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18th Annual Touch Drawing Gathering

July 13, 2014 - July 18, 2014

Do you long to delve into your soul through Touch Drawing and other creative processes?

Do you feel called to support others in evoking their own creativity and spirit?

The Touch Drawing Gathering is for you!


The Gathering is a six-day intensive that provides a deep immersion in the process of Touch Drawing, the community of practitioners, the beauty of the earth and your own creative soul. It is oriented to people with emotional and spiritual maturity who sense that this simple yet profound process can play a vital role in their lives & work.

This event has a very sacred and joyous quality, and words fail to describe it. Sessions are designed to evoke personal expression as well as transpersonal awareness. Live music, creative writing, gentle movement, vibrational sound practices and group sharing are woven through our days. These complimentary creative experiences support opening and integration of the images that emerge in the drawing sessions. Afternoon quiet times and a day of silence allow for rest and renewal. Small groups meet for personal sharing and to explore applications of Touch Drawing. Together we generate an atmosphere that enlivens and inspires. To get a fuller sense of this unique event, view Images of Past Gatherings, then read Testimonials from Gatherers and What We Do.


We meet at The Chinook Center amidst 100-acres of protected forest on Whidbey Island, Washington. Our sacred studio is the awe-inspiring Thomas Berry Hall. My husband Ross Chapin was the architectural designer for the Hall and other buildings, so we have a special connection to this place. We will walk and draw in the Chartres-style outdoor labyrinth. Sacred sites such as the Sanctuary and Earth Nest are available for quiet times. This is a place of deep spirit, nature and beauty. There are miles of trails through the forest and a cedar sauna built by the original Finnish settlers. The beaches of Puget Sound are a few minutes away, and can be visited during the afternoon quiet times. On our day of silence, chose to go to Whidbey State Park where you can draw in an old growth forest and beach facing the majestic Olympic Mountains. Or settle into the beauty our retreat center for the day.


Our meals are prepared by an inspired chef who uses produce from the garden and a network of local farmers. Every bite is truly a delight, and her service is gracious, loving and abundant.

If you are in a position to facilitate Touch Drawing, you are particularly encouraged to attend. If you are a therapist, educator, counselor, artist, social worker, intuitive, health practitioner, body worker, spiritual director, healer, life coach, expressive arts facilitator or student in these fields, you will be empowered to integrate Touch Drawing into your work in your own unique way.

Though not a facilitator training in the usual sense, the Gathering provides the deep experiential roots out of which your own way of sharing the process can grow. ‘Gatherers’ form a network of kindred souls who are connected through their common sense of support for the emergence of Touch Drawing.


July 13, 2014
July 18, 2014