Painting from the Wild Heart at Mountain Home Ranch
You are longing to paint. To spend some long, uninterrupted time expressing yourself freely, brush in hand, painting your heart out. Getting lost in the timelessness your own inner creative world and the deliciousness of simply putting color, shapes and images on paper. It would also be pretty wonderful to have everything already set up for you. So you don’t have to think or plan or prepare. You just want to show up in a gorgeous, light filled studio and have all the supplies you need for no holds barred creativity just sitting out there invitingly, waiting for you to begin.
And you’d like to do it with other people. And maybe feel like you’re part of something bigger…. like a really cool creative community where you get to hang out with other cool creative, openhearted and accepting folks. You’d like to enter into 2017 with a bang and a commitment to be more creative and more fully alive. And you’d like to do it in a really beautiful and peaceful place out in nature that is homey, and interesting and funky with good vibes and great food. And you want some support. And guidance to help you get out of your own way enough so that you can create with joy and freedom. If this sounds like a little bit of heaven on earth to you, if you are looking for something this wonderful, this fabulous, this nurturing to feed your creative soul, I have got just the thing for you. It gives me great joy to announce that I am facilitating:
A Wild Heart Expressive Arts Intuitive Painting Weeklong Extravaganza Creativity Retreat
and I would love to have you there!!!
What This Painting Retreat is NOT….
This painting retreat is not even remotely like your typical art class. There are no rules and no expectations in this intuitive painting workshop. All of the usual assumptions about art and creativity just don’t apply. Like you have to know what you are doing in order to paint and create. Or that you have to be talented. Or be good at making a painting actually look like something. Or that you have to do it RIGHT… whatever that means! Or the idea that creativity is just another chance to judge yourself mercilessly. And that other people will be encouraged to join in. One thing you need to know. Nothing like that will EVER happen at my Wild Heart Painting retreats! When you come to this retreat I guarantee that you and your creativity will feel very cherished and valued. And safe. And encouraged. Which of course will allow your creativity to bloom and blossom and grow like some lovely wild bougainvillea on Miracle Gro!
Who This Workshop Is For:
This week long Expressive Arts self nurturing extravaganza is for you if you have put your creativity on the back burner for too long and you need a jumpstart to get it up and running again. You’ve always wanted to paint and were told that you just weren’t any good at art and you want to challenge that old belief system. Or you’re a working artist but the excitement and energy has gone out of your work because you’ve lost touch with the experience of doing what pleases you! You’re going through some sort of transition in your life and you need the time, the space and the support to be with all the changes that transition brings and the opportunity to process those changes creatively in a safe and supportive environment. You’re bogged down with duties and responsibilities and you want a place to play, a place where your inner child can come out again and have some fun.
What Gets In The Way
Fear!! Lots and lots of fear. I know. It’s scary to sign up for an experience like this one. As soon as you even CONSIDER it all those voices come raging to the surface telling you that you have NO BUSINESS attending a WEEKLONG workshop on creativity. And spirituality. And self love. And self acceptance. They say things like “I mean, who do you think you ARE for crying out loud. You don’t have the time. Other people need you at home. You shouldn’t be spending the money on yourself. And you don’t even have any talent.” The fact that you listen to those voices is exactly why you really need to come to this retreat! I have many wonderful and sneaky and powerful ways of working with those messages to help you get free of the crippling influence they have over your creativity, your sense of who you are and how you live your life.
What You Can Expect To Get Out Of This Week
You will get to hang out in an honest to goodness painting studio filled to the rafters with more gorgeous eyepopping paint colors and reams of paper and buckets of brushes than you will know what to do with. I am a firm believer in abundance of art supplies!
You will have TONS of uninterrupted time to just paint. And Play. And Create. You will get recharged and rejuvenated by diving into the bottomless well of your own creative source. And supported to reclaim your personal courage to take risks, get bigger and be yourself. All the while being inspired by the courageous energy of your fellow creative travelers. You will develop greater trust in your intuition, your inner guidance and your authenticity. You will get back in touch with your wildly creative spontaneously expressive self. That place inside of you where you get to feel free. And joyful. And alive. You will get the opportunity to pay attention to yourself again. To really listen and to hear what your heart needs and wants. You will get a chance to slow down and step out of the madness of your daily life for a week. You will find that place of deep quiet, delicious inner relaxation and the opportunity to rest, truly rest, your tired bones, your aching heart and your busy mind. You will get to be part of a fabulous circle of creative folks who are all there for the same purpose, which is to become more conscious and self loving and compassionate through engaging with their creative process. Most people come away from this retreat feeling like they have found their tribe, their people, a long lost community of wild hearted supporters and encouragers of their most cherished dreams and their most amazing true selves. You are likely to laugh more than you have in years. And you will be completely looked after. You will be fed fabulous, healthy gourmet meals that you don’t have to cook and you won’t have to clean up or even make your bed if you don’t want to. And you certainly won’t have to take care of anyone else. This week is all about YOU focusing on YOU.
