When I signed up to the Do What you Love Retreat, I was not only excited to be in Rachel Hazell’s Book Art class, but also to be her teaching assistant for the 3 days. (no “real” work really required, just a lot of chocolate and cake eating, tea drinking, singing and laughter!)
My book shelves in my studio are full of “Make your own book” publications, but I had never had the opportunity to spend 3 whole days in this total bliss you find, when creating with the same teacher and the same creative souls in class.
Not only was it total bliss, but full of tummy tickling, playful laughter and soul searching moments. Moments that are hard to put down in words.
When you fully commit and give yourself permission to leave all your troubles and to do lists behind, there is something that happens to the mind and the soul when you just let yourself go in the moment of creative exploration and adventure. It’s like laying in a quiet park on a warm sunny day in the shade, looking up into the tree above you, watching the breeze blow the leaves and feel the silent movement of nature, mind shifting sideways and wandering into un-chartered subconscious waters. I can totally get lost in those kind of moments and its times like these, we find ourselves again.
This class so aptly titled:‘Maps, charts and other discoveries: An extraordinary expandable sketchbook journal’ gently guided us on our own discoveries of self, expanding our own creativity as well as the sketchbook. Rachel believes “everyone has a book inside them” and after taking this class, I am dreaming up a whole library for years to come.
Below are my favorite photos I took in class and pages from my book “A Journey of Heart”. I hope you can get a tiny glimpse of how much this class healed and revealed. I am itching to take a week long class with Rachel now, and if you get a chance, don’t hesitate!
My Book: A Journey of Heart.
It reads “Rest and be thankful”