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Creating Brave®

Healing Through Art

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Have you ever felt that words are not enough to express your life? You can deepen your relationship with yourself and your world by exploring another language—a visual, symbolic, soul-filled language to discern what is not quite ready for speech.

Join Heidi Darr-Hope, MFA, and use art making to discover the creative muse offered by nature and the seasons. You will begin each day with an inspirational quote to guide your creative practice.

You will also explore:

  • Hands-on studio time with demonstrations of art-making techniques to sink into your creative process and discover your own visual vocabulary
  • The basics of using color, composition, collage, found object assemblage, and metal tooling, and how to use images, colors, and shapes to express that which cannot be expressed in words
  • Reflective journal writing prompted by open-ended questions
  • Group and one-on-one discussions to learn from each other’s discoveries and insights
  • How to generate a deeper sense of spirit, and create art that reflects your voice within.

As you discover there is no right or wrong way to create art, you re-envision the purpose of art making and take home techniques that help you embrace it as a way to nurture calm anchored in creativity.

No previous art experience is necessary. Anyone looking to discover or reconnect with their creativity, find quiet reflective time, or recover from a life-disrupting event or illness that fills you with doubt, grief, or depression is welcome to come learn how to create bravely.

Art Supplies

Heidi Darr Hope, MFA

December 3 - 8, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$375 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Have you ever felt that words are not enough to express your life? You can deepen your relationship with yourself and your world by exploring another language—a visual, symbolic, soul-filled language to discern what is not quite ready for speech.

Join Heidi Darr-Hope, MFA, and use art making to discover the creative muse offered by nature and the seasons. You will begin each day with an inspirational quote to guide your creative practice.

You will also explore:

  • Hands-on studio time with demonstrations of art-making techniques to sink into your creative process and discover your own visual vocabulary
  • The basics of using color, composition, collage, found object assemblage, and metal tooling, and how to use images, colors, and shapes to express that which cannot be expressed in words
  • Reflective journal writing prompted by open-ended questions
  • Group and one-on-one discussions to learn from each other’s discoveries and insights
  • How to generate a deeper sense of spirit, and create art that reflects your voice within.

As you discover there is no right or wrong way to create art, you re-envision the purpose of art making and take home techniques that help you embrace it as a way to nurture calm anchored in creativity.

No previous art experience is necessary. Anyone looking to discover or reconnect with their creativity, find quiet reflective time, or recover from a life-disrupting event or illness that fills you with doubt, grief, or depression is welcome to come learn how to create bravely.

Faculty Bio

Heidi Darr Hope, MFA

Heidi Darr-Hope has worked as a professional artist and teacher for over 40 years. Having lost her six-year-old brother to brain cancer at age 10, she created Healing Icons® to weave together her life experiences and professional art techniques into an interdisciplinary approach, using art as the vehicle to promote healing to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Finding that making art alone was not enough, along her healing journey she studied Mexican death traditions, Jungian psychology, Tibetan mandalas, and expressive writing. She believes that we as humans can claim our inalienable birthright to express what can’t be expressed with words.

 Exhibited both nationally and internationally, her art has been collected by over 30 national and international corporations, as well as by numerous private collectors, including the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

A yogi, meditator, and enthusiastic world traveler, Heidi is also an ordained interfaith minister and a Certified Dream Facilitator with the Haden Institute.

Why Attend

  • The Creating Brave process is a sacred art—you will delve deep into your subconscious mind, heart, past, and present to care for your soul through art making.

  • Find solace from the chaos of life’s stress in the quiet of winter to reflect, remember, and release what no longer serves you and move forward into new possibilities.

  • Learn the secrets of creativity from Heidi Darr-Hope, a professional artist with over 40 years of art-making experience and 20 years of creating with cancer patients.

Things to Know & Schedule

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Spiritual directors, mental health advocates, artists, or non-artists

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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