Nature in Me© Intuitive Painting Retreat – Val Marie
October 7 – October 9
Energetically conducive to creative work and play, Sky Story Studio is a mere ten minute drive from Grasslands National Park. Immerse yourself in creative self-inquiry, then retreat for a walk in the hills or some spectacular night sky viewing.
Stay an extra day to experience additional tours and The Crossing’s Mary’s Labyrinth. Pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs and other wildlife will greet you! Health protocols will be observed.
- Registration Fee to honour retreat: $395 (includes all materials, a retreat package and healthy bits/bites/refreshments)
- Maximum # of registrants: 7 (must be 18+ years of age)
Contact Diana for details regarding registration, and see accommodation and retreat packages here.
Who is the Nature in Me retreat for?
Where are you at in life? Are you looking for some balance to your work focussed world? Do you feel compelled to make a leap but that voice of fear is holding you back? For now, give voice to your creativity and acknowledge your inner nature through process painting. Using humble materials amidst a group of supportive peers, both non-artists, and artists alike will find the Nature in Me© painting process truly transformational. Whether deliberating over significant decisions, healing from an illness, or finding your footing on a new path, this process yields incredibly rich results: messages from deep within and awe-inspiring gifts from which to benefit for a lifetime. This is a self-inquiry process like no other!
For Would-be Creatives…
Have you ever wanted to paint but didn’t know how to begin? Are you an artist experiencing a blockage? Does an inner voice prompt you to dig deeply to tap the mystery of your creative flow, your life force, the Source? It’s time to awaken the artist within you! Nature in Me© Process Painting allows one to authentically feel, explore core archetypes and express personal imagery necessary for powerful transformation!With the use of simple materials and the option of other unique techniques in a supportive environment, participants embark upon a rich and life changing personal journey of discovery. Based on Aviva Gold’s work, Painting from the Source, (www.paintingfromthesource.com), this process will benefit both non-artists and artists who wish to fruitfully further their inner dialogue and/or rejuvenate their creative practices. Space is limited. Must be 18 years of age to register. All materials supplied.
The impulse to paint for many of us is insistent. It never leaves, regardless of whether or not we pay attention to it. Some of us, however, get stuck at some point or never know how to begin. Nature in Me©Process Painting gifts us with a lifelong practice of self-inquiry through paint, a means to stay in touch with one’s authentic creative life force. If you know of anyone who might benefit from attending this retreat experience, please have them get in touch with me.
Although this retreat is not solely about ‘nature’ as we think of it, it encourages us to re-connect to Mother Nature, all aspects, and provides an opportunity to encounter in a safe environment one’s own nature, expressive capacity, blockages, archetypes, and the need for numinous mystery in our lives. This practice can lead to emotional clarity, and can be deeply healing. Each registrant will begin a personal journey of discovery all their own. Contact me with any questions you may have. Full retreat description below.
What is Nature in Me© Process Painting?
The Nature in Me Process Painting retreat weekend provides an opportunity for non-artists and artists alike to experience the transformative energy of creativity through paint. Encouraged to approach humble materials with the curiosity of a child, participants will paint in a free flowing manner to achieve non-preconceived images and personally derived symbols of significance. Throughout the weekend, in response to their paintings, participants will have the option to use additionally powerful techniques to gain greater clarity, based on the emotions, thoughts and visions which intuitively surface. Through paint, participants will be encouraged to engage with long pondered personal questions, potential blockages and personally charged metaphors within a framework of archetypal patterns.
Collaborating as co-creators with the Divine (Life Force, Source, Creator, inner Buddha…), each participant will journey into the cave of creativity and emerge at the end of the weekend with new insights, potentially reaching a breakthrough painting and a level of personal clarity.
Participants will be encouraged to take creative risks, step out of their comfort zone, and stay committed to their own exploration; to their own evolution.
What can you expect to experience during the weekend?
- An intensive energy flow
- A safe, nurturing environment
- Laughter and tears
- Super charged intuition
- Bonding with sister/fellow painters
- Hard work/joyful play
- Movement meditation breaks
- Sacred sharing circles
- Engagement of one’s psychic learning curve
- Collective commitment to maintaining confidentiality
- Lots of colour, internally and externally
- A breakthrough painting for personal reference and inspiration
- A simple, unique process to inform a lifelong, healing, creative practice
What not to expect…
- Traditional painting instruction (although suggestions may be made for where to find particular information)
- Painting formulas
- A list of take-away teachings
- A painting to show or sell
Header photo by James R. Page