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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!

 

Mar
23
Fri
Spirit Essence Portraits- High Springs Emporium, High Springs, FL @ High Springs Emporium
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm

Spirit Essence Portrait 6Melissa Harris, internationally published artist and author offers her Spirit Essence Portraits. She tunes into you and following a psychic reading do a watercolor painting of your unique essence as it appears to her in a semi-trance state. Receive the double benefit of learning what Melissa “sees” as well as owning a Melissa Harris original painting.

These portraits are ideal for couples as well.  These portraits include individual reading for each person as well as a reading on combined synthesis of their energies.   Add $85 for additional person. Give a treat to you and your beloved.

  • Help discover where you may need balance and or clarity
  • Provide information to help with personal empowerment
  • Help re-create your life- write- your new story
  • Help you expand on your divinity

Melissa – . I want to tell you how deeply moved and overjoyed I am with my portrait. Words cannot describe not only the beauty of the painting, but even more amazingly the accuracy and insight of your reading. I am sure you’ve heard this before, but your thoughts and musings were so meaningful and inspiring. Since I received the portrait, I have found my mind (and heart) wandering back to the image and your words, and it’s provided me with a great sense of bliss and empowerment. Thanks for everything”. – Christine

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

 

May
22
Tue
Art & Spirit in Ireland May 2018 @ Two Magical Locations
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – May 30 @ 6:00 pm

Art & Spirit in Ireland   – a Watercolor Pilgrimage to Sacred Sites in Magical Ireland May 22 – May 30 2018

This trip is SOLD OUT! If you are interested in a trip in September 2018, or placement on a wait list in case of cancellations, please contact Melissa at 845.340.9632 or email info@melissaharris.com.

This is an invitation to those of you who would like to explore your creativity with like-minded, adventurous women in magical Ireland.  Come with us and experience the beauty of Ireland in its’ best season, when the bursting flowers add more color to the emerald green landscape and the dazzling coastline welcomes us.  We will delight in the charm of old Ireland, including some authentic Irish music while learning or fine- tuning the art of watercolor.  This is a spiritual retreat where we make art (both process painting as well as plein air).   No previous experience in art or with this medium is required.  A supply list will be emailed to you upon registration.

Don’t allow your fears of “I’m not an artist” or “I haven’t painted in years” to prevent you from missing this opportunity of a lifetime.  My gifts as an intuitive help me to create nurturing environments for the part of your spirit that wants to emerge to blossom.

We will convene in circles and at sacred sites to encourage our creative visions to emerge.  Meditation at these places will help us to connect with the spirit of the land.

Mullagmore castle

This will be a very small group.   If you are interested  register early!

Ireland is a very “thin place”.  What is a thin place?  It’s a place where the veils between this world and others are thin, a gateway to the other world, if you will.  Thin places are subjective.  For example, I may not feel particularly sensitive to strong energies in the same spot that you might.  I have selected places for us on this tour that affected me profoundly; I’m enthusiastic about sharing them with you.

My nomadic nature has taken me to locations that have tugged at the edges of my soul, including numerous thin places. The oldest Goddess temples in Malta, the many sacred sites in Cornwall England, Findhorn, and other thin places in Scotland have beckoned and received my curious spirit.  I’ve spent hours meditating at these spots, allowing the mystery and energies of the places to soak in while painting on site.  I’m forever changed each time I do this.

Now I am excited to bring the richness of this experience to you!

As with any of my events activities are planned but I follow the flow and energies of those attending so these plans are always subject to change.  The basic structure of the retreat will stay in place.  I chose our locations based on geography, beauty, and comfort.  The rates are based on doubles.  There are limited singles.  If you need a single the earlier you let me know the better and I will do my best to accommodate you.

During our days together I will be sensitive to your need to stay quiet at times or rest.  You will not be required to do more than you are comfortable with and I am including some time to be still and integrate.  You are welcome to opt out on any given activity if your body/mind says “stop, I need a break!”

What our time together will look like:

our home in the Magical Midlands
peacocks on site

STOP 1 –   THE MAGICAL MIDLANDS OF IRELAND – 4 nights in a luxury Bed and Breakfast (Lough Bawn House) in Ireland’s Lake district.  Here we will be able to relax and be pampered with food prepared and often raised by our gracious host.

  • Beautiful home, grounds, and food locally sourced and prepared by our gourmet host.  Meals  here will include all breakfasts and 2 specially prepared dinners.
  • Relaxing here with peacocks and-freedom to roam the grounds enjoying views at the top of the hill or down at the pond.
  • New Grange, Ireland’s 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East.
  • Tullynally Castle and Gardens – A seventeenth century Gothic revival castle with an eighteenth & nineteenth century park. and tearoom.
  • Loughcrew – Loughcrew House and Gardens are a 17th and 19th Century Irish landscape steeped in compelling history, with numerous scenic gardens. This surrounding country is also home to some of Ireland’s oldest archaeological treasures, and a site of enormous historical and religious significance. The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 BC as burial chambers. There are stone circles too, one that particularly affected me.
Tullynally Castle

Next, we are off to Dingle Peninsula by private bus.  On our drive we will stop at the wonderful  Burren Perfumery – featuring their home made perfumes, lotions, soaps and more.  We will enjoy a spot of tea at the rose covered tearoom and you can also walk through their herb garden.

We arrive at our privately owned lodge in Dingle Peninsula and head off to a fun dinner at a local tavern.  By the time we arrive here we may need some down time or retail therapy so besides the below skeleton structure I am building in time for our other needs.

The Lodge is located on the Dingle Peninsula just 30 minutes drive from Killarney and Tralee, and 20 minutes east of the coastal tourist and holiday town of Dingle. It is in a fantastic seaside location on an elevated site above four miles of sandy beach and dunes called Inch Strand.

