The Red Thread Retreat Center


                                          “This is the time and we are the ones.” (Hopi elders)

The moment is ripe to midwife and manifest my life-long dream of running a retreat center.

I am passionately committed to living sustainably and harmoniously in a small, diverse intentional community that manages a retreat center within 1-2 hours of the Bay Area.  This center would provide and hold sacred space for healing, for cultivating mindfulness, deepening creative expression, while providing ongoing opportunities for meaningful collaboration and personal growth.

Those living on-site, along with guest artists, musicians, wellness practitioners, spiritual teachers and environmentalists, would be individuals like myself who feel called to put their gifts to greater service in the world.


My role, spearheading this vision, is to launch PHASE ONE and PHASE TWO of The Red Thread Retreat Center Project.


After leaving my beloved Secret Garden on October 30,  I will begin traveling throughout the USA during November and December to research successful intentional communities and retreat centers.

In 2019, I will travel to Australia, India, Indonesia and Finland to experience a variety of similar programs abroad, to fact find, ask questions, cull vital information on successful retreat center models.  As I travel, I will share my experiences with other kindred spirits who want to move The Red Thread Retreat Center Project forward.


Upon my return to the USA, sometime in 2019, I will collate information gathered in the field to share with potential investors and project participants.


To realize this dream, I will need your generous support to my gofundme campaign, financial  contributions in ANY amount. Just click on the DONATE NOW button above. Thank you!


Your contributions in PHASE ONE will go towards:

-Travel by car, plane, boat or train to visit successful retreat centers and intentional communities in the USA from November through December 2018.

-Fees for workshops, retreats and work-study programs at certain centers and communities.

- A daily living allowance.

-Storage of my belongings while I am away on field research.

-Development of pilot arts/wellness/music programs to enhance programming at existing retreat centers, to test potential offerings and network with others.

Your contributions in PHASE TWO will go towards:

 -Acquiring technical assistance needed to review my findings, and a working team to develop a business / marketing plan to attract potential investors for The Red Thread Retreat Center Project.

I invite you to visit my new website at

There you can learn more about me, my background in education, the arts, music, hospitality, event planning, publishing, mentoring and sound healing. You will also find a more in-depth description of the project, of the community I envision, and discover numerous ways you can lend your support.

Thanks for telling your friends, sharing this GFM Campaign on FB (Click Share on Facebook button) or on other online sites by copying/pasting/forwarding  this GFM link.   I welcome any contacts, comments, ideas or suggestions of other people and places to visit. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Know I am richly blessed by all you are and all you do in the world.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." (John Lennon)

Gratefully yours,


Special thanks to Brad Murphy for helping me to create the Go Fund Me video and to guitarist Pat Duffey for the original video music "Grateful Heart" performed by our Spiral Dance Chamber Jazz ensemble. Thanks to Nikhil Sarma for the Dreamer and Red Thread  photos.  And to all of you who have expressed interest in the project, I extend my sincere gratitude for your enthusiasm, love, encouragement and support.
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