Woman Emerged: A Weekend Journey in Painting, Writing, & Ceremony

With Christine Brodmerkel & Hobby Parent. August 17-19, 2018 at Seven Oaks Retreat Center at the foothills of beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Dogwood tree with flowers near the river in spring time

Follow your inner compass on a journey to unravel and reveal what wants to be expressed.

Experience a nurturing gathering of women in a quiet, peaceful location.

Here is Your Invitation to join us!

Begin this relaxing weekend with a ceremonial fire circle gathering, as we meet and connect with kindred women and enjoy an evening beverage.


Your painting will reflect your unique experience.

Immerse yourself in a basic step-by-step Intentional Creativity® painting process that will result in a unique canvas painting to inspire continued introspection and creativity well after the retreat. No experience is needed; bring your curiosity!


Throughout our time together, we explore writing prompts and journal inquiries crafted to pique your imagination and excavate your inner wisdom.


Learn to assemble a medicine basket of tools and practices to support the deepening and enriching experience of your journey.


Our journey will complete with a closing ceremony, a sharing of story and connection to carry us beyond and on to our own unique paths, with the gifts, collected knowledge & wisdom of women emerged. To make your experience rich and pleasurable, we provide:

    • Delicious healthy meals & snacks from local & organic gardens
  • Bright comfortable air conditioned rooms with fresh linens & kitchen area
  • Beautifully landscaped location with mountain views & wildlife
  • Access to forest sanctuary, labyrinth, medicine wheel, trails and river frontage

If you are feeling called to join us

Here is Your Invitation!

Accommodations are shared rooms & baths. Please contact us for any questions you may have.

You can view the beautiful retreat center at www.sevenoaksretreatcenter.org for photos, descriptions, and more information.

About your facilitators for the journey:

Artist Hobby Parent

Artist Hobby Parent

Hobby Parent, Mixed Media Artist, Certified Intentional Creativity® Teacher & Coach


As an artist, teacher and coach living and working in my home & studio West of Charlottesville, Virginia, I live in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoying nature and its vast sources of artistic inspiration. My work emerges in acrylics, watercolor and mixed media, as well as graphic design. I began painting, drawing and illustrating in high school, although I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember.

I am especially intrigued by organic elements from nature, expressing my love of the outdoors. Combining a number of mixed media techniques inspired by natural objects, vintage collections, color & form, as well as intuitive, abstract and cosmic elements, my compositions create a uniquely mystical union.

My education began at Mary Washington College with a major in Studio Art under the tutelage of Joseph DiBella and I developed a love of Art History under Joseph Dreiss.  John Lamph, an abstract interpreter of intuitive feelings, influenced by Japanese printmaking and Zen philosophy, was another great influence on my work at MWC (now University of Mary Washington).

Inspiration comes from well known women artists such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe as well as lesser known Elyssa Rundle. The influence of art techniques by Flora Bowley and Tracy Verdugo, map making by Jill K Berry and the textile art of Liz Kettle, along with hours of perusing museum exhibits are incorporated into the workings of my art. Poetry by Shiloh Sophia, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, and Derek Wolcott are integrated as well.

I belong to a lineage of artists which originates with  Lenora Strauss, her apprentice Sue Hoya Sellers, and Sue’s protégé, Artist & Maestra Shiloh Sophia McCloud, in the Intentional Creativity® Method of painting.

Hobby’s grandfather, Ernest Brooks, was an artist and both her adopted parents, Tomboy & Hilda Hobbs, were musicians, crafters, and home builders.

Through online mixed media education, as well as in-studio instruction, the craft of spiritual journey, sacred mark making, and intuitive art is a culmination of Hobby’s past education and current pursuit of expressive arts in healing and transformation for women and all people.

“My intention for art and paintings is to inspire and uplift those who view my work, challenging them to see beyond what is visible to the eye, connecting with their heart. I make marks, choose colors, intuitively expressing my passion and what arrives through visioning and art journaling as I connect with the canvas and paint. The ability to make art, teach, coach and use creativity to inspire and help heal others is a great privilege.”


Coach Christine

Coach Christine

Christine Brodmerkel MACP. Certified Professional Coach, ELI-MP

Christine is a healer with a mission to support deep personal transformation for growth-minded people. From an early age, she studied psychology, alternative healing, nature and nutrition, and found her way to coaching after formally training and practicing as a psychotherapist.

“Coaching allows me to work with a wide variety of people through a strength-based orientation. It doesn’t matter who you are. You have a power inside of you that can be harnessed in the direction of your choosing. I help clients awaken to their innate self, reorient to the problem at hand, and ignite action.”

With both great respect for what she calls the “condition of being human,” and her light-hearted approach, she easily identifies her clients’ strengths and resources while deftly helping name challenges, road blocks, snake pits, and white-outs that hinder progress. Her coaching style supports client-centered insight and client-led direction through use of mindfulness, creative imagination, and developing access to inner wisdom.

Christine has a philosophy of holism, that healing must include the whole organism and that all tangible and intangible parts are interrelated. She coaches from an integrative perspective, which invites input from, and exploration of, body, mind, emotions, and spiritual or philosophical aspects of self to attain broader and often hidden perspectives. She believes transformation occurs when we provide support across our whole being and our psyche to experience integration.

Christine is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from the world-class Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She received her formal psychotherapy training from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, and is an intermediate level Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Her on-going healing interests include medical herbalism and nutrition for the treatment of chronic illness, developing insights and intuition through meditation, and harnessing the insights of neuroscience in the treatment of mental and physical disorders of depression and anxiety. She is an outdoor enthusiast, runs a tree care service with her husband, finds it fun to research and trade stocks, and loves playing guitar, piano and singing.