International Writing Retreats

Under the Same Moon presents …

“R A D I A N C E”

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Writing & Renewal

at Sunflower Retreats in Costa Rica

with Janet Lucy and Sarah Clark

January 18 ~ 24, 2017

As the new year begins, Costa Rica calls us to the jungle and the sea, where we will settle into Sunflower Retreats, a luscious eco-resort on the southern tip of the Nicoya Península. A mosaic of rainforest, rolling hills, mountains and creeks surround the resort with lookout points to the Pacific Ocean and beaches of Mal Pais. The eco-friendly lodge, used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats guests, offers four spacious double rooms with a front sitting porch slung with hammocks and rocking chairs facing the butterfly and hummingbird gardens. A waterfall jacuzzi and swimming pool are steps away. Here we will write, relax, and re-source ourselves together as we discover and celebrate our connections with the cycles of nature–the sun and moon, oceans and tides, and our inner ebbs and flows. Under the Balsamic Moon we’ll look inward and gaze out into the starry sky, dreaming our seeds and visions for the new year.

We invite you to join us in an intimate circle of like-spirited women for six spacious days and nights with a menu of creative inspiration and delicious delights, remembering that we are our most radiant beings when we are true to our selves, and honor our divine feminine rhythms. Our focus will be on the essential renewal and re-sourcing of our intrinsic radiance.

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~ Offerings ~

Morning Writing Circles
to dive deep into the place within ourselves where the seeds of radiance reside

Capacitar Practices
to calm, nourish and energize mind, body and soul

Divine Inspiration & Creative Time
for artistic exploration & discovery of new visions

Hatha & Kundalini Yoga
for rejuvenation and communion with nature in an open air shala

Goddess Treatments
Massage ~ Reflexology ~ Ayurvedic & Holistic Treatments
Aromatherapy ~ Facials & More!

Into the Wild!
Nature Walks on Jungle Trails ~ Waterfalls and Creeks ~ Medicinal Plants
Exotic Birds and Animals

Cost: $1995 ~ Includes: double room accomodations with en suite private bathrooms; all breakfasts and lunches, four dinners (vegetarian locally sourced and organic with some fish and white meats); morning writing circles; Capacitar (“to empower”) practices for spiritual re-sourcing; Hatha Yoga and Kundalini yoga classes with Lucy Bremner, Founder / Owner of Sunflower Retreats & Yoga Teacher; guided art activities; sketchbooks for writing and creative expression; jungle walk with native guide; opening and closing circles & a vision seeding ritual. Single room options may be available if space provides at an additional cost.

Not included: Airfare; optional spa treaments; two dinners out at Mary’s local organic Restaurant and Farm in Mal Pais and another in the sea side town of Santa Teresa with excellent local and international cuisine. Travel routes will be recommended and transportation to and from the Tambor airport will be arranged at traveler’s expense. Trip insurance required by Sunflower Retreats (more info provided).

Deposits & Payment terms: A non-refundable deposit of $995 is required by October 31, 2016. A final payment of $1000 is due by December 1. Trip insurance is required as all payment terms and conditions must be accepted with deposit.

Facilitators:

Janet Lucy, MA, is the author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age and The Three Sunflowers, an award-winning children’s book. She is the Founder of “Women’s Creative Network” in Santa Barbara, CA, and Co-Founder of “Under the Same Moon ~ Unifying & Affirming a Global Sisterhood / Living by the Moon.” Janet offers intuitive and creative consulting for personal and professional development, facilitates women’s weekly writing groups, as well as international women’s writing retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Italy. Janet loves to share her divine inspiration and connection with the moon with other women. She speaks fluent Spanish and a smattering of Italian and French.

Sarah Clark is a multimedia artist and writer, who offers “BareSacred” writing & wellness circles for women in Jaco, Costa Rica. For over three years Sarah has made manifest her dream of creating home in Costa Rica, where she has discovered the value of community, connection with nature, and celebration of the present moment. On her path of “BareSacred Living,” Sarah guides others to reclaim their intrinsic radiance and essential gifts to the world. Sarah has a Reiki One Certification, a Permaculture Design Certification through Quail Springs’ Educational Land Stewardship nonprofit organization, and a Certification in Multi-Cultural Wellness Education through Capacitar International, a global network that empowers communities around the world with hands-on tools for healing and transforming traumatic stress. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Under The Same Moon:

“Under The Same Moon” is the vision and collaboration of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter author, Janet Lucy, and her moon daughter, Sarah Clark, inspired to bridge generations and cultures as we create a worldwide community of women with a unifying divine feminine spirit. “Under the Same Moon,” we affirm and celebrate our universal mother and global sisterhood.

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Our Sunflower Retreats Goddess Hostess:

Lucy Bremner is the Founder / Owner of Sunflower Retreats in Italy & Costa Rica, Certified Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer. She offers “Transformational Yoga, Art and Healing with the divine feminine (goddess) in mind.” Originally from England, Lucy lives in Caspería, Italy with her family.

