Soul Play and Paint: is an opportunity to delve into the richness of self-expression and life-meaning through colour, and movement within the richness of community. Creativity is a sacred process and we set intentions for insight through the process of paint & expression. Summer also offers professional support & guidance with technique and the use of paint. Journalling can also be a part of the process.
We share in a potluck, finger food lunch (or evening snack). Bring a Journal and a gluten-free finger type food to share. eg. veggies & dip, fruit, cheeses, dips etc. guacamole, hummus, salad wraps or mini sandwiches etc.
Next Soul Play and Paint Dates:
To allow creativity its’ appropriate place in our lives and our culture, our education and our family relationships is to allow healing to happen at a profound level. The intimacy of creativity corresponds to the mystical experience itself. ... Afterward, we know we have tasted something worth remembering, something that will last. And often we have a special gift to bestow on others because of the journey we have undergone in our creative work. (Matthew Fox 2002, 9)
"When a group of friends invited me to a Soul-Paint workshop facilitated by Summer, I decided to go. Never having painted before, I felt a lot of trepidation. I went in order to be with my friends, none of whom were artists or painters. Summer used a combination of giving permission to do things my way and encouraging me to move beyond my comfort zone. She remained in the background while offering support at crucial points in the process. I felt emotionally safe. As I eased into trusting the movement of the paintbrush a sensation of warmth spread through my chest on the left side. Then heat flowed up into my shoulder and down my arm. It poured out my fingertips onto the canvas - fiery anger that I had carried for most of my life released into my brush. The emotion was intense but it moved through me quickly. I felt lighter, freer and more playful. Painting brought about a significant breakthrough in the healing of an inflamed rotator cuff and frozen shoulder."
Peggy Voth, Social Worker & Jungian Analyst, Calgary.
"Be prepared to amaze yourself. Even the most creatively challenged will come away with a belief in their ability to create something of beauty and meaning."
Bette Emery, Social Worker, Edmonton.
"I had wanted to work on canvas for a long time but had been apprehensive about it. Summer's teaching technique opened endless creative possibilities for me as I felt I had permission to play and explore. The process of painting deepened the process of opening and getting to know myself."
Gillian Watson - Sherwood Park
"I was invited to one of Summer's Soul Play and Paint Days and I I'm so grateful that I did. I was deeply moving to experience and fun at the same time. Its as wonderful for me as an artist that paints fora living to go and let go and create in this way. It was lovely to connect with the other ladies and when we are all finished, we shared our work and connected even more deeply. Summer is a masterful facilitator of soul connection.
Sandra Kunz, Artist - Edmonton www.strokeofsoul.com
"I have been to three of Summer's retreats because I love her approach - she makes it so easy to be creative. I learned that I really can paint from my imagination! It was one of the most freeing and exciting things I have ever done. I can paint from my heart now and not feel the restrictions I had before. I also learned a dialogue technique to use with my painting that taught me so much about my own spiritual journey and direction."
Pam Junck - Reiki Practioner - Sherwood Park