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June 22, 2024

Mini-Monster retreat Saturday June 22, 2024

Everyone has a Belly Monster that needs healing.

This retreat offers creative, spiritual, and engaging ways to start the healing process.

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About The Retreat

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.  

Retreat Workshop Format

This is a mini version of last years 3 day retreat. Individual sessions are being offered Friday before mini monster and the Sunday after the retreat for added costs.  The main event is 1 day 8am-8pm.

The retreat is created by professional counselors and run by an eclectic group of healing experts. 

During the day, attendees can expect to move from each workshop together. Time is built into the schedule for group processing of insights and answer questions throughout the weekend. 

We will provide tea, coffee and snacks and 3 meals. 


Dress comfortably and prepared for multiple temperatures. We will be working inside and outside.


Modalities offered

Mini-Monster 2024 will be full of healing modalities that utilize the body and the creative center of the brain.  Art therapy, somatic therapy, writing to heal, and so much more will be offered. 

Location and Travel

This retreat is located at 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



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Belly Monster author and Retreat co-creator

​Jenny Korotko ATR, LCPC, SEP

Providing workshops on processing accidental core beliefs influenced by childhood wounds through art therapy, compassion inquiry, and somatic experiencing therapy. 


Retreat co-creator

Amy Hahn, ATR, LPC

Providing workshops through art therapy processing your belly monster, creative ways to engage the healing and ways to incorporate continued healing into daily living.

Slam poet, Author & Workshop Practitioner

Mighty Mike McGee

​Maker of laughs, poems & soup. Scrabble lover. Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus. Mike will be leading poetic journal workshops.

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