SOLACE. COLOUR. LIGHT:  MEDITATIVE ART

CALM YOUR MIND ~ SOOTHE YOUR SOUL ~ MEND YOUR HEART

Private Solo Retreat-Course Online & customised

Discover truth, beauty and goodness as you practice ways of making your art a luminous meditation in your life.

With no prior experience necessary, experience the gentle comfort available through colour-rich, replenishing & nurturing creative projects. 

 

Whether you’ve been through major change, are drawn to express your creative Self more fully, or want to develop a mindfulness art practice, this gentle course-retreat will give you soothing, easy & effective visual art methods that can help you experience the solace, wonder & joy of your true creative nature. 

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

Worries seem to dissolve the more you become immersed in the surprising joy of colour. As mind settles, clarity is restored and confidence too as you see your very own creative projects unfold with ease and grace.

Intrigued, your imaginations sparks as you’re guided into the gentle world of colours, light, shapes and line, bringing practical skills to empower your art-making with mindfulness.

Imagine not comparing your dear self to anyone else for a change, rather, feeling creatively free supported by deep listening, understanding, guidance and the structure of Suzanne’s Creative Freedom Coaching framework. Surrounded by all you need, feel the sense of coming home as you 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 your soul and nurture your creative nature.

Visions of colours & light fill each day, along with guided meditations, healthy gourmet food, gentle walks and easy companionship.

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 your teacher-coach.

Express yourself more easily as you discover easy & surprisingly effective meditative art methods. Ways to self-soothe, your art becomes a grounding and supportive mindfulness practice as you bring your inner beauty to outer expression.

Notice joy bubble up as creative blocks fall away and inner liberation happens in answer to what you really want.

And feel your heart fill with gratitude as you behold your unique pieces of meditative art knowing how each one has helped you grow and express more of you, rewarded with life-long skills for creative fulfilment.

Does it seem impossible to feel any relief from the heaviness and/or frustration of grief, loss or change?

You really can have respite. During our sessions, your heart will be lightened and mind filled with the colours & light of guided meditative art projects. Plus, you’ll gain skills that make soothing creative self-expression an easy and effective comfort in a matter of minutes.

Do you intuitively know that being more creative feels good and right, but uncertain about how to do more?

Well, you’re in the right place! Our first session is about clearing inner blocks to your creative expression so uncertainty and embarrassment are replaced by a sense of ‘Yes! I can do this’ and confidence when you see you really can! 

Have you found it difficult to completely unwind and feel replenished?

Immersed in mindful creating, many of my students have said they forgot to worry! By the end of your retreat-time, you’ll have been soothed by thoughtfully designed meditative art experiences, so you can gently unwind, be enriched and sustained for years to come!

What if you could think more clearly?

During each of our sessions together, you’ll notice how your nerves settle, body relaxes and mind slows down. Meditative art offers opportunities for the deeply calming (scientifically proven) benefits of meditation, colour, imagination, creativity and wonder, so you can restore clarity and make decisions more easily.

What if you could easily experience the comfort of creativity?!

During each of your sessions, you’ll be gently guided step-by-step through easy art methods creating unique pieces of meditative art. For each project there is different wisdom and creative expression, like walking through a door into profound soul-soothing goodness for you now and into the future.

Even the thought of a group retreat is too much?
Your private retreat is sacrosanct! You’ll have my attention, expertise and care all to yourself, learning in peace and quiet dedicated to you, at your own pace.

Does life seems ‘beige,’ grey or lack-lustre? Taking time out for colourful self-expression and ‘smelling the roses’ is restorative as one of my students exclaimed with delight: “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, guided by our first consultation – the Roadmap for Restoring your True Creative Nature – you’ll be living into your gifts more fully, knowing in your bones you’re completely enough just being you!

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

Don’t know what to do?  Talk to me and have a complimentary session so you can gain clarity about where you are now and where you’d like to be.

If you can relate to any of this, now might be the time to allow yourself this extraordinary private solo retreat because Solace. Colour. Light: Meditative Art was designed with you in mind. All you need to do is relax knowing you’re beside a caring expert who understands, listens and loves to nurture creativity! 

Whether you choose this retreat as an in-person experience or online, by the end of our shared time, you’ll have gained fresh perspective about your Self, your life and the reassurance of moving forward taking the profound comfort of your true creative nature with you! 

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

By the end of your “SOLACE. COLOUR. LIGHT: Meditative Art VIP Retreat,” you’ll have …

  • eased anxiety, imagined and come home to your Self and your own wise insights
  • learned easy visual art techniques with pencil, collage and water-colour paints
  • explored how to create beautiful effects with colour and expressed your light
  • changed perspective through making several rewarding creative projects  
  • become practiced at mindfulness while creating your unique pieces of meditative art 

  • experienced the soul-soothing respite possible through your creative expression
  • received Suzanne’s signature methods so you can continue to enjoy making meditative art for years to come!

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

 

TOP 9 REASONS FOR NOT MISSING THIS RETREAT!

  1. You’ll discover how nurturing your creativity gives not only comfort, but brilliance, while easing anxiety!
  2. You’ll receive Suzanne’s priceless & unique Creativity-nurturing Method crafted from ancient wisdom and state of the art coaching with ‘The Journey,’ plus hands on practice each day
  3. You’ll experience several ways of making meditative art and how it works on body, mind & heart 
  4. Your customised sessions are balanced with structure, so that by the end of each one, you’ll have made something you never thought you could!
  5. Being the only student, you’ll learn and enjoy so much more with guidance exactly when needed
  6. Your teacher has the expertise to not only teach you, but also guide you to access the wisdom of your heart and care for your creative soul
  7. You’ll discover your ‘true colours’ and how you can express your kind of beauty
  8. “Choosing colours is like choosing life!” exclaimed Marilyn, one of my students. You get to choose you every day…
  9. You’ll have time and space dedicated to gentle reflection & creative expression positively impacting the rest of 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

From our first meeting right through to our final session, thoughtful preparation goes into making your retreat a gentle and extraordinary experience for you.

