Cultured Creativity

DSC_8190All of these workshops will be running simultaneously….  most will meet in the mornings, have time in the afternoons for swimming, relaxing, working on your project….  another short meeting perhaps late in the afternoon to touch bases…. and then an informal all-camp meeting in the evenings, to share what’s been going on. This session will start on the evening of Wednesday, October 1st and run until around noon on Sunday, October 5th.


Total Cost for the 4 night stay/adult:  $575, which includes, lodging, food & instruction.

To Register: or 707-459-5439

Syllabus will be sent upon registration


Accessing the Story Within

Writing with Susan Bono

IMG_2465 DSC_8298Susan is the inspiration for this particular get-together.  As a writer-in-residence, she will help create a community that supports and supercharges your creative intentions!  Along with copious writing time, you’ll enjoy opportunities to discuss craft and process, engage in DSC_8369nurturing feedback, and exercise your muse.  Writers of all genres and levels.

Look for more information here:  Susan Bono

Photography with Marc Monaghan

Christmas Time 2013 088 Marc smallerDSC_8057Instead of just taking a picture, this workshop will focus on how to develop a story, and then capture just the right photo to DSC_8133express what you want to say.  You will explore the farm on a river with a camera, and create a photo essay using Emandal as a source of inspiration.  Although all photographers are welcome, basic knowledge of your own computers photo program and your own laptop are essential.

DSC_8335Monaghan has been studying photography for years, and is sought after as a documentarian by numerous organizations, magazines and newspapers.  His website:  Marc Monaghan



Mosaic with Elizabeth Raybee

Last summer, I asked Elizabeth to come for our former staff family camp in July, to create a mosaic on a new wall we built around our out-door grill.  I wanted the people here to figure out what Emandal was to them… Elizabeth was wonderful at drawing out people’s ideas… as well as drawing out on paper what we could put on the wall.  Although we didn’t finish then, many folks worked diligently during our ArtStay in August, and then one more time in September.  A glorious wall now enhances our out-door kitchen!  This October she’ll be working with you on your own projects.  mosaic with artist

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Watercolor Nature Journaling with Kristin Meuser

550098_486463814751176_603941490_n[1]DSC_8512Nature journaling is a way of experiencing our environment more fully. As we begin to draw and paint what we see, we begin to see more clearly. When we add our words to the page, whether to ask questions, explain what we see, or express our responses, we commit our experience to memory. Kristin will be teaching you techniques for drawing flowers, leaves and landscapes, as well as color mixing with a limited palette which will help you approach nature journaling with more ease. You’ll also explore laying out your pages with your drawings and paintings, and writing about what you’ve explored. She will have kits on hand or you can bring your favorite paints and journals with you. Think compact! No experience necessary!watercolor-crop[1] smaller Meuser

DSC_8104Kristin has lovingly painted Emandal as a family camper for over 20 years. She is experienced in landscape painting in many mediums including watercolor, pastels, oils and acrylics. Her love of the land is perhaps most deeply expressed in her nature journals. She lives in Petaluma, CA. Visit her website at


Baskets from Nature with Louisa Lenz Porterlouisa smaller

Having lived and worked here for several years, Louisa knows what plants grow well…. and which ones are best for basketry.  She’s been creating elegant, useful, sturdy baskets from things she collects from the countryside for years!  There will be time for procuring all the necessary pieces, as well as weaving them into a glorious carrying basket you’ll either be able to gift (a tradition if it’s your first basket) or use yourself for long into the future.

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More Photos from our First Artstay, August, 2013






DSC_8630 leslie's journal