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  • PAINT YOUR SPIRIT Magical Day Retreat

    Posted on August 11th, 2011 Nadine No comments

    With Nadine Hamil

    Come  spend uninterrupted time creatively expressing yourself with freedom, painting from your heART @ an Experiential Workshop.

    PARTICIPANT Comments :

    You create a comfortable space for me to show up & I love that, I really feel like I’m coming home. The studio is very welcoming & makes my muse very happy. (Aleli)

    Deep, connecting, refreshing, feminine, fairy~enhancing, delicate, playful, luxurious, nourishing for my creative-goddess-feminine self, soooo happy to be here-so full & rich ~honoring…  The colors are so full of nutrients today , the wet paint was like birthing waters & I felt all the feelings of birthing! (Denise)

    Sunday  Jan 11, 10am-5pm

     MAGICAL JOURNEY

    Would you like to give yourself the gift of a Magical Weekend to create from a deep part of your sacred soul?  Would you like to be inspired to create with spontaneity, openness, trust and kindness for yourself?  Would you like to be encouraged to let go of the judging mind and tap into your creative source?

    UNCOVERING

    Does the idea of using a color- filled process to help you uncover your true self – your intuition – your creative authentic self-appeal to you?  Intuitive Painting is a tool to help you do just that.  Intuitive Painting is about painting with lots of colors, brushes of all sizes and big paper.  But Intuitive Painting is not really about painting – it’s about growing your spirit – it’s about uncovering your hidden parts in your journey to reclaim your wholeness.

    IT’S   FOR   EVERYONE

    An Intuitive Painting weekend is for anyone desiring to connect to their own creative natural juiciness.  Previous painting experience is not necessary to participate in Intuitive Painting.  People who have painted before and people who have never painted before can use Intuitive Painting to experience, explore and express an inner voice not often heard from – the aliveness – the spark – the vital self which is desiring nourishment and safety and encouragement to reveal itself.

    YOUR GUIDE

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    I will  assist you throughout the weekend to access your inner wisdom and gain confidence as a creative being on your journey of spontaneous self-expression.  As an enthusiastic and compassionate guide, I will provide encouragement and support for you as you uncover your creative expression.
    My background and training includes:  Master Intuitive Painter and Expressive Arts Facilitator, Montessori Teacher, Creative Art Instructor for Seniors & Children, Reiki Master and a member of The Global Network of Expressive Arts Facilitators.

    THE PLACE

    ARTFUL DREAMERS STUDIO is an environment created to support you in your creative process using movement, meditation and self-expression. ARTFUL DREAMERS STUDIO is  airy space with an abundance art supplies for you to work and play with. It is a place for you to uncover the hidden parts of yourself and to feel comfortable exploring and expressing your creativity.

     All Art Supplies included :: Snack incl ::Bring  lunch
     

    To register: Nadine.hamil@gmail.com

    Reserve easel ::

     

  • Intuitive Painting As A Spiritual Practice

    Posted on January 11th, 2010 Nadine No comments

    by Chris Zydel

    People paint for a lot of different reasons. To relax, to express themselves , to create beauty and meaning, to make money, because they have a passion to create, to gain approval, to stay sane, to make sense of the world, to play and have fun. All of the above are wonderful and valid motivations to put a brush filled with color onto paper or canvas. But did you also know that there is a way to approach painting that can be used very effectively as a form of meditation and psycho spiritual practice?

    This type of painting goes by many names. It has been called Process Painting, Intuitive Painting, Free Expression Painting, Soul Painting and Source Painting. No matter what it is called, when you paint in this way your intention is to use the process of painting to connect with your inner life and to journey into the invisible worlds of soul and spirit.

    What we are usually taught about creativity is that what is important is developing technique so that we can produce a fabulous product. The spiritual approach to painting does not focus on the outcome or result of the painting at all. Like all spiritual practices, soul painting allows you to connect with yourself on a more profound level and to develop greater self awareness. It teaches you how to use the creative process to expand and strengthen your intuition. You learn how to free up stagnant energy so that you can live your life from your core being where you are naturally passionately and joyfully alive. And painting in this way sends deep taproots into your connection with the source of all that is which often leads to positive experiences of trusting yourself and your own internal guidance.

    As we travel further into the lands of great change and uncertainty that seem to be the hall mark of this early 21st century, many of us are experiencing a growing hunger to be living from a place of greater authenticity and a more wholehearted relationship with what we consider to be sacred. We are longing for some larger sense of meaning and a sense of something that is not so focused on things like money or success. We are searching more and more for a way to connect with what is real and solid and constant. We are needing ways to access a form of counsel and information that comes from another place inside of our beings that is not just linear, rational and logical.

    There is a great thirst for spirituality in it’s many forms. Meditation, prayer, yoga, shamanism, astrology and various types of Buddhism, are becoming more popular. All of these ways of connecting with spirit have in common that they give the person using these methods a much more personal and direct experience of divine presence and unconditional love. They provide a firsthand experience of healing and wholeness, a palpable sense of feeling less alone in the universe, and the sense of the power and safety that comes from opening to that mysterious greater something that we can call the ground of being, the great spirit or the great heart.

