Day Retreats and Events

Creatively calm your mind and free your spirit.

Purchase Your BEACH RETREAT TICKETS: August 19th 2022, 5 to 9 pm

No artistic experience is required; bring an open mind and creative spirit to any event.

Be Whimsi Art Loft is delighted to be offering Day Retreats and Events in collaboration with various venue partners, activity coordinators, festivals, and wellness professionals.

Welcome to your stress antidote, safe self-healing space & group sharing zone and creative wellness outlet.

We feature Personal Coaches, Artists, Nature Enthusiasts, Yoga and Wellness Instructors and Social Workers. Please scroll to the bottom to see our team and partners.

What You Can Expect:

Escape from your everyday stressors and join us at various beautiful outdoor and indoor venues across Niagara.

Arrive at a welcoming space and our attentive facilitators. Depart relaxed and aligned with your creations and a gift.

Our retreats are designed to remove you from the tethers of everyday life using carefully developed activities and workshops based on psychological methods and theories and intuitive overall wellbeing methods. Feel good and ready to take on the world.

Excite your senses with nutritious snacks and herbal teas.

Choose to participate in various wellness sessions.

Leave Relaxed:

Relax and recharge during free time. Perhaps do some private journaling or exploring.

Our experienced Guides inspire you to unwind and find your balance. Join us for mindful movements like restorative yoga or float away to a higher plane in a water healing lesson.

Take stock of your habits and behaviours through self-reflection and transformative stress-reduction workshops.

Develop personalized intentions and build resilience against chronic stresses and burnout’s adverse psychological and physiological effects.

Expand your creative experience by joining us for painting and crafting studio sessions, mindfulness-based creative workshops, and opportunities to socialize, share, and grow deep connections.

All the creative activities we include are based on art therapy principles, and we facilitate the discussions afterwards. There is “no right or wrong” to what one creates in these sessions. No artistic experience is required.

The goal of life is rapture, and art is a way to experience it!


Bring your yoga mat for yoga or meditation. Don’t have one? No problem, we got you.

Local Attractions

Please inquire with our team for recommendations and directions to local art galleries and attractions.

Contact our retreat Developer/Coordinator: artbyrhiannonbarry@gmail.com

Mental Health and Community Resources

Our team is COVID-19 anxiety, social anxiety, and PTSD trauma aware. For anything outside of our scope, we refer to those more qualified than ourselves.


A Healthy Community

Self Healing Showcases:

Be Whimsi Creative Wellness and Retreats host Showcases and Interactive Demonstrations in October, May, July and February of each year. These are Pay-What-You-Can mini-retreat opportunities and are open to the community.

Learn new self-healing strategies for calm and positive change in your life!
Craft and have creative conversations🎨🌻

Be Whimsi Creative Wellness and Retreats Showcases are scheduled for October, May, July and February of each year. These are Pay-What-You-Can opportunities and are open to the community. Enjoy mini versions of our longer retreats.

Art Activities are woven throughout to provide opportunities to be creative and create mindful moments.

Nature Inspired Crafting~Come connect to your evolutionary self! We develop our nature activity crafting using cognitive restoration theory.


Let’s explore the newest information about Nature Prescription. Replenish Energy Levels with Urban Nature Crafting. Grab a straw basket and forage for flowers and other organic materials. Let’s make a nature-based craft.

Lavender crafting

Wellness Sessions & Self Healing

Join us in reflecting on the sources and micro stressors, daily obstacles, and chronic stressors with body movement exercise and personal coaching lessons. Let us guide you through reflective sessions with a therapeutic meditation.

Paint along with us ~ Mindful or Social Guided Classes

Relax Its Only Art

Gentle Painting is a Mindfulness Art-based Session. Many studies have linked creative arts and nature-based therapy to stress reduction, positive mindset, and behavioural changes. Sharing our Art with others provides a sense of belonging and builds confidence. Art as Therapy involves activities used as therapeutic tools toward healing, clearing the mind of intrusive thoughts, and expressing oneself.  

Creative Crafting Fun

Empowerment workshop and crown crafting
Inspired wall art handmade by you
Boho Wall-hanging, an example of crafting activities by Be Whimsi Art Loft.
A fun tactile experience like Sensory Slime!

Poetry and Writing

Beautiful outdoor venue and indoor spaces alike

Beautiful community garden venue.
Light Refreshments and lots of Herbal Tea!

Water and Waterside Activities

Group Projects

And so much more!


