Wild Heart Painting in The High Sierras
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 renew your commitment to yourself 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 comfortable 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 Painting From The Wild Heart Retreat in the Sierra Nevada Mountains .....
and I would love, love, LOVE to have you there!!!
When: June 15-22, 2013
Where: The Tioga Lodge
Lee Vining, CA
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.
All of the usual assumptions about art and creativity just don't apply.
You are never expected to feel 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 backburner 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 ...
Every time someone signs up for one of my workshops I hear the same thing.
" I saw this retreat on your website and I knew I just HAD to be there. Something was calling me. I don't fully understand it but it spoke to me on some deep level."
As far as I can tell, each workshop has its own spirit and soul and the folks who are supposed to show up get the message pretty loud and clear. Which is a really great system since all my groups bond like crazy and have a fabulous time together.
But then the doubts and fears can start to kick in. And these hesitations come in one of three categories.
Sometimes the anxiety revolves around getting needs met on a basic comfort level with questions like:
"I have special dietary restrictions. Will there be food I can eat?"
"Will I be comfortable in my room or my bed?"
"If I choose to share a room with another participant will we be able to get along?"
Sometimes the concerns are related to the workshop itself:
"Will everyone else have more talent and experience than me?"
"Will I be able to actually paint for a WHOLE week?"
"What if I stand in front of the easel for the entire time and I can't paint a thing?"
"Am I going to be the wierdo in the group?"
And finally, the concerns that are related to other folks in your life:
" Can I really take this much time away from my work, my parents, my husband, my kids?"
"Is it really OK for me to do something so luscious and extravagant that's JUST FOR ME?"
What I can say is this.
We will do a darn good job of taking care of you and making sure that you are as comfortable as humanly possible. I encourage my folks to be "Needy, greedy and proud of it." Which means that it's really OK to ask for what you want... and to get it.
One the things that people always comment on is how amazing and unique and quirky and open-hearted and just plain cool the people are who come to my workshops. Which means that you will fit right in.
No one has EVER had any problem painting for an entire week. And no one has ever stood in front of the easel for more than five minutes and not known what to paint.
And your friends, family and job always seem to manage to get along without you just fine.
What I have seen over and over again is that when people heed the call and simply show up all of the other concerns magically fall away because the retreat itself is so freaking amazing!!
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 eye-popping 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 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 folkswho 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 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 a smaller group once 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.
Two free afternoons during the week where you can go on various adventures and explore the gorgeousness of the mountains. Or do more napping, reading, etc.
Location, Location, Location...
The magic of the intuitive painting process is incredibly powerful no matter where I teach. But I also know that painting in a wildly beautiful natural environment creates its own special kind of enchantment.
For the past 20 years I have spent a great deal of time nurturing my creative heart in the untamed wilderness of the High Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is a part of the world that is truly one of the most spiritually nourishing and stunningly inspiring landscapes on the planet.
And after many years of looking I am thrilled to announce that I have found a fabulous venue for a Painting From The Wild Heart retreat right in the heart of the mountains I so love.
Where we will be staying, eating and painting is a delightful little place called the Tioga Lodge that is located in the tiny mountain town of Lee Vining, California. Lee Vining is right on the shore of the otherworldly splendor that is Mono Lake and about ten miles outside of the high country eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park.
Which means you will have easy access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, including the weirdly amazing tufa towers surrounding Mono Lake, the breathtaking drive up Tioga Pass road that leads to Yosemite and of course opportunities to explore the grandeur of the park itself.
Tioga Lodge itself is made up of rustic but charming individual cabins that are each decorated in a different sort of western theme such as the Mark Twain, Prospector , John Muir or Paiute Indian Tribe room. And you can either share a cabin with another wild heart painter if you are wanting company or have a cabin all to yourself if you are hungry for more time alone.
Gloria, who owns and runs the place, will be our hostess during our stay at the lodge and she will also be cooking for us. And one of the things I love about her approach to food is that she uses as much organic meats, fruits and vegetables as possible, makes everything gluten free and is committed to our meals being not only healthy but incredibly delicious.
And she is also extremely responsive to any special dietary needs.
Other Fun Things To Do While You're Here
In addition to the painting workshop itself there will be time to explore the surrounding area as well as opportunities to participate in a number of really cool activities. Here's a potential list of things to choose from such as:
Take a guided canoe tour out onto the spookily gorgeous Mono Lake.
Visit Bodie, the most famous and best preserved gold mining ghost town in California.
Go on an adventure to Saddlebag Lake located inside of Yosemite Park.
Horseback riding in the June Lake Loop.
Gondola Ride at Mammoth Lakes.
Getting To The Workshop
If you are coming from the San Francisco Bay Area the fastest and least expensive way to get here is to drive. It's about a 6 hour trip depending on where you are starting out from.
For those folks traveling from outside of the Bay Area there are two options:
1.) Fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and either rent a car and drive to Tioga Lodge or take a shuttle from the airport to the town of Lee Vining where you will be picked up by the staff and driven back to the lodge for no fee.
2.) Fly into Mammoth Lakes Airport and either rent a car and drive to the lodge or you can be picked up at the airport by the staff for a small fee.
Money Stuff + Registration
The fee for the retreat includes everything! The workshop itself, seven nights of lodging, three fabulous meals a day, plentiful snacks, coffee and tea 24/7, all the art supplies your heart could ever desire and an abundance of love, love, love!!
The deposit fee to hold your spot in this workshop is $300.00. To get more info about how to register please contact me here.
There are a number of cabins available at Tioga Lodge at different price points. So what you can do, once you decide you just HAVE to be there, is to click on the links to the various rooms and decide which one you want and then let me know.
There are 4 rooms available that have two beds in them for folks who want to share with another person and save a little money. If you are coming with a friend, of course we will put you in the same room together. Otherwise, I will choose a roommate for you.
The rest of the rooms are all single occupancy with a private bathroom and they come at two different prices.
Further Questions? Niggling Concerns?
Signing up for something like this is a big commitment and of course you want to make sure that the retreat 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 feel free to contact me 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!
I am Chris Zydel, the founder of Creative Juices Arts, and I have an unshakeable faith in the power of creativity to heal hearts and to change lives. I also know deep in my bones that everyone is creative. I am on a mission to prove that to the world by providing nurturing and joy-filled creative sanctuaries of encouragement, permission and trust in the sacred energy of play and creativity that lives inside of us all.
I have over 34 years of experience as a soulful creativity guide, warmly inspiring teacher and open hearted visionary leader. And I have also developed many innovative retreat and workshop experiences such as Painting From The Wild Heart, The Point Of Greatest Aliveness: Painting As A Spiritual Practice, Intuitive Painting Power and The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program.
I also adore my work madly and am never happier than when I am helping people to find their way back home to their authentic creative source.
Cancellation and Refund Policies:
There is a 12 person maximum for this retreat, so it is likely to fill up fast. The $300 deposit is non-refundable. However, you CAN put that money towards a future event with me. Once the retreat has begun, no refunds are available .