• Thistle Lane Bed and Breakfast (map)
  • South-East Manitoba
  • Manitoba


Creating space together to cultivate and hone practices of resilience, using circles of trust, the skills of telling and receiving story, collage and journalling.

I am thrilled to be joining forces with Bonnie Loewen for this retreat at Thistle Lane Bed and Breakfast in south-east Manitoba (about 45 minutes from Winnipeg), October 28-29. 

Bonnie and I have worked together for years on writing projects, facilitating workshops, and understanding the importance of claiming and telling our own stories. These practices have consistently renewed our focus and energy for our work in this world. 

  • 8 women maximum.
  • 3 p.m., Saturday, October 28 to 3 p.m., Sunday, October 29.
  • Cost: 190.00. Includes three workshop sessions, cozy dorm-style accommodation, snacks, dinner, drinks and brunch.

More about facilitators:

A spiritual mentor for the last 25 years in her community, Bonnie Loewen offers leadership inside circles of voices where personal and collective discoveries are made. She is currently working on a writing project that reflects her journey with those who have died or have been affected by death. In the next few years, she is immersing herself in a number of training contexts (circles of reconciliation and circles of trust facilitation) to enhance and deepen her understanding of the model of circle and the tools needed to facilitate in a wide range of contexts. She is a mother of 4, a seasoned volleyball coach and a lover of the garden.

Cate Friesen knows about the power of story. As the driving force of The Story Source, she brings together 25 years of experience as an award-winning CBC producer, storyteller and documentary maker, a visionary leader, performer, trainer, and certified facilitator. She has taught non-profit boards how to use story in their roles as ambassadors for their organization. And coached entrepreneurs and leaders in developing their signature stories, through Know Your Story workshops. She is a soccer-playing mother of two, a Quaker and a pro bono consultant with Winnipeg Spark.