Friday, 9 June 2017

Whidbey Island Workshop June 2017

    

Nature as Metaphor
A one-day Art Workshop
Friday, June 30th
 On Whidbey Island

Brought to you by Artist, Art Teacher and Art Therapist
Katie Flowers
Visiting Whidbey Island from Lamma Island in Hong Kong, China

Check out her arty website at: http://wildatart.co/

Using the Seed as a metaphor for aspects of our life, we will walk the land, make our own mini seed guides and create our own multilayered Visual Seed Journal reflecting both what we see and what we don’t see.

Is there change afoot in your life?  Enjoy some mindful art making and nature time, while you experience and contemplate life.

10am-5pm
$75
Includes all materials 
( bring your own lunch) 

 We have 12 places available and will take sign ups on a first come first served basis.

Please contact
karinabergenvoigt@gmail.com
to reserve your place!


At Whidbey Island Waldorf School on 100 acres of forest trust land.



Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 Creative Offerings!

Welcome to another exciting Wild at Art Year everyone
I hope 2017 brings you renewed creative energy, Claire and I have lots of exciting workshops for you to  fire up your creative soul and new Wild at Art Wellness opportunities as well as a new Lamma Island workshop location.
January 
"Dreams and Visions Mandalas" 
Alive Wellness, Central  
Thursday January 19th

February
Mums and Daughters 
Singapore 
Saturday Feb 18th ( Full ) 

March
Rising Goddess Girls Day
Platform, Sai Ying Pun 
Saturday March 4th

Spring Mandalas
Alive Wellness, Central  
Wednesday March 15th 


Joyous Journalling Day
Studio 29, Lamma Island
Saturday March 18th

Mums and Daughters 
Aberdeen ( Full 

April
Easter Mandalas with Claire 
Alive Wellness, Central  
Wednesday April 19th

May
Marvellous One Day Mandalas 
The Secret Garden, Tai Tam : 
Saturday May 6th

Midsummer Mandalas with Claire 
Alive Wellness, Central
Wednesday May 17th

June
Nature Journalling Day  
Whidbey Island, WA, USA
Friday 30th June
Watch this space for further updates and details, look forwards to catching up with you this year.

Yours Artfully

Katie 
xxxxx


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Art, Nature and Mindfulness weekend

Wild at Art 

invites you to join
our 9th Weekend Art Retreat
Novemver 2017 

Come and find your connection to nature
through a weekend of artmaking and mindfulness.
 Take time for yourself
reawaken
restore
refresh
with hands on Artmaking
Using Mindfulness, Art and Experiential Nature activities people will explore ways to “be” in a beautiful outdoor environment.


You will:
Create a handmade meandering journal 
Make outdoor artworks
Learn photography with and without a camera
Sketch, doodle, print, paint and collage

Katie Flowers and Claire Kirk
Come and Retreat with us for 2 1/2 glorious days

At
University of Hong Kong 
Kadoorie Research Centre 
Your fabulous weekend includes:
  • 2 nights accommodation ( twinshare) 
  • All meals, drinks and treats
  • Experiential Nature Walk 
  • All Art Materials and a "Bespoke Artkit "
  • Tips and Insight Guide for your practice beyond...
  • Teaching from two fully qualified Art teachers
  • All transportation from Hong Kong Island: pick ups and drop offs
( We accommodate small groups, to make sure that we can provide individual attention and teaching.) 

Secure your place on this all inclusive weekend
$5,700

Early bird price before Oct 12th
$5,500

RegisteNO!

contact me

Katie Flowers
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
for currency conversions and payment options.

What others are saying......


People have attended Wild at Art Retreats from as far away as Australia, Beijing, Singapore and England!!

In fact many people have attended several Wild at Art Retreats !

The mandala weekend was a fantastic chance to spend some time trying something new, meeting new people, meeting creative challenges all with lots of tea and cookies - a real win-win all round. Extremely well organised, with lots of support should you need the help. Materials are all provided which is a very nice touch. You are taken through the process step-by-step so you never feel overwhelmed. The atmosphere is calm, relaxed and fun. Altogether a superb art retreat!  Thank you!

