2024 Into the Mystic NORWAY

June 2024 :: Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd
“This retreat is so wonderful, so nourishing, and so magical!
The small group and the full week allow for an introvert like me to sink in deeply, have time to play, time to develop lasting friendships as well as plenty of time to wander and contemplate. The small sharing circles of women’s wisdom and authenticity are so powerful. I love all the Squam gatherings I’ve been to, but Into the Mystic is truly special
and I hope you continue to have it.”  Anjanette Bunce

It is with no small amount of excitement that we are thrilled to announce there will be another Into the Mystic gathering at Dharma Mountain in Norway. If you are not familiar with Into the Mystic, this offering is slightly different than our annual events on Squam lake as it is longer in duration with a smaller group.  Though each one is unique, what defines an Into the Mystic gathering is an exceptional location of natural beauty with a focus on nurturing our spirits through:

LIGHT     *     EASE     *     LAUGHTER     *      CREATIVE PLAY

Speaking of creative play, we are thrilled to share that Elizabeth Duke and Jenny Brown will be joining Elizabeth Duvivier for a week of inspiration and exploration. This adventure will invite each of us into our heart-center through stories, stitching, mixed-media, meditation and journaling. Of course, bring your KNITTING as there will be loads of time for that in and around the workshops!

HAPPY UPDATE: Tif Neilan of @tifneilan_handknits will be with us for the week! Tif has signed on to take classes and enjoy the restorative powers of this Into the Mystic retreat, but she has oh so kindly agreed to host a knitting circle as part of our extras on Saturday where her signature color work, herringbone and twisted fisherman stitch expertise will be a most fabulous way to close out our week! (Not that there won’t be lots of time to sink into lots of sweet knitting throughout this spacious gift of a week, ahem).

Above (bottom row) are images from our 2019 gathering
photo credit: Lori Ann Rushfeldt (left), Carlene Williams (right)

Five years ago, we gathered far from the shores of Squam Lake; in a most beautiful place that more than delivered on its promise of fresh perspective, natural beauty and accommodations grounded in comfort and simplicity: Dharma Mountain.

We all loved it so deeply, that we were on the docket to return in Spring 2020. Alas and alack. That was cancelled. No need to explain why that didn’t happen.

So, it felt important to allow time to pass before we rescheduled, but oh, happy day! Next Spring—we are headed back with bells on! (okay, you do know we won’t be wearing actual bells, but I do think there will be some happy feet . . just saying . . .)

Nestled into the heart of Norway’s spectacular
landscape, Dharma Mountain is a place designed to encourage
the sweetest refreshing spirit restoration + rejeuvenation.

Just two hours north of Oslo, Dharma Mountain is a retreat center that provides the perfect getaway from the busy demands of daily life and a chance to sink into the magic that results when we focus on creative play and connection– both to the world around us and, to the world within.

Although this gathering will be much smaller than our events at the lake, we will have the entire campus to ourselves which a very sweet indulgence indeed as that means we can spread out, breathe deeply and take advantage of the environment around us which includes:

  • a nearby river with waterfalls and swimming pools
  • magnificent mountain views.
  • fire pit
  • sauna
  • magical walking trails

The kitchen is staffed with chefs who are keen to ensure that our meals are both nurturing and in full alignment with the light and healing energies we are calling in for ourselves.

NOTE: if you have special dietary needs beyond preferences and allergies—for example, you have an actual health condition such as celiac disease, do NOT register until you have emailed us and we can confirm that we are able to support your needs in full measure.

“I just wanted to share that I absolutely loved this retreat.
The smaller group setting and longer time really allowed me the time
needed to rest and become refreshed. In addition, the relationships
I made with the lovely ladies has lasted through these last few years.”
~ Angela McCutcheon

Of course the core of what brings us together is the intention to spend time in nature and creative exploration. This gathering is designed for each of us to focus on those aspects of our life we want to expand into with more light, more ease. And, these days tucked away into this magical landscape will provide the space to let go of those aspects of our life we are ready to release.

In other words, wherever you are on your journey,
whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of a chapter
in your life, these five days will help you make the transition
to the next place sweetly and filled with grace.

With our gentle-hearted teachers offering classes to support and inspire you, be ready for exploration into spirit as well as fun in a range of making: stitching, knitting, writing, and a host of mixed media play. The pace of the gathering is all about easy, nurturing energies that will allow us to let go and sink into our own individual ways of creative expression. The schedule is designed so that each workshop weaves organically into the next. That way, the central theme(s) you choose to explore can carry over seamlessly and your work will be enriched and expanded from each of these different access points.

“Into the Mystic gave me an opportunity
to create new ways to envision my life.”
— Artemis O’Connor

Photos: (left and center) Laura Hosey,
(right) Elizabeth Duvivier

As with all Squam gatherings, each person will be encouraged to listen to their heart and follow their own drummer to create the experience they most want and need. However, if there were a way to describe what will be true for us all, it could be said that our time together we will be grounded in:

  • process versus productivity
  • creativity as a central way of being in the world
  • sharing stories and laughter
  • finding more ease, more joy and more light in our hearts.

