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Emergence: Two Day Retreat at Alton Collins

 Emergence -two day Retreat at Alton Collins

A weekend retreat with Lisa Kagan and Margaret Hartsook

Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 17th, 2024
(Our retreat opens with dinner at 6pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday at 2:00pm)

Drawing inspiration from the natural world and its infinite wisdom of design, we will explore how the signs of early spring move through us, offering gifts and insights as we emerge from the depths of winter. This year, during our annual spring Emergence retreat, 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. Throughout our weekend together we will identify what we are ready to let go of and what we want to plant deep in the fertile soil of our hearts, rooting in our inner strength and tapping into our power to grow and manifest in this time of new beginnings. Through writing and art making, utilizing painting, drawing, collage, fiber arts, and printmaking with natural materials from the magnificent Oregon forest, you’ll have the chance to honor your own process of emergence this spring. This soulful and inspiring weekend in the beauty of the natural world also offers you a chance to deeply nourish yourself with delicious meals, a beautiful 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: $400

Shared Room Accommodation & meals: $320

Retreat Program Fee: $450

Materials Fee: $45


Total Cost: 

$895 per person (with single room accommodations)

$815 per person (with share room accommodations)

Payment of at least 30% of the total is due with registration. Payment in full is required by March 1, 2024. 


Participants can register directly with Alton Collins Retreat Center for this program. Please click here to register. Visit our event page for more information and please contact Lisa at or (503) 347-1391 if you have questions or would like to learn more about this retreat. Due to the limited number of participants we can accommodate, early registration is recommended.

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I am making a home inside myself
where grace blooms in grand and glorious
abundance, a shelter of kindness 
that grows all the truest things.
I whisper hallelujah to the friendly sky.
Watch now as I burst into blossom.

Julia Feherenbacher, excerpt from

“The Most Important Thing”

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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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