Yesterday I was lucky enough to have Elizabeth of Squam Workshops over for tea. First of all how happy am I that I now have an apartment that is large and comfortable enough to have people over for tea! But I digress Elizabeth was an incredibly warm woman who is passionate about the mission of Squam workshops. If you do not know of Squam you should.
I am not sure how I found out about them but when I saw that
a. they were at Squam in New Hampshire a truly magical place
b. The talented and fabulous Rebecca Ringquist and Cal Patch were amongst there esteemed teachers
c. they were all about inspiring creativity in everyone and building community to boot!
So sounds like my kind of place.
Now Elizabeth and her team have expanded into holding workshops in multiple locations and manage a whole team of incredible creatives from artists, to writers, to chefs, to yogis.
There mission states this:
We teach, inspire and heal. Our community receives encouragement, training, inspiration and experience that expands their creative spirit. We help dissolve restrictions and limitations on the definition of what it means to be an artist. We celebrate joy, fun, pleasure, beauty and the natural world.
Now that is a mission that I can get behind. I have loved that most in my own teaching- that I can help to open a student up to their untapped potential as a creative being and the fact that these special workshops do just that is wonderful.
Looking at the images and talking to Elizabeth makes me think it is kind of like a Kripalu of creativity. Kripalu is an amazing yoga retreat center that I use to go to every year (when I had the $$.) I would go to refresh and become re-inspired about my practice and my inner self. The wholesome food, gorgeous environment, and people I met would leave me feeling totally new. Squam seems to me like a place to refresh and renew all your creative juices, even if you didn't know you had them....
Go see their beautiful newly vamped website, and maybe even sign up for a workshop.