Get Ready to Play with Clay!

Colleen here. Earlier this week I purchased the clay we’ll use to create ceramic pendants during our retreat!  It’s a beautiful and smooth white clay…perfect for shaping, impressing, and carving.

IMG_0350Just imagine:

We’ll be sitting on the edge of a quiet mesa, where we spent the previous evening in celebration and joy, and we’re enjoying the spectacular view and sisterhood.

I have slabs of clay prepared and laid out on the table along with a few simple tools.  Each magical mama will be invited to cut out a shape from the clay.  We’ll practice design techniques together and gather ideas for a final creation.

Then, I’ll lead a meditation based on self-compassion.  It may inspire some release to fuel your design!  There will be plenty of time and space for silent reflection in the process and we’ll also be sure to create opportunity for lighthearted collaboration, as desired.

In each pendant, we’ll engrave our initials or a chosen symbol and take some photos.  Then we’ll choose a compelling glaze.  Later on, I’ll fire and glaze each pendant for participants.  The finished work will either be hand-delivered or mailed to participants before the holidays.  Each participant may create up to four final pendants.

Why pendanp1-fts??

At the retreat, we’ll do a lot of clearing and healing work.  It’s a chance to release, receive, and rediscover. Artistic expression is just one facet to our integrated approach to healing.  Take a look at our schedule to see the additional offerings you’ll experience.

Art is so very individual.  I believe it reflects our energy and thoughts in the moment.  We are often able to visually express latent ideas that are difficult to discuss, which is how artistic expression heals.

To me, a pendant serves as a noticeable reminder.  It can even symbolize a thought or event.  Perhaps it honors a process. Nonetheless, it is not a light necklace that no one notices.  A pendant is felt by the wearer: it swings when you lean and bounces against your body.  With each movement, you’ll remember the person who gave it to you or you’ll remember an experience.

A pendant may help you share your story with others, because people will notice it and start a conversation.

We are creating ceramic pendants together because Blue, Jennifer, and I want this experience to stick with you.  The retreat will shift your perspective.  There will be breakthroughs!  A physical reminder of those breakthroughs will help them stick.

So often, our perspective slides back into old habits after a shift, but repetition and reminders help create evolution.

The magic we experience together in just a few weeks won’t fade away – it’s building.

Now is the time for women to come together in compassion and beauty.

See you there.

Reserve your spot.

Colleen Reckow

Certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP

I love being away from my children

Yup, you read that right – I love being away from my children.

It took some doing to embrace this truth about myself. It’s funny that it took so long. I knew at a fairly early age that I enjoyed time away from my parents, that too much time spent with friends was a strain on friendship, and that time apart from my husband was beneficial.


Just to be clear, I also love being with the important people in my life – especially after we’ve spent time apart! I am grateful to be in a family that gets to live together, under one roof. Being apart is by choice, not necessity. (I do not have to earn income in a faraway land) One of the reasons I chose to start my own health coaching practice is so that I could spend more time with my family. I subscribe to Attachment Parenting (the irony is not lost on me!). My love for my children runs deep, deeper than I could have imagined before they entered my life.

I know a lot of moms – they are friends, clients, community. And all of them love to spend time doing things on their own. Most of them would hesitate to declare their desire for time away, unless it was for something “productive” like work, errands or school. When they allude to their desire, it is usually with wistfulness — “If only I could…!” — as though the possibility no longer exists.

I used to hesitate too, but here it is – my declaration — I love being away from my children, having fun on my own, and nourishing myself. In fact — I require it!

Feels good to speak my truth!

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(Here’s a picture of me being goofy with friends I made at a Transformational Coach Training.)

I am a GREAT mom who finds nourishment in quiet alone time, traveling adventures with adults, and lunch dates with my husband. I like to read novels, have uninterrupted conversations with my girlfriends, and watch rated R movies. One of the many lessons my children have taught me is just how important and beautiful these things are to me.

When I try to deny the truth about my needs, I am a much less patient and loving mom. Let’s face it – this mom gig involves non-stop giving! When I gave birth I didn’t suddenly become someone without needs. I need to fill my cup just as much as I always did – more, actually! Now my cup needs to be full enough to share, and it seems harder to do!

It can feel like I’m taking something from my family when I carve out time for my own pleasure. I use excuses like money and time because I feel I haven’t earned it, though there is no point at which I feel “caught up” enough to have achieved the right to it.

What I’ve learned (and keep re-learning!) is that what takes away from my family the most is when I keep trying to earn self-care instead of simply doing it.

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I’m curious to know – Do you enjoy time away from your children? Do you take time just for the joy of it? What if you did? What would you do? How might it impact your family? How might they benefit? What stops you?

Personally, I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to be away from my children at the Magical Mama Retreat November 6-8. I would dearly love to see you there, embracing your need to get away, to rediscover the True You, to receive sisterhood, delicious meals, nature and more. YOU are worth it. YOUR FAMILY is ready for a rejuvenated Mama!

Blue on Beach

Blue Russ
Intuitive Nourishment Coach

The Retreat for Arizona Mamas is Back!


Thank you so much to all who participated in our “7 Days of Magical Self Care” 2015 Challenge! It was inspiring to see all the mamas connecting with themselves and with each other.

And, now we are so excited to confirm that Magical Mama Retreat 2015 is ON!  The deadline for registration is quickly approaching.  Mark your calendars now (right now, get that phone out!) for November 6th, 7th, and 8th, and get your spot!


The retreat where Arizona mamas go to fully unwind, relax, experience deep sisterhood, and self discovery is happening again this year, bigger and better than ever!


For 2015, we’ve extended the retreat to a full weekend. This allows us to offer all the workshops, delicious organic food, yoga, and sound healing that you love, at the truly magical desert hide-away up north, Arcosanti, PLUS new nature hikes, self-reflection, adult coloring meditation, and journaling time.  With all this, we are still keeping prices low, starting at just $397 for the entire weekend.


Register today to keep mama’s energy up FULL!  When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy. You know it’s true!

All our love,

Jennifer & Blue


Register for Magical Mama Retreat 2015 right here!

7 Days of Magical Care is Back!

It’s back, and it’s FREE! Join the self-care sisterhood! Invite your friends!

Calling all busy mamas, care-takers, and exhausted women!

Did you lose your mojo somewhere in the laundry basket? Come find it with us, as we engage in a doable action step each day that’ll get you back in touch with your true, magical self!


We’ll be moving through the rainbow, focusing on a new chakra (energy center) each day, offering an affirmation and a self-care action step that takes less than 10 minutes. Perfect for at home or on the go! And then we’ll share and hold each other accountable!

September 7-13, 2015

Here’s how you join in…

Sign up with your name & email address below, and then check your inbox for instructions on September 7th!

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We’ll also have a Facebook Group where we can all hold each other accountable to actually do it! …And, be on the look-out for your chance to win a free massage by helping us spread the word!

Hosted by the dynamic duo behind Magical Mama Retreat, Jennifer Hoeprich and Blue Russ. Join us again this year for the retreat created just for mamas! November 6-8, 2015, in Arcosanti, Arizona. Find all of those details here.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Enjoy a sampling of the guided imagery you will be experiencing at the retreat this year