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“Where does a trip begin? Where does the first idea come from? But then, where does a love, a friendship, begin?” ~ Paul Morand

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Women’s Creative Network presents …

“The Art of Living”

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

with Janet Lucy and Terrie Adden

October 31, 2015 ~ November 7, 2015

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“I shall make an Unholy Mess and scatter my imaginings with powders and pigments on a brush of witch’s brew beginnings.” ~ Marie Rains

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Dia de Los Muertos is a joyful celebration of the continuity of life, and one of the most honored customs in Mexico. In the spirit of this festive holiday we will honor any of our departed loved ones and delight in our creative spirits through writing and art, dabbling in Mexican folk art including collage, painting, journal making, personal and group altars, and more.

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Women’s Creative Network presents …

Madonnas, Saints and Goddesses in Sicily ~ A Springtime Journey of Renewal on Persephone’s Island

with Janet Lucy and Helena Hill
April 9 ~ 19, 2015

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Watercolor by Helena Hill

Sicily, the “Pearl in the Mediterranean,” holds the historical roots of many ancient goddesses from Greece and Italy, and has been a place of exploration and pilgrimage since antiquity. Hearing the call, our heroine’s journey will take us to many of the mythological sites sacred to the ancient goddesses, saints and madonnas. In a scenic setting on the slopes of Mount Etna facing the Mediterranean Sea, we will weave leisurely days of writing and painting with inspirational excursions on the island, as we remember and renew our divine feminine spirits.

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 San Leonardello Farmhouse, where we will stay for ten days, is an “agriturismo” — an organic farm surrounded by a citrus orchard bearing lemons, oranges and kumquat which are processed into marmalades, limoncello, kumquat and orange liquor. Authentic Sicilian cuisine will nourish our goddess bodies and spirits.

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Women’s Creative Network presents …

Celebrating the Senses in Italy

A Fall Harvest Writing and Watercolor Retreat 

 with Janet Lucy and Helena Hill

 October 19 ~ October 29, 2013

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Villa Abbondanza is a 15th century restored farmhouse set in a thousand-acre working olive oil and wine estate in Tuscany, and will be our home for ten days, where we’ll find inspiration in the gardens, olive groves, vineyards, rustic barns, old mills, and more. We will weave leisurely days of writing and painting through easeful excursions to the surrounding area.
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Women’s Creative Network presents …

 A Women’s Writing Adventure and Mystical Experience in Peru

with Janet Lucy and Helena Hill 

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The ancient cities of Lima and Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru are the backdrop and inspiration for this awe-some women’s adventure where we will explore the Incan spiritual tradition through writing and art. In this sacred tradition “Four Words” have been used for self-discovery and transformation. “To be silent,” “to know,” “to want,” and “to dare” will be the prompts that guide us, and we will incorporate the Andean principle of “Ayni,” or “reciprocity,” as a spiritual practice. This will truly be a heroine’s journey…an opportunity to deepen your writing and spiritual exploration, heighten your senses through color, textures and spectacular vistas, and paint them into your journal, on an adventure to one of the most powerful sacred sites in the world.

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Women’s Creative Network presents …

Creating the Visual Travel Journal

and Exploring the Art of Travel Writing

in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

with Janet Lucy and Terrie Adden

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San Miguel de Allende is an artistic and colorful backdrop for spirited women’s creative pursuits, and offers an endless source of inspiration and material. We will stay at Casa de Las Ventanas, a private home in the neighborhood of Colonial Mexiquito and an easy 15-minute walk to the Centro. The house is spacious, light-filled and open, offering sweeping views of the rolling hills with confetti-colored houses, the city’s exquisite architecture, and fireworks at night. An expansive roof-top deck is a spectacular spot to watch the sunset and gaze at the stars.

During our retreat, we will focus on the “Visual Travel Journal,” a creative repository of travel writing & poetry, sketching & watercolor, collage, photos, and momentos. We will also explore the art of travel writing, creating colorful, sensory vignettes of our experience.

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Women’s Creative Network presents …

 A Summer Writing Retreat in Costa Rica

with Janet Lucy

 Discover the Pura Vida Spirit

Awaken Your Senses and Deepen Your Connection 

To Writing and Nature

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Casa Montemar is a tropical hacienda with a backyard jungle and panoramic ocean view, overlooking the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Palm and plantain trees enhance the luscious landscape, while an abundance of tropical flowers wander throughout the yard. There is a pool for dipping and swimming, a shaded rancho for reading and lounging; tree slung hammocks; and plenty of patios and balconies for scenic reflection. A verandah facing the jungle is the perfect setting for our writing circles, where we’ll be inspired by white faced monkeys, colorful toucans and scarlet macaws. At night fireflies and occasional thunderstorms light up the darkness. The beach is a short walk down a nearby path, and the expansive coastline goes on forever, ideal for morning walks, sunset strolls, and soothing ocean swims.

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