SSAC 2018 Retreat Daily Calendar: April 11-18

We are excited to announce the daily calendar* for the 2018 SSAC Retreat! You can also find this on our FaceBook Events page. A few spots open, deposits due by 12/15/17. Questions? Drop Mary Brent Cantarutti a note. Soon 🙂
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SSAC 2018 Retreat Daily Calendar: April 11 – 18

Wednesday, April 11

Arrivals: Beach House on East Arctic, Folly Beach

4:00 pm  Retreat Introduction: Mary Brent/local artists and retreat collaborators.
Bren McClain, acclaimed author of One Good Mama Bone, shares a universal maternal journey. Hearts open, prepare to nurture and be nurtured.

Cerantha Corley, Shaman and Native American flute player, gives words to our inner spirit garden, fertile soil; feeding our soul, and the trees that go dormant . . . just like humans.  She’ll help set intentions for the Retreat and introduce the Lady of the Wood, an acorn doll muse, created by Becky Becker. 

McIver Watson, a consummate storyteller and true southern gentleman, will share Moon Tides and Marsh Tales: Spartina grass wonder.

5:30 pm-8:30  Wine and refreshments: meet David Vagasky, friend, chocolatier, and chef extraordinaire, who will cater our traditional Welcome Home!  Lowcountry supper. (in case you were wondering…)  Gather around the table. Together, celebrate belonging, community, and seeds that promise good things to come.

Thursday, April 12  The Heart of the Garden

9:00 am: Depart from Folly Beach to arrive in Hollywood, South Carolina, around 10:00 am. Visit Born Again Heartwoods, the studio of Bill Long and Jason Harrington, renowned antique furniture restorers and creators of hand-crafted furniture using naturally preserved virgin sinker logs recovered from the Edisto and Waccamaw Rivers in South Carolina.

Each participant will be invited to draw a simple spirit-inspired shape on paper. Bill and his colleagues, Michael and Jason, will then create a wooden shape, using the drawings as templates. Participants will be invited to leave a shape, tributes to our animal guides/spirits, at the Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.

Noon Light Lunch at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.
Reflective time: the Davenport Log Cabin.

Tours: small groups can tour the sanctuary in golf carts while others write, draw, create heartfelt messages to our Animal Spirit Guides, which will be left in the adjacent canine cemetery, named Angels Crossing, as part of our closing ritual.

Closing Ritual in Angels Crossing Cemetery: Honor holy ground and give thanks for sacred winged creatures that guide us safely home. Perhaps we could read some of the messages offered to our Animal Spirit Guides as part of the ritual, and hang our wooden shapes from sheltering trees.

(SSAC and local Expressions of Appreciation: We’ll contribute poems, stories, drawings, etc. to the Hallie Hill Rescue Sanctuary newsletter (anything we submit to the newsletter could also be posted on the SSAC and related websites).

Evening  5:30 pm Healing incense-burning ritual with Pam Huseby, owner of Albizia Apothecary, and Marcy MacVie, Reiki and Thai massage therapist.
Soups on!  Pam will serve her nutritious and tasty Indian stew featuring healing herbs, and lead a round table discussion about natural remedies for stress, aches and pains.  Marcy will demonstrate and offer an individual Thai yoga massage experience to retreat participants.

Friday, April 13

 6:45 am Sunrise ceremony and yoga on the beach: Marcy MacVie

Then, enjoy breakfast, prepared by Pam, along with chai flavored with cinnamon and cardamom.  Next, Free time! Regroup, reflect, relax.

Late Afternoon/Evening: Light Play Garden Soiree: home of Sherry and Harvey Browne. 4:00 – 6 pm: Maker art project in Sherry’s studio. Leaded glass garden sun catchers inspired by winged spirits  (Participants will be invited to leave one of their sun catchers in the Romney Urban Garden later in the week)

6:00 pm: Garden Supper’s on!  Sherry and her husband, Harvey, will prepare and serve a Lowcountry supper.

Saturday, April 14  

Morning Free

1:00 pm Lunch: McIver Watson’s historic Charleston home, followed by a Zentangle workshop taught by Ella Ann Smith, and tour of McIver’s legacy garden.

5:00-6:30 (aprox) pm:  Music Café (same location) Susan McAdoo, accompanist for the Charleston Symphony and piano teacher, founded the Music Café in 2004. The monthly gatherings, hosted at members’ homes, feature practiced and spontaneous performances. Everyone brings either music or a nibble to share—and sometimes both!

Prepare to listen, clap, sway, sing, and maybe dance. Who knows where the spirit will lead?

Sunday, April 15 

Morning and Afternoon Free   Later that day….Community Garden Jubilee: A bi-coastal celebration.   New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church/NIREC and Romney Urban Garden/RUG

 (SSAC co-sponsored Song of Life Fundraiser for the New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church’s Music Ministry Program. Profits from One Good Mama Bone book sales will be donated to this cause.)

Events begin at 5:00 pm   Musical Presentation and Neighborhood Celebration! New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church, the sponsor for the Romney Urban Garden. Program will include a short reading by Bren McClain set to background music composed by Susan McAdoo/inspired by One Good Mama Bone.)

Dedications: Restored piano in the New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church.
Romney Urban Garden Offerings:

  • Flags, created by Unity Youth, installed at the RUG entrance.
  • Virgin cypress Butterfly Bench donated by Bill Long.
  • Bottle Tree, designed and created by local artists and organizations.

6:15 pm Pizza making repast at Romney Urban Garden Music with the
Lime and the Coconuts.

Monday April 16 

Morning Free
Beach, Bike, shop… rest. repeat.
4:00 – 7:00 pm  Blossoming Soul Playshop: Utopia Gallery and Boutique.  Flower essence, art and power in dressing consciously.  Led by Beki Crowell

Tuesday, April 17  

Morning ’till Afternoon Sun and Fun with a Jamaican twist. Mosquito Beach/Island Breeze
10:00 am Optional Kayaking: A Marsh Garden Discovery 
A buffet featuring tasty Jamaican favorites: learn about the shared history of the Lowcountry and Caribbean. After Lunch….

Watercolor or acrylic painting instruction by Arianne King Comer The marsh setting in front of Island Breeze will provide the inspiration for the paintings.

Wednesday, April 18

~AM play time on your own
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Acorn Fairy Doll and Felting Workshop: Led by Becky Becker, a puppeteer, teaching artist and designer of whimsical dolls and fairies, and Margo Duke, a fiber artist, teacher and author of two books, Needle Felting Magic and Making More Needle Felting Magic

(Margo, aka “Her Majesty Margo,” will grace us with one-of-a-kind wearable art inspired by her Scottish grandmothers, who taught her to knit and crochet at an early age—a trunk show like no other!)

Evening at the beach house: Time to say goodby for now
Supper, friends and the trust to be 
Open to surprise . . . endings threaded with beginnings? Just imagine a catered Lowcountry supper, blessing of intentions with Becky Becker, and a closing retreat celebration ritual led by Cerantha Corley!

Thursday, April 19 

Morning Departures

If you’d like to join us, please email Mary Brent Cantarutti at:

*All activities subject to change.

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