Year long immersion into nature, ceremony and community:

(Four days – One day from 9 am to 2 pm during each of the 4 seasons )

Discovering your gifts, embracing your challenges, giving rise to your full self (soul, heart, body and mind)

What you will experience:

  • Explore the four directions, seasons and elements as a mirror to your own soulful nature.
  • Develop a deeper relationship to inner and outer Nature.
  • Recognize Nature as a guide 
  • Participate in and take away techniques of Council and Ceremony –  ways to communicate from the heart in sacred space.

When: October 21, 2017; January 20, 2018; April 21, 2018; July 22, 2018. Each time we meet on a Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Plan to arrive by 8:30 and time to find the location. Optional: stay another hour to share a seasonal potluck meal.

Please see the attached invitation for further details and contact me at 202-285-3476 or if you have questions, want to explore further or are ready to hold your space.

Year Long Nature Program  [PDF]

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Create Ripples Retreat

This retreat will be offered next in 2018. If you are interested in having us facilitate a women leadership retreat or a creativity retreat for your group, organization or team, please contact us.
Email Melissa ( or Christiane (

Join with small group diverse group of women from different cultures, organizations, walks of life, ages, and leadership positions to engage in conversation and reflection, in learning and leadership skill-building, in sharing and committing to action. Register Now!

Women lead. Women leaders tell us… We want to be in the company of women who are stepping out to be great leaders. We want to share stories of how we bring our strengths and overcome our shortcomings. We want to discover and celebrate how we manage our lives, work and passions, we want to create and re-discover our own artistry.

Perhaps you too, are at a place and time in your life where you are looking for something more than learning new leadership concepts and skills. Perhaps you need time and space to reflect and share and bring out your uniqueness as a woman leader so that you can boldly step into your own personal greatness. Please join us for this all-inclusive event outside Philadelphia, PA at the beautiful Pendle Hill Retreat Center.  Be creative, in nature, in the art studio, around the camp fire, in conversation, in reflection, in movement and in stillness.

Facilitators: Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe and Christiane Frischmuth

Program brochure [PDF]