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Materials provided:

Charcoal, watercolours, pencils, paper, acrylics, large dinning room table for writing on, large library, a projector, lots of fallen wood, many different natural materials from the island, an old Victorian ice house great for recording sound in and so many beautiful locations.   

The Course

Day Plan

7.00 - Optional mediation, yoga and loch swim 

9.00 - Breakfast 

10.00 - Being with the land and exercises to drop into creativity  

13.00 - Picnic Lunch and discussion about emerging themes 

14.00 - Time for focused work, inside or outside

19.30 - Reflections on the Day

20.00 - Dinner  

Accomodation 

There is a variety of accommodation available in Eilean Shona house: 

  • 2 bedroom with private en suite bathrooms (available for single or double occupancy) 
  • 5 double bedrooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for sing or double occupancy)
  • 2 twin bedded rooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for single or double occupancy) 
  • 1 single room with shared bathrooms/shower room 

About

14-19 September

Are you longing to explore your creative side? Spend 5 days on Eilean Shona, a wild West Scottish island where the sense of calm, rich landscapes and fesh air kindle creativity. 

Maybe you've always dreamed of writing a book, painting a stunning sunset, or are in the midst of composing a piece of music...

Whatever you are working on, dreaming about or yet to hatch, bring it with you. 

With fine art material, desks to write on, a studio for getting messy in and the whole island to play on, this week is about freeing yourself up to focus. 

Florence, who has grown up with the island will lead the group. She will lead optional activities created in response to the land. With her own art practice she works with ceremony, silent waking in the forest and responding to the landscape. 

Read interview with Florence about the island and inspirartion  

 

Week Plan 

(all exercises are optional) 

Day 1 - Arrive at Dorlin pier at 4.00pm to meet boat for crossing to Eilean Shona. Introduction to the island and each other

Day 2 - Widening our perspective. Day 3 - Taking our ideas to the land Day 4 - Deepening into silence Day 5 - Wild experimentation

Day 6 - Rounding off and sharing your creations. 2.00: Departure on boat to Dorlin Pier

Pricing (all food, teaching and Accommodation included)  

  • Luxury double bedroom en suite - £1300
  • Double room with shared bathroom - £1100
  • Single room with shared bathroom - £900
  • Twin shared with shared bathroom - £800 

Priced for single occupancy. For shared occupancy contact Shona Retreats. Please be aware that if you book the twin room you will be sharing. 

To book via email please message shonaretreats@gmail.com or call Clare on 07803002825

 

 

Inspiring Locations 

Shoe Bay Beach - The blue lagoon, said to have inspired J.M Barrie when he wrote Peter Pan during his summer holidays on Eilean Shona. A white beach and turquoise stretch that overlooks Eigg and Rhum. We will explore the surrounding coastline, with countless unique geological formations.

Waterside with Castle Tioram - Overlooking the loch and with great views of Castle Tioram. Staggeringly dramatic skylines of the Western mainland. Fire pit and old ruin.

West End Sunset Point - On the west end of the island, watch the sunset over Eigg and Rhum. The magical, darker side of the island brings purple hues and romantic shadows.

The Mountain - Hike to the top of Eilean Shona. Get panoramic views of Ardnamurchan, The Small Isles, Skye and the drama of the western mainland. Inky horizons punctuate the silver seas.

Forest - Dive deep into the lichen forests of the south side. Ancient woodland, filled with gnarled trees and vibrant moss that create a velvety blanket across the forest floor. Play with branches and leaves for mark marking and surround yourself with an abundance of textures.

East Point water side - Enjoy the reflection of the fiery autumn trees in the still loch of the east side. We will paint and mark make next to a fire under a canopy of mighty pines. The many layered and immersive coastlines ripple into the distance.

Your teacher

Florence Devereux

Florence Devereux is a London based artist whose parents own the island. She has been lucky enough to have been bought up on the island, and Eilean Shona has been a constant source of inspiration for her art work. She has an ongoing formal apprenticeship with the Spanish painter Carmen Galofré, and has been developing her painting practice for 5 years. 

She is now completing her masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. Through performance, painting, video work and installation, Florence explores human/earth relationships, environmental ethics and the world view of animism as potential response to the environmental crisis. www.florencedevereux.com