Sept 27-29th, 2019
Friday (evening), Sat (full day), Sun (morning)

*RVSP and Register by Friday Sept. 13th

Skookumchuck Rd. Sechelt, BC
*house address will be emailed out before event

$255 per person – includes all meals (x5), guided experiences and materials
($75 deposit, $180 remaining)

Travel & Accommodation:
Travel requires a 40 minute ferry from Horsehoebay to Langdale (see schedule and fees), followed by a 30 min drive to Sechelt. Accommodation will be offsite and up to you. We recommend sharing an AirBnB close by, or camping 5 minutes away at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (sites allow up to 3 tents and are $58 for 2-nights). We encourage carpooling and bunking together if possible.

Practice Retreat – Sunshine Coast 2019

You’re invited to join your friends Ginni and Emmalee for a weekend of creativity and mindfulness on the Sunshine Coast this September.

What to expect:

A 2-night creative retreat on the Sunshine Coast with connection to practice and community being the main threads.

The weekend will take place 10 minutes from the town of Sechelt, BC at the home of our gracious hosts and friends Emmalee and Nathan, with some components happening nearby.

We’ll be hosting a combination of guided and organic experiences including chances to get your hands muddy, brew up some natural colours, collaborate in the kitchen, be nourished by food, and to connect with yourself and others in a beautiful outdoor setting off the beaten path.


We’re excited to collaborate with an intimate group of friends who are passionate about sharing their practice with others. (See bios and offerings below). The retreat will act as a space for reciprocal learning. We are all teachers; we are all students.

In addition to the planned experiences you will also have the opportunity to share a practice or creative passion of your own, so feel free to bring anything you’d like (material or not) along with you. We’d love to learn about what lights you up!


Friday, Sept. 27th (evening) –
Arrive and get settled near Sechelt. Meet and greet campfire (weather/fire ban pending) or house gathering and snacks 7:30/8pm. *Recommended last ferry time out of Horseshoe Bay would be 5:30pm, the next one leaves at 6:55pm. Let us know if you think you might need to arrive late.

Saturday, Sept 28th (full day) –
Guided experiences, free time to relax, mingle and explore, as well as shared mealtimes including breakfast, lunch, and a collaborative long-table dinner outdoors if weather allows. We’ll shoot to start the day around 8:30am. Detailed schedule to follow closer to event.

Saturday, Sept 29th (morning) –
Wrap up all experiences, reflect, and enjoy a slow send-off brunch together. Day will start late morning with departure around 1pm.


Collaborators & Experiences


Ginni Seehagel

Ginni enjoys experiences that involve observation, inquiry, and play among other things. She seeks and finds joy in the world as it is and loves exploring through the senses. Her belief is in whole-person living; that we are who we are before we are what we do. This inspires her passion for supporting others to find more meaning in process over product. What we do or accomplish will change throughout life and often rides on external circumstances, but who we are is how we exist continuously – it plays a large role in realizing contentment and purpose. She’s a fan of ‘Why?’ as a prompt for personal learning. Ginni feels that creativity reaches far beyond art and craft and sees it as an open-ended opportunity to connect with our intuition, resilience, and unique sense of flow. It can look any way, it can feel any way – it’s the superpower we all have access to.

Exploring Natural Dyes with Ginni
Guided experience throughout the day Saturday/Sun am, starting Sat. morning

Working with nature’s colours is all about viewing the creative process as a ‘fun mystery’ – the more you embrace the unknown, the more curiosity and joy it brings! The very nature of prepping materials and gathering plants and minerals for colour is both unpredictable and truly satisfying. It teaches patience, trust, and bolsters your ability to work intuitively while remaining flexible. It’s less of a practice to master than one that becomes a teacher itself.

We’ll work together to prepare textiles for dyeing and steep natural dyes from scratch. As natural dyeing is a slow process that requires both action and rest, we will work periodically throughout the day on different steps eventually seeing the transformation of un-dyed cloth to a varied and natural palette. Fabric and fibre scraps will be provided for dyeing, but you’re also welcome to bring a new or old garment, home textile etc. to dye. Just ensure whatever you choose is made of natural fibres like cotton, wool, linen, tencel, or hemp, as natural colours do not bond well to synthetic materials.

Emmalee Madden

Emmalee Madden is the artist behind Pinto Projects – a one-woman ceramic studio based on the Sunshine Coast. Emmalee is interested in the relationship between functional objects, natural materials & curating a mindful environment. She aims to create objects that provide glimpses of beauty & peace in everyday moments.

