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 the sea

STAGE ONE:

STAGE TWO:

STAGE THREE:

The Sea: Stage 1

This drawing is used by participants to get into the flow of the sea, 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 about the sea? Do the images and symbols they are colouring mirror their feelings about crossing the sea, being in the sea, or watching it? Do they think of the sea as somewhere exciting and calming, or frightening and too deep? Perhaps it reminds them of stories, myths and fairy tales, which participants can think about these as they colour.

The Sea in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 1 on the Sea workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017

The Sea: Stage 2

In this drawing the sea has been pared back to the main components, so that participants can explore their own ideas of the sea, 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, and seeing if any shapes or symbols emerge. They add their own symbols, shading, people, animals and characters from fairy tales, perhaps using collage. This is not about creating a ‘good’ drawing or not, just about letting the ideas flow .

The Sea in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 2 on the Sea workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017

The Sea: Stage 3

This page gives participants space to make a note of symbols, memories and dreams conjured up by the sea. They can draw their own ocean, create a collage from other images or make written notes. Adding stories and fairy tales, and exploring the meaning of these and symbols from other sources, while focusing on personal meaning adds richness.This puts them in touch with how comfortable they are with exploring the really challenging depths of one's unconscious mind, and how far down into the depths of the sea they are happy to go. It is ok to feel some dark and scary things – writing and drawing them are part of the process. But the sea can also be a place of excitement, calm and happy memories.

The Sea in Bali:

Images below were created in stage 3 on the Sea workshop on our Bali Retreat 2017