The Artist’s Experience

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Invite your inner artist to emerge more fully!

Weekend Intensive ~ Thursday 4:00 pm, August 9th ~ Sunday 4:00 pm, August 12th

Extended Immersion ~ Sunday, August 5th ~ Saturday, August 18th

Held on the beautiful grounds of the Anahata Education Center in Floyd Virginia!  Our river kitchen/pavilion will become a studio, and the landscape and buildings our canvas!

  • Immerse in a variety of artistic modalities
  • Collaborate on several group projects/art installations on the land
  • Learn new modalities with the mentorship of artist-teachers
  • Deepen & Develop your skills & vision through individual pursuits
  • Bliss Out with yoga, dance, sacred sound, drum circles, and fun in-town excursions
  • Connect with other artists and your own inner artist!
  • Play in the serene forests, river, gardens and meadows of our nature sanctuary
  • Delight in freshly prepared, healthy meals and comfortable accommodations

In the chrysalis of nature,

in a supportive community of fellow artists,

kindle your creativity, invoke your dream-visions,

invite your inner artist to emerge more fully!


Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 9.57.18 AM.pngLeagh Anderson:  Instructed Drawing, Design, Fibers, and Sculpture at Penn State University, Montessori Schools, and K- 12 art education in Pennsylvania.   Having spent every day exploring outdoors as a child, she created S.E.E.D.S., a summer camp for 3rd through 8th graders combining art creation, outdoor exploration, and storytelling, as a reaction to the technology “take-over” of our children.   —B.S. in Education    —M. Ed. in Education (with focus on Art)  —M. A. (fibers, clay)

“Creating art has been an important method for focusing and being present.  When I’m painting, throwing a pot, or designing fiber art….or doing anything creative, I feel I’m most alive!  When I’m adding my ideas to group projects and working with others, I pick up on the energy of others and am “in my element” or as some call it “my happy place”!   I’ve had eight years of formal art education, but feel I would have had just as much fun and would be more spontaneous, if I had skipped the training and just made art.   One year ago, I began using watercolors and acrylics to paint surrealistic images of butterflies. I hope you will join the creative flow at Anahata Retreat Center as we work together outdoors and pursue art as a meditation and healing practice.”


Sandpainting is the art of pouring colored sands, and powdered pigments from minerals or crystals, or pigments from other natural or synthetic sources onto a surface to make a fixed, or unfixed sand painting.  Artists will explore this process inspired by natural or geometric lines and forms, and symbols that speak to you. Learn more about the sandpaintings created by the Navajos at

Color Exploration with Acrylics:   After exposure to color theory and realistic and abstract paintings by master painters, students will explore dynamic color combinations using nature (or artists preference) as subject matter.  Studio time will include practice mixing tints, tones, and shades from pure colors as well as noticing the effect color has on perspective, dimension, and texture.  Artists will have one or two designs  to complete at home and more knowledge of design elements and principles.

Twisted vine staff or walking stick:  A brief walk in our woods will help you locate your vine or stick, but feel free to bring a special piece of wood with you if you already have one.  In our studio by the creek, you’ll create a focal point with crystals,  clay beads, leather, and colorful symbols.
Full face mask:   Think Mardi Gras, Halloween, and Solstice parties!   The first step of our maskmaking process will begin with plaster gauze molded to your face, then, carefully removed before it’s completely dry.  The second step is more creative and playful…with options of paint, glitter, and feathers and much more to decorate it.

Jamielie Tarrago: Assisted in Instructing Fine Art Classes, and Drawing & Painting in the New York. Tarrago is an Abstract Expressionist based in Floyd, Virginia, originally from the Greater New York Area. Tarrago was introduced to painting in her early childhood, as a way to express herself in a latin community. Tarrago finds inspiration from sound and movement found in nature, and evokes emotion and adventure with her pieces; using a variety of mediums, and natural elements, she builds a variation of texture and saturation.


Techniques of Watercolor : You will learn different water painting techniques, you will have to decide where you will place each brushstroke of color and then let it do its magic. Watercolor is not a medium to be totally controlled and manipulated, and of course that is the very beauty of its quality.


Painting with Ink: A medium used for over 2,000 years, you will learn how to paint with ink, how to dilute it properly for shading effects, and how to create a 3 – Dimensional piece with one tone. We will experiment with different tools, including brushes, twigs, and nibs.


‘Stick’ Figures: While going a scenic walk, we will collect sticks, rocks, flowers, and more to create mini figurines. We will seek sticks and choose ones that will make an interesting torso, arms, and legs; trying to find sticks that have intriguing curves and perhaps knots for joints.  Then the fun starts!


WE ARE PLANNING A NUMBER OF GROUP OR SOLO PROJECTS that reflect our permaculture values by merging nature, sustainability, art and the sacred dimension.  Some of these will ‘live’ at Anahata as part of our nature/retreat/permaculture sanctuary:

  • Rose Heart Yurt 360° nature mural; interior sacred symbols
  • Tree of Life mandala mural
  • Outhouse Creativity Extravaganza ~ design & create 3 wild and crazy outhouses that will lead one to ecstatic elimination!  Perhaps enchanted woodland, royal rennaisance and cosmic night sky themes?
  • Weaving garden fence dreamcatcher & geometric design art with wire, crystals, beads and more




  • 8 – 9 am Optional Yoga/meditation at Celebration Space or river pavilion (weather dependent)
  • 9 am Breakfast & Group Connection
  • 10 am – 12 noon Specialized instruction and practice led by one of our artist-teachers
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2 – 5 pm  Choice of mentored group projects, individual work, continuation of special projects
  • 6 pm Dinner


EVENING PROGRAMS (3-4 nights per week – other evenings on your own) fire circles, improvisational music-making, drumming, sacred sound in the yurt, inspiring movies, fun –in-town excursions, celebrations, connection experiences.

MEALS  3 mostly organic home-grown and locally grown whole foods meals per day – vegan/vegetarian/omni/gluten-free friendly.  In addition to having some fabulous chefs on staff, everyone will pitch in to help prepare and clean up our meals as a team effort!

ACCOMMODATIONS  We have some beautiful tenting spots alongside the river; a variety of semi-private cozy spaces with real beds; a rustic cabin; and a couple of private rooms.







Anahata Education Center/Artist’s Immersion, 144 Anahata Circle NE, Floyd VA 24091

3-Day Intensive Weekend || Camping

Enjoy the 3 Day Intensive Weekend and Camping outdoors by a beautiful river, or anywhere of your choice. Accommodations include an outdoor shower, river kitchen, and meals!




3-Day Intensive Weekend || Shared Room

Enjoy the 3 Day Intensive Weekend in a Shared Bedroom of your choice, in the Celebration Space. Accommodations include access to the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, and meals.




3-Day Intensive Weekend || Private Room

Enjoy the 3 Day Intensive Weekend in a private room / studio apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and of course Wi-Fi Access. Food is also provided.




Daily Rate || Private Room




Daily Rate || Shared Room




Daily Rate || Camping




Daily Rate || Commuter



Daily rate includes your stay, 3 meals, full use of facilities, and co-creative program offerings!



Come for a day, a weekend, a week, or all 13 days!

Some work exchange scholarships may be available ~ please inquire!

or contact or call 571-422-3024

Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness: ecstasy.