Sharing the journey…

Imagine. If you will. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, away from the distractions of daily life: A retreat center with quaint dorm rooms located in the Main building; cottages scattered throughout the forest, each accommodating from 4-10 people; three days of creative exploration with one instructor; evening gatherings to share ideas, talents, dreams. Whether it’s to learn new techniques and take your art to a new level, to replenish your spirit, to connect with like-minded souls–you’ll find all of it at An Artful Journey.

This is the type of retreat that I’m drawn to at this stage in my life, so I’m thinking there might be others out there as well. The first Journey will take place on Feb. 18-22, 2010, with the following fabulous instructors: Lesley Riley, Misty Mawn, Nina Bagley, Albie Smith and DJ Pettitt. The retreat is in the planning stages, so more info will follow as we move along this path. I hope that the idea of a smaller, more intimate gathering appeals to you as it does me. Although I love many of the retreats out there, I’m finding that I’m looking for a slower pace right now, and the chance to really delve into one project and take the time to explore it. That’s my vision for An Artful Journey. I hope you’ll join us!

ps–oh, and I’ve got a few other ideas up my sleeve, like offering ‘day’ workshops with guest instructors at a nearby locale in 2009…stay tuned!

29 thoughts on “Sharing the journey…”

  1. Cindy,

    I enjoyed our conversation this morning, and We appreciate your support. Isn’t it great when all your plans and dreams come together in such a creative way?

    We’ll stay posted so more of what you have in store,
    Robbin & Dede

  2. I already told you how much I love this idea in person but thought I’d respond here so you know people are starting to read your blog. You always have good ideas and I can’t wait for the retreats to begin.

  3. This sounds ideal. Spending several days developing my art with one artist and also in the company of other artists sounds wonderful. Since you will probably post the exact dates and costs on your blog, have you thought about getting the free “subscribe” to this blog”. I signed up for the “feed” but I’d love to get a notice whenever you make a new posting. Thanks so much, MD

  4. ooohhhhhhh sounds heavenly!! i have a sister in law that lives near santa cruz..and those mountains are just the perfect place to ‘escape’ from it all!! 🙂

    love in your profile..that you call yourself a ‘nonnie’…hehehe..my kids called my mom that for yearsssssss growing up.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    great blog! i’ll be back 🙂
    hugs…and best wishes on quick healing 🙂
    hugs..
    sandy

  5. Hi Cindy!!!
    Nice to hear your voice again–I have missed you and wondered when you would surface again and what you would be up to! Sounds awesome!
    hugs,
    Brenda Bliss

  6. Hi, Cindy…I am definitely interested in receiving info when you get your retreats lined up. Could you please put me on your mailing list. I love your idea of a smaller retreat and Santa Cruz is the perfect location for me to drive to. Can’t wait.
    Diana Frey

  7. Hi Cindy,
    this sounds like a lovely environment to study and learn new things. Glad something is happening finally in Northern California. Good Luck!

  8. I have been saving my pennies and looking for an Art Retreat to indulge myself in. This sounds like a perfect opportunity! I just found this link today as I was scouring the web . . . Please keep me posted!

  9. Sounds so wonderful. I went to UCSC so many years ago and you are so right about the forset setting for creativity and energy. Please add me to your list for the upcoming retreat. Valerie

  10. Please add me to your mailing list. I have attended workshop where you work with one artist all day and it was wonderful to get to know them within a small group.

  11. I just saw a comment on DJ’s blog that she will be teaching with you on May 4-5 (or is May 5-6?). Anyway, I would love to attend this class if you will add me to your mailing list. I visited your site and blog in the past and find it very inspiring and encouraging. Please let me know.
    Marrianna

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