Soulful heART Lake Retreat

Friday, July 20  – Sunday, July 22 2018 

Essential Information:

This Soulful heART Lake Retreat offers plenty of opportunites to experience being in a creative circle while painting, heART journaling, connecting with friends, enjoy delicious meals, explore the wonderful relaxing lake atmosphere, enjoy golf cart rides, go for walks, float in the lake, hang out at the pool, watch the sun set, music/dancing, and share stories while sitting around bonfires.
I’ve been in LOVE with the MAGICAL, relaxing environment of my cottage studio at Lake Gaston for over 10 years enjoying my creative practice of heART journaling and painting.  Since my cottage has provided opportunities for me to disconnect from the frantic pace of life, to relax, taking time to recharge in this beautiful, tranquil, relaxing atmosphere, I have been inspired to offer this special lake retreat for small, intimate creative circles.

DATES:  Friday, July  through Sunday, July   

Send message on my CONTACT page  to have your name added to waiting list for July 2018 retreat.

COST:  $450.00 includes (2 nights lodging) and ALL retreat activities, ART supplies, plus meals (refer to FAQ)

USE:  (Link below for reservation).


Soulful heART Lake Retreat

You don’t need ANY experience to paint in this way!

You will have opportunities to interact with NATURE which provides peace and tranquility to your heart!

You will create paintings by not listening to your inner critic or judging mind and experience JOY!

You will choose paint colors that speak to your soul and experience HAPPINESS!

You will trust the brush wherever it goes by LISTENING to whispers from your soul!

Lines, shapes and colors = FUN for your imagination!

You can’t mess up this type of painting because there are NO MISTAKES in this type of painting!

Not being attached to the outcome of your painting = FREEDOM!

Dipping a brush into paint and moving it around paper or canvas = MORE FREEDOM!

Following the energy of your emotions leads to heart HEALING!

Creating EXPRESSIVE and meaningless paintings intuitively … will be life changing and TRANSFORMATIVE!


(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions?

What is a Soulful heART Retreat?  It’s where:  Expressive Arts = Creativity and, Intuitive Painting = LOVE, JOY, RELAXATION and HEALING!

“Soulful” – means to relax giving yourself the gift of time, loving yourself by accepting that you are ENOUGH and, finding your way back to creativity and imagination which lives in your soul!


“heART” – gives permission to remember those JOYOUS feelings you experienced in school when given crayons, markers, or paint and a huge sheet of white paper with no instructions except … have fun!  Plus heART is “creating a critic free zone” not listening to that annoying EGO voice which often wants be judgemental while focusing on the end painting product!

Registration and loading up van for travel to lake will take place at Soulful heART Studio on Friday, July 20th.

Location:  The Young Farm, 507 East Young Street, Rolesville, North Carolina  27571

Departure: from lake will be Sunday, July 22nd.

When should I plan to arrive and depart? 

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) located 15 miles from Soulful heART Studio in Rolesville and, you don’t want to miss visiting our AMAZING North Carolina Museum of Art located 19 miles from retreat. 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 and where we will be loading van for travel to lake on Friday.  At Holiday Inn breakfast, exercise facilities and, beautiful pool is available plus it’s situated close to shopping and restaurants.

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 the (About Page).  Deborah will have a supportive team of women working with her to make sure this retreat is the most wonderful, relaxing adventure that you deserve!

Will there be time at Soulful heART Retreat for Rest and Relaxation?

YES… Absolutely!  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, painting, journaling, watch the sun set, music/dancing, and sharing stories while sitting around bonfires.

How many guests will be in attendance?

Space is limited at this Soulful heART Retreat, 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 retreat or event is announced, use my CONTACT page 

What’s included in the price of this Soulful heART lake retreat?

(2) nights lodging, all art supplies, snacks, beverages, lunches and some dinners are included in the cost of your registration.  Plus, extra treats will be provided to make your lake retreat as magical as it can be!

Will there be food in the Studio?

Baked goods, snacks, coffee, tea, soda and water will be available daily!

What type of clothing should I bring?

We’re hoping for beautiful weather in July; 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/hiking 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 class supplies?

There will be work areas set up on the porch of 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 participates 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 as they focus on the painting process instead of final products.

There will be plenty of materials (paint, brushes, spray bottles, etc.) to use during your daily painting sessions.  However, if you have favorite painting tools, 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 at Soulful heART Retreat.  If you’d like to discuss your particular situation, please send this information on my CONTACT page  

I have a question that’s not addressed here. How shall I contact you? 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. 



Had such an amazing time at Deborah’s Soulful heART Retreat!  Such a wonderful, relaxing place for a retreat in this beautiful, peaceful environment.   Enjoyed meeting new friends and having the opportunity to paint using my intuition.   I was able to get in touch with my inner creative artist which was so eager to stretch out…  reaching towards the surface of my soul… letting my heart express my feelings so I could transfer them using paint.  WOW!  Loved this healing intuitive painting experience… and what a great teacher too!

~ Theresa Worth