Katherine Chiu,March 2015 


The entire weekend retreat is organised with extreme professionalism, but also with heart. The attention that Katie and Claire put into every detail, from the pick-up bus, to the scrumptious treats, to the abundance of materials and resources, ensure a successful weekend for all the participants. These two amazing hostesses create a safe environment where you cannot help but unfurl your creative wings and take flight. I am always surprised at the beautiful things I create by the end of every retreat. Katie and Claire’s guiding support, generous encouragement, and genuine affection do wonders for my soul every time I join them on one of their art journeys. 


Doina Tonner, March 2015

Being at one of Katie and Claires` workshops is like going away for a very special holiday with your creative self. The formula is fun and the work is really play. Each step is demonstrated clearly and carefully to allow participants to feel confident and the work that grew and blossomed was truly inspiring. We all rejoiced in the collective as well as the personal achievements of the group. A really restorative energising weekend. Thank you WILD AT ART for a great time!

Roz Keep, Oct 2014

My time with Katie and Claire at the WAA Retreat was fabulous! I loved all aspects of the weekend: The creative process, painting techniques, design tips and expertise shared by these two talented artists and art educators. The friendships formed and conversations about 'works in progress.' The tranquil setting, culinary delights and moments of good humour. I would highly recommend attending a WAA Retreat. It provides time for you to discover, challenge and extend your artistic skills. Katie and Claire create an environment in which you feel safe to take creative risks and they offer their support every step of the way.

Sarah Brockie, Oct 2014


What a much needed gift to the self---to have space and encouragement and time and music and supplies and teaching all together, allowing for such a rejuvenating, creative experience.  Claire and Katie are beautiful beings that make you feel at ease, nurtured and inspired the whole weekend.  It is overall a must-do experience that is truly an opportunity to be simultaneously still and expressive.       

Cara Whitford Oct 2014

The Wild at Art Retreat is a unique experience. You are welcomed into a calm, creative setting where you are gently nudged outside your creative comfort zone.   You’ll make incredible art and impress yourself. You’ll be taken care of and treated like creative royalty. You’ll have a blast!

Kerry Murphy Oct 2014

Katie and Claire are inspirational teachers who give you confidence to develop your own style while teaching you skills that they have and making you believe they are your own. They are true facilitators and lovely people too. Loved my week end with excellent teachers, great food  and lovely company.


Sue Lloyd Oct 2014

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Rising Goddess

Come and join me alongside a wonderful group of inspired teachers who will take you on a journey through your chakras ....each week  a class will offered that intentionalises and celebrates the energies of each chakra in turn. This provides you with an opportunity to to pay attention to all parts of your multi dimensional selves. All these classes will be amazing! You can join one or all of them..............


7 special classes including: 


Scrumptious Cooking class with Ayelet Idan

Making Mandala's with Katie Flowers

Aromatherapy with Lilian Fung

Heart Yoga with Charlotte Douglas

Kirtan with Cristina Rodenbeck

Intuition & Psychic development and Higher Self Connection Michelle Harris.....

Sign up NOW ! 

with Michelle Harris

see you in class ! 
Katie

Monday, 4 January 2016

A wild and very Artfilled year!

Happy New Year Wild at Art Family! Its been a very busy full on Art Filled year for 2015! How exciting and there's always more art adventures to come !  Claire and I have spent some fabulous weekends with you all, here's a small peek at your creative moments! 


Wild at Art Joyous Journalling May and November 2015

2 x wonderful weekend workshops at the Aberdeen Boat Club where Claire and I watched you all transform a blank sketchbook into a place of personal art-play fun and exploration. People experimented with materials, practised sketching collage and painting and went home and then did even more ! 


Wild at Art Mums and daughters May and October 2015

Mums and daughters came together to co-create, and honour each other and their relationship whilst making a truly  personalised "art shrine" for themselves. These were joyous and thoughtful day workshops; we were honoured to share your thoughts, stories and creativity.


