Lifelines: Summer Drawing Retreat

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Midwinter Drawing Retreat
Fri 01Jul
Mon 04Jul

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 nourishing season of summer, together we will connect with our senses and  explore the richness and vitality of what it means to be drawn by life.

Event time: Fri 1st Jul 2022 at 4:00pm - Mon 4th Jul 2022 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • A three day summer drawing retreat in the Cotswolds
  • Choose a residential place, or if you live locally you may choose the non-residential option
  • Awaken your innate creative wisdom through movement and drawing from life

Participants will gain

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

What is it?

In this body-centered 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.


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 presence and gentle compassion, the intimacy we experience in drawing from life is an invitation to open and enliven our senses.

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.


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

Have a look at Morag’s Midwinter Drawing Retreat.

Price Options

£550 Residential Single
£400 Non-Residential
£490 Residential Shared - by prior arrangement


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Practical Information

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

Registration & Arrival 4.00-6.00pm Friday. Course begins with supper together at 6.30pm; Course ends about 5.00pm on Monday.

Please note that prices are listed per person. If you wish to booked a shared room with someone from your own household or bubble, please email for information.

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