Sculpting for a Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit
No gym membership needed
Suitable for beginners and those with experience.
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th October 2021
Fire Sticks by Pat Davidson
You've thought about it, maybe promised yourself "one day", so come immerse yourself in a creative environment & develop your creativity through sculpture with artist Pat Davidson.
Spend time drawing under first class tutoring with a great local artist & educator, versatile in a range of media.
Pat will lead you through processes & techniques:
Learn the difference between working 2D & 3D,
Make 3D forms in different media,
Increase your skills- if a beginner- BEGIN. If proficient learn from someone of great ability,
Enjoy it in the now, plus take home a range of sculptural techniques,
Create at least 6 different artworks,
Give yourself permission to spend time nurturing your creative side,
Current research shows numerous creativity is good for us on lots of levels, even if we don't see ourselves as artists. What a statement!
There is evidence in a wide range of places showing creating helps our mental health, our intellect, our general health.
Benefits from creativity range from stress release, to brain plasticity, emotional resilience, intelligence and attention. It has been explored in hospitals with benefits for the patient and carers. It has benefits with memory, even people when there is a serious brain disorder.
Watch 'Can Art be Medicine?' from Art & Therapy.org
Sculpture Container by Pat Davidson
View of Mountain View cabin at Fosterton Retreat
Combine this with the benefits of nature by enjoying the wildlife, with wallabies, birds & plants at your door.
Use your art to help you connect with nature when you make an Earth Sculpture from the local environment.
Be inspired by artists from all over Australia in the renowned 'Sculpture on the Farm',
Pat is a great teacher who loves to draw the best out of students as well as generously share what she knows.
Remember, creativity is never just about a product or a medium it is also a journey of the soul, so...
Be encouraged & encourage others on the shared journey of creativity through sculpture and a yarn circle. PLUS
Stay overnight and sit around the fire pit, under the stars sharing stories of success & failure, because this is where we learn the most (See Brene Brown's video 'No vulnerability, No creativity. No tolerance for failure, no innovation.')
And you can book in with Max a one-to-one coaching session or a facilitated labyrinth walk to dream the next step in your creative life story...
Sounds great- tell me more...
Who is this for? For beginners to experienced artists.
For people who have never sculpted or
For those with a lot of experience,
For those wanting to grow their creativity, or
For people looking to enjoy a weekend in the country with a fun activity thrown in.
So, get ready to create!
Refuge by Pat Davidson
When? Friday 8– Sunday 10th October, 2021.
Arrive any time from 2pm Friday and stay as late as 4pm Sunday
What will we do?
At least 6 different techniques = making 6 different artworks.
Pat will teach everyone sculpting techniques that you can just enjoy at the time, use at home, develop further, or for teachers, incorporate them into your class room.
Pat uses accessible techniques and materials:
Through manipulating paper,
Learn to carve homemade sandstone: this technique Pat developed mimics sandstone but is easier to carve ,
Create an Earth sculpture from the environment itself,
Use waste as a sculpture material,
Fabric & plaster freeform sculpture,
Manipulate wire for ‘A Sign in Space’ sculpture.
Limited to 15 places- this is a boutique experience with a small group at the artistic Fosterton Retreat. Both residential and non-residential places available. Keep reading to see your investment & options.
Save the date, come along to develop your creative skills through sculpture (no matter what your skill level).
More about your tutor, Pat Davidson:
Pat is a practising artist & educator, has a Master of Visual Arts, (with Distinction), has taught across a wide variety of creative & visual arts areas. She is skilled at helping people develop their individual creativity, loves swimming in the ocean & is inspired by messing about in nature.
Pat has taught a variety of people: children, young people, & adults, including people with disabilities & special needs.
Pat continues to teach & keeps developing her own art practice.
Not sure? We are so excited to present this weekend & are happy to talk about it with you so call or email us to see if this is a good fit for you & share this exciting weekend event with others.
Bronwyn & Max
0439 500 909 or 0490 663228
Early bird discount
To receive a 10% discount on the retreat cost.
Friday 8th October
Make your way early to the lovely Dungog region. Visit Sculpture on the Farm (in 4 locations) , enjoy a meal in town, or a picnic by the river.
Arrive at Fosterton Retreat (only 12 minutes drive) Friday night & settle into your room, gather to meet Pat & other like-minded people. Learn, experiment & play with art materials, flexing those creative muscles, as Pat guides you into this playground.
