WWAM's Sensational Spring Retreat

May 5-7, 2017

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


Peg Foley - Visual Vignettes: Painting/Monoprint Collage

Jo Salas - Playback Theater for Writers

Ellen Secci - The Rising Phoenix, the Core Transformational 

         Event and Writing the Spiritual Memoir

Community Creatives - ArtPlayShop

Enjoy Our Wonderful WWAM Retreat Features:

     Small Intimate Classes

     2.5 Hour Workshop Intensives

     Dinner Salon with Amejo Amyot, Shamanic Mistress of Ceremonies

     Morning Meditation

     Evening Readings

     Wine & Cheese Reception

     Networking Lunch

     Open Studio

     WWAMarketplace for Books, Artwork, Crafts, Etc

     Complimentary Gifts & More

                     Weekend $250.00
                        Saturday Only $125.00
                        Sunday Only $110.00
                        Dinner Salon Only $35.00


Visual Vignettes -Painting/Monoprint Collage
            Painting and printmaking techniques along with oil pastels are used to create a palette of materials. The artist uses some of her own work to show examples of both good composition and self-expression. The workshop focuses on creative expression, play and gaining an understanding of the principles of design. As participants focus on learning techniques for creating a satisfying abstract composition they will create a collage and leave with a finished, matted piece of artwork.

        Materials fee $12. Limit 15 participants per 2.5 hour workshop

Playback Theatre for Writers
        What happens to our creative spirit when we access our playfulness, move our bodies, and give voice to spontaneous stories? In this workshop we’ll use Playback Theatre action techniques to infuse the writing process with new energy and vision. An original form of interactive theater where personal stories are enacted on the spot, Playback Theatre also provides the opportunity to bring to life stories and poems that you may be working on, discovering new insight and ideas. No theater experience needed—just a readiness to play, listen, and explore.

 The Rising Phoenix: The Core Transformational Event and the Writing of the

    Spiritual Memoir
          There is one major spiritual awakening that occurs in each of our lives reminding us that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It is the defining event that changes us forever. Our epiphanies, our transformational moments cause shape shifting in our hearts leading us to sacred awareness and in our desire to share that process with others we write our Spiritual Memoir.
            Using poetry, oral stories, dream recall, ritual and myth participants will be invited to describe the numinous in their lives. Included will be time for writing and feedback. Participants will leave with a strong centerpiece for their spiritual memoir.

Peg Foley
        I am an artist and art educator. I work primarily with printmaking techniques, paint, and fibers in the hope of transforming ideas and beliefs into visual vignettes. I hold an MS in Art Education from the College of St. Rose and a BS in Fine Arts from Nazareth College in Rochester. I am the recipient of a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and have studied art at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I’ve taught and created art for the past forty years in both private and public school and most recently in the International Baccalaureate High School school in Schenectady. In addition, I curated the Schenectady City School Districts Butzel Art Gallery and am presently co-director of the Oakroom Artists.

          Over the past thirty years I’ve presented workshops in composition, fibers, collage and printmaking for both adults and young people. While teaching in private school, I facilitated award-winning Olympics of the Visual Arts teams. As an International Baccalaureate fine arts high school teacher, I worked with students who went on to the best art schools in the nation and received college credit for their high school IB art classes. My own work has been shown in and around the Northeast for the past thirty-five years. I presently use photo etching and photo screen-printing processes to create mixed media works which incorporate fabrics and a variety of fibers into pieces which deal with the theme of impermanence.
          I feel that we constantly look to structure our lives and the natural world surrounding us to create safety and permanence within an ever-fluctuating universe. My work reflects this notion and is inspired by what I see and sense from the gardens we grow to the walls and lives we construct.  pegfoley.com

Jo Salas
Jo is the co-founder of Playback Theatre and the author of Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, now in eight translations, as well as other books and numerous articles. She is the founder of Hudson River Playback Theatre and teaches Playback internationally. Also a performer, trainer, a social activist, and passionate grandmother Jo grew up in New Zealand and now lives two hours north of New York City near woods and mountains. As a fiction writer, Jo has published short stories in literary journals and anthologies. "After," in the anthology Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her novel Dancing with Diana was published in 2015. 
          “There is always something emerging, something that propels these words to be spoken, in this place and time, in front of these particular people.”  josalas.com.

Ellen Secci
          A writer, storyteller, reiki master, Kripalu certified yoga teacher and Certified Spiritual Director Ellen has given performances and offered retreats and workshops across North America.
She is also the co-foundress of the Women’s Writing Retreat, and the Storytelling Weekend Retreat at Pyramid Life Center in Paradox NY. Each summer she teaches at the Women’s Writing Retreat and has also taught at the Storytelling Weekend.

          Whether it be in maximum security prisons, at educational conferences for healthcare professionals, at GLBTQ gatherings, national and international storytelling festivals and conferences, or at retreat centers, Ellen brings her unique style of teaching that offers not only many avenues of spiritual practice, but how storytelling and writing are sacrament that bring about transformation.
          Currently Ellen is writing her spiritual memoir with the working title of Knots in the Prayer String: Recollections from Both Sides of the Convent Door. She lives in London Ontario with her two feline muses Lucylou Mott and Xena Warrior Princess.