Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Intro to Encaustic Workshop!

Intro to Encaustic Painting - Saturday June 20th, 10am - 2pm

Learn the ancient art of encaustic painting! Encaustic is the use of beeswax and damar resin melted together and combined with dry pigments to create a unique painting medium. This paint is applied hot/molten and manipulated with a direct heat source. It makes for a lovely layered image into which objects and photographs can be added. If you've seen a Jasper Johns painting then you've seen an encaustic painting!

This class will cover a brief history of encaustic, supplies and where to buy them, setting up, basic encaustic painting including fusing, embedding objects, and creating texture, as well as cleaning up, and caring for your paintings. Participants will complete 1-2 small paintings. No painting experience necessary. Open to ages 15 and up.

$70 includes all supplies; feel free to bring along objects to incorporate (dried natural objects, paper, and photographs on plain paper work well)

Instructor: Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Manchester, ME

Jamie is passionate about creating art and about sharing her techniques and knowledge. She loves to learn how the old masters created their supplies and how they used them. Jamie believes that once you have the foundations of a medium, you’ll know how to make it work for your voice.

Jamie is co-owner of Sweetland Retreat and received her BFA in Painting from Boston University. http://jamieribisi.com

Register now!

Friday, May 15, 2009

First workshops at Sweetland Retreat!

Reiki Attunement Class -Part 1 Saturday June 6th, 1:30pm - 6:30pm

5 Hour course during which you will become a Reiki Practioner. This is the first of 3 steps in becoming a Reiki Master.

The Reiki attunement process is how one becomes a Reiki practitioner. Being attuned to Reiki gives one the ability to easily access the Reiki (Universal Life Force) energy, for the purpose of healing a person or situation. Attunements can be given only by a Reiki master and can be given for either the purpose of training one in Reiki, or for simply giving someone a larger experience of Reiki than usually experienced in treatments. The attunement is permanent, thus making the recipient a Reiki practitioner.

$75 per person
Pre-payment required

Space is limited, register now! Call (207)-512-8447 or email sweetlandretreat@gmail.com with your contact info.

Instructor: Justina Anderson, Usui Reiki Master Justina is a Usui Reiki Master and Licensed Veterinary Technician from New York.

-- Optional course supplies: Bring a yoga mat or pillow to make yourself comfortable.

Full Moon Ceremony
Sunday June 7th, 7:30pm

In this special healing and releasing ceremony we will create a sacred space for healing and support and to raise a collective consciousness. This ceremony includes:

Saging and Creating Sacred Space
Opening Prayer
A time of sharing
Releasing of those things we no longer need in our lives
Bringing in those things we want in our lives
Pulling a Medicine Card for a message for the month
Short discussion of what these cards mean for the coming month
Drumming and singing
Closing Prayer

You may bring drums, rattles, and dress appropriately for an outdoor event (weather permitting--ceremony will take place indoors in the case of rain). Drums will also be available for use or purchase.

$10 or equivalent abundance exchange per person.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Painting the cottage & garage

Growing up, Joy & I had many many movie favorites-- most of them with very catchy songs in them.  One we always watched was Pete's Dragon.  We dreamed of living in a lighthouse on the shores of Maine in Passamaquoddy.  We had no idea that it was a real township or that we would actually move to Maine.

So when Brian started scraping the exterior of the cottage and garage in preparation of
 repainting it, I couldn't help but think of a scene from Pete's Dragon.  The family gets out their bucket of white paint and slather it all over that lighthouse!  Watch it here- I'm telling you, it's catchy!  

All our Brazzle Dazzle years have just begun!  :)