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The Art of Disappearing

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 11, 2020

The Art of Disappearing
A retreat inspired by the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye
Saturday, June 13 , 2020
10am – 2pm via Zoom from The Stable in Durham

with Claudia Fulshaw & Mandy Mizelle Norris
Sliding Scale $25 – $50
(All materials needed for this inside and outside retreat are common household items)

Description: Last winter, when we chose to create this retreat out of Naomi Shihab Nye’s knockout poem, “The Art of Disappearing,” we had no idea just how fitting it would become! Since then, so much of life as we knew it has mysteriously vanished before our eyes. As we adjust to our strange new rhythms, as we lose count of our socially distanced days, is it possible there is art in creating and maintaining space for ourselves? What can be found in the long pauses, the unknowns and in betweens? What might be discovered behind our make-do masks? Who are we and what do we long for now?

Mandy will invite you through reflective, creative writing to evoke and uncover your answers. Claudia will take you on a mini trip, noticing what appears out of nowhere while engaged in simple art prompts. Inspired by Nye’s words, one another, and the unique surroundings in which we each find ourselves; we will practice the art of remembering ourselves, connecting with what is most important to us now – what is too important to forget. Presence and process over perfection, no art or writing experience required, in this hands-on, guided and exploratory retreat!

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Solo Wanderings

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Solo Wanderings
at The Stable in Durham
Choose your retreat, choose your date!
Peace Poles, Inner Peace Poles, Labyrinths, Forest Bathing & Earth Art, Poetry & Art Journals

Monday – Saturday day-long retreat, 9am-5pm – sliding scale for a Solo Wanderer: $75-$100; additional person (age 12+): $65 OR additional person without materials (age 12+): $35

Note: Friday or Saturday retreats require overnight stay
Optional:
Monday – Thursday retreats, choose to add an overnight stay.
All overnight stays are booked separately via Airbnb. Arrive 9am day of your retreat, depart 11am following morning.

Art Wanders will take $50 off any one overnight stay at The Stable when booking in conjunction with your retreat. Please contact Claudia first to confirm date(s) and receive ACCESS CODE to register.

Description: For those yearning for a change of scenery, having a hard time finding space for solace or just needing a creative outlet, Solo Wanderings – self-guided, individual retreats (or with one other you’ve been staying at home with), aim to provide a welcome respite. Abundant materials, detailed instructions, beverages and a snack will be ready for you. Spend the day engaged in a hands-on, creative journey.

Important Note: There is a 72-hr. buffer between all Solo Wanderings (the time the CDC says the coronavirus can live on surfaces). A thorough cleaning prior to your arrival and after your departure will be performed.

Upon your arrival, Claudia Fulshaw will welcome and orient you, facemask on! She will be available by phone or text for any assistance during your retreat.

Peace Pole

Choose from 5 experiences:

Peace Pole Retreat (for outside)
Traditionally, Peace Poles have the words, May Peace Prevail on Earth, written in a different language on each side. This movement started after WWII by a Japanese philosopher and educator to spread peace throughout the world. Colorful Peace Poles are now found everywhere from backyard gardens, to churches, to parks, there's even one at the North Pole! Ideas and questions for pondering peace in your life will be sent prior to your arrival to aid in your design process. Then paint a 3’ tall, wooden, 4”x4” peace pole! Instructions, paints, brushes, stencils included, as well as clear-coat to protect from the elements, rebar stake for “planting,” plastic cap (solar light cap or birdhouse for additional $20). For ideas, check out the photos from a workshop I led in Stokes County, NC in February 2020. https://theliliesproject.org/galleries#/peace-poles

Inner Peace Pole

Inner Peace Pole Retreat (for inside)
New! Writing prompts will be provided to aid in creating an 18” tall wooden, 2”x2”, mini peace pole for your bedroom, office, library, altar – really any place you want time to ponder, meditate, pray or reflect on inner peace. Paint, beads, jewels, fabric, notions, stencils, lots of little things to spark your creativity will be provided as you put together a small “statue” or “sculpture” that represents and reminds you of serenity and peacefulness.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth Retreat
The Stable’s newest addition - a labyrinth – was constructed during the early weeks of the pandemic. This classical, 22’ diameter, 5-circuit labyrinth is made of 383 bricks, small gray rocks and surprises sprinkled throughout its winding ways. In its center, an old-timey tractor seat, perfect for contemplating life’s journey. Instructions for walking a labyrinth as a prayer walk and as a meditative journey, as well as all materials and instructions to draw, paint and decorate your own table top version. Directions to four area labyrinths open for walking, within 5 - 20 minutes of The Stable will be provided.

