Caribbean Winter Retreat – December, 2015

SoulCollage retreat

SoulCollage® Retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico
Kat Kirby, M.Ed, ATR, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer
December 5-12, 2015


SoulCollage® Retreat in the Caribbean

Calling All Creative Souls… If You Are:

  • Longing for a better understanding of your self.
  • Someone who enjoys combining creativity with spirituality
  • Curious about SoulCollage® process, or you have already started your SoulCollage® journey and want to go deeper.
  • Wanting to connect with your Inner Wisdom
  • Wishing to transform your relationship with your Inner Critic
  • Ready to combine travel with learning and community
  • A woman who deserves some quality “ME” time!

Then this retreat is for YOU!

Join me on the unspoiled island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, for a week of creativity with a twist!  The process of SoulCollage® combines creativity with spirituality and a dash of psychology, to help you better understand your passion, purpose, goals and dreams.  We will make cards using a simple collage technique, and start to build the story of YOU! Because each card represents  one part of you, whether it be the roles you play in life, your supporters and challengers, or your spirit and animal guides.

We will stay at a small compound of cottages surrounding a swimming pool, and will have the place to ourselves for a week!  This is a wonderful venue to explore your creativity and delve further into your SoulCollage® journey.  AND, because it’s part of the US, we don’t need passports or money exchanges.

You don’t have to be artistic, since this process works with all levels of skill.  In fact, the less art you’ve done, the more intuitive you will be, which is an important quality of SoulCollage®.

Kat Kirby

Kat Kirby

 

About Your Retreat Guide:

Kat Kirby is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, as well as the Dean of the SoulCollage® Institute.  As a Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist, she understands the importance of creativity as a healing modality. Her gentle teaching style is encouraging, and she paces her retreats and workshops to allow for quiet time as well as sharing and networking. Kat mentors graduate students at Prescott College in Expressive Art Therapy courses, and teaches mosaics, collage and other classes through Yavapai College.  Kat loves to combine work and travel, and has offered workshops, retreats, and trainings in New Mexico, Arizona, Philadelphia, California, Boston, Southern France, Portugal, and now Vieques. She lives in Prescott, Arizona, with her husband, luthier Bill Meyer of Jack Straw Guitars, as well as her two dogs, Ripley and Peaches.

What the Retreat is about:

beachWe will combine creativity and responding to the natural surroundings through collage and journaling.  Using simple, basic collage techniques, we will create small “vision board” type artwork, called “SoulCollage®” cards, and begin to build the story of our SELVES.  If you are already familiar with this process, you will be able to delve more deeply into your SoulCollage® journey with the guidance of both Kat and her assistant, Facilitator Diane Scott from Philadelphia.  And if you have never made even one SoulCollage® card, you will begin to explore this wonderful creative process within a community of like-minded women.

Vieques is one of the last of the unspoiled Caribbean Islands. If you want golf and nightlife, this island is NOT for you.

If you want empty beaches, quiet evenings overlooking the tropical landscape, great restaurants and nice people, come to Vieques with our group!

Bravos Beach Cottages is located in the beach-side Bravos de Boston neighborhood, just outside the main town of Isabel Segunda and convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM, etc. It is a short drive to the world-class beaches in the Nature Preserve as well as the town of Esperanza, a charming fishing village on the south shore with waterfront restaurants, shops and water sports.

Bioluminescent BayA ‘must see’ attraction on Vieques is the Bioluminescent Bay on the south side of the island, within the Nature Preserve. Microscopic creatures in the water emit a beautiful, unearthly glow during night-time kayak or pontoon boat tours. It’s considered one of the best of its kind in the world.  And, on the evening of the New Moon, we will be experiencing this phenomenon (as an optional field trip.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our three kitchens!

One of our three kitchens!

 

What’s included in the Retreat?

  • 6 nights’ accommodation at one of three cottages surrounding a swimming pool, all bed linens and towels.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners  (we will be cooking together some nights)
  • Unlimited fruit, water, coffee and herbal teas throughout the day.
  • Use of WIFI
  • Laundry facilities in each cottage.
  • First night catered dinner together at our retreat home.
  • Afternoons at various beaches around the island of Vieques
  • New Moon adventure at Bio Beach
  • Visit to an island market
  • 6 days of SoulCollage®, journaling, creativity and fun!

What’s not included:

  1. Airfares and Travel Insurance
  2. Meals out during excursions
  3. Massages
  4. Other optional activities such as horseback riding, StandUp Paddleboarding, etc.
  5. Airport Transfers (small charge for airport or ferry pick-up)
  6. Your other personal travel related expenses
SoulCollage® card: Time to relax!