Wild at Art Mandala Journey weekends April and October 2015

These retreat weekends in the mountains continue to bring joy to the Wild at Art bosom! Watching people begin an artmaking practice and also deepen that practice through their artistic experiments, is exciting, stimulating and nourishing for all of us !


Wild at Art field trips, April 2015

In April Claire and I were lucky enough courtesy of HKIS to get to travel the  NAEA Art conference in New Orleans and work with none other than the Journal Fodder Junkies, fabulous blokes who teach art journalling! Very special and we were of course also forced to enjoy the magic of New Orleans and all that Jazz!  As a huge contrast I then returned and travelled to Cat Ventura's Body Mapping Art Retreat in the spring time, sakura filled countryside of Japan painting in the open air and enjoying  tea ceremonies and onsens.


Wild at Art summer UK workshops July 2015

Very luckily for me, the wonderful Lu Shorthose invited me to teach at the Surrey Wildlife Trust this summer and I spent a wonderful day sketching in the outdoors recording the landscape and various "small moments" with a trusty group of local sketchers, followed by a Mandala day at Eve's Garden Studio in Hampshire, attended by local creatives, my family and friends and even people from Hong Kong ! Thanks to Christine Dodd who runs this lovely studio at the Weyhill Farm.


Call of the Wild Soul Liverpool 2015

Alongside my lovely COTWS art friends in UK, we attended a 3 day journalling workshop with Orly Avinieri in the amazingly vibrant city of Liverpool ! What fun, its great to be challenged to move into new territory and outside comfort zones to try new ideas! I continue to art journal throughout the year, it's a compulsive practice which I love as I can pick it up and put it down wherever I am !


My own mandala paintings 2015

I continue to grow and build this practice, from small canvases to the 2 x foot square commission I have just finished for my lovely Yoga Teacher, Charlotte Douglas. These images are currently being printed into a range of greeting cards and will be available in about 3 weeks!


Last of all, workshops 2015 ! 

I started the year with Mandala workshops at Jenny Smiths Yoga studio, then offering a summer afternoon at the Red Door Studio and ended the year with gorgeous winter wonderland and Xmas mandalas at the Alive Wellness Centre.

Claire and I have also been beavering away in our waterfall artroom with the glorious young children of Hong Kong International school, if you would like to follow those arty adventures please check in The Magic Dot.


What a great artful year its been and wonderful to be growing this fabulous family of creatives who are travelling the journey with myself and Claire! Look forwards to working with you all during 2016 for more Wild at Art adventures !

I leave you with Karen Ward's Star Wars Mandala and will only say this............

May the Force be with you ! 
Create, you must!

Artfully yours
 from 
Katie 

Monday, 9 November 2015

and why is Journaling so Joyous !?


I have always been a journaller.....and I think i might blame my mum !!!  Always giving me special notebooks with tantilising super sharp pencils, which was highly invitational to my chatty mind! I also owned those wonderful lockable diaries which I filled, with written and visual stream of consciousness snippets as well my stories, scrap pictures and poems .....throughout the tween and teen years.....


And not just me, maybe you too!  Our captivation with Facebook is testament to the fact that we are quite driven to document our daily lives, our thoughts and our hobbies, and so an art journal can become a place where we do just that: document our inner world and yet dialogue with our selves rather than an outer audience.


Sometimes pages can be all about some positive self talk !!





Sometimes a page might be sketchy and all about what I have seen that day 
But why bother to Art Journal ?

As a practicing artist and art teacher, an art journal can be a wonderful place to play, experiment and articulate those thoughts and our daily experiences, without words and without it taking the shape of a conventional diary. An art journal  can grow into a place to source new ideas, grow inspirations, and play with the dreams that flow in and out of our conscious or even sub conscious mind.

The great thing about any kind of Art Journaling is that you do not have to be an expert in any special art method ! And you do not need an art studio.
Art Journaling can be Art-on-the-Go, can happen in a small space and is for absolutely anyone who fancies a creative dabble and a play. It can be as shareable as you like……you may not wish to share your journal pages with anyone at all !!!
If you’re put off by the word ‘journal’ and envisage tomes of self-reflective writing, don’t worry! Art Journaling is 50% of “Play” which means experiments with materials, colours, textures and patterns ...........

