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Women’s Retreats

Women’s Retreats Alpine Celebration Our August Women’s Alpine Celebration this year was beyond my wildest dream of success. Our cozy group was dazzled by a new chef (“Bear”, by name, in photo), sparked creatively making “everyday a surprise” (to quote one participant) and swooned by personal time enough to even practice one’s mandoline (honest, “I […]

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2016 Planning & Percolating

In the midst of winter’s gray chill, Jean and I get to fly off to memories of previous Lake Alpine retreats, and in our mind’s eye, begin to concoct the makings of the upcoming 2016 “Alpine Art Retreat: Celebrating Women’s … Continue reading

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Friday of the Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat ~ the Ending

Our final day of the Retreat begins quiet, stillness surrounding our yoga with just the waves lapping between asanas. But shortly, frivolity skittered at the breakfast table. Our attentive Chef Kim had planned for us decadent French Toast topped with fresh … Continue reading

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Sunday of the Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat, The Beginning

Having arrived a couple days early, Jean and I knew the rugged, magnificent country waiting. All those driving up to Lake Alpine for the first time were coming through Sacramento, then weaving along California’s Gold Country towns and the final … Continue reading

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Lincoln Next to Our Delinquent

Just the title makes me grin … these journal entries sound opposing but, actually both of these personalities are very strong and positive. Well, guess I’d better explain, right?Thru the months of January and February we continued to find winter’s wa…

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A Retreat Wednesday’s Wanderings

This glowing Wednesday morn was greeted with smiles and anticipation. Today we are quickening thru our yoga, munching thru breakfast (although you can see Darlene, who’s made a personal commitment to quickly sketch each breakfast, working away!) and pl…

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Monday's Makings at the Women's Retreat

Having slumbered with visions of swaying pine trees, lapping lakes and creative genius dancing in our dreams, we all were up early. The first activity is to amble down and nest into a cozy spot on the granite peninsula at the west end of the shore. Fla…

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FABULOUS Repeat Performance by our Chef Izzy Leas


Can you believe it? We are actually being blessed with the charming , wise and incredibly talented encore appearance of our Chef Izzy at the 2012 Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat!!! It was touch ‘n go for awhile – when I’d inquired if … Continue reading

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Return Home from Women’s Journaling Retreat

How can I describe how it feels when your dream out pours right in front of your eyes? What words can I select to paint how watching the spirit of the Universe work, as it exceeds my wildest visions? That’s what I’m going to try to do here for you.I’ve…

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