Writing our Lives: A Writing Retreat with Claire Robson & Elise Chenier

Writing Our Lives Poster 2013

October 4-6, 2013 at Cascadia House in Roberts Creek BC

Claire and Elise return to the Sunshine Coast after rave reviews from last year’s writing retreat. They will be here for another all inclusive retreat with an emphasis on memoir. Memoir unites our personal histories and the social landscapes in which they were formed. In this retreat, a well-known writer and a social historian combine forces to guide and support you to recall important memories and situate them in their cultural and social contexts. You’ll leave with new insights and crafted, contextualized writing in a variety of genres. No previous experience is required — both teachers are committed to demystifying creative processes and making them accessible. Bring photographs, family artifacts, and pen and paper; we’ll take care of the rest! Great food, beautiful accommodations, and deep sharing in an atmosphere of trust, humour, and compassion

claire robson

Claire Robson

Claire Robson is the author of two books (including an award-winning memoir), lead artist for Quirk-e (the Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Gender & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she researches memoir. She has taught memoir writing for the past two decades, to people of all ages and has facilitated annual writing workshops on the Sunshine Coast for 7 years.



Elise Chenier

Elise Chenier


Elise Chenier is an associate professor in the History department at Simon Fraser University, specializing in oral history and sexuality and gender in twentieth century Canada and the U.S. Her book Strangers In Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario is considered a classic in the field. Elise joined forces with Claire last year at Cascadia for a highly successful partnership.


Workshop begins 6:30 pm Friday with tea and a light repast. Ends 3 pm Sunday. Meals provided Saturday & Sunday by Jonnita.

Cost: $285 person
Contact Judy Lynne for information or to arrange accommodations. 604-886-7334 or judymlynne@gmail.com 

Download poster as a pdf: Poster 2013




Weekend Workshop – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Nov. 2-4, 2012

We are pleased to announce another MBSR Workshop at Cascadia Centre, with Dr. Eddie Berinstein, November 2,3-4, 2012


Rosen Method Movement and Bodywork Intensives – October, 2012

October 3 – 7, 2012
Rosen Method Movement Intensive

Teacher : Karen Peters
1249 Roberts Creek Rd. ~ Cascadia Centre, Roberts Creek BC
Tuition Cost: $650.00 ( payable to “Rosen Method Cascadia Centre” by September 17)
Lodging and Meals: $400.00 (includes $125 non-refundable deposit & HST, payable to “Cascadia Retreats” by Sept. 17)
Information/Register: 1-877-885-0179

October 20 – 27, 2012 (Saturday-Saturday)
Rosen Method Bodywork Intensive

Registered Training Program & Personal Self-discovery Workshop

Senior Teachers : Bill Samsel and Mariette Berinstein
1249 Roberts Creek Rd. ~ Cascadia Centre, Roberts Creek BC
Cost: $960.00 ( payable to “Rosen Method Cascadia Centre” by Cheque or Visa/MasterCard. Pay by September 27, 2012)
Lodging for 8 Nights with all Meals: $598.40 Cnd
(includes non-refundable deposit $250 and HST, payable to “Cascadia Retreats” by Sept. 27)
Information/Register: 604-885-0179
Toll Free: 1-877-885-0179


Healing the Feminine Heart: Friday, Nov. 23nd – Sunday, Nov.25th, 2012

Women’s Mindfulness and Intimacy

with  Nancy Mortifee

I am excited to invite you to join me Nov 23 – 25th, for a “Healing the Feminine Heart Weekend” at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek.

In a sacred circle of women, explore tools for cultivating deeper intimacy in your relationships, beginning with yourself. Through body based meditation, artistic and emotional expression, connect with your deeper knowing, awaken to unconscious patterning, and learn to let go of behaviours that no longer serve you.

Together we will explore the issues that many women share:

• Learning to uncover and express feelings in the safety of a confidential and sacred circle.
• Sharing the challenges and joys of re-inventing ourselves in relationships, families and worklife.
• Deepening our spiritual life though meditation, stretching, music and movement.
• Discovering new avenues for creative expression using a variety of materials such as clay, collage, masks and textiles. (All of our work is experiential and every activity and process is voluntary.)
• Relaxing into beautiful natural surroundings and enjoying delicious healthy meals.

Once again I will be joined by workshop co-host Carol Sill. Creative and expressive practices will beautifully complement our personal “open seat” sessions. It’s a time to go deeply into ourselves, share with others and move more inwardly mindful through the busyness of this new year.

Friday, Nov. 23- Sunday, Nov. 25th, 2012

Residential Weekend at Cascadia Retreat Centre in Robert’s Creek, Sunshine Coast.

We gather at 7pm Friday evening and finish at 2:30pm on Sunday.

Retreat Cost: $175 * (includes all meals, materials and accommodation)

Registration and info HERE – Workshop is almost full, please contact us soon if you wish to attend.

* In keeping with Nancy’s desire to make her work as accessible as possible, she is only asking that the costs associated with the workshop be covered. She will not be taking a fee. Payment can be made in a variety of ways, so please contact her directly.

For info on past Mindfulness and Intimacy Retreats at Cascadia:


Wild Woman Retreat June 8-12

Take some time out just for you with like-minded souls. Find what resonates deeply with you and not what you have to do because you somehow have found yourself fallen into a particular role. Uncover your passionate self. Share meaningful experiences. Feel alive and passionate in your relationships.

In this retreat you will:

  • Gain the confidence needed to lay the groundwork for your life and/or business.
  • Feel the support and connection necessary to move ahead no matter where you are in your life right now.
  • Practice self-care in a safe, loving environment
  • Learn new ways to step out of “the box”.
  • Get unstuck
  • Fulfill your wish for strong inspiration and energy.

Get back in sync with who you are and lean into it more and more. Find the you that fits your soul. You do not have to do this alone.

Let’s rock the house together and shift even further into a world full of unconditional love and understanding.

Join the Wild Woman Tribe!

We’ll sleep in cozy beds and cotton linen sheets and comfy duvets and experience mouthwatering home-made meals made just for us by our beautiful chef . . . ’cause we deserve it!

And . . .

We’ll open to the wisdom of the Wild Woman and our unique wild ways through the art of movement, creative activity, circle and ceremony.

We’ll bend and Stretch our edges through:

  • Self Spirituality Techniques
  • Awakening Meditations
  • Silent Door Visualizations
  • and . . .
  • Group Wild Woman Mystery Card Readings
  • Ceremony and Circle
  • Wild Woman Council

And Way More Magical Stuff that we just don’t have room to list. But this gives you an idea!!!

Arrive: 5pm Friday, June 8th, 2012
Departure: 3pm Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Location: Cascadia House, Sunshine Coast, BC

A free shuttle is available from the Langdale Ferry Terminal to anyone who wants it.

Registration and more info: http://www.wildwomanenchanted.com