8 Retreats to Spark Your Creativity

Awaken your inner artist at these eight creative retreats by women, for women.
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Kripalu Center Writing and Soul-Making Workshop

Join author Peggy Tabor Millin at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts from December 17-19, 2010 for a writing workshop focused on inner-growth and meditation. To learn more, visit clarityworksonline.com.
Photo courtesy of the Kripalu Center

House of Wind and Water

Settle in at the House of Wind and Water artist retreat center-a bed and breakfast at the base of the Sierra Madres in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Some of the classes offered include painting, printmaking, journaling, multimedia two-dimensional art and sculpture. To learn more, visit houseofwindandwater.com.
Photo courtesy of House of Wind and Water

Your Creative Awakening

In spring 2011, journey to Les Eyzies, France and share a sense of community with other women who wish to explore the world of art. Paint in the hilltop village of Domme, visit prehistoric cave drawings for a spark of inspiration and journal at the Castle of Josephine Baker. Art critiques and meditation round out the week. To learn more, visit yourcreativeawakening.com.
Painting by Kathleen Carrillo

Art Adventure in Clay

Get lost in time as you venture to the small Mexican village of El Tuito and learn from clay artist Patricia Gawle. Use the lush landscape as your inspiration and venture to the boca de Tomatlan as your artwork dries. In December, develop your skills and reflect upon your work in daily art journals while your clay fires up in the kiln. To learn more, visit yourcreativeawakening.com.
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Gawle

Committed Living

Return to your core with Committed Living’s full immersion creativity retreats in Ashland, Oregon. Spend three days nurturing your right brain by painting, developing creative cuisine and practicing dance meditation. All supplies are included, and every participant takes home a personal creativity plan, framed paintings and art portfolios. To learn more, visit www.site.committedliving.org.
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Blue Ridge Crafters Retreat

Plan your own artistic getaway at the Blue Ridge Creative Retreat in Willis, Virginia. Blue Ridge founder Julie Wheaton encourages visitors to bring their own products or crafts, and emphasizes the programs’ all women, self-directed focus. To learn more, visit blueridgecraftersretreat.com.
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Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat

Experience five days of writing and restoration in the village of Teotitlan del Vale, right outside Oaxaca, Mexico. Learn to work with memoir, journaling, poetry and mixed genre writing, while exploring this high desert plateau through yoga and meditation. The next Lifting Your Creative Voice retreat is scheduled for March 4-10, 2011. To learn more, visit oaxacaculture.com.
Photo courtesy of Norma Hawthorne, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC

Creative Juices Arts

Passionately plunge into the painting process with Creative Juices Arts Painting from the Wild Heart Weekend Workshops. Begin each morning with a period of dance and movement to relax the mind. Express your creative self in the group’s spacious studio in Oakland, California. Feel completely at home as you work with brushes, palettes, floor-to-ceiling easels and a variety of paints and canvases. The next Painting from the Wild Heart Weekend is December 3-5, 2010. To learn more, go to creativejuicesarts.com. *LOOKING FOR A MORE PHYSICAL GETAWAY? CHECK OUT OUR PICKS FOR DESTINATIONS TO TRAVEL BY FOOT, HERE.*



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First Published Wed, 2010-09-29 08:28

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