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North Carolina

This one day retreat facilitated by Geraldine for a newly formed 501c3 helped board members at MY Neighbors get their all-volunteer staff organized. Their goal was to evaluate a pilot project, study their current reality, and create a dynamic, multi-county vision for helping elders live longer at home.


North Carolina


Geraldine facilitated a two-day retreat with board members from the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation to assist with the clarification of their mission and vision and begin action planning for this recently formed non-profit organization.

Join Us for an Out of the Ordinary Retreat — Artist for the Day 

Co-taught by Geraldine Plato and Debra Frasier

During this day together we solve a group problem using a creative, focused approach and along the way you experience a method for accessing the often hidden wisdom within one's team. Be it corporate team, church group, book club, a non-profit board, or family your team will learn how to communicate more effectively while building on everyone's strengths. 


The morning work session taught by Geraldine focuses on building trust and collaborative relationships while problem-solving a specific group need. In the afternoon Debra offers a structured art experience which delightfully explores the personal preconceptions that limit one's capacity for learning by gently pushing your comfort zone to reveal surprising skills. You will learn techniques for expanding your boundaries while building confidence in your personal creative resources that affect how you interact with your team.  

In this workshop, we strengthen the group’s skills through creative brainstorming AND an individual's bravery when facing new learning situations. The pairing of group and personal work — talking and making — will leave participants knowing they CAN be the resilient, creative, flexible people our demanding lives require. 

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Debra Frasie
Debra Frasier; Geraldine Plato

Debra Frasier

​Bestselling author and illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, as well as a national speaker and workshop leader on writing and the creative process.

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For a customized retreat to take your team to the next level call Geraldine at 828.467.0979


This was a refreshing break from the routine but not so far away from work to feel frivolous.   

Amanda Martin

Executive Director, Center for Rural Health Innovation

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