‘Let Creativity Nourish Your Soul’ 2018


I was so privileged recently to be able to spend a few days with an amazing group who wanted to embrace their creative side, find their inner child and be free !  Ranging from 19 years old to 73 years old, with a few first time painters joining a few who had painted before, we unleashed our inner artist and immersed ourselves in to 5 days of all things creative.

We painted together, we danced together, we sang together and even cried together as the creative process began to nourish us.  We wrote poetry and Haikus whilst listening to the lovely sound of the gong, we practiced daily yoga and Kundalini yoga, we meditated down by the river, we ate amazing vegetarian food and shared stories by the fire in the evening.

We really did let the creative process nourish our soul.

Here are some photos from the studio and our sketchbook work to get us started

As the process unfolded we learnt to ‘Stay loose’, ‘Watch snails’, ‘Hug Trees’, ‘Make friends with Freedom’, ‘Believe in Magic’ and ‘TO BE FREE !’

We finished the week with an exhibition of our work

Art Group 2018 and their soul paintings

Go to www.painting_in_spain.com for information about the art retreats held at Cortijo Las Salinas, Spain – Come and join us soon !

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What is a Goddess ?


A Goddess is a woman who is totally beautiful inside and out.  In the past she has been worshipped by ancient religions like the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.  She has the power to help, heal and elevate other women around her.  She is a nurturer, is peaceful, and has a purity but is also strong. She passes on wisdom.  She has beauty, grace and appeal and is a leader of women.  She is admired and adored by other women.  When you meet a Goddess you never forget the feelings you have when in their company or the way they inspire you.

A goddess invents her own life, and lives according to her own vision. This quality requires the companion qualities of imagination and courage.

A goddess is autonomous. She seeks no one’s approval, but listens to her own counsel. She answers to no one. She does not try to impress anyone. Her work speaks for itself. She never makes excuses and rarely offers explanations for her actions. She is not defensive for she is not threatened by what other people may think of her. She is the queen of her own life and this is reflected in her demeanor.

A goddess is passionate, she has a palpable energy and enthusiasm that is contagious and beneficial to those around her. In esoteric terms, she raises the vibration in a group situation. She inspires others.

A goddess is continually learning and evolving.

A goddess is authentic. The mask she presents to the outside world is the same as her innermost heart. She has learned to express her emotions cleanly and healthily. What you see is what you get. A goddess knows her own truth. She does not impose her truth on others, but will share her wisdom when invited to.

A goddess takes care of herself. She does not expect others to take care of her. She treats herself as well as she would treat her best friend. She is compassionate and forgiving with herself and others. She gets enough rest and gives her body the right fuel, both in oxygen and in food and water. She knows what she needs. She feeds her soul.

A goddess is committed to healing the earth and works towards peace and understanding, whether it is on a large scale or simply within her family and closest circle of friends. She contributes to cleaning up the environment and teaches the next generation to do likewise.

A goddess sees her body (and the earth) as sacred, and is in tune with natural cycles. She is comfortable with her sexuality.

A goddess has learned balance and patience. Flow and ebb. Waxing and waning. A goddess does not freak out during ebb or waning times. She uses it wisely for rest, reflection, and planning.

A goddess has learned to trust her intuition and inner knowing. She has learned to tap into this source at will.

A goddess has learned to let go of the need to control the flow of the river. She has discovered the futility of trying too hard. She has learned to ride the wave and go with the flow, to ask for and accept help when required. She is flexible, fluid, and adaptable. She has given up the need to control or manipulate. She does not pout or whine when she does not get her way.

A goddess communicates her boundaries. She is gentle but firm when her boundaries are violated. She respects others’ boundaries. She asks for clarification when necessary.

A goddess recognizes and honors other goddesses and gods. She lends her support to the work of other god/desses. She does not feel competitive or threatened by other goddesses and understands that what is good for one is good for all, and that when one shines, the light benefits all. A goddess knows how to share and is generous of spirit, but she knows her limitations and does not give more than what she can afford – emotionally, financially, physically, or energy-wise.

A goddess’s natural state is one of joy and gratitude. She is also at home with her shadow, and will honestly mourn her losses and explore her fears. She understands that everyone experiences pain – it is part of life on earth. Therefore she works through her own pain with courage and dignity, not trying to sidestep it, or numb it, but to get through it and learn from it.

A goddess is comfortable with death, and has learned to let go…. of relationships, concepts, and material possessions that are worn out, or that no longer serve her growth.

Acompalia Artistica Art Exhibition at La Azucarera, Motril, Spain


I am very proud to be part of the art exhibition which inaugurates on Saturday 25 November for the benefit of Acompalia.

Opening night is going to be an unforgettable event! We will be accompanied by the most important personalities in Motril as well as our beloved artists from Acompalia Artistica, who have done everything necessary to make this event possible.

Musicians Toni Connolly and Luis Gómez will play acid jazz live, while elegant circus artists will delight us with their movements hanging from the roof.

My work will hang amongst many International and local artists where our paintings and sculptures will sit proudly in the new and very grand exhibition space.   The Sugar Factory has been renovated and restored specially to show works of art and is a wonderful space for this event to be held.

The Entire exhibition has been orchestrated by the leader of Artistic Acompalia, Emma Plunkett Art, with the infinite support of her husband, Jan Honza Pozivil,  and everyone who supports this event is working on a voluntary basis.

Hope you can make it !

La Azucarera Exhibition for Acompalia
La Azucarera Exhibition

‘Let Creativity Nourish Your Soul’


Art is a therapy in itself and the creative process is crucial to our holistic well-being, so my next Art Retreat is going to be held on 12-17 April 2018 in the Art Studio of Cortijo Las Salinas, Andalucia where we will find a variety of wonderful ways to unlock our creativity held within and become immersed and inspired as we take an art journey together like no other.