Make Clay Pinch Pots with Emmalee
2-hour guided experience, Saturday afternoon

Pinch pots are one of the oldest art forms, dating back 12,000 years. Connect with your creative self out in nature making 1-2 pots (tumbler/bowl/mug/small planter/whatever you imagine) that will be clear glazed, fired and mailed to you. Wear clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. All materials and resources will be provided. *Please indicate your clay colour preference on the registration form.



Marika Jewell

“I have yet to find other practices in my life that ground me the way that cooking in the kitchen does. For me, the process of harvesting, smelling, preparing and plating my meals provides such immense fulfillment. I am personally moved by the work it takes to grow real food and all of the love and attention that goes into this process. Food is medicine. Mother nature really gives us all that we need to not only survive, but to thrive. Healing my own body through food has been one of my greatest lessons and it brings me such joy to share that with others.” – Marika Jewell

A Weekend of Nourishment through Food
Meals provided by Marika, Fri-Sun

Marika will be preparing and sharing nutritious and meaningful foods with us for the entire weekend, starting with an arrival snack Friday evening and ending with a celebratory send-off brunch Sunday morning.

More about the menu:
Marika has created a meal plan that provides deep nourishment. She’s elated to share a selection of colourful plant-based foods and herbal infusions for greater vitality. As she believes in eating as seasonally and locally as possible, we’ll find warming foods like butternut squash, leafy greens, rose tea and beyond on her intuitive and balanced menu. *Please indicate any food allergies or dietary preferences on the registration form.


Michael Barrus

“I grew up on the coast of California before moving to BC almost a decade ago for graduate school. Since then, I’ve spent as much time as possible in the coast mountains, from ocean to alpine. In the past few years, I’ve tried to become self-reliant for my meat and fish. Having previously been vegan and vegetarian, I see this as a morally equivalent choice; both then and now, I’m motivated by a desire to reduce the amount of suffering I contribute to in the world. In addition to this moral motivation, the practice of fishing and hunting lets me explore the natural world in a deeper way because it requires me to move more slowly and understand the environment and its inhabitants more fully.” – Michael Barrus

Wild Game Collaborative Dinner with Michael
2.5-hour collaborative experience, Saturday evening

Michael plans to share a meal of wild game or fish while discussing the moral and philosophical choices that have motivated him to hunt and catch his own meat. We will spend some time in the kitchen prepping a meal together to be eaten and enjoyed on the deck with a sweet coastal view. Hands-on dinner prep and a story of the meal-specific hunt will be facilitated by Michael. *Plant-based options will compliment the meal as well. BYOB/Wine.


RVSP by Friday Sept 13th*

Register for the retreat using the form on the right. Paying your deposit ($75) holds your spot (7 spots available!) The remainder ($180) will be due 1 week before the retreat – a reminder will be sent out via email. Send both deposit and remaining amount in an e-transfer to ginniseehagel@gmail.com. You are also welcome to pay in full at the time of registration if you’d like.

Cancellation & Deposit

If you pay your deposit and decide you cannot make it please let us know as soon as possible. If we are able to fill your spot, your deposit will be returned to you at that time. If we cannot fill your spot you will be less your deposit. Given the prep and materials needed for the weekend, all deposits will help us get a better idea of numbers and allow us to start picking up things that need to be purchased in advance.


Due to the nature and setting for this event, we intend to keep the group attending small and familiar, which means it will be invite only with a limited number of spots. If you want to invite someone we have not been in touch with directly, please let us know and we can chat about it!

Thanks for your understanding! Please let us know if you have any questions :)

Name *
(if your inbox is scary and you prefer updates over text)
Accommodation plan *
As mentioned above you have control over your own accommodation for the weekend. However, we'd like to get a better idea of what everyone is doing. Please let us know if you have any trouble securing somewhere to stay or need any further recommendations.
Please list any food allergies or dietary prefs. Note that plant-based options will be available at every meal and snack.
Photo and video release *
Please let us know your comfort level with any photos or video being taken of, or around you at the retreat. We would love to capture some of the energy over the weekend but want to ensure everyone's comfort.
Clay colour preference *
Feel free to choose your clay colour for Emmalee's guided pinch pot experience. A clear glaze will be used for a natural look.
Please leave your mailing address so Emmalee can ship you your pots after they're fired. Mail day is a good day!
We invite you to take part in creative collaboration in addition to the planned experiences. Creative exchange is a beautiful thing. Do you have a special interest or practice that you want to share at the retreat? i.e Maybe you love to arrange tablescapes? Widdle spoons? Make music? Write poetry? Perhaps you're into film photography and want to practice portraits. Whatever it is, it's welcome – let us know!

Contact Ginni with any questions in the meantime ginniseehagel@gmail.com / 604-441-6592

We look forward to seeing you there!