April 25-28, 2019
A Heart-Made Book
with Kathy Steinsberger & Diann Fuller
The Heart-Made Book: A book is more than a gathering of paper pages, but a vessel of ideas, feelings, images, histories, even prophecies...If one is listening, it speaks from its own sort of metaphysical soul. With playful paste papers we’ve painted ourselves and mindful care... we’ll fold and gather and sew beautiful handmade Coptic journals which we can fill with our own words, images, and stories... transcribing part of our own heart into form. As we stretch our minds with creativity, we’ll stretch ourselves with yoga and hikes and meditation and ritual in the natural beauty of Gray Bear Lodge.
The creating of these journals is such a wonderful experience in-and-of- itself. The busy-ness of our outside lives falls away. Our creation becomes our meditation; one stitch at a time. Laughter, silence, music, fun, community; they are all a part of the story we create together. And perhaps most importantly; woven throughout our process will be time. Uninterrupted moments to savor....to explore; a yoga class in the morning, a soak in Gray Bear’s hot tub in the evening with star-filled skies overhead, beautiful walks... a space to reflect and enjoy this amazing journey we call life.
All supplies and tools will be provided, but you should bring your own apron or painting smock for paste painting. Also, you are welcome (but not required) to bring a few pieces of your own paper ephemera (photos, old cards, cut-outs, old book pages, maps, etc.), your poems or favorite quotes to share and to include in your journals. We look forward to sharing this time with you... Feel free to contact Kathy at email@example.com if you have any questions about our class.
In this workshop we'll stretch ourselves and explore the natural beauty of Gray Bear as we create our own handmade long-stitch journals. We'll enjoy mark-making and stamping as we make our own paste papers for beautiful illustrated pockets, pages, and covers for our books. We'll include some fun pop-ups and folded elements, and also bend ourselves as we start each day with Diann leading us in Yoga! And we'll share our stories, our favorite quotes, our poems, and our inspirations as we take deep breaths of gratitude and exhalations of peace. And finally, we'll collaborate to create a bunch of wonderful little story books to take home a sample of each participant's storytelling genius... and a delightful memento of our fun time together.
Kathy has been a book artist and ceramic artist for 20 years. In addition to teaching at Gray Bear, she has taught book arts classes at Pullen Arts Center and Cary Arts Center (Raleigh, NC); at Beaufort Arts Center (Beaufort, NC); workshops at Carlow College (Pittsburgh, PA); the NCSU School of Design (Raleigh, NC); and at Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC). Her books have been in numerous shows and exhibitions in NC, SC, and PA. Examples of her pottery have been included in the books Handbuilt Tableware II and 500 Pitchers. She has participated in juried national shows including the Strictly Functional Pottery National (Petersburgh, PA) and the Boxheart Gallery International Show (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Diann Fuller is the co-director of Gray Bear Lodge and High Forest Institute. She began her yoga practice in 1985. Diann combines her love of the Earth and her gentle teaching style with harmony and balance.
This weekend is open for all to attend. No prior experience is needed in any way. Individuals, friends or couples: all are welcome.
Workshop discounted at $465 if paid in full by March 15th. Limited to twelve participants. To reserve your place please register by sending your $100 non-refundable deposit to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Late registration (after March 15th) increases to $535 with balance due April 1st. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.
We'll begin with guests arriving between 1:00 and 3:00 on Thursday (19th). Class will begin at 4:00 followed by dinner at 6:00pm. Sunday finishes with closing circle, lunch, and checkout is at 2:00pm. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.
Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.
With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:
- Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
- A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
- Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
- A bath robe/sarong
- House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
- Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
- Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga
Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.
Questions: call 615-782-0469