The 2019 SEAL Retreat

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

Social-Emotional Artistic Learning

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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 SEAL strategies and techniques that can be integrated into what we do with students to promote their well-being and build their social-emotional 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!

Learn New SEAL Strategies!

It’s an OVERNIGHT retreat!

Check-in Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm, Check-out Saturday, February 2 at 4:00pm

SEAL Retreats are for ALL!

The SEAL retreat is built for any and ALL adults who work with students of all ages who need social-emotional development: teachers, specialists, administrators and parents.

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
  • SEAL!!!  Our winter retreats are focused on Social-Emotional Artistic Learning where we learn how to integrate the arts into social-emotional learning.
  • Hands-On Art Activities – 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 SEAL.
  • Teacher-Centered – YOU will experience all ideas and activities presented.  This retreat is as much for your SEAL 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 SEAL activities completed as well as the arts standards and corresponding SEL Competencies touched upon during the retreat.  This is a great resource to refer to again and again!
  • There will be light yoga on Saturday morning.
  • Every retreater will get a special retreater gift upon arrival.
  • You will get access to a special WTAR19 Retreater Playlist 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.

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Instructors and Workshops


Each year, other teachers and artists join Elizabeth to bring amazing SEAL workshops starting on Friday evening.  Later that night, 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.  And if you want even MORE SEAL fun, be sure to join us for a “Night Owl” workshop.

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.

Saturday will be filled with great SEAL experiences that you will want to bring back to your school, classroom or office.  Not to mention, you will get so much out of this for yourself!

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


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 social-emotional competencies into all the SEAL activities.

This year, Elizabeth is joined by Erin Warren, repeater retreater and art teacher living in Southern New Hampshire. She got her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University and has worked as a florist, photographer, para educator and now as a K-8 Art Teacher in Haverhill, MA. Erin has also taught several workshops to both adults and children through the Merrimack NH YMCA and the Durham NH Parks and Recreation department focusing on photography, graphic design, and recycled arts.


Wish Flags – This amazing SEAL project will build self and social awareness while building relationships among the retreaters!  Each retreater will create 1-3 wish flags on fabric using modified tie dye and stamping methods.  Each flag will represent a wish or hope for the future and will be strung together in a wonderful display to use for meaningful reflection.

The Meaning Behind the Screaming – In this workshop, we will take a close listen to a genre of music that can tell us so much of what is going on inside some of our students.  Carefully chosen songs will be analyzed and discussed and current songs that send a positive message will end this rockin’ workshop.

“Night Owl” Workshop – Want more fun?  Late at night, we will share some materials and create together.

Morning Yoga – Start the next day with some refreshing, centering yoga.

Inside the Eye – Inspired by Rene Magritte’s painting “The False Mirror,” this project focuses on how the “sky” portion of the eye in the painting is not a reflection, but rather a view inside of the person.  Retreaters will create their own eye image of self-awareness and self-management illustrating what one would see if they could see inside you.

Hanging wish flags


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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. 🙂