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Tell It

November 15 - November 17/19, 2019
Tacoma, Washington


Tell It

November 15 - November 17/19, 2019
Tacoma, Washington

Come along and recharge, connect, and create

The Tell It Retreat is an art journaling + self-care and mindfulness retreat held in Tacoma, Washington the weekend of November 15-17/19. There are just 10 spots! Read on for all the juicy details.

This retreat is about gathering tools to help you tell your story through art journaling. We will begin to fill a journal with stories and secret dreams and the words you most need. We will explore collage, write, poem, take photos, play with watercolors, and even use my vintage typewriter. I will share peeks into my journals, give you lots of prompts to play with, share my journaling supplies with you, and spill all my journaling secrets.

This retreat is also about slowing down and noticing the world around and within you. It’s about gathering in community with like-minded souls to connect and listen and hold space. It’s about playing and recharging as you put color and words and photos onto the page. It’s about dancing with the poet inside you, practicing listening to your inner wisdom, and opening your heart to what’s next in your world.

Also, no previous experience with journaling, art journaling, writing, being crafty or artsy required. This is a retreat for you wherever you are in your creative journey. You just need an open heart and willingness to dive in. And if you’ve been journaling for a while, this retreat is for you, too! You’ll probably learn a few new things plus be surrounded by kindred spirits and have a chance to get away and play, recharge, and connect.

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Some pieces that make this retreat special:

At Tell It, we'll gather in my delightful town of Tacoma, Washington. This is the first time I’ve held a retreat here, and I can’t wait! Tacoma sits right along Puget Sound, has gorgeous views of Mount Rainier, and has beautiful forests that you often see in my photos. This is also the first time I’m offering a retreat that is all about art journaling. I’m so excited to share all my tips and ideas and give you so much inspiration (plus a few goodies) to take home with you.

This retreat has two different options:

Option 1: Arrive Friday afternoon and stay through our Sunday dinner. We will begin with a dinner + gathering Friday evening, have two days of workshops (Saturday and Sunday) that will include a field trip to a park along Puget Sound (weather permitting) plus our Saturday night slumber party, and then end with a closing + dinner together Sunday evening. This option is great if you can only get away for the weekend.

Option 2: Add in an extra day (and two nights) and stay through Tuesday morning. On Monday, we will have more time to work in our journals + explore a few of my favorite spots in Tacoma (including my favorite art store). We will have an extra evening gathering and more meals together to connect.

During our time together, we’ll explore a few of my favorite spots to gather up inspiration and photos for our journals (which spots depend on which retreat option you choose). Plus my family will be joining us for at least one meal and my daughter EJ has a few journaling tips she wants to share with you.

Tell It gives you permission to explore what you most need while in community so you can begin to integrate these creative self-care practices and take them home with you. It's your opportunity to spend time getting creative and practicing mindfulness while also letting yourself be nurtured by others.

At Tell It, you will:


We'll spend time practicing and learning about creative self-care as we play with words, take some photos, get outside, and explore other forms of creative play and connection.

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Connect with Like-Minded Kindreds

There will be time to tell your story and listen to the stories of others. Many of the dear souls who attend Be Present Retreats form friendships that last far beyond the retreat.

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Dive INTO an art journaling practice

We will be filling up a journal with papers, paint, collage, writing, dreams, blessings, prayers, and so many other good things as I teach you some of my favorite journaling practices.

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practice taking self-portraits

We will talk about and practice self-portraiture to create images you can add to your journals and have fun with. Self-portraits are such an incredible way to enrich your art journals and creative practices at home.

experience mindfulness in Sacred space

We'll slow down and experience a few mindfulness practices, create a community altar in the middle of our circle, and look at ways we can create space for the sacred in our daily live


Put Pen to paper and poem it out

I will also share some of my favorite poems and poetry prompts to help you put pen to paper and write the poems just waiting inside you. If this scares you just a bit, don’t worry. I’ve got you!


Tell It Details

Tell It Details

your retreat tuition includes

  • An open environment that holds space for truth, laughter, moments of quiet, and the opportunity to share your story.

  • A heart-opening experience that begins with a welcome dinner and opening ceremony on Friday evening and ends with a closing ceremony and dinner Sunday, with the option to add in Monday as an extra day (more on that below) and leave Tuesday.

  • Daily group gatherings/workshops led by me where we'll art journal, write, take photos, and tell our stories.

  • A care package of goodies from my studio + other treats.

  • An art journaling slumber party on Saturday night where we will listen to some great music, create in our journals in our PJs, have some tasty snacks, and maybe even do a little lip syncing.

  • Meals* and snacks that will nourish you and invite you to see food as a form of soul care.

  • Time in community to explore mindful ways to be more present in your daily life.

  • Space away from your day-to-day roles where you can just show up as you, and the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits who might just become life-long friends.

  • A chance to practice self-care so you can begin to truly implement your own self-care and mindfulness practices when you go home.

  • Snacks and hot tea/coffee provided daily.

  • A peek at my world here in Tacoma and some ideas on how to invite in creativity into daily life.

Note: There are just 10 spots available at the Tell It Retreat with 8 lodging spots in the house. (1 spot left!) Information and lodging options are below. Before the retreat, I'll share a suggested supply list for the workshops you'll be experiencing this retreat + other things you might need for a trip to the Pacific Northwest. I'll also be bringing my vintage suitcases full of creative goodies and supplies for you to have fun with. 

