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InVisioning & Emergence: Trauma-Informed Nature & Art Healing Immersion

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve 200 Nevada Avenue Moss Beach, CA, 94038 United States (map)

InVisioning & Emergence

Trauma-Informed Nature & Art Healing Immersion

Facilitated by Lisa Chu, MD, and Amy Sullivan, LMFT, with special guest artist Jovani

Cypress Grove at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, CA

Cypress Grove at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, CA

As spring leads into summer, buds emerge and flowers bloom, anticipating the coming warmth and season of ripening.

This afternoon immersion is for those of us committed to exploring, restoring, and recovering our sense of inner calm and compassion, in the midst of a stressful world. We will define what trauma is, and observe how our bodies may have adapted to survive the particular circumstances of our lives.

Our time together will support our conscious transition from conditioned states of stress response to a state of interconnected feeling and knowing. With deepening practice, these habits of listening, full presence, and sensory engagement with self and the environment, begin to permeate our everyday lives. 

What new growth may emerge in your relationships, your health, and your contributions to community from this state of awareness? Come explore with us.

Nature will be our support and guide, and simple art materials will help us give form to our experiences.

Sample schedule of events (subject to change):

2:00pm   Arrival and Introductions
2:15pm    Walk to Gathering Circle
2:30pm   Sound Healing Invocation & Nature Invitation
3:00pm   Nature Immersion & Artifact Creation*
4:00pm   Listening Circle
5:00pm   Closing

*Nature Immersion & Artifact Creation will take place in Sacred Silence.

Our experience is inspired by the alchemy of art and nature and supported by practice of The Four Gifts and Five Qualities of InVisioning & Renewal.

The Four Gifts of InVisioning & Renewal:

1. The Gift of Sacred Silence

2. The Gift of Sensory Immersion in Nature

3. The Gift of Spontaneous Creation

4. The Gift of a Listening Circle

Learn more about The Four Gifts here.

The Five Qualities of Inner Visioning:

A - Allowing

E - Easefulness

I - Innocence

O - Openness

U - YOU!

Learn more about the Five Qualities here.

Watch Lisa, Amy and Jovani discuss InVisioning & Renewal in this video series

No prior art experience is expected.

What People Are Saying...


"The retreat was a wonderful reminder of the universal truth that both love and creativity are infinite resources within ourselves, and the more we share them, the more we have." - Aimee

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"I was able to face & let go of my fear of being spontaneous, in the moment, not knowing.  Outside, with my senses wide open, I decided to “go for it”.  I opted to finger paint for the first time in eons.  Experimented with technique … learned by playing.  The message for me from this day:  You are loved.  You are held.  You are honored."  ~ Donna    


Your Facilitators

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Lisa Chu, MD, artist & SoulBodyMind life coach, has a passion for the healing power of the creative process in helping clients discover their own voice, recover from burnout, and find the confidence to grow beyond limitations of past experiences. Learn more about Lisa here.

Amy Sullivan, LMFT, art therapist & modern mystic, is passionate about spirit/soul/self discovery, recovery and expression. Since 2001 she has been working with individuals, families and groups introducing them to their own creative spirits, and showing them how they can heal themselves and their relationships. She has worked in many hospitals offering medical art therapy for those coping with illness and disease. She is a certified Trauma-Informed Art Therapist and a SoulCollage facilitator. She is also certified in Yoga Nidra, a deeply relaxing guided meditation that is designed to take you into the self-healing state of the Zero Stress Zone. Learn more about Amy here.

Special Guest Artist: Jovani

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Jovani is an improvisational sound healer and painter. Learn more about her work at

What To Bring:

- Shoes for walking on the earth, and comfortable clothing for being outside. The entire event will take place outdoors in nature. Please wear and bring layers appropriate for the weather conditions.

- Hat and sunscreen

- Water bottle

- Blanket or portable chair for sitting (optional)

We will meet in the parking lot at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Parking is free. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking fountains near the parking area. We will be taking a short hike up to the cypress grove pictured above, which overlooks a harbor seal resting area. Fitzgerald is a sensory feast, and a rich place to experiencing InVisioning & Emergence.

Driving Directions to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve -- PLEASE REVIEW!

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is located west of Highway 1 in Moss Beach, 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay, or 21 miles south of San Francisco.

From Highway 1 at Moss Beach, turn west on California Avenue and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the street. The reserve’s main entrance is at the end of California Avenue.

Allow 45 minutes to reach the reserve from the intersection of Highways 280 and 92. (Buses with students can use either Highway 1 or Highway 92).




Art supplies are included in your registration.

*Reciprocity: A portion of each registration fee will be donated to Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

Limited to 8 participants.

Pre-registration required.

Questions about this event? Please contact Lisa Chu by phone at (650) 325-2194, or by completing the form below.

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