a weekend workshop exploring movement & painting in nature
Enjoy deep immersion in the stillness and beauty of nature, embodying responses to both garden and forest through movement, painting and mindful presence.
Guided movement practice encourages opening to the body’s intelligence and imagination. The painting process emerges from the intuitive self rather than from what is seen with the eye. It is a spontaneous and freeing process that releases vital creativity, rich imagination and has the potential for personal insights, transformation, and coming home to our true nature.
7th & 8th September 2019
Pond Cottage Friston Place Nr Eastbourne BN20 0AL
£150 with accommodation & breakfast
£120 without accommodation
For more details and booking please contact:
mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
Freeing Your Elemental Self
Enjoy deep immersion in the stillness and beauty of this wild landscape, tuning into your sensing body through breath, mindful presence and embodiment. This week is a journey of self-discovery through natural movement practice,
witnessing, stillness, art making, laughter and singing – calling up your wild and magnificent elemental self to express vitality, creativity, spirit and imagination. Nature generously mirrors aspects of our life, bringing to awareness personal
imagery and inner dynamics. Through movement and art making you can explore emerging themes within a supportive, non-judgemental space for blossoming, growth and transformation.
17th-24th June 2020
£550 shared accommodation, food & tuition
£675 single accommodation, food & tuition
Max 8 people
Contact: mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
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Journey into the Garden
June 15th 10am – 5pm at Paddock Studios
Explore the delightful garden at Paddock Studios, opening your senses to the wonder of nature through silence, movement and simply being.
Through painting you can then express your experiences, giving clarity to your relationship with nature, yourself and your life.
Paddock Studios, Lewes BN
£60 including art materials and simple refreshments
For more information and booking please contact mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
Paintings by workshop participants
“I really felt as if my body told me a story in this painting, it said ‘don’t worry, everything is going to be allright’. I feel reassured that I’m treading the right path, I just need to trust this message from myself“
Painting by workshop participant on ‘Coming Home’ workshop
“From the sensuousness of the Paddock garden, I tried to capture the vibrancy of the abundant valerian flowers. As the day evolved the picture transformed into a synthesis of nature, wind and sunlight which was very satisfying, and wonderful to work in a supportive group setting.”
‘Archetypes and Symbols’ workshop participant
“Thank you for the most beautiful day yesterday…it was a joy…..You held the day perfectly….thank you for your wisdom…your beautiful energy …and your special drumming…I did appreciate it and it was very powerful….great that we all had time to share at the end…..perfect.“
Journey into the Garden. Helen
Workshops in Primary School, Brighton
Throughout the workshops I used a similar painting process to the one I encourage in my Painting from the Heart workshops with adults.
I asked the children to think and feel about what their identity is in relation to their environment and activities they like to do, and then paint their self portrait freely and spontaneously.
It was Interesting to hear their desires to draw an image first, often using rulers, pencils and rubbers, but I suggested going straight into painting without planning. I also encouraged experimentation through using the end of a paintbrush to carve into the paint, or mix colours together to see what happened or use fingers to dab and dot.
I encouraged them to continue creating layers of paint and change their images right to the end of the session.
The important aspect of these workshops was for children to fully enjoy and engage in the process of painting for the simple joy of painting in itself. The end result was not to be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I loved the energy in the room as children chatted and laughed as they painted, and just look at these vibrant images!
If you would like to have a workshop in your School please email me through the contact page.