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Art & Soul Retreat

Art Workshop

Monday 4th November -  Friday 8th November 2024

Space is available on this event

Led by Genevieve Collier

An invitation to get immersed in three days of artmaking for personal reflection and to explore what within you needs to be expressed. 

Art making can be soothing and offer respite, it can ignite sparks of imagination, it can put you in touch with deep feelings.

Art skills or being able to draw are not important for this retreat. You might make marks and images that make no sense to anybody else but the experience of making them has meaning for you. 

This is a space to connect with yourself through art making, in the company of a small group.

A range of art materials will be provided, and you are welcome to bring any favourite materials or half-completed projects.

We will come together for morning group sessions involving simple, guided tasks and creative exercises to help find personal starting points.

The afternoons will be run as an ‘open studio’ with space to carry on developing your own images and projects. You may want to spend some of  this time going for walks, resting, sketching, reflecting.   

We are able to use Othona’s dedicated art room within one minute’s walk of the sea.

Othona will be quiet during this week, and in the evenings, we may watch films together, hang out or spend time by ourselves.

This retreat is not called therapy as it is not offered as a treatment but will be run as a safe place for sharing any emotional reactions.  People with lived experience of using mental health services are welcome.  All participants will be asked for a brief phone call beforehand to understand your needs and expectations.

This event is restricted to 12 participants to give enough time and space for those taking part.

Genevieve Collier is an Art Psychotherapist (HCPC registered and BAAT member). She recently moved to rural Worcestershire after many years living and working in the voluntary, community and arts sectors of London. She is interested in our need for community in our individualistic culture, and how important belonging is to our personal wellbeing.  Genevieve first visited Othona in summer 2021 and was moved by the kindness and inclusivity of this well-established community, as well as the unique landscape it sits in.

Arrivals: from 3pm Monday - first meal is dinner at 7pm

Departures: Friday morning 11am

Cost: We have two rates for adults £240 (Basic Rate) or £300 (*Benefactor Rate), If you are able to afford the Benefactor rate this helps to support the work of Othona and enables us to provide bursaries to support those who cannot afford to come. Normal child rates apply (Child Rates). We may be able to offer a bursary if needed. Please contact us to find out more.

*(Find out about our Benefactor Rate)


04 Nov 2024 15:00 to 08 Nov 2024 11:00
Othona Community, Essex
East End Road
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Landline: 01621 776564 ext. 01621776564
Landline: 01621776564 ext. 01621776564