August 24th & 25th 2018
Address: 5818 Farm to Market 165, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Phone: 512-426-7288 or 830-833-0910
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Inspiring creative retreat nestled in the Texas Hill Country!
It's for ages 25 and up!
Women's Retreat attendees: Price includes tote bag, shirt, food, snacks, supplies, and a weekend chock-full o' fun!
We use sponsorship funds to scholarship women in need, pay for expenses, and set aside funds for future OYOU events. Scholarship recipients include caregivers, mother's with children with disabilities, cancer survivors, teachers, and women currently battling a health condition. These women were chosen because of in spite of their circumstances, they live life to the fullest and empower others to do the same. These women are active in their community either through volunteer work or other charitable causes.
Donations make it possible for these women to attend for free. This retreat also doubles as a fundraiser for the OYOU. We're using donations from our summer fundraiser to pay for our 2018 fall lineup which will include a variety of workshops, concerts, programs, lessons, and group discussion for the entire community — regardless of income or mobility issues. The OYOU is also a mobile nonprofit on wheels and we will be bringing music to rural areas, schools, and children with special needs.
Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible!
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August 12th & 13th @ Juniper Hills/Onion Creek Kitchen in Dripping Springs, TX
When the OYOU Center For Creative Arts was established in 2012, one of the immediate goals was hosting a retreat for a select group of women who would then in turn help other women — be it in business, or in life. After much planning and with the support of Connie Barron and Wild Women Weekend, the OYOU launched its first retreat in 2014. I wasn't expecting my life to change by hosting it, but it did. I learned valuable techniques to ease tension, meditation tools, and a multitude of other skills I've since applied to my life. It's been rewarding to watch friendships take root and blossom since that first retreat. We came together as strangers and left as friends ready to venture forward with a greater sense of purpose.
Equally as gratifying has been the success of our "women in need" scholarship program. These women include full-time caregivers, special education teachers, coaches, women having undergone or currently going through cancer treatment or a health crisis, and hardship cases. We choose women who contribute to their communities in spite of their challenges. We also choose women who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend the retreat.
This year's retreat offered an opportunity for women to remove themselves from their busy lives, chores, roles, and demands at home. By venturing out on a retreat, they were able to rediscover who they are in a place of creativity, camaraderie, and seclusion. At this year's Creative Women's Retreat we focused on expressing ourselves through writing. It was a pressure-free experience to launch that creative spark inside. We also be tapped into our creativity using journals, collage, yoga, meditation, and creativity exercises. Our guest speakers and performers this year were multi-talented songwriter and performer Heather Little and Schreiner University's award winning teacher, author, and founder of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Dr. Kathleen Hudson. I headed up a class as well (Terri Hendrix), and played a solo performance. We also had after-hours singing and music jam sessions. In addition, there was a program on aromatherapy with Melanie Van Aken of Heron’s Nest Herb Farm, so we could use the healing powers of aromatherapy long after our weekend was over. We enjoyed a spirit lifting yoga class with Darla Buckner, and some of the best gourmet cooking on the planet by Onion Creek Kitchen and Juniper Hills Farm atop some of the highest blue-green rolling hills of the Blanco River Valley in the Texas Hill Country.
This unique retreat continues to be a life-altering event for those that attend, it also doubled as a fundraiser for the OYOU. The OYOU (which stands for “Own Your Own Universe”) operates under the motto that "You help one life, you change the lives of many." Every donation the OYOU received from this retreat helped walk us closer to our goal of eventually being able to build a handicapped-friendly, all-ages arts center facility and in doing so, have a bigger impact within the communities we serve. We thank Two P’s & Calli’s, Cody’s Bistro & Lounge, Peavey, and Onion Creek Kitchens, for sponsoring our 2016 retreat. Corporate Sponsors became "Friends of the OYOU" and are now advertised on the OYOU website. The OYOU is a certified nonprofit 501 C3 and all donations continue to be tax deductible.
Without your support, none of this would be possible.
Own Your Own Universe
Dan Monroe from San Antonio, Texas, was the winner of our 2015 OYOU Creative Women's Retreat group painting. 100% of the proceeds from this silent auction went to Hays County flood relief.