About Arts in the Canyon Survivor Retreats
Our art centered retreats provide an
opportunity for women, whose lives have been profoundly affected by cancer,
to gather at Eagleheart, Lynette Jennings' 400 acre canyon land ranch, and
learn or continue their favorite arts, take time for themselves, meet new
friends and just have fun. No previous experience required!
Our weekend retreats incorporate a variety of arts including Raku ceramics, silk weaving, fused glass, and handmade paper. Nature walks in the red rocks, good food, and time. It's all about personal time to heal the heart as well as the body. Private and quiet.
Limited to 7 women at each retreat.
About the "2nd Battle"
The "2nd Battle " is the one every cancer survivor knows well. It's the one that occurs after treatment - the battle to regain courage, hope, self esteem and a positive outlook. It's the one that is so often taken for granted by those around us. Our goal in the Lynette Jennings Foundation is to not only create arts programs for survivors in natural settings, but to raise the awareness of the "2nd Battle" in the medical world in hopes that more programs in related areas of wellness will be financially supported and encouraged. We know that attitude heals. Arts are a wonderful way to a strong attitude.
Why Art and Cancer?
The hand-heart connection is primal. So often when life's crises challenge our courage, we take to walking, raking leaves, doing the laundry, or heading for the gym - something physical just to think and work things out. Doing something simple that engages our hands with our hearts gives our minds a rest and fills our hearts with satisfaction, encouragement and peace. In cancer we battle fear, loneliness, loss of self esteem, courage and hope. It's eventually a solo challenge, even when our loved ones rally around. Sooner or later we have to gather our own source of strength to go forward and to help those around us support our new lives. That hand-heart connection through the arts can do this. Even when you feel you have no talent in any one craft, we can lead you through the processes of some of the most satisfying, fun and visually exciting mediums.
Art heals the body, soothes the mind and transforms the spirit
Through the ages artists have known intuitively what others are just beginning to discover: creating something in paint, clay, yarn, glass, through any art medium, can produce real physical and emotional benefits. Through extensive research in the fields of split-brain functioning, visualization, and psychoneuroimmunology (the study of emotions on the immune system), we understand how this powerful healing tool - the art of visualizing and making - can be used by anyone, even those without the slightest trace of artistic ability, to create profound changes in their lives and activate healing at the deepest levels. Medicine has recognized that when we heal our emotional wounds, we also heal the wounds of the body. Art is being used successfully in medical centers around the world to reduce the physiological stress that causes immune system dysfunction, by enabling patients to connect with negative, painful, or fearful emotions that are known to trigger that stress.
What we do
Three days of hands-on art! No previous experience is required! Think of it as mini-art classes in those crafts that you always wanted to try but never took the time. Now's the time! And if you have experience in any of our crafts, wonderful! You'll find the caliber of our teachers up to your expert standards.
by Jim Romberg
Artist in Residence, Professor of Art
42 years in ceramics
By Kathy Dahlberg
Collectible artist and gallery owner
By Ruth Feld
Well known Colorado quilt artist
Silk and natural fiber weaving
Floral arts in the wild
Paper Arts: Handmade and Collage
By Lynette Jennings
Nationally known designer and artist
All projects are made with the finest materials available. The arts are taught by mature educated professionals. Our standards are monitored and provide high quality adult art education.
Our goal is that you have fun, discover interesting and positive new things about yourself, learn a new craft and take home an elegant result that you'll be proud of.
We like the idea of a small group.
It’s more fun, more relaxing and gives you more
opportunity to do your own thing.
Only 7 women for each retreat.
Cabin 1: “The Little House”
Single occupancy. A 12’x 12’ sleeping cabin
sunset view. One double bed, dressed in quilts.
Cabin 2: “ The Naturalist”
Double occupancy. A 12’x16’ sleeping cabin
sunset and Pinion Mesa view. 2 single beds, dressed in
linen, fleece and natural suede.
Cabin 3: “The Western”
Double occupancy. A 12’x 16’ sleeping cabin
Pinion Mesa view. 2 single beds, dressed in quilts and
The “Upstairs Cottage”
Double occupancy. Above the main house with a private
exterior entrance. Cottage style décor, quilts and
antiques. Private bath. One queen bed. One day-bed
Food and Beverage
At Eagleheart we think that really great food is an
important part of feeling good again. So everything is
fresh and prepared daily. We also use as many organic
products as we can find. And we do enjoy a good glass
of wine with dinner as well as diet-busting desserts. After
all, we’re here to have fun and learn to enjoy the
wonderful treasures that a full life can give us. Let us
know if you have special diet needs or allergies.
Be Our Guest
Just come, relax, chat, play with us. Learn new things,
make elegant art, walk in the canyons and on the ridges,
enjoy great food and good friends on the veranda.
Medical Facilities Nearby
Should you need medical attention, St. Mary’s Hospital is
a large medical center 30 minutes away. We are served
by their Care Flight emergency service. St. Mary’s
Hospital Regional Cancer Center in the new St. Mary’s
Advanced Medicine Pavilion is a state-of-the-art medical
and radiation oncology center. Community Hospital also
supports the Grand Valley area.
Retreats are 3 days and 3 nights: Arrive on Thursday
evening after dinner, between 6:30 and 7:00pm.
Depart the following Sunday after dinner.
We can provide transportation
to the ranch from the
airport and St. Mary’s Hospital Regional Cancer Pavilion
Grand Junction. Please request with your pre-registration.
$300 per person.
Included: Double occupancy room, meals, snacks and
beverages, including wine and beer with dinner, as well
as all art materials and instruction.
Scholarships are available
for those needing financial
assistance. Please phone for more information.
Since we only have capacity
for 7 attendees at a time,
please book your preferred date as soon as possible.
a $100 deposit is required. Should
you cancel up to 3 weeks prior, your deposit will be
For registration and
July 27 - 30
August 10 - 13
September 7 - 10
October 12 - 15
For more information:
About Eagleheart Ranch
Location & Directions