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California Retreat Oct. 2009!!!

My Artist Within...this week


The Voice of Bold Action

October 9th-12th 2009 .  Northern California

with Whitney Ferré

Author of The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit


There are moments in our lifetimes when we have a choice.  It is a choice between bold action or no action.  This retreat is about finding the voice that will inspire you to bold action in your personal, business, and spiritual life.  In this left-brain world, the voice in our heads is our left brain voice.  While this voice is valuable it is the “inner critic” and the worrier.  Your right brain voice, your ARTIST WITHIN, is the voice of unlimited potential.  It is the voice that whispers, “You ARE capable of greatness,” “It is safe to pursue your dreams.”

MC Yogi sings about Ghandi who once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  MC Yogi serenades us with, “Mahatma it means ‘GREAT SOUL’ and it’s inside of us just waiting to unfold. If you follow your heart and act real bold, next time it will be your story that is told.”

 You have a story that is waiting to unfold.  Join us in the pristine and inspiring surroundings of Northern California where we will create the memory of a lifetime and launch your own personal mission to create the life of your dreams!

Where we will be!  Dutch Flat, CA

 During the three day workshop you will create change on the blank canvas and the paper while physiologically accessing the part of our mind that will empower us to create change on the canvas that is our life!

Our creative exercises will include a mixed media painting that will embody the elements we want to manifest in our lives and an image of our “Artist Within” & a “Creatively Fit Sketchbook” within which you will create and store your “Creativity Workouts” and learn how to access your subconscious for bold ideas and motivation, create a vision for your future, and meditate to relax and erase stress.  We will compliment our studio time with walks in the woods, quiet time by the lake, & centering yoga sessions to relax and unwind.

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Retreats & Workshops
December 22, 2008, 7:02 pm
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Turning the ABSTRACT into REALITY

Abstract Painting Workshop

With Whitney Ferré, author The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively FitExample of Whitney's Abstract Painting


Do you need to create change?  In your career?  In your personal life? 

You are the artist poised in front of the blank canvas, but the next step still eludes you.  In this workshop you will learn how to manifest change in your life through the metaphor of the blank canvas.


Whitney Ferré, author of The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit, will introduce you to your right brain voice, your artist within.  When you tap in to this voice you are able to consciously access an entirely new way of thinking.  When you change the way you are thinking you inherently gain different perspectives and new ideas!  The more you get to know this new voice, the more empowered you are to create change.


During your time together, Whitney Ferré will show you how to step by step create change on the canvas and your life.  First, you start with what you have on hand.  Collage pieces, fabric and mixed media are painted on to the canvas to create interest and texture as you take stock of where you are in your life or career and what tools you have available to create change.  The next step is to define what it is you are trying to create.  As you outline your design on canvas, you will define your dreams and goals so you can focus your energies in that direction.  Once you have defined your design, you lay in color, more mixed media, and gold leaf.  As you tap your right brain voice, your artist within, you will brainstorm new ideas and how you can apply them to the canvas that is your life.  Finally, we take a step back from our canvas to gain some objectivity and decide what colors we like or don’t, where we need to create change.  Then we add different shades of the colors we like and change the ones we don’t.  On our life’s canvas, we decide which of our ideas inspire immediate action, which ones we will strive towards and where we need to harness the wisdom of others. 


In the end, you leave with a finished abstract canvas, a new-found relationship with your Artist Within, and a personal design for change!


This workshop is perfect for entrepreneurs and business leaders, who recognize the importance of innovation and of instilling creativity in their organizations, and for any individual who is in a state of transition, wanting to re-create elements of their life.   View images of Whitney’s work on the gallery page of her website: 


Workshop length:  Ideally 2 days.  First day, 2-3 hour workshop.  Second day, 4-5 hour workshop.  Can be completed in one, 8 hour workshop. 


Fee:  $200 per person + supplies.  Does not include facility fee.



Little Black Purse in the Woods 


The Artist Within, A Retreat

A Retreat Created to Inspire, Renew & Empower

With Whitney Ferré, author The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit


These retreats are held at inspiring locations around the world and seek to inspire participants to create change!  As Whitney Ferré introduces the right brain voice, the Artist Within, through her workshop, “Turning the Abstract into Reality” (see above) the experience is enhanced through yoga, meditation, and creative journaling in order to completely integrate the newfound inspiration into body and spirit.  This retreat is only for participants who desire to manifest change in their careers or personal lives.   Contact Whitney Ferré for schedule of retreats or to create a retreat exclusive to your group-business or other.


Retreat length:   3 days. 

First Day:       Meet Your Artist Within, 1 hour

                        Transition from Left to Right Brain, Yin Yoga, 1.5 hours

                        Your Life, the Blank Canvas, painting 2 hours

Second Day:  Stretching your Beliefs, yoga session, 1.5 hours


                        Artist Within.Right Brain dialogue, creative journaling, 1 hour

                        Creating Change, Step by Step, painting 2 hours


                        Artist Within dialogue, creative journaling, 1 hour

                        Empowering our Right Brain, painting, 1 hour

                        Silencing the Critic, meditation session, 1 hour

Third Day:     Celebrating New Strength, yoga session, 1.5 hours


                        Your Artist Within, painting, 2 hours

                        Step by Step, Your Life Canvas, journaling 1 hour


                        Manifesting Change, collaborative creativity, 1 hour


                        Your Artist Within.Front&Center, art show & wine tasting, night