'The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that it has the potential to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed.
~ and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the journey starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft.
There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the challenges. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves.' Osho
My focus is very much about the transformative power that creativity and making art produces. I often work alongside other artists to create my art retreats in Spain. The healing effects of working from the imagination, group work, with people creating alongside one another and interacting in the studio cannot be underestimated. We combine arts such as movement, storytelling, and music with painting and drawing. In short, art heals and transforms.
I will be working with artist, dancer and healer Terre Cerridwyn Busse from California and Steffi Goddard, artist, Reiki healer, yogini and also co-owner of the cortijo.
Retreat dates: April 7th-14th 2017 This retreat will again be in beautiful Cortijo Las Salinas, Jaen, Spain. To register an interest or to be on my mailing list, please fill out the contact form above or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see below for photos of my last retreat and the links above for my previous retreats.
Cost: £1050 (GBP, British Pounds.) This 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 (non-refundable) deposit to secure your place. Final payment due by March 1, 2017.
Inclusive of luxury accommodation, delicious and nutritious food, (we will be dining together,) art materials, tuition, guidance, hiking in Las Alpujarras mountains with best-selling author Chris Stewart, writer of Driving Over Lemons, Reiki, yoga, dance and movement (optional,) creativity, creative writing, visiting historic sites, including Granada and Cordoba, and all the other treats and delights the cortijo has to offer. We will be painting every day in a huge and beautiful art studio, mostly using intuitive art processes and meditative art, with guided meditations. Also, as part of the retreat, we will be making site-specific mandalas and interventions in the landscape, inspired by the beautiful ephemeral art of Andy Goldsworthy.
Please see the retreat itinerary for more details, (link above.)
Does not include flights or car hire. Travel insurance is recommended. The cortijo is easy to find, either we can give you simple directions, or you can locate it with your sat nav or smart phone. If you would prefer to be collected from the airport, we can arrange that too, via a car service we regularly use, at an extra cost of approximately 100 Euros.
To secure your place, please contact me to discuss, (email@example.com or fill out the contact form above) then a non-refundable deposit of £200 per person will be payable to me via bank transfer or Paypal. The balance of £850 is payable on March 1st.
The apartments can be single or double, all with ensuite bathrooms and all apartments have stunning views onto the landscape, with outdoor seating areas,
There will be ample free time for pampering and relaxation as the cortijo offers yoga and reiki, (included in the cost) and there is a huge swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a cabana with phenomenal views, lots of relaxing and gorgeous places to be alone, or sketch in nature, to take self-led walks, or wander down to the river, (Rio San Juan,) or lovely local historic sites to see, Alcala La Real with its Moorish castle is very close, with a colourful weekly market, and Granada and Cordoba are approximately an hour's drive away. It is in glorious olive country, undiscovered and unspoiled Spain. There is an honesty bar, a courtyard with fountain, a mountain behind the cortijo with amazing panoramic views, a Moroccan chill-out area, and beautiful sitting room with antiques, a large and well stocked kitchen, and so much more.
Terms and Conditions:
Full cost £1050 GBP. This can be payable via Paypal and they can do the currency conversion. The £200 deposit is non-refundable. The balance of £850 is due 1st March 2017. If you need to cancel, the policy is to refund the balance (minus the deposit) but only if it's prior to March 1st 2017. You are advised to take out your own travel insurance. Please ensure you take out the appropriate holiday / travel insurance. The group leaders of the retreat and the owners of Cortijo Las Salinas take no responsibility whatsoever for personal accidents, injury, damage, loss, expense or inconvenience whether to person or property which the guests or any other person may suffer or incur arising out of or in any way connected with the retreat at Cortijo Las Salinas. In addition the retreat organisers and owners accept no liability for loss of or damage to the guests possessions on the owners property or land however caused, or at any other time during the retreat.
Note: Non-workshop partners are welcome. Cost for them is £450 (GBP) for the week. Check the current exchange rate for your country. This includes simply food and accommodation.
Check out the Cortijo Las Salinas website to see how simply beautiful it is. The owners are dear friends of mine and we have worked closely together for several years now. See photos below.