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.

The Arts - 4 Great Reasons to "Get on Board"

• Tuesday, August 12, 2014 •

There are less than 10 more days left to purchase tickets for the Cullowhee Mountain Arts "Drawings for Art" annual fundraiser

For as little as $20 you have the opportunity to have your ticket drawn on August 21, and become the recipient of one or more pieces of art, generously donated by our 2014 Summer Faculty - all artists of national and international reputations. Wow!

...and you will be supporting Cullowhee Mountain ARTSthe non-profit committed to supporting the personal and professional development of every artist and writer, whatever their level, by providing the setting and facilities for intense learning, art making and writing -- all shared in community.

Here are 4 great reasons why supporting the arts is such an important and enriching thing to do:

1. Stimulates the Economy

Not only do patrons of the arts spend money on the event they are attending, but they also tend to spend an average of $24.60 per person per event at local shops and restaurants. Patrons often visit longer which in turn causes them to spend more money at local businesses because patrons of the arts seek out more culturally authentic experiences. If a successful art venue is created it will attract more new businesses, create new jobs, and support existing businesses. 

2. Improves Quality of Life

Having an active artistic community creates a more vibrant way of life for those in the surrounding areas and makes the community more attractive to both current and future residents and employees. Artistic influences increase academic performance, stimulate creative thinking, enhance problem solving skills, and encourage team building.

3. Healing Benefits

Art therapy is becoming more widely used and the use of art with patients has been shown to lead to shorter hospital stays. It also increases better pain management, improves mental health, and decreases use of medication. Even though Art Therapy is a very powerful tool,  just having access to art and creating art will result in a healthier, happier lifestyle. 

4. Social Impact 

Art bridges gaps between cultures, integrates people regardless of religion, ethnicity, and race. The impact art has on our social well being is incredible. Studies have shown that a community with a higher concentration of art has lower poverty rates, increased social cohesion, higher civic engagement, lower student drop out rates and higher GPA's. 

Sadly, the arts are not self-supporting!

In a wonderful article entitled "Giving Money to the Arts Does Not Make You Evil," Jennifer Rivera explains the importance of supporting the arts:

"In the United States, if people do not support the arts with charitable donations, not only will the arts not thrive, they cannot really exist. Art organizations already have little to no government support, but they cannot operate with standard business models in order to make a profit because that defeats the purpose of making something artistic as opposed to making something that is just commercial."

Please take a moment to support CMA - it is as easy as a click of this link and selecting the art work/s you would like to have in your home or office. 


Huffington Post

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Cecilia Woloch at Lake Logan

• Sunday, August 03, 2014 •

Poet Cecilia Woloch
to teach the workshop,

“Deep Waters, Sturdy Craft”
Lake Logan Retreat Center 
 Canton, NC, 40 miles west of Asheville
September 15 – 21, 2014 

Come to beautiful Lake Logan in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Enjoy seven days  of refreshment for your creative spirit while immersed in an intensive poetry workshop with  internationally acclaimed poet Cecilia Woloch. Supplementary to the workshop are nature  walks, fire circles, mindfulness sessions and movement sessions. Massages can be scheduled in  the late afternoons. Participants will stay in charming private cottages and cabins on the 85-acre  lake, with rocking chairs on the back porches and vistas of wilderness and serenity.

Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen said, “If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” Where have you not gone, yet, in your writing — that place that seems beyond language, perhaps, but that language might take you, still?

In this
workshop, we’ll focus on using the craft of poetry to move into deeper waters in the creative process, in order to achieve both precision and depth in our writing. Suitable for those just embarking on a creative journey as well as for accomplished, practicing poets who are searching for new sources of creative energy and new challenges, the workshop will be geared toward exploring both the mysteries of the creative process and the discipline of the writer’s craft. We’ll read and discuss the work of master poets for inspiration, then engage in a series of generative writing exercises designed to take each poet toward deeper sources of material and new approaches to using language.

Then we’ll share that work with one another and offer feedback on revision aimed at bringing the writing to its fullest fruition. The workshop environment will offer a safe place for creative risk-taking and a rigorous but compassionate community. We’ll work together with an awareness of and a respect for each writer’s individual voice and unique vision, also helping each writer to clarify that vision and look toward the body of work that might emerge from the individual poems. We’ll replenish the creative well each day and then dive back into it, refreshed, replenished, emboldened to go farther still, to do our truest, most authentic and most compelling creative work.

Cecilia Woloch is an NEA fellowship recipient and the author of five acclaimed collections of poems, most recently
Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Her novella, Sur la Route, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015. Recent awards include the Indiana Review Prize for Poetry (2014). The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of creative writing programs and teaches independently throughout the U.S. and around the world.