Crystal Beshara of Paint The Town, has almost 20 years experience teaching art not only all over the fine city of Ottawa, but all over the world. Whether she is teaching in Mexico, Greece, France or in a neighbourhood pub, her goal is to openly share her trade secrets and bring art to the people!
Crystal loves the idea of making art more accessible - even to those who have never held a paint brush before. She feels that experiencing the joy of making art connects us more deeply to the world around us, giving us a new lens on life.
Come join Crystal at the East Retreat out in Luskville to create your very own whimsical WILD WREATH in this easy, step by step watercolour lesson inspired by Mother Nature.
We are very pleased to announce that Renee has finally found a speaker for the East Retreats close to home. So close in fact that they are neighbours! A mutual friend recently introduced them and they quickly discovered they had much more than their street name in common.
Natalie Fraser has been studying spirituality, culture, religion and mental health through many alternative avenues for over twenty years. She has often used the arts and nature as vehicles to explore and share healing in these areas with a very diverse range of people. Natalie has been trained in and offering acudestress with Dr. Brian Bailey as a rapid means of self discovery, release and self healing. She also does individual counselling and has spent ten years offering life skills, conflict resolution and effective communication skills to diverse groups. On her journey she has also become a yoga instructor, a wedding officiant, voice teacher (for Ottawa Bluesfest), drama teacher, actor, director and much more. The focus for her life journey is self discovery, healing, service and creating with the good of all, always present as she lives her life from love.
Natalie will be opening up the retreat on Thursday night with a Burning Ceremony:
“One of my favorite ceremonies is the Burning Ceremony. It’s a wonderful ritual that honors any intention to let go – in a concrete way. What are you ready to release? You may be ready to release an emotion, thought or belief about your situation. Write these down on the strips of paper. At the ceremony we will light a fire, share if we choose and then as the papers burn, imagine that you are being released and are now free. You will have a second opportunity to ask for something you want to manifest in your future. I will end the experience with song.” – Natalie Fraser
Our retreat just outside of Red Deer has been booked!! Register now as the early bird registration ends March 15, 2016.
You can get further information under the West tab!!
This is a first for the East retreat, but I am excited to announce we will have Reiki treatments given by the lovely Stephanie Farrell!! She will also be attending the retreat so you will really get to know her philosophies and beliefs.
REIKI – THE PEACEFUL WAY TO HEALTH AND RELAXATION
Stephanie is a registered student member of the Canadian Reiki Association, currently completing her practicum to become a registered practitioner.
All of the information is up for our East retreat happening April 9-12th.
I just wanted to let you know about one of the amazing classes we will be having at the retreat:
Learn the basics of soldering your own jewelry.
Instructor Mary Heinrich Aloi, owner & shopkeeper of Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace in Burlington, VT, will walk you through learning how to make pendants with two pieces of glass, silver solder and any graphic design that you love in between. You will bring home a finished pendant.
It will open up a whole new world for you!
Mary Heinrich Aloi, the owner & shopkeeper of the gorgeous Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace on Flynn Avenue in Burlington, Vermont has been involved with antiques, art and crafts for over 25 years. She has taught classes in various forms since her marketplace in Burlington’s South End Arts District opened in November 2011. She loves working and living in the same neighborhood where she grew up. She is the sweetest thing ever and I am super excited to have her come visit up here for once. For more information on Mary, check out her website HERE!
Lauren is cooking up another amazing Spring retreat happening just outside of Red Deer in April. Register soon as there are only a few spots left!!!
Last weekend was our first ever East retreat held in little ole Aylmer, Quebec. There were tons of things to do to prepare for this fun filled weekend but it was all worth it. Gateau Neo even put some little butterflies on all the cupcakes.
The adorable Stephanie from New Leaf Wellness was first up on Friday night to give us a reminder to “BE HERE NOW” and how important loving ourselves is.
After our talk it was time for some tea, treats and decoupage to get ready for our weekend of creating.
Here is Brittany looking for some awesome images.
Saturday morning’s body movement class was orchestrated by Jen Boyes-Manseau (her website is in the works). So great that I was able to capture her excitement to be sharing National Women’s Day with a group of creative women.
