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HEART OF SUMMER, Poetry & Art in the Garden

HEART OF SUMMER, Poetry & Art in the Garden

A three-part monthly poetry & art mini retreat series to renew and restore
with Margaret Hartsook and Lisa Kagan

Come create with us under the luminous summer skies, allowing yourself to be transported by the magic of the Pacific Northwest peak summer evenings in this three part monthly “mini retreat” series. This offering embodies the spirit of a creative retreat paired with summer art camp for adults. Each month we will read and write poetry in the garden as well as engage in play and discover through a series of nature-based art projects. We will create nature collages using dried flowers and other natural materials, experiment with nature printing including gelli prints and monotypes, and explore line, pattern, and texture through drawing inspired by nature’s infinite wisdom of design. This monthly retreat series offers you a chance to awaken your creative spark in the majesty of the natural world, cultivate new ways of enriching yourself and your life, 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.

Dates & Times:

Mondays 6:30pm-9pm on June 24, July 29, August 19


This series will be offered at two locations throughout the summer. Each evening session will be held outside at Margaret or Lisa’s art studios and in their garden spaces located in the Creston and Woodstock neighborhoods in SE Portland. Upon sign-up, participants will receive more detailed location information. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be offered inside.

Program Fee:

Early Bird Program Fee (if you register before May 20th): $185.00
Regular Program Fee: $205.00

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


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Create space to pause and draw sweetness from each bright thing.
~ James Crews (excerpt from

“What the Heart Says”)

Regeneration, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

Regeneration, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

“This Touchstone Retreats program was one of the most soul-nourishing days I’ve ever spent. The silence of women making things is the most sacred sound I know, and you created a beautiful container for that.”
~ Touchstone Retreats Participant

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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.

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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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