Meditations, Methods, & Magic
a Weekend Retreat with Andie Thrams
Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15, 2019
We can deepen the creative process by combining painting with meditation techniques. Our busy minds are quite good at generating blocks, excuses, and anxieties that prevent access to our deeper awarenesses and impede creativity. Happily, it is surprisingly straightforward to use simple meditations and breath work to move beyond what may be in our way! We are then more able to freely draw and paint with ease.
Through guided practices we’ll explore simple effective ways to quiet the mind as we weave ourselves into TreeSong’s forests through art making. During gentle forays outdoors, we’ll find objects, glean ideas, jot down notations, make artful marks, as we combine creative work with meditation approaches. Using watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil, you will create a collection of experimental mixed media drawings and paintings to chronicle your forest methods and magic.
Participants may arrive anywhere between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Friday. Dinner Friday night will be a potluck. The remaining meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, will be prepared for you. The retreat will draw to a close at 3:00 pm on Sunday.
Best for those with prior painting experience.
Tuition includes workshop fee and 2 nights accommodations where applicable:
$385 – Accommodations in cabin (5 spots)
$370 – Accommodations on covered porch on cots, bedding provided (2 spots)
$355 – Camping with own gear (4 spots)
$335 – Commute (up to 8 spots)
Maximum retreat size 12. Minimum age level: 14 +
About Andie Thrams:
Andie Thrams makes paintings and artist’s books in wilderness habitats. Her art and teaching explore mystery, reverence, delight, and vanishing habitats. Her award-winning work is widely exhibited and held in numerous permanent collections, including Yale University and the University of Washington. She earned a BA degree in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been teaching art making in the outdoors since 1990.