Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Exciting News!

just over a month from now, we will be heading up into the mountains and surrounding ourselves with nature, art, good food and drink, laughter and sharing.  can hardly wait!!  i have a few newsworthy tidbits to pass along....

carol, me, carolyn, hiking at the march 2010 retreat

sadly, since carolyn, our esteemed chef, has moved recently, she will not be able to join us at the march retreat.  the good new is, however, that carol wilson will be taking her place!  carol is a fabulous artist.  you can see some of her work here.  she also attended the march retreat last year and some of you met her at our space between holiday reunion.  now the really exciting part... carol will not only be cooking,  but will be doing a mini workshop for us on MOSAICS!  as you can see from these samples, she knows what she is doing!  i have walked through her backyard and it is quite an adventure!!  sooo excited!!

so....  add mosaics to what we will be doing art-wise, in addition to altered photos and collage.  it will be a full weekend, but with down-time too.  i am committed to that!

i have been gathering some other tidbits of wisdom to share with you as well as some fun stuff for the goody-bags.

still have a few opening for this retreat.... scroll down for more info. or email me.

Hiking in Palomar Mountain State Park

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nature as Nuture

i’m posting today almost “on location”. no, i’m not at the upper meadow lodge, but i am just down the road at a cozy cabin on mt. palomar. i came up here to preview the hikes for the march retreat. it’s been kind of cold and blustery, but then, well, it is february and it is the mountains, after all!

as i was hiking today, i was thinking about “nourishment”, the theme for the next retreat. and for me, when i think about what i find to be nourishing in my life, NATURE is right up there near the top of the list! which is why i have chosen a lodge that has over 8 acres of wander-able land. and why i think a beautiful natural setting is vital to the success of the retreat. and why hiking is such an important part of our agenda.

no one is required to hike. as with all space between activities, it’s optional. but for those who are able, i think you will find it to be a soul-sustaining activity. something to look back on and cherish. to sooth the challenges that will inevitably come your way.

i feel that the time spent quietly in nature creates spaces in our brains that open themselves to all sorts of creative inspiration. it all works together. i have seen it happen and i am a believer!

scroll down or go to "older posts" for more info.  still accepting sign-ups for this retreat!!
(all photos taken feb. 9 and 10 on mt. palomar)