And 50% of “Something to Say” which really means to give a voice to something calling to be expressed...... ie: the impending departure of number one son ! 
Some pages are all about doodling anyway !!!

I use many kinds of sketchbooks, many of have been made for me or given to me and I do have a whole collection of luscious bookage waiting to be filled! I also make my own books using watercolour paper, stencils and a range of mixed media methods just like these.

So if you have a compulsion to fiddle, dream and play inside a sketchbook, to experiment in the privacy of your own journal......to play being arty where no one can see or judge you !

Visual Journals are a voyage of discovery where ideas, imaginings and observations can be brought into existence. They are sites for gathering information, exploring possibilities, making connections, resolving problems and thinking through the stuff of everyday. 

Kit Grauer
On the Art Journal Junkies workshop in New Orleans 
Me at Desigual and the Artwalk with Vicky
Doodle Play
A positive psychology self talk page ! 

Within us all there is a silent language that chats inside our head each and every day, if you would like to process some of your minds chatty thoughts, or ponder some of your own thoughtful questions, celebrate your daily small and wonderful moments.....


  • Come and learn to Art Journal with Claire and I, on the Joyous Journalling weekend coming up !!
  • Come and play you may not know yet what you have to say..... your art pages will give you a place to play and perhaps reveal the truth of inner world far more fluently than words can alone. ....

Joyous Journallers from May are coming back  Why don't you join us....
get in touch with me 

Katie Flowers on 
wildatartweekly@gmail.com

to find out more !!!!

If you have attended a previous JJ weekend then please feel free to drop in for one day this time round.



Thursday, 15 October 2015

Family Magic with Mums and Daughters !

This last weekend saw Claire and I once more in the gorgeous harbour-side room of the Aberdeen Boat Club with 7 wonderful Mums and their Daughters who had come to take part in our second Mums and Daughters Art workshop day.
 We doodled together 
 We chatted as mums....
 and as daughters 
 Sharing ideas
 We wrote to our mums... 
 We wrote to our daughters
 We shared those thoughts 
 
 We made secret pockets to collect our special momentos

 We then collected pictures and words to express our favourite thoughts about each other 

 Created "ourselves" within our love letter 
 Sharing our process side by side with our mums all the way 
 Just look at the amazing "love shrines" we made to each other! 
 Then we showed each other 
Two of our mums had come for the second time with their other daughter, which is testament to the value that they place on spending that kind of quality time with each sibling equally. 
Its a great privilege for Claire and I, to share the conversations that prove to us that we all have similar or parallel feelings about parenthood, and that it really is OK !  Most of all to witness the unfolding of such a gentle creative process and the intimacy that it creates between mums and their daughters. 


If you would like to join our Springtime Mum and Daughter workshops, 
contact me 
Katie Flowers 
on
wildatartweekly@gmail.com

What our mums say:

Thank you so much to both you and Claire for a really wonderful day on Saturday. Marianne came home and continued her doodling with my youngest with her new pens! I would love to do another day with you so do keep me posted on upcoming events.

Donna Titley


Thanks again as it was truly wonderful day and the main takeaway for me was just how seldom we actually carve out time to really be with our children whilst they are still small and young enough to appreciate it rather than just taking them places and dropping them off. The pace of day was perfect to get you into the mood of slowing down and being in the moment. It was also really nice not to have too many activities packed in. Lunch being provided meant it was hassle free and such a nice way to divide the day up.

Cat Preston


It was really lovely to have a whole day to just be with Ava (given that I have two daughters) and create side by side with her. Ava is very inspiring to me, because she is such a creative little being.
I think personally because I had already done the workshop with Lily, it was important for (and to) Ava to have the same experience as she really looks up to her older sister. It also was my need to give them both the opportunity to experience the workshop, especially after I had such a wonderful time with Lily. What was great was that the experience felt different with both children, so I would def. encourage other mothers who have more then one daughter to do the workshop, because it won't feel the same twice.

Erin Wright



A special honouring to my very own mum Bernadette who is the inspiration of so much that I do today :