A MEDITATIVE ART PROGRAM

Art to Soothe the Soul

Private/Small Group

Retreat-Course

in-person and Live, online

You too can be delighted by art as a luminous meditation in your life.

With no prior experience, discover the gentle comfort, replenishment and care of the Soul available through colour-rich, guided creative projects.

 

Whether you’ve been through major change, want to be more creative or simply feel the calm and clarity a mindfulness art practice can give you, Suzanne’s art programs provide tried and tested methods that anyone can do so you can experience the solace, wonder & joy of your true creative nature.

Feel your mood lighten knowing you’ve chosen this unique retreat/course for a replenishing creative time, devoted to your Self.

Worries dissolve the more you become immersed in the surprising joy of colour. Proven scientifically, the nervous system calms and brainwaves shift from jumpy Beta to settled Alpha. Imagination can work again, clarity is restored and confidence grows as you see your very own creative projects unfold with ease and grace.

Be expertly guided into the world of colours, light, shapes and line, bringing practical skills and mindfulness to empower your art-making.

Imagine not comparing yourself to anyone else for a change, supported by deep listening, understanding, guidance and the structure of support that underpins all Suzanne’s programs helping you feel the sense of coming home to yourself as you freely make your kind of meditative art.

Inspired by the art & teachings from the world’s great wisdom traditions, each themed session is designed to soothe heart and soul.

Visions of colours & light fill each day, along with guided meditations, healthy gourmet food, gentle walks and easy companionship (when attending in person).

Feel the ease of being completely yourself, realising your natural curiosity and having your questions answered as they arise. Guided to access your own wisdom, you’ll  learn as much from yourself as from Suzanne.

Express yourself more easily as you discover easy & surprisingly effective meditative art methods. As your confidence builds session by session, your art making can become a grounding and supportive mindfulness practice that brings your inner beauty to outer expression. 

Notice joy bubble up as creative blocks fall away…And feel your heart fill with gratitude as you behold your unique pieces of meditative art knowing how each one has helped you come to know and express more of you. Plus, you’ll have developed life-long skills for ongoing creative fulfilment.

 

Is it hard to imagine relief from the heaviness of grief, loss and change? Like changing channel, creative expression in easy, meditative ways, was my only respite. This program came directly from my experience of serious illness and tragedy, back to back during 2011and 12.

Do you also know intuitively it’s what you need, but part of you worries about finding the time and/or money? There comes a time in life where the choice to listen is more … imperative. But how do you know it’s a heart and soul’s calling? When you think about it, you feel good; more open and excited about what might be possible for your life. Also, such intuitive prompts tend to nag us and get louder. And when we don’t listen, there can be consequences!

What price do you put on something that gives you more joy for Life? A car gets us from A to B. A program not only does that, but changes us in the process, so that journeys thereafter are positively altered. And we are conditioned to think creativity is a luxury, or only for the talented. No. Creativity is natural and necessary for health and well-being.

Our calendar also reflects our values. When we decide something is important, we schedule it and do it.

For many, devoting time to creative expression is normal and natural. Harsh self-judgement and doubt around being ‘good enough’ stop many people in their tracks. Very aware of this, I reassure my students that what they create is unique; there is honouring rather than judgement and no obligation to share their work in small group situations. 

Immersed in making, many of my students over the years have said they realised they forgot to worry! By the end of a class, I was surrounded by the beauty of their creative innocence. I must say, early on, this came as a surprise to me, and I began to realise the transformative power of these ‘simple’ methods.

Each session begins with preparation; an educational component, then guidance step-by-step into the creation phase. Each project is like walking through a doorway with a different vista of what might be possible for your creative expression!

If the thought of a group retreat is too much, you can discuss a private retreat with me where
you’ll have my attention, expertise and care all to yourself, learning in peace and quiet dedicated to you, at your own pace over 2-4 days.

Does life seems ‘beige,’ or lack-lustre? Taking time out for colourful self-expression and ‘smell the roses’? In the creative magic of a small-group class in my studio, one student, delighted, said ‘Choosing colours is like choosing life!’

What if you could discover your creative Self is way beyond ‘good enough’ – regardless of what you’ve thought in the past?
By the end of our work together, you’ll know in your bones you’re more than enough, as you are!

Worried you can’t paint or draw?
Suzanne will guide you in effective, easy ways to draw and paint so you’ll quickly gain confidence, and be surprised by what you can do.

