ART OF ALIVENESS RETREAT

AT THE NEST

St. Helens, Oregon, September 7th – 11th, 2022

A revitalizing return to what matters most

IT’S TIME TO COME HOME TO YOURSELF

I believe that we all crave a deep reunion with the things that matter most — to step away from daily routines, technology, and to-do lists towards more nourishing, meaningful, and potent life experiences that feed our souls and give us the resources to give back to our communities.

The Art of Aliveness Retreat is designed to support you on this journey of coming home to yourself.

Equal parts creative kickstart, holistic rejuvenation, soulful vacation, and adult summer camp, this five-day adventure will nurture you back to a more vital sense of yourself, while connecting you to a vibrant new community.

Our days will be spent painting, moving, writing, and connecting with the land and each other. You will also have ample opportunities to relax and “choose your own adventure.”

We will be joined by an extraordinary team of facilitators, including a somatic therapist for one-on-one support. Collectively, we offer a powerful array of life tools, creative insights, and experiences that will continue to nourish and inspire you well beyond our time together.

Hosting Art of Aliveness Retreats at The Nest feels like coming home in so many ways. We’ve been pouring so much love into this special place, and I can’t wait to share the magic of it with you soon!

“The Art of Aliveness Retreat is more than a workshop and more than a vacation. It’s a true awakening to creativity, generosity, presence, and aliveness.” – Sabrina

IS THIS A PAINTING RETREAT?

Yes… and no. After teaching my painting process for over a decade, this next chapter looks a little different. While we will be doing some painting, that is not the main focus of our time together.

Instead, our days will include writing prompts, guided meditations, gentle movement, playful mixed-media practices, walks through nature, intuitive practices, delicious feasts prepared lovingly right on the land, star gazing, and connecting around the fire with a kindred community.

We will be working on tables using watercolor paper (NOT CANVASES) to explore a variety of empowering and soul-opening creative exercises. By the end of the retreat, you’ll go home with something very personal and unexpected that you’ve made (keeping the mystery alive here!).

I believe that creativity belongs to all people. By letting go of perfection and of the pressure to do it “right”, The Art of Aliveness invites you to be human again.

If you’re ready to nurture the parts of yourself that make you feel most alive, I hope you’ll join us!

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DO I NEED ANY ART EXPERIENCE?

No. My gentle, down-to-earth, and out-of-the-box approach to life and to the creative process is perfect for anyone willing to show up with an open and curious heart. Therefore no art, movement, or writing experience is necessary. Come as you are.

“I returned home feeling more alive, more aware, more vibrant. Flora’s retreats have always been about more than just painting. In The Art of Aliveness, Flora seamlessly weaves the creative process into life itself by guiding us to create magic in all we do. Loved it!” – Susanne Koltai

RETREAT DETAILS:

(More details will be emailed upon registration)

LOCATION

“The Nest” in St. Helens, Oregon. Address and directions will be emailed upon registration.

DATES

September 7th – 11th, 2022

We will begin with an Opening Dinner and Ceremony on the evening of September 7th and close with a group lunch on September 11th.

WHAT TO BRING

Your beautiful self! We will provide – all the art supplies, yoga mats, work aprons, comfortable bedding, bath towels, and all your meals, snacks, tea, coffee, and local spring water.

Upon registration, you will receive an email from us with a complete packing list of personal items to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

“The Art of Aliveness Retreat was superb…it provided opportunities for community building AND self-reflection while opening new channels of creativity and tools to access more vitality. Flora is a most gifted way-shower, and our group is still sharing every day.” – Carol

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • 5-day facilitated retreat 
    • 4 nights of accommodations at The Nest, our new private retreat center
    • Transportation to and from the Portland airport
    • All healthy and delicious meals, prepared lovingly on the land
    • Abundant snacks, coffee, tea, and local spring water
    • Generous goody bags 
    • All art supplies
    • Painting + creativity classes
    • Daily movement classes
    • Special guest teachers
    • Personal time to explore and/or rest as needed
    • Connections, memories, adventures, and friendships to last a lifetime!

“This has been the most soul-nourishing gift I have ever given myself. I arrived here in survival mode, and I am leaving with a bright flame burning in my womb, my heart overflowing with love for all my soul sisters, and most importantly a deep love for myself. Who knew I had to fly across the world to come back home to myself. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.” – Jazzy

LOGISTICS

ART MATERIALS

We will provide all the acrylic paint, paint pens, and watercolor paper for our art-making adventures. Upon registration, we will invite you to bring a couple of small items from around your house to use in the studio.

COMMUNITY

The Art of Aliveness Retreat will be limited to 22 participants. An incredible team of guest teachers, supporters, and a somatic therapist will provide plenty of personal attention and one-on-one support as needed. Upon registration, each participant will be invited to join a private Facebook community to share info and foster connections among the group.

