Sacred Circle Dance for East Retreat

In honour of International Women’s Day Jen Boyes-Manseau will offer an introduction to Sacred Circle Dance on the Saturday morning of the retreat.  Absolutely no dance experience is required for this fun, delicious and accessible practice of embodied creativity.


“On International Women’s Day let’s explore and celebrate the feminine in ourselves and in the world.  We are strong and rooted and yet as supple and flexible as a willow branch bowing down to the river.

We are strong, powerful, serious and supportive as well as vulnerable, gentle, giddy and in need of support.  Together let’s weave a moving circle, and explore a range of simple dances — ancient and new — that help us in our journey to piece together an ancient knowing of what the feminine is, how we experience it in ourselves, and what it contributes to our world.”


At the root of all my work, as celebrant, educator, facilitator, doula, sacred arts practitioner and mother, is a strong desire to reinvent the role and purpose of the arts, and to explore its potential to encourage balance, healing and transformation.  Our technocratic, info loaded, capitalistic society holds certain assumptions -­‐   more and bigger is better, we know because we have studied it with our mind, read a scientific study on the topic or googled it, and the non-­‐artists of the world should leave creativity and artistic expression to the professional artists. For me, art and the practice of creativity is a way of life, a way to search for meaning and explore what it means to be human.  It is a cord in my instrument that I must pluck each day or wither.  Does this make me an artist?  Perhaps.  I would say that it makes me a human being creatively engaged in the art of living.

Andrea Warren to teach at East Retreat


I am super excited to introduce you to our guest instructor Andrea Warren.  She is a painter and mixed media artist based out of Ottawa, Ontario and is a Working Artist for Golden Artist Colours.

Andrea will be coming by on the Saturday afternoon of the art retreat to teach a photo transfer technique.  Using a variety of decorative papers and recycled materials- and of course, a wide variety of Golden paints, gels and molding pastes – delve into the intriguing world of collage and transfer and create your own self-portraits! Learn the simple and easy process of getting your photographs onto canvas and into your art journals by using the acrylic transfer technique, and rip, cut, layer, stain, pour, paste, and stencil your way into two finished mixed media pieces.

Guest Speaker for East Retreat Announced!


Stephanie Forgues is a Holistic Health Practitioner from New Leaf Wellness with a passion for living well. Her philosophy is that most disease comes from a lockdown of emotional turmoil within us. Freeing your soul of emotional baggage will remove physical symptoms of illness and pain, bring you enlightenment and inner peace and allow your wellness to shine.

New Leaf Wellness’ mission is to empower you with the tools to live your authentic life, happy and healthy.  Which is something we believe in wholeheartedly at BeYoutiful Souls.  So, we invited Stephanie to come guide us through an Empowering Self-Love Workshop on Friday night, (March 7, 2014, at The East retreat) where she will help you to allow yourself to love and be loved.

Post Op – West October Retreat

This has been a long time coming but with it being cold outside we thought you might need a bit of sunshine in your life so figured it was about time to share our amazing West October retreat.

It was held out in the beautiful Alberta countryside just outside of Red Deer.

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 Preparing the goodie bags.

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Little gifts and reminders for our guests.

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Some supplies just begging to be messed up and used.

 The hostesses, Renee and Lauren in front of one of many inspiration banners.

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 The retreat could not have happened without Lauren’s mom Rosemary and aunt Bonnie.  Rosemary did all of the delicious cooking for everyone over the weekend and Bonnie helped with set up and clean up.  Such troopers.

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 So great to share all of our meals together as it gave us a chance to really get to know each other.

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Plus the desserts were out of this world.

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 Friday night we had the pleasure of an inspirational talk from Kelly Tibbets, which made us start the weekend from a place of truth and showed up in everyone’s art.

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A little stretching and pilates led by the wonderful Raena Waddell.

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Lauren doing her thang.

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Our mother daughter duo, Sherry and Gyle, working together.

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The adorable Heidi with her pig tails (and awesome stories).

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Lori hard at play.  She was determined to get as much art time in as possible since she doesn’t get much at home.

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The lovely Jodi who brought us some amazing chai tea she makes herself.

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Renee teaching some stamp carving.  Love how everyone just dug in and tried everything even if it was completely foreign to them.

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Our sister duo, Heather and Stephanie who kept coming in unintentionally dressed alike, so cute!!

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 Bonnie, self proclaimed first timer, working on her journal.

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 Getting in some jewelry making on movie night while watching Mama Mia which had a bit of a cult following that we weren’t aware of, hahaha.

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Our last morning.  Lauren is happy here but we all quickly turned quite sad as it was all coming to an end.

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It was so hard to pack up and leave this place after meeting so many outstanding women and having such a great time relaxing and getting our art on, completely uninterrupted.  Such cherished memories.

Luckily in March, some of us will get to do it all again at the East Retreat outside of Ottawa.

Guest Speaker at our West Retreat

We are super excited to share that we will have a guest speaker, Kelly Tibbets on Friday evening at our West Retreat in Red Deer.

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Kelly Tibbets is a work-from-home Mom of two amazing little girls.  In 2009 her youngest girl was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  While this news was devastating it set her on a path to inspire people to work through grief, become better people despite life’s hardships and ultimately learn that self-acceptance is the only way to ensure a fulfilled life.  In 2012 she was nominated for a Fierce “Resilient” Award and was a top 25 finalist in the Dove – Celebrate Mom Contest.  Obviously, Cystic Fibrosis has become an important cause for her and her family and she proudly represents the Central Alberta Chapter for CF Canada as the President.  Kelly is humbled and honoured to be asked to participate in this Retreat and is SO EXCITED to workshop her “Release Revolution” !!