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*** Wow! This retreat is full! Please let us know if you’d like to be added to the waiting list.***

We are thrilled to be welcoming another group of beautiful souls to our next retreat September 23-26, 2015.

Please join us as we gather in a delightful little cottage surrounded by beautiful woods and the captivating unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline for a few blissful days of making art and filling our hearts, souls, and bellies with delicious and nourishing food.

Give yourself the gift of this magical time to reflect and replenish the stores of your heart with art, connection, and sustenance for your mind, body, and spirit.

“Anything Anna touches turns to love! She is such a radiant light in the world that whether you are doing one of her online courses or her retreats, you will feel loved, supported, nurtured and totally cared for and you’ll laugh a lot along the way”. -Michele Van Derrick, Boston, Massachusetts

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The Plan

After a light dinner on Wednesday night we will begin with an opening circle. Here we will begin getting acquainted and set our intentions for our time together.

Thursday and Friday we will explore soulful ways to dive into our hearts and the deep truths and desires that reside there.

We will use breathing, yoga, journaling, guided meditation, and a variety of artful techniques to connect with our hearts, our beautiful surroundings, and with each other. We will also enjoy the gift of spectacular meals and delectable fruit and herb infused waters made by our personal chef, Andi. Andi will plan our menu with love and attention to what is in season using organic and local foods as much as possible.

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making art


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We also allow for open space in our days together – in your free time, you may choose to walk the beach, take a bike ride, explore the woods, or schedule a massage at the spa at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, not far from the cottage.

Or, you might just want to sit still and listen to the waves crash against the shore.


Pack light so you’ll have room in your suitcase to take home the precious petoskey stones you’ll find on the beach, and bring your camera to capture the spectacular sunsets you’ll witness over Old Mission Peninsula.

retreat sunset

On Saturday morning we will gather one last time before we return to our everyday lives feeling restored and renewed. By Monday morning we will be desperately missing our new dear sister friends.





The retreat will begin with check-in between 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 and last until Saturday, September 26 at noon.

The cost of the retreat ranges from $650-725 depending on your room selection. The retreat cost includes your accommodations for three nights, all the supplies you will need for your projects, and all your delicious meals and snacks — from a light dinner on Wednesday through breakfast on Saturday. Plus, all kinds of other goodies. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to reserve your spot at the retreat.

We can accommodate most special dietary needs. Please make sure to let us know what kinds of foods you will require so Andi can plan ahead to meet your needs.

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Registration opens Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Guides

Kathleen Hodges, Andi Pellici, Heather Welty, and Anna Oginsky
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“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom” -Anais Nin


As a child Anna spent many of her vacations squashed in the back of her family’s jam-packed car driving north to camp in the areas surrounding Lake Michigan. It was a dream come true when Anna and her husband Dan found a sweet little cottage in Kewadin where they knew they could share the joys of the Lake with their own children. This is where we will be staying. It is Anna’s dream to hold space for women to share their stories over art and craft, delicious food, and long walks on the beach. She looks forward to welcoming you into her magical, healing home on the water.

Anna loves to play with paint, papers, fabrics, and other odds and ends (really everything is fair game for getting glued down or used as a paintbrush). In 2013 she attended both Brave Girl Camp and Matrilumina, two life-altering experiences that led to major shifts in the way she approaches work, parenting, relationships, and service to others. Inspired by some of the very best teachers out there, she will be guiding us through several artsy heartsy projects during the retreat. Anna lives in Brighton, Michigan with Dan, their three children, and the family dog. She is a hugger.

1 Samuel 16:7(KJV) …for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.


Heather will serve as our resident yogini and confidante extraordinaire. She lives in Fenton, Michigan with 3 Labrador Retrievers (only one of which can retrieve), 2 cats, 1 goldfish, her 5 year old daughter and her husband – all in a very small, blue house. She embraces the chaos of what they  laughingly refer to as “the petting zoo”.

In light of this and her full time job hunched over a computer, she longs for peace and some really awesome neck stretches. In pursuit of these things, Heather took up yoga 3 years ago. She feels that yoga allows for moments of peace, reflection, and the strengthening of her soul. Heather believes that  “After all, if you want to give your heart to the world – you better make sure it is filled up”.

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” -Goethe


Retired from a career in health care and education, Kathleen has been exposed to many philosophies about how to promote a healthy lifestyle and live a happy life. She is most comfortable with the belief that we are all artists, “We create our lives, we manifest our dreams. Our capacity to create has a lot to do with our feelings about ourselves and our connection to others. Sometimes we have to take a step back and refuel, replenish, renew, restore–maybe heal! Heart Connected offers that time and space.”

