Bali is a small island in Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, after India, China, and the US. Since I am going all that way, why not have two trips? My second workshop, which is actually the first chronologically, will be with Lisa Pressman August 29-September 5, 2015. We have chosen the east side of the island, away from the tourist centered cities as the location to create Capturing the Essence of Bali Mixed Media Retreat.
We will stay in the fishing village of Amed with its volcanic beaches and small fishing boats called jukungs lining the shore. It is surrounded by rice paddy-lined hillsides and the jungle, all emptying into the Bali Sea with Mount Agung looming nearby.
Our destination, The Golden Buddha, Pazzo Cottages and Villa Paradiso, all owned by Rob Friedman and his partner, Wayan Menu.
Capturing the Essence of Bali in a quiet village will be the setting and inspiration for our creative work. Using mixed media (pastels, oil pastels, oil sticks, cold wax and paint) we will be informed by the culture and landscape in a retreat-like setting. If you haven’t used cold wax before, it’s an interesting medium to work with, it really challenges you to incorporate mark making, layering, and plays handily into Lisa’s favorite mantra, “what if you scraped back, exposed this or obliterated that?”
Lisa’s approach will be to have us gather ideas for inspiration in different ways to find our artistic voices. She is a firm believer in that traveling invigorates and challenges creativity. Part of this workshop will include creating a book of experiences which will feature photographs, sketches, and ephemera that will function as a source for future projects. We will be experimenting with our materials in daily creative exercises and using our cameras or phones to help to define our own vision. Writing assignments, discussions and collaborations will expand our visual language. While observing and experiencing the landscape, color and light around us, participants will create a series of small works on paper.
Lisa’s work is quite stunning and she is a patient, generous teacher who will also make time to talk about our professional practices and how to expand them, if that is your goal. If you are here to just play and expand your skills, that’s great, too.
Rooms of Anais Nin by Lisa Pressman
Underneath by Lisa Pressman
List To Do by Lisa Pressman
The Plan by Lisa Pressman
Shifting Space by Lisa Pressman
We will start each day early before the heat interferes with our creativity and leave the afternoons free to swim, snorkel, dive or explore, meeting again in the evening for dinner and one night, a cooking class. Breakfasts and most lunches will be at the Golden Buddha where we will also have our classes. Rob has a what he promises to be an easy 1-hour Road to Bangle Hike that we will do one morning, and we will visit the local outdoor market in the town center with its many different types of crafts and foods. We will also visit the Amlapura marketplace and visit a silver smith while there. Our big travel day will be to visit the Lempuyang Temple with its 2,000 steps to the very top, and to the walled-in village of Tenganan where double ikat weaving is still practiced. This is the only place in Indonesia to see this weaving and one of three in the world. This is a very special treat.
Price for Workshop – $2800US
Seven nights accommodation
Airport transfers to & from the Denpasar airport on arrival and departure days only (this is a 3-hour journey each way … the scenery is breathtaking)
Opening night cocktail party
Five days of morning workshops with Lisa
Opportunities for private time with Lisa for professional development advice
Daily Breakfast and lunch
Cooking class taught by local Balinese chefs in Golden Buddha’s open-air kitchen using fresh local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques and equipment
One-hour Balinese massage at the day-spa at Golden Buddha
Day trip to Lempuyang Temple, and to the walled-in village of Tenganan
Special outing to Amlapura to visit silver shop and market place
Final evening dinner and party with special Balinese dancing
What is not included:
Airfare to/from Bali
Indonesian customs fees (entry and exit – approximately $30)
Alcoholic beverages (other than at opening dinner)
Travel insurance (highly recommended)
Additional excursions and spa treatments
A $1,000US nonrefundable deposit is required to secure your spot on this trip. The final balance is due June 1. There are no refunds or exchanges at any time for any reason. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but we have costs already incurred to reserve the retreat venue. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
You can read my previous posts about Lisa and her work here, and here. You can listen to Lisa talk about her practice in this video.
To reserve your spot or ask a question, please use the contact form below.