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“Melissa…….Your studio workshops are unique in providing a beautiful working studio space filled with inviting sunlight and loving energy that invites the imagination to come out and play.  Your unique blend of psychic intuitive and compassionate teacher gives you the ability to tune in to each individual and honor the spirit of their exploration.  Your encouragement of our longing to express what calls to us is the magic wand that erases the fears and doubts and allows the inner child to explore the possibilities without being judged. 

 

Your workshops are always spirit centered and light hearted as you role model the steps in the creative process and provide the conditions that invite the imagination to explore the inner and outer worlds.   More importantly than how to paint, you have honored my process and showed me how to create sacred space within which I can paint whatever I choose or whatever chooses me as a vehicle. Because of your warm-hearted encouragement I feel more confident with each new painting and am starting to find my own unique expression at long last.’ -Ruth Cook, Gloucester MA

I’ve been gathering folks 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 

  • We begin at circle in the morning –  with sharing and a teaching by Melissa 
  • Delicious healthy lunch and – weather permitting – relaxing out on the warm stones in my big fire circle
  • Dinner either together at a nearby restaurant or on your own
  • Fire circle – weather permitting

What materials do I need?

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.

Some Logistics

We begin Friday around 5:30.   Plan to have your dinner before – but I will have some snacks on hand.

I have a friend sometimes can accommodate you for lodging at a nominal fee.  There is a Best Western in Kingston NY just 5 minutes down the road that is reasonable- as well as numerous airbnbs and other hotels in Woodstock.  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.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there! I adore how you are flexible with sensing the groups emotional needs, yet rigid with the wisdom to know discipline and keeping people on task is important when it comes to producing art. Of all the art instructors I’ve had in my lifetime, you are only the 2nd one I’ve ever experienced that “gets” this and utilizes it effectively.  The circle and spiritual time only adds icing to an already well built cake! I felt so comfortable and like I had been part of your group for lifetimes. I admire your style of teaching and hope to emulate it when I start teaching children again in the spring.    Marguerite  – MA

“I just returned from an amazing weekend surrounded by art, nature, love, talent and friendship. The retreat was everything I wanted and more. Time seemed not to exist while working on the process of getting in touch with ourselves. Through meditation and introspection we explored  the creative process. Melissa guided us gently, and enabled us to push past our own limitations.  The group of us worked blissfully..enjoying the breezes and music, surrounded by Melissa’s inspiring artwork. If that wasn’t enough, we were served a beautiful healthy lunch every day. with fresh mint tea and amazing brownies for dessert.  The experience was enlightening and inspiring. I can’t wait to do it again!”  Alison  Greenwod Lake, NY

“I am still gratefully  basking in the glow of the weekend!  I always feel brand new every time I come and I am always nourished and enlivened by the creative hatchery that you fill with love, laughter, music and guidance. I was able to go deep and allow the energy to percolate through me in different and fun ways this time.  Thank you for sensing my need to listen and feel from the inside out and savor what comes through where you can help me see different options to pull it all together in harmonious ways that both honor the original impulse and basic design elements. You are so so good at tuning in and watching the creative babies being born and training the midwives in delivery.”  Vickie Dash PA

“Nobody gets me going creatively like you do.  Your suggestions always move me miles down the road….Thank you so very much Melissa”      Robin R.  Bangor, ME

“Your workshops are unique in providing loving energy that invites the imagination to come out and play.  Your unique blend of intuitive and compassionate teacher gives you the ability to tune in to each individual and honor the spirit of their exploration.  Your encouragement of our longing to express is the magic that erases the fears and doubts”.  Ruth Cook, Gloucester, MA

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. Exceptions will be made for Covid illness.

