Lifelines: Midwinter Drawing Retreat

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Thu 15Dec
Sun 18Dec

Arts Education: Drawing From Life

Facilitator: Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing. It provides a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other. In the depths of winter, together we will connect with our senses and explore the richness and vitality of what it means to be drawn by life.

Event time: Thu 15th Dec 2022 at 4:00pm - Sun 18th Dec 2022 at 5:00pm

At a Glance

  • A three-day winter drawing retreat in the Cotswolds
  • Awaken your innate creative wisdom through movement and drawing from life
  • Create large scale, expressive artwork

Participants Will Gain

  • Develop a fluent and rich drawing language
  • Cultivate capacity to move freely between felt presence, sensing, and gesture
  • Leave feeling nourished and resourced with a deepened sense of belonging and connection

Hone your innate creativity

In this body-centred approach to life drawing, we hone our innate creativity, responding to beauty and expanding our freedom of expression. This unique approach was handed down to Morag by pioneering artist Meriel Gold and is inspired by the teachings of Cecil Collins.

Art anchored in presence & gentle compassion

With both hands moving in clay, charcoal, natural pigments and ink, we will discover how to relinquish control upon the quiet meeting ground of the page. Anchored in the presence and gentle compassion, the intimacy we experience in drawing from life is an invitation to open and enliven our senses.

Your sense of belonging

To create art in any form with freedom and non-judgement is inherently health-giving. It offers a  way of bringing us into the present moment and restoring our sense of belonging. In this unique workshop, live and recorded music lifts our spirits, encouraging us to move as we draw from what arises. Through these inky, messy, hearts and hands we arrive at transient pauses, moments of connection and reflection. Meeting the paper in these fleeting moments, we explore a dance of gesture and poetry through the models’ pose. Paper, water and feathers will become our intimate allies and we will cultivate a relationship with them that honours the life of these precious gathered resources.

Who is this for?

From complete beginners to experienced artists, all are welcome to join. You will receive individual guidance and support. There will be time to unfold and restore, relax in the garden, and enjoy beautiful nature and nourishing food and company

Price Options

£400 Non-Residential
£490 Residential Shared
£550 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Materials extra £30 paid in cash to tutor at the course.

Registration & Arrival 16:00-18:00 Thursday. The course18: begins with supper together at 18:30 and ends at about 17:00 on Sunday.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments but exclude B&B.

Morag Donnelly

Morag is a practising artist and founding facilitator of Lifeline Arts, a body and presence centered movement & drawing practice devoted to liberating unique flow through compassion, love, and reverence for life. She is a passionate encourager of creativity for all and has been guiding children and adults across the UK and Europe for over a decade. As a dancer of the 5 rhythms and other movement forms for 20 years, Morag also now facilitates with the DancingTao collective. Her teaching is additionally supported by her training in therapeutic sexual somatic practices along with a multitude of other touch and energy healing modalities.

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"Amazing course - I will be back. It was sublime, deep and soulful. Morag is tender, kind and beautiful."

"Exhilarating - learning to push my boundaries. A beautiful and gentle experience, opening up new possibilities. The tutor was inspirational."

"I was encouraged to gently unfold and develop without pressure. Morag is most generous in her professionalism. Would recommend to anyone whose sensitivity to this approach is waiting to be encouraged."