Into the Mystic

May 2021 :: Wednesday 12th - Wednesday 19th

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“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

As we wondered how we might be able to circle up again in 2021, it seemed clear the best way to begin would be with an Into the Mystic gathering. If you are not familiar with this offering, it is slightly different than our annual events on Squam lake as it is a full week long with a smaller group.  Though each one is unique, what defines an Into the Mystic gathering is a magical location with a focus on nurturing our spirits through:


This year, our group will be the smallest it has ever been– just eighteen attendees so that we can ensure full social distancing protocol. All local, state and CDC guidelines will be followed. 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.

*Please note: When we gather in May it will be an abondanza of flowers and spring blossoms as far as the eye can see! Photos of Terra To Mind shared here were all taken in late October.

A few years ago, Terri moved house from New Hampshire back to where she grew up outside Philadelphia to be close to family and friends (and let’s be honest, to escape the snow -ha!) For anyone who has taken classes with Terri previously, you know that beyond the gardens with the fire pit, you will find an expansive wood shop 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 the year that was 2020. And, to open our hearts to the present moment as well as to all the gifts that are waiting for us in the year ahead.

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 Chinatsu Nagamune, Terri Dautcher and Elizabeth Duvivier. In addition to opportunity to build and make in the wood shop and sewing studios, there will be mixed-media, meditation, journaling and Chinatsu’s signature work: modern rice resist.

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, 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.

The week begins with a new moon, an ideal season to ground into fresh beginnings, clarify goals and reset your compass for the direction that best serves you at this time. We will definitely have rituals and ceremony around this lunar energy to help bring all of that vision into being.

As mentioned above– 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. Again, with regard to food– all local, state and CDC guidelines will be in place to ensure safety.

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

“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.

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.

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. 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

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.

Lastly, as this will be our first offering and we want to proceed slowly and with caution, 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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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.

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?

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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