What shall tomorrow bring?

20090922-Nicci-BattilanaArt Retreats can be found all across the U.S., but there are very few taking place north of the border, here in Canada.
When I went to my first art retreat, I could not believe the impact in had in other aspects of my life (work, home, etc). It helped me look at certain projects from a new perspective and come up with different solutions than I had previously. I believe that it had a lot to do with attending workshops and having to push myself at attempting new creative challenges. 2012-06-13-whats-next-IMG_5
Art Retreats are for more than just those that call themselves Artists and I cannot wait to share this journey with you, as your Host.
We have people coming from as far as Florida to join in this great adventure! Sooo excited!permissionSheri Doll head-2012-07-etsyIMG_3290-save-2-sml

Doing what you love!

Sometimes it takes courage to do what you love. Maybe we are afraid that we will not be good enough or just frustrate ourselves and not enjoy the process. These are battles that we unfortunately place on ourselves and only we can take these barriers down and throw them away.
When we say to ourselves that enough is enough and take that step forward, it may begin with trepidation and fear, but then end up with joy, freedom and the curiosity as to why we did not do this earlier in its place.
What would you love to do?:

  • take a few days away… just for you (and maybe a friend or two)
  • learn how to create with en-caustic wax
  • make your dream doll a reality using funky steampunk fashions and findings
  • use assemblage to create your very own creepy misfit toy
  • play with concrete in a whole new way
  • sew your own uniquely stylish crafting/cooking apron
  • learn the vastly growing trend of art journaling
  • sculpt a gorgeous silhouette dressed for dancing in a flowering field
  • create a warm and loved filled painted scroll to decorate your home
  • play with the ever popular ice resin and design your own necklace pendant
  • embellish your heart with all the love you can muster
  • create a 3D mixed media enigma
  • remake your favorite little bottle into something completely demented and vial
  • adorn your journal cover to reflect the ‘eye of the beholder’. (Mine would be a girl looking back at me… of course…lol. Have you seen my art? It’s all girls!)
  • give a face to your inner critic and empty your fears into her

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

All SKILL levels welcome!


CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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What were your favorite things to do at a sleepover?  (then vs now)

  • talk about secret crushes (boys/girls vs art n craft supplies)
  • drool over eye candy (teen magazines vs art/craft/scrap-booking mags)
  • eat yummy food (chips, pizza & ice cream vs many of the same + macaroons…lol)
  • giggle
  • watch something that amazes or scares you (movies/TV vs art workshop instructors & classmates 🙂  )
  • wear your favorite pj’s
  • do each others hair (braid vs colour before arriving and then braid)
  • paint your fingernails
  • listen to music (on the parents stereo or ghetto-blaster vs smart phones & iPads)
  • take photos (on film cameras to view in a few weeks vs on our phones to post on our blogs/fb page that very same day)
  • have sugary drinks (pop and Kool-Aid vs wine and gin & tonic)
  • dance
  • plan the next gathering (movie night or sleepover vs art retreat or creative tea time)
  • stay up late
  • do crafts (glue and paste vs art journaling, tissue paper flower making, etc & so on)
  • trade (stickers & friendship pins and bracelets vs ephemera & all things handmade)

Sorry guys, but I only attended the girly sleepovers. However, I am sure you Gentlemen had a wonderful list of adventures that translate easily as well to an art retreat in 2014!  🙂03-SANY0374-words

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