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CREATIVE ROOTS RETREAT

An Immersion into Yoga, Process Art, and Nature's Elements

Joshua Tree, CA

November 6th-9th, 2024

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$100 Early Bird Discount until May 20th with code "RENEW"

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Come rejuvenate and restore the body, mind and soul!

4 days+3 nights

Journey to the iconic Joshua Tree, California for a 4-day wellness retreat to renew and rejuvenate your being. Reconnect to body and spirit through daily yoga practices rooted in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Discover self-care rituals that align with the rhythms of the Earth. Nourish your creative potential with guided art process workshops that rekindle your intuition and expression.

 

This long weekend is perfect for caregivers, professionals, nature lovers, artists, therapists, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, social workers and more. You don’t have to have experience painting or practicing yoga—all you need is desire to re-connect to your inherent wisdom, to be in nature and community, and to replenish your heart. Join for an intimate gathering of connection, intuition and inspiration. 

YOUR RETREAT WILL INCLUDE:

4 Days + 3 Nights

  • 6 Daily Element-inspired Yoga Classes: Solar + Lunar Movement

  • 2 In-Depth Creative Workshops: Individual and group process art guidance through art journaling, painting, and embodiment of nature’s elements.

  • Open art studio sessions in Nature with additional individualized guidance

  • 8 Locally-sourced plant-based meals daily {from dinner Thursday to brunch Sunday}

  • Wellness Workshop: Ayurveda & the Nervous System: Rituals for Self-Regulation & Renewal

  • Guided Nature-based Mindfulness Experiences

  • Sound Bath Meditation Journey

  • Guided Hike & immersion in the Joshua Tree magic of the desert and National Park

  • Most importantly good company, rest & renewal for the soul

NATURE IMMERSION IN

JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA

Joshua Tree, California is truly a place like no other. Artists, creators, seekers and adventurers of all sorts have traveled to this land to step through the portal of inspiration and awe. It is the convergence of the Mojave and the Colorado-Sonoran deserts, holding two distinct ecosystems in symbiosis. With its wild shaped yucca forests, amidst the Ancient boulders strewn over the desert sand, Joshua Tree undoubtedly speaks to an otherworldly existence.

 

The desert holds the essence of Air element, the energy of expansive being, ethereal dreaming, creative freedom. It is a place of resilience and raw beauty in both seen and unseen ways. Our experience will invite rich immersion into these elements as we walk through the joshua trees, feel the warmth of the sun, explore art and nature in the outdoors and moonlit hot tub soaks under the stars. Drop into Nature’s ways of regeneration and renewal. 

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PROCESS ART WITH BEVIE

Process arts access the intuitive, body based intelligence that we all have, offering profound and personal wisdoms. Process arts involve a way of being with your creative process and your life that encourages abundant presence, emotional awareness and courage.  You can expect play, group interaction, strengthened intuition, experimentation, new discoveries, break-throughs in stagnant corners, and art that is alive and connected to your story.  The techniques learned shine a new light on your engagement with your life and may give you new insights as to how to move through stuck places.  You also may begin to notice differences in your relationships, parenting, health challenges, or even athletic endeavors.  Process arts shift our internal locus of control; and when this compass shifts, everything changes. 

No art experience necessary!

All art supplies are included in the retreat cost.

ELEMENT-INSPIRED MOVEMENT WITH GABY

Enjoy two yoga classes daily, intended to inspire embodied awareness and personal expression. Each class is guided with mindfulness, alignment focus, and Ayurvedic principles to integrate body, mind and heart.  Morning Asana is inspired by solar energy, a Vinyasa class unfolding consciousness through the dance of breath with movement. In the afternoon, we wind down the day with a lunar-inspired practice such as Restorative, Aromatherapy Grounding Flow, or Yoga Nidra. One can expect meditation, pranayama, breath awareness, mudra and mantra. Whether a seasoned practitioner or new yogi, instruction and modifications are given for each individual explore one’s potential.

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ORGANIC FARM TO TABLE MEALS

Enjoy a retreat menu intentionally crafted to nourish and heal. We believe food is medicine and our chef, prepares each dish with enthusiasm, mindfulness and love. Each meal is made with Ayurvedic principles that align with the transition of seasons and the local harvest. All meals are plant-based with organic ingredients that are sourced for their high quality, nutrient-dense and nourishing essence. We support our local farmers when possible.

