BALI RETREAT 2018

Another intense, creative and amazing retreat on the beautiful, symbolic island of Bali April 2018. Read more about it here.

Below are images created in the Bali workshop exploring Mother Father

STAGE ONE:

STAGE TWO:

STAGE THREE:

Mother Father - Stage 1

Participants use this drawing to get into the flow of family, colouring in the picture. While they are colouring, they think of what the image reminds them of – does it bring back any memories? Have they had any dreams involving mother or father figures, either their own or archetypal images? Does the symbolism for mother and father in this picture resonate with their ideas of these figures in your life, or their role as a mother or father? Does the image mirror participants' feelings about family life, marriage and birth? Do they have darker memories and dreams? Are the mother father roles reversed for them? Perhaps the images and symbols are reminders of stories and fairy tales, which they think about as they colour. 

Mother and Father in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 1 of the mother father workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017

Mother Father - Stage 2

In this drawing the decoration of the mother and father figures have been simplified, so that participants can explore their own ideas of these archetypes, rather than have the artist’s symbolism imposed on them. They start by treating the drawing like an inkblot, turning it round and looking from different aspects, seeing if any shapes or symbols emerge, then add their own symbols, shading, people, animals, and characters from fairy tales. It is not about making a ‘good’ drawing or not, just letting the ideas flow .

Mother and Father in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 2 of the Mother Father workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017

Mother Father - Stage 3

This page gives participants space to make a note of symbols, memories and dreams conjured up by mother father and family. They can draw their own family, create a collage from other images or make written notes. They can add photos of their own family if this feels relevant. Adding stories and fairy tales, and exploring the meaning of these and symbols from other sources adds depth. It is important to remember every symbol has its own meaning for us as individuals, so paying attention to how colouring and exploring these ideas has felt is key. 

Mother and Father in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 3 of the Mother Father workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017