August 26-28, 2022
With Eileen Hanson and Sarah Johnson
Fee: $225 (includes studio fees), plus meals and lodging
Scholar ships are available toward tuition fees.
It can be challenging to connect with a sense of joy in the midst of the busyness of daily life and the many heavy realities in the world today. Taking time to cultivate a sense of curiosity and exploration about our experience of our bodies, our minds, and the world around us, can help us create the space to reset despite turbulence around us.
Join us for a spacious and interactive weekend dedicated to creative, playful, and restful practices designed to help you find fuel for your soul. This retreat will provide opportunities to learn about and experiment with mindful movement, reflective and contemplative practices, connection with nature, creativity, and rest. Facilitators Eileen Hanson and Sarah Johnson bring decades of combined experience and will offer a variety of practices and resources to nourish and restore your sense of joy and wonder.
Eileen Hanson (they|she) is an experienced contemplative practitioner and embodiment guide. With training in both Christian and non-Christian contemplative traditions, Eileen welcomes seekers of all traditions or none. They are currently completing a Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary and providing spiritual care and guidance for diverse individuals and groups. As a practitioner of tai chi and qi gong for more than 20 years, and a certified Yin Yoga and Modern Yoga teacher, Eileen’s embodiment guidance brings a unique quality of accessibility and adaptability (no special poses or clothes required!). Eileen’s approach is always an invitation to awareness of our own body, mind and spirit with a sense of curiosity and wonder. They strive to cultivate a trauma-sensitive, body-positive, and gender affirming space for all people. Find Eileen at + JustBeing + (justbeinginwonder.com)
Sarah Johnson (she/her) is a community-engaged multimedia artist and trained mental health professional who brings many years of passion and experience in prevention, youth development, health promotion, clinical care, and art. A strength of Sarah’s is engaging others in collective, values-driven action to create connected, healthy and resilient communities that know how to care for ourselves and each other. As Mental Health Director at a local Y Sarah led change within the organization, community, state & in the national Y Movement. She calls this the Mental Health Revolution, taking mental health out of the clinic and into the community to build health equity for all. In 2021 Sarah started The Joy Labs, providing consultation, coaching and community education & engagement to local, regional and national organizations, including in partnership with YUSA. As Winona Minnesota’s first-ever Creative Laureate Sarah is focused on creative place-making that amplifies the voices of community members who have been historically marginalized. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at Winona State University in the Counselor Education Program. Sarah can be found at thejoylabs.com.