http://owa-usa.org/newsletter.php?v=425#976

Newsletter | Sep/Oct 2014


An Inspiring and Improvisational Retreat
by Jean Nilsson, Ed.


Fifty of our members got together the weekend of September 12-14 for a delightful retreat at Westerbeke Ranch. Emily Maya Mills, LA actor and comic extraordinaire (and Kathleen Cruise's daughter) kept us thinking on our feet and laughing in her "Empowering Improvisation" workshops (one session she actually led in the pool, top left photo), later delighted us with a personal stand-up comedy "intermission" between sets of the Baguette Quartet on Saturday night, then facilitated a serious small group discussion on architecture and improvisation on Sunday.

Many thanks to this year's retreat team who put it all together--Janet Crane, who has spearheaded the retreat for many years, Mui Ho and Judy Rowe, who led fabric painting (top right photo), and Kathleen Cruise, Joanne Chow Winship, Rachel Sloniki, Shari Canepa, Karlene Gullone, Debbie Klein, Cammy White, and Heather Sprague--creating a place and time for friends and colleagues to meet, organize, play, create, renew ties... Save the dates of September 18-20, 2015 for next year's retreat.