Mix It Up

Series of 4 stand-alone afternoon workshops (available to both 'Mix it Up' and 'Retreat Mode' participants)

(Afternoon Elective)

Would you like to spend some time in a range of stimulating, creative sessions that give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills? This Afternoon elective offers a choice of four distinct workshops, each led by a different Arts professional and focusing on a different topic.  You can either attend all or some of these workshops by selecting 'Mix it Up', or 'Retreat Mode' for your afternoon elective choice. Each workshop runs for 2.75hrs. Read about the 2018 workshops on offer below:

Finding Your Unique Creative Voice - Michael Henderson - Monday (Option 1)

The "voice" of good artists is often immediately identifiable. You look at a painting or read a poem or watch a dance and you can often say, "I know who did that."  Yet, for many creatives this "voice" they are looking for remains elusive. This workshop is about helping you to find your unique creative voice, whatever your practice. We will go through some exercises to help you discover and clarify your own unique creative voice, then connect your own creative influences and experience together to help you see what makes you UNIQUELY YOU.

Michael Henderson really just likes to create things. He has been in many exhibitions for painting, animation, sculpture, short story writing and poetry. All of this, plus his experience of the grace of Jesus, comes together in his creative expression. Michael has formally studied both Visual Art and Film (University of Western Sydney) and Theology (Morling College, Sydney). He lives with Tiffany and their two kids on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Michael really likes skateboarding, motor racing, and getting lost. Overgrown lawns make him smile: to him they are a symbol of freedom in a carefully controlled world. Michael's art website link: http://www.fortysevenandone.com

Introduction to Photography as Christian Contemplative Practice and Visio Divina - Monday (Option 2)

During this session we’ll talk about photography as Christian contemplative practice and how we can use it to enhance our spiritual lives. You may be familiar with meditating on the written Word as a way to listen for God’s voice.  This form of deep, heart-centred prayer helps us encounter, understand and respond to God’s activity in our lives.  This process, called Lectio Divina where we read, reflect, respond, and rest; can also be applied to pondering on beauty in art or creation (called Visio Divina). 

We’ll learn the Sacred Seeing (Visio Divina) technique using images (you can bring an image you love or a photo you have taken or use one supplied). We’ll also begin the process of taking out own photos outside. Please bring your journal to write your reflections. 

This introductory session forms the first part of four in the full afternoon elective stream titled 'Contemplative Practice' which for this session only is open to 'Mix it Up' and 'Retreat Mode' participants.

Jennifer Taylor became passionate about the positive impact of art when teaching photography at a community photographic centre in Canberra. She studied photomedia at Canberra art school and later completed a B.Vis.Arts (glass) at the South Australian School of Art in 2006. Since then she has undertaken paid and voluntary work as a community artist, mostly working with disadvantaged groups. For more than 10 years Jennifer has been involved in the Christian Meditation community and feels called to open people to the Creator through creative arts practices. Having recently qualified as a transpersonal (spiritually focussed) art therapist, she plans to offer workshops and retreats using art to develop and deepen faith and spirituality as well as offering one-on-one art therapy sessions. 

Poetics 101 - Joel McKerrow - Tuesday (Option 1)

Come and join Joel Mckerrow as he walks you through his poetic writing process.

Joel Mckerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, lecturer and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012) and has toured extensively through Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the USA. He was co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013), is a TEDx speaker/performer and the frontman poet for the band Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few. Joel’s theatre show The People of the Sun, co-written with Anna McGahan, also recently debuted to sold out and raving audiences throughout Australia. Joel has been published numerous times including his first published book of poetry, Beyond Rhetoric – Writings in the Tradition of Kahlil Gibran (published by UNOH publishing in 2012 with foreword by Fr. Richard Rohr). In 2013 he released his second book of poetry, These Wandering Feet: Reflection from a travelling pilgrim (published by The Poatina Tree). He has released three spoken word/music albums and his writing has been published/featured within – Australian Stories for the Soul (Strand Publishing), Spirituality for Youth Work (Cambridge Scholars Press), Mindfood Magazine, Going Down Swinging Literary Journal, Gestalt Arts and Culture Journal, Red Letter Christians, New Urban World Journal and Relevant Magazine. Joel also recently won the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Short Story Award.

Sound Works - Karlin Love - Tuesday (Option 2) 

Using colour and groove to set a mood, make space for emotions, and launch inner journeys.

