Personal Sustainability and Creativity through Writing and Contemplative Arts
with Melinda Rothouse & Katherine Semler
Mas Estrellas, Girona, Spain (outside Barcelona)
October 9-14, 2023
Ready to replenish your energetic reservoir?
In this world of speed and burnout, it’s increasingly vital to pause and rejuvenate ourselves.
Join us this fall at Mas Estrellas, a beautiful retreat space surrounded by nature in rural Girona, Spain (outside of Barcelona).
In this retreat we’ll cultivate our personal sustainability by reconnecting with creativity and joy. We invite you into a deeper dive into current works-in-progress, exchanges of ideas, and sharing of work. We'll offer a fresh perspective on current and potential work through creative and contemplative arts exercises to stimulate the imagination and feed the soul.
Each day will include group discussion and meals, writing and contemplative arts activities, as well as plenty of quiet time and personal reflection in nature. We’ll tend to our physical selves through walking, hiking, biking, gardening and/or yoga. The retreat will include two outings to be inspired by the local landscape and culture of Girona.
Monday, October 9: Arrival Day at Mas Estrellas and Settling In
Tuesday, October 10: Grounding in Body and Mind
Wednesday, October 11: Exquisite Noticing / Place as Inspiration - Outing to medieval city of Girona and dinner out
Thursday, October 12: Exploring Creative Possibilities
Friday, October 13: Winds of Change - Outing to the Costa Brava
Saturday, October 14: Concluding & Integration
Sunday, October 15: Departure Day
Program Fee: $950
Onsite Accommodations: Shared Room - $550 / Single Room - $700
About the Facilitators
Melinda Rothouse is a creativity, career, and leadership development coach and consultant, as well as an educator, facilitator, and public speaker. She is also a singer, songwriter, and bass player with many years of training and experience as a performing musician. Her other creative pursuits include contemplative photography and writing. Melinda holds a BA in biopsychology, master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies, and a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in creativity studies. She is a longtime meditator and mindfulness practitioner teacher, and leads workshops and retreats in contemplative arts and creativity, both in the US and internationally. She is the author of the bestselling books Syncreate: A Guide to Navigating the Creative Process for Individuals, Organizations, and Communities and A Mindful Approach to Team Creativity and Collaboration in Organizations: Creating a Culture of Innovation.
Katherine Semler has worked for 25 years in the field of leadership development. She is a senior partner at Korn Ferry and an adjunct faculty member at Ashridge Hult Business School. Originally from both North America and Barcelona, she has lived and worked in the US, Spain and Russia. Katherine earned her doctorate in Organizational Change at the Ashridge Hult Business School in the UK. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree form Vassar College, both in Comparative Literature. She has published academic articles on holistic leadership and the integration of relational intelligence in organizations, and is co-author of Running On Empty, a book about burnout and the practices that can protect us from it.
Please complete the following registration form to begin the process and we will follow up with you via email!