Art, Nature and Creativity – The Seed Retreat
April 7th 2017 to April 14th 2017
Cost: £1050 (GBP) This is payable via Paypal and Paypal will do 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
Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.
This retreat is for curious creatives, adventurers, or tentative souls searching for new experience. (No prior painting or art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore.)
This retreat is about: painting and creating, adventure and discovering southern Spain, hiking, resting and relaxing, and connecting in community.
2017 is a Universal year one. The perfect year to plant the seeds of intention for the forthcoming cycle – your desires, dreams and visions for every area of your life – health, relationships, career, where and how you live, spirituality etc. Spring is the time of year when the ground begins to awaken after a long winter. Our energy begins to quicken. It is a time to germinate ideas we wish to bring into fruition. At the retreat we will explore these ideas in so many ways. What are you looking to bring forth for the future? - Cultivating more joy in your life, transitioning from one career to another, bringing more peace, balance or freedom into your life...
The painting can be seen as a prayer, and as visionary and meditative, whether through process or as object. It can also be used cathartically. Painting can transform, heal, evolve and germinate. It can create peace and restore equanimity. Walking or hiking are great companions to making art, for writing or image making, or any new project. The act of walking literally grows new ideas, and can create new neural pathways in the brain. For me, being and walking in mountains is an elemental, numinous experience.
"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." - Friedrich Nietzsche
The retreat will enable us to explore that which we wish to manifest for the coming year or long-term future....
~We will start each day with yoga and movement.
~We will play and paint in the cortijo’s beautiful art studio, using a variety of creative approaches such as process painting, intuitive art, mixed-media and collage work. We will learn how painting and creating can be a form of meditation.
~We will have opportunities for writing and sharing our stories.
~Chris Stewart - best-selling author of Driving Over Lemons, will lead us on a day hike through the Alpujarras, sharing his stories and the history of the region.
~On our last evening we will celebrate and have an “art show” with one another, complete with wine, tapas and laughter.
~You will have some art to take back home, to guide you and remind you of the seeds you are planting for 2017 and beyond.
There will also be ample time to explore the surrounding areas – Granada and Cordoba are both day trips from the Cortijo, (see itinerary below.)
Cortijo Las Salinas.
Cortijo Las Salinas, situated to the south of Jaen in Southern Spain, is the perfect place to support and nurture us through the creative process and allow us to dream into ourselves. It is located in glorious unspoiled olive country.
The cortijo offers massage and reiki (additional cost). There is a huge swimming pool and jacuzzi available, lots of relaxing and gorgeous places to be alone or sketch in nature. There will be ample time to take self-led walks, or wander down to the river (Rio San Juan) or local historical sites to see: Alcala La Real, with its restored Moorish castle is just a few minutes away and Granada and Cordoba are approx an hour's drive away. The cortijo has an honesty bar, a courtyard with fountain, a mountain behind with panoramic views, a Moroccan chill-out area, a cabana with unbelievable views, and beautiful sitting room with antiques, a large and well-stocked kitchen, and so much more.
Check out the cortijo's website at www.cortijolassalinas.com
Artists Alice Mason and Terre Cerridwyn will team up to bring this retreat to life. Each bringing their own artistic style, experience and sense of adventure. Steffi Goddard, Artist, yogic and co-owner of the cortijo will support our bodies through morning yoga and create with us in the studio. Steve Robinson, chef and co-owner of the cortijo will delight our senses further with gourmet healthy local food. He can cater to dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free or vegetarian, vegan etc.
Private room or shared suites; all gourmet meals; art tuition and supplies; 24 hour access to the art studio; full kitchen and large common room; morning yoga, movement or dance; use of the pool and jacuzzi; and guided hike and picnic with author Chris Stewart.
Non-workshop partners welcome. They pay the cortijo's fees minus the workshop fees. Please contact us for further information.
Cost does Not Include:
Airfare or transportation to Cortijo Las Salinas, although we can arrange transportation via a private driver from the airport to the cortijo for you. This personal taxi service is 100 Euros from Malaga and we can arrange this for you. You would pay the driver yourself at the time of pick up. (We have now booked the minibus (driver's name is Juan,) to pick everyone up from Malaga airport at 1.30 pm at a cost of 200 Euro between six people.)
Does not include massage or reiki. You can arrange that on site for an additional fee.
The closest airports are Granada airport or Malaga International Airport . From February 2017, EasyJet will be operating three return flights a week between London Gatwick and Granada. Malaga operates several flights every day from Gatwick.
You may even want to arrive a day or two early and explore Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Malaga or the Mediterranean. The Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba, the gothic cathedral in Seville with iconic bell tower, the dramatic gorge and stone bridge of Ronda, the Picasso Museum in the historic part of Malaga...to name just a few points of interest and beauty.
Cortijo Las Salinas is located near the tiny village of Sabariego, in Jaen province. It is about a two hour drive from Malaga or one hour from Granada airport.. Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged. A private driver from the cortijo can pick you up (additional cost of 100 Euros.) Contact us for more information. We will arrange the pick up for you. You would pay the driver yourself.
You can also rent a car from the airport – directions to the cortijo provided, and it is easily locatable with a smart 'phone or sat nav.
If you have any travel questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
For questions & registration please contact me, Alice: email@example.com or Terre Cerridwyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or fill out the contact form above.
Day One: April 7th: Arrival and check-in, 2 to 5pm. Dinner, evening gathering and introductions.
Day Two: April 8th: Morning yoga, breakfast, art studio time ~ opening circle. Painting, creativity. Lunch, free time for relaxation, exploration. Dinner and evening gathering.
Day Three: April 9th: Morning movement, breakfast. Studio time, creativity, lunch, studio time, dinner.
Day Four: April 10th: Breakfast, whole day exploring Granada together.
Day Five: April 11th: Morning yoga, studio time, creativity, lunch, studio, dinner. Evening stories around the fire.
Day Six: April 12th: Breakfast, All-day hike with author and guide Chris Stewart in Las Alpujarras. We will travel by minibus and meet Chris at 10 am in Ferreirola. Lunch in restaurant in Atalbeitar. Everyone pays for their own lunch, on a donation basis.
Day Seven: April 13th: Morning yoga, breakfast, studio time, creativity, lunch, studio time, Artist reception together, wine and tapas and celebration dinner.
Day Eight: April 14th: Morning yoga, breakfast, studio time ~ closing circle. Check out 11:30
Terms and Conditions:
Full cost £1050 (GBP) Payable via Paypal or bank transfer. The £200 deposit is non-refundable. The balance of £850 is payable on March 1st. 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.