2017 Summer Retreat

You may wish to sign up for the waitlist in the event of cancellations.

Join us for our summer retreat: a late-August weekend that energizes and celebrates your creative spirit.

Check in: Friday, August 25th 4 pm.
Check out: Sunday, August 27th 11 am.

Bring your own project. Cultivate inspiration here.
Your choice of room. Learn more about the cabin here.
Meals provided.

Lucky for us, this weekend retreat features a workshop by award-winning Toronto-based illustrator, Lisa Vanin.

Meaningful Reference:
Identifying, Collecting and Using Your Own References from Nature
This weekend workshop presents an opportunity for creative people to connect with nature and improve their craft by adding a higher level of understanding of plant life. Illustrator and foraging hobbyist Lisa Vanin, will lead you through her process of collecting natural references to be used in creating art. There will be woodland and lakeside hikes exploring the terrain near Moonshadow Cabin. We will identify and learn about wild medicinal and edible plants and fungi. References will be collected by sketching or painting in the field, photography, and gathering certain plants. After hiking, Lisa will teach a painting workshop to share how she works closely with her own collected references. This workshop is open to creative people of any skill level or background. No painting skills are required, just a love for nature. You may use the hiking trips and apply those experiences to any type of art you like. By creating your own library of reference, you can improve your craft, giving a greater meaning to the smallest subjects, such as a plants in the background of a painting. 

If you are interested in bartering for all or part of your time at the retreat, please check our bartering wish-list and tell us about your offer in the Questions and Comments section on the registration form.

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