An art retreat is a catalyst and can be
a game changer for your paintings.
As an artist or creative you yearn for artistic breakthroughs yet your day to day life, rife with quotidian concerns of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, walking the rhinoceros, exercising and more, devours your energy and time for your art.
Your unfinished paintings and even your un-started ones call you.
But life gets in the way.
Meanwhile, your dreams of being a prolific artist- a life where your days are filled with exploring in your art journal, mixing paints, experimenting and creating paintings– are set aside.
You tell yourself: One day I’ll get to my art
But that day keeps receding from your grasp.
Yet your dream won’t let go so easily. You feel the familiar tugging in your heart and hear the whispers that remind you:
Life is too short to delay your dreams
And finally, you say “Yes, I’m doing this”.
And you search for a catalyst to open creative channels to jump-start your studio practice.
An Art Retreat Will Catalyze Your Dreams And Spark Your Art
Breaking out of your daily habits is a big step towards saying “yes” to your dreams of being a prolific artist.
Entering the sanctuary of an art retreat is a potent way make this happen.
Getting away from life’s distractions in order to immerse yourself in exploring your art is a wonderful way to regain perspective, get clarity, replenish your energy, rejuvenate your passion and break out of repetitive patterns.
Refresh, Replenish & Rejuvenate At An Art Retreat
To refresh, replenish and rejuvenate is to fully engage in activities that allow for new and old sources of energy to be accessed. This is where retreats come in.
Retreats are intentional and purposeful getaways that release you from your routines and invite you into playful experimentation with your art. You’re offered space, time and planned activities and explorations that allow you to heal.
Art Retreats accomplish this through a variety of creative ways, including activities such as nature walks, meditation, yoga, tai chi, counseling, embodied movement, spiritual healing, sound healing and more.
I don’t want to delay my dreams anymore!
5 Benefits Of Art Retreats
- Nourishing Your Soul
You may have a creative expression or idea that you’ve been putting off, somehow never finding the time to address. Maybe you’re on a quest to explore deeper meaning within your art. Perhaps you seek the perspective of like minds or desire to refine your thoughts about your work.
At a retreat, you give yourself the breathing space to address your creative desires. You’re in a new environment where you can stop everything you’re currently doing and explore new ideas, beliefs, experiences and connections. You explore fresh ideas and open creative channels from your renewed vision.
The main focus and intent of a retreat is to nourish your soul. You’re given the luxury of time to focus on your art. You will not be distracted by work or old habits because the experience is planned to keep you engaged on YOU and your art.
Research reveals that retreats are healthier for you than a classic vacation. According to a study published by Translational Psychiatry (Nature), a typical vacation only brings about short-term improvements in well-being, whereas a week focused on mediation/retreat can actually improve metabolism on a long-term basis.
One of the sole purposes of a retreat is to help you gain the renewed version of yourself that you seek. This can be done in complete solitude, such as a Silent Vipassana Mediation Retreat, or within a community of like minds. The best retreats combine time for both community and solitude with self- reflection.
Art retreats are often located in beautiful, serene environments that offer the best space and time for you to step out of your normal routine and relax.
They aim at touching base with your deepest self and gently tugging out the parts of you that have been pushed back or ignored during the day to day of your life.
In comparison to a regular vacation, retreats are intentional in regard to where they’re offered. Located in calm and quiet locations, they naturally encourage a reflective state while simultaneously offering activities and explorations to tickle your creative soul.
- Natural Unwinding
Retreats often reside in natural surroundings. Nature offers a healing environment that isn’t matched by a regular vacation. Research shows that being close to nature lowers the level of cortisol, the major stress hormone, in your body.
The aesthetic surroundings, clean air, and the sheer volume of plants welcoming you during a retreat release your unwinding. You’ll feel renewal and rebirth as you return to your regular life.
- Like-Minded Inspiration
Art retreats attract artists with similar interests and concerns. They offer you the opportunity to create lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. As you surround yourself with artists who grapple with their own predicaments and goals, you inevitably gain a new support system who can help you reach your goals and encourage you along your life and artist journey.
You realize that you’re not alone. Through this experience you gain a deeper sense of belonging and acceptance in this world.
On a deep level, attending an art retreat is an act of staking a claim for yourself as an artist.
You’re stating to the world that you’re an artist, you value your work and you’re investing time, energy and resources in your art.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your art journey or you’re an established professional, it boils down to one thing: believing in yourself and your art.
I’m Ready to be Inspired!
Remember this: You’re the composer, the author, the artist.
You have a unique lexicon, a singular signature in all the universe that will never come again.
It’s time now for YOU to give yourself and the gift of the time and space for you to say yes to your deepest self expression.
It’s time to finally say “Yes” to your dreams.
If you’d like to explore your art in my 5 Day in-person workshop at the exclusive 1440 Multiversity retreat, go to the 1440.org art retreat page here.
Do you yearn to carve out time for yourself and your art?
To create breathing space so you can freely explore the reaches of your imagination?
To experiment deeply so you can continually evolve your art?
To reflect upon the mystery that lives inside and all around you as you walk the labyrinth?
To be nourished by not only psychologically but also nutritionally?
You had me at “YES! to your deepest self reflections.“
Want to have time to explore and experience embodied movement? This is movement that will inform your gestural expression
Take nature walks?
Relax around a fire pit with artists?
Explore the Healing Center?
Or just relax and enjoy a gelato at the cafe?
If this experience of gathering with wonderful artists on the journey of creating their deepest, most meaningful art sounds compelling to you…
Join us in Northern California in October for an unforgettable retreat
And shhhhhh……we’ve got big surprises waiting for YOU there….but we can’t tell you what they are until we see YOU at the Retreat.
I can’t wait to see you there.
With much love and gratitude,
P.S. This is a not-to-be missed retreat. Register HERE.
If you have any questions, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For logistics about accommodations at the retreat, contact https://1440.org