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 Algonquin Park Retreat
 

Algonquin Plein Air Art/Yoga Retreat

July 30th - August 3rd 2024

5 days 4 nights 

$695.00 per person - $300.00 dep due upon registration

 

We are excited to announce out first annual Algonquin Park Retreat!

( 5 days, 4 nights $695.00 per person. $300.00 deposit required upon registration, balance due two weeks prior to event )

 

 

Algonquin park, the treasure of central Ontario will be our location for another spectacular workshop. 

Join us for this five day tent camping adventure July 30th- Aug 3rd 2024. This is an amazing opportunity to spend time outdoors with like-minded creatives in one of Canadas most diverse and stunning landscapes. We have planned a magical week with daily artistic activities, yoga and opportunities to canoe, kayak, paddle board and hiking. Inspiring  evenings under a blanket of stars and restoration in nature.

 

*Catherine Matisse local yoga instructor will be providing yoga/meditation sessions 

 

Art has always been integral to the Algonquin Park experience! Algonquin Park, ON – Tom Thomson (1877-1917), one of Canada’s most
important and influential artists created a distinct approach to portraying rugged Canadian landscapes, particularly in Algonquin Park. Thomson’s images are characterized by intense colour, bold brush strokes, and evocative moods. We will explore the beautiful lakes and capture breath-taking scenes, colour and light at all hours of the day. All of the locations we will paint will be in close proximity to our camp site. However, you can venture out on the many trails available and lake views.  The park is full of unmeasured beauty just waiting for us to paint. The mid-week timing will help us avoid the masses of people who visit the park on weekends. What better setting to inspire your next masterpiece?  

 

 

This workshop is for all levels and will focus on painting outdoors. Artists will learn
to quickly gather the necessary visual information needed to complete a painting in the field. 

Learning how to simplify a landscape and interpret color and value relationships
in order to create depth will be a primary focus of this workshop. Other

fundamental concepts will also be discussed including:

how to compose and design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges.

There will be demonstrations, critiques and lots of one-on-one instruction.

 

 

My workshops are geared for one on one attention to each and every participant. I love painting, but I also deeply love teaching.

I will spend time with each of you guiding and teaching as you:

* Explore 'How to see simply' (break down and design a complex scene), compose and sketch your painting

* Values in black and white, values in color, the light planes and building depth

* Evaluate color choices and value massing, color theory and color mixing

* Plan and execute the three phases of the painting. Learn to paint in set phases

* Add the accents and highlights

 

 

Included:

Camp site fees

Parking pass

Meals (all meals prepared and provided at camp site (exception one dinner and one lunch and local restaurant) 

(All cutlery, dish-ware, cups, utensils, paper towels etc) 

All art supplies 

Paddle for guided “paint paddle” art project 

Yoga/meditations sessions

Tea, coffee, water 

 

Not included: 

*PARTICIPANTS ARE TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN MESS KIT WITH PLATE, CUP AND CUTLERY

*PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN SPECIAL SNACKS, DRINKS, INCLUDING ALCOHOL

Camping supplies (list of suggestions will be provided upon registration also see below) 

Tent

Sleeping bag

Pillow

Cots, blow up mattress etc. 

Kayaks, canoe, paddle board rentals 

Transportation to and from park

This retreat is sold out!!!

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WHERE ARE WE CAMPING?

Lake of Two Rivers Campground

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Visit www.lakeoftworivers.ca
click the Lets Go button!

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ITINERARY

NOTE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON WEATHER. BE PREPARED FOR A FLUID WEEK! LETS HOPE WE HAVE LOTS OF SUNSHINE :)

Day 1 (Tuesday July 30th)

Arrival - 2pm Check in tent set up (lots of helping hands for this)

3-5 pm                 Orientation

6:00pm                Dinner 

8:30pm                Opening Campfire Ceremony/Meditation 

Day 2 (Wednesday July 31st)

6:45-7:45 am          Beach Yoga Sunrise

8:30-9:30 am         Breakfast

9:45-11:45 am       Art Workshop

12-1 pm                 Lunch

1-2:30 pm              Break

2:30-5 pm              Art/Hike

6:00 pm                 Dinner

8:30 pm                 Campfire *Fire Log Intention Ceremony

Day 3 (Thursday August 1st)

8:30-9:30 am         Breakfast

9:45-11:45 am       Art Workshop

12-1 pm                 Lunch

1-4 pm                   Art Gallery/bring sketch books

6 pm                      Dinner

8 pm                      Sunset Yoga on Docks

9:30 pm                 Camp Fire (optional)

Day 4 (Friday August 2nd)

8:30-9:30 am          Breakfast

9:45-4:30 pm          Paddle Art Workshop

6 pm                        Dinner at local restaurant

8:45 pm                   Closing Campfire/Meditation

Day 5 (Saturday August 3rd)

Departure - Checkout dismantle site/pack

8:30-9:30 am           Breakfast

2pm                          Check out                          

Final goodbyes

*option to go hiking, visit area further at your own leisure 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

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DIRECTIONS

A PACKAGE WILL BE PROVIDED CLOSER TO OUR DEPARTURE FOR DIRECTIONS TO OUR CAMPSITE 

Location

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*CANCELLATION POLICY: YOUR DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE IF YOU CANCEL AT ANYTIME PRIOR TO THE RETREAT DATE. YOUR ENTIRE PAYMENT IS NON REFUNDABLE IF YOU CANCEL LESS THAN 1 WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR RETREAT UNLESS YOU CAN FILL YOUR SPOT WITH ANOTHER PARTICIPANT. 

FACILITATORS

Its always important for me to create a team with a wide range of skill sets and talents! Id like to introduce to you Catherine Mattice and Alison Ray. I have known Catherine and Alison for a few years, and feel tremendous gratitude they will be accompanying us during our week to Algonquin!!

Thank you kindly ladies!

Michelle

Yoga Instructor

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In 2001, after 20 years working in corporate marketing, PR and communications, Catherine stepped away from the office and onto her mat to discover the magic of yoga. Hooked after the first downward dog, she inadvertently discovered a new life path.  Over time, the principles and practices of yoga directed her towards the beautiful healing energies of Reiki and meditation. Catherine completed her 200 RYT as a Hatha Yoga instructor with Barb Leese in 2012. Constantly seeking to expand her knowledge, she has attended over 150 hours of therapeutic yoga workshops with various international yogis. She completed her final certification as Master Reiki Healer in 2016. In addition to offering individual Reiki healing treatments, she also incorporates a group Reiki healing at the end of every yoga or meditation class during final savasana. Catherine also leads group meditation classes, in person and online.

Outdoor Leader

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Alison is an elementary teacher who is in her 26th year of teaching with the Upper Grand District School Board. She has taught Grades 4 - 12 and especially loves her current grades, 4 and 5. Alison lives in Guelph with her husband, Heinrich, and is enjoying rediscovering her love of art, specifically painting, as both of her children are off to post-secondary education. Alison met Michelle at one of the Collingwood retreats two years ago and the retreat ignited a passion that she had put aside for years. Alison is now a regular member of Michelle's immersive class and soaks up everything 'art' when time permits. She is looking forward to retirement! Alison and her family have been visiting Algonquin Park for over twenty years and they spend a good portion of every summer in the park as her children work for a company on Canoe Lake. Alison brings her knowledge and love of the area to this retreat and is helping to navigate and manage the camping logistics. 

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