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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
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.

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 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



Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles
Friday, August 28, 2020
at Appalachian Arts in Clinton, TN with Claudia Fulshaw (

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.