“May the beauty which you pass on to generations
still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder!”
— Saint Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists

Retreat.  Create.  Laugh.  Experience God.  Be stirred to wonder.

MAY 5-7, 2017  ::  DENVER, CO

Scatter + Sow will host a Catholic creative beauty retreat for women focused on beauty, creativity, and relationship as ways in which God reveals Himself. The Hello Beauty Retreat will inspire and equip each woman to let herself be known, especially through her unique desire to create beauty. Special emphasis will be placed on the truth of beauty as the retreat aims to respond to Saint Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists, through which he invites artists and those who create, to create for the good of the Church.

The retreat will center around three themes: Beauty Beheld, Beauty Crafted, and Beauty and the Intellect.

Women will come to understand a deeper purpose for what they make during creative workshops throughout the weekend. Workshops will include Floral Design, Watercolor Brush Lettering, Stained Glass, and Rosary Making. Retreaters will be refreshed and assured of the essential role they play as women who have a desire to seek beauty, create, and relate to others.

The retreat is open to women 18 and older. We'd love for you to join us! Registration is currently closed..


Speakers + Workshop Leaders

leah sedlacek

KEYNOTE: ENCOUNTERING BEAUTY
FEATURING THE LETTER TO ARTISTS by St. Pope John Paul II

Since joining FOCUS in 2009, Leah has co-led worship as a violinist and vocalist at national conferences sponsored by FOCUS, co-produced the FOCUS Collective’s first album, “Origin,” and played at numerous gatherings, including 2016 WYD in Krakow, Poland. Leah is also an accomplished classical violinist and studio musician, having tracked violin on numerous albums and performed at world-renowned venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Leah holds an undergraduate degree in violin performance from The Catholic University of America and a graduate certificate in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from the University of Denver. Leah currently works at the FOCUS Denver Support Center with Shaun Garrison spearheading "a beauty initiative within FOCUS," exploring how all true beauty can evangelize the culture and inspire people to know Jesus Christ. For more information about "a beauty initiative within FOCUS," visit focus.org/beauty. Additional information about Leah is available at www.leahsedlacek.com.    

Making it Happen

Norman, Oklahoma-------> New York City -------> Ontario, Canada -------> Washington D.C. -------> Denver, Colorado!

Tara and Erin met in Norman, Oklahoma. Tara now lives in New York City. Erin now lives in Canada. They joined up in Washington D.C. for GIVEN Forum 2016. Hello Beauty, the retreat which stemmed from GIVEN Forum, will be in Denver, Colorado. Many late night Skype sessions and the work of the Holy Spirit are allowing the planning process to continue even spanning across miles of distance. His grace is indeed far and wide.

Saint Pope John Paul II and Mother Mary, please pray for us!  

“It looks like the Scatter + Sow Initiative will be an opportunity for many to grow closer to Christ...
May our Lord bless you abundantly. Please be assured of my prayers for you and the Scatter + Sow Initiative.”
— Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L. Archbishop of Denver
“I’ll be interested to hear how the retreat goes in Denver. It sounds like something that we could use here in the Archdiocese of OKC as well! Be assured of my prayers for your work...”
— Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D., Archbishop of Oklahoma City

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