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.
Painting Algonquin with Martha Johnson
http://www.marthajohnson.ca/ - more information coming soon
September 10th - 15th, 2019
Six days and five 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 “a nocturne session” (painting at night) taking advantage of the September full moon light, and a pontoon transport and walk to visit the remote Canoe Lake cemetery, thought to be Thomson’s gravesite. As well, Judge Little’s son John Little 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.
Indigenous summer tours with Christine Luckasavitch
Information coming soon.
In house and meal guests all welcome!