Photo by: Darlene Kreutzer

hello and welcome -

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked, “what is Squam?” I’d be half-way to a surf & yoga spa in Mexico by now. Of course, to actually earn the dollar I’d have to come up with a good answer and the fact is, I haven’t got one.

It seems to me that if you read people’s stories, watch the videos, or scan the raves you will get the best perspective on what it’s all about because the thing is—it’s not just about the gatherings themselves – people make friendships and connections that last well beyond the weekend. And, it’s not just about the other people you meet as, at core, the weekend is an opportunity to follow your own drummer and do what calls to you most. 

So, I wish I could sum it up in a nice neat package and present it to you that way, but I’m pretty much the last person you should ask since every time I think I have a handle on it, it flips me on my head.

In fact, when I began this in 2008, my thought was that I would be providing a place on the east coast for the kind of transformation I experienced in 2006 at Artfest (Port Townsend, WA).

My intention was to help someone else: to provide a place of healing for another spirit that was finding life to be a little too much with the discouragement and self-criticism, and not quite enough on the fun and creativity.

pictured above is founder and director, Elizabeth Duvivier 
photo credit:  TORY WILLIAMS

And yet, as I reflect on the past five years and all the enormous changes, transitions, journeys and experiences that have occurred, I can see that the person Squam has worked its magic on most, is me. 

I don’t know if anyone else has gotten a whupass of healing, but I surely have.

For all of you out there that hate a metaphor, you may commence groaning now as the way it feels to me is like having been tossed into a tumbler. I was this big, dull rock and after rolling with the wide-range of people who attend Squam – I feel cracked open. I feel honed and polished to my core. I experience a confidence and clarity that I could never have imagined was possible. As a habitual pleaser, it is a massive relief to be so clear about who I am, what I believe and what matters most with no need to tweak, bend, contort or otherwise adapt myself to fit another person’s world view. I am really happy being true to me.

So who are these people that have had such a profound effect on me, and where the hell do they all come from?

You name it-- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, all provinces of Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Ireland, Qatar, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Mongolia and Japan 
--all parts of the world, all walks of life. 

So, what is Squam?

Here are three things it has been for me:
a journey into greater, sustained joy;
the beginning of an adventure;
a life changing revelation and revolution (with all of the glory and none of the politics).

Of course, if you have any interest in checking it out to see what it might be for you, I’d be happy to meet you either here (on line), or at one of the retreats--

bisous, elizabeth


pictured below:  Elizabeth with her dog Daisy
photo creditSarah Rainwater for Apartment Therapy