Drawing Easter Retreat
The art of storytelling and letting go through the
~ Mind, Heart and Hand ~
29th ~ 1st April 2024
~ Location ~
Set on four acres of gorgeous parkland, with native gums, ancient deciduous,
an orchard to explore and bordered by the beautiful Myers Creek,
the Valley Farm House is a stunningly crafted testament to the love
that only an owner builder can create.
Framed in original timber from the early 1900’s Fremantle Wool Stores
with walls of hand made mud brick, the house is a perfect fairy-talesque escape
from the world for a romantic couples get-away or family retreat in the country.
~ Investment ~
The Full Weekend Course with accomodation.
Full Course + Materials, 3 nights accommodation
3 x Breakfast 2 x Lunch 3 x Dinner
Single Room Package $1450 ~ Two Available
Twin Share Package $950pp ~ One Available
Please note each room has a Queen Bed
Suitable for a single person, couples or friends happy to share
Arrivals Friday 5pm ~ Checkout 10am Monday
Full Weekend Course without accomodation
~ Includes all materials and x 2 lunch ~
Guest are welcome to join for dinners for an extra charge.
Arrivals 9:30am for a 10am start ~ finish 5pm each day
Deposits are available to hold your spot.
Drawing Classes are open
to the novice and experienced geometer.
No skills are required~ just a little patience
~ The Space ~
You will wake up to the sound of kookaburras and parrots on land that was the first area settled in Healesville. Make yourself at home in the huge open plan living and dining area, with a radiant log fire, books from a life time of English literature parents, or move outside to the spotted gum deck
and fire pit to enjoy a glass of beautiful Yarra Valley wine.
The upstairs bedroom is an open plan space with two Queen size beds.
The second Queen bedroom is located outside the main house
in an adjoining room complete with ensuite bathroom.
All linens and towels will be provided for you throughout your stay.
The gorgeous log burning fire in the centre of the house will keep you warm throughout your stay, with instructions on how to use and wood and kindling provided for you. We also have a fire pit located next to our outside deck area which is perfect for roasting marshmallows.
Wildlife is prolific on the property, with an array of native and extremely friendly birds that will gather outside the window, with bird seed available for your use, early morning kangaroos will travel
through the gardens, a resident wombat and possums come alive at night.
Located only a 5 minute drive from the centre of Healesville, the Valley House offers the perfect romance of isolation with the ease of a central location to all the delights the Yarra Valley has to offer.
~ Coursework ~
Inspired by Carl Jung's teachings we will explore
The Mandala in a traditional, contemporary and contemplative sense,
whilst exploring cross culture foundations for psychological and spiritual health.
Students will learn how to draw and understand the inherent symbolism
and symmetries of Mandalas around the world whilst being inspired by the natural surroundings of Montville, under the gentle guidance
of Artist and Colour Therapist Stephanie June Ellis, founder of The Art Of Process School and author of The Geometherapy Books.
Please note - Guests are required to participate in
a minimum of 4 hours of silence a day during the meditative drawing practices.
Absolutely no artistic skills are required
All materials will be provided
Guided morning meditations are included for those staying on site.
Art making for the purpose of transcendence, mindfulness, and wellness.
Traditionally, the mandala is used as a meditation tool to search for the meaning of self.
This often requires a study of this diagram which we may call the "personality"
- the part of ourselves which bares witness to our vast invisible potential.
Creating your own personal mandala is therapeutic,
symbolic& a beautiful refelction of ones own soul.
Present emotions will be represented in your mandala
through the use of organically formed shapes & colour.
By allowing your instinct and feelings to inspire & guide you through the process of creation,
a portrait of yourself will emerge.
When you reach your destination, you will have a representation
of something meaningful and personal that you can take home with you .
A snapshot of you - a brief moment in time expressed
through your unique personal mandala.
~ Testimonials ~
October 21, 2016
Today I began the process of creating my very own mandala!
So meditative! And I noticed when I just let go, everything flowed...
Just trusting in the unfolding process, and then stepping back and seeing before my eyes how my deeper knowing was guiding me the whole time...
It was really my job to just sit into trusting, and from this deeper resonance, being guided from deeply within.
August 12, 2017
"Whoa! What a great experience! So happy I joined in today - It was such a Zen feeling as I let my pencil find the lines "I" wanted to follow - the inner me in a state of total CHILL.......
Going into it with an intention or issue or dedication and to be actively coming back to that source really made you 'listen' to what your BEING feels on the matter - so therapeutic, so very meditative, I feel numb with peace and calm. Thank you Stephanie, what a great offering."
Guests will experience the process of
mixing and making watercolours
from natural earth pigments.