Learn More about Be Whimis Art and all the online and in-person Creative Wellness activities we offer: http://www.bewhimsiartloft.ca

Build A Retreat Day For Your Group. Work with Be Whimsi’s Coordinator to plan a fitting day for your friends, family or clients! Contact Rhiannon to get started at 905-964-0405 $25-$200 per participant

artbyrhianninbarry@gmail.com

Choose from a wide-variety of Nature Inspired, Art-based, and Positive Well-being activities packages.

Packages Feature:

FULL LIST OF ACTIVITIES TDA

Disclaimer: Be Whimsi coordinators and facilitators are not therapists, doctors, nutritionists, nurses, or lawyers. Any coaching or creative activities are not considered advice from one of the professionals mentioned above.  We have experienced art instructors, community service workers, artists, wellness support workers, and professional helpers.  Therefore, some of them may have certificates or credentials or maybe pursue certifications in the social sciences. If accredited, their accreditation will appear following their name or workshop.

Notes From Be Whimsi Art Loft
How Social Arts increases Wellbeing: With others or when self-guided, painting allows one to focus on the moment and provides an opportunity to enjoy the present. It will enable the everyday stresses to subside and, in the end, there is something unique to look at or share with others. Sharing our Art with others provides a sense of belonging and builds confidence.


Disclaimer: Be Whimsi coordinators and facilitators are not therapists, doctors, nutritionists, nurses, or lawyers. Any coaching or creative activities are not considered advice from one of the professionals mentioned above.  We have experienced art instructors, community service workers, artists, wellness support workers, and professional helpers.  Therefore, some of them may have certificates or credentials or may be pursuing certifications in the social sciences. If accredited, their accreditation will appear following their name or workshop.

My sessions are planned using rec-based art therapy principles and developed using cognitive restoration theory.

Forest Bathing: We offer knowledge and tools about how to use urban green and blue spaces to maximize stress reduction.

We cater to your interests and needs:

Each Day Retreat’s activities are catered towards the needs of the participant group. Therefore some activities may be emphasized and developed or included with variations.

Meet The Facilitators

Rhiannon Barry, Visual Artist, Social Worker, Art and Wellness Program Developer, Community Program Coordinator
Hana Albana, Social Worker, Activity and Facilitator
Heather Fraser, Visual Artist, Creative Activity Developer, Community Builder, and Workshop Facilitator

Guest Facilitator
Thank you for your kind donation of venue spaces throughout the year to host some of our outdoor retreats,

Previous Events By Creative Wellness Haven A collaboration of BE WHIMSI and H ADELE CAMPBELL ARTIST

This Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022- Creative Wellness Haven Presents: Elements of Art & Nature Mini-Retreat, St.Catharines, ON

Purchase Your Ticket

Mothers Day 2022, May 8th. Purchase Yours Now! Presented by Creative Wellness Haven, a collaborative approach to retreat planning with Artist Adele Campbell and Artist Rhiannon Barry:

  • Be Whimsi Art Loft’s Guided Creative Wellness Activities: Restorative Life Planning, Gentle Painting, Guided Forest Bathing and Reflective Journaling, Artistic Nature Workshops, Guided Mindfulness and Movement, Guided Meditations and Therapeutic Expressive Arts & Crafting workshops.
  • Creative Wellness Haven Retreats specifically include: Adele Campbell’s Inspired Heart Activities: Long-term Rejuvenation-Care Planning Curriculum, Art Activities, Guided meditation and breathwork sessions.
  • All retreats may also include Wellness Coaching or Creative Expressive Art activities (drumming circle) led by additional guest facilitators and community partners

RELAX, CREATE, LEAVE WITH A CREATIVE REJUVENATION CARE PLAN, YOUR CREATIONS AND A GIFT

Great for mother-daughter, sisters, and friends!

Micro versions of our Mindfulness art-based programs and Wellness coaching activities. Enjoy Live Creative Wellness Haven Sessions Free!

Why attend a Day Retreat:

I want to relax with like-minded supportive people and have fun.

We facilitate both the creative process and the discussions afterward, and everything we do is based on art therapy principles.

Treat yourself or a loved one to some much-needed time away from the stresses of life & work responsibilities.

Our activities include a daily ‘Restoration Plan’ so you can continue to apply the most compelling aspect of the retreat to your life.

Why Attend?

I enjoy creativity and need or want to express how I’m feeling.

How I’m feeling right now, and the things I’m doing for myself aren’t working.

Light refreshments included.

Art Buffet, for free-flow creating or follow our crafty prompt kits.

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