Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Retreat Weekend

This weekend was Portland Art Collective's spring retreat. 21 of us headed to Menucha on the Columbia River Gorge for a weekend full of art, food, laughter, rest and lots of inspiration.

The grounds of Menucha were at their springtime peak with lilacs and rhododendrons in full bloom.
A great variety of moss to be found in the woods:

And even some garden art tucked in:

Here is some of the group hard at work. No telling what the others were up to.

Didn't get good pictures of all the great projects going on, but here's a little sampling.
Jill worked on intricate paper dolls:

Sandy's watercolors:

Suzanne's soldered charms:

Z'anne's zentangles:
Diane's paper birds in their early stages:

Cynthia's fiber necklaces:

Lorraine's journals:

Tammy's fabulous fiber garden:

Tory's crown:

And I worked on hand stitching prayer flags. I'll show more of these later.

It was a great weekend with laughter that brought me to tears a number of times. Always the mark of a perfect retreat.


Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

Ah, those tearful laughs are the best! Looks like you all had a great time creating. You making those prayer flags in anticipation of the Journey retreat next year? Hint, hint...xoxo

lynne h said...

sigh... prayer flags...


Jacky said...

Fun, Fun, Fun !!!! Always lovely to go away on these art retreat weekends. Such beautiful photos (thanks for sharing them all) and I do love your prayer flags. I must get back to mine...they have been neglected these past months.

Always inspirational to visit your blog.

Jacky xox

Jan said...

Wow, that is practically a creative overdose! What wondrous things you all are making in such a fabulous place too. You are so fortunate to have that group.

Dayna Collins said...

Such a wonderful recap of a wonderful weekend.

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks for sharing all of your photos, Robin. It sure was a great weekend.

Tory Brokenshire said...

I like Cindy's hint hint- funny. Your photos are great what fun it was! My word verification word is SPOOMMO nice word to say out loud.