If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, we can happily accommodate.

Our chef offers food that reflects her values, focusing on fresh, vibrant produce from only the best suppliers who respect and cherish nature. She aims to celebrate sustainably and responsibly grown ingredients, providing a delicious base for a wide variety of dishes. Her food is soulful, flavourful and wholesome, deriving its inspiration from a number of cuisines but always advocating eating and living in a healthy and balanced direction. All dishes are created to compliment and balance the elements and processes of a yoga retreat, keeping both the mind and the body nourished. She loves to share her passion for the healing power of food and it's beautiful way of bringing people together.

ACCOMODATIONS

The retreat weekend provides a community living experience. We greatly value the interactions and relationships that are built in this kind of environment of sharing and have witnessed deeper connections and expansion in the group settings.

Our private retreat space sits on a magical 4-acres of desert land, a short drive from the park entrance. The space is thoughtfully designed to inspire harmony and relaxation. We have two beautiful homes with a variety of accommodation styles to suit your needs. Enjoy a hot tub soak under the desert stars. Unwind in any of the indoor or outdoor lounge areas. Hang in a hammock or find a creative nook to read, write, be in nature, practice stillness and connect. 

 

We have tiered pricing to accommodate various needs. Have question? Don't hesitate to ask! 

Read more below under Accomodations and Pricing. 

Sample Schedule

7:30 AM Coffee + Tea

8:00-9:15 AM Asana, Pranayama + Meditation

9:15-10:30 AM Nourishing Breakfast

10:30-1:30 AM Element Inspired Process Art Workshop 

1:30-2:30 PM Nourishing Lunch

2:30-4:30 PM  Open Art Studio + River Hike + Free Time + Rest

5:30-6:30 PM Restorative / Sound Healing/Meditative Art

6:30-7:30 PM Light Dinner + Sunset

 

Check-in: 3:00 - 5:00 PM Wednesday // Checkout 10:30 AM Saturday

MEET YOUR GUIDES

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BEVIE LABRIE   MA, ATR-BC, LMFT

With over 25 years facilitating personal growth experiences with people of all ages, Bevie has worked as a youth worker, wilderness therapy instructor, art and outdoor educator, cross-cultural worker, and currently as an independent Artist and Art Therapist.  She intentionally guides people into their intuitive intelligence through process art and nature based experiences focused on body sensation, kinesthetic movement, creative writing and mixed media art practices.  Exploring her surroundings both locally and internationally through her artistic lens, yoga and outdoor pursuits such as rock-climbing, backpacking and mountain biking fuel Bevie's creative inspiration and work.  It's in these places she has discovered her own resiliency, integrated faith, and authentic voice.  Her deepest passion is helping others also discover the depths of their strength, contentment and meaningful participation in their lives through intuitive engagement with creativity and the natural world. 

GABY COLLETTA  E-RYT, YACEP, AHC

Gaby is a Meditation and Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Health Counselor with over 12 years of practice in integrative wellness. She facilitates transformational nature-based retreats, guides mind-body courses, leads teacher trainings and coaches individuals on how to create an ecosystem of internal resources that bring forth one’s greater potential. Her teachings weave together the Eastern wisdom traditions of Tantra and Buddhism with modern-day neuroscience and somatic psychology. Reverence for nature and ritual, embodied presence and deep intention are at the heart of her practices. Gaby is also cofounder of ClimbWell, a resource and retreat series that explores the intersection of climbing, mindfulness and personal development. 

Off the mat, you can find her in the mountains rock climbing, witching up some herbal remedies or sipping tea with a stranger in a far corner of the world.

Learn more about her offerings: gabycolletta.com

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Accommodation + Pricing

We offer tiered pricing options so you can modify your retreat experience to your personal needs.

A deposit of $350 reserves your spot and flexible payment plans are available.

