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New Year’s Eve is a threshold from which we can look back, look at right now, and then step into our future.

What is the life you are aching for?

And how is it different from your life today?

What if you had the magic to make your dreams come true?

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Hi! I'm Susie Stonefield Miller and I am passionate about helping people like you breathe life into their banished inner artists. I'm an artist, teacher, inspired life guide, and a certified person-centered expressive arts facilitator. Think of me as the midwife to your creative spirit! More about me here.

I want to answer your questions. I want to learn about who you are and what you're looking for.


Soul Journey is my incredible, life-changing,  transformational New Year's Eve retreat. And I want you to be there this year with us! Details below...

Join me and an intimate circle of beautiful, heart-centered women

for the most unforgettable New Year's Eve of your life.

Soul Journey is an all-inclusive creativity retreat in beautiful Mendocino county, California.


Last year's Soul Journey Retreat sold out! At this time we have only ONE spot left. Is it yours?

At Soul Journey: New Year's Eve Creativity Retreat you'll dip your hands into paint, share your stories, and celebrate in intimate, kindred community. You'll get clear on the kind of year you want to craft for yourself going forward.

This is powerful work.

I've changed my own life with the New Year's Eve practices I'll be sharing with you. And I know you can change your life too.

I am still in awe of my experiences at the retreat with you and the amazing women with whom I am now connected. Experiencing your retreat and learning art journaling and opening my mind, heart and spirit to the new at Soul Journey has changed my life. As I write, direct and produce the Third Act of My Life, I feel like I have entered an exciting and heart-full stage and it was your retreat that ushered in new and wonderful challenges.
— Leora B.

That's why I can't wait to spend New Year's Eve together.

Days of soulful creative play (art journaling and more), ceremony, and visioning the life of your dreams.

Words from recent retreat participants...

I came away with so much from your retreat that was truly priceless. The invaluable inner work that occurred was incomparable!
— Melaina Eller
I love how [the facilitators] are masters at letting us find our own way - gentle guidance was most appreciated; and their willingness to get “naked” with us was awesome!
— Sheridan Gold
You’ll be transformed.
— Melanie Kates

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Join me and my creative soul sister, Nichole Warwick for the juiciest, most auspicious, awe-inspiring and awe-wakening New Year's Eve of your life!

Nourishing art-making, nourishing food and nourishing connections...what could be better?


Find out about Nichole here!

Learn about my creative practices in the videos below.

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In this video I introduce my new year's intention-setting workbook that will be a big part of our process at Soul Journey.

This video talks about my New Year's practice of choosing a word for the year.

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At Soul Journey: New Year's Eve Creativity Retreat you will:

  • Join an intimate circle of kindred spirits for 5 days of unbridled creativity and visioning.

  • Close out the old year with a thoughtful, introspective review of what happened...and what didn't happen.

  • Learn and take home meaningful practices that you can use throughout the year to create a purposeful and fulfilling life.

  • Dance across the sacred threshold between the Old and New Years.

  • Nourish your creative spirit with days of art journaling, dreamboards, and more.

  • Nourish your body with delicious, organic, and lovingly prepared meals.

  • Nourish your soul with down time in the blissful comfort of a beautiful, country setting.


What are your questions? Hesitations? Let's talk!


Take a look at the gorgeous retreat center where we'll be dancing in the new year here...

Read more about the beautiful program we've crafted for you here..

The New Year is a threshold moment. It's a moment to...

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Take Stock.

...to look back on where we've been and--before we cross through that doorway--soak in how far we've come, what we have accomplished, and what not.

• How have I inhabited my life this year?

• What have I done that I can bring forward with me?

• What do I need to shed?

It's a time that is rich for reflection.

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Breathe. And then Listen.

These are days that make it more important than ever to make space for deep listening...listening to your innermost voice...your truest voice

It is ever more powerful to do this work with creativity and in community. When engaging the creative mind we give voice to our intuition, our core wisdom. That knowing is always with us--though we often are too busy and too distracted to listen.

That voice is our guide to live the life we are longing for.

The life we know we were meant to live.

Dream and then Manifest.

How many years have you gotten out your pen and paper and written down your resolutions?

How far did that get you?

I know for me, it didn't get me far, except into a shame-fest of everything I didn't change, didn't accomplish, didn't remember to do. Forget that!




  • 4 nights' lodging. (See photos here.)

    • 2 private cottages SOLD OUT

    • 1 private room w/shared bath SOLD OUT

    • 2 shared rooms and baths (all close in proximity) SOLD OUT

  • All of your meals daily. Lovingly prepared by our chef and retreat team. Mostly organic ingredients. Most dietary restrictions accommodated to the best of our ability (Lactose intolerant, no gluten, Paleo, vegetarian, etc.? Let us know when you register and we will do our best for you.)

