(Photo credit: adapted from Andrew R. Whalley via the Creative Commons on Flickr.)
What is a retreat but an invitation to walk with the instructor on a creative journey? To open your eyes to the possibilities around you, to learn to trust in your artistic instincts with the encouragement of your fellow travelers. The instructor offers new insights into both the minute and vast beauty in nature, leading you to come up with new ways to translate that experience into something tangible.
And whether you feel like an artist or not, you are given the skills to express your vision into an object. By the time you leave the retreat you are renewed and energized, ready to return home with a deeper understanding of yourself and your creative process.
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I was talking to someone yesterday about my retreat and realized that creativity without any kind of boundaries or safety net can be scary for some. I'm a "let's-dive-in-there-and-see-what-we-can-come-up-with" kind of girl myself so I hadn't thought of that before. The classes and structured lessons make the process less intimidating. You don't have to be an artist to enjoy my retreat, but hopefully you'll feel like one by the time you leave.
Creativity is the willingness to take risks. Artists realize there are no mistakes, only learning opportunities. It's part of the process.