Art & Spirit retreat with Amanda Sage
(2016) 28th Nov– 4th Dec
Amanda Sage has just finished her painting retreat at Paradise one Eco-Retreat! It was a holistic workshop incorporating painting, meditation, yoga & music. This course catered for experienced artists & complete beginners. A wonderfully inspiring 7 day intensive at Paradise one with Amanda Sage, Visionary artist & teacher at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. This was a holistic retreat, including painting, meditation, yoga & music!
We learned a version of the mischtechnik, a combination of oil paint & casein layering taught in Amanda’s unique way. With focus on fundamental laws of the natural world, our attention becomes more aware while training our hand and eye coordination to see deeper into life. The act of painting is a kind of direct magic as it takes us into a timeless other worldly space where we are ultimate creators.
The question then becomes, what do you want to say, what gifts do you have to share with the world. Sometimes we just need to show up to the canvas and open ourselves to the potential, and then trust the process.
Through a step by step process of developing a painting and powerful tools of mind and body alignment, we aim to fill your capacities with tools of empowerment to further fuel your life mission. There was about 7 hours dedicated to painting each day, which included presentations, demonstrations, one on one instruction and focused group painting time.
“Through 10 years of offering retreat style intensive painting workshops – I find that it is a micro-climate of what I go through myself when preparing for exhibitions or am in an intensive art making process. I tend to dive so deep into the painting that I forget the rest of the world. It is so vitally important to remember our bodies and our environment to be able to do our best work.
This was the first workshop that my partner Joe Bob Merritt joined me in and assisted by offering a couple of very profoundly deep meditation practices, based on the teachings of the 4th Way, that help broaden our perspectives of our roles as grand creators and the healing process that we are a part of on an individual and collective level.
Movement and breath are also very important for the painter, as we spend so many hours meticulously layering paint and often even forgetting to breathe! Yoga sessions happened regularly throughout the time frame of the retreat, and how more energy and focus was gained from opening our bodies through yoga.
Sustenance is another most crucial part of our existence… and when we don’t have time/make time, to prepare healthy delicious meals for ourselves, we end up just eating what ever we can find. And for the artist… well food and good hydration can just be another important thing that we forget. We had the opportunity to enjoy incredible and high vibration foods during this workshop and also learn about super foods, and how they can aid us in manifesting our visions.” We also had the presence of Christopher Ulrich, friend of fellow painter of Amanda’s from L.A, whose knowledge, experience & approach to Art & Life took us all to the next level every single day, adding his own indelible stamp by way of his humour, way of being & sharing, & incredible talent.
Thank you so much, Joe Bob & Christopher for showing up & inspiring us all.
“This was a most fantastic painting retreat! We painted self-soul portraits using mirrors, and most left with just about finished paintings. Amanda taught us, in her own inspiring style, the intricacies of achieving our own likeness, drawing in charcoal, skin tones, and the mischtechnik. we had 7 days as intense as a painting intensive can get! She also had Christopher & Joe Bob with her which made this such a special experience for everyone. Thank you so much” – (student’s comment)
Visionary artist & teacher at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art
‘Through my work I aim to shatter the ‘illusion of separation’, to challenge the viewer to question, and evolve out of ignorance, conditioning and ingrained genetic habits.
In life I strive to take responsibility for the effect of my existence, and through my actions and images, inspire others to think/dream beyond their immediate capacity. Ultimately I seek to create portals that open to the infinite possibilities of being and expressing, so that we may remember and re-discover who we are, where we originate from and where we are headed.
My aspiration is to paint messages, visions and narratives that communicate with an ‘older & wiser us’, awakening ancient memory; as well as the ‘present us’, that we may grow up and accept the responsibilities towards ourselves, each other and the rest of existence on this planet… now :)’
Amanda Sage is at the forefront of a new breed of visionary artists using art as a tool for personal, spiritual and planetary growth and transformation. Born 1978 in Denver, Colorado; her adventurous spirit carried her to Bali, then on to Vienna, Austria to study classical painting with Michael Fuchs, resulting in becoming a long time painting assistant to Ernst Fuchs. When not traveling to teach workshops or for projects & exhibitions, she currently spends most of her time in her studio above the HIVE Gallery & Studio’s and the Temple of Visions Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.