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The Spirit Likes to Dress Up Like This…

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 26, 2020

An outside, Halloween, art & poetry retreat inspired by the work of Mary Oliver
with Claudia Fulshaw & Mandy Mizelle
LIVE, in person, and socially distanced at The Stable in Durham, NC
Saturday, October 31, 2020 (rain date Nov. 1)
10am – 3pm
$115 includes all materials, lunch from Grub Durham, beverages and snacks
Registration Deadline: October 26, 2020

Description: On hallowed ground carved by tree-lined fields, colorful leaves, and an outdoor labyrinth, this creative retreat will conjure the familiar excitement of dressing up and trick-or-treating in cooler autumn air.

In the spirit of traveling door-to-door, participants will move station-to-station, finding fun and illuminating writing prompts and simple art projects invoking the poetry of Mary Oliver. With plenty of space for physical distancing, contemplation, and creativity – surrounded by the beauty of the changing seasons and a crackling bonfire – treats and surprises are bound to arise. Costumes optional, but do bring a mask, please! (Inside bathroom available with strict cleaning protocol after each use)

Presence and process over perfection. No art or writing experience is required for this guided, safely spaced, exploratory retreat! All materials provided with no sharing amongst ourselves.

Register with PayPal or your credit card OR if you prefer to pay by check, contact Claudia first to check availability before mailing your check.

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Solo Wanderings

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 3 days before your arrival

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 at least one overnight stay
Optional:
Monday – Thursday retreats, choose to add one or more overnight stay(s).
All overnight stays are booked separately via Airbnb. Arrive 9am day of your retreat, depart 11am on morning of departure.

Art Wanders will take $50 off your Solo Wandering when registering in conjunction with an overnight stay(s). Please contact Claudia FIRST to select and confirm date(s) and receive an 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 provided to aid in your design process. You'll then paint a 3’ tall, wooden, 4”x4” peace pole! Instructions, paints, brushes, stencils are all included, as well as a clear-coat finish to protect your Peace Pole from the elements, a rebar stake for “planting,” and a plastic cap (choose a solar light cap or birdhouse for additional $15). 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 Retreat (for inside)
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, ribbon, stencils, a votive, and 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. A set of Inner Peace Pondering questions is provided as a way to start you thinking about what inner peace means and is to you.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth Retreat
The Stable’s newest addition - a labyrinth – was constructed during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This classical, 22’ diameter, 5-circuit labyrinth is made of 383 bricks, small gray rocks and sparkling 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 will be provided. You will also receive directions to several unique, area labyrinths, all within 5 - 20 minutes of The Stable. A note set for you to record your feelings and reactions while walking these different labyrinths is also 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 - 5 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.