Asheville, North Carolina
JUly 22-24, 2017
*This magical retreat is sold out*
Explore mandala and intuitive botanical painting and mixed media in an intentional style that is healing, joyful, and freeing for yourself in this sweet three day workshop!
Experience: all levels welcome. Space is limited and these workshops tend to sell out quickly.
We'll gather on magical Alena Hennessy's land and brand new working studio just 20 minutes outside of Asheville, to experience the sweetness of Summer in Appalachia and in the magic of Asheville! The workshop will take place on Saturday, July 22nd to Monday, July 24th, 2017.
*Catered lunch included on all 3 days, along with refreshments, wine, tea, snacks and magic making gifts, plus a pond party on our final afternoon at the gorgeous Cloud 9 Farm (watermelon, refreshments, and wine : swimming optional)!*
This mini-retreat, we will explore natural world motifs, colors, lines, and liberated expressions through paint & mixed media. There is much power and healing that comes from painting in this way. All this will take place in gorgeous Asheville, North Carolina deep in the Appalachian mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, a Beautiful place of Grounding connection.
Stay in enchanting Asheville, NC in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy an enriching long weekend workshop (Sat-Mon) with the amazing Alena Hennessy and I (Yes that is right, you will receive 2 workshops in one)! Our mini-painting retreat will take place at Alena’s homestead, working studio, and piece of land heaven. Last retreat we had an incredible time and many of the ladies stayed hours late applying gold and silver temporary tattoos and drinking wine/tea! We will paint outside, circle, do ritual, and work in Alena’s workshop/studio space. Her estate is 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.
The workshop will commence Saturday morning and end Monday in the late afternoon. You will want to secure your own lodging based on your budget needs and desires! Asheville boasts a variety of hotels, BnB’s (some in historic Montford, which is walking distance to downtown), or you could also go the AirBnB or VRBO or hostel route. (Alena can always help you decide if you wish to contact her). For dinner (as an option), you can go out to eat at the delicious and varied restaurants all nearby and in walking distance, or grab food to go and picnic at a nearby park! The downtown area absolutely comes alive in the evening on the weekends – with artists, buskers, and street performers! It truly is such pure delight to live in this fine city (named Happiest City in America and top place to visit in USA by Frommers and Good Morning America). Expect the unexpected and allow surprise and fascination to occur for yourself for this long weekend! It’s going to be so such a delight. (Please note: lodging and all meals besides lunch not included in workshop fee).
About the workshop:
In this mini-retreat, we will explore natural world motifs, colors, lines, and liberated expressions through paint and mixed media. There is much power and healing that comes from painting in this way, which can serve as a potent and loving symbol and reminder for your life that emanates truth and purity. At the end of the experience, you will walk away with at least two treasured paintings as led by Faith and Alena. **We will also create a nature mandala on the land together, draw oracle cards, do a walking meditation and intention setting, and will end the weekend with a pond party at the gorgeous Cloud 9 farm down the road (with watermelon and wine)!
For Faith’s Layered Mandala Painting class:
In this class we will be harnessing images from our daydreams to create a layered mandala painting that can be hung over a favorite spot in your home to remind you of your sweetest visions.
Each participant will go home with a finished 16 by 20 inch layered mandala painting of their own creation, ready to hang right in your favorite spot. Your teacher, Faith, brings years of art experience. In the course of the workshop she will offer lessons in collage, silk screen techniques, wash painting, and spray painting with stencils. You will add delicious textural layers and personal flair as you introduce all of these techniques with personal meaning, into your painting.
For Alena’s Intuitive Botanical Painting class:
Each participant will create one to two elegant and yet boldly simple botanical paintings with ink and delightful detail. Create striking art, working with ease and intuition harnessing the power of organic shapes and rich saturated color. Past students have found that painting in this way has been some of the favorite works they have ever created. The work you create will give you confidence that painting can easily fulfilling and that using your intuition and harnessing the power of Nature into your work can be simple.
Recent kind words about my last Soul Painting Workshop:
“Thank you so much for such a magical weekend, Alena! It was such a gift to create in the gallery with you and the other amazing women. I learned so much and am still floating on a cloud of creativity!” – Julie Hulley
“Positively wonderful weekend workshop! Thank you for leading us Alena.” – Barbara Tomkins
“Still glowing after such a magical weekend. Thanks, Alena, for creating this sacred space for us! I feel revived and renewed, and ready to create more!” –Anita Breach
A few more details:
If you are flying, you will want to fly into either the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or Charlotte, NC (CLT) which is 2 hours away, or Greenville, SC (GSP) which is an hour and 20 minutes away. Please choose lodging in the Asheville or Fairview, NC area, which is very easy to get around.