What We Need? Time and Space

• Thursday, March 31, 2016 •

Artists & Writers Need Time and Space to Create. 
Here is an invitation to "Come to the Lake."

How often have we thought, “If I could just get away and work without the demands of all my day–to–day concerns, I could”…finish that chapter, outline my next work, start a new series of paintings, have time to walk and think and hear the Muse again…“?

All of us have the need to retreat and re-fill. Those of us engaged in the arts need it to the point of desperation at times.Because many of us work out of home studios or offices, our creative time is subject to a myriad of intrusions. Even friends and loved ones might view time carved out for creative work not as “work” and therefore as negotiable. It takes tremendous determination to protect our studio or writing time and still we must stop and grab lunch, and if our spaces are at home, maybe throw in a load of laundry while we are at it - all interruptions to the hard job of being fully present in our true intention.

This is why CMA began programming artist and writer retreats in 2014 - some with and others without workshops. The idea was to prepare a time and space for artists and writers to get away and be supported and nurtured in the serenity of Lake Logan Retreat Center and its unspoiled wilderness. Situated in approximately 300 acres of pristine beauty, the retreat center offers charming and comfortable cabins nestled among winding hiking and walking trails surrounding the 85-acre lake, fed by the Pigeon River flowing down from the Blue Ridge parkway. CMA sets up an airy and light filled studio and provides quiet and private writing spaces for both visual artists and writers. Supplementary yoga, mindfulness sessions, an evening fire circle, and massages by appointment are offered to enrich your retreat experience. The Cullowhee Mountain Arts board of directors and I see this gathering as one of the jewels in our programming for writers and artists of every media.

Each cabin has a lovely view of the lake, private rooms with baths, with linens and coffee makers provided. The dining hall – with its large fireplaces, couches and chairs – provides a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee any time of the day. Three delicious meals are chef-prepared, using local veggies in season added to the menu. As a practicing artist myself, I understand the necessity of unfettered time and space to do our “sacred” work – to use our talents and give our gifts back to the world.

Our first retreat of 2016 is a little over a month away, May 9 – 14, and spaces are still available. (All the Details). Why not join us? Come to the Lake! (All our 2016 Retreats)

I hope to see you there!
Norma Hendrix, Executive Director

Come cool off at the Lake - 3 "cool" retreats - August, September, October

• Monday, July 27, 2015 •

The First Retreat, August 21 - 25:  The perfect chance to join other artists and writers fot an extended weekend retreat. An affordable artist & writer getaway, the structure of this retreat does not include workshops. It instead provides a time to discover the beauty of Lake Logan’s nearly 300 acres or pristine beauty and embrace a personal retreat with options for doing your artwork or creative writing.

Whether plein air painting, mixed media in the studio or creative writing in one of lodges or cabins, this time allows you to refresh the body, soul and spirit. Each day begins and ends with Yoga sessions led by Christopher Baxter, available for any who wish to be guided into yoga and breath-work used to unlock creativity. In addition to Yoga, CMA is also hosting Artist-in-residence painter Karen Weihs and Writer-in-Residence Poet Pat Riviere-Seel who will be available to engage, direct and facilitate artists and writers during the retreat. Evenings will be open for discussion groups and demonstrations led by Karen Weihs and Pat Riviere-Seel. Explore your creativity in a supportive environment. The total cost: $750; 5 days, 4 nights, all inclusive: Studio space, private room and bath in shared cottage, 3 meals with all day - beverage service, optional yoga sessions, guided work sessions and as much time as you need in quiet personal space. Canoeing and swimming are also available during the retreat. To register, follow this link.

The September & October Retreats  
Combining the essentials for a meaningful retreat with high level workshops

Leave the details of living behind and give yourself a creative retreat. Supported by the majesty of unspoiled nature you will be given the time and serenity to refill your creative well.  The intention for each retreat is to create an environment for reflection and space to assimilate what you are learning and taking in; allow a step-back from the classical workshop environment of intense focus and output. Instead, workshop time is combined with moments set aside for mindfulness, nature walks, yoga sessions, or sitting quietly in an inspired spot – all opportunities to re-fill the creative well. The Retreats + Workshops, 
lodging, dining, movement and mindfulness sessions, bonfires, and other activities all take place at the pristine Lake Logan Retreat Center in Canton, NC, approximately 40 miles west of Asheville, NC.  During your stay you will also have opportunities to enjoy quiet outdoor spaces,
wildlife walks, lake views, canoeing, and swimming.  

The September 11 – 16, 6-day, 5-night Retreat workshops taught by: 
instructor-artist Rebecca Crowell and author-poet-instructor Roger Housden
Spaces are still available. The all-inclusive price is $1549 - Follow this link for all the details.

The October 19 – 25, 7-day, 6-night Retreat workshops taught by: 
instructor-artist Lisa Pressman and author-instructor Laura Hendrie
Spaces are still available. The all-inclusive price is $1679 - Follow this link for all the details.

Back from Taos and The Poetics of Place

• Tuesday, May 05, 2015 •

Highlights From Our Retreat with Workshops; The Poetics of Place, 
Taos, New Mexico

A week ago, those of us who attended “The Poetics of Place,” at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan Place in Taos, New Mexico, were trying to get settled back into our daily routines in the “real” world. But we carried with us the glow of our time spent together in this extraordinary place among such exceptional artists and writers. Our teachers, artist Rebecca Crowell and writer Cecilia Woloch, created a fertile atmosphere in which students were encouraged to draw from both the present environment and the past artists and writers who had stayed in this same house over the years to bring forth new inspiration in their own works.  Take a look below at a photo journey of our event.

The Mable Dodge Luhan House

The Artists with Painter-Instructor Rebecca Crowell ~ The Writers with Poet-Instructor Cecilia Woloch

The Food is Art at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Kitchen at the MDLH with Chefs - to the side board

The Idea of "The Poetics of Place" was for artists and writers to consider the creative ancestors who stayed 
at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in the past - (D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, to name but a few) 
and to contemplate the role of "place" in the work to be done, during the Retreat-Workshop, and after. Above are pics that show
a meaningful exchange between the artists and writers where a painting inspired a poem that inspired another painting.

Most nights we held "Salons" after dinner. Rebecca Crowell presented on the artists who were hosted by Mabel at her house. 
One of the striking paintings is above, left, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930-31. 
Some of us went with Rebecca to visit the church. What a living "sculpture." It was after hours and the church was closed.
We had so many questions 
about the church and its history. In the above far right photo you can see the Priest of this church
who happened upon our group 
and blessed us with a history of the church, the early missions,
the Tiwa Peublo native Americans and Taos. We later returned to view the 
Church's "mystery painting."

Another session that was powerful for all who attended, was when the Instructors swapped groups, providing an interdisciplinary session.
Above is Poet-Instructor Cecilia Woloch leading the artists in a creative writing session....

...while Painter-Instructor Rebecca Crowell first gave a demo of painting
with cold wax medium 
and then the Poets painted.

The Above show excursions to the Rio Grande Gorge, art in the studio, poets visiting the studio, 
an evening salon, and an excursion to see the "Earth Ships" of Taos (on Earth Day).

Norma Hendrix, Executive Director of Cullowhee Mountain Arts