Monday, February 23, 2009
Recharging My Batteries
On Sunday, I spent the day at the Grotto in Portland, participating in an all-day Touch-Drawing retreat. Deborah Koff-Chapin is the founder of the Center for Touch Drawing and she led our retreat. It was an amazing day - the workshop was renewing and the setting was peaceful and energizing. First, the Grotto. If you've never been, I recommend visiting. It is located in NE Portland near 82nd and Sandy Blvd. It's full title is The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, and it is described as a 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden. It was beautiful, even in winter. Here are some photographs of the grounds:
Okay, now for the Touch Drawing part of my day! Here is the description Susan uses on her website to describe the process:
Touch Drawing is a simple yet profound process where the fingers take the place of pen or brush. Paper is placed over a freshly painted surface. Wherever it is touched, an imprint is made on the back side. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of the fingertips on the page. A multitude of drawings can be created in one session, each a stepping stone to the next; guiding progressively deeper into the self.
When I registered for the day, it was with the intention of learning more about the technique involved, yet after I arrived and everyone began sharing what brought them to the retreat, I realized I was there for me - for me to release, explore, and renew. Here are a few pages from the dozens I created.