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BALANCE & RENEWAL: A Weekend Poetry & Art Retreat 

A Weekend Poetry & Art Retreat

 with Lisa Kagan and Margaret Hartsook

Dates & Times:
Saturday, September 28th through Sunday, September 29th, 2024
(Our retreat opens at 10am on Saturday morning and ends on Sunday at 4:00pm)

Join us as we welcome this autumn season by gathering together at Alton Collins Retreat Center set deep in the old growth forests of Oregon. We will have the chance to awaken our creative spark through the writing and art process as we tend to ourselves in a circle of care and compassion. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and its infinite wisdom of design, we will explore how the signs of early fall move through us, rooting in our inner strength as we transition into the shorter days of the year. Utilizing painting, drawing, collage, fiber arts, and printmaking with natural materials from the magnificent forest, you’ll have the chance to honor your own process of becoming during this harvest time. This soulful and inspiring weekend offers you a chance to deeply nourish yourself with delicious meals, a beautiful natural retreat setting, and the supportive, uplifting company of other women. This retreat offers space for creative expression for women and those who identify as female of all ages and backgrounds. No writing or art experience is necessary. 

Location: Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center

“Surrounded by giant fir and cedar, lush fern and abundant moss covered vine maple, the Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center near Eagle Creek, Oregon provides an environment and facilities conducive to study and reflection, relaxation and recreation…Trails take you through the woods and along the streams that meander around the grounds.” 


A professional chef specializes in using fresh, local produce to create meals that are truly culinary works of art. The retreat includes six delicious meals. 

Single Room Accommodation & meals: $267
Shared Room Accommodation & meals: $226
Early Bird Retreat Program Fee (register by August 1st): $350
Regular Program Fee: $375

Total Costs with Early Bird Rate (register by August 1st):
Total Cost (single occupancy): $617.00
Total Cost (double occupancy): $576.00

Total Costs with Regular Rate:
Total Cost (single occupancy): $642.00
Total Cost (double occupancy): $601.00


Payments may be made in two installments. Payment of at least 30% of the total is due with registration. Payment in full is required by September 13, 2024. Registration and payment is made through Alton L. Collins Retreat & Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information or if you have questions about the retreat, please contact Lisa at: or 503.347.1391.

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull

of what you really love.”
~ Rumi


Photos from Alton Collins website


About the Facilitators:

Margaret Hartsook sees art making and writing as spiritual practices that can open the gates of creativity and self-expression. She believes we each have a unique creative language that can promote well-being, healing, meaning making and growth in our lives. Through de-mystifying the tools of visual art making, she guides individuals to explore and find their own unique expression. Trained in drawing and painting at California College of Art, Margaret completed her BFA at the University of Oregon and received a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling & Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Naropa University. Margaret is currently working at Legacy Good Samaritan in the Cancer Institute as an Art Therapist. In addition to facilitating many art-based workshops she co-created the Art Therapy program for Pathways Hospice in Northern Colorado and established the Memories in the Making art program for the Alzheimer’s Association in Oregon.

Margaret Hartsook

Lisa Kagan is a writer, artist, educator, and personal historian. Her business, Family Heirloom Arts, is dedicated to helping individuals and families celebrate their life stories and significant life milestones through the creation of illustrated heirloom books and custom art. She offers art and writing retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lisa believes in the transformative nature of the creative process to heal, empower, challenge, inform, and awaken the human spirit. Lisa received her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a focus on writing and fine art. She has completed intensive studies in the arts at Skidmore College, the University of New Mexico, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Lisa has published two books of original art and poetry, Coming Home to Myself (2021) and Emergence (2009). Lisa is a co-founder of Touchstone Retreats.

Lisa Kagan

Touchstone Retreats Health & Safety Policy

• As of now, at the retreat, wearing face coverings while indoors is optional. If this requirement changes, participants will be notified ahead of time. 

• We ask that all retreat participants do a self-evaluation before coming to the retreat and that they remain at home if they have any symptoms of illness.

We will continue to monitor guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) regarding best practices for indoor gatherings and we will update our policies accordingly.


Touchstone Retreats Cancellation Policy for weekend retreats at Alton Collins Retreat Center (This policy is based on Alton Collin’s cancellation policy)

If you need to cancel more than three months before the retreat you will receive a refund minus 10% of the total fee. If you need to cancel within three months of the event, you will receive a refund minus 30% of the total fee. If you cancel between one month and two weeks of the event, you will receive a refund minus 30% of the total fee plus a $50 cancellation fee per person. No refund is possible with less than a fourteen day cancellation notice. Family emergency situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have a COVID related situation arise and you need to cancel please contact Lisa Kagan at or (503) 347-1391.

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