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Eco-Art Spirituality

Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."  So also every child is connected to nature.  The problem is how to remain connected once we grow up.

Eco-Art is a holistic spiritual practice that draws us closer to our creative and organic selves.  It invites us to see firefly frescoes and hear cricket symphonies, to write our wishes on dandelion seeds sent into the wind.  It calls us to return to our roots in this world we share with so much life.

This retreat offers the opportunity to engage in individual and collaborative art projects to return to a state of wonder and deep gratitude with the world.  Nature will provide a panoply of resources in full bloom.  Participants will use all the senses to draw from the rich palette of Siena's diverse ecosystems, integrating media with a special focus on scent, flowers, and essential oils.

Together we will cultivate a mindful awareness of the many blessings in our lives, those received and those given.  We will create art in and with nature through unique experiences including nest weaving and sound-scaping. 

This retreat is open to anyone who calls the Earth home.  Walking shoes and a light jacket are recommended for outdoor activities.  Bringing a journal is optional. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit, noon meal, and supplies.

This retreat day has been cancelled.

Facilitator Alexandrea Newell is an Experiential Therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital providing visual art, movement, music, and environmental experiences for adults and children.  She holds a master’s degree in  Art Therapy degree from Mount Mary University and devoted her research and thesis to advancing the emerging field of   Eco-Art Therapy, the use of nature alongside the expressive arts to facilitate healing.  She began this research in Nicaragua, carried it out with women recovering from trauma and substance abuse in Milwaukee, and brought the results to   a conference in Croatia as part of a collaborative effort to establish art therapy in a country healing from the wounds of war.  She believes in transformation and the power of nature to cleanse the soul.

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Eco Art Spirituality

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