PREREQUISITES

No art, writing, or movement experience is required to attend this retreat. Come as you are.

PLEASE NOTE

This retreat requires an adventurous spirit, a flexible attitude, and an open mind. Although all beautiful and stylish, some of the accommodation options are more of a “camping” style. Attending retreats away from home is always an adventure and accepting that from the beginning will set the stage for more easeful navigating. That said, this land is our home, and we are here to make the journey as easeful and as comfortable for you as possible. 

Accessibility: We will be walking and hiking on uneven ground for a number of our outings, so please take that into consideration when booking.

YOUR GUIDE

Hi there! I’m Flora.

I’m a painter, permission-giver, and author of four booksThe Art of Aliveness, Brave Intuitive PaintingCreative Revolution, and Fresh Paint. 

I believe creativity has the power to awaken, empower, heal, and transform, and I know deep down in my bones that creative expression is a crucial part of holistic well-being.

You have everything you need right now to reignite your creative fire, and it is my great honor to serve as a guide and cheerleader back to this place of courage, freedom, intuition, and aliveness.

I’m especially excited to invite you to experience the lush magic of The Nest, my new home, and the home to my upcoming retreats.

I look forward to meeting you here!

xo flora

“Flora’s Art of Aliveness Retreat is an honoring of life itself — a deep connection to human wisdom which shines a light on our capacity to connect with self and others with more presence. Flora and her team modeled the art of giving from a place of overflow, to honor ourselves wholeheartedly. I so appreciate her capacity to work emergently and to create a nourishing container for the group.” – Karen

THE NEST

In the Fall of 2021, a small group of friends and I took a great leap of faith toward a long-held vision. Our dream was to live closer to nature, to create nourishing spaces to heal and create, and to host gatherings that connect and uplift community.

The Nest, as we lovingly call it, is a peaceful twenty-acre oasis nestled in the lush watershed of the Columbia River basin, an hour outside of Portland, OR. Home to old-growth cedar groves, majestic blue herons, wide-open meadows, and a bubbling creek, this sacred land nourishes the body, mind, and soul in every way.

Our 2400 square-foot event barn offers a spacious place to gather, move, and create, and our retreat house, cabins, and glamping tents provide a unique array of comfortable accommodations. The dreamy meadow, bountiful fruit orchard, soft forest trails, and winding creek offer many peaceful places to sit, walk, and simply be.

After hosting retreats around the world and in my various Portland studios for the past thirteen years, I’m beyond thrilled to invite you to this incredibly verdant and peaceful new oasis!

We hope you will feel as held, nurtured, and inspired as we do here at The Nest, and we look forward to welcoming you here.

“Flora and her team not only designed an experience that beautifully balanced interior exploration and community immersion; they held space for a quantum leap in my personal healing and transformation. I loved every minute.” – Lynna

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nest home

YOUR INVESTMENT

YOUR INVESTMENT

The price of the retreat depends on your accommodation. Please see all the available options below.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We are offering two half-price spots for BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) in our Elderberry glamping tent. These spots are designed to support members in our BIPOC communities only who would not be able to access the retreat otherwise, and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

CONFIRMATION

Once you’ve paid your deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with details regarding travel to The Nest, packing lists, and other ways to prepare for our time together. Please feel free to email any questions to [email protected] We are here to help!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you need to cancel your spot in the retreat, we are happy to offer a refund (minus a $150 cancellation fee) if we are able to fill your spot. 

If we are not able to fill your spot, we are happy to offer you credit for a future retreat based on the timeline below:

If you cancel your retreat more than two months prior to your scheduled retreat, 100% of your retreat fee, minus a $100 rebooking fee, can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. (You will be the first to know about new retreats as they are announced).

If you cancel your retreat within two months of your scheduled retreat, 75% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 25% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within one month of your scheduled retreat, 50% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 50% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within two weeks of your scheduled retreat, you will forfeit your entire retreat payment.

We are also happy to transfer your spot to someone else who is able to take your place in the scheduled retreat with no transfer fee regardless of when you cancel. In this case, you will need to find the new participant yourself and receive reimbursement directly from them.

In case of a natural disaster, Covid-related closures or surges, or any other unforeseen reasons to cancel the retreat, we reserve the right to make any changes necessary to the retreat. In this case, will offer you a full refund and/or the option to book another retreat. However, we will not be responsible for any changes made to your airfare. For your peace of mind, we recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance in case cancellations or changes arise.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Portland, Oregon
  • Travel insurance for your trip
  • Accommodations off-site if you need to leave The Nest due to illness

REGISTER HERE

There are three kinds of accommodations available at The Nest: A shared room in the retreat house (doubles and triples only), a shared or private cabin (singles and doubles), a shared glamping tent (doubles only)

RETREAT HOUSE

There are four beautiful bedrooms with a total of ten queen or full-sized beds throughout the retreat house – Forest (double), Moon (double), Sky (triple), and Orchard (triple). To read about each room, click on the products below. 

