Creativity as Spiritual Practice: A Women’s Yoga and Writing Retreat in Mexico

Tulum.C.ClarkeThis program invites a small group of women (12) to gather for personal and community retreat from the routine and rigor of daily life.

Inspired by Marion Woodman’s devotion to the Mystery and the wisdom of the body and Jung’s exploration of the unconscious, the retreat’s intention is to restore and deepen connection to one’s inner life through daily yoga practice in a protected, natural environment that supports opening to and working with creative impulse.

Dynamic inspiration links us to the source of our being and it’s this essential union that guides our creative lives and nourishes our souls. Our days will begin with yoga and meditation and after a silent breakfast we will gather in circle to explore the wellspring of our dreams before writing from the rising images and feelings. The morning session will spark the day’s journey and the afternoon will take the imaginative gifts into the body and further onto the page. We will practice yoga and meditation together, write together, and read together in our morning and afternoon sessions with a long lunch break for relaxation. In the evenings, we will gather for dinner.

Our journey will follow a natural deepening into the imaginal realm with the intention of opening to new inspiration while releasing old stories, turning instead toward the emerging impulse, the spark that moves us and encourages us to trust ourselves and the words already written inside us. Our work is to sanctify the time and space we need to bring those words alive and to seed this practice in our daily lives.

Sunday, March 6 will be a free day for you to explore the Mayan ruins or explore where you would like. Your lodging/meals are reserved through Monday morning, March 7.

Catharine Clarke

A professional writer, editor, and writing coach, Catharine Clarke mentors the creative process from inspiration to completed artifact. As a group facilitator, she co-founded Soul Journaling in 2003, a workshop series dedicated to creative discovery through exploration of the body’s wisdom, working with dreams, and writing as self-expression. She continues to lead groups across the United States and in the mid-winter of 2016 will co-lead a women’s writing and yoga retreat in Mexico. Catharine is currently at work on a historical novel and publishes her poetry, most recently in the award-winning A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. She also writes a seasonal column for the online journal Psyche’s Journey and acts as contributing editor. Catharine completed the Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training  in 2002. Contact Catharine Clarke at or 845-246-1803.

Soul Journaling: Bringing Our Writing Alive by Trusting Our Words

Catharine Clarke
March 9, 2014

Soul Journaling explores our deep connection to creativity by suspending our thinking and opening the channel to the mystery that inspires us, moves us, and brings us most alive. Like a river, we need not strive but flow to and from the source of our being. We will gather in a small circle of eight to create a temenos, a safe and sacred container for our work together. Through gentle movement, simple guided meditation, and recalling our dreams, we will open our creative imagination and write together, sharing our work as raw material made real.


March 9, Sunday, 2-5 pm (please check on workshop times when registering

How to Register:

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To be announced.

Soul Journaling: A Workshop Series

Catharine Clarke
October 15-December 17, 2013

If you are seeking deeper self-awareness and a threshold to your creativity, consider Soul Journaling, an ongoing workshop series where journal writing encourages inner exploration and inspires creative life.

Facilitator Catharine Clarke creates a safe and nurturing healing space where a small circle gathers to turn inward and write together —where we learn to open to the stillness, to trust our inner world, to honor our authentic voice. Soul Journaling offers us the opportunity to:

• Listen more deeply
• Respect our need to be creative
• Explore the soul of our inner conflicts and fears
• Open to our dream life
• Hear our true calling
• Imagine our life as an unfolding story
• Awaken our creative potential


Soul Journaling breaks our isolation and strengthens our commitment to living an authentic life. Together we open our journals, our hearts, our souls, and write in an atmosphere of mutual support and shared endeavor, while encouraging trust, intimacy, and self-honesty. We begin with our dreams, then awaken our bodies through movement before writing.


We will begin the Fall Soul Journaling series in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday, October 15 and meet together for eight sessions in Malden-on-Hudson, New York. We will gather from 6:30 to 9:00pm in a warm, intimate setting. In order to secure a strong container for our work, it is best if each participant intends to attend the full eight-session series (and at least six). Limited space; pre- registration required.

October 15-December 17, 2013, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm , (no meetings on November 26 or December 3)

How to Register:

For further information, call Catharine Clarke at 845-246-1803 or contact her via email:


The cost of the series is $325, payment arrangements are available.