Nature's Creativity Art Retreat with Susan McMillan
If you long for a break away from the norm, the freedom to experience the present in beautiful natural surroundings, whilst exploring your creativity among like minded people - then join us on the stunning Scottish Island of Mull for this life-affirming, never to be forgotten adventure!
Venue: Achaban House, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull
Dates: Friday 10th - Wednesday 15th June 2022
Duration: 5 Days / 5 Nights
Price: Achaban House (shared room)- SPRING SALE PRICE £840 UNTIL 14th APRIL!! (REGULAR PRICE-£930)
Pay deposit of £280 now and your remaining balance before 15/04/2022.
There will be a £90 single room supplement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferences at time of booking.
Summary of what YOU will experience...
Arrive at Achaban House on Friday evening and enjoy an evening meal whilst meeting your hosts and fellow guests.
On Saturday morning following light breakfast. You will join visual artist Susan McMillan and for the next 2 hours begin your introduction to her workshop 'Nature's Creativity' where Susan will aim to have you leave your inhibitions behind and have fun with your artwork! Light lunch to follow then you will continue the workshop, learning to draw relating the texture of the subject matter to a variety of drawing tools. In the evening following dinner you will have the option to regroup or perhaps go for a walk around nearby Loch Pottie or Fionnphort or there's always the wood fired hot tub...!
On Sunday following breakfast we shall learn a few mindfulness techniques with Margaret Lilley which we can then use to go on a mindful walk. The morning workshop with Susan will integrate some of the sights, sounds and feelings of nature into your art work. Following lunch you will have a free afternoon regrouping for dinner.
Monday following breakfast you will join Susan to create your own artwork using, if you wish some of the techniques learnt. Free afternoon.
Tuesday is left free for you to do as you wish whether you wish to explore the area, continue with your art work or just relax.
Depart Wednesday following breakfast. You will be given a packed lunch for your journey.
There will be ample free time for you to explore the beautiful surrounding coastline and countryside around Fionnphort if you wish to either experiment further with your artwork or explore the surrounding area of Mull and Iona. We are happy to help with any advice on travel /organised trips available within the surrounding area. Susan will be on hand at any time should you wish more guidance with your artwork. Optional mindfulness meditation sessions will also be available. We will offer an optional trip to Mull Willow for a 3 hour workshop where you can be taught by local artisans to create either a willow and wood birdhouse or a fruit or bread basket at a cost of £50 per person, all tools, materials and refreshments are included (please enquire at time of booking). If a packed lunch is preferable at any time please ask our caterer Anna is always happy to help.
The Isle of Mull- the second largest island of the Scottish Inner Hebrides- is surrounded by crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Ben More is Mull's highest mountain and only Munro (mountains in Scotland with elevations of at least 3,000 feet) and can be viewed from the beautiful port of Fionnphort and the neighbouring picturesque Isle of Iona-only a 10 minute ferry ride away. Iona has historical links to Christianity dating back to 563 AD including Iona Abbey and Nunnery. It has also inspired many artists both past and present including Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, Samuel John Peploe and John Lowrie Morrison. The islands are alive with wildlife, lush vegetation, fascinating geology and history.
You will be spending five amazing nights in Fionnphort at the beautifully restored Achaban House situated only a few minutes walk from the banks of Loch Pottie. Achaban house has large established gardens with wildflowers growing in summer, several seating areas and a recently installed wood fired hot tub.
The house itself is tastefully decorated, every bedroom has it's private bathroom, the sitting and dining areas have wood burning stoves.
Rooms: 2 x Twin (1 ensuite & 1 with private bathroom), 1 x King (ensuite), 1 x Double (ensuite), 1 x Single (ensuite), 1 x 5 bedded room with 3 single and 1 bunkbed (ensuite)
Local Mull caterer Anna Mockford has been extremely popular amongst our retreat goers. Let Anna nourish your body with delicious freshly cooked meals, bread and cakes baked daily whilst you focus on you and your retreat experience.
All meals are plant based using the freshest, locally sourced produce with fresh meat and seafood options. Teas, coffees and fresh fruit are always available. All food preferences catered for.
- 5 nights accommodation (Venue non-smoking).
- 3 Catered meals per day- light breakfast, lunch and dinner with dessert. Freshly baked bread and cakes daily. Fresh fruit. Tea and coffee. Packed lunch on day of departure.
- 4 x 2 hour Art sessions with Susan McMillan with additional guidance over the 5 days.
-Mindfulness Meditation sessions including a Mindfulness Walk.
- All art supplies required for workshops. Feel free to bring your own sketchbooks etc.
What's Not Included:
-Your transportation to and from the retreat.
-Alcohol will not be served, although you can bring your own if you wish a drink with dinner.
-Old clothes/ overalls. Susan's workshops can get messy!!
-Optional trip to Mull Willow for 3 hour workshop (additional cost of £50)
Margaret has a deep belief in the healing power of nature, creative activities, mindfulness, meditation and fun! A 20 year background in nursing during which time she lived extensively overseas, led her to an appreciation of both western and eastern medicine, and a true love of experiential travel.
Bringing like minded people together in beautiful locations, creating life changing memorable experiences is a dream role for Margaret as your retreat coordinator and 'go to person'. She will be a fully qualified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher in February 2022 and a Reiki Practitioner and looks forward to expanding and integrating these roles within Peace Lily Retreats.
'The practice of Mindfulness can be integrated into every part of our daily lives. The simplicity of living in the present moment is a useful tool to allow a more calm, peaceful approach to life and clearer decision making, easing the anxieties of modern busy lives whilst improving overall mental health and reducing stress induced inflammatory ailments.'
Susan is known for her use of mixed media and will demonstrate ways to encourage your artistic creativity. 'The aim of this workshop is to immerse yourself in creating artwork for the fun of it, we will use a variety of tools to explore mark making (not all conventional!). We will use nature to provide us with inspiration and materials to paint with and to sketch the natural world.'
Susan's workshop 'Nature's Creativity' is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists who wish to 'loosen up' their drawing and painting skills by learning many of Susan's abstract techniques. Media used during the classes include inks, fluid acrylics, pastels, chalk and charcoal.
Susan McMillan is based in South Lanarkshire where her work is on sale and she holds regular workshops and exhibitions.
Please note we will be running our retreats in keeping with all the latest COVID-19 Government Guidelines and will inform you of any changes. Please ensure you read our COVID-19 policy and all terms & conditions prior to booking. We recommend you have your own travel insurance before travelling. For further information please call 07834529187 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org