Art & Spirit: Art-Making Workshops & Retreats

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I’ve been gathering folks (mostly women) together since 1990 to celebrate, explore, discover and enjoy expressing what wants to emerge in an art-making capacity. I started out teaching weekly classes in my lower East Side New York studio and have continued to this day here on my gorgeous 9 acres in the Catskill mountains. Planning these gatherings is one of my favorite things to do!

My land is forest and meadow and a lovely location to plant yourself for a retreat. We have lunches in my funky but nice and comfy old farm house. The groups are small ( usually 5 – 9 people) in order to be comfortable in the space as well as for me to give you lots of personal attention!

I invite you to join us as we gather together in sacred space, in a nurturing environment to discover what wants expression. I do not have an agenda for how your work will look, rather I prefer listening to you tell me what excites you and help you find your own unique language of expression.

What Will We Be Doing?

Here is sample of a workshop at Melissa’s – other locations will vary a bit:

  • We always begin at circle in the morning – doing a sharing that relates to our theme for the weekend and a teaching by Melissa
    you get lost in your yummy art-making process
  • Delicious healthy lunch and – weather permitting – relaxing out on the warm stones in my big fire circle
  • Circling up with a meditation and teaching by Melissa
  • Dinner either together at a nearby restaurant or on your own
  • Fire circle – weather permitting

What materials do I need?

I recommend bringing your own materials but there are basic oil pastels and acrylics and paper here. You may work in whatever you like except for oil paints since some people may be sensitive to the solvents. You are welcome to speak with me individually to discuss what to work in and I will send you more info after you register.

Themes vary with each workshop.

Out of town folks usually arrive on the Friday evening before. I have a few local folks who will accommodate you at a very nominal fee but it’s first come first serve and these spots fill fast. There is also a Quality Inn in Kingston NY just 5 minutes down the road that is reasonable. If you are looking for quaint luxurious Woodstock lodgings let me know and I will make some recommendations but they will be more pricey. My place is just 8 minutes from exit 19 off the New York thruway. You will receive detailed directions after you register.
Sometimes folks like to come early or stay an extra day to visit the charming town of Woodstock.

Cancellation Policy

I am a small business. Much of my work-time takes place on weekends. If I know ahead of time that I don’t have enough participants for a workshop there is often time to schedule other work.
Because of the nature of this work life I am unable to accommodate cancellations. I can give you credit for another workshop to be used within a year from the workshop you miss. I understand that things change and problems occur so that if you do need to change your plans you can attend another time.
If you decide need to do this you will need to let me know at least two weeks before the workshop in order to redeem a credit.

Thanks for your understanding. I look forward to working with you.

Upcoming Workshops

Feb
6
Tue
2018 Empowered Woman Online and Tele-course
Feb 6 @ 6:00 am – Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm

  Strength  


This is for you if you are someone who values self awareness and seeks continued growth and transformation. The creativity offerings in this course will aid you in connecting with and dissolving obstacles that stand in the way of a more fulfilling life and greater wholeness.

NO ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR THIS COURSE.

The course is designed to  help aid you in leading a most authentic and inspired life.  It is my hope that any wounded places within you may receive the healing they need through your creative process.

If you have the following we will address these and examine and move through them with our art.

  • Wounds that are old and scarred yet still seem to chain you.
  • Beliefs that keep you small and invisible.
  • Conditioning that reminds you to diminish your light.

99 Keys To a Creative Life- Book CoverWhen we step into our power we create a ripple effect, in a positive way to better the planet.  We make a difference by embracing all of who we came here to be.

I’ll share tips from my book “99 Keys to a Creative Life” published by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing.

You will be offered exercises to use in your creations centered around the theme of empowerment. Your creations may be paintings, collage, journals, writing, dance or whatever you choose. In the video demos I will be using watercolor but you will be able to translate the concepts such as composition, color etc. into other mediums like acrylic, oil and collage.

We will have our own closed private Facebook page to share and connect.* In your individual session I offer you personalized tips to guide you in the best direction for personal and artistic growth.

be nourished by a community of like minded spirits

Here are some ways you can use this course:

  • as an inspiring vehicle to stay engaged with your creativity
  • to develop greater trust in your inner knowing
  • to help get in touch with your inner truth
  • translate the beauty of your inner truth into your artistic creations
  • If you are painting, learning or fine tuning your technique
  • enjoying the connection with a community of kindred spirits interested in creativity and inner process

Collage Online Creativity Group

Enrich your life with your creations!

What is included in the course:

  • 3 guided visualizations to inspire your creativity
  • videos discussions and demos
  • a private half hour phone session with me
  • membership in our private closed Facebook group
  • 6 creativity invitations emailed to you
  • 5 telecalls where we all can share including at least one zoom session – calls are live AND recorded for future listening

Telecall dates:  Thursday Feb 15 – 8 pm Eastern time Wednesday Feb 28 8 PM Eastern time Sunday March 11 noon Eastern time Thursday March 22 8 PM Eastern time Weds April 4 8 PM Eastern time

What people are saying:

“Art is a spiritual inner journey for me and your e-course is a perfect fit for encouragement to go within, In your instruction, you come from a place of great respect and love for each opening flower and freely give of your spiritual midwifery. You are certainly qualified to teach us all aspects of technique but go beyond that to light our inner flame. Yes, we are women on fire!!” Ruth C – Gloucester, MA