What Happens At A Wild Heart Expressive Arts Painting Retreat?
We spend time every morning getting out of our heads and into our bodies using music and movement, dancing and breath, presence and meditation. We meet once a day in a circle of support where we get to be witnessed with compassion, share our wisdom, tell our stories, laugh, cry, whine and celebrate with a fabulous creative community. We paint. A lot.There are 5 hours each day of facilitated painting time in the studio. And if that’s still not enough for you, the studio is open 24 hours a day so you can paint your wild heart artists heart out whenever your muse calls. The opportunity to be in smaller group process sessions during the week where you can experience deeper sharing and greater support. Daily mini-inspirational talks where you will learn about the wisdom of no mistakes, how to discover the secret language of painting, following the energy, painting as a spiritual practice, the myth of inspiration, finding your juicy creative essence, and ways of effectively dealing with the pesky inner critic. Break times during the day where you can hike or nap or read or swim in the heated swimming pool. Two free afternoons during the week where you explore the charming northern California wine country towns. Or do more napping, reading, etc.
The Mountain Home Ranch Resort is located in the heart of Northern California’s world renowned Sonoma County and Napa Valley. It is a beautiful haven nestled in a canyon on 340 acres of redwood fairy forest, at the end of Mountain Home Ranch Drive. It feels so remote that it’s hard to imagine that it’s just a ten minute drive from Calistoga, and an hour and a half drive from the East Bay. At Mountain Home there are a wide variety of comfortable accommodations, a beautiful painting studio with plenty of natural light, tons of hiking trails, a labyrinth IN the fairy forest across from a stream behind a Grandmother redwood tree AND a heated outdoor swimming pool. The ranch is renowned for its gourmet, organic, healthy yet delicious food (lots of protein and veggies, but no skimping on desserts), and meals are a definite high point of the retreat. The cooks at Mountain Home really aim to please, and are very flexible and accommodating regarding ANY and all special dietary needs. Which makes this painting retreat a truly nourishing experience on all levels.
Further Questions? Niggling Concerns?
Signing up for something like this is a big commitment and of course you want to make sure that the workshop itself and working with me is going to be a good fit for you. I am always available to try and help you figure that out if I can. So please check out the contact page and feel free to email with any and all questions, requests, fears and concerns. I’m happy to talk about whatever you need to be sure this is the right retreat for you. And I am confident that if you do decide to come you, and your muse, will be so happy that you did! From My Wild Heart To Yours, Chris
Painting from the Wild Heart at Mountain Home Ranch 2017!
Dates: Saturday, March 11- Friday, March 17th, 2017. We begin on Saturday, March 11 at 6 PM for dinner and an opening ritual at 7:15 PM. We end the workshop on Friday, March 17th at 4 PM.
Cost: $1,200 includes workshop and all ART supplies. A $300 deposit is required to hold your space in this retreat. (Food + Lodging are NOT included in the price of the workshop. Because there are many wonderful lodging options I have included that information on a different page. For more info click here).
Location: Mountain Home Ranch Resort Calistoga, CA
Experience: You absolutely don’t need to have ANY art experience at all to participate in and to benefit GREATLY from this retreat.
Rave Reviews From Happy Painters
Like Chris mentions, people are drawn to her retreats at specific times of their lives for inexplicable reasons. That’s exactly how it happened for me.
I was guided at just the right time, a time of transition for me, with just the right people and I’m beyond grateful that I followed through and trusted my intuitive shout to go to learn from her! Chris shares beautiful wisdom and gives clear guidance and loving support toward allowing what needs to come forth, to come forth and what needs to shed, to shed at your own pace.
Plus, having a set up studio space brimming with hundreds of brushes, paint colors (yes, Glitter!) and unlimitted paper to ‘go bigger’ makes it like a playground to be free in and to safely explore!
I’m in awe really of what happened there and how life shifting it’s been for me. Connecting to our inner wisdom and painting from there is magically healing, inspiring and promotes loving and caring at deeper levels. Chris (and Tim) are changing the world for the better with their work. Thank you both for being the wise, laughter-filled, loving creatives you are!Patty Ripley
Great food, great hikes and the support of amazing people allowed me to release and rocket into the next phase of my personal development. Was it intense! Yes! Was it fun! Absolutely! Was it worth it! It was a priceless experience filled with support and love that gave me the courage to feel and explore and transform myself.
Thank you Chris and Tim.
Diane Prescott, attorney and lightworkerDiane Prescott