Marigold Renewal Retreat for Teachers

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Marigold Renewal Retreat for Teachers

July 29 - July 31

Marigold Renewal Retreat for Teachers

July 29-31, 2020

Are you new to teaching and feeling overwhelmed? Are you a seasoned veteran who feels burnt out? Are you not feeling seen or heard in your current environment? Are you feeling marginalized or underappreciated, or have the negative voices just been louder than the positive ones? Are you tired of professional development that is “canned,” required, or rushed? Consider coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Escape for a bit, get inspired. Let the shared spirit of Marigold invigorate your practice and help you to make personal choices that will benefit you and most importantly, the students you serve.


Who should come?

July 29-31, 2020: PK-8 arts educators (music, movement/dance, theater arts, creative writing, visual arts) AND friends (fellow specialists, other homeroom teachers).

Do you have any other ideas for groups of teachers who might enjoy meeting together? Contact us, we would love to know!


What is the format of the retreat?

The retreat will focus on teacher renewal. There will be opportunities for storytelling hours, reconnecting with our artistic practice, mindfulness, health and wellness coaching, journaling, connecting with nature, and guest speakers. Special topics could include: navigating administration relationships, examining diversity practice in the arts, assessment practices during data driven times, and career goal setting. The group will shape the experience through pre-retreat surveys and active participation. All meals will be provided and experienced thoughtfully.

There will be optional evening activities such as practicing yoga, music making with others or enjoying a bonfire.  During the year, the participants will have a chance to touch base again with their network of colleagues.  A certificate of professional development hours will be awarded at the end of the retreat session.


Why is it called Marigold?

Inspired by the article by Jennifer Gonzalez, the marigold is a protector plant, something that deters pests from growing near other plants. A fellow teacher introduced me to this article through social media.

As teachers, we are all protectors, protectors of children. I think it is why we are stressed, fatigued and struggle with self-care; we never give up and start each day with the belief that we can protect and help children. This image of protector speaks deeply to me, as a career advocate and caregiver, my life has always been about defending those who have no voice. Most teachers and children have felt this way at some point, silenced. A dear colleague once said, “You are a lion marigold!” I found out there is such a plant, one who is a strong version of a protector. I don’t think I have ever received a nicer compliment.

It is this image of protector, and surrounding oneself with those who repel pests that started my imagery brainstorm about a teacher renewal retreat. I was also inspired by the beautiful and sacred imagery of the marigold as a symbol of the “spirit guide” in Day of the Dead celebrations in Latin cultures.

How much does it cost?

The total cost of the retreat is $650.  This includes everything: meals, snacks, lodging (shared room with two twin beds,) and tuition costs.

If you register early with a buddy (before April 1, 2020 for July session), the total cost for each is $500. This includes everything: meals, snacks, lodging (shared room with two twin beds,) and tuition costs. Email Victoria to set this up.




Sevenoaks Retreat Center
403 Pathwork way
Madison, VA 22727 United States
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