New Year 2017 Odonata Women’s Retreat: “Space and Place” in Our Lives, in Our Work

 

As much as ever, we need both place to gather as women together and space to tell our stories and hear ourselves into being. Join Sarah Sadie Busse and Odonata for this brief getaway, designed to refill the wells and restore the spirit. This opportunity offers a chance to join other like-minded women after the bustle and activity of the holiday season.  We’ll gather for a day of conversation and reflection around the themes of ‘space’ and ‘place,’ and how those themes feed into—or challenge—your life and your work (and play).

The Lakeview Room at Holy Wisdom’s Retreat and Guest House will be ours on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. The day will include a presentation with exercises in the morning, discussion, and time for your own work. Separate rooms are available for those who seek the greater solitude of an overnight stay. Creativity prompts will be available for anyone who needs a jump start, and one on one consultations with Sarah Sadie can be scheduled in advance.

**update: a few people have asked about coming in on Friday afternoon/evening, especially due to winter travel. I have worked with Holy Wisdom to make this option available. Prices below.

Coffee and tea will be available to us throughout the day and lunch for the group will be provided by the Sisters at the Monastery, and is included in the cost. For those staying longer, the Monastery will continental breakfast in the Guest House and dinner Friday night in the main hall. Cost included in the price. Dinner Saturday is on your own.

 

‘SPACE AND PLACE, IN OUR LIVES, IN OUR ART’
HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY, MADISON, WI
4200 County Road M
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

JANUARY 7, 2017

$60 Sat. only (group room; non-refundable)
$130 Sat.-Sun. (check out 2 PM Sun)
$190 Fri.-Sun (check in 3 PM Fri, check out 2 PM Sun)

one-on-one conference with Sarah Sadie: $30

Checks may be made out to “ODONATA” and mailed to
Odonata LLC
5201 Old Middleton Rd.
Madison, WI 53705

Credit cards accepted. Contact Sarah at sarah[dot]sadie[dot]1313[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange.

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One Day at Holy Wisdom: September 10, 2016

A retreat when life won’t allow for an entire weekend away, this opportunity offers a chance to join other like-minded folk for a day of conversation and reflection, your own creative work and play, and plenty of space for walking meditation and relaxation.

The St. Benedict Room at Holy Wisdom’s Retreat and Guest House will be ours on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. With chairs and table space, there will be room for us to spend a day together in companionable work and conversation. Separate rooms are available at additional cost for those who seek solitude. Creativity prompts and exercises, as well as a station with assorted art and collage materials, will also be available for those who need a jump start into their work.

Creative retreat, all welcome.

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Writers’ Weekend in Maine

Find rest, relaxation, inspiration, in beautiful rural Maine.

Join mother-daughter team Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Sarah Sadie Busse, and go off the clock with fellow wordsmiths for a weekend to write, plan, doodle, stare out windows, take walks, and dream. Get out of your head and engage your senses. Listen for the small voices and seek out the not-yet-explored potential of a poem, a page, an hour.

You are invited to join us for writing, sharing and conversation. Bring whateveLaura's house 033r project(s) you are working on, or simply bring your enthusiasm and a new journal. We’ll make room for a collage and creativity station to get your ideas flowing, a creativity library of articles and essays to peruse, plenty of space for formal and informal
conversation and time for work. Food will be a communal celebration and another source of inspiration and creativity, as we gather for meals in a big farm kitchen.

For more information contact Sarah at sarah[dot]sadie[dot]1313[at]gmail[dot]com

 

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nothing is lost: coming home again after Brigit Rest

photo credit: Sadie

photo credit: Sadie

When you go on a weekend retreat, waking up Sunday morning everyone has one foot out the door already. Packing papers, books, pens and notes away. Stripping the sheets off the bed. Taking home any leftover chocolate or half-open bottles of wine that didn’t quite get finished.

Pausing a minute, I turned the knob on the prompt-and-fortune teller for one last word.

Nothing is lost. Not the car keys. Not even paradise.

The next day, Monday, fellow participant Lisa Vihos wrote a brief essay about our time together and published it over at the Best American Poetry blog, titling it “To Heaven and Back Again.”

So there’s a theme here.

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“Listening for the Small Voice” at Brigit Rest – FULL

Be you painter, poet, music maker, cook, quilter, justice worker, community builder, or simply someone trying to steer a new path in life, creativity benefits from dedicated time. Go off the clock for a weekend to write, draw, make, plan, stare out windows, take walks, and dream. Get out of your head and engage your senses to listen for the small voices, to seek out the not-yet-explored potential of a project or an hour.

You are invited to bring whatever project(s) you are working on, or simply bring your  enthusiasm. Each retreat offers a collage station, a creativity library of articles and essays, group conversation and plenty of time for work.

The comfortable, homelike atmosphere of Black Earth Institute’s Brigit Rest ensures a productive weekend for all, whether your goal is to dive into a project and lose yourself or wander the woods and find yourself.
Together, we’ll explore how place and community help us listen for the quiet voices.

BR Library reading area

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