About Us


                         Nancy, Nina, and Debbie

Nina, Nancy and Debbie together make up Creative Contemplatives, an entity formed solely to offer contemplative retreats. Nina leads retreat presentations while Nancy and Debbie share planning and leading creative activities including poetry writing, painting, prayer flags, collage, and many other adventures. Together the presentations and creative pursuits combine for a relaxing, insightful and profound time away.

Nina Frost, M.A. is a vocational counselor, spiritual director and retreat/workshop leader based in New York City and Virginia. In private practice since 1996, she was also on the staff of Marble Collegiate Church in New York from 2003-2012. Positions included Director of Adult Education and Lead Trainer for a church-wide curriculum on gifts discernment.

As a seminary-trained spiritual director, she works with people wanting to discern where they are in their lives, where they want to go, and what role their spirituality and their vocation play.  A frequent speaker at various churches, she also designs retreats and workshops that help people integrate spirituality with the challenges posed by career and personal transitions. She is the co-author of the book, Soul Mapping: An Imaginative Way to Self-Discovery.

Nina’s formal education includes: B.A. in English (Yale University); Certificate in Adult Career Development (New York University); Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction (General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church). Additional training includes pastoral counseling training at Blanton-Peale Institute, the certificate program in Mid-Life Directions, the “What Color is Your Parachute?” workshop with Richard N. Bolles, and various courses in Jungian psychology.

Nancy Collins, PhD, is a teacher, an artist, a writer, an ice skater, and a dreamer.  She developed and teaches the Freshman Interest Group Seminar, “Achieving Your Dreams in College and in Life” for Southern Maine Community College, where she passionately helps students realize “you are never too young or old to achieve your dreams”.  Nancy is living her own dreams of having a pottery studio in Maine and taking adult beginner figure skating lessons.  To learn more about Nancy’s artistic background and her pottery studio go to  http://www.artstudionumber8.com/maine.

Debbie Ryon grew up an avid reader, writer and musician with varied creative interests.  A cold war baby, her parents encouraged her to enter the field of engineering.  After several dozen years serving mechanical, electrical and telecommunications engineering roles for private and government agencies, she finds herself returning to her core identity of spirituality, creativity and contemplation.  Debbie has a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in electrical engineering, is a licensed professional engineer, Certified Energy Manager, former ANSI/TIA/EIA standards writing committee member, past BICSI Registered Communications Designer, past Toastmasters chapter president and more recently is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats program.”  She loves offering retreats and sharing her interest in the intersection of spirituality and creativity.

Together the three women reinforce each other and their passion for the material.  Retreat attendees benefit from this phenomenon!