Carla Orlando will lead this Ignatian journey inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Past participants described Carla as “an amazing guide!”
In this online retreat class, your interior world will come to life with color, words, line and form. Students will enjoy the freedom of quiet work, personal options, simple materials, and effective methods. Discern the movements of the Spirit; learn the practices of reflective writing and creative expression. No former art or writing experience is necessary.
Each day, a new theme for our exploration will be introduced. Students will spend quiet, contemplative time, inside and outside if possible, focusing on their own rich, interior landscapes. Carla will share techniques for drawing, color, collage and reflective journaling in response to daily themes, allowing students to explore each theme with both visual imagery and the written word.
Much like the notebook of St Ignatius, our sketchbook journals will become a record of our experience. Our patterns and discoveries that we observe will help to bring to light our deep desires, discernments and direction in our everyday world.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 18+
Each day will include instructor’s presentations, guided meditation, creative responses, and reflective writing prompts around the day’s theme. While there will be time available for group sharing, much of the focus of this class will be introspective.
There is no expectation for participants to continue their creative expression and reflective writing in the afternoons and evenings. Students are encouraged to find and maintain a personal, healthy, life-giving balance for themselves during the retreat days.
When is class time?
NEW SESSION: 2:15pm – 5:00pm (Pacific time), Monday through Friday, June 29-July 3, via Zoom
ALREADY FULL: 9:45am – 12:30pm (Pacific time), Monday through Friday, June 29-July 3, via Zoom
Over the course of the week we will fill our sketchbooks with responses to themes, the words and images, observations, creative responses, and written reflections based on our own spiritual journeys. Our visual responses may take the form of painting, drawing, sculpting, and/or collage.
What do I need for class?
The materials for this class are basic and can often be found at home.
- A sketch book/writing journal (approximately 9×11, hard cover preferred)
- Black ink drawing/writing pen
- Inexpensive, small quantities of paints & brushes (tempera or watercolor) or oil pastels or chalks in a variety of colors
- Old magazines, posters, gift cards, or other paper products with images
- A random collection of miscellaneous, re-use/recycle or found objects (small odds and ends from office or “everything drawer”)
- Sculpey or simple hand-clay, 1 small block
- Cereal-box type cardboard or cardstock, any size
- A lunch-sized brown, paper bag
- Tape, masking or clear
- Glue or rubber cement
- Yogurt-sized container for water (for washing brushes)
- Large plastic lid (used as paint palette)
- A work table with either a protective cover or washable surface
- A private, uninterrupted, dedicated space for daily artwork and writing
- Access to the natural world or place of beauty, either inside or outside of home
*If you are ordering supplies online, please place your order as soon as you can. Shipping times for art supplies have expanded considerably.
Program Fee: Please discern what you can afford.
Sliding Scale: $275 – $175 – $75
While we recognize the importance of the practice of art, faith and community in our lives at all times, we are especially sensitive to offering opportunities now. You can decide your payment level.
$275 – If you have already registered for a summer program class, this is the amount you have paid as a deposit. Choosing this option means you do not owe anything else.
$275 – If you are newly registering, this is our Student and Supporter Fee.
$175 – Regular Program Fee
$75 – Reduced Fee/Partial Scholarship
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Online Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the program here.
June 28 – July 4, 2020
Online terms and conditions: There are no refunds for online registrations, but they are transferable if you are unable to participate.
There are two different sessions of this class:
If you’re in the morning session, you will meet Monday through Friday, 9:45am – 12:30pm Pacific Time.
Date(s) - Jun 28, 2020 until Jul 4 2020