Your Story Workshops and Teachers
Kelly Barton, Elise Blaha Cripe, and Liz Lamoreux will be your guides throughout the Spring 2014 Your Story Retreat.
During our time together, we will explore ways to tell our stories through:
Writing + poetry
Photography, including self-portraits
Painting, printing, and stamping techniques
Conversation and storytelling
And lots of creative fun that will feel a bit like summer camp meets the best creative girls' long weekend ever
This retreat is about gathering and sharing and investigating where we are on our paths. It is about sifting through our dreams and goals to begin to live them into reality. It is about putting pen to paper and poeming it out. It is about exploring the reasons that we hold back from including ourselves in our photos. It is about playing with a paintbrush like a little girl again. It is about holding the space while someone tells her story. And it is about inviting in joy and wonder as we explore the gorgeous Oregon Coast and inviting in laughter as we stay up late into the night sharing pieces of our collective experiences.
This year, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will include full day workshops with each of the teachers. Each day there will also be time to listen to what you most need. Maybe this will mean taking a nap or collecting sand dollars at dawn or staying in your pajamas all day or walking into town for hot cocoa + a cookie or driving down the road to Seaside or sitting side by side with someone who is becoming a dear friend as she shares her truth.
Find out more about the individual workshops and teachers below:
Elise Blaha Cripe
Join Elise for a day of goal setting and dreaming big.
Elise will share her story and how the power of the word choose has helped her build a business, celebrate the every day and embrace life's ups and downs. We'll talk about how to craft a creative life and we'll keep our hands busy while playing with fun stamp and printing techniques.
Elise Blaha Cripe is a blogger and crafter who lives in San Diego, California with her husband Paul and daughter, Ellerie. Elise sells rubber stamps, teaches online workshops, dreams up DIY home decor ideas, believes in magic and is certain there is nothing quite like eating a tomato you grew in your backyard.
watering your the story.
a water(color) adventure with kelly barton
Kelly Barton will be your cruise director on this journey of color and painting. She writes:
I believe that deep down there is an artist in each of us. Much of my own journey has been digging in and allowing the girl come out to play. So often I hear, “I just need you to know, I can’t paint.” Or “I'm not an artist” and my response is almost always, ”Oh I bet you can” and “Oh yes you are.” Once we let go of those fears and just start allowing those colors and brushes to play nice a happy dance will ensue.
The day will include simple ways to create a traveling kit filled with simple tools such as watercolors, pencils and pens. Pushing colors and creating simple pieces of art that include bits of your own story.
No experience necessary! Whether you consider yourself a seasoned artist or you are just beginning to wet your feet, this day is about one simple thing - letting go of the fear and allowing your creative self to shine. Kelly loves nothing more that to watch others find that sweet spot in their own creative story.
Kelly's bio: i am a girl who believes in the everyday simple. i love sharing empowering stories through each girl, totem or mandala, i paint. stories that we each tuck away in the layers of our days, sometimes just needing a little reminder that it is okay to come out and play. i am kelly barton. mixed media artist, designer.
believer of the simple. maker of the color. owner of the laughter. teller of the story.
Connect with Kelly at her website.
During our time together, we will explore writing + poetry and self-portraits as mediums to help us tell our stories.
We will explore the world of poetry from a place of wonder and healing. We will read poems that invite us to nod our heads and say, “Me too…me too.” We will unearth our inner poet, face the blank page, and say, “Bring it” and write the words that are ready to burst out of us. We will stop everything to Poem It Out.
We will also get outside and play with our cameras. We will look for visual poems, go on a senses scavenger hunt on the beach, and talk about easy and fun ways to get ourselves into our photos.
When you leave our time together, you will have added tools to your creative self-care toolbox that you can turn to whenever you need to feel less alone and connected to this moment.
Liz Lamoreux is an artist, teacher, retreat host, and the author of Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry, and Mixed Media. She believes:
Each day we hold beauty and joy in one hand and the messiness of life in the other.
Creating gets us in touch with our soul’s deepest truths.
Pumpkin cake with brown butter icing can cure almost anything.
Poetry is a lifeline (and thinks it can be one for you too).
Unearthing our stories and sharing them in community invites us to know we are not alone.
In this moment, you might find her dancing in her studio to Mumford and Sons, making muffins with her three year old, writing a poem, or taking her own advice and napping.
Sasha will be nourishing us in the kitchen during Your Story. She writes: I am... a free-spirited wild child, tethered to the responsibilities of the real world,walking a tightrope of compromise, and searching for a sweet blend of dreams and reality.
I work full time as a communications and project coordinator for an electric cooperative in Indiana. After 30+ years, I’m still in love with my high school sweetheart. I’m a mom to a grown son and a “G” (grandma) to a 4-year-old superhero in training. When my alter ego demands creative play, I dabble in writing, photography, food, clay, yarn, and paint.
I believe the recipe for “retreat magic” includes a lovely combination of wise and generous teachers, like-minded souls circled together, and the invitation to share the truth of your story in a safe space. I crave the nourishment this magic gives - it’s why I attend retreats.
At Your Story, I’ll be attending to your kitchen needs and other details so you can make some magic with Elise, Kelly, and Liz. I can’t wait to meet you and hear your story!