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October 01, 2015
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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August 26, 2017
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Mastering Extraordinary: The Art of Engaged Enlightenment

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October 28, 2017
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November 27, 2017
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Exploring our Dreams
Awakening Our Creativity
Feb 23, 2013

Through guided imagery, paint and clay we will enter our dream landscapes, confront dream adversaries, and find creativity in both our waking and sleeping lives. Dreams provide us with deep wells of intuitive knowledge, presented in stories and metaphors. Join us as we travel into this mysterious world and link it with our waking lives.

Sketching & Watercolor:
Journal Style
with Jane LaFazio
April 6, 2013

Be inspired to record your life, your trip, or your daily adventures in an illustrated journal as you spend a meditative day drawing and sketching in the healing gardens. Jane will guide you through basic drawing, inking and watercolor painting. You’ll choose simple objects, vignettes or vistas to draw and paint, and then journal your thoughts right onto the drawings.

See Jane’s journal here. At the end of the day you will create a small portfolio to hold your artwork. The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Twenty five dollar materials fee includes everything you’ll need: watercolor paper, ink pen, pencil and watercolor set with special Niji Waterbrush

Affirmation Dolls
May 4, 2013

What relationship is more complex than that of mother and daughter?

The process of creating affirmation dolls is handed down from African American slave mothers, who practiced this tradition with their daughters as a way to preserve a sense of dignity, hope and survival of spirit.

This will be a day dedicated to our mothers, daughters and sisters and will be enriched if you can come with either one from your own family or someone who has been like a "mother", "daughter" or "sister" to you.

Through the use of yarn and cloth you will learn to create dolls which preserve the strength and dignity of life, countering the critical voices from the past that have held us back from embracing our full creativity and self confidence.

Hearts of Stone
with Diana Carey
July 27, 2013

Come learn the contemporary fresco process on natural stone as we celebrate the beauty in our own hearts.  Using broken mosaic we will be adding paint to decorate, celebrate and discover the intrinsic beauty in the cracks, crevices and the multi faceted surfaces of the stone and the heart.  "Broken hearts may be mended, nailed, screwed or left slightly readjusted.  Sometimes it's in the breaking that one finds the necessary pieces to put their heart together", says Diane Carey.

Experience the Power of One
with Alyce Smith Cooper and Ellen
Sept. 21, 2013
Using the creative tools of Art and Story, we will each explore our own sacred power. Come connect with your natural gifts which make you the unique tool of transformation that our world is in need of during this season of change. This special workshop will deepen your creativity and enrich your spontaneity.

Alyce Smith Cooper is a TV producer, registered nurse, ordained minister, chaplain and spiritual counselor whose goal is to engage all who hear in the empowerment of their own creative genius. Alyce will again join with art therapist Ellen Speert, director of the Center, in providing an exciting day of creativity.

Sketching & Watercolor:
Journal Style
with Jane LaFazio
October 19, 2013

Be inspired to record your life, your trip, or your daily adventures in an illustrated journal as you spend a meditative day drawing and sketching in the healing gardens. Jane will guide you through basic drawing, inking and watercolor painting. You’ll choose simple objects, vignettes or vistas to draw and paint, and then journal your thoughts right onto the drawings.

At the end of the day you will create a small portfolio to hold your artwork. The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Twenty five dollar materials fee includes everything you’ll need: watercolor paper, ink pen, pencil and watercolor set with special Niji Waterbrush

Day of Creative Renewal
with Ellen Speert
Feb 8  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Once again I am happy to offer a day of quiet reflection and lightly structured art processes in the gardens.  Come and choose any medium that suits your mood: paint, sketch, sculpt, journal, stroll, meditate and celebrate the end of the holiday rush and bustle.  Or just sit quietly, breathe in the serenity, listen to the birds and renew your spirit for 2014. As the day ends, the sun will be setting, the balloons will be rising in the canyon and the lights will be coming on throughout the garden - a time of magic.