 

Early bird pricing $100 off with code “RENEW” until May 20th

Below is the cost per person:

 

Accommodation ranges: $1250-$1550

King Bed in Private Room$1550 (SOLD OUT)

Shared King Bed in Private Room $1400 each (SOLD OUT)

Queen Bed in Shared Room $1450 (SOLD OUT)

Twin Bed (Bunk) in Shared Room $1300 (SOLD OUT)

Shared Queen Bed in Shared Room $1250 (SOLD OUT)

Note: If you’d like to share the private king, private double or a twin room with a partner/friend please email me directly so I can set up that payment option for you!

Cost includes all wellness and art workshop materials, organic meals, accommodation, and activities.

 Transportation to and from retreat location is not included.

How to Sign Up

We’ve partnered with WeTravel to make booking easy. Click the button below to book through their platform.

Got questions? We’d love to connect with you!  Send an e-mail to blabrie@artfulsoulscapes.org and we’ll chat more about your upcoming retreat experience.

Kind reflections on Bevie and Gaby's offerings:

“What a special and restorative experience in a beautiful location. I would recommend this retreat to anyone looking for professional and compassionate instructors, out of this world culinary creations made with locally sourced ingredients, and lots of opportunity for reflection, creativity, time in nature, healing, and community, with deep and thoughtful intention put into every part of the retreat. In my experience, wellness retreats/events can get a reputation for being ran sloppily, or behind schedule, or being a little too loose and informal - especially for what you pay for. I'm happy to say, that was not the case with this retreat. Everything was well planned and organized, on schedule without being rushed, and was handled in a professional and intentional manner. I would highly recommend to anyone considering, it was worth every penny and I'd love to attend again.”

- Annalisa N.

This retreat was the most amazing experience I have had in my life. The instructors, the chef, the accommodations and the people who attended were so perfectly aligned. I wish I was still there.

By Ginger J for Creative Roots Retreat 2023 - Yoga, Process Art + Nature in Sedona 

Gaby and Bevie put together and carried out a wonderful weekend of creating, nature, movement, great food, conversation and introspection. Everything went smoothly, from registration to getting ready to arrive to all of our experiences at this beautiful and comfortable retreat location. Sign me up for another!

By Arah B for Creative Roots Retreat - Immersion into Yoga, Process Art + Nature

And on process art experiences

"I loved the uninterrupted time to just create, to be with materials and creative beings....the yoga was a safe place to breath, to relax, and to let go.  This was an amazing experience...Inspiring!"

 

"Thank you for such a beautiful retreat experience...This was exactly what I needed in my life right now.  Thank you for providing a beautiful space and nourishment on so many levels."

“I appreciated the encouragement and flow of being able to explore art again, trust myself, follow what came to me and push against what came up.”

 

"It was amazing to get to witness other people’s processes and how it changes through art.  I loved getting to work out more of my creativity and to be provided with a space that has allowed me to do so.”    

"Your process painting workshop was like you gave me the keys to unlock the creative part of me again."

    

"It's like a jumpstart to my creative self."

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Location + Getting to Joshua Tree

Our retreat venue is in Twentynine Palms, California (near the North Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park). 

 

By car: Joshua Tree & Twentynine Palms, California lies within a few hours' drive of several major metropolitan areas. 

  • 140 miles east of Los Angeles

  • 175 miles northeast of San Diego,

  • 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 

  • 222 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.

The closest airports include

PSP - Palm Springs International Airport - 40 miles
Take Hwy 10 West to Hwy 62 and into Joshua Tree

 

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport - 150 miles: 2.5-3 hours
Take Hwy 10 East to Hwy 62 to Joshua Tree
Note: This route takes you across the entirety of Los Angeles; traffic at peak hours can add to drive time.

 

SAN - San Diego International Airport - 150 miles
Take 15 North to 215 North to 60 East to 10 East to Hwy 62 to Joshua Tree

 

LAS - Las Vegas Harry Reid / McCarran International Airport - 200 miles: 3-3.5 hours
Take 15 South - Or drive through Mojave National Preserve to Hwy 62

 

ONT - Ontario Airport- 88 miles - 1.5-2 hours

 

SNA - Santa Ana John Wayne Airport - 118 miles 2-2.5 hours

 

BUR - Burbank Bob Hope Airport - 142 miles 2.5-3 hours

A big thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

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