Invoking Frida

Join Kecia Deveney for a creative weekend immersed in all-things-Frida Kahlo ♥

Friday, AUG 17 – Monday, AUG 20, 2018

St. Mary’s at Transfiguration Spirituality Center

Glendale, OH 45246


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Kecia Deveney

Kecia Deveney

a remarkable retreat devoted to the life, art, and style of Frida Kahlo.

 “I think in a way, women can relate to her struggles and creative voice in one way or another. Frida started painting after her accident, while still in the hospital. She channeled her pain and began creating. You can view her works of art and really see what was going on in her mind and how she felt through her self portraits.” K. Deveney

Frida’s work has a timeless folk art quality to it, which Kecia interprets to create art “without rules”. It may look easy and struggle free, but mostly it grants permission to dive in and make it up as you go along trusting your own creative voice.  Her creations have been described by the term, “Magic Realism” . . . both magical and realistic . . . how cool is that?!

For Invoking Frida, we invite you to channel your “inner Frida”; acknowledging emotional stories, relationships and experiences and translate them into multiple creations. We will be painting AND working with paper clay {to create a Frida doll}. For the painting part, Kecia will be guiding you through various exercises and techniques that will help you understand painting a face with layers and definition. Plan on inspiration and encouragement to listen to and trust your creative voice during this intimate creative weekend.

Come as you are – no experience needed – we’re gathering together in the spirit of vulnerability, resilience and trust. 

She has a surprise project planned for Friday night’s opening ceremony and we’ll embolden the personal style of F.K. with WWFW – What Would Frida Wear? This isn’t about donning “costumes” rather an opportunity to call forth boldness and beauty.

Because this is an immersive summer retreat – we’ll surround ourselves with fresh picked picked flowers and permission feel Be-You-tiful. Dress however you feel empowered; bright colors, layered dresses, flowing skirts, flowers, pantsuits and ties, shawls, crowns and what-ever-makes-you-comfy-clothes. We look forward to seeing your interpretation of Frida’s audacious style and heART. Kecia and Glenda be packing their finest Frida inspired outfits.


 Check in at St. Mary’s between 3-5Pm

6:00 group dinner

7:00 pm- Opening Ceremony with Super Secret Surprise!

Evenings: enjoy creating and communing in your pajamas, snacks in the fridge and make yourself at home. In fact, you can create any time you want up until late Sunday. The main area of St. Mary’s is where you will be working the majority of the weekend. We will literally take over St. Mary’s with our art.

St. Mary's

St. Mary’s Retreat Building 

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

495 Albion Court Cincinnati Ohio, 45246

Read Contemplative Journal feature review here

Closest Airport and transportation Info:

CVG Airport 36 miles away

Ground Transportation options

495 Albion Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
(513) 771-2171

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” Frida Kahlo

Invoking Frida doll closeup
Invoking Frida doll closer 2



Ticket is all inclusive: lodging, all meals, workshops, speciality art supplies, Full-on-Frida Festivities, kindred connection + 3.5 days of creative immersion!

PRIVATE ROOM $710.00 per person

  • 17 tickets / Private Rooms  w/ single bed + en suite bathroom/shower

SHARE a ROOM $685.00 per person

  • 6 tickets / 3 Share a Rooms w/two single beds + en suite bathroom/shower – perfect for sisters, besties or a group ♥

Please read updated Paid In Full 180 day refund policy under Cancellation and Ticket Refund policy under FAQ. 


$150.00 DEPOSIT

Ticket is all inclusive: lodging, all meals, workshops, speciality art supplies, Full-on-Frida Festivities, kindred connection + 3.5 days of creative immersion!
  • $150 deposit towards $710 Private Room Ticket {balance $555 due by March 1, 2018}
  • $150 deposit towards $685 Share a Room Ticket {balance $535 due by March 1, 2018}
  • Indicate Private or Share A Room in Notes on Registration Form

Please read Save My Seat payment terms under updated Cancellation and Ticket Refund policy under FAQ.



We have St. Mary’s building to ourselves from Friday, AUG. 17 – Monday, AUG 20th, 2018. This retreat includes onsite 3 nights lodging, meals, workshop and creative immersion. There are 17 private rooms with single bed/bath/shower and 3 rooms with 2 beds/bath/shower. The inclusive tickets includes:

  • specialty art products for painting and paper clay doll
  • general art bar supplies
  • all onsite scrumptious meals + complimentary tea, coffee + light snacks 
  • 3 unique Frida handmade workshops + a super secret surprise on Friday night opening ceremony
  • up close + personal creative immersion w/ Kecia Deveney
  • outrageous cozy pampering of St. Mary’s – you can literally create in your pajamas all weekend if you wanna!
  • tranquil trails, gardens, rocking chairs + kindred connections ♥ 
  • yummy treats + swag bag
  • all the feels of creative wellbeing + self care + connection

If you need lodging on Thursday AUG 16 please contact Glenda Miles.


Your already creative self and a basic tool kit. {under development} Registered guests will receive detailed workshop supply list well in advance of event. All special supplies needed for this workshop are built into the inclusive ticket price.

Comfy clothes +  your favorite Frida wear.

BYOB: adult beverages permitted, glasses, wine openers on site. Feel free to bring a drinking vessel as there is distilled H20, lemonade, iced tea and ice.

BYOS: no soda on site, you’ll need to bring your own.

BYOS: there are snacks on site and the food is absolutely delicious and generous. You will be nourished. They have little bags of complimentary snacks i.e. granola bars, chips, cookies, popcorn, etc, provided, if you like other types of snacking, please feel free to bring your own. [Kitchen/Microwave/Refrigerator on Site] 

Kecia will also have a mini pop up shoppe of her hand made goodies that weekend. Checks, credit card + cash accepted.


Frida Quotes

Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

Rare Photos of Frida in the 20’s

Frida Documentary

Join the Invoking Frida pinterest board

Join the Invoking Frida Facebook Event page

Join the Creative Communion Hullabaloo Facebook group to connect with others joining Invoking Frida

Enjoy the Creative Communion Spotify Maker Tribe Vibe music playlist and add your own tunes.

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It is understandable that “life happens” and unforeseen circumstances may prevent you from attending a ticketed event. In the case where you cannot participate, please notify me as soon as possible. Due to event/instructor’s financial commitments, reservation/s and contract obligations, full refunds for Paid in Full Tickets are only available up until 180 days prior to the ticketed event date.  If notification has been made up to or prior to JAN 14, 2018, full refunds will given and processed vial Paypal within 5 days of the date of the cancellation. If you are unable to attend an event and not eligible for a refund, and there is a waiting list, we will gladly put you in contact with the first person on the list to coordinate possible arrangements for the sale of your ticket. If a transaction is mutually agreed upon and completed, your spot in the event will be transferred to the other person.

If you are unable to attend and there is no waiting list, we will unfortunately be unable to provide refunds after JANUARY 14, 2018.

Save My Seat Deposit Ticket:  Your $150.00 deposit ticket holds your seat with final payment/s due by midnight on JANUARY 14, 2018. If payment is not received, unfortunately your position will be forfeited and your payment/s will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Shortly after purchasing your Save My Seat Ticket, you will receive a Paypal invoice with terms agreeing to final payment due on 01/14/18. Any elibible refunds will be given and processed via Paypal and/or check within 5 business days.

Notification of cancellations due to inclement weather, instructor cancellation or unpredictable circumstances will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact emergency information. Full refunds will given for Paid in Full and Save My Seat Deposits and processed vial Paypal and/or checks within 5 days of the date of the unexpected cancellations.

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