For people who wish to explore their creativity and their connection with nature and spirit in the magnificent surroundings of Ghost Ranch. Art making can be a contemplative practice in observation and execution, a way of fine-tuning the eye, hand, and spirit. When the making of art dances between the natural world, the artist and a sense of spiritual listening, the collaboration often reveals inspired beauty, often sense of delicious inquiry or profound power and sometimes insight. What more powerful and appropriate place for this exploration than Ghost Ranch? Participants will forge a deeper relationship with the natural world, expand their artistic skills and vision and create some inspiring visual works. The rhythm of the days will begin with morning workshops and instruction in drawing/painting – both plein air and in the studio. We will even make some of our own paints. There will be time for hiking (at one’s own level) and opportunities for reflection and meditation. The afternoons will be flexible. Participants can further immerse themselves in art making, in hiking or they may choose to explore via horseback or take trips to local artists’ studios. Group field trips may include a trip to O’Keeffe’s home and/or the White Place and participants will have time to pursue other activities of their own choice such as horseback riding, O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, (some of which may require additional fees) Tours specific to O’Keefe’s life and work at the ranch, along with yoga classes and massage are also available. Evenings provide the option of slide talks and time to share ideas and work. Each day will include time in the natural landscape, actual art instruction, art making, time for reflection and discussion. EXERCISE your eyes, hands and spirit. Dr. McIntyre weaves her training in painting, dance, Buddhist study and aesthetics into her teaching and art making. A recipient of numerous international painting awards and residencies, she has worked and taught throughout the world, from Italy to Bhutan, from Cuba to China. She returns to teach at Ghost Ranch to share its power, beauty and inspiring grace with others.
This retreat house away from the main ranch provides quiet and safe space for work that engages spirit and focus, dedicated to deep spiritual and artistic contemplation.