The Creative Joy Retreat
Led by Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliott and Tracey Clark
A retreat for women, open to the public
For most of us, joy can be such an ephemeral experience, something that comes upon us unexpectedly, but perhaps not something we know how to make a part of our daily lives - especially during stressful times or when life has been handing us a lot of those so called learning experiences.
The retreat will flow through yoga, meditation, writing and photograph each day with all sorts of small surprises and community of like-minded people and love love love:
Writing into JOY with Jennifer Louden
Writing is both a way to notice joy, a way to remove the obstacles to joy, and yes, it’s possible to write with joy. Everyday we will play with writing, with words, for the sheer joy of self-expression - not product!. We are also going to use writing to help us understand our personal style of joy, our limits and edges and fears, and how to love ourselves into more self-love.
JOYful yoga with Marianne Elliott
Yoga sometimes gets the reputation of being terribly earnest and serious, and there is a serious side to yoga. But for this retreat our focus will be on JOY. Can yoga help us reconnect JOYfully to our bodies? Can it help us play more freely and joyfully with our writing, and our photography? And can it support our meditation practice? The practices at the JOY retreat will be designed to do just that. Marianne will lead a series of joyful yoga practices suitable for all levels of experience and all bodies. You don't need to have any previous experience of yoga; if you are an experienced yogi, come along and play with us as we rediscover the joy of the fundamentals.
Capturing JOY with Tracey Clark
Learning to see the beauty around us is the first step in finding our JOY. By observing the world—color, space, shadow and light—we are able to create and carry a perspective that is rooted in appreciation and gratitude. As we move forward, we can tap into creative outlets to further heighten our awareness. Photography is an ideal tool to use to translate what our heart and mind see into a distilled and tangible expression of what is authentic and true to each of us. Exploring the woods and grounds of the Garrison Institute, sharing stories and capturing JOY as we go, you’ll gather the insights and inspiration to picture your life in a whole new light (literally and figuratively). No previous photography experience is necessary. DSLR, point-and-shoots and/or iPhones are ideal for this work. Bring your laptop if you have one.
About the Retreat Leaders
For more information and to register please visit the Creatve Joy website at www.creativejoyretreat.com
June 28th, 2012 3:00 PM through July 2nd, 2012 3:00 PM
Phone: 845-424-4800 ext 106
Open to the public