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

Jan
12
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Studio
Jan 12 @ 6:15 pm – Jan 14 @ 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. 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

 

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. 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. 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