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Excavating and Digging Through the Layers

retreat with Nellie Wortman

Friday, JUNE 25 - Monday JUNE 28, 2021
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St. Mary’s Building

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

461 Albion Ave, 

Cincinnati, OH 45246

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Welcome to the hullabaloo with Nellie! 

How about a long weekend devoted to outrageous hospitality and creative pampering? 

Highlights of Excavating + Digging Through the Layers

All - inclusive - ticket - includes EVERYTHING!

Techniques, ideas + tools for manifesting mixed media books

Friday night metal, patina resin heart making

Nature walk, tea and flower bathing

Using "excavating and digging" to create your own masterpieces - one large, one smaller book

Mountains of supplies provided (your kit fee is included in your ticket)

Private room and ensuite bathroom

Dedicated table + workspace w/ lots of room to make + immerse

ALL nourishing meals, plentiful + sacred space for creating to our hearts desires

Come as you are space - create in your tiara, slippers or tutu if you wanna

Give away table for sharing of ephemera

Connecting with like-hearted kindreds

Sweet escape for you and your art friends

ALL INCLUSIVE - lodging, meals, 2 books, + Excavation and Digging

time with Nellie from Fri - Mon for $750.00

Pay in Full ticket

make your calendar + save the date - you're coming to Excavating and Digging Through the Layers with Nellie June 25-28, 2021

join us


- - all inclusive - - 

private room w/ ensuite bathroom

lodging, all meals + goodies

EDTL experience w/ Nellie

create 2 books

private St. Mary's sweet escape

creative immersion

+ + hullabaloo

Save My Seat Ticket

(limited availability) is non-refundable and final payment of $600.00 is due by DEC 31, 2020.

Payment Plans available. Contact Glenda for more info

Friday, June 25th

A more detailed schedule will be available late Spring 2021

Check in 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Group Dinner 6:00 pm

7:00 pm heart bezels + tea bundles

9:00 pm Make in you PJ's 

What to bring

A kit fee has been built into your ticket price and includes generous supplies for the creation of your two books. 

You will supplement your creative process by bringing the following items easily found at home, hobby stores or online. 

Click below for Supply List


All other speciality supplies needed for this workshop are being generously provided by Nellie. 

Also consider bringing: 

--Comfy clothes, walking shoes, and a hair dryer.

--BYOBeverages: adult beverages permitted, glasses, wine openers on site.

--Bring a drinking vessel for distilled H20, lemonade, iced tea, ice, coffee, hot tea, etc. 

--BYOSoda: no soda on site, you’ll need to bring your own to store in the two kitchen fridges.

--BYOSnacks: You won’t go hungry — but feel free to bring your fave munchies. [Kitchen/Microwave/Refrigerator on Site] 

FYI: Nellie will have an onsite Pop up Shoppe!

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St. Mary's Building

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

495 Albion Ave, Glendale, OH 45246


Read Contemplative Journal feature review here

Once the fun begins Friday afternoon, you won’t need to leave for a thing until check out Monday morning.  If you need transportation from the airport, here are some options from the closest airport to St. Mary’s. 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

CVG Airport 36 miles away

Ground Transportation options

If you need lodging on Thursday, June 11th please contact me about staying on campus.

Click below for St. Mary's FAQ


The heart of the matter is creative immersion. Process vs Product. Experience vs Event. Deep Dive vs. Surface Skimming.

What does all this mean? You are considered a valued guest; one who is interested in expanding and strengthening talents, skills and interests with others. By making and creating you get to express feelings and explore new ways of being. In a collaborative circle of belonging, the artist instructor is also giving their expertise, inspiration and guidance. All of this is happening in a secluded nurturing environment where we can all learn, share and enrich the other.


  1. JUST BE YOU:  This is a judgment free, non-competitive, just have a darn good time experience. You are perfect just the way you are. 

  2. COMFORT ZONE NUDGES: Allow yourself to expand your craft and welcome the beauty of imperfection. 

  3. DRESS 4 MESS: Bring an apron [or gloves if you’re worried about your hands] because we'll be making beautiful messes!

ticket policy

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 the high demand of this event all Save My Seat Tickets are non-refundable. Exception would be continuation of COVID19 crisis into 2021and the need for emergency ticket refund policy. Due to events financial commitments, reservations and contract obligations full refunds of all tickets are only available on or up to 180 days prior to the event on on

JANUARY 1, 2021

What if you can't come after you have purchased your ticket? 

If there is a waiting list, I will 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.


In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, instructor cancellation, unpredictable circumstances or emergency due to COVID19 notification will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact emergency information. Refunds will be given within 5 days of the date of the unexpected cancellations.

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