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Listen, an Art & Poetry Retreat

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SOLD OUT! Listen, an Art & Poetry Retreat
Saturday, June 12, 2021
9am – 3pm
The Stable, Durham, NC
Leaders: Claudia Fulshaw & Mandy Mizelle

Cost: $125, includes lunch from Grub Durham, beverages and snacks. (A week before the retreat you will be emailed the yummy lunch options with a request for your lunch order.)

Description: A beauty- and wonder-filled retreat inspired by Barbara Crooker’s poem, “Listen,” and the breathing, blooming world around us. This comfortable and creative retreat invites you into simple writing experiences and unique art projects that will illuminate and awaken our early summer senses. With plenty of space and masks, we’ll move between the serene sanctuary inside The Stable and the green grounds outside which feature a gorgeous labyrinth. Includes all materials, lunch from Grub Durham, beverages, and snacks. Presence and process over perfection. No art or writing experience is required for this guided and exploratory retreat! All materials will be provided.

Co-Leader, Mandy Mizelle is a chaplain, minister, writer, perpetual procrastinator, and imperfection advocate who also lives in Durham. A lifelong lover of words, her favorite sacred texts are the everyday stories of our lives. Mandy enjoys creating spaces of grounding a­nd gratitude that remind us of – and invite us to pay attention to – the Spirit around and inside us.

SPECIAL NOTE: Assistance throughout the day will be performed exceptionally well by the ever-lovely Laura Conte.

Important Safety Protocols: At this time, we are requesting that everyone who chooses to attend this retreat be vaccinated against the coronavirus. As hosts, it feels like the most responsible thing to do for all. Additionally, everyone will be required to wear a mask when inside The Stable and whenever unable to socially distance outdoors. The windows and double doors of The Stable will be open for abundant air flow throughout the day.

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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Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles
Saturday, October 2, 2021
9am – 4pm
The Oratory Center for Spirituality
Leader: Claudia Fulshaw

Cost: $150, please bring your own lunch, beverages and snacks provided

Description: A fun day to learn about and create a Peace Pole for your yard, garden or community. The Peace Pole movement started in Japan in response to the bombings of 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 and are now seen all over the world. Paint your own Peace Pole in an array of colors with this message and/or your own thoughts, quotes, prayers, or poetry, with the intention of spreading a little more peace, love and light in this world. Help with lettering or design will be offered as well as ideas for dedicating your Peace Pole once “planted” in the location of your choosing.

All materials are included!

  • 4” x 4” x 3’ pressure-treated wood post
  • solar light cap
  • paints and brushes
  • lettering guides and stencils
  • clear coat to protect your Peace Pole from the elements
  • metal stake for planting your Peace Pole
  • Pondering Peace questions
  • History and meaning of Peace Poles­

Safety Protocols: Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside The Oratory facilities and t­ables and chairs will be socially distanced.

Solo Wanderings

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: At least 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, Vision Board Journals, Multi-Media-Mix, Art & Self Nurturing

IMPORTANT FIRST STEP! Email Claudia to confirm your desired date(s) and retreat selection (see descriptions below), to ask any questions and to indicate if you are coming alone or with one to three others. You will receive the total cost to enter below to complete your retreat registration.

Monday – Saturday day-long retreat, 9am-5pm – Solo Wanderer: $100; 1-3 additional folks (age 12+): $65 each

Note: Friday or Saturday retreats require at least one overnight stay
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 any one Solo Wandering when booked with an overnight stay at The Stable.  Please contact Claudia first to confirm your desired date(s) prior to registering online.

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 to three others in your safe pod), 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: Sanitation and safety protocols are observed. A thorough cleaning prior to your arrival 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.

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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Peace Pole

Choose from 8 experiences:

Peace Poles (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 Poles (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

Labyrinths
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 Journals
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
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.

Vision Board Journals

Vision Board Journals
What do you want to create more of in your life? What do you want to let go of? What do you hope and pray for? What do you love? Spend your day pondering these questions as you fill the pages of your 12-page Vision Board journal – following simple prompts and project instructions while using paint, collage and writing. A Vision Board uses the power of intention to manifest our wildest dreams – what we put out to the universe, comes back to us in ways we never dreamed of! Really!! The centerfold of your journal will hold your Vision Board (words and images you’ll cut from magazines) while the cover and other pages will hold your thoughts and process.

Multi-Media-Mix

Multi-Media-Mix
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to have some fun. Spend the day immersed in a menagerie of multi-media materials, including paint, brushes, markers, colored pencils, art papers, glue, scissors, tissue paper, pencil and pen. Rip, cut, crumble, fold, build, layer, doodle –– all while creating a small “portfolio” of art work filled with personal meaning. The provided writing and creative prompts, art challenges, and unique ideas will build upon each other as your day progresses, culminating in a visual story of your day.

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Art & Self Nurturing
This is a day quietly filled with slow art, thoughtful creating and personally meaningful expression. Using all of your senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing and might I add imagination, you are invited to move through this day at a pace that your soul longs for. Sipping hot tea and then learning to paint with that same tea bag. Closing your eyes as you listen for a bird, the rustle of leaves, the wind and then tearing pieces from art papers to glue down and create what you heard. Looking at an object and practicing the slow art of ekphrastic poetry. Taking a nap, a walk around the labyrinth or listening to relaxing music while creating. Engage your heart and your hands. This is self nurturing at its best.