Into the Mystic :: terra to mind

May 2023 :: Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st

Though each one is unique, what defines an Into the Mystic gathering is a magical location with a focus on nurturing our spirits through:


Our group will be small—just eighteen attendees. Each class will have a maximum of six people and weather permitting, much of our time will be outdoors in the splendid expanse of Terra To Mind, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania homestead of Terri Dautcher. For anyone who has taken classes with Terri previously, you know that beyond the gardens with the fire pit, you will find an expansive WOODSHOP and dreamy SEWING STUDIO which create a maker’s paradise.

It is here, on four beautifully wooded acres, that we will spend time together
reconnecting with our inner rhythm and follow nurturing and
restorative paths to process all that has been transpiring in our lives.

Into the Mystic :: May 2021
photo: Elizabeth Wade

Our intention is to offer a space for artistic
exploration while nourishing mind, body and spirit.

The focus will be on supporting your specific creative interest by providing a wide and rich offering of possibilities. The three teachers who will be holding space and offering guidance are Emily Kelley, Terri Dautcher and Autumn Coe Song.

In addition to the opportunity to build and make in the wood shop and sewing studios, there will be block printing, banner making, meditation, journaling, yoga, plus all sorts of sundry magic.

Most importantly, each workshop will take advantage of the outdoor space so we can work in the fresh spring air as much as possible.

All around the property are wonderful nooks for spending time—whether you choose to circle up at the outdoor wood stove, sit with Kuan Yin in the meditation center, make nature mandalas under an oak tree, tuck into the many window seats with stitching, knitting, journaling or simply staring out the window—you get to moderate how you spend your hours.

As always, everyone will be encouraged to follow their heart and do whatever calls to them most.

Our group will max out at 22 (18 attendees, 3 teachers, 1 assistant)—we will have the entire space to spread out, breathe deeply and take advantage of the environment around us which includes:

Our meals together will be catered and promise to be both nurturing and in full alignment with the light and healing energies we are calling in for ourselves. Special dietary needs can be readily accommodated.

images above courtesy of Dharma Mountain
from our 2019 ITM retreat in Norway

“I just wanted to share that I absolutely loved this retreat. 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.

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

“This retreat gave me an opportunity to create new ways to envision my life.”
—Artemis O’Connor

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.

The retreat will run from 9am each morning until 5pm each evening.

Attendees will secure their own accommodations (we will provide the exact address upon registration so you can review the plentiful hotels, inns, airbnbs, etc that are all within close proximity). We have chosen to create the gathering this way so that you have complete control over your personal and private space.


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I’m still trying to put words to my Into the Mystic Squam retreat
I attended last week. It was transformative, big love, supportive,
thoughtful, amazing time spent with some of the most creative
and imaginative women I’ve ever met. I was truly honored
to spend that sacred time and space with them. ~ Christy Wolfe

What a gift this week will be: our seventh Into the Mystic! oh me oh my O~


  • 1590 USD per person Wednesday, May 17th – Sunday, May 21st
  • all workshops + activities
  • excursions + optional gentle yoga
  • Full meal plan: 2 lunches, afternoon snacks, 2 dinners, 1 brunch
  • gorgeous tote bag with sumptuous gifts!

Due to our decision to be super mindful of social distancing, we have chosen to create an event where each person attending can book the accommodation best suited to their needs. The Bucks County area where we will be gathering has loads of beautiful hotels, B&Bs as well as Airbnbs available. Once you have registered, we will email you the precise address of Terra to Mind and a list of suggested housing resources.

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*Cancellation + Payment Policy: Balance due must be paid-in-full no later than March 31st, 2023. No refunds after April 15th, 2023. There are no exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before April 15th, 2023. Deposits are non-refundable. (You may have someone else take your spot before April 15th, 2023, 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. In the event of a resurgence of the pandemic which requires a cancellation of the event, we will refund ALL monies paid to date, minus a 200 USD admin fee.

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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Longwood Gardens photo credit : Larry Albee


We will be in the heart of beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As luck would have it, May happens to be one of the most exquisite times of year to visit this region of the country. Because we have the full week together, there will be time to visit some of the spectacular gardens in the area including Longwood Gardens (my childhood favorite) pictured above, should that call to your heart. Just know, there is no shortage of fabulous mini-excursions we can make to take advantage of the unique offerings of this region. These will be shaped around your preferences and customized for the group.


Once you are registered, you will receive the precise address of Terra To Mind and a list of suggested nearby accommodations. For planning purposes, the location is 47 miles from Philadelphia Airport. 80 miles from New York City. 130 miles from Baltimore, Maryland and 423 miles from Montreal, Canada (just thought I’d throw that last one in there for fun!) You can link up with other attendees on our Squam Ravelry page to coordinate flights and ride-sharing. You can also email us directly and we can help get you connected!


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What is the accessibility like for me at Terra to Mind?

For someone with health or mobility issues, it is an ongoing challenge to navigate the daily world so the idea of going on a retreat where the same issues or additional frustrations are waiting can be in direct opposition to the comfort, ease and self-care that is being sought by attending a retreat in the first place. We are aware of this issue and do our best, on a case-by-case basis, to help attendees navigate the venue where we hold our retreats. As each person with a disability has unique needs specific to them, we  work with each person to establish what will best support their experience. So please, we welcome your questions and trust that you will feel comfortable reaching out to us with your concerns. We especially want to encourage anyone who may have invisible challenges too. Of course, there are limits to what we have to offer, but we are always open to trying to make things work to the best of our ability.

What else of interest is nearby for me to see and do while I’m in class?

Wow. Are you in luck. Bucks County is an exceptional part of the world and there is no shortage of natural beauty, places to hike, vintage shops and a large number of art museums. A very short list would include: Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Nakashima Woodworkers, Longwood Gardens. Plus, the fabulous towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ to name just two. Did we mention scenic beauty and hikes?

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

We are prepared to cater to various food allergies such as gluten or lactose-intolerance. Meals are vegetarian and are offered buffet-style and always have a wide variety of options, including a huge salad with all the fixings. Contact us if you have major concerns.

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

Mid-May is an especially gorgeous season in Bucks County, PA. At this time of year, expect days in the low 70s and nights in the mid 50s. Be prepared for all weather conditions, as though we are making all the prayers for lots of blue skies and sunshine, it can also rain. Daily high temperatures increase by 8°F, from 68°F to 76°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 87°F. Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 48°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 66°F.

What other things should I bring?

Whatever will make you feel comfortable! We will have beverages and snacks throughout the day, but if there is something you like to have with you, be sure to bring it. Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be moving about the property and be using studios. An apron or clothes you don’t mind getting messy in. And, soft, easy yoga type clothes will be great for those time we are doing some movement and stretching.

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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