June 21st 5 pm to 7 pm
Summer Solstice Sol-writing Mini Workshop at Oh My Cupcakes! East location
The workshop that began it all is back! In this 1.5-2 hour mini Soulwriting Workshop, you'll take time on the longest day of the year to pause and pay attention to the present, dig lightly into the past, and look towards the future of YOU. You'll learn to pay attention to the things that are JUST below the surface, asking you to listen more closely, if just for a little while. Workshop includes guided instruction and discussion, (you'll only share as much or as little as you want to!) a brand new journal, a copy of Melissa's latest book Lifelong Learner; Reflections, Notes, Discoveries, a special Writer's Candle from Sweet Cream Candle Company, a cupcake (of course!) and more fun surprises.
Tuesday, July 11th, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Summer Serenity Half-Day Retreat at Grand Falls Casino Resort Hotel and Spa
Join Melissa J Creative and Friends for Summer Serenity, a half-day vision, reflection, and journaling retreat at Grand Falls Casino Resort hotel just minutes east of Sioux Falls, SD. Retreat includes mindfulness and journaling exercises, as well as creation of your own Vision Board to create and take home with you after the retreat. To learn more, click here.
October 29-November 1
Sedona Soulwrite Retreat
Need some time away from life's unending daily distractions? What if you could give yourself the gift of time and space to help find the connection, clarity, and communion with nature and self that you seek? A journaling retreat provides a safe and supportive space to share your experiences with others, learn from their perspectives, and grow together. A journaling retreat can provide you with the very space and time you need to refresh and renew your weary spirit.
Join Melissa J Creative and friends from October 29-November 1 for the Sedona Soulwrite Retreat. This transformative 4-day (3-night) experience is designed for those looking to deepen their understanding of themselves through the powerful practice of reflective journaling.
And because transformation cannot happen without first contemplation, Sedona’s majestic red rock formations provide the perfect backdrop for this magical and contemplative soul journey. Melissa J., an expert facilitator, will guide you through various journaling exercises and techniques that will help you connect with your inner self and gain insight into your life’s purpose.
In addition to journaling, you'll find mindfulness meditations, exploration of Sedona and it's magical vortex energy, and have time for play incorporated throughout. This will help you relax and reconnect with yourself as you cultivate a sense of inner peace. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals with whom you’ll build lasting relationships in a welcoming, loving, and awe-inspiring space.
Dates and overview:
Retreat experience begins at 3 pm on October 29th when everyone arrives in Sedona. On October 30th, and 31st, we will spend our days in guided journaling sessions, exploring and journeying to area hiking trails, and doing some light shopping and sightseeing. On November 1st, you'll drive back to Phoenix and fly home. Note: You may choose to fly into either Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) or Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). Most airlines fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor, Allegiant Airlines flies into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. You may choose to fly in on Saturday night, meet up with others in your group, and share a rental car on Sunday for the 2 hour drive from Phoenix to Sedona.
Where we’ll stay:
Los Abrigados Resort and Spa is all about location! Centered in the heart of the Tlapaque area of Sedona, Los Abrigados offers two-bedroom villas with a kitchenette in each unit. This comfortable resort has an on-site spa, restaurant and bar, pickleball courts, miniature golf, two swimming pools, a healing labyrinth, and is within easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Check out the video for Los Abrigados here: vimeo.com/228886850
Need some time for extra "Ahhhhhhh"? The on-site Sedona Spa is nestled peacefully among the four energy vortexes in Sedona, enhancing relaxation and producing an uplifting experience. You'll have time to book spa services at the on-site Sedona Spa, should you choose. Bliss out and learn more here:
What we’ll do:
Each day’s schedule will include mindset work, meditation, teaching, and reflective journaling in both group and solo settings. We will do some (optional) exploratory and playful hiking in the mornings, letting our bodies and minds be nourished by the spectacular red rocks. You’ll have time built into each day for reflection and relaxation (naps orjournaling, spa services or other soul-nourishment) on your own as well as group activities. Every session is optional: this retreat is for you and you'll need to trust what your spirit is telling you that it needs.
A seasoned Sedona traveler, Melissa J has scouted out all of the best spots ahead of time. She will provide a list of some of her favorite stops when in Sedona, and we will explore some of them together.
