Folks it's been about 8 years since I've left the USA. And let me tell you for at least 7-and-a-half of them I've been saying that somebody here in Europe ought to organize a creative artist's retreat.
Now don't get me wrong, I know there's lots of stuff out there. I've even blogged about the letterpress workshop I took or the drawing course in Venice. I've taken a pastel class that was interesting, a cool mosaic workshop, I've done a yoga retreat. They were all great. I've enjoyed them and have no regrets.
That said, I'd like to mention the teeny, tiny drawback that these courses had:
They all focused solely on technical learning.
These sort of classes feel very old-fashioned to me. The participants learn individually from the instructor in the classic student-teacher model. And you work. You work and you work and you work. You work until there are blisters. And please let me emphasise that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Yet personally I always walk away ever so slightly unfulfilled.
So I was pretty excited when I saw Beth Nicholl's upcoming Do What You Love: Art and Creative Enterprise Retreat.
I'm thinking, "WOW" and here's why:
Finally this looks like a more holistic or "whole artist" type of event. There's not only a choice of technical learning from amazing instructors, there are group activities planned as well as business sessions. (That must be the "creative enterprise" part!) Exciting!!
And it's all happening right here. In Europe!! (Hands in the air ---YEAH!!)
It's scheduled for May 11-15th (5 days, 4 nights) in Yorkshire, England.
Here was the extra sneak peek at the accomodation. (Umm, wow again).
So I just wanted to encourage anybody who's been saving their holiday for something really great, this might be something you'll want to check out.
And one more tip, the cost of the retreat includes full board. I double checked with Beth who said that full board does include all meals cooked by a professional chef using delicious local produce. BONUS! This photo below has me missing England something crazy...