Creativity nourishes the soul, so what better way to discover a personal transformation than through the process of expressive, intuitive painting.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist I will help you to develop confidence and a personal direction in your artwork as you paint in the warm sunshine surrounded by spectacular scenery, landscapes and sunsets.

On retreat for 5 days, together we will start the day with some yoga with Chloe of My Happy Body before breakfast to get the body moving and the creative energies flowing, then we shall begin the workshop in the Art Studio with creative exercises to build confidence, particularly if you have not painted before.
After lunch there is time to siesta before meeting again for some more creative immersion, which will include some creative writing and we will begin a canvas which will develop as your story unfolds over the next few days.

Also included will be gong bath meditations, moon light chanting and fire pit gatherings, amazing and delicious vegetarian meals, a warm twilight jacuzzi, a walk to the river and a trip out to discover the local wild orchids that are in flower at this time of year with many other surprises along the way.

My painting holidays are designed for everyone and non painting partners are also welcome where they can sit by the pool or go for a swim, take a walk or just relax with a book.
You will be amazed to see what you can paint and how you heal when you drop expectations and allow the creative process to unfold. Deep down we are all artists who have whatever it takes to express our inner world through art, the only thing holding us back is the limitations we place upon ourselves.

Places are limited so book today, your investment is £695 per person for shared accommodation or £750 for your own private suite which includes all materials, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, complementary teas and coffee, yoga and art tuition.
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Intuitive Art 5 day painting in 5 minutes !


I love to paint the land and the sea, especially if I can be outside in the elements and with nature.  However there is another side to my creative work which gives me freedom to just apply paint, texture and colour without any thought for the outcome or with any ego attached to the potential saleability of my work.  This 5 minute film shows the development of a large piece created over 5 days.  It took many changes along the way and the finished piece hangs in the yoga shala at Cortijo Las Salinas.  Hope you enjoy the film and, as always, love to hear your feedback.

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Kundalini Yoga


In 1968 Yogi Bhajan came to the West and taught Kundalini Yoga openly for the first time in history. He shared a body of teachings to empower the emerging planetary consciousness. For thousands of years, its practice was exclusive to rulers and sages in India for whom it brought greatness and prosperity. He said that the time had come to make this sacred technology available to everyone.

The body of teachings that is Yogi Bhajan’s legacy was holistic, and by no means limited to yoga exercises on a mat. He taught about yogic lifestyle and diet, shared techniques and meditations to become free of addiction and live a ‘Happy, Healthy, Holy’ life. He trained a student to master a yogic healing technique (called Sat Nam Rasayan), and sent him out to teach this to others. His teachings inspired a student to develop an applied system of numerology, to enable healing spiritual conversations (Karam Kriya). And he spent a great deal of his time extensively sharing teachings for women: on valuing being a woman, on the shift of the Age from a male-dominated Piscean Age to the feminine Aquarian Age, on spiritual aspects of pregnancy and raising the next generation to be free and sovereign beings of the Aquarian Age.

If you have ever been curious about Kundalini yoga or want to deepen your knowledge, Kundalini teacher Ram Inderpreet will be coming to Cortijo Las Salinas from 20 – 25 April 2017 and will be bringing her Kundalini expertise and vast knowledge of the subject for a weekend of personal growth and transformation.

Ram Inderpreet has been a passionate teacher of Kundalini Yoga since 2010. She discovered it during a period of serious illness and it brought such remarkable and instant transformation on a physical, mental and spiritual level that she knew she had found her path. She signed up for teacher training after just one class and now trains other yoga teachers as they embark on their own healing journey.

Her teaching invites a deep connection to your soul, allowing you to experience yourself at a different level. This is fun, do-able and transformational yoga that brings strength and flexibility not only to your body, but also to your mind and spirit. Ram Inderpreet’s workshops combine a powerful physical practice with the magic of mantra, sound current, breath and deep meditation, opening a space for profound self-discovery and self-healing. Her retreats offer a joyful dive into the teachings and practices of Kundalini Yoga, the legacy of Yogi Bhajan, whose technology is needed more today than ever before.

Find out more here about Kundalini yoga retreat and all the other wonderful retreats held at Cortijo Las Salinas, the Spanish Oasis for yoga and relaxation

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Chakra Healing through Art


 

Our 7 main chakras are located located from the top of the head to the base of the spine and each chakra has its own set of attributes.  They are wheels of energy and are something you are able to sense within yourself. If your chakras are either too closed or too opened this can leave you vulnerable to illness, fatigued, deep body pains particularly in the back, neck, shoulder and hips, poor sleep patterns and insomnia and low tolerance to stress and stressful situations, therefore it is important to nourish them daily with yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, Reiki healing and creativity.

Art can be used as a therapy to help unblock our chakras and at a recent yoga retreat at The Spanish Oasis Yoga Retreat we painted some small canvases to aid with our emotional and physical healing using chakras and their associated colour and symbols to help support our personal healing and spiritual growth.  With clear and free Chakras we can become more in touch with our creativity and this in turn nourishes the soul we become more aware of the self and observant in our own life, and this can provide clarity to one’s own dharma (soul purpose).

In particular the Svadisthana chakra, the second chakra located just below the navel, is connected to our desires, sexuality, feelings and emotions and our creativity.  With an open Svadisthana chakra your creative energy will be free flowing and you will be full of life and ideas but if this chakra is closed then you will feel stuck and blocked and unable to be creative or make creative decisions.

These photos illustrate the fun my group had painting with me, some were painting for the first time for a long time, with amazing results.  With a healthy Svadisthana chakra anything is possible !

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