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Awaken Your Creative Soul Writing & Art Retreat, Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Event Highlights

  • retreat weekend highlights
  • Inspiring location with panoramic Smoky Mountains views
  • Daily meditation & yoga practice
  • Visual art, writing, and movement self-expression circles
  • Co-facilitated by Marianne Richmond, best-selling children’s book author/artist
  • Scenic outdoor yoga pavilion
  • Delicious organic vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights stay in shared, charming yurts or furnished glamping
  • Break for relaxing, reflection or wandering
  • Very Intimate: Only 10 participants max!


Guests arrive to Seven Springs on Friday afternoon, October 12th between 1-3pm. We’ll open our circle at 3pm and begin our weekend together.

Friday, Oct 12th:
1.00 - 3.00 pm Check-in & Relax.
3.00 - 4.00 pm Opening Circle
4:00 - 5:30 pm Introductory Art Circle
5:30 - 6:30 pm Yin Yoga
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm Candlelit Writing Circle

Saturday, Oct 13th
7:30 am: Wake-up
8:00 - 9:30 am: Medi & Yoga
9:30 -10:30 am: Breakfast
10:30 am - 1:00 pm: Writing Circle
1:00 - 3:00 pm: Lunch & Relax
3:00 - 4:30 pm: Embodied Expression/Dance
4:30 - 6:30 pm: Art Circle
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm Evening Writing & Art Circle

Sunday, Oct 14th:
7:30 am - Wake-up
8:00 am - 9:30am: Medi & Yoga
9:30 - 10:30 am: Breakfast
11:00am - 1:00pm: Final Writing/Art Circle
1:00 - 1:30 Closing Circle

Meditation and yoga will be held in the outdoor yoga pavilion, and we also have an indoor space available. Our self-expression circles will rotate between outdoor and indoor spaces, as we feel called.

About This Event

Join us for an intimate weekend retreat of nurturing your creative soul while soaking up autumn beauty in these Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Our spirit thrives on creative expression, yet we rarely give ourselves the time and space to simply be still and listen — and to follow the invitation of our heart.

 During this weekend retreat, we’ll loosen resistance, expand awareness and experience the lightness of spontaneous soul play. We’ll practice meditation and yoga, express through writing and visual art, and dare to move and dance! No experience is required and all levels are welcome.
Together we’ll re-ignite and embolden the creative spirit that lives within each of us - giving us renewed clarity, connection, and vitality to bring back into our daily lives.  

Retreat Intention

"If you're alive, you're a creative person." - Elizabeth Gilbert

“Yes, I believe self-expression is the soul made visible.” - Marianne Richmond, retreat co-facilitator

Awaken Your Creative Soul

How often have we blocked our own expression? Held our tongue? Hushed the muse? How many times have we dismissed ourselves as “not creative”? Or been too intimidated by a creative project to start? 

We can easily make — and often do —everything more important than allowing creativity. But our creative soul still yearns, beckoning our awareness to be heard, nourished and expressed. When we mute or dismiss our creative longing, we block divine life energy - feeling closed, dull and contracted. When we embrace it, we become more open, bright and curious. In this women's retreat, you will:

Gather with a beautiful circle of inspiring women who value truth, vulnerability, laughter and connection.

Explore the blocks that have separated you from your creative flow. Invite back the joy of creativity.

Reconnect with your intuition through presence and play.

Open your energetic channels to insight, inspiration and freedom through meditation, writing and art.

Discover how to “move with the muse,” as you animate your body through yoga and dance. 

Return to your life inspired by your self-discovery, creative expansiveness and in awe of the magic that unfolds when women circle together.

Smoky Mountains as Our Muse

In the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and amidst one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center boasts seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land, providing spaciousness and inspiration. 

Seven Springs offers charming shared yurts & furnished glamping with comfortable beds, panoramic mountain views, nature walks and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals amidst soul-nourishing landscapes.

Your Facilitators

Bestselling author Marianne Richmond, creator of more than 50 children's books, and Aimee Hansen, creator of Storyteller Within Retreats, will co-facilitate this inspiring retreat.
Aimee reached out to Marianne years ago and we connected through a mutual appreciation for creativity, emotion and heart-led expression. We are excited to co-create magic with you. 

"If you're alive, you're a creative person." - Elizabeth Gilbert

Venue Highlights

In the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and amidst one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, Seven Springs Holistic Retreat Center boasts seven natural springs on 126 acres of private land, providing the spaciousness to reconnect with nature.

Seven Springs offers charming shared yurts with comfortable beds, inspiring mountain views, nature walks and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals amidst soul-nourishing landscapes.

Inspired by the natural abundance all around, Seven Springs seeks to foster holistic sustenance for the individual and the community.

The Smoky Mountains are the world's oldest mountains and one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions, featuring temperate rain forest climate with over 17,000 species of plants and animals. This amazing biodiversity is the backdrop for the abundant richness of Seven Springs and the rejuvenating spirit of this land.

Seven Springs features an open air yoga pavilion built with local forest cedar that offers panoramic morning views of the Chillhowee mountains. The ground offer stunning hill perches, creekside spots, and gorgeous nature walks, with a resident master naturalist/ ecologist to provide a guided tour.

The center is close to many natural attractions to further explore before or after the retreat.


Retreat guests will stay in well-fashioned shared yurts of 2 to 4 people. Each yurt is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding, electricity and lights, electric heating for cool nights, tables and dressers. Yurts are the closest accommodation to the bathrooms.

You may also upgrade to private yurt accommodation (two available). Or you may upgrade to private furnished glamping tent accommodation (two available). Each large tent is set on a wooden platform and is furnished with comfortable beds and bedding and solar lights. The tents are located in a cool space amongst the trees.

Shared bathrooms on the property offer two hot showers, two water-saving flushing toilets, and running water.

Morning yoga will take place in the outdoor yoga shala. Women's circles will take place between the shala, outdoor classroom, and the 24 foot yurt classroom with labyrinth floor design.

Mats, props, cushions, and blankets for chilly mornings or evenings will be provided.


  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Delicious ayurvedic meals will be served in the outdoor kitchen area. Snacks and to-go lunches will be available on Sunday, or you may linger in the fall atmosphere of Seven Springs if you choose.


By Air:
The closest airport is Knoxville International Airport (TYS). The airport is actually located in Alcoa and only 25 minutes from Seven Springs. We can arrange transportation services to pick you up from this airport, a $10 charge.

You may also consider flying into the Atlanta International Airport and taking the bus or renting a car to drive to Seven Springs. The Atlanta airport is about a three hour drive.

By Bus:
Megabus has services into Knoxville from many East Coast large cities, as well as Atlanta. If you choose to arrive to the Knoxville bus station, please contact us to arrange transportation. The bus station is about 40 minutes from Seven Springs.

By Car:
Please see the address below for the GPS location. We will provide additional instructions to ensure you arrive at the front entrance.

Seven Springs Retreat
120 Sweet Hollow Way
Maryville, TN 37803

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