Thrive in change. Defy the trend.

Making Meaning in the Chaos

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021

1-4 PM EDT


Early Bird Individual – $30, Group – $75

Regular Individual Ticket – $49, Group – $119

Discount Individual Ticket for those with a financial hardship: $20

You are likely exhausted, frustrated, afraid and grieved because of the chaos of the past 18 months. You’re probably tired of videoconferenced gatherings. That’s OK. Bring it all here.


Join us for a three-hour retreat to defiantly gather: Leaning into the fears, frustrations, exhaustion and grief in order to heal through creativity, find our purpose and discover how we might serve our communities in this time of chaos.

This event is for anyone who wants to transform themselves and their communities, especially:

  • Artists looking to find inspiration
  • Religious/spiritual communities trying to make meaning
  • Community leaders and activists needing to recharge
  • People in the middle of or contemplating job changes
  • Mental health support groups

The gathering will move between the larger group online session and a small group experience that can gather virtually online or in person in your own home or community space, depending on your comfort level. At least one online small group will be led by a person of color to create safe space for PoC participants.

In the gathering, you will experience:

  • Stories of healing through creativity
  • Deeply relaxing mindfulness practices
  • Creative practices that will help you make meaning
  • Small group discussion and activities

You are exhausted, and that is exactly WHY you should gather.  You need to satisfy that primal yearning to connect with creative spirits who want to make meaning — and change — in the chaos.

Interested in being a small group leader or have other questions? Contact Nicole Havelka at

Meet our retreat leaders:

Lindy Boustedt is an award-winning writer, director and producer who specializes in character-driven stories. As co-owner of First Sight Productions, she’s spent the past 16 years working on everything from shorts and features, to serialized production and branded content, to podcasts and VR/AR media. Her narrative work has over 15M views on YouTube. In addition to her current film work, she runs the screenwriting program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. Nothing sparks her creativity like a long shower or solo drive, both while listening to music. She also loves helping other people find ways to tell their stories, which in turn helps ignite her creativity sparks. 

Anissa Glaser-Bacon is a pastor, spiritual director and musician. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Maine, she has served churches from Maine to Iowa, and now in Ohio. More recently, she has worked with the Iona Community in Scotland, as well as Star Island, a United Church of Christ/Unitarian-Universalist retreat center off the coast of New Hampshire. She is a proud hymnologist and song leader who expands groups’ use of music in ritual.

Nicole Havelka is a business consultant, a reverend and a yogi. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level and has specialized training in breath (pranayama), meditation including iRest Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga and trauma-sensitive yoga, and she is a Reiki Master. She is the owner and lead consultant at Nicole Havelka Consulting, where she brings mindfulness together with leadership coaching, training, private yoga/meditation/reiki sessions and organizational development.

Tecca Thompson is a youth program director who has spent the last 30 years in public services working in the Juvenile Justice field. Now, she is stepping forward to use her leadership skills and gifts as a storyteller and facilitator to lead Women of Color on their own personal journies of discovering and igniting their purpose. Tecca is a certified Yoga Nidra guide. She has training and certifications in Somatic Movement, Somatic Stress Release, Breathwork and Community Storytelling. She believes rest and connection to the body brings deep restorative healing.