Each of the offerings below will be a full one-day class. When registering, please choose your two favorites.
Photo by Madelyn Mulvaney
Practical MAGIC – Madelyn Mulvaney & Jen Gray
Practical Magic is a class encompassing sacred ceremony, the creation of personal altars and the enchantment of sun printing by the sea.
In our time together, we will be igniting our relationship with serendipity, and aligning with our soul’s siren songs and longings. Using natural elements found while combing the beach, along with sentimental totems you’ve brought from home such as feathers, pods, petals, shell, wings, etc. we will first be creating ephemeral personal altars. Altars are visual metaphors, a way to reconnect to self and mystery, a way to say thank you, to tell your story, to honor, or to release what no longer serves you.
Later, we’ll create exquisite Persian blue cyanotype (sun) prints. Cyanotype is the oldest non-silver photographic printing process. The sun will act as our camera capturing gorgeous images. These prints will serve as lovely reminders of our shared connection with one another.
Jen and Madelyn always make magic when they are together, so be assured this day will be full of beauty and goodness.
What to bring: Meaningful objects such as photographs, shells, feathers, leaves, amulets, stones, poems, a journal, pen, and camera (iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR – any will do)
Materials fee: $10
Offered: Thursday and Friday
Hello, AWAKENING Woman – Hannah Marcotti
Take a moment to feel where you are rooted. Does it look or feel differently than it did 5 years ago or even 15 years ago? Parts of you may seem lost while others are just waking, pulsing. As women we journey through this beautiful life in various roles, many of which become our identity. We may have caught glimpses of a deeper truth of self along our path, a feeling of becoming awakened in deep body knowledge.
As we learn to explore our own awakening, we can discover a new way of being. A life that feels connected to the Universe, a life that feels open, expansive, sensual, and alive.
Through guided-prompts, gentle movement and the stories of our spirits we will walk along this path of the awakening woman together. We will explore her needs and desires. We will allow her to vision her truths and dip into vulnerability. During our time together we will begin the process of creating a vision book of our awakening selves, something tangible and gorgeous that you can hold in your hands, which will become a gift you carry with you beyond our time together.
What to bring: Any special ephemera that has meaning to you.
Materials Fee: $10 and will include everything else you need, including your vision book.
Offered: Thursday and Friday
First we will take some time to ask ourselves important questions that only our souls know the answers to. Guided exercises will help you remember the sparkling truth of just who we each are, who we always have been, and who we each are destined to perfectly become. Then, we will be creating a colorful, beautiful, painty, collage-y little emergency kit to remind us of those answers, including a deck of collaged art cards with our own personal truths on them, a little book to help us make decisions according to our own rules, and a visual journal to begin the process of pasting and collaging the exact life our hearts yearn to step into. We will work on some deep healing, some big dreaming and some major personal out-loud proclamations. Be ready for some life-changing fun and free spirit art making!
What to bring: Any special ephemera that has meaning to you, and perhaps an apron so as not to get paint on your clothes.
Materials Fee: $15 and will include everything else you will need.
Offered: Thursday and Friday
Contemplative Photography: Storytelling with Natural Light and Composition – Kate Inglis
This class, useful for both beginners and intermediate photography enthusiasts, will cover fundamentals as well as theories of creativity, composition, and working with available light. Through a series of activities, students will develop an eye for portraiture, nature, and photographs that go beyond snapshots.
What to bring: Bring your camera and its manual (if you have it) as well as any other photography equipment (tripod, remote, etc.). External flashes not required. Point-and-shoot, SLR, or phone cameras are welcome. Prior to the class, read the manual through for a basic knowledge of your camera’s functions – don’t feel like you have to study up, but the more aware you are of how your camera operates, the more you’ll get out of the class.
Writing the Collective: Transcending Creative Solitude ~ Maya Stein & Amy Tingle
During this one-day writing class, we’ll examine how turning the solitary act of writing into a communal, collaborative experience can give new depth and dimension to our creative work. In addition to guided writing sessions, we’ll be interacting with and interlacing our stories on a vintage typewriter – the very same one that played a central role in last summer’s Type Rider project, a 1,200-mile bicycle trip that gathered writings from strangers in 10 states over a 40-day period.
