Winter SEAL Retreats

Break up your winter with Teacher-Centered PD created with YOU in mind!

Social-Emotional Artistic Learning

This is the home page with general information about our SEAL Retreats.

Teaching our students about Wellness and developing their Social and Emotional needs is becoming more and more necessary. The ARTS can be an integral part of this learning for them. During our time, we will explore how a variety of arts can be integrated into what we do with students to promote Wellness and the SEL Competencies.

As always, this PD is Teacher-Centered, meaning we will experience these art forms for ourselves and how they can develop our own Social-Emotional Competencies. After all, our motto remains that we need to GET Inspired in order to BE Inspiring!

Winter Retreat Highlights

It’s an OVERNIGHT retreat!

Check-in Friday, February 2 at 5:00pm, Check-out Saturday, February 3 at 4:00pm

Amazing Location


  • Essex Woods Retreat and Meeting Center, Essex, MA
  • Beautiful location and we have the place all to ourselves
  • Includes lodging in the same building as or steps from our workshops

Meals are Included!
  • Freshly prepared dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday
  • Snacks and drinks throughout the weekend
Focus of the Retreat
  • Wellness – We will learn and play some games and work with concepts of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Social/Emotional Learning – SEL competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making*) will be further explored through work in the arts.
  • The Arts – The arts provide a naturally differentiated approach for all the retreaters.  All the art activities and projects are carefully thought-out and chosen to meet the criteria of Social-Emotional needs.
  • Teacher-Centered – YOU will experience all ideas and activities presented.  This retreat is as much for your Wellness and SEL as it will be for your students.
  • There’s a large hot tub and sauna to enjoy on Friday night.
  • We will take advantage of the large fire pit outside where we can drum!  (weather permitting)
  • A complete handout will be provided that includes all the activities completed as well as the arts standards and corresponding SEL Competencies touched upon during the retreat.  This is a great resource to use in your classroom!
  • There will be light yoga on Saturday morning.
  • Every retreater will get a special retreater gift upon arrival.
  • You will get a special WTAR18 Retreater Playlist in the mail a week before the retreat so you can enjoy your Friday commute to Essex Woods!

The price includes all workshops, double occupancy lodging, 3 meals, all materials and bonuses.  Each retreater will be awarded 12 professional development hours.  For an additional fee, (and 3 additional hours online), you can earn 1 graduate credit to be used for recertification and/or salary advancement.

Workshops and Instructors

Elizabeth Peterson, C.A.G.S. (Arts, Leadership and Learning) arts integration specialist, elementary teacher and founder of The Inspired Classroom has been designing Teacher-Centered PD for years.  Her philosophy is steeped in the idea that teachers need to be inspired in order to be inspiring to their students.  She will lead the retreat from the beginning to the end, intertwining the ideas of Wellness and the SEL Competencies into all the SEAL activities.

Each year, other teachers and artists join Elizabeth to bring amazing SEAL workshops starting on Friday night.  In the evening, you are invited to enjoy the company of others with a glass of wine and take advantage of the retreat center’s hot tub and sauna.

Dinner is included on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch are prepared for us on Saturday.  Weather permitting we will have a special outdoor drumming circle.

We will end our time together as we reflect the SEAL activities that developed both arts skills and SEL competencies.  Discussions will be had about how this all plays out in our classrooms: how our experiences with Teacher-Centered PD will feed what we do with our own students.

Winter SEAL Retreat

Price: $315.00

Occupancy :
1 Grad Credit for Winter TAR17
1 Grad Credit for Winter TAR17

Price: $150.00
Cancelation Policy and Weather Updates

Paid registrants may send a substitute.
If for any reason you can’t attend*, 100% of your paid registration will be
refunded when you notify The Inspired Classroom at least 72 hours in advance.
Notifications after this time will be refunded less a $25 service fee.

*The retreat will NOT be cancelled for snow or other inclement weather, unless Massachusetts calls for a “state of emergency.”  Essex Woods is a year-round facility and will have the property ready for us. Because of this, we cannot refund money to those who do not attend because of weather. 🙂

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