirituality. She creates safe and nurturing environments where people can learn to listen to their intuition and rediscover how nourishing it is to engage in creativity as play. Her background includes a Masters in Clinical Social Work, a degree in Studio Arts, twenty years of yoga and vipassana meditation practices, graduate studies in Expressive Arts, and she is a Professional Certified Coach.
“If you’re ready for a creative journey that will alter your
life for the better, there’s no better guide for that journey
than Laura. It would be a gift to your soul to be in her company.” – Jan Phillips, Author of Marry Your Muse