Expressive Arts Processing Retreat
Release your attachment to outcome and surrender to the incredible exploration of being present with the process.
April 29th - May 1st, 2022
What it is...
Gather for a nourishing, magical, loving weekend together, where we welcome in the birth of spring and celebrate Beltane through art, nature, and meaningful communion with one another. We will spend three days together diving into creative activities and self expression practices that cultivate serenity, ease, and personal/collective healing.
What we'll do...
Creative Play with Watercolors, Clay, Alcohol Inks, and other Exploratory Mediums
Sound Healing Sessions
Nature Based Art Excursions
Beltane Fire Ceremony
Co-create Meals Together
Things to know...
Lodging is available at Sweetwater Escape on a first-come/first-serve. Early registrants will get first choice.
Registration without lodging is also an option.
Friday dinner will be collaboratively created.
Saturday breakfast of fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt will be provided. 2 kitchens are available for additional personal food prep.
Saturday lunch will be personal picnic-style on our Nature Excursion.
Saturday dinner will be collaboratively created.
Sunday brunch will be collaboratively created.
*Meal Teams will be assigned for our collaboratively created meals. You will be assigned to either the Friday dinner team, the Saturday dinner team, or the Sunday brunch team. Meal Teams (of 3-5 women) will be responsible for collectively planning, purchasing ingredients, and preparing their assigned meal.
Friday April 30th ~ 2pm Opening Circle
... magical explorations...
Sunday May 1st ~ 2pm Closing Circle
Iona is available to assist with carpooling coordination for those traveling from/to the airport.
What is Expressive Arts Processing?
Expressive Arts Processing uses multiple senses to explore our inner and outer world through the experience and creation of different art forms. The process of creation is emphasized rather than a final product. The healing comes from the play and immersion into the imagination to create the art. Since the therapeutic work is based on the creative process, not on the final result, it is not necessary to have a background or training in the arts to have a great time and benefit from the exploration. Throughout the process, you learn new and different ways to use the mostly nonverbal language of creativity to communicate inner feelings that were not previously available to you by simply thinking or talking about them. It is a fabulous journey of self exploration, play, and meaningful authentic expression!