In Dingle we are housed in a large retreat center complete with conservatories and a large lounge with spectacular views over Dingle Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks.  The lodge has a huge private kitchen.  We will take turns making breakfasts and lunches (lunches when we are not on outings).  Dinners will be at a local Inn 5 minutes walking distance, a clean and friendly restaurant, a real taste of Ireland.

  • Time at Inch Strand – a 5km-long sand spit and dune system extending into Dingle Bay. This stupendous beach has attracted film directors as well as surfers– it has appeared in the movies Ryan’s Daughter(1970), Excalibur (1981) and Far and Away (1992), among others.
  • meditation in the beautiful sun room before we begin our creations, both inner and outer
  • scenic drives such as the one around Slea Head Loop
  • enjoying some music! Dingle is one of the most vibrant centers for traditional Irish music

I’ve managed to put this amazing pilgrimage together at a very reasonable price of $2100 based on double accommodations.

One- time payment  of $2100 in full or $300 deposit and 6 remaining payments of $300 each if paid by check (preferred and no credit card commission).  Add an additional 4% commission as noted below if paying online. If you need to make different arrangements connect with Melissa  info@melissaharris.com  Make checks out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56   West Hurley, NY  12491   Call 845 340 9632 with any questions.


If exchange rates vary significantly there may be a slight increase as we approach the date.

 

What is included: 

  • all accommodations
  • all breakfasts and 2 dinners at first location
  • all transport for day outings
  • transfer from 1st location to second location
  • if you fly out of Shannon your last night at the lodge is covered
  • 7 days of my watercolor instruction and circle leadership, meditation, (the workshop itself)

 What is not included:

  • airfare
  • transport from your arrival in Ireland to first location ( contact Melissa for options on how to get there)
  • lunches and 2 dinners in our first location
  • entry fees
  • all meals in Dingle
  • transport back to Dublin if you are flying out of Dublin
  • last night hotel in Dublin. Melissa can make affordable airport hotel suggestions

 Refund policy is stated below:

With months of planning to make this a most special retreat, I will do my best to honor emergencies. A refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency,  less a $250 administrative fee, before January 1 2018. After that time a refund cannot be offered.

Your first payment authorizes that you understand this refund policy, commit to payment in full and take full responsibility for your personal choices and safety while you travel.

Travel insurance is reasonably priced and recommended when you book your flight. 

Air travel to and from the retreat is not included. but we will have a “Share a Ride” bus from Dublin  on May 22 available and a return private coach from Dingle to Dublin with a stop at the Cliffs of Moher available on May 30th if enough people are interested.  There are also public buses that serve both areas.  For any travel questions consult Melissa 845 340 9632    info@melissaharris.com

This trip is SOLD OUT! If you are interested in a trip in September 2018, or placement on a wait list in case of cancellations, please contact Melissa at 845.340.9632 or email info@melissaharris.com.

$312.00$2,184.00Select options

 

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

 

Aug
30
Thu
The Magic of Watercolor – Art and Spirit- Cape Cod Coastal art-making retreat @ Oestara House
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 2 @ 3:45 pm

Fee includes lodging and 8 meals.  We will have dinner out on Sat.

Here in this magical sacred spot near the ocean we will incorporate some meditation and relaxation time in order to invite all sides of ourselves to join in the mystery of allowing what wants to emerge.

cape-cod-massachusetts-united-states-2This is a nurturing NO PRESSURE few days allowing you to relax and sink into your joy in making art.  Though my demos will be in watercolor, and it is a very portable medium for carrying outside, you are welcome to work in any medium you wish.

We will mix up working from our imaginations with working “plein air” (from life).  The beautiful Cape Cod coast is one of my own favorite places to make art.  Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but the ions from the ocean are cleansing and stimulate our creative processes.  On the days we work on location we will consider composition, color, light in capturing a moment in time.

I will offer plenty of demos with information on technique and different ways of approaching your art.  We will join in circle and share art, laughs and chocolate.

Unless specifically noted as a workshop or class in technique, all of my classes focus on helping you find your own unique artistic expression,  your own language of color and form and marks on a surface.  I combine meditation, guided visualization, examples of other’s work, and more, with my own intuitive talents to help you discover what will give you the most fulfillment in your expression. Your art is a powerful healing tool for your life.  Art can help us to trust our inner guidance.  I will help you to discover your own inner wisdom and archetypes.

         

Those that may benefit from attending a workshop with me include:

  • those who have been creative in the past but find it difficult to enter back into their process
  • those would have always wanted to “make art” but have been discouraged by others or failing to achieve their own standards or are experiencing a great deal of fear around stepping forward
  • those who like my style and would like to learn how I approach my art

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you have to cancel at any time prior to 60 days of the workshop event your deposit will be fully refunded minus an administrative fee of $100.

If you have to cancel at any time within 60 days of the workshop event, we will consider 50% of your workshop and lodging/meal fee to be a non-refundable deposit (unless we fill your spot) and will refund you the balance of your workshop/lodging fee.

Please Contact Melissa Harris with questions regarding the workshop and to make workshop registration arrangements:  info@melissaharris.com    www.melissaharris.com

Contact Lorah 845 532 1539  with questions regarding lodging and meals and to make lodging/meal registration arrangements:

Option is available to pay half ahead ($337.50) in a check made out to Melissa Harris and sent to PO Box 56  West Hurley, NY  12491  with the balance due at the workshop.  Your total if paid by check is $675.00.  If you wish to pay by credit card you can “add to cart” with additional credit card fees of $23.65.  Your total is $698.65 paid in full or two payments of $349.35 each.  There is an additional fee of $50 per night for a single with first come first serve availability.

$150.00$698.65Select options

 

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