*Meals include: Breakfast is only included if you choose the lodging option. Lunch and Dinner are included with all options, except Monday lunch. Monday’s lunch time will be during our outing in Tacoma, and it will be on your own. There will be a few options!
GF and vegetarian options will be provided at every meal (if requested). Please share any food allergies on the registration form and we will take those into consideration (as much as possible) when planning meals and snacks. If you have food concerns, I will communicate with you as we get closer to the retreat so you can decide where you might need to supplement based on your individual needs. 


Tell It :: Location

Tell It :: Location


We'll gather in an updated historic Craftsman home in Tacoma, Washington in a neighborhood close to the University of Puget Sound and walking distance to a great coffee shop. It will be cozy and lots of fun to all be together during this time of year in my hometown. I can’t wait to show you some of my favorite spots. During the weekend, we will head to the water and the forest (weather permitting) to explore and take photos. On Monday, we’ll go to a few of my favorite places in town, including one of my favorite art stores in the whole world!


There are just a handful of rooms available for lodging. Including 2 private bedrooms, 2 shared bedrooms with two beds for two people, and a sleeping nook with 2 twin beds. 

LOCAL? There is also a rate for locals who want to just attend our group gatherings and workshops. See more info below.

Other Lodging

There are several other lodging possibilities in Tacoma. Favorites include: Hotel Murano, Silver Cloud Inn (which is right on the water), and Courtyard by Marriott. Airbnb is an option (just contact me if you’d like to know more info about neighborhoods).

Note that the nearest airport is SeaTac which is between Seattle and Tacoma (this is the main Seattle airport). Depending on traffic it’s 30-45 minutes from Tacoma. Transportation is not provided. There will be a private Facebook group for participants who want to connect ahead of time about renting cars together and carpooling etc. The retreat house will open at around 4:00 PM on Wednesday and we'll be done with dinner on Sunday by about 7 PM. If you’re staying until Tuesday, we won’t have any activities Tuesday morning, and we need to leave the house by about 10 AM. 

Notes on accessibility: The main house is two stories, our gatherings will be held on the first floor. Bedrooms are on both floors. There are two short sets of stairs into the home (about 6 steps each). It is not wheelchair accessible. Chairs will be available for group gatherings/workshops. Please send over any questions about accessibility.

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Tell It :: Registration & Tuition

Tell It :: Registration & Tuition

Thank you for your interest in signing up for the Tell It Retreat! 

Registration has begun!

There are 10 spots available at this retreat (just 1 spot left). All lodging spots available at the house where we will gather are taken at this time.


There are two retreat options for Tell It:

  1. 11/15-11/17 - Friday evening to Sunday evening $690 (lodging is additional below)

  2. Add in Monday for an additional $200 (lodging is additional below)

Please see the Details section above for the specifics about what your retreat tuition includes (note that breakfast is only included with lodging and transportation is not included).

Lodging is available on a first-come first-serve basis for an additional amount as follows. Note that all lodging includes shared bathrooms. You can choose 2, 3, or 4 nights of lodging. 3 nights are for people who fly out Monday morning and need to stay an extra night but will not be joining in Monday’s activities.

  • 2 private bedrooms $95 a night per person UPDATE: FULL

  • 2 shared bedrooms with two beds $70 a night per person (one queen bed, one twin bed - 2 people to a room) UPDATE: FULL

  • 1 shared “sleeping nook” with twin beds $50 a night per person - note that this space is upstairs with a doorway on one end (with blackout curtains) and one bedroom at the other end, so people will be walking through this space UPDATE: FULL

Please click the button above to register. Payment in full will be needed to secure your spot. When you follow the link to the registration page (over on my main site’s shop), you will choose between Friday - Sunday or Friday - Monday. After you register, I will then contact you about lodging and will send over a separate invoice for lodging.

Cancellation policy: Because this is a small retreat taking place in two months, cancellations will not be refunded or partially refunded. I'm unable to make exceptions to this policy, so please be thoughtful when making the decision to come along. However, your spot is transferable if we have a waiting list and someone from the list can take your spot (if we do not have a waiting list, you would need to find someone to take your place), and then everything but $150 will be refunded.

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Tell It :: More Info

Tell It :: More Info

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This retreat is for you if:

  • You need to create some space in your life and want a safe container to nourish yourself.

  • You're longing for some time with kindreds.

  • You love getting to the good stuff in conversation and being with people who are willing to go deep is your jam.

  • You’ve been longing to play in a journal, start, or continue an art journal practice, and you want to learn some tips and get inspired.

  • You've been stuck trying to find a self-care rhythm or need a reboot and are open to making some changes.

  • You enjoy writing, making, tapping into the creative soul inside you (or you've been longing to).

  • You are in The And Space of the beauty and the grit and you want to learn and experience ways to navigate that space.

  • You're open to a bit of woo woo, and oracle cards, essential oils, and evenings lit by candles make you happy (or at least curious).

  • You want to breathe deeply, laugh widely, and open your heart to the magic that arrives in a circle of kindreds.

This retreat is probably not for you if:

  • You're looking for a spa-like or solitary experience. This retreat includes a lot of time in community in shared spaces. However, INTROVERTS - I've got you! There will be time to rest and recharge away from the group.

  • You're expecting a vacation in the sun (it rains in the Pacific Northwest - and warm rain gear will be needed).

  • You're experiencing something in your personal life that needs more support than can be given in this environment. I am not a certified therapist. While the activities we will do might feel therapeutic, they are not in place of therapy or other professional support. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions about this.

  • You're hoping for a business retreat about how to run a retreat or online business. While I'll be available for some conversation on these topics, they will not be covered in our group experiences or workshops.


And dear one, please get in touch with any questions. I can't wait to circle with you in just a few months! This is going to be so magical.