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Awakening: A Day of Celebration Through Creative Renewal

This day will begin with the option of a meditation circle led by Vimala Bhikkuni or Gentle Yoga session with Donna Mosca.

The remainder of the morning and the afternoon will offer a choice of Contemplative Art Workshops:

  • Mandalas & Malas—Pat Shutts and Missy Isely-Poltrock
  • Chinese Brush Painting—Steve Rys
  • Praying with Icons—Jim Gill


The day/weekend will close with a celebration of sending forth.

Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 10:15am—4:00pm

Cost of $55 includes $20 non-refundable deposit, mid-day meal, and art supplies. Please include first  and second choice of both the morning and afternoon workshop at the time of registration in “special needs” section.


Friday-Saturday Option:

Cost of $145 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, Friday evening program, overnight accommodations on Friday night, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday day program.


Weekend Option (Saturday and Sunday Only):

Cost of $205 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, Saturday day and evening programs, overnight accommodations on Saturday night, Sunday day program, and all meals from Saturday’s mid-day meal until Sunday’s mid-day meal.


Full Conference Option (Friday evening through Sunday): 

Cost of $280 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, entire conference, overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights, all meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday mid-day, and art supplies.


Vimala Bhikkhuni has studied the Theravadan tradition of Buddhism and was ordained as a nun in 2007. Since then, she has been the only female monk at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple in Woodstock, Illinois.

Donna Mosca owns and teaches at Peace Tree Yoga in Burlington, Wisconsin. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Exercise and  Sport Science at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Donna brings elements of mindfulness meditation to her yoga teachings.

Pat Shutts is an artist, retreat leader, and spiritual guide. With training in bereavement ministry and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies, Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening.

Missy Isely-Poltrock is a Carthage College graduate and a member       of the Lemon Street Gallery in Kenosha. She has had art pieces in shows such as the Anderson Arts Winter Juried Show, Watercolor Wisconsin, and Artful Women.

Jim Gill holds an MA in creation spirituality and is an iconographer, parish minister, spiritual guide, and retreat leader.

Steve Rys is a graduate of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he studied Eastern and Western painting methods. He has been teaching art programs for over 20 years, including at the Racine Art Museum and the Peninsula School   of Art in Door County.

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Awakening: A Day of Celebration Through Creative Renewal - Sunday, April 3, 2022

$20.00 deposit required

Awakening: Weekend Option (Saturday and Sunday Only)

$60.00 deposit required

Awakening: Full Conference Option (Friday evening through Sunday)

$60.00 deposit required
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