“heARTmind provided a space for me to play, create and discover my creative voice. It has provided a safe place for my creative voice to emerge and find its unique self-expression.”

—Alysia T

“I now have a clearer vision of my art practice as one of the ways that I practice my spiritual path.”

—Claire D

“I’ve been taking Suiko’s retreats and programs since 2016. Suiko’s natural grace, ease, and wisdom have always nurtured me.”

—Nancy C

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Shrine of St Therese, Juneau, Alaska

To register, please contact Sherri McDonald

“heARTmind reignited my art practice. It gave me enthusiasm, inspiration, and ideas for making. I am more confident in my making and my identity as an art maker. I’ve formed amazing friendships and community around making. I’ve deepened into my understanding of what it means to make, why it matters, and possibilities of how to create community around it.”

—Shenandoah W

“heARTmind allowed me to trust my instincts and manifest my ideas into something tangible and not to question the validity of my impulses so much.”

—Mary W

Have you experienced self-doubt in your creative practice?
(Who hasn’t?)
How does your creative practice relate to your spiritual practice?

What would happen if these two paths were united in your life?

Explore the mountains and rivers of creativity as illuminated by the clear and bright heartmind
with Artist / Founder / Abbess of the Art Monastery Suiko Betsy McCall & Artist / Poet / Activist / Zen Teacher Qayyum Johnson.

In this workshop you will learn to

  • bridge your creative making with your spiritual practice,
  • meditate while engaging in various forms of creative expression, and
  • befriend your Inner Critic. 

“Suiko’s enthusiasm, thoughtful insight, glowing personality, willingness to flow, and gentle leadership are the what made this class amazing for me.”

—Sherri M

“Suiko is recreating the dharmasphere and inviting the Divine Jester to be part of the inquiry. There have been too many centuries of denial, seclusion, and a denigration of the muse. By bringing the arts and dharma together she is validating two fundamental aspects of people.”  

—Kasha B.

Your hosts for this retreat are husband-and-wife team Qayyum Johnson and Suiko Betsy McCall.
Suiko is the Founder & Abbess of the Art Monastery, a visual artist, and lived at Green Gulch Farm / San Francisco Zen Center for four years.
Qayyum is Co-Director of the Art Monastery, is a poet, visual artist, and activist. He lived at Green Gulch Farm / San Francisco Zen Center for 12 years.

To register, please contact Sherri McDonald

Retreat Fees


includes retreat fee, food, shared bedroom and shared bathroom