Join us for an immersive, 5-day transformative experience with artist Orly Avineri!
Piece by piece, we will form a book!
We often start with a book/journal and bring our visual stories from the outside into it. This time we’ll create mini individual vignettes, papers, collages, dye various materials with rust and natural elements, and then bring them all together to make a book/journal that has a very distinct feel.
Practices of alternative book-making cultivate insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple relations to emotional stories of loss, mend, and progress. Enriched by self trust, enthusiasm, and acceptance, images, photos, paper, paint, words, line work, thread, and many unconventional tools and materials entwine to make expressive, complex and extremely personal and sensual books. It's all about one's willingness to reveal vulnerability and rawness for the sake of true creative freedom, newness, and a deep sense of interconnectedness to all. Experiencing honest and joyous journeys is our goal. Ultimately, this process is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one's self from one place to another and about connecting to a larger world than our own.
With the help of gentle prompts we’ll satisfy our deep need to be and become more independent, confident, brave, and free, to come into our own. We will grant our undeniable wish to explore our worlds and witness our constant onward movement, to discover and expand through tactile, sensorial, and honest creative gestures. Our days together will end with rich voluminous personal journals/books filled with awe and wonderment, warm nests of gatherings to be cradled in the palm of our hands. It will become a place of safety and comfort, a testament to our longing to be self-reliant but at the same time admit our reliance on others, gather and connect to a world larger than our own.
We do it for love: self love, love of one another, love of life, love of this place we call home, and for love of the creative process!
Our passions! That’s what it’s all about. It’s about gathering, making, building, stitching, collaging, and by doing so, making a sense of it all.
Material list will be provided two months before the workshop.
Our Retreat is held at Unity Farm in Sherborn, MA, only 45 minutes from downtown Boston and Logan Airport. We will be located in a beautiful 1830's New England house, on over 20 acres of land. Please note the workshop is held on the top floor of the house, with stair access.
Your workshop registration fee of $975 includes:
- Five full days of class with Orly Avineri
- Catered lunch for each of the workshop days (please alert us of dietary restrictions)
- Tour of Unity Farm and access to the lands for gathering/foraging for your journals
Please note deposits and registration fees are non-refundable. A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot.
If you are local or renting a vehicle, you can get to the workshop off the Mass Turnpike. However, if you don't have a car, you can still make it! Contact us beforehand to set up a pick up time, and take the Commuter Rail to Ashland!
Flying into Boston? Take the SL1 Silver Line bus out of Logan Airport. Get off at South Station, and take the Worcester Commuter Rail line to Ashland. We will arrange for you to be picked up (but please contact us to arrange beforehand).
WHERE TO STAY
- Heritage Inn (practically next door to the workshop)
- The Warren Inn (absolutely gorgeous grounds, short drive to the workshop)
Orly Avineri is a visual artist who has spearheaded the visual journaling movement. She teaches workshops world-wide and hosts the popular group A Stand For Art Journaling,
In her words:
I truly believe that the need to be witnessed by the self and by others is a human core need to be fulfilled by the act of creating. Therefore, a compelling part of my journey is the teaching of art making and visual journaling. As a young adult in Israel, I had studied Fine Arts in an artists’ village nestled at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and later, in the Netherlands, Graphic Design at the University of Arts in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht. Now living by the beach of Southern California with my family, I take in all the magnificence of the landscapes that shaped me and of the visual languages I have acquired along the way. I am passionate about the process of marrying multiple media to create a unique visual experience for both the eye and the spirit.