She warmed everyone up through this sacred circle dance and I think everyone was a little apprehensive at first but ended up really enjoying it. (Isn’t the old stage beautiful?)
Leila and my daughter Milah hanging out after the dance having a chat with the group.
Not sure who took this photo with my camera or that I even noticed it was taken but I decided to work on a painting I have had in progress for months trying to get past the ugly stage, haha.
We also had the lovely and talented Andrea Warren come by on Saturday afternoon to give a little image transfer lesson and share some Golden goodies with us.
Look at all the fun stuff on the table.
Unfortunately Natalie couldn’t join us for the entire weekend as she has a baby at home but was able to come for this one class.
Nat playing with some products.
Making our leather bracelets as a keepsake for the weekend.
I asked the girls to share their favourite pieces from the weekend and one of Brittany’s was her bracelet.
Jen had two and one was the canvas she created in the image transfer class, so pretty! She was also our resident masseuse for the weekend so I am sure everyone appreciated greatly.
Kathy with her cool tree of life.
Eliza liked the way the front and back covers of her art journal turned out.
Sarah’s first time doing mixed media and just took to it like moth to a flame. She didn’t even want to stop to eat. Check out how amazing her mermaid piece turned out.
One of Jackie’s favourite’s ended up being one she hated earlier in the day. So important to keep working past the ugly, haha.
This was Brittany’s other favourite. Amazing quote, I think I will be using that one for my next art journal page.
This is what our spray table looked like part way through. It was so pretty Sarah asked to take it home. No doubt to use in her art.
There were pretty cool paintings scattered throughout the entire venue but by far my favourite was the series of plump characters that were displayed in the dining room.
Cameras were set on a timer so we could all get in (except for Milah and Leila who were off minding the store for me) This photo kind of makes me sad as it signified the end of the retreat and back to reality.
Who’s in for next weekend??? Haha, kidding. I am, however, already planning for the fall retreat, probably October. I am thinking more, cabin in the woods perhaps, so it feels even more like a vacation. If I can find the right spot.
Thanks for an amazing time ladies!! It was great getting to know you all that much more!
In honour of International Women’s Day Jen Boyes-Manseau will offer an introduction to Sacred Circle Dance on the Saturday morning of the retreat. Absolutely no dance experience is required for this fun, delicious and accessible practice of embodied creativity.
“On International Women’s Day let’s explore and celebrate the feminine in ourselves and in the world. We are strong and rooted and yet as supple and flexible as a willow branch bowing down to the river.
We are strong, powerful, serious and supportive as well as vulnerable, gentle, giddy and in need of support. Together let’s weave a moving circle, and explore a range of simple dances — ancient and new — that help us in our journey to piece together an ancient knowing of what the feminine is, how we experience it in ourselves, and what it contributes to our world.”
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JEN…
At the root of all my work, as celebrant, educator, facilitator, doula, sacred arts practitioner and mother, is a strong desire to reinvent the role and purpose of the arts, and to explore its potential to encourage balance, healing and transformation. Our technocratic, info loaded, capitalistic society holds certain assumptions -‐ more and bigger is better, we know because we have studied it with our mind, read a scientific study on the topic or googled it, and the non-‐artists of the world should leave creativity and artistic expression to the professional artists. For me, art and the practice of creativity is a way of life, a way to search for meaning and explore what it means to be human. It is a cord in my instrument that I must pluck each day or wither. Does this make me an artist? Perhaps. I would say that it makes me a human being creatively engaged in the art of living.
I am super excited to introduce you to our guest instructor Andrea Warren. She is a painter and mixed media artist based out of Ottawa, Ontario and is a Working Artist for Golden Artist Colours.
Andrea will be coming by on the Saturday afternoon of the art retreat to teach a photo transfer technique. Using a variety of decorative papers and recycled materials- and of course, a wide variety of Golden paints, gels and molding pastes – delve into the intriguing world of collage and transfer and create your own self-portraits! Learn the simple and easy process of getting your photographs onto canvas and into your art journals by using the acrylic transfer technique, and rip, cut, layer, stain, pour, paste, and stencil your way into two finished mixed media pieces.