Later sit around the fire pit with Max & Bronwyn & begin to dream your creative story,
Saturday 9th October
Begin the day with a silent-self-serve breakfast.
Gather out on the hillside to welcome the day, using gentle movement & a creative exercise to connect you at all levels with nature around you.
Then come together to be guided & inspired by Pat.
What to expect
For the full retreat experience arrive at Fosterton Retreat for a weekend of creativity, laughter and immersion in beauty.
Wake up each morning in your chosen accommodation, to the sounds of birds and the stretching over the valley with paddocks and bush at this edge of the view that stretches to the Barrington Tops National Park World Heritage Area.
Use this time to be nurtured by nature and let it fuel your art & your deeper self.
At night unwind under the stars around the fire pit to allow all that you've learnt to sink deep into your being.
This weekend is not a stand-alone experience but something to take home & build on.
Organise with us to arrive by train- come from north or south to our Interwar Functionalist style railway station.
For full terms & conditions for retreats click here.
Saturday 9th October (cont'd)
Enjoy a casual lunch followed by more creating.
Saturday night head into Dungog, to be inspired by the local artists and the historic town. Eat dinner in town at one of the boutique eateries. Later, once again enjoy an 'under the stars fire experience' as we contemplate what gets in the way of our creating.
Sunday 10th October
Gather on the hillside with art & physical exercises to let go of those things that stop us & hold those things that inspire us, again connecting & learning through nature around you.
Partake of a silent-self-serve breakfast before coming together to play more under Pat's guidance.
After a casual lunch finish off your works.'
Enjoy afternoon tea and a closing ritual to help you take your experiences from the weekend to relate & grow them into your everyday life.
Your investment for the weekend:
Full Retreat Friday to Sunday includes:
A boutique retreat experience with limited numbers (16 max),
Tuition from talented local artist Pat Davidson,
2 afternoon teas, 2 suppers, 2 evening meals (1 in Dungog), 2 lunches, tea, coffee,
Night time under the stars, around the fire pit (weather permitting) sharing stories of failure & success,
Morning pre-class activity connecting your creative side with the beautiful nature around you,
Accommodation on the property with all linen provided,
Visit to the artistic & historic town of Dungog,
Access to the swimming pool & spa,
Accommodation at Fosterton Retreat (see options below).
The chance to have a one-to-one coaching session or a facilitated labyrinth walk to dream about your creative journey,
Most art materials.
Early bird discount:
Book and pay the full fee before September 1st, 2021 to receive a 10% discount on the retreat cost.
Alcohol & soft drinks
Transport to the retreat
Your investment for the full retreat =
$405 + your accommodation costs
Live locally & want to be a day participant or want to hang out while your partner creates? See below
Non-residential day participants: $350
Tuition with renowned artist Pat Davidson,
Limited numbers (16 maximum total),
Friday night supper,
Visit to the artistic & historic town of Dungog,
Tea, coffee, 2 afternoon teas, 2 suppers,
Non-residential participants are welcome to join us in Dungog for dinner on Saturday night, at their own expense,
Only a few day places are available.
The chance to book a one-to-one session or a facilitated labyrinth walk to dream about your creative journey,
Book a one-to-one coaching session or a facilitated labyrinth walk, for just $50
Choose your accommodation:
Well appointed cabins:
Valley View -2 people, Queen bed, 1 bath, $ 150 p/night
Mountain View -2 people, Queen bed, 1 bath, $150 p/night
In Mountain View bring 2 more friends to stay in the single bunk beds at only $50 ea p/ night
Shared accommodation in the comfortable Fosterton House (5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
King room- 2 people, King bed, $ 120 p/ night
Queen room- 2 people, Queen bed, $110 p/ night
Double room- 2 available, 2 people, Double bed, $100 p/ night
Shared single bed room- can take 2 people, Single beds, $70 p/person p/night.
Suitable clothing, footwear & toiletries
A sense of fun
A few simple art materials, a list will be supplied 1 week before the retreat for all paid retreatants.
King Room Fosterton House
Queen Room Fosterton House
Bunk room in Mountain View
Double Rooms Fosterton House
Shared single bedroom- 2 bottom bunks available
Non-participating partners welcome:
Includes: meals as per full retreatant & accommodation.
Conditions apply: Partners must share a bed designed for 2 & amuse themselves through the day without infringing on the art tuition.