UNLEASH THE MUSE
May 23-28, 2024
In the lowcountry of South Carolina, there is an island surrounded by tidal creeks, pristine marshland, and the warm Atlantic ocean. In this pocket of absolute magic is the witchy, unhurried, carefully curated retreat experience for aerialists, physical performers, and other artists looking to rediscover their creative fire.
We'll spend 5 nights in a lovingly crafted container designed to seduce your Muse, awaken your inspiration, and eat a lot of food while laughing loudly.
Programming will include shadow work, exercises in creative excavation, and a healthy dollop of witchcraft led by yours truly. We'll also enjoy a taster of different embodiment practices by guest teachers to give you a break from your usual creative practice, tempting the Muse to give abundantly.
An excursion day to historic and magnificent Botany Bay Heritage Preserve will ensure you meet the ocean like you've never met her before (this beach is what the entire Carolina coast would look like if it had been left the fuck alone).
Limited to 12 participants, applications open Friday, October 13th (ooooh) at a variety of price points.
Full details, including sample schedule and package options below:
8 hours of programming in shadow-work, creative excavation, deep-diving magic led by Rachel each morning
6 hours of unique movement/embodiment practice. These practices are designed to give you a break from aerial work, taste some new and invigorating ways to move, and shake the dust off of your Muse
5 nights of accommodation in comfortable quarters; two experiences to choose from
Delicious catered lunches each day at Covenstead (all meals are included in the Coven package)
Shuttle to and from Charleston airport (CHS)
Welcome gift bag with thoughtful touches
Excursion day to the unthinkably beautiful Botany Bay Heritage Preserve (witchy programming on the beach!)
Guests are responsible for:
Airfare/travel (airport shuttle provided)
Breakfast and dinner (this applies to Siren package only, Coven package is all inclusive)
Where: The lowcountry of Edisto Island, SC
We respectfully acknowledge Creatrix will take place on Edisto Island, ancestral lands of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso peoples in South Carolina
When: May 23-28, 2024
arrival on the 23rd before 4pm, departure on the 28th
Creatrix has been designed to inspire and re-awaken your relationship with your Muse- your own creative force. In service of this, I've created a roomy schedule with free time each day. I hope you'll use it to read, walk on the beach, kayak, ride a bike through the nearby state park, take a nap, take a break, enjoy the peace, write in your journal, or do whatever the fuck you want. In the meantime, a sample day might look like this:
7-9:30 am: Breakfast, coffee, morning pages, sleeping in...
10-12 pm: Morning programming with Rachel at Covenstead house
12-1pm: Delicious lunch provided by our resident kitchen magician
1-2pm: Free time to take more naps, digest, stare at the ocean, talk to a tree...
2-4pm: Movement practice at the Embodiment Emporium Auditorium, always designed to unlock and inspire, and never the same twice
4-6pm: Optional activities with the group, or free time to begin your evening early!
8:30pm: Fireside chats at the fire pit
Our excursion day to historic Botany Bay Heritage Wildlife Refuge is Sunday, May 26th
Packages and Pricing:
Select your lodging/meal preference for pricing:
Covenstead is the Creatrix headquarters. A gorgeous 6 bedroom house of relaxed, marsh-front luxury. The Covenstead experience is what I have crafted based on what I would have most loved to experience myself. This package is for those who want to deeply unwind, knowing their needs are already met.
All programming listed above
Generous continental breakfast and delicious catered lunch and dinner Friday-Monday
Welcome dinner on Thursday
5 nights in upgraded, marsh front accommodation with views of the ocean from the deck(s)
No need to even change out of pajamas for morning programming with Rachel, just come downstairs!
Siren house has been added for those that desire all programming at a more approachable price point. Siren attendees will be responsible for themselves for breakfast and dinner (except for one family dinner!), there are several restaurants on the island and one grocery store.
Siren house includes:
All programming listed above
Lunch Friday-Monday after morning programming
One family dinner
5 nights of comfortable accommodation
Covenstead is a short walk from Siren house
7 places available, early bird ends Dec. 1st 2023
Queen mistress suite (trust me) $3200 / $3100 early bird 1 available
Private bedroom $2900/$2800 early bird 4 available
Double occupancy $2600/2500 early bird 2 available
Siren house pricing:
5 places available, early bird ends Dec. 1st 2023
Private bedroom $2300/$2200 early bird 1 available
Double occupancy $2100/$2000 early bird 4 available
There are 12 available slots for Creatrix.
Early bird pricing ends December 1, 2023
Pay in full to reserve your place or
Pay $500 USD deposit, remainder due by March 30th 2024
Pay $500 USD deposit, with two payment due by Dec. 1 2023, and March 30, 2024
Meet Team Creatrix
Rachel Strickland is a performing artist, award winning choreographer, and development coach to artists and creative entrepreneurs. Classically trained in ballet since the age of three, she began her study of circus arts in 2007, developing a unique style and innovative approach to aerial hoop. Her work brought her international recognition, and she has coached, performed, and choreographed on four continents.
She is the director of The Audacity Project, an 8-week guided process to equip artists and creatives with the tools necessary to be working professionals. Over her 16 year career as a coach and mentor, she has guided hundreds of artists through the creative process and into their own journeys towards creating sustainable, fulfilling work in their creative practices.
She’s been featured in Authority Magazine and Thrive Global, and presented her stories and pedagogy on stages worldwide. Her passion is for creation- and supporting creatives to pursue their most authentic work.