Each room is comfortably appointed with high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, closet space, pleasant lighting, ample windows, natural views, and colorful original artwork. Most rooms have places to sit and read and two rooms have balconies. There is heat and air conditioning throughout the house.

There are two full bathrooms in the retreat house on the first floor. The Forest, Orchard, and Moon rooms are all on the first floor near the bathrooms, and the Sky room is upstairs.

There is a spacious kitchen, large refrigerator, coffee and tea station, and a kitchen table for eight. All group meals for the retreat will be served outside around large round tables.

If you prefer more privacy away from the group and don’t mind a more rustic experience, I recommend booking a cabin or a glamping tent.

CABINS

There are three small but cozy cabins at The Nest – two singles, Heron and Hummingbird, and one double, The Perch. To read about each cabin, click on the products below. 

Each cabin has comfortable queen-sized beds, high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, hooks, a luggage rack, a reading chair, windows, and colorful original artwork.

The cabins do not have electricity, heat, or air conditioning, so they offer more of a camping experience. You will find solar and battery-powered lights in each cabin, making them very quaint and romantic! 🙂 We recommend bringing a headlamp for extra light, and an external charger for your phone. (You can also charge devices in the nearby event barn).

Fresh local spring water for drinking will be provided in each cabin. A private, two-stall outdoor shower and portable toilets will be a short walk away from the cabins.

If you need a bathroom nearby and/or don’t enjoy camping, I recommend booking a room in the retreat house. 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN A CABIN HERE:

GLAMPING TENTS

There are four lovely, high-quality canvas bell tents at The Nest – Comfrey, Yarrow, Sumac, and Elderberry. (please note, the Elderberry Tent is reserved for BIPOC community). To read about each tent, click on the products below. 

Each of our four 300-square-foot tents has two comfortable extra-large single beds, high-quality cotton bedding, duvets, bedside tables, hooks, luggage racks, a reading chair, and windows with screens at the top and along the base for beautiful views of nature. Learn more about our glamping tents here.

The glamping tents do not have electricity, heat, or air conditioning, so they offer more of a camping, close-to-nature experience. You will find solar and battery-powered lights in each cabin, making them very quaint and romantic 🙂 We recommend bringing a headlamp for extra light, and an external charger for your phone. (You can also charge devices in the nearby event barn).

Fresh local spring water for drinking will be provided in each tent. A private, two-stall, outside shower and clean portable toilets will be a short walk away and available to everyone in the tents.

If you need a bathroom nearby and/or don’t enjoy camping, I recommend booking a room in the retreat house. 

Please note, the Elderberry tent is reserved for the BIPOC community. 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN A GLAMPING TENT HERE:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the retreat? How do I get there?

The retreat will be held at my new property in St. Helen’s, Oregon, an hour northwest of Portland. We will be providing an airport shuttle from PDX airport on the first and last day of the retreat. Upon registration, we will email you more details about the shuttle.

You are also welcome to drive directly to the property. Address and directions provided upon registration. Carpools encouraged!

What do I need to bring?

We will provide art materials, yoga mats, comfortable bedding, towels, all meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and land local spring water.

Upon registration, we will send a suggested packing list to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Is this a painting retreat?

Yes… and no. After teaching my painting process for over a decade, this next chapter looks a little different. While we will be doing some painting, that is not the main focus of our time together.

Instead, our days will include writing prompts, guided meditations, gentle movement, playful mixed-media practices, walks through nature, intuitive practices, delicious feasts prepared lovingly right on the land, star gazing, and connecting around the fire with a kindred community.

We will be working on tables using watercolor paper (NOT CANVASES) to explore a variety of empowering and soul-opening creative exercises. By the end of the retreat, you’ll go home with something very personal and unexpected that you have made (keeping the mystery alive here!).

I believe that creativity belongs to all people. By letting go of perfection and of the pressure to do it “right”, The Art of Aliveness invites you to be human again.

If you’re ready to nurture the parts of yourself that make you feel most alive, I hope you’ll join us!

Do I need any art experience?

Nope. This retreat is perfect for anyone with an open, curious heart who wants to explore their creativity and aliveness in new, out-of-the-box ways. All the activities will be beginner-friendly and all the supplies will be provided.

Come as you are!

What's the weather like in September?

September is one of our most beautiful months in the Pacific Northwest. The average temperatures in St. Helen’s in September are lows of 44 F and highs of 83 F. It is typically very dry at this time.

That said, temperatures can also be as high as 100+ F in late summer. In the unfortunate event that extreme temperatures or forest fires are happening leading up to the retreat, we reserve the right to reschedule at any time. If this happens, you will receive a full refund and the chance to rebook. In case of the unexpected, we recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” travel insurance.

