walk through the door belong to the energy of possibility take a good chance on the vibrant buzz of a creative gathering collect a happening that becomes art just because you show up we all show up to conspire toward heart-swelling yes and what if we are solid gold real deals speaking our truth expressing our whole selves occasions worth celebrating join us please and we will celebrate you, too
a half-day creative retreat
nourishment for your creative heart
a gathering to uplift, encourage, motivate.
Make & Meet evolved from an annual gathering I began hosting in my home in 2015 because creative community is energizing and wonderfully refreshing. Every single time I have been amazed at the conversations that transpire and the laughter and the overall heart-swelling experience. While I love being online and I would give up running water before giving up my internet connection, the virtual conversation is still an approximation of the power of full, whole-hearted presence. There is real magic in being seen and witnessed face to face, in giving and receiving undivided, unmediated attention. And to do that within a kindred group of people who, like you, practice the vulnerability known as creativity, well, that is the bee’s knees and then some!
We are writers, poets, photographers, performers, painters, jewelers, makers, teachers, healers, and more. We are sensitive and permeable and curious, and our wild ideas sometimes need to hang out in a room with other wild ideas to feel less alone.
This is an open-ended experience but here’s an idea of what to expect: the retreat will be gently facilitated with some writing, some listening, and a playful game that is inventive and hilarious. There will be some hands-on art time (not messy) and activities that allow us to soak to talk and connect and discover. It will surprise you in the best way.
Make & Meet takes place in a building that has been part of the Snoqualmie Valley since 1925. A mercantile until the mid-80s, Miller’s transformed into a creative activity center and store. It has recently reopened as a gathering space that retains much of the building’s vintage character. There is good energy in this building. You will notice it as soon as you walk through the doors.
Saturday, September 28th
11am - 3pm
Miller’s, 4597 Tolt Ave, Carnation, WA
$40 registration which includes supplies + food
Dress code? Whatever makes you feel like your most creative self. You are an occasion. We will celebrate you, not judge you.
Event size? Maximum registration is 45 but we will likely be a smaller group.
Food? Oh, yes. Savory, creative, nourishing, delicious. Mostly whole foods. Some large salads, hearty grains, gorgeous presentations of fruit and vegetable bites, plenty of crisp, crunch, and delight. Vegetarian with some vegan options. You can share any food concerns with me during registration to ensure that you have a worry-free, pleasurable experience.
Beverages? Sparkling water and juice drinks, all alcohol-free.
Accessibility? The venue is a historic building in the process of refurbishment, and unfortunately the existing restroom does not yet meet ADA requirements (not enough space for a wheelchair, and no grab bars). However, I can rent a portable unit for the day if I know in advance. Other accessibility concerns? Please let me know during registration.
Art is my job and it took me a long time to get here. The single-most important factor in accepting myself as an artist was being part of creative communities.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet many, many artists — from amateurs who create in secret and never share their work to professionals who earn their livings from their creative practice — and goodness, the overwhelming common thread is that we are introduced to art through other people. Creative contagion is positive peer pressure, and it is much easier to take creative risks when you know other people are doing it, too.
I take my creative risks in a studio on the north end of the Snoqualmie Valley. My studio visitors are usually 4-legged, and were it not for events such as this and volunteering in various arts organizations, I would be a studio hermit. You can read more about my studio practice here.
While my primary focus is on my studio time, I really enjoy creating experiences and conversations that support and encourage people to sustain a creative practice. If you would like to hear more about those when they happen, get on my email list.