Led by Naima Khabira Brown and Taj a Nur Grant, this weekend retreat offers the opportunity to deepen your connection to inner guidance through the medium of creative art, amidst the beauty and inspiration of nature, and the warmth of joyful friendship. We will balance meditation practices with walks, meals, music, and sharing our creative processes. Using the form of a threshold, with doors opening to a space of possibility, Taj a Nur and Naima will share a method for everyone to explore through art visionary states of being, meditative guidance, and opening to grace and the unexpected gifts of creativity. It’s not necessary to be an artist to participate. As the Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan so beautifully said, “Art (arts) is a way of meditation, and guidance, where you are and where you are going.” In this workshop we will explore his idea.
Participants will be provided with a wooden “triptych threshold” hinged with two doors on which to paint, draw, or collage, images that symbolize opening and moving through a threshold, and encountering another image. Metal leaf in gold, silver, and copper will be provided as well as the adhesive for these. If you are an artist and have paint (any kind), brushes, and a cleaning agent, please bring them, or any other materials you would like to work with. If you are new to making art, supplies we would suggest you bring are a small set of acrylic paint which has about 10 colors, and a variety of inexpensive brushes for acrylics. Sometimes you can find small sets of acrylics designed for children. If you would rather “collage” than paint your piece, you can bring photos or magazine images to cut or tear, and then adhere to the “triptych threshold” with Elmer’s Glue.