What's the food like? What if I have a specific diet?

During the retreat, we’ll provide three delicious, nutritious, and organic (when possible) meals each day, plus a welcome dinner and closing brunch.

We will also provide an abundance of delicious and nutritious snack platters, organic/fairtrade coffee, tea, and spring water from our land. We take our food very seriously around here and we want you to feel nourished in every way.

All meals and snacks are gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.

Upon registration, you will receive a form to let us know about any food restrictions.

Do you offer scholarships?

There are two BIPOC scholarship spots available in the Elderberry Glamping tent for this retreat.

What are your Covid safety protocols?

The following guidelines are in place to keep our group healthy and our communication clear before, during, and after our time together.

* Refrain from large group gatherings one week prior to our retreat.
* Wear a mask on the airplane if you are traveling from afar.
* Present a negative PCR Covid test taken within 48 hours of your arrival when you check in at The Nest (a picture of the negative result is fine).
* Use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently throughout the retreat.
* Wear a mask if you desire at any time.
* Do not come to the retreat if you are experiencing a fever, sore throat, lasting headache, cough, loss of taste or smell, body aches, or any other Covid symptoms.
* Let us know right away if you start to experience any symptoms while you’re at the retreat.
* Let us know if you experience any symptoms after returning home from the retreat.

Air filters will be running in the retreat house and in the workshop space and hand sanitizers and masks will be available.

What happens if I get sick during the retreat?
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In the unfortunate event that you start to feel sick in any way during the retreat, we will support you in finding a suitable place to quarantine away from The Nest. Any expenses accrued as a result of leaving the retreat will be your responsibilities and no refunds will be given for the retreat. Of course, we hope this doesn’t happen!

Is there wifi at the Nest?

You will have access to wifi in some spots on the land, but the connection can be slow at times. However, we encourage you to take as much time away from your devices as possible to recharge 🙂

Do I need to be present for the entire retreat?

Yes. It’s important that everyone is present for the entire retreat to create a safe and inclusive container. Each day of the retreat will build upon the next in a cumulative fashion.

Please plan to arrive at the Nest between 1 pm – 5 pm on the first day of the retreat and plan to depart no earlier than noon on the final day.

How much physical activity will be do doing?

This retreat is quite physically active. Between daily movement sessions, moving around the twenty-acred retreat center, and optional hikes, we will be on the move. That said, we will do whatever we can to accommodate your physical needs.

What if I don't like camping?

We strongly suggest you book a room in the retreat house. The cabins and glamping tents will be more of a camping experience, but the house is a regular house 🙂

How does the waitlist work?

If anyone drops out of the retreat, we will notify everyone on the waitlist through an email. The open spot will go to the first person who responds confirms registration.

Can I sign up with a friend?

Yes. You will both need to register and pay separately for the retreat. If you would like to be in the same room, please be sure to purchase the same kind of accommodation.

Due to the high demand of interest in the retreat, we are unable to “save spots” for friends.

Can I bring my partner and/or kids?

Everyone at the retreat will need to be a paid participant, and you must be over 18 to join the retreat. Exceptions for mature teenages have been made in the past, so feel free to write us with requests.

When will I hear about the schedule and all the details?

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you register for a retreat. This email will include information about the schedule and what you will need to plan your trip and prepare for the retreat. We will send along follow up emails with more details as the trip approaches. We are happy to help make your trip as easeful as possible, from start to finish!

What if I need to cancel? What if YOU need to cancel?

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you need to cancel your spot in the retreat, we are happy to offer a refund (minus a $150 cancellation fee) if we are able to fill your spot. 

If we are not able to fill your spot, we are happy to offer you credit for a future retreat based on the timeline below:

If you cancel your retreat more than two months prior to your scheduled retreat, 100% of your retreat fee, minus a $100 rebooking fee, can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. (You will be the first to know about new retreats as they are announced).

If you cancel your retreat within two months of your scheduled retreat, 75% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 25% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within one month of your scheduled retreat, 50% percent of your retreat fee can be applied as a credit towards a future retreat, which must be used within two years. You will forfeit 50% of the price you paid for the retreat.

If you cancel your retreat within two weeks of your scheduled retreat, you will forfeit your entire retreat payment.

We are also happy to transfer your spot to someone else who is able to take your place in the scheduled retreat with no transfer fee regardless of when you cancel. In this case, you will need to find the new participant yourself and receive reimbursement directly from them.

In case of a natural disaster, Covid-related closures or surges, or any other unforeseen reasons to cancel the retreat, we reserve the right to make any changes necessary to the retreat. In this case, will offer you a full refund and/or the option to book another retreat. However, we will not be responsible for any changes made to your airfare. For your peace of mind, we recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance in case cancellations or changes arise.