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Radiance; 10 Week series at Margaret's Studio

RADIANCE, Returning to the Light

A weekly creative (art-making) retreat series to renew and restore 

Dates & Times:
This is a ten week series with facilitators Margaret Hartsook and Lisa Kagan. This series will be offered
 Mondays 6:30pm-9pm on January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4 (no group March 11, 18, 25), April 1, 8, 15, 29 (no group April 22)

*This group is divided into two parts (Part 1: January 29th-March 4th, and Part 2: April 1st-29th). During the break in March, we will be offering our annual Touchstone Retreats full weekend retreat March 15th-17th at Alton Collins Retreat Center.

As we move from the darkest time of the year towards the return of the light, this in-person weekly “mini retreat” series offers you the chance to step away from the demands of daily life to connect more deeply with your own inner light. Drawing inspiration from nature’s passage through winter’s dormancy into spring’s cycle of blossoming, together we will cultivate our personal gardens of possibility through engaging in the creative process. Combining creative writing and visual art, we will explore a variety of mixed media techniques and materials such as painting, drawing, and collage. This year’s RADIANCE mini retreat series will feature a number of special projects including the creation of soul house lanterns, narrative images incorporating personal silhouettes, and mixed media mobiles. This weekly retreat series offers you a chance to nurture your creative spark, cultivate new ways of enriching yourself and your life in this next chapter, and nourish yourself in the supportive, uplifting company of other women. 

This program 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. All art materials, as well as snacks and tea, will be provided. 

Location: Margaret’s home art studio, in SE Portland, the Creston neighborhood.  

Program Fee: $500
Art Materials Fee: $35
Total fee: $535

Registration & Payment:

For more information or if you would like to register for this program, please contact Lisa at:

Lisa or at 503.347.1391. This program has two payment options. 


Option 1: Payment for the full amount of $535.00 can be made at the time of sign-up.


Option 2: Payment can be made in two installments. The first payment of $267.50 is due at the time of sign-up. The second payment of $267.50 is due by March 15th. 


Due to the limited number of participants, we can accommodate early registration is recommended.

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“I have some wild violet in me, some willingness to insist on renegade beauty, some desire to be soft and yet persist, some certainty that the garden is big enough for us all.”
-Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (Excerpt from the poem “Viola Papilionacea”)

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Radiance Returning to the Light is offered through Touchstone Retreats. More Touchstone offerings are listed Here. You can also learn more at: 

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 

• Wearing face coverings while indoors is optional during this retreat series. If this requirement changes, participants will be notified ahead of time. 
• We ask that all retreat participants do a self-evaluation before coming each week 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 
Payment is fully refundable with one month’s cancellation notice. Participants will be charged for 25% of the total program fee with less than a month’s notice up to 14 days prior to the start of the program. No refund is possible with less than a 14-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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