Guided Workshop/Retreat - Feed Your Creativity: Using Food and Body as Artistic Inspiration June 27 - July 2, 2017

Food nourishes us, inspires us, and sustains

us as living beings.

Why shouldn’t it do the same for us as artists?


The Retreat

Join us for a one-of-a-kind retreat designed to feed new ideas, unlock artistic blocks, and broaden creative perspectives.

Over six days at the Tofte Lake Center — the beautiful artist retreat center at the gateway to the Boundary Waters Wilderness of northern Minnesota—immerse yourself in workshops focused on creative discovery, writing, performance, mindfulness, and movement, as well as community meals, yoga, kayaking, swimming, and relaxation in the wood-fired sauna.

The retreat is open to anyone with a creative practice, from beginners to professional artists. During the week, you’ll dive into an artistic project of your choice at any stage of development—from finding inspiration to refining/revising existing material—and use the week’s activities to discover the story you’re telling and how you might tell it:

  • Awaken senses and ignite creative practice through writing, visual and embodied art, yoga, mindful eating, and guided food experiences
  • Explore food, eating, and cooking as ritual, prayer, performance, and celebration
  • Spark personal storytelling through sensory experience and food memory
  • Examine the ways in which you’re personally and artistically hungry and figure out exactly what you’re hungry for
  • Set goals for your ongoing artistic practice during one-on-one coaching sessions with retreat facilitators
  • Cultivate deep relationships with fellow participants, creating and sharing together, and inspiring each other’s work


Retreat Facilitators



 Joanna Garner             Julie Westlin-Naigus


Feed Your Creativity is co-facilitated by

Joanna Garner

playwright, teaching artist and creator of the theatrical experience Please Open Your Mouth and

Julie Westlin-Naigus

theater artist, yoga instructor and licensed professional counselor focused on body awareness



- This retreat is open to 8 artists maximum


- The dates are Tuesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 2, 2017

- The fee for the retreat lodging, workshops, activities, materials, and all meals starts at $975


- Lodging options range from shared rooms to private cabins. Learn more about lodging options here.

- An application is required prior to registration. When your application is processed, we will send you our registration form. Your spot in the retreat is secured when we receive your completed registration form and down payment.

- TLC's Guided Workshop Retreats tend to fill quickly, usually by March 15th. Fill out your application now to get the process started!

- Full payment for this retreat is required by May 15, 2017

- A detailed schedule and information about food and what to bring will be provided when the retreat has been filled.



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