Don’t know what to do?  Talk with Suzanne. Enjoy a complimentary session so you can gain clarity about where you are now and where you’d like to be. No obligation.

If you can relate to any of this, now might be the time to allow yourself this extraordinary private solo retreat or small group course where you get to relax beside a caring expert who has also travelled the dark night of the soul and is dedicated to helping you experience the profound comfort of your true, luminous creative nature – for Life!

On your personal VIP Retreat with Dr Suzanne, you’ll have gentle classes & coaching at your own pace, so you can unwind and reconnect with the surprising comfort of your creative Self. 

By the end of your MAKE YOUR SACRED ART Program you’ll have …

  • eased anxiety, sparked your imagination and felt the fulfilment of creative self-expression
  • learned easy visual art techniques with pencil and water-based paints
  • explored ways to create luminous effects with colours, shapes and mark
  • changed what you think you can do through creating your kind of beauty
  • practiced mindfulness while creating your unique pieces of contemplative art
  • experienced the peace and joy of creativity!
  • developed your own creative way with practice, feedback and support so you can continue to enjoy making contemplative art for years to come!

And like training wheels on your meditative art bicycle, Suzanne will be there for you after your course/retreat with a complimentary “Illuminate Mentoring” session! 

9 reasons for NOT missing out on a Retreat/Course with Suzanne

  1. You’ll discover how nurturing your creative expression can feel calming and give your access to greater clarity of thought – and your brilliance!
  2. You’ll receive Suzanne’s priceless Creativity-nurturing Method crafted from ancient wisdom and state of the art coaching and embody it with hands-on practice
  3. You’ll learn the meditative art methods invented by Suzanne that soothed her soul during the dark night of the Soul. These methods have been many-times tested and refined since 2012 when first presented in her studio.
  4. Your customised sessions are distilled and structured to make the best use of your precious time for maximum reward
  5. You’ll have the freedom to ask questions and receive guidance at any stage so you can learn more quickly
  6. Trained in teaching, life coaching and spiritual care, Suzanne has the expertise to also guide you to access your own wisdom, so you can build trust in yourself
  7. You’ll discover how you can express your kind of beauty
  8. See colour in a way you haven’t before: “Choosing colours is like choosing life!” exclaimed Marilyn, one of my students. You get to choose the colours of life every day!
  9. Risk feeling inspired! This time and space dedicated to your Self may profoundly, positively impact your life!

The course helped me connect to my deeper expression, and go with the flow. I gained skills to paint and draw – different techniques I haven’t tried before. It helped me be more open. I now look at my work with different eyes and mindset. What helped the most were the meditations and ‘the process’ you took us through…. it opens different parts of yourself and your mind; expands your skills and the way you perceive. It’s a beautiful process to take yourself through as it is gentle and inspirational. Loved it!

Alana Lyons

Itinerary

Thoughtful preparation goes into making your retreat a gentle and extraordinary experience for you. Two to three appointments via Zoom beforehand help us plan, customise and ensure your in-person retreat goes smoothly.

Your private itinerary depends on whether we’re working in-person or online. For the full intensive retreat-course, there are 8 guided meditative art project sessions over 4 days. You may prefer weekly sessions, weekly over 8 weeks.

***For 2024, a small-group course of 4 x 2.5 hour sessions (live, via Zoom) is offered over 4 consecutive Saturdays February 3, 10, 17, 24 AEST 10am -12:30pm***

Quality materials, wisdom teachings, meditations, demonstrations, methods and templates support the processes so your unique creations can unfold with ease.

Suzanne intends for you to have all the guidance & assistance you might need so you can experience creating your kind of beauty AND know how to confidently continue with your meditative art practice for years to come.

 

Should I book?

The answer is yes if you want to…

– learn how to express your self with colour even though you might think you’re not creative or not ‘talented’ enough

– finally get your ‘inner critic’ on your team so you can move forward into the joy of liiving your creative life!

– feel the peace and goodness of devoting quiet time to yourself to be creative in your way

– follow your heart and put yourself first – it’s time!

– create your kind of unique beauty!

