Peace on the Water
Art, Movement, Magic. Life Unfolding. Loonsong.
For this first offering I will be providing cotton batik fabric and a variety of pallets to create your art piece on. From small and several to large and single you will go home with something of beauty from your inner dwelling place of creativity.
This day includes movement in its offering, both free lance and structured. This helps to keep the creative juices of the artist in us flowing and vitally engaged in the body. Music will play to entice and invite any and all spontaneous movement. Other activities to engage in are yoga, floorplay, walking, swimming when warm, sauna, massage, hammock hanging, conversation and just being in nature in a beautiful place. Allow your heart to guide you in the simplicity of your day unfolding.
We will share a potluck picnic so please bring easy food. I will provide coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day.
This day is open to all artists and is a great opportunity to spend time at Loonsong and to draw, paint or photograph this beautiful area. Bring an addition to the picnic and join in for any of our play.
Sunday May 19, 2019 (Inquire about cottage availability for overnight option)
Life As Art Studio/ Loonsong Cottage Retreat
10:00- Leaving Time
Suggested Donation: $50 for fabric project
Sunday October 1, 2017
$110 includes lunch, snacks
In these times of turbulence, uncertainty and anxiety it can be helpful to explore one’s “inner space” where there is a source of balance, strength, and wisdom. This experiential workshop guides participants to that inner calm through centering exercises, relaxation, guided imagery, free writing/drawing, and discussion.
Susan Walsh is a counselling therapist with a background in creative arts and Psychosynthesis, a therapeutic approach that is based on the premise that every person has the potential to access an inner wisdom and source of healing.
“I learned new skills/techniques to help me deal with stress, negative thoughts and change my way of thinking.” C. Cameron, nurse
“The experience I had was magical…I felt a sense of relief and letting go when I left, looking forward to the next week.” J. MacKay, Healthcare Worker
As women, as mothers and as caregivers we offer ourselves up to others and it is as natural as breath. As women and mothers we are connected to the great Mother at a deeply profound level and can sense her discomfort as we would sense it in our loved ones.
Mothers Day is a day for all Mothers to celebrate and to honour their heroic contribution to the family, the personal and the global. Our relentless ability to care for others extends beyond our own front doors to embrace all beings everywhere and, being our nature, we may not fully grasp the scope of our giving. It is who we are and this retreat is about making it our turn. We will honor the Great Mother by connecting to the elements in nature. We will play and accept the gifts of Earth’s energies into our bodies through our feet while ‘Earthing’ and moving through the fresh dewy grass of spring and the sand on the beach. We will immerse as much of our bodies to the river as we each desire and explore movement while setting intention to release energy what we are holding and no longer need.
May is the month of new beginnings for the earth and in simple ceremony we will offer our gratitude for her support in our lives. This may include creating a natural mandala if weather permits or a different creative pursuit if weather suggests.
In this Mothers Day retreat we turn the focus away from others and shine that same light of love back onto ourselves through the simple practice of celebrating ourselves and each other in small yet meaningful ways. This requires a surrender from you, an ability to hand over the reins of care to another so that you can float gently in this place of being nurtured. Though not always recognized as a need, it most definitely is. Give yourself the gift of time and leave this weekend revitalized with a full cup from which to give again.
This retreat includes a 60 minute massage by one of your hosts, Candice Connor RMT or Kathi Ryan RMT, a movement experience, creativity, embracing nature as the day allows, rest and time to BE, delicious food and shared accommodation.
May 13-14, 2017
Saturday 10:00- Sunday Afternoon
Investment in Self: $200
Gift Certificates Available
This is a day to play with words and to speak to what is meaningful to you. When we express what shows up for us in the moment it can often surprise us. Several times I have approached this poetry play with a specific intention and had something completely unrelated unfold before me. I consider this part of the magic in opening yourself up to inspired art forms.
The day will begin with intentional movement in order to feel into our body/mind and give birth to the voice that resides within. A collection of words and phrases will be available to choose from and I invite you to bring your own magazines, maybe even pre-cut whatever speaks to you, words or images.
The purpose of this day is to relax and share in the company of others while being creative. Music, and floor space to move on when inspired, will enhance this day with the Joy of being and moving in our bodies. Plan on a potluck salad bar where I provide the greens and each of you bring a healthy condiment to add. Snacks, coffee and tea are provided.
Life As Art Studio 15811 RT, 316 HWY, Country Harbour
May 20, 2017
Please bring something yummy to add to a salad of fresh organic greens and an equal measure donation to Loonsong for your experience.
Loonsong Cottage, a 3 bedroom open concept cottage across the road from The Life As Art Studio, is available to rent for anyone wanting to have an extended retreat on this weekend. Contact me for details.