The Beautiful Not Yet: Conversations About Hope at the Growing Edge

Saturday, April 6, with option to extend to Sunday, April 7, 2024
Facilitator(s): Carrie Newcomer, Vicky Curtiss

Day Option: $85, Weekend Option: $245

Beautifulnotyet Website


Retreat Day with Carrie Newcomer “We can’t just be healed, we must be transformed,” believes singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer. Described as “an outward sign of an inward and spiritual grace” by Wayne Robbins of Billboard magazine, Carrie Newcomer is a poet who invites listeners into “soaring joy as well as the hard truths of powerful love.”

Carrie Newcomer will lead this retreat day which will explore hope and our ability to be people of vision amid individual and community challenges. Through music, poetry, reflective writing and facilitated conversation, Carrie will lead participants in exploring the stories and practices that keep us resilient. We will consider the things that help us maintain hope. This retreat does not diminish current and historic hardship or injustice, but it explores how we may hold our individual and community challenges with creative and life-giving tension, knowing that our work for a better world is not just a destination, but a daily orientation. To learn more about Carrie and her ventures, visit

The afternoon will conclude with the fun of writing a song as a community based upon the conversations of the morning, which Carrie will later record and send a copy to all participants.

Weekend Retreat Option: For those wishing to extend their retreat experience overnight until the Spring Concert on Sunday afternoon, we have added two sessions of SoulCollage®.

This retreat option allows you to participate in the daytime retreat led with Carrie Newcomer described above, then stay for Saturday evening and Sunday morning sessions of making SoulCollage® cards on the Theme of Hope. We will also enjoy poetry and journaling on theme of hope. Program Director Vicky Curtiss will lead these portions of the weekend.

Extend your experience even further and join us in the Sisters’ Chapel Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 PM for the Siena Retreat Center Annual Spring Benefit Concert with Carrie Newcomer!

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to “Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for our cancellation policies and other helpful information.


Retreat Day Only: The Beautiful Not Yet with Carrie Newcomer
Saturday, April 6, 2024
9:30am – 3:00pm
Cost: $85 (includes the noon meal)

Weekend Retreat Option: The Beautiful Not Yet with Carrie Newcomer plus SoulCollage® on the Theme of Hope
Saturday, April 6, to Sunday, April 7 , 2024
This retreat begins on Saturday at 9:30 am and concludes with the noon meal on Sunday.
Cost: $245 (includes overnight accommodations, four meals, and SoulCollage® materials)

Benefit Concert Ticket must be purchased separately. Learn more & register by clicking the image below or call (262) 898-2590.

Benefitconcert Website

About the Facilitators

Carrie NewcomerCarrie Newcomer

Carrie is internationally known as a facilitator of songwriting and creative writing retreats. She also leads retreats on spirituality, personal growth, art and activism in a wide array of venues. She co-hosts The Growing Edge Podcast and has led “The Growing Edge Retreats” with author Parker J. Palmer. Carrie is a Grammy acknowledged songwriter, Emmy awarded performer and poet. She has 20 nationally released albums and three books of poetry. She has been called "a prairie mystic" by The Boston Globe and “asks all the right questions," according to Rolling Stone. She has appeared on On Being and PBS Religion and Ethics and recently received The Shalem Institute's Contemplative Voices Award.

Vicky CurtissVicky Curtiss

Vicky Curtiss leads retreats and programs, offers spiritual guidance for individuals, and collaboratively oversees and prepares for the annual retreat and program offerings sponsored by the Siena Retreat Center. She has an M. Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for forty years as an ordained clergyperson in the roles of pastor, spiritual director, and presbytery executive. She has also been the director of three non-profits with mission outreach. Vicky loves reading, quilting, watching films, being in nature, and engaging in anti-racism work.