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One step closer to a realized dream, and why I have been hesitant to share

March 23, 2013
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Journey through the Creative Lens

I am over the top excited about this but have been a bit hesitant to share the news..

I have been dreaming for many years about doing this, and thanks to the support, love, and a little (ok big) push from sweet friends, it’s becoming a reality! Yay!!  To be able to combine my love of photography, sharing with other women, exploring the Maine coast, creativity, and inspiration into one weekend, makes me extremely happy!

The first weekend in May, I will be guiding my first women’s retreat weekend. It’s aptly called, “Journey through the Creative Lens.” This will be a weekend on the Maine coast of taking photos, sharing creative and inspiring ideas and projects, journaling, laughing, dining in Portland’s Old Port,  photographing a Maine lighthouse at sunrise, and just relaxing and enjoying the company of kindred spirits! Wow! Have I mentioned that I am kind of excited! 🙂

I will be collaborating with two dear, lovely and talented friends who will be co-hosting the retreat with me, Amy Webster and Amber White. Amy and Amber will be leading a workshop on Saturday on “Creative Personal/Travel Journaling.”  Amy is a creative soul that searches for inspiration in the everyday world usually within found treasures. She is an avid mixed media “travel” art journaler and believes that even 5 minutes a day of journaling or an artistic outlet revives the soul.  Amber is an avid lover of mixed-media arts from altering old tattered suitcases to creating art journal spreads. She believes everyone is an artist and the most powerful tool is learning to tap into your own intuition, let go, and create organically. They each write blogs on creative journaling, and together have been “sharing” travel journaling for over 4 years. Their journals are true pieces of art. Our retreaters are in for a treat to be able to be inspired by these two women about how to create and write their own journal. Retreaters will leave with a great start to their own journals, and lots of ideas to keep them rolling along!

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Creative journaling

My offering will be, or course, in photographing. Sharing places I love to photograph, tips on how to get a great image, and how I stay inspired to shoot. Retreaters can shoot with whatever they like; iPhone, Point and Shoot, SLR, iPad…and then we’ll go over more practical things like how to go from shooting inspired photos to holding the print of that image in your hands. I’ll share my favorite apps for shooting and processing on the iPhone and iPad. We’ll have loads of fun, and hopefully everyone will leave feeling inspired, and with lots of “tools” to keep shooting when they return home!

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Camera of all kinds

The three of us are buzzing with excitement with the opportunity to share our passions with other women!

Where: Sweet beach house near Willard Beach, South Portland, Maine

When: May 3rd, 4th and 5th.  Friday evening till Sunday noon

What: A gathering of kindred spirits…

Why: To be encouraged and supported to create and live a more inspired life. To view the World through a Creative Lens. To share, laugh, eat, journal, photograph, and commune with other like-minded women. To enjoy the beauty and peace of the Maine coast.

What you Need: An open heart and mind! No previous experience in photography and/or journaling is required. We are not here to create brilliant art or photographs. This retreat is about opening ourselves to the creative journey that lives inside each of us, and which, when we tune into it, allows us to hear the sound of our own hearts, find our authentic words and ultimately be free to live with more creativity, intuition and joy.

And now the reason why I have been hesitant to share this news…..  The May retreat is already filled!!  Seriously, it seems like a mean trick to tell you about it, and not have any openings left but it’s true! Word of mouth traveled very quickly when folks heard  this retreat was becoming a reality. If you will be joining us, we can’t wait to have you along for the ride. But if you are not, but would like to be, please don’t be too upset with me….  Amy, Amber and I are in the process of planning another, equally inspiring, weekend retreat for the fall! If you would like to stay in the loop about the fall retreat and/or be added to the waiting list for a spot, please leave your email in the “Comments” section below. You can also add your email address up there on the right to receive notice of new blog posts where I will be sure to share any and all new information about future retreats!

Until next time….here’s to enjoying an inspiring weekend despite the still snow-covered ground!

Love to you all,



14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2013 8:16 pm

    That is awesome. Congrats on following your bliss and congrats on selling out!

  2. Andrea permalink
    March 23, 2013 9:49 pm

    How awesome! Love everything about this retreat! I’m a person who feels she doesn’t have a creative bone in my body and would love to think I have something to “tap” into! Please put me on your list for the fall! I have no idea what creative journaling is about but want to learn! I just got a new iPhone and am dying for you to teach me how to use the camera! Can’t wait to hear how your first retreat goes! Congratulations! ❤

  3. Diane Ingram permalink
    March 23, 2013 11:33 pm

    Oh bummer— I was totally looking for the info to sign up. I would love to attend the fall one — or in May if you have a cancellation list

  4. Mary McGillicuddy permalink
    March 24, 2013 3:37 am

    So fun. Can’t wait to walk the beach with you at sunrise and hear all about it.

  5. Elizabeth Auch permalink
    March 24, 2013 7:39 am

    Please let me know when the fall sign up will be. This sounds amazing! Congratulations on having your dream come true!

  6. March 24, 2013 11:08 am

    Oh, this sounds delightful!!

  7. March 24, 2013 1:58 pm

    Love to be kept in the loop.

  8. March 24, 2013 3:15 pm

    This is a wonderful post. You can see that you put a LOT of time and effort into it. Great luck with it this week.

  9. Fran permalink
    March 25, 2013 8:25 am

    WONDER-FULL !!!!!! 😉 As are all your photos…Full of Wonder!!!

  10. Linda Peters permalink
    March 27, 2013 8:20 pm

    You are such an inspiration….xo

  11. April 16, 2013 11:18 pm

    I would love to find out about the fall retreat and get my name on the list. (hint hint: I’m a teacher and have a fall break around Columbus Day!). Can you reach me at I visit Amber’s blog but thought I would leave a comment here with a definite “add me to the list” note. Thanks!

  12. April 18, 2013 10:02 am

    This is fantastic!!!! All the best with the retreat and way to make your dream come true!

  13. Rose permalink
    April 26, 2013 3:25 pm

    Awesome post! Very inspiring! I do not know alll the beautiful women that you are goin to be sharing this retreat with, but one! Amy Webster truly is a creative soul, she makes you see life in the most beautiful colors. I am so blessed to have her in my life, as I told my son the day he married her if I could have special ordered a daughter, she is all I could have asked for and more! Beautiful inside and out! Have a wonderful weekend. I just know you will!!!


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