FAQ’s-Summer Lake Retreat

(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions for SUMMER LAKE RETREAT?

Registration and loading van for departure to Lake Gaston will take place at Soulful heART Studio 507 East Young Street, Rolesville, North Carolina  27571  Departure time: from Lake Gaston TBD.

Arrival and departure?  Participants arriving from out of town, fly into RDU… Raleigh-Durham International Airport 27 miles from loading area for departure to lake.  Whether driving or flying, I recommend adding a day or two at beginning or end of your trip to explore Raleigh (capital of North Carolina). We have a SPECTACULAR North Carolina Museum of Art located 19 miles from Soulful heART Studio and many more ART related adventures nearby.  You’ll be glad you extended your visit to enjoy all that is available in the surrounding areas near my studio in Rolesville, North Carolina!

Where will participants be staying? Early arrival or staying later after retreat for touring North Carolina participants can stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Raleigh North in Wake Forest located 8.6 miles from my Rolesville, NC studio. We’ll be loading van for travel to lake on Monday.  Breakfast, exercise facilities, pool are located at hotel plus shopping, restaurants and Starbucks, etc. are located nearby.  There are several AirBnB locations near the studio too.

Reservations:  Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Raleigh North – Wake Forest. 11400 Common Oaks Dr, Raleigh, NC 27614-7002.

Who will be facilitating the retreat? Deborah Young will be facilitating this retreat… to learn more about her visit (About Page).  Deborah has a supportive team of women working with her to make sure this retreat is the most wonderful and creative adventure you deserve.

Will there be time at Soulful heART Retreat for Rest and Relaxation?  YES… Absolutely!  “Refresh-Renew-Restore” is the intention behind my healing space at Lake Gaston!  Participants will have plenty of opportunites to rest … by enjoying the wonderful relaxing lake atmosphere, enjoy golf cart rides, go for walks, hang out at the pool, paint, journal, watch the sun set, enjoy music/dancing.

How many guests will be in attendance? Space is limited to three (3) so, reserve your spot soon.  With limited availability, reservations will be accepted as they are received.   If you’d like to be added to a waiting list for possible cancellations or to receive notice when a new summer retreat is announced, message me on my CONTACT page 

What’s included in the price of this Soulful heART lake retreat?  (6) nights lodging, Rosemont Vineyards Tour, art supplies, snacks, beverages, breakfast, lunches and some dinners are included in cost of registration.  

What type of clothing should I bring?  We’re hoping for beautiful weather; however, you may want to pack a warm shawl or jacket for sitting around bonfires at night.  Casual comfortable clothing for working during painting sessions, bathing suits, beach towels, hats, sunscreen, etc. to be used during pool time and exploring, walking around the lake.  Sometimes it rains during the summer, so you may want to bring an umbrella or rain jacket.

What can I expect in the studio, and will I need to bring supplies?

There are work areas set up at my lake cottage studio where you can tap into your portal of creativity.  Before painting sessions, Deborah will explain the expressive arts intuitive painting process.  She’ll facilitate participants providing permission for them to follow their own creative energy teaching them to understand how this painting process provides love, joy, relaxation and healing to hearts while participants focus on the process of painting instead of final products.  Painting materials (canvas/paints) will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own mixed media journal.  If you have favorite painting tools or paints, please feel free to bring them along.

Can you accommodate meals for a vegetarian? There will be different choices available at meals for anyone who is a vegetarian.

Can you accommodate my food allergy? Your health and well being are important to us.  If you’d like to discuss your particular food issues, please send message with concerns to my CONTACT page  

This lake retreat offers plenty of opportunities to experience being in a creative circle while painting, heART journaling, connecting with friends, enjoy delicious meals, taste different wines at a local vineyard, and explore a wonderful relaxing lake atmosphere.  I’ve been in LOVE with the MAGICAL, relaxing environment of my cottage studio at Lake Gaston for over 10 years enjoying my practice of heART journaling and painting.   My cottage provided opportunities for me to disconnect from the frantic pace of life and relax which is why I have been inspired to offer this special retreat for small, intimate creative circles of women. 

What is the cost?  The cost is $450… there is a 3 person maximum for this lake retreat, and they tend to fill up fast.  A ($100 deposit) is required to hold your space.  The deposit is made as your commitment to the retreat and is nonrefundable.  Final payment will be requested 75 days before the retreat begins and is also non-refundable after it has been made. So please shop mindfully.

Have a question that was not addressed? Please contact Deborah on her CONTACT page  

If you’d prefer to speak by phone, include your telephone number and the best time to contact you. 


CANCELLATION POLICY:  *I understand that life is unpredictable and plans can suddenly change.  Payments are non-refundable; I don’t offer cash refunds for cancellations.  However, I do offer the option of applying any payments received towards another Soulful heART Retreat at a future date.   If you find yourself in a position where you need to cancel your attendance at a Soulful heART Retreat, please contact me as early as possible.