Nature Reveals and Heals!

Belinda Macri of Clearwater Retreat teams up with Trudy Thomson of Ferns and Fancy to offer a full day of various wellness, nature and creative craft activities on October 29th. Hours are from 10 to 4.

Clearwater Retreat is an ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.

Ferns and Fancy on Woodside Trail is an art studio where you can learn crafts based on nature’s elements.


Located at Clearwater Lake Drive in Chapel Hill, and operated by Belinda Macri, Clearwater Retreat offers you a place where you are surrounded by nature as you enjoy different activities. This is the first time full day retreats are being offered  that combine wellness and various craft activities…just down the road at Woodside Trail.

Noted for yoga and meditation instruction as well as Ayurveda living, Belinda Macri offers you her guidance and expertise as you mindfully move through various activities that promote wellness and well-being. Recognized for her craft activities, Trudy Thomson has a workshop and gallery space a few paces from Belinda’s site.

Each unique retreat offers a full day of various wellness, nature and creative craft activities.


Saturday October 29th


1002 Clearwater Lake Drive, Chapel Hill, 27517

Instruction: $125
Materials: $30
Lunch – Organics: $20.
So, total costs for one full day event is $175.

This covers instruction and materials for the following activities:

  • Creating a personalized scarf on Silk Habotai by Eco Printing
  • Learning the basics of Ayurveda and its healing through food
  • Enjoying a delicious healthy lunch in the natural setting at Clearwater Retreat
  • Taking a Mindfulness Walk in the Labyrinth which holds a high vibration
  • Writing and sketching your personal reactions in a unique journal crafted for this class
  • Participating in a gentle Hatha Yoga practice at the end of the day
  • Sharing and displaying the results of your creative activities

Sign up by contacting Trudy Thomson at or call her home phone at 919-933-2891 or her cell at 919-923-5022.




The crafting begins a short walk down the road from Clearwater Retreat. To get there Belinda leads you to a romantic covered bridge at the end of the road. Then you wind your way through the rock garden at Trudy’s house to the  Thomson studio. Thomson demonstrates the techniques for making Eco prints on fabric by using leaves gathered on her property — which represent those found in North Carolina. Each participant creates a pattern of their choosing to decorate a lovely long silk scarf.



Participants return to Clearwater Retreat site for lunch. Belinda provides an introduction to the principles of Ayurvedic cooking before you enjoy a healthy organic vegetarian meal.

A new feature of Clearwater Retreat is a labyrinth — holding a high vibration for healing — which awaits your visit after lunch. This is followed by journaling activities at a selective spot on the property. You receive a book, a journal bookmark and a packet of prompt tags to initiate your personal thoughts or sketches.



The Crystal Singing Bowl rings to announce that Yoga participants should gather at Belinda’s deck. This portion of the day is devoted to a Hatha yoga class, designed for everyone. This class is enjoyed out on the deck surrounded by trees and rocks.




“I loved the process of designing the scarf and the finished product! I liked walking the labyrinth and having time to journal. Enjoyed the lesson on Ayurveda and delicious lunch! Loved Belinda’s beautiful and peaceful home and property! ” — Martha

“I loved the retreat and very much appreciate how well organized and prepared everything was.  You and Belinda put a lot of thought into all of the details and made sure everything flowed well.  It was an absolutely lovely day and wonderful experience. I love my new scarf and have already worn it.” — Nancy

“For this unusual craft a good amount of time was spent on the process and the explanations and demonstration were helpful. I liked the pace of that activity and the environment. I liked the personal time after lunch to explore with the option of journaling.” — Deborah

“I enjoyed the surprise/transformation of watching how the leaf images transferred on to the silk scarf. And after lunch the journaling and labyrinth time together in one block was very relaxing. Then there was yoga!” — Susan

” I thought the retreat was AMAZING. You ladies are rockstars! I left feeling very inspired and relaxed! We need to get everyone in the Triangle business community out visiting you guys. We’d have a much happier, more focused business community! I can’t wait to attend a retreat with you again soon!” — Braden


Reminder, to sign up contact Trudy Thomson at, call her home phone 919-933-2891 or call her cell at 919-923-5022.


Belinda-head-shot-at-300-wideBelinda Macri is a certified Chopra Center Ayurvedic Consultant, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Meditation Teacher and Registered Polarity Practitioner. Her passion and rich depth of knowledge gained through these programs and life experiences makes her approach to each individual’s well-being transformational.

Find out more about Belinda and her Retreat activities at this website.



Trudy Thomson is a local crafts person who has taught various types of creative fiber work over the years including tapestry, shibori, and marbling. She is a juried member of the Orange County Artists Guild and regularly participates in the fall Open Studio tour in early November. See her arts and crafts at this website. If you want to get notices when we offer this again or other craft activities click on this link to a form!

Note that Trudy also create websites for artists and small business persons. Find out more about her web design at this site.