“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces." - Shane Koyczan
Without a doubt, the world is presenting us with a heavy load to carry. But what I’ve learned over many years is how to go inward and tune out what I can not control. By making a conscious decision to embrace art, I can truthfully tell you that joy and sadness can coexist. I give myself permission to feel gleeful when I listen to uplifting music, read inspiring books, spend a day in the kitchen to follow recipes in my favorite cookbooks, watch comedy shows, write in my journal, etc. These intentional acts to protect my mind, heart, and spiritual health are non-negotiable and I encourage you to find an artistic practice to sustain your wellbeing.
Spas, Resorts, and Wellness Centers
A spa raises money for the Trevor Project, which is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
Desmond Shaw flies over what is considered the largest mission-style revival building in the country — The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in downtown Riverside.
Movie theaters are tempting potential customers with spa and beauty products.
A doctor is set to debut a spa that will offer close to twenty services, including a facial room, sauna, waxing, private shopping, and essential oil treatments.
Retreats, Events, Festivals, and Venues
Not every employee is excited about corporate retreats. In fact, many would prefer cash bonuses.
The Gatherings Festival at Gisburne invites you to a boutique, music, arts, food, and wellness event.
Sexual wellness retreats are not new and they are in demand.
Dr. Monique Gary created a farmhouse retreat where cancer patients can learn about integrative wellness.
Artist Residency Programs
Applications are now open for the Centrum Artist 2023 Self-Directed Residencies for artists, writers, performers, musicians, and creative professionals of all disciplines. Centrum is located within the 400+ acres of Fort Worden State Park. Shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, art and cultural sites are accessible by public transit, biking, or a five to ten minute drive away.
Crosstown Arts residency applications are now open for artists and curators working in any creative discipline, including visual and performing arts, music, film, and writing. Residencies include a private studio workspace. In addition to a private practice space, musician residencies include other amenities through the Crosstown Arts Musician & Artist Services department. Food for residents is available five days per week. Live and work residencies also include a private bedroom and bathroom next to a common living area and kitchen. A family housing option is available as well as accessible housing for differently abled residents. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible for covering their own studio materials and travel expenses to and from Memphis.
At this time, Millay Arts is offering two juried artist residencies located in the Hudson Valley, which is two and a half hours from Boston and New York City.
You have until July 4, 2022, to submit an application for the City of Victoria’s artists-in-residence program. This opportunity provides professional artists in the fields of music, literary arts, visual media, and performance an opportunity to work collaboratively with the community and city staff over a two-year term.
Interview With Erica Green and Eliza Reid, Co Founders, Iceland Writers Retreat & Iceland Readers Retreat
Photo Credit: Roman Gerasymenko
What inspired you to start the Iceland Writers Retreat and Iceland Readers Retreat?
It was a dark, wintery night in Reykjavik when we first conceived of the idea for this event and a group of friends started talking about what it could be. Erica had just returned from a writer’s conference in the US and Eliza asked her why on earth she had to travel so far away to do that. After all, Iceland was the first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature. It’s said that one in ten people in Iceland publishes something in their lifetime. Iceland has a rich literary heritage, and it is half-way between Europe and North America—so easily accessed! If any city should host a writing or reading conference, we figured it should be Reykjavik! So, while our initial intent on that dark night was to offer a way for individuals to become better wordsmiths, to develop their craft, and appreciate the written word, ultimately, we’ve found it is a way to bring people who love writing and reading together to create community.
Photo Credit: Roman Gerasymenko
Books, Music, and More for Everyday Self Care
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If you enjoy high afternoon teas, then you will enjoy reading and cooking from the recipes in Tea at the Palace: A Cookbook by Carolyn Robb.
Bonus: If you are a fan of the Edible magazines available in certain cities, then you will enjoy this bonus treat of recipes from the Edible Communities Summer Recipe Book.
This lounge jumpsuit from Spiritual Gangster is one you can enjoy wearing at home or when you are out and about.
Sit back and enjoy one hour of neo soul instrumental music.
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