“If you've considered painting but never thought you could, or if you're trained in the arts and would like to explore your source of creativity, this retreat is for you,” writes Aviva Gold. “As children, we naturally paint in a powerful, intuitive way, purely for the joy of expression. This freedom can be regained.
“You face the empty paper and the rich, vibrant colors; you choose a color, you move your brush on the paper. The process deepens. You may hesitate, and emotions may surface. In a warm, supportive atmosphere, you begin to paint not from the intellect but from the ever-present, bottomless creative well of personal and universal images. Soon the movement of the colors, the brush, and the water is hypnotic—you get lost in it. Yet you are awake, allowing whatever needs to happen to happen. Meaningful and satisfying images emerge. You don't have to be trained to experience this, it's your birthright—the possibility of reconnecting is always there. To feel the sensuousness of painting, to let yourself play, to go through whatever blocks you need to go through—this ritual of creating soul-touching art is a natural way to stay balanced, healthy, and vital, a spiritual practice that will connect you to your inner wisdom source.”
Please note: This workshop has an extended schedule and requires a commitment to group process and inner growth. No alcohol or nonprescription drugs are permitted during the workshop.
Required reading: Gold, Painting From the Source: Awakening the Artist's Soul in Everyone and Source Art in the World (available at www.paintingfromthesource.com).
($25 materials fee paid directly to the leader)