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April 26, 27 & 28


“The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path.” —Larry Dessey

In this experiential hands-on workshop, participants will use the theme and metaphor of a garden to explore their inner landscape and expand their personal geography. Gerlinde will guide each woman to intuitively discover her own answer to the question, "how do I nourish myself so that I may flourish and grow"? Utilizing the medium of magazine images to assemble a series of varying shaped cards, we will embark on a collage journey that will help unfold the mystery by exploring the metaphors of symbols, forms, and colors found in the collage. By the completion of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of their life's purpose, and their own personal story. The seeds of possibility, once planted, give us permission to expand our story, reframe our vision of ourselves, find our soul parts, and ultimately allow us to heal our stories and become whole.

Each student will depart with the awareness of a newly found sense of personal empowerment to shift their own story and create the life they really want. Come with an open heart and mind. Expect to experience connection with yourself and others as we have fun creating a collage of self-discovery. No previous experience is necessary for this workshop. Magazines will be provided and participants are welcome to bring more!

DATES: April 26 (Meet & Greet), 27 & 28

INVESTMENT: 350 Canadian (+ tax) *inclusive of lunch



Gerlinde Lehner brings a diversified background to her audiences, with more than 25 years of teaching experience. Her certifications include Creative Depth Facilitator by the Journey Path Institute in California, using the JourneyCircles Ô method, and Soul CollageÒ facilitator. Gerlinde's many years of transformational study has touched the field of energy work, Shamanism, and Shadow Work to name a few; all of which she weaves into her workshops. Her background includes a two- year women’s empowerment & leadership apprenticeship with Alisa Starkweather and an in- depth study in the Croton Mystery School under the direction of Dr. Paul Dunion. Gerlinde is known for her facilitation of women’s circles, where she incorporates expressive art-making and creativity as a modality for connection with oneself and others, thereby promoting personal transformation. As a multi-medium artist, Gerlinde's mediums include collage, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, photography, small metal work, and textiles. Recently retired from her full-time profession of teaching Science, Gerlinde is now committed to sharing her love of art and healing with women. Through the transformational work that she offers, Gerlinde hopes that women will expand and deepen their understanding and connection with themselves and others.


The costs of the workshops include lunch for each workshop day.  Dinners are usually spent together, but costs are personally borne.

There is space to stay at Studio AHA for six people, shared accommodation, sharing two washrooms.  Shared accommodation is $50 a night with light breakfast, and if single accommodation requested, it is $100 a night.  There is also ample accommodation in the near vicinity, google Blue Mountain Village resort, or vrbo and airbnbs in the Blue Mountain, Collingwood and Thornbury Ontario areas. Please contact Heather at for more information regarding lodging, in and around the retreat centre.


We are blessed with many ‘healers’ and energy workers in the area, who can offer anything from angel card readings to massage therapy to energy work.  If you have any interest in booking a session please let Heather know.  647 923 9633.  More often than not it is a good idea to have some body work during a vigorous session of art making.