– learn art as a meditative practice so you can care for your heart, settle your mind and listen for the still small voice – your own wisdom

The answer is no if you…

– are wanting to paint landscapes, animals or people
– are unwilling to slow down and be guided to do the inner work
– do not like abstract art or prefer to copy someone else’s art

– want to drink (wine!) and paint

– are ok with being late, missing sessions or using your phone during sessions
– are experiencing psychiatric or mental health issues

Image and art credits in order of appearance:

Mary Sakara, Micky Allen, Liz Martyn, Natasa Zaric, Alana Lyons, Ted Edwards, Namita, Hannah Maria & Nikita, thank you!

A brilliant course we have all been waiting for to make the sacred in ourselves and in our art both honoured and natural. Research and meditations in exquisite balance; a sacred ‘space’ within created with ease and delight, with conversations wonderful, supportive and mind-expanding.

Dr Micky Allen

Former Painting Lecturer at ANU & VCA

I'd love to find out more!

Special offers available 

 

A Small Group Course includes:

– 4 Meditative Art Workshop Sessions, guided LIVE step-by-step, small-group, in person or online via Zoom with original educational material, meditative, creative and Q&A components over 2.5 hours 

– While the projects will use water-based paints, I will provide a materials list.

Book a call here to find out more or email directly mail@drsuzannemoss.com

Prefer to work one-to-one? Consider a private Meditative Art Retreat, which includes:

– 2-3 prior meetings by phone or Zoom with regard to logistics of travel and accommodation
– Comprehensive customisation of your retreat
– Notes and templates
– Your Art Kit (when in-person) or list of materials when working online
– 8 x 2.5 hour weekly private guided meditative art projects for the full program 

– Coffee/tea & lunches when in-person

DATES: Please have 3 possible dates in mind to discuss with Suzanne

BONUS#1: A Creative Freedom Coaching session (2 hours) online beforehand to help clear creative blocks so you can get the most from your retreat-course

BONUS #2: An Illuminate Mentoring session during the first month after your retreat to help you sustain your new practice

 

What’s Not Included

  • Your travel expenses
  • Meals & accommodation should you decide to do your retreat/course away from home
  • Your internet data
  • All travel and activities during your free time
  • Shopping, phone calls, taxis, laundry, Spa services during your retreat time
  • Personal, medical or travel insurance
  • Service bills
  • Cost & freight of your art and art materials

Meet your Retreat/Course Creator & Presenter Dr. Suzanne Moss 

Artist, Painting Teacher, Accredited Life Coach & Artists’ Mentor

Hi! I’m Suzanne and perhaps like you, I’d kept putting my creative Self ‘on hold’ until I just couldn’t do that any more.

While teaching at a University Art School (2006-14), I realised my skills were inadequate; that holistic care for and guidance of the person was needed for them to really step into who they are. I trained in transformational coaching methods and continue to upgrade my skills, bringing coaching and mentoring to teaching painting along with the meditative art methods that came of my dark night of the soul.

A professional artist, I teach abstract painting and meditative art – using my Creativity-nurturing coaching framework designed to build foundational visual art skills along with calm confidence.

I was in my element at Art School, and on completing Honours saw many remarkable works of art while on a travelling Scholarship to Spain. I’d painted full time for a couple of years before my Doctorate on the painting of light and returned to Florence, London and New York to study luminosity in paintings. Lecturing, supervising senior students and teacher training kept me busy until things came to a standstill.

Having developed a serious illness, I was very anxious, as you can imagine … until a mind-clearing epiphany! From then on, I began to draw and paint in meditative ways.

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However, it took extra time to realise the value of my new meditative art practices due to a shocking tragedy.

I found respite in painting and research into creativity, and a couple of years later presented my first creativity workshop for 20 academics at university. Completely surprised by the positive feedback, and decided to develop a 2 day course from the very intensive workshop.

Inspired, 2015 & 2016 were exciting years for presenting ‘Reclaim your Creativity’ meditative art courses in Australia and overseas.

I wrote a small book “Painting Light, Touching Space”; presented meditative art classes with guests at a 5-star resort in Italy; presented my 2-week “Love your Creativity Retreat” in Florence, Italy, and a weekend course for a Franciscan community in Germany (2016).

The year after, I experienced a new level of mindful calm studying with Zen Brush Master Kaz Tanahashi in California and assisted him presenting a workshop at San Francisco Zen Centre. Followed by a visit to Boston, the MFA’s exhibition Seeking Stillness was one of those life-changing experiences. I knew in my bones – this is my territory too! I felt an uncommon exhilaration, like I was in love!

