Cultivating Seeds – Creativity and Nature Retreat
“… take a moment to sense the mystery of a seed,
that it has a story.
Seeds are what gives us life…
We have to reclaim this simple but essential wonder…”
Cultivate your dreams (seeds) in Southern Spain using Creativity, Yoga, Movement, Story, Community, Nature and exploring Spain!
April 7, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Cost: Early bird price (before Jan 1, 2017) – £950
Regular price (after Jan 1, 2017) – £1050
Payment plan: Four payments of £262.50. Final payment due by March 1, 2017
£200 deposit to secure your spot.
This retreat is for Curious Creatives, Adventurers and Tentative Souls Longing for More. (No prior painting or art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore).
This retreat is about Painting and Creating, Adventure and Discovering Southern Spain, Resting and Relaxing, and Connecting in Community and Nature.
We will play with the question, What am I cultivating in my life? What seeds are you planting for your future – Are you wanting to cultivating more joy in your life, transitioning from one career to another, writing a book…?
To help us answer our questions we will be creating (paint, collage, make art from nature), yoga, movement, journaling and intuitive writing, story-telling, walking in nature, and laughing around the fire.
Artists, Alice Mason and Terre Cerridwyn, will team up to bring this retreat to life. Each bringing their own artistic style, experience and sense of adventure. Steffi Goddard, Artist, Yogic and co-owner of the Cortijo will support our bodies through morning yoga and create with us in the Studio. Steve Robinson, Chef and co-owner of the Cortijo will delight our senses further with gourmet healthy local food. He can cater to dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free or vegetarian, etc.
The Cortijo Las Salinas
The Cortijo Las Salinas is the perfect place to support and nurture us through the creative process and allow us to dream into ourselves.
Set in the heart of rural Andalucia, in the land of olive trees, deep blue skies and whitewashed villages overlooking the small village of Sabariego. The beauty and charm of the area comes from its legacy of the Moors, flamenco music, fiestas, brilliant sunshine and the generous people of Andalusia.
Meals at the Cortijo are made fresh on the day by the experienced house chef, Steve Robinson. Using only the freshest ingredients, many of which are locally sourced, he will prepare mouth watering meals and can cater to dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.
The rooms and suites are centered around a traditional courtyard with marble fountain and offers both privacy and many communal areas.
There is a beautiful pool and jacuzzi available, lots of relaxing and gorgeous places to be alone or sketch in nature. There will be ample time to take self-led walks, or wander down to the river (Rio San Juan).
The cortijo offers massage and reiki (additional cost). There is an honesty bar, a courtyard with fountain, a mountain behind with amazing panoramic views, a Moroccan chill-out area, and beautiful sittingroom with antiques, a large and well stocked kitchen, and so much more. Check out the cortijo’s website at www.cortijolassalinas.com
We will start each day with yoga or movement.
We will play and paint in the Cortijio’s beautiful art studio, doing a variety of creative projects such as process painting, mixed media and collage work, seed mandalas and more!
We will have opportunities for writing and sharing our stories.
Chris Stewart – author of Driving Over Lemons, will lead us on a day tramp through the Alpujarras, sharing his colorful stories and the amazing history of the region.
We will share our meals together in the outdoor kitchen or inside our private dinning room.
On our last evening we will celebrate and have an “art show” with one another, complete with wine, tapas and laughter!
Everyone will have some art to take back home, to guide and remind you of the seeds you have planted!
There will also be ample time for resting and enjoying your lovely room and the grounds of the Cortijo – including the hot tub, pool and Moroccan Chill out area. We will have a day for exploring beyond the Cortijo grounds as well – Granada and Cordoba are both day trips from the Cortijo.
Private room or shared suites; all gourmet meals; instructions and art supplies; 24 hour access to the art studio, full kitchen and large common room; morning yoga, movement or dance; use of the pool and jacuzzi; and Guided Hike and Picnic with Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons.
Non-workshop partners welcome. They pay the Cortijos fees minus the workshop fees. Please contact us for further information.
Cost Does Not Include
Airfare or transportation to the Cortijo Las Salinas. Although, we can help arrange transportation to the Cortijo from Malaga Airport. Does not include massage or reiki. You can arrange that on site for additional fee.
