Upcoming Workshops

Body Embrace: Loving the Skin You’re In

A Woman’s 13-Step
Intentional Creativity Workshop
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10am – 5pm • Aberdeen, NC

Our body is a beautiful vessel which allows us to work, play, exercise and experience intimacy. Yet, too often, we give power to the voice within us that sends critical messages of our exterior inadequacy, our aging, our illness. In this 13-step Intentional Creativity workshop, we’ll begin in a red thread circle* to create a container of sharing and listening, write with journal inquiries to bring to light the body beliefs that hold us back then move to the canvas to create a painting of our body beautiful. No painting experience necessary, just a willing heart! For more information and registration, click here.

Life Womb:
Mothering Retreat
February 15-17, 2019

Join us this February for Inner Ground’s annual Mothering Retreat at Pelican House on the beautiful grounds of Trinity Center. The image of Life-Womb will guide our time together during this contemplative retreat. Through storytelling, contemplative practices, silence and painting, we will listen to our mothering journeys of bearing, holding, and birthing; celebrating the ways that we create womb-space for what is ours to birth in the world.

Making room for new life to flourish often brings growth pains. By tending to our personal Life-Womb with paint, inquiry and quiet intention, we open ourselves to hear the still, small voice. As part of our time together, you will be guided to create a visual expression of symbol and beauty which honors the ebb and flow of what is uniquely yours to bring to fruition. No painting experience required, only a willing spirit!

The weekend together includes all your meals (the food is fabulous!) and your choice of a private or shared room in the beachfront house. Art supplies are provided for the creative expression piece of the retreat. Registration fees are $300 for a private room and $250 for a shared room. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable. This retreat is open to all women, whether or not you have birthed and nurtured children. We believe that as women we are all called to the sacred art of mothering and birthing. REGISTER HERE!

Your retreat leaders are Monica Citty Hix and Ally Markotich. Monica is a minister, musician, artist, retreat leader, and spiritual companion who currently serves as Pastoral Musician at First Friends Quaker Meeting in Greensboro, NC. She is the Founding Director of Inner Ground, Inc.

Ally is from Pinehurst, NC. She is a writer, artist and trained Intentional Creativity Teacher who shares her spiritual journey on her blog, Soul Kindling. Ally and Monica met during their years at Columbia Theological Seminary where they both earned the Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

Past Offerings

Mother Lover: An Encounter with the Blessed Mother

Mother Mary has long been a mother lover. What does she have to reveal to us during this season of Advent? Through journal prompts, paint and a Red Thread Circle*, we’ll encounter the inner Mary wisdom we hold within. We’ll touch on making room for the unknown, being strong in the face of adversity and birthing a gift to the world. This Christmas season, come paint with me to reveal your Mother Lover. We’ll work through the 13-step Color of Woman Intentional Creativity© process to bring to canvas your Mother Lover. No painting experience required, just a willing heart!

*A Red Thread Circle honors the ancient way of gathering in circle to share story, wisdom and experience from each voice. A red thread is passed as a symbol of connection and sacred responsibility to the whole.