Meditative Art Retreat. November 3rd - 10th 2018
My next art and walking retreat will be in a beautiful bohemian mountain farmhouse in Las Alpujarras in southern Spain. One of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen. The accommodation is in traditional Alpujarran style, with solar-powered hot water, with the most amazing views and a wood burning stove for warmth in the evenings if needed.
The weather is often sunny and warm in November, with cooler evenings. The retreat will be self-catered, with first evening's meal, and next day breakfast provided, and there is a fully equipped kitchen. The nearby town of Orgiva (a short walk away,) is lively and has lots of cafes, bars, shops, health food shop, and a Sufi vegan cafe restaurant called Baraka, which sells the most delicious food. There is also a colourful weekly outdoor market. I plan to take guests on a beautiful walk with a professional guide, up in the higher mountains to see ancient trade routes, natural springs, threshing floors, and exquisite nature surrounding. There will also be a morning of yoga and meditation. The walk will not be too difficult and no climbing involved.
We will be painting together. All tuition and art materials will be provided by me. The painting classes will be based on my practice of meditative art in the lovely art studio. Transport on the walking day will be provided. Space is limited. This retreat is for up to six people.
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I will teaching how to paint a self-portrait as our symbolic / mystic-self. I will be offering meditative, gentle guidance, setting intentions, using guided meditations, knowing the painting as a secular prayer. Painting modern iconography. Teaching my own techniques: the methods I use such as painting my birds, or other spirit animals, how to paint a face, a figure, light and shade, a symbolic landscape, glazing, colour washes, pattern, how to bring forms forward or push them back through glazes, using under-painting through abstracted techniques, adding white, or leaving white space, using words as under-painting too. Techniques such as glazing, dry brush work, stippling, acrylic pen-work, detailing, and stenciling. Working from my favourite themes: Iconography, Goddess archetypes, the Divine Feminine, Jungian archetypes, symbolism, mysticism, metaphysical art, shamanic and alchemical totems, sacred geometry, pattern, ornament, process and intuitive painting.
For me, there must always be the still-point. The point where you find the zone, where the painting is painting itself through you as the conduit. Or you come to a point where there is a deep meditation. This is my intention in my art practice and in teaching.
Accommodation, painting in the studio, tuition and guidance, art materials, a morning of yoga and a guided walk in the mountains included in the cost.
Cost doesn't include flights or car-hire. This retreat is self-catered, so we will make trips to local markets for food. Your first evening's meal will be provided and we will all dine together. Dietary restrictions will be catered to and taken into account. Also all the ingredients for your breakfast the next morning will be provided. For further meals, there are all the food shops and markets in the nearby town of Orgiva, just a short walk or drive away. The kitchen is fully equipped. Orgiva is a lively, alternative and fascinating town; full of shops, a vegan Sufi cafe called Baraka, health food shops, a colourful weekly outdoor market, with bars and cafes. If you do not wish to hire a car, transport to and from the retreat can be arranged (£100 GBP.)
The places are limited and we can accommodate up to six people. If you are coming with friends, the set up is ideal, as there is a little self contained house, with outdoor seating with beautiful views, three bedrooms; one double, one single, and one with bunk beds, a sitting room, with two sofas and wood burning stove, kitchen and bathroom. The loos are slightly away from the house outside, and are eco-compost loos, with amazing views and feel very clean to use. with a sink and soap. There is a organic garden with fresh vegetables kept by a resident gardener.
The large studio where we will be painting is a couple of minutes walk from the house.
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Cost £650 (GBP)
Includes beautiful rustic accommodation, all materials, art tuition by me, access to the art studio at any time, a guided walk in the mountains, a yoga morning, self-catered meals, and we can dine together.
Cost doesn't include flights or car-hire. Airport transfer to and from the cortijo can be arranged through our private driver (extra cost.)
First evening's meal and breakfast the next morning will be provided.
It is advised that you take out your own travel insurance.
The nearest airports are Granada or Malaga.
The cost is payable via Paypal and they will do the currency conversion if necessary. Or payment can be made via bank transfer, (I will give you details.)
£200 (GBP) (non-refundable) deposit to secure your place.
Some photos below of the recent retreat and of the retreat in Orgiva, where this one will be held.
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