Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sharing the journey...

Imagine. If you will. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, away from the distractions of daily life: A retreat center with quaint dorm rooms located in the Main building; cottages scattered throughout the forest, each accommodating from 4-10 people; three days of creative exploration with one instructor; evening gatherings to share ideas, talents, dreams. Whether it's to learn new techniques and take your art to a new level, to replenish your spirit, to connect with like-minded souls--you'll find all of it at An Artful Journey.

This is the type of retreat that I'm drawn to at this stage in my life, so I'm thinking there might be others out there as well. The first Journey will take place on Feb. 18-22, 2010, with the following fabulous instructors: Lesley Riley, Misty Mawn, Nina Bagley, Albie Smith and DJ Pettitt. The retreat is in the planning stages, so more info will follow as we move along this path. I hope that the idea of a smaller, more intimate gathering appeals to you as it does me. Although I love many of the retreats out there, I'm finding that I'm looking for a slower pace right now, and the chance to really delve into one project and take the time to explore it. That's my vision for An Artful Journey. I hope you'll join us!

ps--oh, and I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve, like offering 'day' workshops with guest instructors at a nearby locale in 2009...stay tuned!

29 comments:

Kris Henderson said...

Sign me up! It is exactly what I am looking for. Waiting for it to happen is the only bad thing about it!

Charlene DeRouin said...

I am SO happy to see your dream becoming a reality, Cindy! Can't wait! xoxo, Char

The Artist's Studio said...

Cindy,

I enjoyed our conversation this morning, and We appreciate your support. Isn't it great when all your plans and dreams come together in such a creative way?

We'll stay posted so more of what you have in store,
Robbin & Dede

kelly rae said...

it's going to be wonderful!!!

Carla Sonheim said...

Congrats on your new blog, Cindy!
**Bookmarks for further enjoyment**

Lost Aussie said...

Lovely to see you are moving forward and doing what you love. Hope the neck heals quickly.
xox
Marie

Judy Wise said...

Yay Cindy! Wishing you all the good things that come to bloggers (seriously); new friends, big surprises, a new wider world.

Lorri Scott said...

I already told you how much I love this idea in person but thought I'd respond here so you know people are starting to read your blog. You always have good ideas and I can't wait for the retreats to begin.

Shoshanah said...

i live really close to there (san jose) and would love more info! thanks!

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

This sounds so perfectly wonderful and I look forward to hearing the details.

Rella

Vicki said...

Can't wait for this to happen. I have a new car and can, finally, drive to places for fun!!

judy coates perez said...

What an amazing location for an artists retreat. How could one not be inspired to make fabulous art there and with such a great line up of instructors too. A wonderful dream come true!

Marrianna said...

This sounds ideal. Spending several days developing my art with one artist and also in the company of other artists sounds wonderful. Since you will probably post the exact dates and costs on your blog, have you thought about getting the free "subscribe" to this blog". I signed up for the "feed" but I'd love to get a notice whenever you make a new posting. Thanks so much, MD

Sam I Am said...

ooohhhhhhh sounds heavenly!! i have a sister in law that lives near santa cruz..and those mountains are just the perfect place to 'escape' from it all!! :)

love in your profile..that you call yourself a 'nonnie'...hehehe..my kids called my mom that for yearsssssss growing up.. :) :) :)

great blog! i'll be back :)
hugs...and best wishes on quick healing :)
hugs..
sandy

Brenda said...

Hi Cindy!!!
Nice to hear your voice again--I have missed you and wondered when you would surface again and what you would be up to! Sounds awesome!
hugs,
Brenda Bliss

Diana said...

Hi, Cindy...I am definitely interested in receiving info when you get your retreats lined up. Could you please put me on your mailing list. I love your idea of a smaller retreat and Santa Cruz is the perfect location for me to drive to. Can't wait.
Diana Frey

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
this sounds like a lovely environment to study and learn new things. Glad something is happening finally in Northern California. Good Luck!

Leticia said...

Hi Cindy, Sounds wonderful. Please add me to your mailing list-would love to join you.
Leticia - SFBA
Buccito2000@yahoo.com

Judy said...

I have been saving my pennies and looking for an Art Retreat to indulge myself in. This sounds like a perfect opportunity! I just found this link today as I was scouring the web . . . Please keep me posted!

Antoinette Lee said...

hi, i am looking for any opportunity to take a class with d j pettit. please inform me of any opportunities!

Leslie Sirag said...

please leep me posted! Leslie
siragwatkins@yahoo.com

Teri Leigh said...

Sounds wonderful, When do I sign up?

Mónica Zúñiga said...

Hello, I love this idea! Please keep me up dated too! :)

monicatlink@hotmail.com

Thanks! Monica.

Joann Loftus said...

Please keep me posted on any updates... sounds wonderful!

~Joann

Anonymous said...

Sounds so wonderful. I went to UCSC so many years ago and you are so right about the forset setting for creativity and energy. Please add me to your list for the upcoming retreat. Valerie

valarty said...

Please add me to your mailing list. I have attended workshop where you work with one artist all day and it was wonderful to get to know them within a small group.

Dorit Elisha said...

Good luck fulfilling your dream. It sounds great! Please keep me posted!
Dorit

gossamerfuture said...

Please add me to the mailing list. I am anxious to attend a workshop with Misty Mawn and her classes fill up so fast!

kelly.zernicke@gmail.com

Marrianna said...

I just saw a comment on DJ's blog that she will be teaching with you on May 4-5 (or is May 5-6?). Anyway, I would love to attend this class if you will add me to your mailing list. I visited your site and blog in the past and find it very inspiring and encouraging. Please let me know.
Marrianna