Starting at 3pm Friday, November 18, 2022, until 3pm Sunday, November 20, 2022 participants will have full access to the grounds of The Lodge at Sweetwater Studios, nightly shared or private accommodation in one of our Eco-Luxury Glamping tents, and all meals for this three-day, two-night retreat.
This exciting deep dive into the creative process will take participants on a journey through Mihaly Robert Csikszentmihalyi's philosophy of the "creativity sequence": immersion - incubation - insight - elaboration.
Csikszentmihalyi was a Hungarian-American psychologist who recognized and named the psychological concept of "flow", a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity.
This retreat will use time in nature, guided meditation, group discussion, and personal creation time to learn and practice the "creativity sequence" philosophy with your weekend guide, James Inabinet.
Participants of this retreat will leave with:
- Techniques for evoking imagination and intuition in the service of art, any kind of art, even the art of creating oneself.
- An understanding of the process of creation - why one is creating what they are creating.
- Tangilble skills for taking a vague idea and turning it into a work of art - making it possible!
::: Friday :::
4PM Orientation: The What and Why of the Weekend
5PM Evoking Experience: Perception as the Pathway to Creating Art
7PM Sharing Council Ceremony and Bon Fire
::: Saturday :::
9AM Anhinga Meditation: Pulling the Airy “Idea” Out of the Waters of the Soul
1030AM Sharing Council Ceremony [optional]
1130AM Immersion Sequence: Finding Meaning in the Chaos of Experience
2PM Incubation Sequence: Developing Intuition and Imagination Through Rest
afternoon available for "elaboration", or personal creative time
5PM Sharing Council Ceremony [optional]
7PM Free Time & Bon Fire
::: Sunday :::
9AM Begin Elaboration: Turning Ideas into Art
Using Whippoorwill Meditation to move from the “airy” idea to a manifested artifact
11AM Final Sharing Council Ceremony
personal creative or free time
About Your Guide:
James Inabinet, PhD.
Ecologist. Eco-Philosopher. Education Consultant. Weaver.
Ma in Earth Literacy . St. Mary of the Woods College
PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, Consciousness  California Institute of Integral Studies
"My focus of research and work begins with ecology, especially explorations into the dynamics of the nature-human relationship as it pertains to the psycho-spiritual link between human and nature–and what that means. It is through that link, I believe, that humans might finally recognize nature as the ultimate “locus of flourishing.” Beyond mere survival, the birthright of all living beings is to flourish; the question is how?
My research includes seeking pathways to universal flourishing, how humans might live better on earth, as integral and functional parts of an ecosystem, as partners with neighboring animals, plants, other humans, and the place itself.
My other focus pertains to “nature as muse,” including direct explorations into the intersection between nature immersion and art creation. Part and parcel of this research is the development of specific techniques to aid artists with deep engagement with nature in order to access feelings/insights uncovered in the process. From this, nature-inspired works of art may arise. Nature is also a source of inspiration, which begins with communion, not just with nature itself but nature as it is “coming into being.” Such communion is a viable pathway to wholeness, healing, and inspired and translational art, especially the ultimate art form: the art of becoming fully human."
Weekend rates starting at $385 per person, all-inclusive
All attendees booking a Shared Hilltop Glamping Tent or our 2 or 4-person Deluxe Island Tents will be assigned another retreat attendee as a roommate.
Roommate requests or private options are available.