Preparation for Our Time Together in Joshua Tree, CA

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Hello and Warm Welcome,

It is an absolute joy to share the upcoming Paint Awake Retreat with each of you!

In addition to our time spent exploring our inner landscapes through creative intuition, you will have the opportunity to meander around the property in the high desert, steps away from Joshua Tree National Park, and spend time by the pool.

As you prepare for your trip, please know you can reach out at any point. Simply leave a message (Montine: 505 695 1375) or email (montine@paintawake.com) as you prefer.

There are a few things to consider for your journey.  Please read this document carefully and complete the form at the end. Your answers will help us make your stay all the more pleasant. This guide to getting the most out of a retreat and is based on  decades of experience leading Intuition Painting™.

The notes included here will ensure the best possible comfort,  safety, and outcome for each of you as well as the group.


Our Agenda: 2 1/2-Day Retreat

The workshop dates and times are:

  • Friday, September 21: 7:00PM - 9:00PM (Please eat before you arrive)

  • Saturday, September 22: 9:30AM - 4:00 PM (Breakfast & Lunch are provided)

  • Sunday, September 23: 9:30AM - 4:00 PM (Breakfast & Lunch are provided)

All supplies and breakfasts and lunches are included.  I am asking anyone who is able to please plan to stay a little later (45 minutes) on Sunday to help us straighten up after the workshop. 

The agenda below is subject to change based on the needs and preferences of the group:

Friday Eve:

  • Welcoming

  • Orientation

  • Opening Circle

  • Station Setup

  • Meditation

  • Initial Outlines

Saturday:

  • Morning Movement (optional)

  • Check in

  • Meditation

  • Meet Your Muse!

  • Lunch Break

  • Meet Your Muse!

  • Circle & Check in

  • Organic Mandala (optional)

  • Dinner Out

  • Movement (optional)

Sunday:

  • Morning Walk (optional)

  • Check in

  • Meditation

  • Meet Your Muse!

  • Lunch Break

  • Meet Your Muse!

  • Wisdom Embodiments

  • Breakdown & Clean Up

  • Closing Circle


Finalizing Payment:

Final payments are due and may be paid from the invoice that was email you previously.  Email me if you have any questions.


Getting Here:

The retreat takes place at:

The Quail Tree Ranch
59875 Onaga Trail
Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

 

 

Car Rental & Arrivals:

Options for arriving at the retreat by 7PM on Friday include:

  • Drive or hire a rental car (there is parking on site)

  • Take a bus from Palm Springs to Yucca Valley Transit Center

  • Hire an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi

  • Share a ride with one of the participants (As possible)


Accommodations:

There are a variety of accommodations on site. Depending on your requests, rooms will be assigned to you according to your registration preferences on a first register basis.


Preparation:

You are invited to think of this retreat as an inner vision quest and a timeout from your everyday life. 
Please consider the following:

  1. Being in your natural state as you paint enhances your process. Limiting substances such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and/or nicotine in advance of and during the workshop will benefit your experience.

  2. Be mindful of what’s coming up for you before the workshop - - you may begin to feel excited, have interesting dreams, or even feel a little nervous in the weeks prior. Take note of your feelings and expectations about the retreat.

  3. If you do start to feel any anxiety or resistance, please know that this is normal. Allow yourself to experiment with meditation or exercise to help quiet your mind.

  4. Take care of all of business, home, family, childcare, pet care before you arriving. Subject to reality, prepare to turn off your cell phone. Advise loved ones they will not hear from you during our retreat. This one really pays off for your experience.

  5. Be sure no one is expecting you to come home with a painting to share. You may decide to burn it ceremoniously after all - - or it may become more personal than you wish to share. Either way, it is important to be free of any performance expectations.

  6. Bring a meaningful object, photo, or item to place in our painting circle.

  7. Be mindful that you do not wear perfumes, scented lotions, aftershave, etc., as some people are allergic.

  8. Intuition Painting™ is designed to facilitate the personal, creative, and spiritual growth of people who are physically, mentally, and emotionally well. It is not intended to serve as a treatment for any type of physical or mental illness. Paint Awake™ is not a substitute for counseling, psychological therapy, or a drug and alcohol treatment program.

What to Pack

  1. Be prepared for cool and warm weather, as it can range from 60's-90's F (15-33C).

  2. Dress in comfy clothing and shoes that can handle paint splatters. Avoid painting in clothing or shoes that you would not want to get paint on. You might even prefer stay in your sweats during the retreat :)

  3. Bring layers (ie tank tops, tshirt, long sleeve shirt, light sweater, wind breaker)

  4. Bring a bathing suit (there is a pool)

  5. Bring shoes for walking in the desert

  6. Bring something that makes you want to dance (like a ribbon, or bell, or scarf)

  7. Bring flip flops, comfy socks, a scarf, hat, sunglasses, and a bathing suit

  8. Flashlights, reading lights

  9. Water bottle

  10. Bring a journal or loose paper & a writing utensil

  11. Memento for circle (see #6 above)

  12. Paintbrushes (Only if you have a set you prefer to use, otherwise we have everything on site)

  13. Self-care: medications, allergy medications (if sensitive), ear plugs, eye mask

What You Won't Need:

  • super dressy outfits

  • high heels

  • perfumed lotions or fragrances

  • stress or worries


Rules & Requests:

  • Safety and well-being are our highest priorities. Please let the facilitator, a staff member, or an assistant know if you need any assistance or support.

  • Quiet hours are from 11PM-7:30AM. Please respect the experience of others.

  • The retreat is a drug-free and smoke-free environment.

  • People who are not participating in or assisting our retreat are not allowed in our studio or lodging areas.

  • Please do not bring any business or networking goals to this experience. (Coming with any agenda can sully the experience for others, limit your own authentic journey, and lead to less trust in the circle.)


Information:

Please complete the form below so we have all the info we need to accommodate you as best possible.

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