Given to excess and quixotic tendencies, Rachel specializes in aerial hoop choreography and the practice of telling stories. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, Shaun. They have no children so don’t ask, but they would like to meet your dog.
Maia Montes-Walker serves as our Creatrix Administrator and Liaison for all those compelled to join the Creatrix retreat. She is the custodian of schedules and timepieces, offering emotional and logistical support check-ins, tracking your misplaced socks and journals so you don't have to and helping you to remember your phone is better off in your suitcase. With a background spanning a decade as a professional aerialist and movement artist, eight of those years spent at the helm of her own circus enterprise, Aerial Artique in San Francisco, where she and Rachel forged an unbreakable soul-sister bond and many beautiful business partnerships.
Maia has overseen and contributed to eight distinct health and wellness retreats across the globe. Her preferred destinations include Costa Rica, Maui, and Puerto Escondido. She regards the retreat environment as one of the most potent catalysts for personal transformation and fostering an essential sense of connection to community.
At present, Maia has transitioned into a freelance bookkeeper and business advisor, catering to female led businesses and entrepreneurs. She now resides in Chico, California. She's particularly enthused about her newfound passion for beekeeping, tending to her flourishing vegetable garden, and discovering innovative methods to keep her liver in excellent spirits.
She is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to meet and serve all of you, extending her heartfelt wishes for a nourishing and enduring experience that extends far beyond the confines of the Creatrix container in 2024.
Kelly-Jean is a certified Rolfer who has been teaching Yoga and Contemplative movement for almost 2 decades. From 2012 until 2020 she taught weekly classes, led teacher trainings, and maintained a private Rolfing practice at her brick and mortar studio, Mission Yoga. During that period she also founded Sarayana Yoga, a system of Hatha Yoga that Synthesizes TCM, Taoism, and Rolfing concepts. Not a style of movement, Sarayana is more of a method of seeing and contextualizing the varied elements of healing and awakening in our lives.
In her yoga classes, Kelly intuitively weaves elements of Yin, Vinyasa, and experimental movement into a seamless exploration of humanness that leads to greater somatic intelligence. She is an inspired storyteller known for her humor and patient commitment to students. As a Rolfer, she finds personal ways to help facilitate growth and freedom in each client’s body/mind through structural body work as well as movement exploration.
Currently she has a private Rolfing and movement practice in Charleston, S.C. and leads virtual and in person Teacher Trainings, Pop-ups, and Corporate Wellness events nationally. She is also sharing her thoughts on the practice and the industry of Yoga with her long time friend and co-host Ashley Bell, in their podcast Yoga Burnout which you can find on Spotify or anywhere podcasts are played.
Finding a colorful and unbridled love of movement at an early age, Satya started formal dance classes at age 14. Her love of the unconventional led her to join the AZ Renaissance Festival in 2005 as a belly dance in a world music and dance troupe, Ghazaal Beledi.
Since then, she has continued her belly dance training, specializing in Transnational Fusion Dancer and now teaches classes and workshops throughout the US. Throughout this time, Satya found a love for the fire arts as well as aerial silks and most of all, lyra. She currently performs and teaches as half of the creative movement troupe, Satarah as well as a solo artist.
Whether from the ground, through the air or the flames, Satya’s light burns brightly on stage, bringing a refreshing authenticity and from-the-heart pieces to audiences everywhere.
Lexa Walsh has been curating and creating dining experiences for over 25 years. She has been both a personal chef and on-site catering chef for Bay Area companies such as Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Events, Left Coast Catering, The Heirloom Chef and Grace Street Catering. Her favorite work is feeding fellow artists at artist residencies such as Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she has been Culinary Artist in Residence since 2014, and Found Sound Nation, where she's been accommodating hungry international musicians since 2015. She manages a commercial kitchen, plans, shops, and executes daily meals for 25-40 international guests during residency periods. She accommodates many different dietary restrictions and cultural traditions, and incorporates radical hospitality into her meal presentations.
Chef Lexa, the youngest of fifteen children, did not learn to cook from her sweet mom. Instead, she found herself as both a server and a chef at a Brooklyn cafe in college before relocating to the Bay Area’s culinary splendor. Her real training took place in the Czech Republic where she co-ran the kitchen at the international art center CESTA from 1996-2004, feeding up to 100 artists at a time.
When she’s not in the kitchen, she’s making large scale participatory art installations and ceramics. You can read more about Lexa's art here.
About Edisto Island
View from Covenstead house:
When I say that I designed this experience to give you space and time for yourself, I meant it.
Edisto Island is a largely undeveloped coastal community in South Carolina, an hour's drive south of Charleston International Airport. If you were thinking Myrtle Beach party vibes, think again. There is one grocery store. There is one book store. There's a saying here that goes, "Welcome to Edisto. Hope you're not in a hurry." And that's good advice, because most people here ride around in golf carts rather than cars.
Both Covenstead and Siren house are located in a gorgeous gated community called The Hammocks, surrounded by tidal marsh. You are welcome to drive in, or if you are flying, you can rent a car...but you don't have to. The best way to get around here is on a bicycle.
This is a place of extraordinary natural beauty, where daily life is literally determined by the rise and fall of the tides and the cycles of the moon. A high tide during a full or new moon is called a King Tide, and it will come right up to your front door some days.
The longer you look on Edisto, the more you see. Tiny mollusks lapping at the sea water, baby turtles crawling to the surf, even the Spanish moss that drapes the monster trees is alive. Hidden life...layered and secret until you take the time to really see.
That is why I chose this place.
It is a place that whispers in the words of Rumi:
The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.