Monthly Archives: May 2017

Return to Salt Spring Island?


At Large Workshops – Salt Spring arts Council

I was an Airbnb manager last summer on Salt Spring Island so I’m going to keep posting artistic opportunities both near and a bit farther away. The picturesque SSI as well as the slightly closer Gabriola are now on my Artist Way ‘radar’. I post then strictly for FYI purposes. I’m not advertising or endorsing any particular artist; just bringing to your attention some upcoming wonderful classes and workshops scheduled at various working artist’s studios.

The May 25th start for the 12th, yes 12th Artist Way creative cluster is a ‘go’! I started facilitating groups originally in the dining room of my character house in downtown Penticton. My friends said that I had the biggest dining room AND a table with two leaves to expand the table to accommodate twelve participants so I was the other-appointed, not self appointed leader!

We collectively journeyed through the 12 themes of the first book which led to the second, ‘ Walking in the World’ book which almost led to the third book ‘ Finding Water, the Art of Perseverance but alas the momentum was sadly lost over the Christmas, season not to be picked up until a few years later. 

When I sold my home shortly after I retired to move to Nanaimo I contacted the Unity Church of Nanaimo to see if they’d like to sponsor an Artist Way group in their building on East Wellington Road.

They did! So I conducted a number of successful sessions which led me to seek off site locations. I remember vividly that I strongly felt that I wanted to be near or overlooking the ocean because I felt drawn to facilitate Julia Cameron’s book ‘ Finding Water.’

And it came to pass better than I could have possibly imagined because a penthouse condo was offered to us as a location for all twelve weeks! So we were both near AND overlooking the ocean and the Nanaimo Yacht Club right in the heart of the city.

Because I was a snowbird in Mexico for half a year I have also led groups in Mexico. The first group was right in my living room in Centro Ajijic and for the second group I pulled out all the stops and booked space in the Wellspring Retreat Centre in Centro San Miquel de Allende. In both Mexican grupos we even attracted one lone male in each group!

So that’s the basic time line which leads up to this exact moment in time where we are once more on the brink of stepping on that magic carpet ride. 25th of May; a new moon, no less! 

Miracles/ milagros guaranteed.

Seriously.  Of course, this was also my reaction to Julia Cameron’s book jacket with her perhaps twenty year old picture.