It is time for one of my favorite workshops of the year: Equinox! Equinox is a powerful invitation to creativity, and I love it because it provides what I most want in order to be creative– someone else taking care of all the details and getting things set up for me. You see, I LOVE to paint, take pictures of beauty out in nature, and just free write but I hate getting prepared to do all that. You would think that my paints weight 100 pounds the way I resist taking them out and using them when I have a few minutes. With that in mind, we created Equinox– a safe space to create and be inspired where we take care of all the details that let you do that. And while the Equinox only happens twice a year, our Equinox is even more rare- we usually do it just once so take advantage of it this September because it won’t return until 2014. Here is a little bit more about it:
To be human is to be creative.
You don’t have to go outside yourself to find creativity- you already have it.
It lives in your heart and mind every moment of every day.
~ Sandra Magsamen
Are you hungry for a moment of creating in the midst of all the doing and being that your life demands of you?
Are you looking for a creative challenge that will gently stretch your abilities while opening you up to your possibilities?
Do you just want time and permission to explore with horses, consider nature, paint, write, draw, or capture images without any expectation and without worrying about the set-up or clean-up?
If so, then join us for Equinox, a creativity retreat designed to feed your creativity and foster your awareness of your creative process.
Combining equine facilitated learning activities with lightly guided, self-propelled creative time, Equinox participants will experience the sensory and intellectually stimulating process of working with and learning from horses and the absorbing and satisfying experience of creating art.
Here is what past participants have said:
If you don’t already feel good about your innate ability to be creative, you will by the time you leave one of Rosie’s workshops. I took the Equinox creativity workshop she leads with Kris Batchelor at Kris’s horse farm in Davidson. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I felt so powerful in the horse ring and around the “arts and crafts” table. Adults rarely make time or create space for art. Rosie invites her students to discover the artist inside all of us. ~Page Leggett
I have been a lover of horses since I was a child but never realized that I thought of them mostly as animals- magnificent animals, but animals nonetheless. Through my experience at Equinox, I learned to see the horses and beings and to learn from what they have to share with us. They are true to their feelings at all times and what they are feeling shows clearly through. This was an important lesson as I approach my creative process because I think it is easy for us to let our busy lives pile over our creative ambition and for us to push that to the side as frivolous. But, if we are true to our feelings as the horses are, we see that engaging in creative pursuits often leads us to breakthroughs in other areas of our lives. During our workshop, a participant who is writing a book and had been stuck on a title created the space in her mind while working on a watercolor painting and, boom, had a title! The day was one of the best I have had in awhile because I was able to clear away the outside world and just focus on what I needed to release creatively. Rosie and Kris were both awesome instructors and had a very gentle way of leading that left plenty of room for the participants to make the experience their own. My only complaint is that the day was too short and the time went too quickly! ~Mary Kathryn Elkins
Maximum number of participants is 10.
Of note, while all the needed art supplies will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring cameras, journals, and/ or favorite writing implements if those personal tools aid their creative process.