“Earth, air, water and fire: do you know what they are? Earth, air, water and fire-and the soul as well; it is I.” Rumi
All matter has a fourfold structure which the ancients attributed to the existence of four elements – Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.
In today’s day and age, not much attention is given to these elemental concepts and consequently, we find ourselves “…lived by powers we pretend to understand.” James Hillman
We catch glimpses of how the elements and archetypes play out in our lives by noticing what affects us and how we respond and react to the world around us. By taking time to reflect on our behaviours and attitudes, we can move into a deeper understanding of these energies and begin to live more consciously embodied, vital lives.
The distribution of the elements and where they operate in our lives can be seen in our individual astrology charts. The reason a birth chart is drawn for the exact moment of the first breath is because it reveals the individual’s unique attunement with the energies of the universe.
Drawing on their combined and personal experiences and knowledge in astrology, process art and mythology, Michelle and Theresa’s
ELEMENTAL ODYSSEY SERIES
will help you discover how the elements and archetypes play out in your personal chart… and through process art, movement, sharing, ritual and meditation set a process in motion that will guide you to imagine new ways to work with them.
“…we will recover our sense of wonder and our sense of the sacred only if we appreciate the universe beyond ourselves as a revelatory experience of that numinous presence whence all things came into being. Indeed, the universe is the primary sacred reality. We become sacred by our participation in this more sublime dimension of the world about us.”
Thomas Berry. The Great Work.
Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring remind us of the cyclical nature of existence… birth, life, death, till, sow, reap.
The seasons open up windows of opportunity for us to reflect on where we are and what we are doing with our lives.
Our four Seasonal Retreats offer you the opportunity to renew your life force in peaceful, nurturing and beautiful environments.
We spend time together as a group, make art inside and outside, walk in nature, nourish ourselves with delicious food, laugh, play and connect.
These weekends will allow you to simply drop into your essence, without any agenda and free of the distractions of normal daily life.
“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning . . . . The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. . . . .And creativity is what makes life worth living“. Marion Woodman
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Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands
Your Soular Power Guides
As a qualified Counselling Astrologer, Artist, writer and all round Explorer of Life, Michelle uses a multi-faceted approach to help people understand themselves, navigate their lives and develop their true potential.
Michelle has attended workshops and retreats with some of the worlds leading Process Art facilitators and has been leading her own Art & Soul retreats and workshops for the past 17 years
Lover of imagery and adventure, Theresa in in awe of the wisdom and restoration offered up by process art, animals, nature, music and dance.
Ongoing student of Imaginal Psychology, she loves reading and photography and spends more time than she probably should pondering the imponderables!
Comments from some past retreatants
Being able to express my creativity and tap my inner-most process which is usually obliterated by day-to-day life, feeling infinitely safe and guided in the most compassionate and accepting manner – these are just a few of the things I truly love about the Art & Soul weekend retreats!
This weekend was filled with warmth, support, expansion and many, many “aha!” moments for me. I left feeling energised, transformed and honoured to have been part of it all. I was surrounded by spiritual partners, who supported my growth and changes and saw through my fears and excuses, refusing to allow me to be anything less than Who I Really Am. This kind of interaction, creative expression and healing is exactly what the world needs now, more than ever, and my deepest gratitude goes to Michelle for making it a reality.
“I can honestly say that out of all the transformation and spiritual work I have done in the last 20 years this is the most profound. The reason being that people (including me) process and transmute their “stuff” with such speed but also with such gentleness and in the most loving environment. And this happens without people having any intention even of processing stuff. It just happens in the most miraculous, soft and beautiful way.
Michelle combines the most powerful meditations with free flow clay sculpture and art. It is art with no agenda, no required outcome except to be 100% present and in the moment and to enjoy. The retreat is also punctuated with beautiful walks, free flow movement, energy healing work or whatever seems to be “right” in the moment.