This hands-on/ears-on workshop explores ways to listen to and use different aspects of musical sound and style. We'll do some imagination work translating feelings and qualities of things to qualities of sound. We'll use that to create soundscapes and different kinds of ambience, then possibly look at music for wordless worship, multi-media, creating song backings and transformations. I'm interested in using purely wordless music to create contexts for inner reflection and adventure. I also have a fascination with taking familiar songs and hymns and giving them a different vibe. Bring your favourite instrument or sound-source. Voices are welcome, but we'll focus on sound more than words.

Karlin Love is a free-lance composer, performer, researcher and teacher. Born and raised in the USA, Karlin taught woodwinds, theory, composition, improvisation and music education at the University of Tasmania in Launceston from 2008 until 2010. Her works have been played in Australia, Europe, China and the USA by student, amateur, and professional performers. Her music has been recorded by Clarity Quartet, University of Tasmania Wind Orchestra, the Chordwainers, and broadcast on ABC and local radio.

Karlin is especially intersted in acoustic timbres and relationships and finds making real people create unusual sounds expecially rewarding. She has written numerous pieces that gently introduce students and amateurs to unconventional techniques and sounds. As a performer, she especially loves improvisation. She has a deep (undoubtedly out-dated) background in Christian worship music and a perpetually uneasy relationship with it. Work that sits closer to her heart includes her 'There is a River' project on forgiveness, instrumental duets, and water (2006); and 'In Music, In Stillness': a music/reflection experience for the Tamar Valley Peace Festival in 2017. A taste of Karlin's music: https://soundcloud.com/karlinlove

Food, Art and You - Heidi DeNardo - Thursday 

Have you given up the thought of eating wonderful delectable food because you or someone you need to cater for have 'special dietary needs'? Or feel you really should do something about your health and food choices, but are struggling to know what to do? In this elective we will look at a change of mindset and how this affects our food choices.  We'll engage our five senses, lifestyle experiences, social and emotional responses to discuss and explore how to listen to your body and God - all whilst making some delectable and healthy food that will make your mouth water! 

Heidi DeNardo's fascination with food, nutrition, aesthetics (visual appeal), growing food and meeting people’s individual needs started back in her childhood and has been honed over many years as she sought to address her own life and health struggles. Heidi has an Advanced Diploma in Home Economics, plus a BA with Dip Ed in Food, Design & Textiles.  She has extensive formal and informal hospitality training and experience and has also completed her 1st year Adv Dip in Nutritional Medicine.  Having been diagnosed with Graves disease (Over active Thyroid) in 1998, Heidi is passionate about the healing properties of food, and loves teaching others how to make healthy nutritional foods that can address a wide range of health issues. Heidi firmly believes that good healthy food can be all that you want it to be - scrumptious, tasty, ‘party in your mouth’, have the wow appeal AND satisfy all your dietary needs, whatever they may be! 

Crafting Story 101 - Joel McKerrow - Friday 

Come and join Joel Mckerrow as he walks you through a process for story-telling within fiction writing.

Joel Mckerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, lecturer and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012) and has toured extensively through Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the USA. He was co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013), is a TEDx speaker/performer and the frontman poet for the band Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few. Joel’s theatre show The People of the Sun, co-written with Anna McGahan, also recently debuted to sold out and raving audiences throughout Australia. Joel has been published numerous times including his first published book of poetry, Beyond Rhetoric – Writings in the Tradition of Kahlil Gibran (published by UNOH publishing in 2012 with foreword by Fr. Richard Rohr). In 2013 he released his second book of poetry, These Wandering Feet: Reflection from a travelling pilgrim (published by The Poatina Tree). He has released three spoken word/music albums and his writing has been published/featured within – Australian Stories for the Soul (Strand Publishing), Spirituality for Youth Work (Cambridge Scholars Press), Mindfood Magazine, Going Down Swinging Literary Journal, Gestalt Arts and Culture Journal, Red Letter Christians, New Urban World Journal and Relevant Magazine. Joel also recently won the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Short Story Award.

Flame-worked Glass - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Flame-worked Glass is also offered as an alternative single Afternoon 'Mix it Up' Elective on each of the 4 afternoons. Only 2 places are available per afternoon (4 afternoons available) to those who have selected Mix it Up or Retreat Mode for their afternoon elective choice. Visit the Flame-worked Glass page for more details. Places awarded on a first come first served basis.  To register for one of these places, please select 'Mix it Up' or 'Retreat Mode' AND select this elective on the registration form. Participants will be notified of their allocated afternoon upon arrival.

Mix It Up is offered as an Afternoon Elective series in 2018, and these stand-alone workshops can also be attended by those who have selected 'Retreat Mode' as their Afternoon Elective choice.  Each workshop runs for the full 2.75hr afternoon session.

 

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