Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Art Nest Retreat Part 1

Angel,Jen,Rena, Misty, Rebecca Lisa, Laurie and Sue

Julie, Elise, Kristy, Misty, Rebecca, Deb, myself, Sheri, Candice.

The Art Nest retreat was one of the best weekends I ever had in my life. My thanks go out to Candice and Julie who came up with the idea, filled it with their energy and attracted a group of like minded souls and created such a wonderful space to be. We are missing a few people in the pics, the big group one is in someone else's camera. I will post that when I get a copy.

I connected deeply with so many different women on a spiritual, artistic, emotional and physical level that it was truly amazing. Its hard to believe I haven't known these women all my life. I felt closer to some in a mere 4 days than I do with people I have known for years.

Carolyn Myss writes about this in her book Anatomy of the Spirit. Most of our issues stem from our tribe, sometimes its the one we grow up with or join. Those bonds are really strong, that is why its so difficult to leave a church or a marriage or any close knit group. Then there are other who never felt at home in our tribe and our looking for the group they belong too. When I was reminded of this by my friend Ginger I though that is what it is. These women are my tribe, that is why I felt such connection. Thats why there are Art retreats all over, for all of us to come together. enough philosophy I know you want to see some pictures. I think I will just show some candid shots today and then some highlights from classes tomorrow.

Here are some views from the cabin. The place was truly spectacular. I forgot to take a picture of the front, soryy about that. I am sad to say I never made it into the jacuzzi, I kept forgetting it was there.

Here I am with Misty Mawn, who by the way is a fantastic teacher. She is such a sweet gentle soul and the work that came out of her class was amazing. Tomorrow I will post pictures of the class and my paintings.


LisaOceandreamer said...

I am so envious of this glorious experience...but not in a green-eyed-monster kind of way. It sounds so uplifting and inspiring and joyous and memorable. To be able to come together in that way, to feel bonds where a stranger used to be is indeed life changing! Your experience with Misty echoes many i have read about her and her as a teacher. I cannot wait to see the creations that came from her class. I also can't wait to hear more about this and see more photos. I am SO happy for you that you were able to do this!!
Love and hugs,

Pam Aries said...

First..Happy Birthday to Sara! OH Wow...the art retreat sounds more than fabulous! I would LOVE to do that! LOVE to !!! You are so lucky! I cannot wait to hear about the classes! Yes....a tribe! There is nothing on Earth like being with like minded folk!...I also went on a small peaceful retreat this weekend and felt the same way. An ART getaway would be sublime!

Julie said...

What a great looking group of women! Glad you had such a fabulous time!!!!!

Cindy Dean said...

Kate, I just loved your post! It was fantastic to meet you. I feel the same way...bonded and I never expected it to be that strong. I look forward to our crossing paths again. I am looking forward to hearing about your trip south about the threads. Keep in touch


Amanda Elton said...

Kate, i loved what you said about being a tribe--you are definately a member of my tribe! I loved getting to know you and everyone else there!

Candice said...

You are right about the tribe... I have found my tribe in the art world. You gave so much of yourself for this experience, you have a gift of writing such beautiful words about last week. I miss you...
p.s. your daughter is lovely