Mesa Verda Writers Conference
For Published & Aspiring Writers
July 13 -16, 2023
Immerse yourself in natural beauty in this wild place as you work with award-winning writers. Listen to your inner voice, take risks, and break from routine. This is a generative conference and work you create may become a finished story, personal essay, novel, or poem.
Mancos, Colorado, the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, is an unspoiled place. Sunsets here range from peach rose to vermillion. Most days you’ll spot mule deer and it is not uncommon to see elk or fox. You may see people on horseback on the trails. We offer you a chance to stay in a serene valley surrounded by mountains. Even in summer, there may be snow on the peaks. Southwest Colorado has beckoned writers and artists for centuries.
Andre Gide said, "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." As you lose yourself in the never-ending vistas, traffic, deadlines, and the noise of your life will disappear. Writing and creativity can flourish.
The ability to begin and sustain creative work requires time. Let us provide this weekend for writing, dreaming, networking with other writers, and gazing at the stars in a Western sky framed by mountain peaks. This workshop is put on through Mesa Verde Writers Conference.
A Sense of Place: Abstract Painting
with Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
July 21- 23, 2023
Whether a world traveler or a homebody, a sense of place naturally finds its way into our painting. In this workshop we examine the concept of “place” by painting the essence of landscape – both internal and external. You will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. Abstract painting is often misconstrued as an unrecognizable style of painting where no standard rules of perspective, color theory, or composition exist. We dispel that myth. Students will learn acrylic painting
techniques including preparing the surface; the 3 stages of applying paint and finishing techniques. In addition, they will learn glazing, collage and sanding, block printing and geli plate techniques. You will learn to harness energy from nature and release it into your work, finding a sense of place.
Diane Williams and Chuck Potter hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art and Consciousness from John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA. They studied at the University of Hangzhou China,
incorporating calligraphy, traditional Chinese landscape painting and Chinese medicine with western art practices. Their works can be found in corporate, public, and personal collections nationally and worldwide. dianewilliamsart.net
This workshop is put on through Mancos School of the West.
with Nancye Culbreath
May 20, 21, 2023
Are you wanting to try something new and exciting with your paint brush? This two-day workshop on watercolor batik demonstrates the technique of combining watercolor and wax on Kinwashi Rice paper. It is an exciting process that incorporates layers of watercolor and wax to reveal a final painting that is truly unique. The two-day workshop will enable participants to experiment and explore, as well as create a final piece.
Nancye Culbreath is from Monticello, Utah. Canyonlands, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, and Natural Bridges are practically in Culbreath’s backyard. These locations offer a wealth to paint and many of her paintings reflect canyon landscapes. Since moving to Utah Culbreath has been painting full time when she is not hiking the canyons and sightseeing or working on their property of 7 acres. She has been an artist at Gallery Moab, and is currently represented at the Kayenta Art Village, in St. George, Utah. For more about Nancye and her art visit: nancyeculbreathart.com
This workshop is put on through Mancos School of the West.
Discover your Self -Healing Powers with Transformational Breath ™ and Deep Imagery “Shamanic” Journeys
with Florence Gaia
May 13, 2023
Do you want more peace of mind-heart, confidently able to deal with your life? Learn the basics of 2 natural self-healing tools.
TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATH™, a therapeutic self-empowering breathing system, both calms & energizes the whole person, anchoring you in core self-acceptance, more joy in who you are. Learn how to relieve anxiety, stress, depression.
“SHAMANIC” HEALING JOURNEYS uses your deep imagination to shift consciousness & discover natural Inner Wisdom, receive healing messages from your animal spirit helpers (without any substance use). You will make a drawing of your Animal Spirit.
Florence Gaia RN, M.Ed, has been a modern medicine woman for 25 years. She worked as a hospital psychiatric nurse for 17 years before returning to her true passion: helping clients calm the clatter of self-criticism and listen to their true Inner Self. Florence teaches people how to soothe their nervous system with Transformational Breath™, for more inner peace. She guides them to connect to their Inner Truth with deep imagery work, for more gentle self-acceptance. This work helps free people of old traumas, to live with self love, and a lighter heart. Florence has lived in the Durango area for 20 years with a deep love for Colorado wilderness and wildlife. www.wildespiritretreat.com This workshop is put on through Mancos School of the West.
Painting - Order, Chaos, Intuition
with Amy Metier in Southwest Colorado
June 20 - 24, 2023
This workshop is SOLD OUT
Painting - Chaos, Order and Intuition will immerse you in the beauty and nature of Southwestern Colorado through abstract painting capturing the local landscape and spirit of the area. This workshop is geared towards experienced women artists who are seeking to deepen their painting practice both inwardly in terms of inner consciousness and expression and outwardly using formal elements to bring order to the work itself. This workshop is put on through Four Corners Creates.