Art and Yoga Unite in Alum’s New Creative Retreat
The link between practicing art and practicing yoga is stronger than you might think.
That’s the idea behind Freeing Creativity, an innovative weekend retreat developed by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna Brittany Zeller-Holland (’05, BFA Digital Media) and Waterford, Mich.-based yoga teacher Stephanie Williams.
Zeller-Holland (right) and Williams (left) will explore yoga and the arts jointly at a new retreat running this September (credit: Inner Circle Photography)
Running September 22-24, 2017 in Elk Rapids, Mich., the Freeing Creativity retreat will explore yoga and the arts jointly under the umbrella of self-expression and inner peace. All-level yoga practices will cast dynamic movement and visualization as powerful creative tools, serving as inspiration for art-based exercises in watercolor painting, lettering, art journaling, and creating mandalas that are similarly geared towards all levels of skill. Mindful hikes and short meditations will also be incorporated.
“I believe, and have experienced personally, that movement and the arts overlap in their sense of expression and freedom,” says Zeller-Holland. “There is a release and opening of the mind that yoga, meditation and mindful movement bring, which inherently allows for the ego to be set aside and stifling judgements to be lessened.”
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Zeller-Holland operates her own design and illustration practice, Two if by Sea Studios, in Sylvan Lake, Mich. She and Williams have collaborated before on smaller workshops focused on movement and creativity. With the Freeing Creativity retreat, the pair hope to offer attendees an immersive experience that will expand their sense of expressive possibility.
“Stretching outside of the discipline that a creative professional or casual practitioner finds comfortable, definitely allows for growth,” says Zeller-Holland. “Yoga and meditation help to ground in the body, clear your mind, enhance your attention to detail, and get your creative juices flowing. I can't emphasize enough how amazing these connections can be for someone working in a creative field. “
To learn more about the Freeing Creativity retreat, visit freeingcreativityretreat.com.
To see more of Brittany Zeller-Holland’s work, visit twoifbyseastudios.com.
Click here to learn more about KCAD’s Digital Art and Design program.