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INSPIRED! (article first published : 2008-05-26)

Expect an explosion of your unique creativity when you sign up for INSPIRED! Held in some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful natural places, these uplifting weekends of creative connection are designed to support clarity of vision and foster free and full expression of each individual’s potential.

The next workshop will be held at Umdloti Beach on June 7 and 8 and is open to everyone, regardless of talent or experience.

“Founded on the belief that each one of us is inherently creative, it will start with an in-depth clearing of creative blocks. This will be undertaken with lightness and humour. Then, from a place of inner stillness, many forms of expression will be explored through creative play. Interwoven will be painting, crafting, music, poetry, movement and drama. There will be space for introspection, journaling and connection to nature as well as pure celebration of life,” say facilitators Jane Ross and Margaret Rogers, both university qualified Drama specialists with wide experience in the fields of creative Arts and alternative healing.

The workshop costs R750 pp and will run from 10h00 on June 7 through to 17h00 the following day. As there is a festive evening session with a light supper on the Saturday night, participants are encouraged to stay over. In which case, for an additional R245 pp sharing they may be accommodated at a nearby B&B with magnificent breaker views.

“We are running the weekend as a retreat,” says Margaret. “A lot can happen overnight and people really need to give themselves time-out to relax fully and allow for gentle integration away from the demands of every day life. The sea with its changing tides is a great metaphor for the creative flow and will obviously be a strong presence.

“We aim to create a peaceful nurturing atmosphere for creativity to arise naturally, whether one is a professional artist practising in a chosen field, or simply a person longing for direction or fulfilment of some deeply buried potential.”

For more information and booking, contact Margaret on 072 553 8647 or 031 267 0569 or email: margaret@blissful.co.za or phone Jane on 083 483 0025 or 031 568 2247 or email: janeross@telkomsa.net




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