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Lifelines: drawing from life retreat


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Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing, providing a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. This drawing retreat is a pause offered at the still point of the turning year as the burgeoning light beckons and darkness hums within. Together we will move into this quiet, into our senses and into the unknown, to explore the richness and vitality of what it means to be drawn by life.

To create art in any form with freedom and non-judgment is inherently health-giving. It offers a way of bringing us into the present moment and restoring our feelings of belonging. In this unique workshop, live and recorded music helps us lift and move as we draw from what arises. Through these inky, messy, hearts and hands we arrive at transient pauses, moments of connection and reflection. Meeting the paper in these fleeting moments, we explore a dance of gesture and poetry through the models’ pose. Paper, water and feathers will become our intimate allies and we will cultivate a relationship with them that honours the life of these precious gathered resources.

From complete beginner to experienced artist, all are welcome to join, you will receive individual guidance and support. There will be time to unfold and restore, cosy fires to warm us and nourishing food and company’

‘In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ‘

Albert Camu

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What's included in the price?

Materials extra £30 paid in cash to tutor at the course.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B. Please check the website for the full price lists.


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Painswick Old Road
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  • Residential
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  • Wheelchair users

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