  • ALL art materials. Paints, stencils, stamps, collage, the usual. (You won't believe what Susie can pack in her van!)

  • Susie’s Come Back to Center New Year's Workbookmailed to you in advance so you can get started in the weeks before you arrive!

  • A goodie bag on arrival with delicious and thoughtful treats to make your stay and experience unforgettable!

  • Art Studio open all day and into the night!

  • Morning yoga!

  • Spaciousness, flexibility, options…ease. Decide what YOU want to do and feel NO JUDGMENT!

  • The BEST New Year’s Eve party ever!

  • Exquisite care and attention from seasoned and fabulous facilitators!


DAY 1: Saturday, December 29 | Arrive as early as 5:00pm to settle into our personal spaces, wander, relax. Dinner and opening ceremony will begin at 7:00pm. Evening program to follow. 

DAY 2: Sunday, December 30 |  A day for reflection. Looking back on the year that is ending. Remembering, journaling, art journaling. Moving: shaking it out of our bodies...all that we've collected. So much to parse through. So much to shed. 

DAY 3: Monday, December 31 | Guidance and inspiration. A deep dive into discovering what we are feeling, what we are WANTING to feel, to dream, to manifest. Much marinating in creativity and seeing where it takes us on our journey to finding our most meaningful life path. We will end the day with a celebration and ritual. It won't feel ANYTHING like the New Year's Eve parties of your past!

DAY 4: Tuesday, January 1 | New beginnings. The first day of the new year. We will spend this day focused on the year ahead and planting the seeds of our dreams. Visioning, list-making, manifesting, claiming our most inspired life stories.

DAY 5: Wednesday, January 2 | We'll begin the day with creativity, then an abundant and nourishing brunch and reflective closing activities. A juicy closing circle and goodbye photos at the end. Deep sharing of what we have gleaned from this soul journey. We will be full of the amazingness of the days before and ready (maybe!) to head back into our lives by 3:00pm, with a new sense of self, of intention, and of possibility.

**We recommend planning your travels so that you are not caught in Saturday holiday weekend traffic. Come up by 5pm to catch the last light of the day. Spend the earlier part of your day wine tasting, shopping or visiting some of the lovely towns along Hwy 101 in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.** 

Nourish your heart, your soul and your body. 



  • art journaling

  • intuitive creativity projects (inspiration cards, dreamboards, etc.)

  • movement (playtime, yoga, tai chi, and dance)

  • sharing of our stories 

Each day will include personal creative time (free for you to choose how you'd like to spend it...maybe a nap or a walk or a swim, or maybe time to sit and chat with a new or old friend...or more art making!) 

And...the art space will be open at night for those night owls who would like to keep working. :)

You've gotten this far. What I offer is what you've been longing for. I can feel it. Can you?

art journal page: "On a Journey to my Truth"

Dreamboard, Word of the Year, 2015: SHINE

Dreamboard, Word of the Year, 2015: SHINE

art journal page: "My Name"

art journal page: "My Name"

Inspiration cards

Inspiration cards

This is more than an art retreat.

This is more than a New Year's Eve experience.

This is a life changing opportunity.

This is a chance to walk into your next year blooming!


An unbelievable opportunity to craft the life you dream of through creativity and intention with other like-minded women.

It's easy to blindly walk through our lives feeling like we have no options, other than to manage the chaos swirling around us.

Wouldn't you rather call forth some profound new insights about what you want in your life rather than go to that dreadful New Year's Eve party for the tenth year in a row?

Or sit home alone and wonder why? Or watch another football game and halftime show?

This is for you if:

  • You are a woman aching for a safe and sacred space in which to discover yourself.

  • You are longing for meaningful ritual and creative practices in your life.

  • You are tired of the same old, weary, superficial New Year's routine.

  • You aren't an artist, or maybe you are. It's for anyone no matter your art background.

  • You want, more than practically anything, your life to have purpose.

  • You want some guidance in creating that for yourself.

This is not for you if:

  • You are interested in a technique-driven art program.

  • You want to make beautiful things, rather than find beauty in the process itself.

  • You want to watch the Rose Parade on New Year's morning.

  • You don't believe in the magic of creativity.


Sold Out!

Dates: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fee options: 

(includes EVERYTHING you need for the most magical and transformative retreat of your life: ALL lodging, meals, materials, and programming.)

  • $2100 Full price SOLD OUT

  • plus $600 for private room w/shared bath, $800 for private room/bath BOTH OPTIONS SOLD OUT


Cancellation policy: If you choose to pay a deposit to save your spot, your balance will be due October 29th, 2018. You will be sent an electronic invoice for the remaining balance several weeks before the retreat. Non-payment of the balance within that time will mean a forfeit of your spot and fees. All deposits are non-refundable.  If you cancel up to 46 days before the retreat you’ll get everything back minus the $500 non-refundable deposit. No refund for cancellations within 45 days of the retreat.