Tara Ehnes & Amy CoulombeCreativity Cultivation: Permission to Play

July 31 - August 4, 2025 Go back
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Check In: Thursday, July 11, 2024 

Check Out: Monday, July 15, 2024

Embrace your aliveness with Tara Ehnes and Amy Coulombe along the shores of Lake Superior at the blissful Wild Rice Retreat Center in Bayfield, Wisconsin. This five-day retreat will give you permission to be playful through guided yoga, art, and writing activities. In a setting where nature inspires, you will be gently encouraged to release your impediments to movement, play, creativity, and joy while also practicing compassion with the parts of yourself that may resist.


TreeHaus Queen Lodging Package: Single $2700, Double $2250

RicePod Queen Lodging Package: Single $3000, Double $2400

Nest King Lodging + Pull out Package: Single $3200, Double $2500


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Class description

Life is serious business for many of us. And in a serious world, it can be difficult to give ourselves permission to embrace our creative spirit and inner aliveness. The blocks can be numerous; from perfectionism to time and/or financial restraints, insecurities, the shear messiness of it, to the discomfort we often feel investing in our own joy when the world is heavy. But even in the most serious matters of life or work, creativity is the key to problem solving. And an openness to play is the key to creativity. 

We invite you to join us for this small group, co-ed retreat as we carve out the time and space to playfully use yoga, qigong, meditation, art, writing, and the natural world to optimize energy within the mind, body, and spirit, in order to improve health, well-being, and the cultivation of our innate creativity. 

Come as you are, wherever you are in your yoga, art, or writing experience. We will build trust in our abilities with playful prompts and activities that encourage expansion while also allowing for imperfection, impermanence, and the release of expectations and outcomes.

Come hungry: You will be served delicious farm-to-table meals to nourish your insides. 

Come to relax: You will have access to all that the Wild Rice Retreat Center grounds have to offer including 24 hour access to the Sauna Haus and Rain Room.

Come to commune: Connect with yourself, with nature, and with other kindreds as we laugh, move, and create together in a serene location away from the busyness of regular life.


Tara Ehnes StudioT: Resources for the Reluctant Yogi

Tara is an RYT 500E yoga instructor and YACEP educator, a certified iRest Meditation instructor, and a Shiatsu-Anma/Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage practitioner of 20+ years. Her heartfelt mission is to share accessible practices with those that thought they’d never roll out a yoga mat or pull up a meditation cushion. Because, ultimately, she’s a reluctant yogi, too. 

Tara’s approach weaves practices from yoga, qigong, acupressure, and traditional Chinese medicine’s Five Element Theory. As an alignment geek and former high school biology teacher, Tara enjoys connecting traditional practices and modern scientific research. Each practice cultivates opportunities to find your personal pose or re-pose, to uncover a way of being with less physical stress, greater mobility, broader breath, and a more centered heart-mind. This “working in” is a way to unveil our connection to stillness and Being which is ever present but often forgotten. 

Tara’s seminars, classes, and private sessions link themes to classic texts, seasonal elements, and everyday mishaps and misadventures where life’s lessons are truly revealed. Tara guides you toward creating a calm, pain-free container based on external and internal alignment. She aims to help you illuminate the truth of who you are so you can hear your deepest hearts desire and your call to action. Tara’s online presence can be found at studiot.heymarvelous.com/.

Amy Coulombe 

Based out of the Twin Cities, Amy is a lifelong learner whose artistic expression is fueled by curiosity and the desire for exploration. Her visual art ranges from detailed custom pet portraits using soft pastels to loose and intuitive abstract and impressionistic work using alcohol inks; and many disciplines in-between including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oil and cold wax, charcoal, and mixed media. Alternatively, Amy’s writerly endeavors have produced fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry (and creative content for business). Her creative mission: a) remain open; b) play; c) let nature fuel her; d) give everything careful attention; e) be brave even when terrified; f) share her gifts generously; g) reveal even the not-so-pretty colors. 

Amy currently has a work/display art studio within the Northrup King Building in N.E. Minneapolis where she regularly welcomes visits from the public. When writing, it’s mostly from her little backyard studio–the former homeowner’s deluxe doghouse! As a past improvisor/performer, soccer player and coach, she loves leaning into play for the betterment of self and squad. Amy’s online presence can be found at silvergirlart.com and using the social handle @silvergirlart.

Supply List

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