“Creative expression (painting, creative journaling) saved” me by igniting passion and helping me let go of a job that was suffocating me. Our Free Spirit Creativity group is just right compliment to my life changes. Your invitations / assignments are fabulous – always “stretch” us to process or express something we may or may not have in a different way! Thank you!” Kate B Richmond, VA

“What I have enjoyed most is having an assignment to think about, work toward, and then post (with the freedom to create anything!) It made me create! I have loved the friendships, support, and learning experiences with like-minded creative souls. I loved having the phone calls and the feedback. Your encouragement, your talent, the way you express yourself verbally and artistically. It has been better than I ever could have expected. It is become a sacred, special part of my life. Melissa – your invitations / assignments are fabulous – always “stretch” us to process or express something we may or may not have in a different way! Thank you!” Sallie W. Tallahasse FL

“How I love this group!. These Creativity weeks have truly sparked much within me, more than you may even imagine. It so broadens my perspective and is so very enriching. I also find them challenging and has certainly helped me power through boundaries. I become stronger within as a result and am honoring who I am more and more. I am continually grateful to you and all for this very special sharing and the support that comes from this very caring, compassionate and wise group of women.” Ann N MA

Fee $195 before January 24 $225 after

Here is a short video on collage, similar to other videos I will be sharing for your online course. You don’t have to do collage, just some sharing if you are interested. You can paint, cook, dance, whatever you like!

 

Apr
27
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Studio
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – Apr 29 @ 3:30 pm

Workshop PhotoIn my Art and Spirit workshops I combine my talent as an intuitive with my extensive background in painting to help you to work through creative blocks and learn or refine technique. Come and join a like minded circle of sisters as we explore what wants to emerge.  My large light filled studio and acres of forest and meadow is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore what your heart and soul hold to be true. The workshop is for those with no experience as well as those who would like to improve existing skills. Students are encouraged to work with their own supplies if they have them (pastels, watercolor, acrylic, or other except oil – ).  Melissa will supply more complete information on materials upon  your registration.I have some very basic fill in supplies here at the studio if you don’t want to fully invest at this point but you will need to bring your own. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evenings for some song, laughter and treats.

   

 

There are many accommodation options.   I have my own airbnb on the property. There are a few spaces at a friend’s home nearby that (an informal B & B) are very inexpensive and include breakfast but they go early!  There are also many airbnb’s nearby. There is a reasonable Quality Inn in Kingston NY that is only five minutes away as well as many other hotels and local B & B’s depending on your preferences.  Ask Melissa about accommodations. Stay or come early and explore the infamous and cute town of Woodstock. Click here for a full description of the Retreat.

Option is available to save the credit card fee and pay $325 by check, made out to Melissa Harris and sent to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491

 

Jul
13
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Studio
Jul 13 @ 6:15 pm – Jul 15 @ 3:30 pm

Workshop PhotoIn my Art and Spirit workshops I combine my talent as an intuitive with my extensive background in painting to help you to work through creative blocks and learn or refine technique. Come and join a like minded circle of sisters as we explore what wants to emerge.  My large light filled studio and acres of forest and meadow is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore what your heart and soul hold to be true. The workshop is for those with no experience as well as those who would like to improve existing skills. Students are encouraged to work with their own supplies if they have them (pastels, watercolor, acrylic, or other except oil – ).  Melissa will supply more complete information on materials upon  your registration.I have some very basic fill in supplies here at the studio if you don’t want to fully invest at this point but you will need to bring your own. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evenings for some song, laughter and treats.

There are many accommodation options.  I have my own airbnb here on the property.  There are a few spaces at a friend’s home nearby that (an informal B & B) are very inexpensive and include breakfast but they go early!  There are also many airbnb’s nearby. There is a reasonable Quality Inn in Kingston NY that is only five minutes away as well as many other hotels and local B & B’s depending on your preferences.  Ask Melissa about accommodations. Stay or come early and explore the infamous and cute town of Woodstock. Click here for a full description of the Retreat.

Option is available to save the credit card fee and pay $325 by check, made out to Melissa Harris and sent to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491

 

Oct
19
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Woodstock NY Studio
Oct 19 @ 6:15 pm – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

Workshop PhotoIn my Art and Spirit workshops I combine my talent as an intuitive with my extensive background in painting to help you to work through creative blocks and learn or refine technique. Come and join a like minded circle of sisters as we explore what wants to emerge.  My large light filled studio and acres of forest and meadow is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore what your heart and soul hold to be true. The workshop is for those with no experience as well as those who would like to improve existing skills. Students are encouraged to work with their own supplies if they have them (pastels, watercolor, acrylic, or other except oil – ).  Melissa will supply more complete information on materials upon  your registration.I have some very basic fill in supplies here at the studio if you don’t want to fully invest at this point but you will need to bring your own. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evenings for some song, laughter and treats.

 

There are many accommodation options. I have my own airbnb here on my property.  There are a few spaces at a friend’s home nearby that (an informal B & B) are very inexpensive and include breakfast but they go early!  There are also many airbnb’s nearby. There is a reasonable Quality Inn in Kingston NY that is only five minutes away as well as many other hotels and local B & B’s depending on your preferences.  Ask Melissa about accommodations. Stay or come early and explore the infamous and cute town of Woodstock. Click here for a full description of the Retreat.

Option is available to save the credit card fee and pay $325 by check, made out to Melissa Harris and sent to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491