The closest airport is Malaga International Airport in the South of Spain. Malaga is on the Mediterranean. You may even want to arrive a day or two early and explore Malaga. The Picasso Museum is located in the historic town of Malaga.
The Cortijo Las Salinas is located near the tiny village of Sabariego, It is about a two hour drive from the airport. Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged. It is about a 2 hour drive. A private driver from the Cortijo can pick you up (additional cost). Contact us for more information.
You can also rent a car from the airport – directions to the Cortijo provided.
If you have any travel questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
For questions & registration please contact,
Alice Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terre Cerridwyn at email@example.com
And we will get back to you right away!
Come sow your dreams in Southern Spain!
Day One: April 7, 2017
Arrival and Check-in 2 to 5pm
Evening Gather and Introductions
Day Two: April 8, 2017
Gather in the Studio – Opening Circle
Free time for pamper
Dinner and Evening Check-in
Day Three: April 9, 2017
Gather in the Studio
Day Four: April 10, 2017
Free Day to Explore – Granada, Cordoba, or…
Day Five: April 11, 2017
Gather in the Studio
Evening Stories around the Fire
Day Six: April 12, 2017
All day Hike with Chris Stewart in Alpujarras
Day Seven: April 13, 2017
Gather in the Studio
Gather in the Studio
Wine and Tapas and Celebrate
Day Eight: April 14, 2017
Gather in the Studio – Closing Circle
Check Out 11:30
Alice Mason (Co-leader of the retreat)
The eldest of four children was born in Norfolk UK, in the sixties to artistic and musical parents, her father an architect and mother a teacher. Both were great musicians and music has always been a great part of her life.
As a child Alice’s family moved to Australia where she was given a lot of freedom to explored the wild bush-land and creeks. These primal landscapes and mountains influence her art today and gave her a true wanderlust, which has remained with her.
She studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art and received a B.A. Hons in 1986. She has lived and worked in different countries including southern France, the Cote d’Azur, Los Angeles, California, working as a freelance muralist, specialist decorator and set painter before having her children.
“My focus is very much about the transformative power that creativity and making art produces. I often work alongside other artists to create my art retreats in Spain. The healing effects of working from the imagination, group work, with people creating alongside one another and interacting in the studio cannot be underestimated. We combine arts such as dance, movement, storytelling, and music with painting and drawing.”
Now a mother of two, and married to photographer Nigel Green PHD. For more of my art work, alicemason.com
Terre Cerridwyn (Co-leader of the Retreat)
She is an artist, a teacher, a healer and a mother of teenagers.
Her teaching style is light and fun. She truly loves people and connecting on a heart level. She likes to laugh and play and get messy. Her artistic style is whimsical, filled with scribbles and crooked lines, bright colors and stories. She dances, paints and makes up stories, usually at the same time.
“I love the power and the beauty of the creative process in helping us transform and step more fully into our greater selves.
I love when people come together to create, build community, explore possibilities, laugh & play and share stories. Magic happens when people gather – I love being part of that!”
Her mission is to remind herself and others, that we can live a joyous life filled with love while stepping into the truth and beauty of who we are.
Her professional training is as a healer. She received a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Southern Oregon University and a Masters degree in Public Health and Community Development from the University of Hawaii.
Steffi Goddard (Will lead Yoga and paint with us)
Steffi has spent her professional life as a successful artist and art teacher. She has an impressive list of collectors worldwide and regularly exhibits her work in galleries in England and Spain.
Steffi has also practiced yoga all her life, and is a qualified yoga teacher and Reiki healer.
Her dream was to open a retreat in Spain where she could bring individuals together to experience art and yoga and for other professional teachers to do the same.
She is a naturally patient teacher and will encourage you to try something new or develop existing skills.
She has developed an Art and Yoga holiday which does not require a high level of skill in either subject to enjoy the benefits of this type of retreat and regularly works alongside other professionals who bring their groups to the cortijo with art meditation/visualisation session. The synergie between art and yoga is such that they create a balance and work in harmony together using colour, shape and form.
On an Art and Yoga retreat you will enjoy the benefits of daily yoga sessions, explore your creative side in the art studio or out on location in the beautiful countryside of Andalucia, use meditation and relaxation to help unlock your creativity and most of all have fun with lots of laughter and good food.
“The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that it has the potential to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed.
~ and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the journey starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft.
There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the challenges. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves.” Osho.