Tonight I'm at my annual retreat at Menucha. Pronounced meh-nu-ka, it is a beautiful estate, purchased many years ago by the First Presbyterian Church. Portland Art Collective has been having our art retreats there for five years. It gives us all a chance to get inspired and depressurize. Meuncha even has retreats for one or two people, the perfect place to get away and restart your soul.
And since I'm talking about arty retreats, now is the time to start planning for next year. Save your pennies and think about taking some classes from either of these events in 2012:
Teesha and Tracy Moore run Artfest, one of the best art retreats. Hover your mouse over the Artfest Annex on their front page and pick something that looks interesting.
Sitka Center lives on the beautiful Oregon Coast. A wonderful place to learn. Check out their classes from this year to get an idea of what may be coming in 2012.
Art and Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls, a place to discover unconventional art techniques. The Portland, Oregon event has come and gone, but there are two more earlier next year.
If you have a place to go to get away from it all for a couple of days, look in to it. Time spent with your Muse can help bring out that creativity that may very well have been laying dormant for awhile.