2nd Annual

Celebrations of the Heart Retreat

Orcas Island, Washington, June 26-28, 2017

With Katherine Witteman, Rachel Bavis and Jennifer Bowers, 

Certified Intentional Creativity Teachers

For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. 

The pulse of these women still beats within us. 

Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. 

We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.

Heather Ash-Amara & Don Miguel Ruiz

Beautiful Soul Sisters,


Summer is just around the corner and we can hardly wait! Please join us as we kick off this magical season of sunshine and sweetness with a fun and festive 3-day retreat on beautiful Orcas Island, Washington, June 26-28, 2017.


With overflowing hearts, we invite you to a joy-filled celebration of sisterhood and the kind of love that unites, heals, and empowers women across miles and millennia. 


There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than female connection, and we believe it should be honored, nurtured, and treasured. So, let’s link hands and hearts and gather in circle to sing, dance, create, play, explore, heal, laugh, and love. Let’s create a tribe of women and girls in which everyone belongs. These are the vital connections that will heal our hearts. . .  and the world’s. 


Come, sweet soul sister. Everyone is welcome. Invite your dear friends, daughters, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. Together, we’ll create a mighty and magnificent tribe—a circle of sisters where we feel alive and inspired, loved and cherished, celebrated and seen. 


Come PLAY with us! We welcome you with open arms.


About the Retreat

We have so much magic planned for you! Please have a look.


Intentional Creativity with Katherine, Rachel, and Jennifer

Art as a tool for joy, transformation, and empowerment!


Join us for fun, play, and laughter as we use Intentional Creativity to paint our dreams into being and create the vibrant, soul-nourishing lives we long to live.

With love and thoughtfulness, we’ll guide you on a creative journey that will include release, manifestation, integration, affirmation, and blessing activities.

We’ll connect with our muses and inspire our inner artists with whimsical, joy-filled creativity sessions designed to awaken our innate wisdom, light up our hearts, and illuminate our souls!

With easy step-by step guidance, we’ll each create treasured, transformative art that will delight and inspire us for years to come.



 More Magic

morning movement sessions, dancing, guided journeys, journaling, heart-centered sisterhood circles, beach release ceremony, mountaintop affirmation ritual, blessing circle, outdoor adventures, guided nature walks, all art supplies and materials, delightful gift bags, festive celebration dinner, and many more magical surprises

If your heart is longing for a meaningful and magical journey, this is it!


Come, dear sister.

Please join us for 3 blissful days of . . .





Somewhere, there are people

to whom we can speak with passion

without having the words catch in our throats.

Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,

eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate

 with us

whenever we come into our own power.

Community means strength that joins us our strength

to do the work that needs to be done.

Arms to hold us when we falter.

A circle of healing.  A circle of friends.

Someplace where

we can be free.


Retreat Leaders

Rachel Bavis, Katherine Witteman & Jennifer Bowers

Rachel Bavis is a certified Intentional Creativity Coach and Teacher and child welfare attorney working with human services organizations, individuals and youth to help them heal, rejuvenate, and access their inner healer to thrive.  Whimsy, humor, and the wise musings of Dr. Seuss and Nancy Drew are in her tool kit, along with a paintbrush, art journal, and chocolate.  Learn more about Rachel here at rachelbavis.com.


Katherine Witteman is a visionary artist, a certified Color of Woman Teacher, and Intentional Creativity Coach. A life-long art lover, mystic, and healer, Katherine’s greatest passion is sharing the profound joy and magical healing power of art with her beloved students. Katherine holds an MA in English Literature. An inspiring teacher for over twenty years, she can teach absolutely anyone to paint. Consider her your loving creativity mentor and enthusiastic cheerleader.


Jennifer Bowers is a certified Color of Woman Teacher, and Intentional Creativity Coach, Aromatherapist, and holistic health coach, who is passionate about sharing self-expression and the practice of self-care. She loves to play and celebrate life as a sensuous being! Learn more about magical Jen at JenniferBowers.com

Our Magical Journey


JUNE 25:  Arrive on enchanted Orcas Island and get settled in your charming room. Explore the beautiful island and sweet downtown area or enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the island’s many delicious restaurants.




MORNINGS: Our magical mornings will include movement sessions, Creative Café (a creative and contemplative morning practice inspired by our painting mentors, Sue Hoya Sellars and Shiloh Sophia McCloud), fun and inspiring art sessions designed to ignite our creative spark, open our beautiful hearts, and connect us more deeply with our inner wisdom.


LUNCH BREAK: Enjoy lunch at one of the sweet cafes in the charming village of Eastsound or pack a lovely picnic to enjoy at the beach or on the shores of Cascade Lake.


AFTERNOONS: Orcas Island is a magical outdoor wonderland, sparkling with natural beauty. Together, we will hike the island’s beautiful wooded trails, visit waterfalls and secret beaches, enjoy the stunning views atop Mt. Constitution and Turtleback Mountain, and swim in the clear waters of Cascade Lake. For those who are feeling especially adventurous, there will be free time to try kayaking or paddle boarding. And, oh yes, there will be opportunities for shopping sojourns, too!


DINNER BREAK:  Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the island’s many delightful restaurants, many of which feature seasonal, local, organic fare.


EVENINGS: Evenings will be OPEN to spend however our hearts desire: relaxing, independent painting, journaling, meditating, walking, playing, or laughing with friends old and new.




THURSDAY, JUNE 29: DEPARTURE DAY, Hugs and Farewells


Important Details

Art Materials and Supplies:

All art materials and supplies for our magical and transformative Intentional Creativity sessions are included.


Meals and Nourishment

A festive Celebration Dinner is included.


For all other meals, we’ll provide you with a list of the island’s most charming cafes and delicious restaurants, many of which feature seasonal, local and organic fare. You may also choose to pack a lovely picnic to enjoy at the beach or on the shores of Cascade Lake.



Rosario Resort and Spa. Photo by Suzana Roach, Orcas Island Photos.

Lodging is not included in the price of the retreat. However, the historic Rosario Resort & Spa has graciously offered us a block of rooms at a reduced conference rate.

Room rates are an amazing $186 per night, single occupancy (tax, resort fee, and parking are INCLUDED in this price). Rosario Resort & Spa will hold this rate for us until June 1, 2017.

If you’d like to stay at this beautiful waterfront resort, we recommend arriving on Sunday, June 25th and departing on Thursday, June 29th. We will begin our retreat at 10:00 AM Monday morning, so it’s definitely best to arrive the night before.

Please call Rosario Resort at 800.562.8820 or 360.376.2222 to reserve your room, and tell them you are with the Soul Sisters: Celebrations of the Heart retreat.



Explore the resort here: www.rosarioresort.com

We will also share a list of wonderful Orcas Island B&Bs, restaurants and activities upon request.


Soul Sisters Pricing ($200 savings)

$495 each before Saturday, June 10, 2017 if you register with one or more friends or family members twelve years of age or older.

Register and Pay HERE

Early Bird Pricing ($100 savings)

$595 before Saturday, June 10, 2017

Register and Pay HERE


Regular Pricing

$695 after Saturday, June 10, 2017

Register and Pay HERE


It will be a pure JOY to share this magical adventure with you.



Katherine & Rachel & Jennifer

Jennifer, Rachel, and Katherine on Turtleback Mountain, Orcas Island, Washington, Summer 2016

All Photos Copyright of Katherine Witteman.