COMMUNION - Summer Mandala Retreat
4pm Friday to 3pm Sunday June 11th to 13th 2021;
Venue: Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD
Join me at beautiful Hill Cottage Retreat Centre in the wild Welsh Marches, for a weekend exploration of Mandala, as a process for:
* Creative practice
* Visual prayer
* Ceremonial offering
Guided visualisation, gentle movement, sacred song and meditation will weave into our days, to help us orientate and cultivate a balanced, heart-centred aliveness; and a reverance of approach necessary for this kind of work.
The invitation is then to extend awareness out, beyond ourselves, into the Wild Beauty of the Summer Land, in communion with the web of All Life.
The Mandala-making process reflects and anchors our experiences, in the form of a visual offering. Making offerings is a way to develop grace in our relationship with Life, to acknowledge the law of balance:
'when our approach is respectful, sensitive and worthy, gifts of healing, challenge and creativity open to us. A gracious approach is the key that unlocks the treasure of encounter' John O'Donohue
As well as learning to draw geometric patterns using compass and ruler, practical drawing sessions include:
*Studying geometry in nature
*Multi cultural mandala
*Sacred Geometry (the symbolic language of shapes)
*Painting with watercolour.
Anne's series of ceramic sculptures titled 'Connecting and Belonging', created during 2020, for the land at Hill Cottage, will also provide focus points and inspiration for this course.
Hill Cottage is located in the Marches of mid-Wales, near Knighton in Powys. A tranquil space where individuals can reflect, be creative and interact with others and the environment in mutually beneficial ways. Set in ten acres of land it includes an independent market garden, young orchard and woodland, natural swimming pond, gardens for contemplation and wildflower pastures bordered by a meandering brook.
Anne Thomas is an artist and teacher based near Aberystwyth, Wales. She creates mandalas and ceramic sculptures and teaches sacred art classes.
The study and practice of Reiki, Yoga and Ayurveda, enable her to live well and inform her work as Artist, Elder, Dreamer and carrier of Sacred Songs.
The course is fully residential. Delicious vegan meals included in the cost of the course.
Accommodation is also included in the course fee.
Rooms are shared, with limited single room availability.
Contact Anne to discuss the availability of single rooms, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
All courses start at 4.30pm on the first day and finish at approximately 3pm on the last day.
Cost: £350 (some concessions/ exchanges possible - please do ask)
A deposit of £120 will secure your place. Balance is payable at any time up to 6 weeks prior to the course commencement.
In the event we have to cancel, all deposits and monies paid will be fully reimbursed.
If you have to cancel:
Up to 6 weeks prior to the course - full refund
After that, the deposit is non-refundable.