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In my Art and Spirit workshops I combine my extensive background in painting with meditation 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.
What a typical workshop is like
Friday night session 5:30 – 8:30 with intro and painting
Saturday 9 – 5 morning meditation and painting discussion- art demo in watercolor although participants are invited to work in watercolor or acrylic.
Sunday 9 – 4 or 5 morning meditation and painting discussion- art demo and painting exercises
Monday optional unless the workshop is specifically for 3 days 9 – 4 or 5
Participants bring their own supplies or purchase from Melissa for a $30 materials fee. Melissa will send a supply list upon registration
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 – ($395 or $475 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.