In Our Element: An Autumn Retreat by the Sea

Announcing, the second In Our Element Retreat, an autumn gathering by the sea that we've packed with so much inspiring goodness to share with you!

cape cod, ma
nov 7th-9th
a weekend to enjoy earth, wind, water and gather as a group and breathe in, create, relax and restore.
autumn in new england, walks on the beach, hula hooping (with a fire hoop dance performance one night!), yoga, nature mandalas, delicious healthful meals, massage, good conversation by the fire, new friendships as well as lots of creativity will make up our time together in a quaint new england cottage on the cape.
You can read all about our soul filling weekend in late May at the first In Our Element Retreat right here!
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faith will guide us through creating both our own magical layered mandala paintings, as well as creating painted antlers which we will string onto leather cords to take home and adorn our space with.

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em will bring baskets overflowing with juicy colourful supplies ready to embark on a textural delight making mixed media double string prayer flags, as well as a nuno-felted scarf workshop.


cost ~
includes 2 nights accommodation in a quaint new england seaside cottage
all meals (dinner friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner saturday, breakfast sunday)
creative workshops ~ layered mandala painting, painted antlers, beading bar, nuno felting, mixed media prayer flags and a few surprises!

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schedule ~
3 pm friday check in, opening circle & prayer flag workshop
5:30 pm dinner
followed by painted antler workshop

optional early morning yoga or beach walk
9am painted layered mandala workshop
12:30 lunch

1:30pm nuno felted scarf workshop
free time - nature mandalas on the beach/optional massage/beach walk/hooping
6pm dinner
after dinner bonfire on beach & fire hoop dance show !

optional early morning yoga or beach walk
9am closing circle and check out


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In Our Element: Full Weekend Rate, includes everything you see listed in the itinerary above to experience a creative escape by the sea! Friday afternoon through closing circle on Sunday. Cottage lodging, yummy food, juicy classes and supplies all included!

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Soul Filling Inspiration

When was the last time you had an evening that filled you to the brim with gorgeous inspiration?
For me it was last month, when my beautiful friend Em and her family were visiting us. Em and I had just completed a full week, teaching a workshop and doing lots of brainstorming for all of the collaborative offerings that we have planned for the year ahead.
On their last evening here, we decided spur of the moment to grab our middle children (who had become great friends), jump in our van and head to the beach.

The girls collected handfulls of flowers as we walked out to the sand, and Em and I soaked in all of the beauty of the evening light. My favorite time of day.

Em and I have talked about and envisioned collaborating somehow through the years, we inspire each other so much and our aesthetics complement each other. Doing workshops together was one thing that kept coming up. Now, after teaching our first workshop together, and traveling to Bali together earlier this year, I feel such momentum going forward. We have lots of exciting things planned....the first being our "In Our Element" retreat which starts next Friday! Eeeeep, I'm so excited.

Together with our girls we gathered twigs, shells and used wildflowers to fill in the gaps of a large beach mandala, which felt like the perfect way to celebrate our friendship and our time together.

I can't wait for what's ahead!

A Fairy Birthday Fiesta

My kids love to choose the theme for their birthday party every year, they really start discussing it months in advance. We also enjoy hosting their birthdays in our yard, and luckily all of the dates fall during warm times of year here, so our yard becomes the stage on which the party is planned. This was Carys's second fairy themed birthday party, you can check out the first one when she turned 3 here.

I loved planning this party because as Carys turned 7 she was very excited about helping me to plan all of the details. This fiesta came together beautifully without too much effort.

The day before the party she and I created this fairy crown with faux leaves, little toadstools and ribbon. We also hung a beautiful mosquito netting "castle" for the fairies in our yard,

and the kids and I drew a huge rainbow path across our patio in sidewalk chalk.

The morning of the party we set up some tables, balloons and one of the most fun things that I have bought for any kids party to date, this bubble machine. I was surprised at how much everyone loved the bubbles floating through the party and what an element of magic they brought.

During the party I helped each child guest decorate a wooden box, at the painting table. They took their box home at the end of the party and each guest also got a pair of fairy wings as a favor.

We played some simple games with the kids, and celebrated with cake, but mostly they just ran around and played their own imaginative fairy games.

It was the best sort of time, and one that I hope Carys will treasure as we treasure her.

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