Embracing our Creativity: Accepting of our Truth
with Alyce Smith Cooper and Ellen Speert
March 15  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Come be ushered into your truth via the door of creativity. Join Ellen and Alyce in the creative spaces provided by walking the labyrinth and seeking the wisdom reflected there. Storytelling by Alyce along with psychodrama and multimedia art will serve as vehicles to your core of creativity. With music created by the group, expect to meet your truest nature and allow it to set you free. Would you like to feel more comfortable with change? Find grace in the painful parts of life that cannot change? Be empowered to express your true story? All while enhancing your spontaneity? Learn to do this in a safe, supportive environment within the healing gardens.

You do not need to have attended the 2013 workshop, but if you did, this will take you even further!  A day of magic awaits you.

Friday evening March 14 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

an additional evening of story telling performance
with hot cider by the fire
social hour: 7:00 - 8:00  performance: 8:00 - 9:00
space very limited

Painting Your Journal
with Jane LaFazio
April 12 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. Spend the day in the beautiful garden with artist Jane LaFazio.

Jane, known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will demonstrate drawing on location, and painting with watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach.

You’ll choose from the wide array of plants, learning to draw and watercolor, and then maybe journaling your thoughts or impressions on 5x7” pages.

The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. You might want to bring hat, and sunscreen. Supplies needed are watercolors, permanent, Niji Waterbrush (medium round), waterproof black ink pen, pencil, eraser and watercolor paper (~5x7” size) or you can purchase a kit for $25 with the supplies.

Day of Creative Renewal
with Ellen Speert
Feb 7, 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Once again I am happy to offer a day of quiet reflection and lightly structured art processes inthe gardens. Come and choose any medium that suits your mood: paint, sketch, sculpt, journal,stroll, meditate and celebrate the end of the holiday rush and bustle. Or just sit quietly, breathe inthe serenity, listen to the birds and renew your spirit for 2015. As the day ends, the sun will besetting, the balloons will be rising in the canyon and the lights will be coming on throughout thegarden - a time of magic.

The cost is only $70. for the whole day with $10 off if you register with a friend who hasn't been here before.

Water of Awakening and Renewal
with Rabbi Lenore Bohm and Ellen Speert
Sunday, March 8, 2015 9:00 - 4:00

Join us for a day of deep spiritual connection and renewal. We will be creating clay vessels to metaphorically hold the waters of the rebirth of our spirit of creativity. Walk the labyrinth, journal, create a poem, and meditate in the healing gardens.

Lenore will teach us about the power of water as a tool for transformation, and will go to the ocean with those who would like to end the day with an immersion.

$72 if registration received by Feb 1, $80 if received later and for those 36 and younger, $36. No refund after March 1st.

Create Botanical Dyes
with Heather Biermann and Ellen Speert
April 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Deepen your connection to the natural world by participating in art making, group ritual, and spending time outdoors. Learn the basics of making botanical dyes, and create a personalized silk scarf. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about plants, and to explore and deepen your connection to the plants that grow around you. You will learn how to produce dyes from botanical sources, and you will be encouraged to experiment and play, collaborating with nature and your fellow workshop participants to create a unique work of art.

Create Your Own Heart: Hearts of Stone Workshop
with Diana Carey
May 23, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Create your very own Heart of Stone in the colors and image you desire. In this workshop you will learn the contemporary fresco process used to break, paint and mend your own heart on natural stone tile. Celebrating your own heart in a beautiful work of art created through the decoration of cracks, crevices and breaks on the stone surface. Hearts can be left with visible cracks and breaks or may be mended using wire, nails, screws and clasps. All hearts are beautiful works of art, ready to hang on the wall or stand on an easel.We will be journaling the experience throughout the day.

"Sometimes it's in the breaking that one finds the necessary pieces to put their heart together", says Diana Carey.

Painting Your Journal
with Jane LaFazio
June 6, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. Spend the day in the beautiful garden with artist Jane LaFazio.Jane, known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will demonstrate drawing on location, and painting with watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach.You’ll choose from the wide array of plants, learning to draw and watercolor, and then maybe journaling your thoughts or impressions on 5x7” pages.

The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome.You might want to bring hat, and sunscreen. Supplies needed are watercolors, permanent, Niji Waterbrush (medium round), waterproof black ink pen, pencil, eraser and watercolor paper.

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