SoulCollage® card:
Time to relax!

 

Schedule (subject to change)

We will spend our mornings exploring our creativity and being inspired by our surroundings.  Learning about and deepening our SoulCollage® journey will be a large part of our mornings.  We have lots of time for making cards, journaling, doing readings and deepening into the process.

Afternoons will be filled with field trips to various beaches, local markets, restaurants, or just relaxing by the pool (or of course you may continue to play in the studio).  Since we will fill our fridges with the foods of your choosing, lunches are at your leisure. 

Dinners will be spent either at home, cooking together, or dining out. Evenings are up to you: Open Studio time or more relaxing and enjoying the peaceful ambiance at our home away from home.

Our mornings will look something like this:

December 5: Arrival, welcome dinner, opening ceremony.
Dec. 6: “Image Harvesting” and Introduction to SoulCollage®
Dec. 7:  The Transpersonal Cards – let’s look at Source, Witness and SoulEssence.
Dec. 8:  Card Making and journaling.
Dec. 9:  Reading and dialoging with our cards.
Dec. 10: Playing with our decks.
Dec. 11: Group reading, closing ceremony.
Dec. 12: Depart property after breakfast.

Double room at our home away from home.

Double room at our home away from home.

 

Registration Information:

This retreat is for a maximum of 10 participants, so spaces are limited. Accommodations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to secure the best accommodation type for you! Most rooms have 2 beds and a private bath, and a few singles are available.

Prices:
Double with private bath: $1495.00
Single with private bath: $1895.00

Cancellation and Refunds:
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is needed by October 1st, 2015.  Final payment is due: November 1st, 2015.  Any cancellation made in writing between: October 1st, 2015 and November 1st, 2015 will result in a cancellation fee of 50% of the trip pricing. Any cancellation made between: November 2nd, 2015 and the trip departure will result in a total loss of the trip funds. Any cancellation made: after the trip departs will result in total loss of trip funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum.

Retreat Group in France, 2012

Retreat Group in France, 2012

Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.

If you prefer not to make payments online, please give me a call at 619-977-2345. Checks or money orders are welcome.  We look forward to sharing this amazing adventure with you!

If you’ve found this trip after the registration date – no worries!  Give me a call and we’ll do our best to get you on the trip.

Please know that we are happy to create a monthly payment plan for you – but do note that you must be paid in full by the departure date.  Simply email me and we will come up with a monthly amount.

Plan to be picked up at Vieques Airport at 4pm on December 5th .  If you arrive earlier, feel free to explore a little bit on your own.  Our transport will take you to our retreat home in time for our welcome gathering at 5pm. Upon making your flight arrangements, please forward them us.
**If you don’t make the group transport – you will be responsible for your own transport to the house.

Going home on December  12th: we will take you to the airport at 10am, so please make your reservations after that time, or arrange your own airport transportation.

Feel free to make your own flights but please confirm them with me before booking. If you need help – no worries, Ales in Custom Travel is our travel guru – feel free to ring him at: +604-204-0444, +866-866-5566 or email him at ales@journeyofthespirit.com and it will be his pleasure to assist you!

Good Sense Suggestions

  • Make sure to notify your credit card companies of the dates that you will be spending away so they don’t freeze your card thinking it has been stolen!
  • Be sure to have your ID with you. Although you don’t need a passport, be sure your driver’s license is up to date.
  • Remember to bring prescriptions and specific medical information.
  • Bring an extra pair of eyeglasses, just in case.
  • Plan your packing carefully to get the most use from what you bring.
  • Pack your art supplies in your checked bags! (scissors, xacto knives, glue sticks etc)
  • Bring a couple of magazines and/or images to share with the group from your local area as well as travel/zoo/nature magazines.

Eligibility

The minimum age for this retreat is 21 years of age. There is no maximum age limit. Participants must be in good health and be able to participate in retreat sessions and related activities. Kat Kirby reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of this retreat at any time.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, the program is subject to modification and change.

Responsibility

None of the service suppliers is in any way controlled by Kat Kirby and she undertakes no responsibility for reservations, accommodations, transportation or safety, nor for any other aspect of the retreat except the educational retreat. Consequently, Kat Kirby shall not be construed to make any covenants or warranties, expressed or implied, regarding this trip and shall not be liable in any way for any personal injury, death, property damage or any loss incurred by any person in connection with the retreat.

Photography and Written Records

Kat Kirby reserves the right and all participants agree to allow Kat Kirby to take photographic, film or text records of any of our retreat sessions and trips, and retreat participants, and may use any such records for promotional purposes, unless other agreements have been made.

Happy participants at Portugal Retreat, 2014

Happy participants at Portugal Retreat, 2014