Upcoming Workshops

Apr
2
Sun
Art and Spirit in Flagstaff/Sedona @ Flagstaff AZ
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 8 @ 10:00 am
Art & Spirit in Flagstaff/Sedona  – a Watercolor Retreat in the Magical Southwest –  April 2 – 8    This is a very small group-, providing for an optimal group experience .  There are limited singles.  First come, first serve. “I’m in heaven!  If you ever have a chance to go to a workshop with Melissa, do it. Her inspiration, guidance and teachings have changed me. The retreat was one of the best things I have done!”      Katie Crommet – MA “I am still LIVING ON FAIRY DUST!    IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE !”  Connie Judson   Montauk, NY Following Melissa’s  extraordinary counsel. I, learned how to be free of my artistic linear constraints.  Melissa guided us through multidimensional mind exercises, to help us connect with our creative force. Melissa Harris is an extraordinary woman and artist. I will be forever changed from my experience in her watercolor workshop. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about attending one of her classes to sign up!  Carol Gallentine, Horton, MI This is an invitation to those of you who would like to explore your creativity with like-minded, adventurous women in the magical Sedona area .   This is a spiritual retreat where we make art (both from meditations as well as from photos and or plein air).   No previous experience in art or with this medium is required.  Yes, correct, NO previous experience 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.  My gifts as an intuitive help me to create nurturing environments for the part of your spirit that wants to emerge to blossom.  Basic instruction is provided for those with no experience. We will convene in circles and at sacred sites to encourage our creative visions to emerge.  Meditation will help us to connect with the spirit of the land. 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.  I am excited to bring the richness of this experience to you. I chose our locations based on geography, beauty, and comfort.    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:
  • 6 nights in a beautiful Flagstaff bnb. Here we will be able to relax and have the private space to delve into our creative process.  I will do my best to accommodate your sleeping requests.  First come, first serve.
  • Breakfast- foods provided on site prepared by us.
  • 1 dinner – either out or catered
  • Drives to researched destinations (including Sedona) to paint on site or photograph and paint- we drive ourselves
  • My individualized art instruction
  • Meditation circles
What is not included:
  • airfare
  • transport to and from our Flagstaff location
  • lunches, and any dinners outside of 1
  • fees to any places of interest we may visit
I’ve managed to put this inspiring retreat together at a reasonable price.   To keep pricing down we will fix our own breakfasts and some lunches except for those we decide to have out. To reserve your space please pay the non-refundable deposit of $500 and sign and return the Travel Agreement. For payment by CHECK ~ (preferred and no credit card commission or admin fees). Single – limited singles available – reserve quickly One- time payment of $2055 or 4 payments of $513.75 Shared double  one payment of $1800 or 4 payments of $450 Make checks out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491. No need to fill out payment form online, just email me to reserve your spot and to let me know you are sending a check right out. Credit card payments Single –  One time payment of $2155 or 4 payments of $538.75 Double – One time  payment of $1900 or 4 payments of $475

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Cancellation Policy ~ A refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency, less a $500 administrative fee. Non-refundable payments have been issued in advance to my vendors making it necessary for me to retain partial payment to cover these costs.  Your first payment is non refundable and 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 strongly suggested.  It is suggested that you purchase this upon booking.  Check to make sure what your insurance covers.
  • If you need to cancel before February 14, your payments less a cancellation fee of $500 will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after February 14, 2023.
  • If it becomes necessary to cancel the retreat for any reason, all payments will be refunded in full
In the event of cancellation, you may find another person to take your place on the trip provided they agree to the terms of this agreement and after an interview between the person and Melissa whereupon it is decided that the trip is agreeable with both parties. Air travel to and from the retreat is not included.  Phoenix airport is two hours away from where we are staying in Flagstaff.  I am happy to help arrange a group car rental (paid for by the those renting) – or a shuttle  from Phoenix airport once people have registered.  For any travel questions consult Melissa info@melissaharris.com.  The cost of a shuttle with 3 people when I last checked was $168 total.  
Jul
14
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Dragonfly Acres Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Woodstock NY Studio
Jul 14 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 17 @ 4:00 pm

Workshop Photo

In 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 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 your creative process. The workshop is for those with no experience as well as those who would like to improve existing skills. . A supply list will be provided upon registration.  Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evenings for some song, laughter and treats.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there! I adore how you are flexible with sensing the groups emotional needs, yet rigid with the wisdom to know discipline and keeping people on task is important when it comes to producing art. Of all the art instructors I’ve had in my lifetime, you are only the 2nd one I’ve ever experienced that “gets” this and utilizes it effectively.  The circle and spiritual time only adds icing to an already well built cake! I felt so comfortable and like I had been part of your group for lifetimes. I admire your style of teaching and hope to emulate it when I start teaching children again in the spring.    Marguerite  – MA

“I just returned from an amazing weekend surrounded by art, nature, love, talent and friendship. The retreat was everything I wanted and more. Time seemed not to exist while working on the process of getting in touch with ourselves. Through meditation and introspection we explored  the creative process. Melissa guided us gently, and enabled us to push past our own limitations.  The group of us worked blissfully. Enjoying the breezes and music, surrounded by Melissa’s inspiring artwork. If that wasn’t enough, we were served a beautiful healthy lunch every day. with fresh mint tea and amazing brownies for dessert.  The experience was enlightening and inspiring. I can’t wait to do it again!”  Alison  Greenwod Lake, NY