As our hostess with the mostest for this retreat, Kathleen brings her life’s experiences to the table. Eager to inspire and encourage, she shares her interests in journaling, collage, photography, painting, mixed media and her knowledge and love of nature. Her passion is to see each day as a new opportunity to be curious, stand in  wonderment, and allow self expression. Her joy is being with her family and friends.


Andi, our fabulous chef for the weekend, is the owner of As You Dish in Elk Rapids, Michigan.  She provides in-home chef services, cooking lessons and made to order baked goods.  Andi has loved to cook and bake her whole life, so when the opportunity came for her to change career directions — she decided to pursue her dream.  She loves cooking for friends and family — to bring people together to share the simple joy of breaking bread.  She wanted to share her love of cooking with others so that they too can connect with each other.  Andi will be providing nourishing, wholesome food for the retreat that will be as organic and local as possible.  She believes that health starts from within and hopes her offerings will too, keep you Heart Connected.

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Q: Do I need to be an artist to attend this retreat?

A: We believe that we are all artists – at the very least, our lives are our masterpieces. That said, no art experience is necessary to fully enjoy and embrace this retreat experience. Whether you identify as an artist or not, you should be very happy here. Everyone is welcome as is.

Q: I am anxious to learn a lot of new techniques this year. What kinds of techniques will I learn on this retreat?

A: This is not a technique-heavy retreat. While you may pick up a few new tricks or learn to see something with a new perspective, the focus of this retreat is not to teach technique or any particular methods of art.

Q: How the heck do I get to Kewadin?

A: Kewadin is north of Traverse City and Elk Rapids, Michigan, off of US 31. Depending on where you will be traveling from, you may drive or take a flight from anywhere in the world to the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan (airport code TVC), which is about 35 minutes from Kewadin. You may also choose to fly into Grand Rapids, which is about a two hour drive to Kewadin. 

Q: What kind of art supplies do I need to bring with me?

A: We will have all the art supplies you need to complete your projects, but if you have any special supplies that you would love to use, or tools that you can’t live without, please bring them. We also ask that you bring any personal ephemera you would like to use – this could be pictures, ticket stubs, handwritten notes, receipts, or pretty much anything that can be glued down or fastened to the page.

Q: What are the accommodations like?

A: We will be staying in the cottage and the guest quarters of the cottage. There are four nicely appointed bedrooms with six comfortable beds and shared baths. Each retreat guest will have her own bed (unless two people decide to share a bed); however, most retreat guests will share a room with another guest. All linens and towels will be provided.

Q: What should I pack?

A: Hmm… the weather in Michigan is anything but predictable. Plan to dress in layers. We like comfy jeans or yoga pants, t-shirts, and sweaters or hoodies for warmth. Dress comfortably, and bring a pair of slippers! If you think you might want to venture into the water, bring water shoes with good traction. You might want your camera, and possibly a pair of binoculars if you enjoy birding.

Q: A massage sounds nice, how do I arrange that?

A: If you are interested in a massage or other spa service, we will have free time on Friday when you can schedule that. Schedule your service between 1:30 and 3:30 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. If by chance, they cannot accommodate you within that timeframe and you really want to enjoy a service, please go ahead and schedule something. 

Q: What if I just want to sit on the beach for two days?

A: This is your retreat, and you can sit on the beach if you want to. If you need someone to talk to, we are here for you. We want to help you find ways to honor your journey in whatever form that takes. No rules, no pressure.

Q: Wow, this all sounds SO AMAZING! How do I sign up?!?

A: HOORAY! We cannot wait to see you in Kewadin! Click here to register.

Q: What if I register, but something comes up and I can’t attend?

A: Your retreat cost is non-refundable; however, you are welcome to find someone to take your place.

Q: I really want to reserve my spot, but I can’t afford to pay in full right now, do you offer a payment plan?

A: Absolutely. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Payment is due in full by August 31, 2015. That leaves plenty of time to arrange for payment. Contact Anna at so we can make it work! 

Q: I live near Kewadin and I’d love to attend the retreat, but I’d prefer to stay in my own home, can I do that?

A: We have enough space to accommodate a small number of “off-campus” retreat guests, and you are welcome to attend in that capacity.

Q: I would love to attend, but I can only come on Saturday, can I come for one day?

A: Given the intimate nature of this retreat, it is best experienced over the full course of time. We are sorry but we cannot accommodate partial attendance. Please consider attending the next one!

Q: You still didn’t answer my question!?!

A: Please feel free to contact Anna with any concerns or questions, or to let her know how excited you are to join her on this lovely retreat. You can reach her at or 517.927.6419

Thank you!

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