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.
Heidi Darr-Hope, MFA
Professional artist and teacher
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.View Bio Page
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.
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About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.