Art & Spirit in Ireland – 11 Night Watercolor Retreat to Sacred Sites in Magical Ireland – September 16 – 27
This is a very small group- (maximum 10 ) providing for an optimal small group experience
A special advantage of this retreat is that we will be staying in two different locations so that you get a larger taste of Ireland, compared to other art retreats in Ireland. Both places are on the water, one is lakefront, the other right on the ocean.
“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
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 places of interest and fun activities to make in an especially magical and rich experience.
To reserve your space please remit your first payment and sign and return the Travel Agreement.
This will be a very small group. If you are interested register early!
paint overlooking the lake or 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!
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- then—
- 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.)
- watercolor painting in a beautiful space instructed by Melissa (no previous experience required)
- Authentic Irish music
Next, we are off to Dingle Peninsula . 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 pitch in 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.
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 (single until shared the last 6 nights) ~One- time payment of $3550 ~ or 4 payments of $887.50 SINGLE – one payment of $4150 or 4 payments of $1037.50
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. If you are choosing to make payments, the balance will be due by August 1.
For payment by credit card there is an additional charge to cover cc fees
If you need to make different arrangements connect with Melissa email@example.com. Call 845 340 9632 with any questions
What is included:
- all accommodations
- all breakfasts, 3-4 lunches, and 3- 5 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:
- 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 . Restaurants in the areas are reasonable
- transport to your departure airport (either Shannon or Dublin – Melissa can make transport by van arrangement
- hotel 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 $600 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 July 15, 2024, your payments less a cancellation fee of $600 will be refunded.
- There are no refunds after July 15th, 2024.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org