About Ross Creek’s Adult Arts Weekend Retreats

Break away from your day-to-day for a weekend intensive in a beautiful rural setting. Add a new medium to you creative toolkit or fine-tune your skills under the mentorship of one of our extraordinary artist faculty members. These unique programs offer time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-energise, all while you develop hands-on artistic abilities.

You can choose to stay for the entire weekend in comfortable overnight accommodations with all fantastic fresh meals included. There is also an option to only attend the daytime workshop sessions with the group. We will provide all materials. No previous experience is necessary.

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Landscape & Colour - Oct 21-23

Sara Hartland-Rowe

Reconnect with nature and immerse yourself in a land-based creation process, here in the meadows, forest trails, and rolling fields of Ross Creek! Discover the meditative process of transforming regional flora by crafting natural watercolours and inks. You’ll develop your painting and drawing skills while completing landscape studies in the studio and en plein air.

Our multi-talented faculty member, Sara, will have you taking part in creative experiments that will broaden your horizons and help you see the natural world with a whole new perspective.

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Ballet Retreat - Oct 28-30

Maria Osende

Come together for a weekend in the dance studio! Recharge, move, and stretch, while enjoying the beautiful North Mountain landscape through the height of Autumn. Immerse yourself in a world of dance with returning faculty members, Maria Osende and Marel Eager. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of art, community, and movement. 

Participants will receive personalised guidance during optional one-on-one ballet clinics available with Maria or Marel. These sessions help dancers focus on areas that they’d like to develop.

The weekend will include technique-focused workshops that may include topics such as “Epaulements: Ballet Theory And Practise Of Arms And Upper Body”, “Ballet Walks, Runs And Preparations: How To”, “The Ballet Line: What It Means And How To Achieve It”, “Pirouettes: Coordination And Practise”, “Solo Variations From Renown Ballets”, “Pointe Shoes: All You Need To Know”. 

The weekend will also include an optional special-topic workshop taught by visual artist, musician, NSCAD professor, retreat participant and fierce ballet fan Sara Hartland-Rowe. 

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Women's Outdoor Retreat - Nov 11-13

Jamie MacLean and Carol Fellowes

Spend the weekend practicing Yoga and learning hard and soft outdoor skills with our fabulous female environmental leader. Feed your body with food grown at Ross Creek, and nourish your relationship with the seasonal changes. You can expect a morning and evening Yoga practice to prepare your body for the movements used outside. Workshops may include hiking, shelter building and ephemeral art, orienteering, fire building, creating notions and lotions with beeswax from our hives, with free time to rest and practice self care. 

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Jewellery - Nov 18-20

I'thandi Munro

In this workshop you will dance a through-line of ideas and approaches laced together by jewellery, wearable art, and sculpture.

Explore the design process in a collaborative studio environment with an assortment of metals, and found objects, all while learning to use the tools of the trade including: an acetylene torch for melting & brazing, fine saws, measuring devices, hammering techniques, filing, bending, sanding, pickling, polishing, and more!

Throughout the weekend, ring-making and metal casting provides a base of techniques to jump into a wide world of adornment, materials, and transformative processes. Come with ideas, leave with shiny one-of-a-kind creations!

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