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June 22, 2024

Join us for this year’s retreat to connect with the community, engage in deep personal work, and celebrate the growth that comes from embracing our inner ‘belly monsters’.

It’s more than a retreat; it’s a milestone of shared commitment to healing and the power of connection.

  • Sat, Jun 22
    Jun 22, 2024, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
    Chicago, 5097 N Elston Ave suite 302, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
    Chicago, 5097 N Elston Ave suite 302, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
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Our workshops are perfect for beginners and those who haven’t explored art before. It’s all about having fun and trying something new! Our creative approaches to healing ensures that everyone feels welcome and that the focus is on the experience rather than the skill level.

Embrace Somatic Healing Experience the power of somatic practices. Learn to listen to your body’s wisdom and release stored tensions, fostering a deeper connection with yourself.

Awaken Your Spiritual Self Explore meditation, mindfulness, and other spiritual practices to find peace and clarity.

Write Your Way to Wellness Engage in therapeutic writing exercises that will help you articulate your journey and heal from within. Share stories, write from the heart, and witness the healing power of words.

Collaborate and Connect Enjoy the magic of collaboration as you work alongside fellow seekers. Share experiences, support each other, and grow together in a community of healing.

Take Home Transformational Tools Learn healing modalities that you can integrate into your daily life. Our retreat provides you with the knowledge and practices to continue your healing journey at home.

Laughter and Healing They say laughter is the best medicine, and our retreat is filled with joyous moments. Laugh, heal, and find happiness in the company of like-minded individuals.

Healing Retreat overview

Everyone has a belly monster but it doesn't have to be in control anymore. A belly monster is that childhood experience, that trauma in young adulthood, that awful thing that happened which lives in your somatic body ready to pop up and ignite that fight, flight, freeze or appease.  This mini-monster retreat will help you get to know your belly monster better in order to work with it vs. run from it. We will help you jump into Spring by starting your healing journey with a variety of creative modalities.  


The Belly Monster Retreat has been a beacon of transformation for many, and here are some of the success stories from those who have embarked on this journey:

  • “Make time for self-reflection and don’t shy away from unknown feelings of discomfort. Write and be creative. Tune into the energies around us and draw from collective good and strength.”

  • “Lean on your community. Everything was warm and welcoming; everyone was there for the right reasons, and our community was happy and secure.”

  • “I felt very aligned with all things read and offered. Any aloofness encountered was that of my own, and in hindsight, was my own work to do. I felt supported in doing the work and the art and exploring. It took me a day to sink in, but once the door was opened, I was right in there with y’all.”

  • “I friggin’ loved the agenda.”


This retreat is located Anne's Haven, 5629 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL 60634

Accommodations: Airbnb's in or around the Jefferson Park area of Chicago, IL are highly encouraged if you are traveling from afar. Please email for any questions about the area

Your healing team

Together, Jenny and Amy create a nurturing space for self-exploration and healing, ensuring that your experience at the Healing Retreat is both enriching and transformative. Embrace this opportunity to heal through art, collaboration, and the wisdom of experienced therapists.

Secure your spot and be part of a journey that promises laughter, learning, and lasting change. 🌱


Upcoming Events

  • Mini Monster 2024
    Mini Monster 2024
    Jun 22, 2024, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
    Chicago, 5097 N Elston Ave suite 302, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
    Chicago, 5097 N Elston Ave suite 302, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
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