2-3 appointments beforehand help us plan and comprehensively customise and ensure your retreat goes smoothly.

Your exact 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. Or you may prefer 2 weekends or  weekly session over 8 weeks. 

During your coaching session, be ready to let go of ‘old stuff’ that might be holding you back so you can feel completely free to express your true Self. 

Quality materials, wisdom teachings, meditations, demonstrations, methods and templates, set the stage for your unique creations with all the guidance & assistance you might need so you can experience creating your kind of beauty and know how to continue with your meditative art practice for years to come.

 

Day 1 Light & Life

Through all our sessions you’ll learn & practice steps to nurture your creativity and develop a mindfulness art practice, restoring creative freedom so you can express your Self and gain confidence. The themes of the first two sessions are:

  1. You are made of light
  2. The Tree of Life
Day 2: Sacred Colour

Your mind will be immersed and your eyes opened as we explore the surprising effects of luminous colour combinations, creating while settling mind, body and spirit. The themes of these two creative projects are:

  • Rumi and the Jewel
  • Your Sacred Colours
Day 3: Diagrams for gentleness

Experience making gentle brush strokes, choosing and using colours that make you feel good, shapes & quality of line that create the most kind expression to your Self. The themes for the two projects are:

  • Inner Listening 
  • Exploring the Visual language of gentleness
Day 4: Luminous Horizon

Discover practical strategies  to sustain, grow & enjoy your meditative art practice for years to come. Complete the course with your beautiful creations and strong foundations for meditative art as a practice that adds self-love and meaning to your life. Our themes for these two sessions are:

  • Painting light
  • A new horizon

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 
– stop the ‘inner critic’ from stopping you, and clear any other creative block

– reconnect with, and delight in your creative imagination

– devote nurturing quiet time to yourself, free of interruptions

– follow your heart and put yourself first for 4 days/8 sessions

– create your kind of beauty
– learn art as a meditative practice so you can care for your heart, settle your mind and access fresh insights instead 

The answer is no if you…

– are wanting standard landscape or figure painting classes
– are unwilling to slow down and be guided to do the inner work
– do not like abstract art
– want to paint like someone else
– insist on being late, missing sessions or using your phone during sessions
– are experiencing psychiatric, mental health issues or distracting addictions

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.

Micky Allen

What’s Included

THE FOUNDATIONS OF YOUR ONLINE RETREAT-COURSE:
– 2-3 prior meetings online
– Comprehensive customisation & preparation of your course
– Notes and templates
– Your Art Kit (when in-person)
– 4-8 private guided meditative art mini-projects

Plus a BONUS* of up to 3 hours Journey Method Creativity Coaching session online beforehand to help clear creative blocks so you can get the most from your retreat (*conditions apply)

 

BONUS
– Invest in the 4-day course during 2020 and receive VIP Creative Freedom Coaching  up to 2 hours with The Journey Method online prior to your retreat

 

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 Leader Dr. Suzanne Moss 

Artist, Painting Teacher, Journey 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.

Nine years ago, I realised my vision to bring the powerful coaching methods of The Journey to teaching art, especially for people who do not consider themselves to be artists so they too could experience the amazing joy of expressing their true creative nature. From 2006-14, I taught at a university Art School and saw a lot of students with creative blocks, and trained in coaching so I could better help them. 

A professional artist, I teach abstract painting and meditative art – using my holistic coaching framework and Creativity-nurturing method designed to build foundational art skills and restore freedom of creative expression.

I love painting and teaching, and caring for people is also a big part of my life. While a Physiotherapist, I had private teachers and even went to an intensive drawing course in Florence, Italy. When two of my patients died from malignant tumours, following my dream to go to Art School was definitely not so big compared to the risk of being unfulfilled.

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 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 the biopsy result on a lump turned out to be scary news. 

Cancer treatment was terrifying until the epiphany, when I began to draw and paint in meditative ways.

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It took a while to realise the value of my new meditative art practices because my beloved man suddenly left this life soon after. His death eclipsed everything for some time.

I found respite in painting and research into creativity, and in 2014 presented my first creativity-nurturing workshop for 20 academics at university with rave reviews! Completely surprised, I’d created a signature Method, integral to all my private programs since.

After presenting 10 intensive 2-day ‘Reclaim your Creativity’ courses 2015- 2016 I ran a survey. 94% of participants agreed their creativity was re-ignited!

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 in 2016 and a weekend course for a Franciscan community in Germany. The year after, my hands stopped shaking as I experienced a new level of mindfulness studying with Zen Brush Master Kaz Tanahashi in California.

Over the last few years, I’ve exhibited my paintings in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. My art + coaching programs have evolved into two streams. “Paint from the Heart” is for people who want to explore and feel self-expressed through painting. “Solace. Colour. Light: Meditative Art” guides contemplative experiences of meditative art, like portals into creative respite and replenishment.

Today, I work from my studio in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Australia, painting, teaching, coaching & mentoring those who are drawn to meditative practices, visual art, creative expression and personal growth.

 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 VERY INTERESTED!

FAQs

How much is it?

Each retreat is unique and so the costs vary. Let’s talk so we can both get clarity about your needs and the right time and place for you. Properly informed, I can send through a quote for your unique Meditative Art experience.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

I am happy to arrange suitable meals, 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 HAVE A QUESTION!

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, I left with a solid grounding of how to approach my work in the future with insight and confidence. Thank you Suzanne.  

Liz Martyn

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

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

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