Length: Six days (five nights)
Difficulty LevelFor emerging artists, ages 19 +
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A visionary collaboration with Cree8 Success Art Consulting & Education

Proposed Itinerary

This unique and empowering retreat is an Aboriginal artist-facilitated initiative directed at using Aboriginal apprenticeship / mentorship techniques and earth-based teachings to help renew artists in their practice, creativity, and lives. The Renewal has been designed around three interweaving elements. First, registrants will have opportunities to reaffirm their dynamic reciprocity with our more-than-human world through journeys and place-based teachings with Métis guide, art historian, and educator Troy Patenaude. They will also enjoy inspiring studio instruction with Métis visual artist and educator Aaron Paquette. Finally, they will be able to participate in open studio sessions of free time or unique art explorations with Cree artist and educator Dawn Marie Marchand. This Renewal is committed to being a rare, full immersion experience into a refreshing culturally-based approach to art, as well as a beautiful location that is completely off the grid. Come and renew the artist in you.

Day 1: Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by lunch. After preliminary introductions with staff and facilitators, we will discuss more about the coming retreat experience, cover some logistics, and embark on a brief tour to familiarize ourselves with the facility. We will join in the evening for an official opening campfire gathering.

Day 2 - 5: After breakfast at the main lodge, we focus these days on enriching our creativity and artistic practices with the help of an inspiring group of Aboriginal art facilitators. The mornings will be generally spent reawakening to aspects of our wild contingency with the animate earth through various hikes, self-awareness, or nature-immersion activities. The afternoons will offer us some dedicated studio time with a professional and highly respected Aboriginal artist. The evenings will unfold in a more personal way, where participants can choose between open studio sessions and free time with an experienced Aboriginal artist and educator, or to gather together again around the fire for some stories, music, more teachings, camaraderie, and fun. Whatever unfolds, it will be beautiful.

Day 6: Today, is your checkout day, but we will make the most of it with one final morning to wrap up on projects and gather together one final time in the studio. After lunch, we part ways until next time.

PRICE: Contact us for prices


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Price includes: experienced instructors and facilitators; all meals; facility use/upkeep fee; and accommodation, based on double or shared occupancy.

Note: 12% taxes are extra. Participants must provide their own art materials and transportation to and from the wilderness centre.

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