May 2018

Do you also enjoy these summery days in the middle of spring? Everything is so intensely fresh and green, bushes and trees explode with beautiful fragrant blossoms, the plants in our garden burst like miniature rockets from the fertile soil. Nature’s annual Big Bang.

It has an effect, not in the least on me. I feel like being outside, enjoying, breathing in the scents, running my hands through the soil, bringing the best out of the garden. Or just relaxing in the hammock with a good book, a nice drink at hand, savouring the moment. I feel like taking a mini-holiday.

But…. you cannot just do that. There is all this work that needs to be finished, meetings that are planned, the neverending flow of emails and text messages that need to be read and answered. “That is not what humans were made to do”, is what goes through my mind. On moments like that you would need to be able to take time off and press the pause button – by which I mean that your workload also should not accumulate while you are out.

Lately I have seen so many people who are completely overwhelmed by work and life, by a full agenda, a challenging job, but also by the demands they impose on themselves. We fill our days with so many things, we live our life at 200 miles per hour while at the same time we seem to have lost control. Exhaustion lurks around the corner, and the real ‘legal’ holiday is close but not quite there yet.

How would you like to give yourself a break for one day, and take care of yourself for a change? Completely recharge your batteries to end the working year in beauty. A day during which you get out of your head and get down to work with your creative self. A day of creative self-care.

Anje Claeys and I really enjoyed putting this together for you. On 9 June we offer a joint workshop ‘A mini-holiday, a day of creative play and self-care’ in Atelier Blauwhof in Kessel.

Anje is an artist who specialises in print techniques and creates fabulous works. You can read all about it on her website http://www.bioart.eu.

As I told you before I am passionate about the African art of kasàlà (http://www.kasalaland.art).

During this wonderful day you will slow down and learn how to write a kasàlà in a playful way, make an etching and print it. At the end of the workshop you will go home with your own work of art, ready to frame, together with your own poem, your kasàlà.

No advance knowledge or experience required. We only ask you to bring a beginners mind and a willingness to play!

More information on this day, as well as instructions on how to register can be found here.

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