$1025 includes guided soul-reflection journaling retreat experience with expert facilitation by Melissa J Creative. A personalized treasure bag will await you with everything you'll need for a successful Sedona Soulwrite journaling retreat, as well as some goodies thoughtfully designed to help bring your experience home with you. Cost of flight, rental car, and accommodations are not included. Once you've signed up for the retreat, Melissa J Creative will book your accommodations on our preferred rate based upon your requested room occupancy. (Rooms are one- or two-bedroom apartment style, with up to four people per room. Number of people per room will impact the overall cost, but will range between $125-225 per night per guest.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a 15-minute exploratory call with Melissa to discuss and determine if this retreat experience is right for you.
Ready to book?
Spots are intentionally limited so that the group can maintain a safe, welcoming, and intimate feel. A $500 deposit will hold your space, with the remaining balance due on October 15th.
Fill out the form on this page or email "I'm in for Sedona Soulwrite" to Hello@MelissaJCreative.com and our team will take it from there and reserve your spot!
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About Melissa J Creative:
Melissa sees possibility and potential in people even before they believe in themselves. Melissa is the founder and CEO of Oh My Cupcakes!, Sweet Cream Candle Co., and Melissa J. Creative. Her businesses are each built with intention to create beautiful things that bring people joy.
With a background in broadcast media and communications, Melissa is a sought-after keynote speaker with both Melissa J Creative and the Jon Gordon Companies, where she is a Power of Positive Leadership Certified speaker and trainer. Melissa finds purpose in helping people discover and engage their own greatest gifts and has a mission to spread the message of empowerment or growth with a positive mindset. Melissa delivers dynamic and electrifying keynotes and trainings. She engages her audiences with personal stories, a twist of wit, and a warm, approachable spirit that moves people to their own lightbulb moments of understanding. She is frequently invited to appear on panels presenting on topics of building phenomenal company cultures, women's business ownership, positive leadership, and adopting and parenting children who come from hard places.
People have said Melissa "just has a presence about her." Her genuine desire is to inspire and uplift, leaving people better than she found them. She currently serves on the Volunteers of America Foundation board, the Children's Home Society of SD Programming board, and the Avera Philanthropy Council.
Melissa was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest and is blessed mother to four children, three dogs, and one disagreeable cat.
Re treat Testimonials
Writer's Retreat Attendee
This event exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend that if you are hesitating, you go ahead and sign up! The accommodations were so relaxing, the support was amazing and I feel like I built life-long friendships. My writing and personal goals changed after this experience to include a more confident me! Melissa is an amazing person and her energy and kindness made the two days such a rewarding time.
Writer's Retreat Attendee
The Melissa J. Creative Fall Writing workshop was a transformative experience that combined writing, nature, self reflection, and trust building. Much like going to camp when I was young, this retreat gave me a rare opportunity to learn new things, foster my creativity, and make new and deep friendships. In our adult lives, these experiences don’t happen much, if ever. I highly recommend this retreat for those who are exploring new levels in their seasoned writing practice, as well as for those who never want to expand their writing beyond their own private journal work. The time that I spent with myself and other creative spirits at the retreat has benefited my inner life as I reflect back, consider the present, and look forward on my life’s journey.
Writer's Retreat Attendee
I went into this writing retreat a little (lot) nervous. I’m not a writer, I’m not a journal-er, what do I have to say to myself, let alone other people? Will I provide value to others, will this be of value to me? I am SO glad that I invested in myself and trusted Melissa to bring together a group of women from all walks of life that would pour into each other in the most beautiful way. I not only came away from the retreat loving myself more, but with new friends, and a love for the quiet only found in nature, under a new moon, and early in the morning as the sun awakens. I would 10/10 recommend this to anyone and everyone. Go into it with an open mind and an open heart – you won’t be disappointed.
Writer's Retreat Attendee
Melissa's retreat was wonderful. The location in the Ponca State Park was perfect for a retreat, quiet space and lovely trails to walk. The retreat itself was so good, time with writing prompts and discussion, time to reflect and write, and free time to recharge. I would definitely go to another one of Melissa's retreats in the future!