Portland Woman Writers Workshop
Radiance, Returning to the Light:

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

Dates & Times: Mondays 6:30pm-9pm on January 30, February 6, 20, 27 (no group February 13), March 6, 13, 20, (no group March 27), and April 3

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


Program Fee: $375

Art Materials Fee: $25

Total fee: $400


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 and tapping into the power of myth and personal symbolism, 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, collage, kinetic sculpture, paper mosaics, and printmaking with natural materials. 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 retreat series offers space for creative expression for women of all ages and backgrounds. No writing or art experience is necessary. All art supplies 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.

"Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.”
- May Sarton

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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