Poetry & Art Journal Retreat
A journal, a booklet, a diary, you name it and you fill it. A selection of poems, ideas, suggestions, interesting questions and prompts will be provided as you spend your day with craft papers, magazines, scissors, glue, paint, crayons, markers – constructing, collaging, painting, doodling, writing. This journal can be a collection of what’s going on right now or a vision of what’s next – wildest dreams, inner longings or just full of whim and fun. A 12-page, 8.5x11, heavy duty paper booklet will be your canvas for this retreat.

Forest Bathing & Earth Art Retreat
An introduction to the mindful and relaxing, Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) will start your peaceful day of adventure. Choose to wander outdoors at The Stable or visit one of several nearby nature areas (within 2 miles, directions provided) to experience a rejuvenating forest bath, employing all of your senses. Small cards with guidance and prompts as well as a pocket journal, pen & colored pencil kit are provided for your journey. Instructions for gathering natural materials and creating your own earth art mandalas will be provided.

Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles
Cancelled due to COVID-19
Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm & Thursday, June 25, 9:30am-4:30pm
at Florence Thomas School of the Arts, West Jefferson, NC with Claudia Fulshaw
$170

Description: So what is a Peace Pole? They seem to be popping up everywhere! The Peace Pole movement started in Japan in the 1950’s in response to the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Masahisa Goi, a philosopher, teacher and the originator of the Peace Pole, dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” A classic Peace Poles bears this message, typically in different languages, on each of the four sides of the pole. At this 2-day workshop, we will learn the history of the movement as well as spend some time reflecting on peace in our lives and how we’ve been inspired by peace and peacemakers throughout history. Using this knowledge as inspiration, we will then create our own, 4′ tall Peace Pole. We will be working in an array of colors and you can choose to add the original message and/or your own thoughts, quotes, prayers, or poetry, all with the intention of spreading a little more peace, love and light in this world. All materials will be provided, including a 4′ tall by 4″ square, pressure treated, primed, wood post, a solar light cap, a stake for planting, paint, protective clear coat, templates and brushes. Assistance with design and lettering will be provided.

To register for this workshop or for more information:
https://www.florenceartschool.org/event/pondering-painting-and-planting-peace-poles-with-claudia-fulshaw-624cf/

Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles

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Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles
Saturday, June 27, 2020
9am-4pm
at Appalachian Arts in Clinton, TN with Claudia Fulshaw (www.appalachianarts.net)

Appalachian Arts Member Rate: $110
Non-Member Rate: $120

Description: So what is a Peace Pole? The movement started in Japan in response to the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Masahisa Goi, the originator, dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Peace Poles bear this message, typically in different languages, on each of the four sides of the pole. We will be designing and painting 3-foot tall Peace Poles for our yard, garden or community in beautiful colors with this message and/or our own thoughts, quotes, lyrics, for spreading a little more light in this world. All materials will be provided. No art experience is needed!

To register for this workshop call Appalachian Arts at (865) 494-9854 or email: [email protected] for more information.

Mid-Summer Mix: WATER

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 11, 2020 – Full refund by July 11, if cancelled due to COVID-19

Mid-Summer Mix: Art, Spirit, Nature, Rest & the Element WATER
Saturday, July 18 , 2020
9am-4pm

at The Stable with Claudia Fulshaw
$150 includes morning snack, lunch, beverages, all materials
(women only retreat)

Description: Mid-Summer Mix is an annual, creative retreat for women. This year’s retreat welcomes mid-summer by asking you to jump right in and get your feet wet! Summertime is about fun, spontaneity and freedom. This day-long experience allows time for just that as well as space for creative self-discovery through a variety of hands-on art projects, writing prompts, new connections and a bit of good old-fashioned relaxation.

Mid-Summer Mix: WATER will drench your senses and allow your hands and hearts to go with the flow. Your spirit will rise as you experience new ways to buoy your creativity, curiosity, and joy while discovering how WATER relates to Art, Spirit, Nature and Rest in your life. Come ready to drift away into the goodness that summer’s colors, textures, sights, scents and sounds bring all while creating art. And of course, fresh-squeezed lemonade will be served! No art experience is necessary for this guided and exploratory retreat. Presence and process over perfection.

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