Laura Traplin Weekend Retreat
May 31st – June 2nd, 2019
Please join me and 20 other beautiful souls for our 11th annual weekend retreat of insight, intuition, mediumship, guided meditations, relaxation and more! Come connect with spirit and your own inner wisdom in the beautiful surroundings for Algonquin Park.
This retreat is open to anyone who feels a calling to attend. There will be scheduled workshops as well as free time to go for a hike, enjoy a canoe ride, relax in the sauna or on the verandah by the lake, read your favourite book or just unwind while surrounded by nature.
Quick Brown Fox Writing Course
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May 31st – June 3rd, 2019
Give yourself a long weekend of writing time – a weekend of instruction, inspiration and creativity. Award yourself with time away from distractions, with no dishes to do and wonderful food at every meal, as you sit with your feet up and write in the most beautiful wilderness setting in Ontario. This is where the Group of Seven got its inspiration (Tom Thompson is buried just a couple of lakes over); it’s a wonderful place for you to find your inspiration, too.
The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian. You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your creativity. All writing levels welcome. Whether you are just beginning or have a novel in progress, please join us.
Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.
The Tom Thomson Trail
with Martha Johnson
Wednesday, September 11th – Saturday, September 14th, 2019
(Anyone wanting to stay a little longer, let Martha know)
Four days and three nights of painting stunning Algonquin Park, while staying in extraordinary nature at the historic Arowhon Pines lodge. Located in the heart of Canadian Impressionist territory, this workshop includes expert guiding to locations and lore of The Tom Thomson Mystery. We’ll paint evergreens, shorelines, wildlife, water, and the shifting weather, all in the exotic colour palette of Algonquin Park. We also will make time for a canoe paddle, a walk in the woods, a swim in the cool lake.
Martha has a personal connection to Tom Thomson and his mysterious death. Her uncle was Judge William Little who wrote The Tom Thomson Mystery published in 1970. As you might remember, Tom Thomson died in July 1917, drowning in nearby Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, and was buried there. Two days later, his family sent an undertaker to exhume the body and send it back for re-burial in Leith, Ontario. In October 1956, Little and some friends decided to dig up Thomson's original burial place at Canoe Lake. The book tells the story of Thomson's life and the discovery made by Little and his friends. His book is one of several that raised the Tom Thomson mystery to public prominence during the late 1960s/early 1970s.
Highlights will include a pontoon boat ride/walk to paint at the Canoe Lake cemetary, thought to be Thomson’s gravesite, at the remains of the Mowat Lodge lumber mill and around gorgeous Arowhon Pines. A night or “nocturne” session under the September moon, and time with Judge Little’s son, John Little, who will dine with us then speak about his new book Who Killed Tom Thomson – a Toronto Star best seller and a must-read for fans of true crime and art.
About Martha Johnson: Martha graduated Fine Art, University of Guelph and was later mentored by Tom Hodgson of Painters 11. She currently teaches Mastering Acrylic Techniques and topical workshops at ArteMbassy in Toronto as well as 20 years instructing drawing and acrylics at the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto. As a landscape painter Martha is passionate about working out of doors, note-taking and leading workshops across Canada, France, Union Island and Saint Vincent The Grenadines. She is known for an environment subtext in her paintings and ephemeral wire sculptures that adorn private, public and corporate collections worldwide. Deeply interested in Canadian history, exhibition highlights include: Survey the Valley (2007), Kent Island and the Albatross (2013, Grand Manan Museum) and SHADOW RED 2017, acknowledging the hundredth anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.
$ 1279 per person for a 3 night stay at Arowhon Pines, based on double occupancy - includes accommodation in a room in a larger cabin (private room with private bathroom, shared lounge with fireplace), three consecutive meals per day and free use of all recreational facilities, service charge and taxes. Please contact Arowhon Pines directly to reserve your room, mentioning the Martha Johnson course. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday Evenings with Christine Luckasavitch
Learn much, much more about the history of Algonquin Park – and Arowhon Pines!
Spend an evening around the campfire (or in the Games Room) to hear a unique perspective of the history of Algonquin Park.
Explore over 12,000 years of Algonquin Park's natural and cultural heritage. Learn about the living history of the Madaoueskarini Algonquin people, the arrival of European explorers such as David Thompson, chronicle the Park's value as a great timber resource and the infamous J. R. Booth, the arrival of great artists and adventurers, as well as the recent histories of Algonquin Park. This is a very special story, rich in family history and told from the heart.
A result of her ancestral lineage, Christine has a very unique and personal history of the Algonquin Park region. She is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (an Algonquin woman whose family is from the headwaters of the Madawaska River) and belongs to the Crane Clan. Christine is also a descendant of some of the earliest settlers of the Ottawa and Madawaska Valley. These families were amongst the earliest to clear farms on the rocky Canadian Shield in places like Wilno and Bonnechere. They eventually settled in Whitney, a town marking the eastern boundary of Algonquin Park along Highway 60, where their descendants continue to live today. Members of her family would construct the impressive dining room of Arowhon Pines, amongst many other structures, cabins and leaseholds in Algonquin Park.
Christine is the Owner of Waaseyaa Consulting, an Indigenous culture and heritage consulting company, and Waaseyaa Cultural Tours, an Indigenous-based tourism company operating in Algonquin Park and the surrounding area. Christine also works as the Coordinator and Indigenous Pedagogical Leader for the Algonquin Inòdewiziwin EarlyON Child & Family Centre in North Hastings. An archaeologist, orator and researcher, she is currently writing her first book, Ondjitigweyaa Madaoueskarini Omamiiwiinini Anishinaabeg (Algonquin People of the Madawaska River Headwaters). Christine is an avid explorer of both the Algonquin landscape and Algonquin history, spending as much time on the land as possible. She has been learning to speak Anishinaabemowin for the past number of years, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University with a focus in Canadian History and Canadian Historical Novel.
This gathering will be of interest to anyone with a love for Algonquin Park. We will explore its unique history from the time of glaciation to present-day, and beyond. Questions and discussion are welcome.
Tentative Dates for the 2019 Season:
JUNE: Wednesday, June 26
JULY: Tuesday, July 16, 23 and 30
AUGUST: Tuesday, August 6th , 13, 20, 27
SEPTEMBER: Tuesday, September 3rd, 10, 17 and 24
OCTOBER: Tuesday, October 1st and October 8th (tentative)
The Friends of Algonquin Park offer special events for everyone throughout the season including Meet the Researcher, Family Fishing, Loggers Day with live music, etc. Check out their special events calendar here.
The Algonquin Art Centre’s 2019 themed exhibition is “Seasons of Algonquin”. This art show explores the distinctive beauty of Algonquin Park during each of its four seasons and features new landscape and wildlife paintings from some of Canada’s leading wilderness artists. Open June 1st – Oct. 20th.