With this as our intention, we can expect to return home feeling more deeply aligned with our core self which allows us to provide greater service to our families and communities as we can feel refreshed with renewed clarity, vision and vitality.


all photos of Dharma Mountain courtesy of Dharma Mountain


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å være rett på det beste mulige stedet *

*to be in the best place as it is possible to be

2024 :: Monday June 17 – Sunday June 23

  • 2200 USD per person
    SHARED room
  • 2800 USD per person
    SINGLE room


  • all workshops + activities
  • evening events + optional gentle yoga
  • 6 nights lodging (Monday – Sunday)
  • Full meal plan: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • shuttle rentals for excursions


Clean and simple, with the exquisite traditional Scandinavian design style, each cottage has a cosy communal space that includes a small kitchenette. (see photos below)

  • Each cottage sleeps a total of four people.
  • There are two bedrooms with two people in each room.
  • If you choose a single room option, there will be a total of three people in the cottage and you will have a double room to yourself.
  • The shared room has comfortable, easy-access bunk beds.

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*Cancellation + Payment Policy: Balance due must be paid-in-full no later than February 1st, 2024. No refunds after February 1st, 2024. There are no exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before February 1st, 2024. Deposits are non-refundable. (You may have someone else take your spot before April 30th, 2024 but we must be notified of all changes). In the case of acts of God, war, disaster or unforeseen circumstances, Soliden LLC reserves the right to reschedule Squam Art Workshops.

Release Form: I have read all the above policy information and I agree to assume all risk of personal harm or injury relating to or resulting from my participating in all workshops and activities associated with Squam Art Workshops, and to hold Soliden LLC and its teachers, harmless as to liability for any such harm or injury.


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We will be staying in cosy cottages nestled in the Norefjell Mountain Range northwest of Oslo, Norway. This beautiful setting is not to be believed — with a breathtaking mountain backdrop and cascading waterfalls — we think it’s the closest thing to paradise. Perfect setting for a relaxing getaway and as well as the more adventurous hearted


Dharma Mountain is located approximately two hours northwest of Oslo. Detailed instructions on how to get to the resort can be found HERE on their website.

You can link up with other attendees on the SQMlove Community site to coordinate flights and ride-sharing. You can also email us directly and we can help get you connected!


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May I bring a guest who is not taking classes?

It may be possible. Please email us to discuss further.

What else of interest is nearby for my guest/family to see and do while I’m in class?

There are beautiful trekking options, with well-marked paths that lead through the spectacular nature right on our doorstep. Dharma Mountain are also equipped to arrange guided day-trips in the area — kayaking, bicycling, mountain trekking. If you arrive by car, there are plenty of nearby towns to explore.

Dharma Mountain is located just beside one of Norway’s wild natural parks, Vassfaret, known for its wild and mystic nature. It takes 30 minutes to get there by car. Then you can walk to “Ørneflag” – a high peak which is 1243 MASL. Or, enjoy a hot day on the beautiful mountain beach of Mælodden. Other nice trips include Seterknatten, a mountain peak with a stunning view of Vassfaret, or Høgdefjell. If you don’t have a car, Dharma Mountain staff can help order a shuttle.

There is also the fascinating Hedalen STAVE Church and Bagn Museum within 30 minutes drive.

What about meals? I have food allergies/ I am vegetarian/ vegan.

Meals are vegetarian and are offered buffet-style and always have a wide variety of options, including a huge salad with all the fixings. We are prepared to cater to various food preferences such as gluten-free or dairy-free. However, as noted above, if you have special dietary needs beyond preferences and allergies—for example, you have an actual health condition such as celiac disease, do NOT register until you have emailed us and we can confirm that we are able to support your needs in full measure.

Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to provide scholarships or work/study programs. Some Squammies have had success with a number of different approaches: a few put up contests at their blogs, several teachers asked their schools to pay the tuition as part of their continuing education (we provide certificates). Go to the message board for additional ideas. The collective energy there is amazing and you will likely find some genuine help and support.

What’s the weather like? What clothes should I bring?

Late June is an especially gorgeous season in Norway. At this time of year, expect extended hours of daylight and 70 F / 21 C degrees  However, be prepared for all weather conditions, as temperatures can fluctuate between very warm in the daytime and chilly at night.

What other things should I bring?

Whatever will make you feel comfortable! The cottages are well appointed with linens, towels and wood stoves, but you’ll want all your own toiletries. Bring comfortable footwear, and a headlamp is always useful for navigating at night.

May I attend just one day, one workshop or an evening event?

We are not able to offer single day options at this time.

What contact information should I leave for my family?

We will send this information to you prior to the retreat.

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