“I am still gratefully  basking in the glow of the weekend!  I always feel brand new every time I come and I am always nourished and enlivened by the creative hatchery that you fill with love, laughter, music and guidance. I was able to go deep and allow the energy to percolate through me in different and fun ways this time.  Thank you for sensing my need to listen and feel from the inside out and savor what comes through where you can help me see different options to pull it all together in harmonious ways that both honor the original impulse and basic design elements. You are so so good at tuning in and watching the creative babies being born and training the midwives in delivery.”  Vickie Dash PA

“Nobody gets me going creatively like you do.  Your suggestions always move me miles down the road….Thank you so very much Melissa”      Robin R.  Bangor, ME

“Your workshops are unique in providing loving energy that invites the imagination to come out and play.  Your unique blend of intuitive and compassionate teacher gives you the ability to tune in to each individual and honor the spirit of their exploration.  Your encouragement of our longing to express is the magic that erases the fears and doubts”.  Ruth Cook, Gloucester, MA

Take Covid precautions as you like.- mask optional .  Your registration acknowledges that Melissa is not responsible for any illness 

 

         

 

There are many accommodation options. I have my own airbnb here on my property which gets reserved quickly so inquire right away if you are interested.  There are many hotels and airbnb’s nearby.   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.

Save the fees and pay by check –  $440   Make it out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491. If paying by check, contact Melissa to reserve a spot.

Sep
18
Mon
Art & Spirit in Ireland September 18 – 29 2023 @ Two Magical Locations
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

 

Art & Spirit in Ireland   – a Watercolor Pilgrimage to Sacred Sites in Magical Ireland –  September 18 – 29  

This is a very small group-  providing for an optimal small group experience

“I’m in heaven!  If you ever have a chance to go to a workshop with Melissa, do it. Her inspiration, guidance and teachings have changed me. The retreat was one of the best things I have done!”      Katie Crommet – MA

“I am still LIVING ON FAIRY DUST!    IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE !”  Connie Judson   Montauk, NY

“I have no words… . The time in Ireland was life changing for me. I was opened in a way I still do not completely understand… I feel a ‘power’ flowing through me that I no longer question… I feel more connected to those around me because of a ‘knowing’ and I feel a strength that I have never felt before. My “welcome sister” as a part of the stone circle  was both life changing and life affirming… a gift from the goddess and all the women that came before.  The retreat was a reminder of the importance of being open to the universe, of ritual, and of gathering and sharing space with those we were meant to know.  You are an amazing human and I am grateful and blessed for the experience of spending time with you. 💕 ”  Sharon G  Benzonia, MI

“I loved the Irish music, it was authentic and in a really intimate setting – wonderful.  Seeing the sheep grazing – I never realized that the sheep could make such an impact on me.   And of course the ocean and Dingle – the breath taking views, breathing the salt air and walking the beach. AND the food!!!”   Linda S.  Woodstock, NY
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  and the dazzling coastline welcomes us.  We will delight in the charm of old Ireland, visiting the ancient sacred sites and listening to some authentic Irish music while learning or fine- tuning the art of watercolor.  This is a retreat where one enhances (or learns) painting technique by integrating some meditation and circle sharing.  Some plein air (art made right on site) painting will be mixed with painting in a studio space.   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.

With each year I’ve taken this journey I’ve added more details and sacred sites to make in an especially magical and potent experience.

Singles are available in both first locations but not in our last location unless there is room.  First claim, first serve on this opportunity.

To reserve your space please pay the non-refundable deposit of $500 and sign and return the Travel Agreement.

Sculpture by Patsy Preston

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

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

paint overlooking the ocean!

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.  Singles are available until our last location.  If a single becomes available in our last location it will be by first claim, first receive.  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:

Arrival night in a cozy hotel near Shannon airport in order to rest and recover from jet lag

Kilarney 

  • 4 nights in a luxury hotel.  Here we will be able to relax and be pampered with delicious meals
  • Beautiful lakefront grounds,
  • Touring Sacred sites (circles, burial cairns etc.)
  • Painting visits to places of beauty and interest
  • Authentic Irish musi                                 

Next, we are off to Dingle Peninsula by private bus.  There are surprise visits along the way!

In Dingle we are housed in a large retreat center near the town of Dingle 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 or out and about.

  • Time at Inch Strand –  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 to sacred sites
  • retail therapy in the shops
  • enjoying some traditional Irish music at pubs. Dingle is one of the most vibrant centers for this

I’ve managed to put this amazing retreat together at a very reasonable price.   I will do my best to accommodate your sleeping requests.  First come, first serve.

For payment by CHECK. (preferred and no credit card commission or admin fees).  Shared accommodations ~One- time payment of $3310 ~ or 4 payments of $827.50   SINGLE in first  locations:   –  one payment of $3775 or 4 payments of $943.75

Make checks out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491. No need to fill out payment form online, just email me to reserve your spot and to let me know you are sending a check right out.

