“I have attended Wonderscape for the last 2 years and find the participants and the retreat format innovative, invigorating, interesting and inspiring.” -Michelle Engele
“Wow!! Big thanks for pulling together a warm and inspirational selection of presenters… Looking forward to the next one!” -Kate Hersberger
“I joined the retreat for an evening as a guest musician. What a pleasure to play music for creatively-minded people. I wish I had been there for the whole weekend!”
“It was absolutely incredible to be gathered with like minded people and to be told to do what you need to do–that permission was so needed! I really can barely explain how much of an impact you and Wonderscape has had on me!!”
– Marea Olafson
“When contemplating going to Wonderscape I was a tiny bit conflicted as it was under the premise of a “creative retreat”. While I like to dabble in cooking, sewing, knitting, & crocheting I wouldn’t ever consider myself an “artist” – that sounded far too lofty and whimsical for me. Little did I realize it would be such an inspiring weekend, with real people sharing their stories and craft, acceptance, laughter, and conversation.
The weekend started out with Tricia sharing her story of how Wonderscape began as just an idea many months ago, and by the next morning I walked into the common cabin to the lovely smell of bacon, coffee and a day full of possibility. The day did not disappoint. The food was beyond exceptional, with gluten-free tasty meals, plated and gorgeously presented, making me feel taken care of and contented. Then I choose the “Hike and Write” with Tricia, and she led us on a journey of exploring our senses and discovering our words in a most inspiring setting. I wrote 3 poems–this from someone who’s only ever written a haiku! The warmth of the people even gave me the courage to share one of my poems, and it truly felt like a safe place to discover some hidden creativity.
The evening was a joyful, moving experience, with Latin and Jazz tunes from the talented Amber Epp and personal and captivating stories from Jenny Gates, an Australian turned Canadian. Leaving the cabin that night, to go to my own cozy little cabin with my roommates, I felt full–satiated and satisfied in deep places.”
“Each of us was invited to be in charge of making the retreat what we wanted it to be. Yes, a schedule was laid out, but we were encouraged to “pull away and find some solitude”, if that was what we wanted to get out of the weekend. When we weren’t all together, people either spent time on their project or idea, explored the surrounds, or took the opportunity to relax and reset. I was impressed by the energy and creativity and laughter and connections and ideas and wonder that happened without anyone having to do anything other than being there for and with everyone else. There were no prima donnas or ego heads; just a group of people sharing themselves and their creative passions.” -Jenny Gates
Photo: Chef Mariana Brito and Madison Sutcliffe of The Backyard
preparing dinner at Wonderscape 2016