Sat, Jul 24 | Hosted live via Zoom

Guided Creative Retreat: A Return to Self - Remembering & Reconnecting with Creativity

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Guided Creative Retreat: A Return to Self - Remembering & Reconnecting with Creativity

date & time

Jul 24, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
Hosted live via Zoom

workshop description

A retreat for taking some quiet moments to follow our creative curiosities, focusing on any medium you'd like to explore whether it be drawing, painting, writing, collage, tactile arts, or crafting, and using materials you have on hand at home. Each guided retreat is akin to going on a solo retreat of your own while in the company of fellow creatives who are doing the same.

THEME // A Return to Self: Remembering & Reconnecting with Creativity // For this reflective session, we'll walk through a series of gentle prompts and exercises to remember, rediscover, and reconnect with pieces of ourselves that may have become dormant or temporarily misplaced over the years, or perhaps while making our way through this global pandemic, necessitating shifts into unexpected roles and routines. This retreat is all about a return to self: remembering pieces of yourself, unfolding those sensibilities again, and inviting them back through creativity.

We'll save a little time at the end for any who wish to share their makings or writings with the group, and retreat participants will also have access to a private forum hosted here on my website to continue the conversation and share in-progress or finished work for group feedback, post-retreat.

YOUR HOSTS // This special retreat is a collaboration between Kimberly Taylor-Pestell and Cole Montgomery who are partnering together to design a mindful, creative space in which to explore a theme that's meaningful to each of them. A Return to Self: Remembering & Reconnecting with Creativity has been designed through a collaborative process of piecing together ideas, insights, and creativity of two artists to share with their community.

Kimberly Taylor-Pestell (she/her) is the Nikkei hapa artist and designer behind Lacelit, a paper goods company featuring endearing illustrations, sentimental turns of phrase, and clever wordplay. She also loves hosting cozy, virtual Guided Creative Retreats fostering creative exploration, imagination, and storytelling in all its forms while holding space for meaningful connection between creatives of all mediums. [Kimberly's Portfolio] [Kimberly on Instagram]

Cole Montgomery (he/him) is an arts educator and photographer with over eleven years’ experience in helping nonprofits tell their stories and equipping people to move into greater opportunities through creativity and artmaking. He holds a graduate degree in Visual Art from California State University, Northridge. [Cole's Portfolio] [Cole on Instagram]


Creatives of all levels and writing styles welcome, age 18+. At least 4 registrations are required for the class to take place. Refer a friend for 10%-off both registrations with coupon code FRIENDS10 (make sure each registrant uses the coupon code).

You'll receive an email in the days prior setting the scene for our time together along with our Zoom link + a list of suggested materials (applied to your medium) you may like to have on hand.

This retreat will take place in a live session through Zoom, which allows us to interact face-to-face in an online classroom setting through video, audio, and chat box. Download the Zoom app software to your preferred camera- and mic-enabled device + have stable internet service to participate in the live virtual workshop.

SPONSOR A FELLOW CREATIVE // $15 for extra ticket

A lovely way to pay it forward and uplift creative community. Purchase an extra ticket, and I'll gift it on to a fellow creative who could use a cozy, creative retreat amidst all that's being experienced around the world. On the registration form for this ticket, enter "Sponsored Creative" as the First/Last name, include your email address for my reference, and leave the rest of the fields blank.


Due to class size minimums, I'm unable to offer full refunds on cancellations. However, cancellations made 1 week prior to the workshop can choose between a 50% refund OR a transfer of your registration to a friend (you'll need to supply their contact information so they can receive all class communications). If this class does not meet class size requirements, you will receive a full refund.

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