The Type Rider project revealed not only a universal hunger to share stories but also an unexpected camaraderie between participants. In this workshop, we will explore the joys and challenges of sharing our creative efforts more publicly and learn new practices to tap into the power of vulnerability and bolster self-confidence.
The gorgeous Outer Banks setting will be the backdrop for this writing immersion where we will focus on finding fresh entry-points and new pathways to develop and expand our stories. Participants will be inspired to listen more deeply to their creative voice and re-approach what may be long-held narratives with more care, affection, and forgiveness. There will be plenty of time for sharing work informally. No writing experience necessary; all levels are encouraged to join us.
What to bring: Bring a pen and a journal or loose-leaf paper.
As creatives, we sometimes find ourselves stuck in a rut. We seek a feeling of openness, lightness, and optimism in our process, but the reality is we often find it to be strenuous and solitary. In this one-day writing and art journey, we will tap into the magic of childhood play and recreate that feeling of freedom to bridge the gap between thought and action.
We will show you how to expand your idea of where your creativity lies. We will lead you through a series of fun and engaging prompts from which we will re-approach our stories and experiment with freeform writing. We’ll explore similar techniques to create a piece of altered art, use beach stones as a beautiful canvas for a painting, and assemble a lighthearted personal diorama.
This class is for writers and artists of all levels and experience. For those seeking a little silliness, we will take advantage of our natural surroundings for playful interludes. Think of this simply as a joyful field day for your soul!
What to bring: journal and pen; any personal ephemera you might want to use in an art or writing project. We’ll provide everything else you’ll need.
Materials fee: $10
SELF-PORTRAITURE as a Healing Art ~ Kate Inglis
As portraitists, we lend grace and leniency and understanding to subjects, using camera, brush and canvas, or words. We coax them into the right light, granting them patience until they feel safe enough to let us abide. But it’s rare that we offer that foundational grace to ourselves. In this session, we’ll walk through the creative vision, technical how-to, and emotional significance of self-storytelling with both photography and writing. You’ll reframe long-held assumptions, learn how to apply craft as carefully to yourself as you would to others (even without a shutter remote), and forgo ‘pretty’ in favour of an enlightening truth.
What to bring: Camera and laptops required, Tripods helpful, but not required
We do have a few simple options activities planned for our Self-care day on Saturday, including a restorative yoga class and a pilates class. These classes are limited to 12 people each, so please let us know on your registration form if you might be interested. If you are interested in getting a massage during on this day just let us know and we will arrange this too.
Morning PILATES – Melissa Piccola
Join Melissa for an invigorating morning Pilates class in our beautiful seaside classroom environment. Open to those brand-new to Pilates as well as those with Pilates mat class experience, she’ll guide you through a classically structured class, including the basic principles and techniques, and the proper way to breathe. She’ll also be sharing about the history and philosophy behind the practice, as well as some of the physiological reasons why it’s so important to maintain the mind/body connection in these exercises (and, well, in everything!). You will leave this class energized and excited about building and improving core strength and endurance.
What to bring: Yoga mat if you prefer your own, but we can supply if needed, comfy stretchy clothes, journal and favorite writing implement. Class will be 20 mins of discussion and 45 minutes Pilates.
SORRY, THIS YOGA CLASS IS NOW FULL – Savoring GRATITUDE – Michelle Madden Smith
A gentle restorative yoga class, this is the ultimate in relaxation. Challenging only in its quietness, it is a spiritual experience of turning inward and acknowledging the layers of self. You will be guided into poses that are held for a time and allow you to open deeply, but you are comfortably propped with blankets, bolsters and pillows. Enjoy some aromatherapy, thoughtful meditation, gentle healing touch and readings from inspiring writers. It is a time of peace, reflection and gratitude. Accessible to all with open mind and heart.
What to bring: Yoga mat if you prefer your own, but we can supply if needed, comfy stretchy clothes, journal and favorite writing implement, totem for creation of our shared altar.