Portland Woman Writers Workshop
Finding Your Inner Treasures:

A weekly creative (art-making) retreat series to renew and restore. An eight week series with Margaret Hartsook and Lisa Kagan

Dates & Times: Mondays 6:30pm-9pm on October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no group October 31) and November 7, 14, 28 (no group November 21), and December 5


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


Program Fee: $375

Art Materials Fee: $25

Total fee: $400


We invite you to join us in creative community as we enter into this autumn season. It is our hope that this in-person weekly “mini retreat” series may be a gift to yourself as we gradually emerge from these last few years of isolation. Each weekly session is an invitation, through writing and art, to discover and rediscover your inner treasures and talismans that bring hope and resilience. We will explore a variety of mixed media techniques and materials such as painting, drawing, collage, image transfer, and simple ceramic techniques. By the end of the group, you will have a personal treasure chest to inspire and sustain you throughout the darker days of winter. This weekly retreat series also offers you a chance to rekindle your creative spark, cultivate new ways of enriching yourself and your life in this next chapter, and nurture and nourish yourself in the supportive, uplifting company of other women.


This program offers space for creative expression for women of all ages and backgrounds. No writing or art experience is necessary. All art materials, as well as snacks and tea, will be provided.

For more information or you would like to register for this program, please contact Lisa at: Lisa or at 503.347.1391.


This program is offered as a collaboration between Portland Women Writers and Touchstone Retreats. Learn more at:


To find out more about Lisa and Margaret, click here


PWW & Touchstone Retreats Vaccination Requirements


We require that all workshop participants and facilitators be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to participating in a PWW or Touchstone Retreats in-person program.


COVID-19 Retreat Policy:
• All participants signing up for an in-person workshop or retreat are required to email a photo of their vaccination card to the facilitator at the time of registration.

• Because the rate of transmission is currently high, participants will be required to wear face coverings while indoors. If conditions sufficiently improve and this requirement changes, participants will be notified ahead of time.

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

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


PWW & 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 this retreat is cancelled due to the pandemic you will receive a full refund. If you have a COVID related situation arise and you need to cancel please contact Lisa Kagan at or 503.347.1391.

“What in your life is calling you, when all the meetings are adjourned...
the lists laid aside,

and the wild Iris blooms itself in the dark forest? What still pulls on your soul? -Rumi

Portland Women Writers is a collective of independent facilitators who share a common mission. At Portland Women Writers, our passion is to offer a safe environment where women access their creative power and express their authentic voice. Our writing workshops give you the opportunity to share stories in a fun, transformational, and vibrant community. We offer breathing space for creative expression for beginning and seasoned writers and for women who identify as female of all ages and backgrounds.

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