 A constant source of fulfilment, my painting practice is foundational to my work as a teacher and mentor. My paintings have been shown in several solo shows, and part of many curated exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Melbourne, where I was delighted to be part of the Women’s Abstract Biennial twice.

I began making ceramics in 2019, to compose with my paintings. Making spaces with art where one can wind down, hear oneself think and feel soothed – that is my passion and purpose! 

 Well, it slowly creeps up on you without you knowing it, and there you are creating the most amazing things you would never have imagined you were capable of doing… I couldn’t believe what I drew! I never knew I could make something that beautiful. I got closer to who I am and I feel better about myself.

Steenus von Steenson

I'm keen!

FAQs

How much is it?

For solo retreats, let’s discuss so we can both get clarity about your needs and the right time and place for you. Properly informed, I can send through a custom quote for your unique meditative art experience. Please book a time to talk.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

I am pleased to arrange suitable lunches, however, am unable to guarantee complete absence of allergens for people at risk of anaphylactic reactions. If you’ve experienced anaphylaxis or even moderate allergic reactions, I recommend participating in this course via Zoom.

What travel documents do I need?
New Zealanders require a passport but do not require a Visa. Visitors from Europe, UK and the USA will require a valid passport and Visa.
What’s the weather like?

Autumn (March, April, May) and Spring (September, October, November) in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and Daylesford are similar with crisp mornings and sunny days, up to 25 degrees. Winter can be cold and wet, and Summer very hot, so I recommend Autumn or Spring if you’d like to visit Australia

What do I bring?
While clothing will also depend on location and time of year, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat for spring/summer and beanie for cooler months, an apron to protect your clothes, smart casual attire for dinner, a warm jacket, bathers, and your journal
Where do you go on solo retreat?

I’ve presented retreat/courses in several people’s homes and studios, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains where we work in my studio, Australia; studios in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, and Florence, Italy. If you’d like to meet somewhere else, we can discuss what might be possible!

What is the best way to get to your venues?

As examples, Daylesford – a gorgeous town with mineral springs and health spas – is an 80 minute drive north-west from Melbourne. For international travellers fly into Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, and hire a car from the airport OR there are public transport options. 

For my studio, fly into Canberra and drive the 2 hours from there, or I can pick you up from the airport. 

Are there medical facilities nearby?

Yes, and we’d need to consider where you’d like to safely go given any pre-existing medical conditions. We can discuss this on your complimentary call.

Other questions?

Write them down now!  When you click on the link below it will take you to my scheduler where you can book a time for us to have a chat via Zoom. I look forward to our conversation!

I received more than I could have imagined… I found Suzanne to be a wise and generous teacher, as well as an accomplished artist, giving us practical insights and inspiring examples of other artists’ works, both ancient and modern; pointing out and enlightening us with spiritual aspects, calming and focusing guided meditations… After completing many paintings and drawings, (in the 4-day ‘Make your Sacred Art’ Retreat) I left with a solid grounding of how to approach my work in the future with insight and confidence. Thank you Suzanne.  

Liz Martyn

Artist and Art Teacher

I have learnt so much, on so many different levels, about myself, my abilities, my passions, and how to tap into that effortlessly. Suzanne’s guided mediations are so inspirational – she effortlessly opens the channels to allow the creativity to flow. It was so much fun seeing what appeared on the paper and exploring where that led me. I really loved “playing” in this way and the results were surprisingly amazing – full of joyful expression. The whole experience was so full of joy-filled moments – I feel totally enlivened. Connecting with my inner joy allows my “little girl” to come out and play with the colours and shapes.

Susie Christiansen, participant in 'Love your Creativity Retreat' Florence, Italy 2016

Senior Journey Practitioner

Meditative art helps me relax and forget my worries. Trying out the different projects taught me all creations are positive. What helped most was the wide range of knowledge presented and the soft, positive, encouraging approach… a cure for stress with an empathetic teacher, and will expand your view of art and creativity beyond your imagining.

Ted Edwards

Scientist

Copyright © 2024 Dr. Suzanne Moss

All photographs used on this site (aside from the portrait of Dr Suzanne) are the Intellectual Property of Dr Suzanne Moss, taken of her students dating from her private meditative art retreats from 2015 to 2019, at venues in Daylesford & Glen Lyon, Victoria, Australia and Belconnen, Canberra. The portrait of Suzanne was taken in studio by Donna Longobardi, with thanks.