If you answered yes to one or all of these questions then I’m willing to bet that a creative retreat might just be the answer to being able to relax, recharge, and be creative. Even if you don’t think you are artistic, you can still experience success with a creative project because everyone has their own style that is meaningful.
Hi, I’m Amy, and I have been an art teacher for over 20 years. During that time I have planned many classes, workshops, and events for people of all ages and artistic abilities so I have the experience to create a space that everyone can feel like letting their guard down and dreaming about the possibilities that can be produced in many different art media. A creative retreat with me will not be focused so much on an intensive artistic experience, rather a place to be adventurous, use your imagination, but also reset, recharge, and take part in exciting activities that the locale has to offer in between the laid back workshops.
There is a reason it is called a retreat, it is meant to allow you time to reflect and reset. For example, I am not a winter person, but we live in an area that experiences cold winter weather and by February I have had enough. My best friend from college used to live an easy 3-hour drive away, so we made sure to always schedule in time to visit each other several times a year, including a February birthday celebration. These visits were the closest thing that I had to a retreat. I always had mom guilt leaving for the weekend, but I clearly remember just needing that break from everything – cleaning the house, shoveling snow, taking care of the kids, teaching, you name it, I needed to leave it behind. (Let’s be honest, I still need that and they are now teenagers). As I was driving across the state I could actually feel the relief of the tension I was holding in my shoulders. I don’t really remember what we did that weekend, it usually consisted of lots of catching up, binge-watching trash tv as we sat and crafted at her dining room table, a Target and A.C. Moore run, maybe a haircut and color, and, of course, eating a slice of DQ ice cream cake at every meal, but by the end, I was ready to go back. I missed my husband and kids, I felt refreshed and ready to teach again and that stress had melted away.
As an artist and teacher, I strive to bring out the creativity in each individual but I also know how much connecting with others, enjoying a slower pace, and experiencing our surroundings means to get those creative juices flowing. So grab a girlfriend, or be extra adventurous and trust that you will make new friends at one of my creative retreats in the near future.
I have many plans, locations, and dates that are being determined as we assess the safety precautions and restrictions currently in place so be sure to put yourself on the waiting list to stay on top of what will be happening.