Creative Soul Writing & Self-Awareness Retreat for Women

For many, writing is a spiritual practice which leads to a profound experience of timelessness. A single moment of inspiration can become an eternity. The same is true of meditation. For those who practice meditation, life can be transformed physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  Meditation allows you to hear your self clearly. It lifts the veil of stress so you can connect with your true nature and commune with your creative soul.

Best-selling Hay House author, Sarah McLean, leads participants into provocative mindfulness practices, deep meditations, and expansive writing exercises to reveal and express their creative soul.  She’ll show you how to listen to and trust your inner voice, explore your imagination, transcend your inner critic, and spontaneously express yourself from the womb of creativity.


Who is welcome:

Women with any level of meditation and/or writing experience are welcome. You don’t have to be especially artistic or creative, nor do you need an established meditation practice to attend. You simply need courage and a desire to write, be inspired, and cultivate self-awareness.

The retreat has been held over the years in several inspiring and magical places: Big Sur, California; Sedona, Arizona; and Teton Valley, Idaho. Each environment is nourishing and powerful, and a perfect place for transformation.

April 6-8, 2018 in Cave Creek, Arizona

The Creative Soul Retreat is offered April 6-8 in Scottsdale/Cave Creek, Arizona.

This retreat is facilitated by Sarah McLean and Christine Badoux, who will guide you into mindfulness practices and provocative writing exercises to cultivate your creative soul. You’ll also become more aware of your nonverbal communication by keeping the company of rescued horses at the sanctuary. These beautiful creatures are masters of nonverbal communication, as they’re so present and informed by their intuition and senses. They’ll help to lead you toward a deeper creative expression of yourself.

You won’t be riding horses during the retreat and no previous horsemanship experience is necessary.

The retreat venues:

On Friday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning, we’ll gather at a suite in the Boulders Resort to write and share, and on Saturday, we’ll spend the day at the Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary in Cave Creek.

Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona
(480) 488-9009  – as of 2/7, the Boulders has sold out of rooms, so it is suggested you secure accommodations nearby.

The Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, Cave Creek, Arizona
(480) 469-9166

Registration & Retreat Fees:

$425 early registration by February 28th
$400 each when you register early with a friend
$475 regular registration

To register call (928) 204-0067 or email

Or, fill out the registration form here

Full payment is required to reserve your space, and can be made by check, MC or Visa, or send to Pay Pal to PayPal.Me/mmisedona

View the meditation retreats cancellation policy here.

What’s included:

  • Meditation Instruction & Mindfulness Practices 
  • Writing Practices, Prompts & Coaching
  • Self & Awareness & Communion with the Horses of Tierra Madre
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Optional Labyrinth Walk & (take out optional here) Spa Treatments
  • Does not include your transportation, most meals, or lodging.

The schedule: (subject to change):


  • Check in at 4:30 pm  in the lobby
  • Gathering in the Villa:  5:00-7:00 pm


  • Mindfulness, Writing & Equine Experience: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Evening Connection: 7:30-9:00 pm


  • Morning Gathering & Sharing 10:00 am–12:00 pm in the Villa

Your Facilitators:

Sarah McLean is a best-selling Hay House author and meditation and mindfulness teacher who offers provocative mindfulness practices and expansive writing exercises. She’s traveled the world seeking insights into meditation. She’s lived in a TM Center, a traditional Hindu Ashram, and a Zen Buddhist training center. She served as the program director for Deepak Chopra’s Center, and the director for Byron Katie’s School. She’s the director of the Meditation Teacher Academy in Sedona where she lives with her husband and rescued dogs.  Visit her website:

Christine Badoux is a highly trained experiential coach who promotes the learning and healing that occurs between horses and humans. She coaches at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary where she is a (volunteer) Program Director. She’s also a Certified Assertiveness Coach who offers individual and group coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats. In a prior life, Christine spent more than ten years in the hospitality industry working for Four Seasons and Westin Hotels. She lives in Phoenix with an ever-expanding family of animals and her two favorite teachers: her children Isabelle and Alex. Visit her website:

The Creative Soul Retreat is also offered November 16-18, 2018 at the McLean Meditation Institute, in Sedona, Arizona

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