The Wisdom & Wonder Retreat

Creativity and Conversations with Your Inner Wise Woman
October 3 to 6, 2024 • Estes Park, CO
Regular Price: $1200
Early Bird Price: $900.00 until August 15th
Register today!

Listen. Come closer. Can you hear the whisper of your Inner Wise Woman calling?

Imagine immersing yourself in the enchantment, beauty, inspiration, and wonder of the Rocky Mountains this fall for 3.5 days of creative play, projects, nature walks and connection with other like-minded wise women.  Savor the spaciousness of time to create, reflect, rest, and share your journey through various creative mediums. 

The days will be filled with a feast for the senses using intuitive collage, mixed media art, watercolor, inks and slow stitching. You will be creating and filling a magical bag of enchantments with your very own inspirational card deck, a magic wand to guide you on your journey, and other fun goodies to support you over the weekend.  

Enjoy 3.5 spacious days of creativity and magic surrounded by the beauty of Estes Park, CO:

  • EXPLORE the wonder of intuitive art … using collage, mixed media, assemblage, slow stitching and journaling to travel along your path to meeting your inner wise woman.
  • IMMERSE yourself in the MAGIC of the creative process in a new way each day as you use all of your senses and your intuition to CREATE your very own bag of enchantments filled with inspiration cards, a magic wand, and so much more!
  • DELIGHT in the JOY of connecting to your Inner Wise Woman through art and writing.
  • FEAST on the beauty and inspiration of the great Aspens and Mountains of Northern Colorado and enjoy a half day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • SAVOR the spaciousness of time to play, explore, reflect and connect with your intuition and creativity.

Explore New Creative Techniques and Build Skills

Whether you are brand new to mixed media art or have some experience, you will find something new to inspire and delight you as we create a magical and unique bag of enchantments.

Feel More Confident & Creative

The more time you spend connecting to your Inner Wise Woman, the more she has to share with you and the more she reminds you how wise, creative and wonderful you are. Learn how nature can provide the perfect backdrop for learning to listen more deeply to yourself.

Find Inspiration in the Woods and Mountains of Colorado

You will be inspired by the beautiful natural scenery of Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. There is an abundance of natural beauty as well as a charming town to explore on your visit.


  • 3.5 days filled with creativity and exploration in Estes Park, CO.
  • An abundance of creative mediums and supplies including: intuitive collage, journaling, watercolor, inks, and slow stitching.
  • All art supplies are provided, you get to just show up.
  • You will create a bag of enchantments, inspirational cards, sacred rattle, and your own wise woman doll.
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Outdoor excursions to play in nature (easy access, weather permitting)
  • ½ day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park - transportation and park entrance fee covered
  • Connection with other like-minded creative sisters you've been waiting to meet
  • Space and time to create, play, connect, and share
  • Space limited to 15 women




The Wisdom and Wonder retreat is for 15 women who love to go deep! Deep into creative process, self-exploration, connection and creative play.

Imagine immersing yourself in intuitive storytelling and creative expression as you delight in the magic of discovering your Inner Wise Woman.

Enjoy a guided imaginative and sacred process expertly designed for you with love and attention to detail.

Engage all of your senses and use your intuition to travel the path to meet your Inner Wise Woman.  

Experience and embody the keys to your midlife renaissance: deep play, rest, reflection, connection.

What Tamara had to say about attending a retreat:

As I reflect on the Time Travelers’ Retreat facilitated by Minette Riordan and Leslie Typrin,  I am steeped in immense gratitude for  the depth and richness of the experience. From the moment we began this 4 and 1/2 day retreat, we traveled in a liminal space of radical acceptance, profound insight, and heartfelt generosity. We were surrounded by the saturated colors of the sacred space created to contain and support our creative unfolding. Delicious food, the company of wise women, the natural environment we spent time in, the abundance of diverse materials and gentle, loving guidance were food for my Soul.  The theme delighted and inspired me with well orchestrated and thoughtful stepping stones along the path end with the sacred sharing of our creations on our last morning together. Leslie and Minette are masterful Magicians who took me on an enchanted journey that I will forever cherish. 

What Annette had to say about attending a retreat:

This retreat created a safe, expansive and compassionate container to open and bloom in new ways. It's like an adventure of being locked in an art supply store and getting to play in every fun way my imagination takes me. How fun to transform as the side effect of creating and playing. 

What Karen Joy had to say... 

Thank you for creating such a safe and supportive space for us to explore and heal individually and together. Each of activities offered it's own invitation to go deeper. I felt held equally in my forward steps and my mis-steps. Through this retreat I embraced old wounds and re-purposed the elements for a collage of a joy-filled future. 

  • Mindful Patterns LLC

    Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.

    ― Henry Winkler , Actor, author, producer

Schedule and details:
  • Thursday, October 3: 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Friday, October 4: 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday, October 5: 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Sunday, October 6 9:00am to 12:30pm
  • Lunch included Thursday to Saturday
  • Coffee, tea and snacks provided each day
  • All supplies will be provided, you get to show up as you are!
  • Expect plenty of time to play, walks in nature and a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

Early Bird Price: $900.00 or 3 payments of $300.00  (Early bird pricing until August 15 - save $300 today)

Regular Price: $1200.00 or 3 payments of $400.00

Location: Estes Park Museum in Estes Park, CO. Address and details provided upon registration.

*This is a beautiful room in the local history museum with great views. Easily accessible, no stairs. ADA friendly. 

Lodging and transportation are not included. Minette can offer recommendations for places to stay nearby. There is a shuttle to and from the Denver Airport but you may want a car while in Estes Park. We can connect you with others traveling in for shared lodging and rides.

Closest airport is Denver, CO. Shuttle bus and car rentals are options for travel to and from Estes Park. 

REFUND POLICY: Please read carefully.
50%  refund for cancellation between August 1 and September 1, 2024.
0% refund for cancellation on or after September 2, 2024.

Hi, I’m Minette, your guide and facilitator for the Wonder & Wisdom Retreat.

I have always been a risk-taker, adventurer and curiosity seeker who was comfortable jumping feet first into new endeavors. My mantra is, “how hard can it be?”

The answer: way harder than I anticipated but also more fun, more challenging and more fulfilling than I knew was possible.

No version of reinvention has been more challenging than my journey to claiming “I am an artist.”

I am a seeker, deep thinker and rebel on an eternal quest to become the best version of myself. I am sure it will be harder than I thought. But I am up for the challenge.

I am passionate about using expressive and narrative arts as powerful tools to help others find their passion and purpose in midlife and beyond.

I have been teaching, leading and facilitating groups for over 3 decades. There's nothing that I love more than lovingly guiding you through a process of deep reflection that results in a gorgeous piece of art. My genius is in designing experiences that take you on a magical inner journey of exploration and self-discovery in a way that feels fun and playful. I'm known for creating safe spaces for women to connect, share and grow. 

I believe that where women gather, magic happens.


Ph.D. from Stanford University, Certified Creative Depth Coach, multiple creativity coaching certifications including SoulCollage® and JourneyCircles™. I have over 15 years of coaching experience and I've taught at the high school, university and community college levels. I've written 3 books and am working on my 4th. I've led countless retreats, workshops and events large and small in the past 20 years.  My best credential? I absolutely love what I do and bring my passion and enthusiasm for personal growth and creative expression to each unique retreat.