For payment by credit card there is an additional $100 to cover cc fees

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If you need to make different arrangements connect with Melissa info@melissaharris.com. Call 845 340 9632 with any questions


What is included: 

  • all accommodations
  • all breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners 
  • 2-3 Sacred site tours
  • transfer from each location to the next
  • entry fees to sacred and cultural sites and gardens
  • my watercolor instruction and circle leadership, meditation
  • pub visits with authentic Irish music 

 What is not included:

  • airfare
  • short taxi ride from Shannon airport to hotel or transport by bus from Dublin airport if you prefer to Shannon hotel
  • lunches or dinners out in Dingle. Restaurants in the area are reasonable
  • transport to your departure airport (either Shannon or Dublin – Melissa can make transport by van arrangement 
  • hotel in Shannon or Dublin in case you need it before your departure flight

Cancellation Policy – 

A refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency, less a $500 administrative fee. Non-refundable payments have been issued in advance to my vendors making it necessary for me to retain partial payment to cover these costs. With months of planning to make this a most special retreat, I will do my best to honor emergencies. 

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 required. It is suggested that you purchase this upon booking.  Check to make sure what your insurance covers.

  • If you need to cancel before June 15, 2022, your payments less a cancellation fee of $500 will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after June 15th, 2022.
  • If it becomes necessary to cancel the retreat for any reason, all payments will be refunded in full

In the event of cancellation, you may find another person to take your place on the trip provided they agree to the terms of this agreement and after an interview between the person and Melissa whereupon it is decided that the trip is agreeable with both parties.

Melissa can make suggestions on travel.  .  For any travel questions consult Melissa    info@melissaharris.com

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Oct
20
Fri
Art and Spirit: Art-Making Workshop
Dragonfly Acres Woodstock NY @ Melissa's Woodstock NY Studio
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm

Workshop Photo

In 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 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 your creative process. The workshop is for those with no experience as well as those who would like to improve existing skills. . A supply list will be provided upon registration.  Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evenings for some song, laughter and treats.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there! I adore how you are flexible with sensing the groups emotional needs, yet rigid with the wisdom to know discipline and keeping people on task is important when it comes to producing art. Of all the art instructors I’ve had in my lifetime, you are only the 2nd one I’ve ever experienced that “gets” this and utilizes it effectively.  The circle and spiritual time only adds icing to an already well built cake! I felt so comfortable and like I had been part of your group for lifetimes. I admire your style of teaching and hope to emulate it when I start teaching children again in the spring.    Marguerite  – MA

“I just returned from an amazing weekend surrounded by art, nature, love, talent and friendship. The retreat was everything I wanted and more. Time seemed not to exist while working on the process of getting in touch with ourselves. Through meditation and introspection we explored  the creative process. Melissa guided us gently, and enabled us to push past our own limitations.  The group of us worked blissfully. Enjoying the breezes and music, surrounded by Melissa’s inspiring artwork. If that wasn’t enough, we were served a beautiful healthy lunch every day. with fresh mint tea and amazing brownies for dessert.  The experience was enlightening and inspiring. I can’t wait to do it again!”  Alison  Greenwood Lake, NY

“I am still gratefully  basking in the glow of the weekend!  I always feel brand new every time I come and I am always nourished and enlivened by the creative hatchery that you fill with love, laughter, music and guidance. I was able to go deep and allow the energy to percolate through me in different and fun ways this time.  Thank you for sensing my need to listen and feel from the inside out and savor what comes through where you can help me see different options to pull it all together in harmonious ways that both honor the original impulse and basic design elements. You are so so good at tuning in and watching the creative babies being born and training the midwives in delivery.”  Vickie Dash PA

“Nobody gets me going creatively like you do.  Your suggestions always move me miles down the road….Thank you so very much Melissa”      Robin R.  Bangor, ME

“Your workshops are unique in providing loving energy that invites the imagination to come out and play.  Your unique blend of intuitive and compassionate teacher gives you the ability to tune in to each individual and honor the spirit of their exploration.  Your encouragement of our longing to express is the magic that erases the fears and doubts”.  Ruth Cook, Gloucester, MA

Take Covid precautions as you like.- mask optional .  Your registration acknowledges that Melissa is not responsible for any illness 

 

         

   

There are many accommodation options. I have my own airbnb here on my property which gets reserved quickly so inquire right away if you are interested.  There are many hotels and airbnb’s nearby.   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.

Save the fees and pay by check –  ($355 or $440 for three days)  Make it out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491. If paying by check, contact Melissa to reserve a spot.

$375.00$460.00Select options