Visual Art & Meditation

A weekend retreat at Ananda Ashram

March 17 - 19, 2017

Creative energy comes from a sacred place within us. When we learn to connect into the source of our creativity, we step into the flow of our authentic expression. 

Do you want to discover or renew your creative practice through visual art? Would you like to infuse your art making process with intention? Come spend the weekend tuning inward and nurturing your creative spirit. You’ll be guided through experimental and practical drawing exercises and learn to use an art journal to interpret and record your perceptions with simple painting and collage techniques.  

Guided meditation and centering exercises will be part of each studio session. We will discover how these types of practices can offer a similar experience to making art. When we cultivate our ability to pay attention, we begin to establish a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our connection to the world around us - tools that are invaluable in creative endeavors. 


  • Instruction in drawing and working with mixed media (paint & collage) in an art journal
  • Meditation and contemplation practices throughout the weekend related to awakening creative energy
  • Inspiration from the natural beauty of the woods and lake at Ananda Ashram in the quiet of late winter 
  • Nourishing vegetarian meals 
  • The beginning or renewal of your creative practice, with support and tools to continue at home
  • All art materials are provided for the retreat. You’ll also receive a spiral bound sketchbook (art journal) to use during the retreat and take home with you


Ananda Ashram 

13 Sapphire Road 

Monroe, NY 10950


$440 Semi-private room 

$400 Dorm room

Rate includes all art and meditation sessions, an 11" x 14" art journal to keep, two nights' stay and six meals at Ananda Ashram. Transportation is not included.


Email  kristievalentine76@gmail.com

Or call (917) 348 - 0378

Pay for the retreat through Venmo or PayPal 



FRIDAY, March 17

Check-in  4 p.m. 

Dinner  5:30-6:30  

Studio art session  7:00-9:00

SATURDAY, March 18

Optional morning meditation  7:00-7:30 a.m. 

Breakfast  8:00-9:00 

Studio art session  9:30-noon

Lunch  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Studio art session  2:00-4:00

Dinner  5:30-6:30 

Studio art session  7:00-9:00

SUNDAY, March 19

Optional morning meditation  7:00-7:30 a.m.

Breakfast  8:00-9:00

Studio art session  9:30-noon

Lunch  12:30-1:30 p.m.

Check out  2:00