Join us for an immersive, 5-day transformative experience with artist Orly Avineri!
In Orly's words:
Practices of intimate visual-journaling cultivate insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple relations to emotional stories of loss and mend. Enriched by self trust and acceptance, images, photos, paper, paint, words, pen, line, thread, and many unconventional tools and materials entwine to make expressive, complex and extremely personal 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 takes precedence over producing beautiful outcomes. 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.
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.
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.