    The job of a spiritual practice is to remind you that you are always connected to spirit. We can make our life our practice and try to let each instant be an opportunity to awaken. That moment to moment remembering is a very tall order, and one that we can all aspire to. But, it’s a lot to ask to be able to just throw ourselves into the busy fray of our lives and to stay mindful in the swirl and chaos of day to day living.

    So that’s why god invented the spiritual practice. A spiritual practice is just that. It’s practicing. And it’s practicing that very difficult job of being attentive to the realm of spirit by choosing a discipline during which we say, “OK. For this chunk of time and during this certain activity, I am going to devote myself to remaining awake. I am going to consciously invoke my relationship to all that is. I am going to choose to pay attention to the energies of compassion, trust, expansion and surrender. I am choosing to try and open my heart, disidentify from fear, listen to my intuitive voice, let go of control, be present without judgment, and to love myself and all of life unconditionally.” Now sure, this is still a tall order, but when we engage in a spiritual practice, we are clearing out some limited period and space in our lives so that we can just focus on this process of what is essential without distraction.

    In learning to use the medium of painting as a way to develop your spiritual muscle the first thing to realize is that the principles of painting as a way to engage spirit are exactly the OPPOSITE of the principles or rules that come into play when you are painting for a specific outcome. It’s like everything you know about art and creating for a product needs to get turned upside down.

    When you are painting for the process you are operating from the belief that you are inherently a creative being and that actually everyone is creative. You are learning to say a great big YES to your creative self and to cultivate trust and faith in your creativity separate from things like talent or skill. In the world of art for product the assumption is that only a very few special, rare and gifted people have the right to call themselves artists , and that you should only be encouraged to exercise your creativity if you are extremely talented.

    When you are painting for the purpose of outcome you are focused on what is external. The finished product, the actual thing itself is what has value and is what is considered to be important. You worry about what it looks like. You ask yourself questions such as “Is it beautiful?”, or “Will it sell and make me money?” When you are painting from the soul what is important is your inner experience of creating. The focus and the value is on what is happening inside of you. The questions you ask yourself are more along the lines of “Am I feeling engaged, energized and alive as I paint?” or “Am I being present here in this moment? Am I allowing the creative process to touch me, move me, transform me?”

    When you are oriented towards the product you tend to take yourself and your craft very seriously. There is value placed on gaining technical skill and becoming polished and sophisticated. In the realm of spiritual art the focus is primarily on allowing yourself to play and to continuously cultivate “beginners mind” even if you are trained as an artist. When I have a new student come to one of my classes the first thing that I encourage them to do is to approach their painting as if they were four years old and to allow themselves to be childlike and spontaneous. The question here is “Can I let myself paint and create even if I don’t know what I am doing?”

    Painting with a product in mind usually involves having a goal or a plan. It means having things figured out ahead of time. It often means that you have an idea about where you are going and what you want to accomplish. When you are painting as a spiritual practice your focus is on allowing the painting to lead you. It’s being willing to face the unknown, to travel into uncharted territory without a map, and to learn to trust your intuition even if you don’t know where it is taking you. The question now is “Can I continue to create when I don’t understand what is happening? Can I allow things to be mysterious and to not make sense?”

    There is a right way and a wrong way to do things when you are painting for a specific outcome and there are rules that you are supposed to follow. For example: make sure that what you are painting looks realistic, never put certain colors together or constantly strive to ensure that every element in your painting is balanced and in perspective. Some other rules are: don’t try something unless you already know how to do it, don’t risk being foolish, don’t make mistakes, always be perfect, don’t be messy. Following the rules is a way to stay safe but those rules can also limit you and keep you small. In the world of transformative painting I always encourage my students to break some of the rules that they carry around with them and that limit their sense of expressive freedom. As one of my students so aptly put it, “It’s going outside the lines to find the god place.”

    In the realm of art for outcome there is a constant mental evaluation going on. Your mind is continually asking itself things like “Is this good, is this bad, do I like it, do I not like it, is it beautiful, is it ugly?” When you are painting as a spiritual practice you are trying to let go of judgment and comparison and inviting mercy and curiosity to be your companions as you create. When you approach your creativity with the attitude of holding everything that comes out of you with compassion instead of criticism you have an opportunity to experience what I like to call Radical Self Acceptance.

    Painting to create a pleasing product can be very satisfying in its own right. Beautiful and meaningful works of art are a much needed source of inspiration in all of our lives. But you don’t have to be an accomplished and highly trained artist to tap into the power of creativity to open you to a profound connection with that magical place of spaciousness, stillness and sacred wholeness that is the true home of your heart and spirit. When you are painting as a path to spirit and wholeness you are not so much interested in creating a masterpiece as you are trying to remember that YOU are already a masterpiece!

    Copyright © Chris Zydel