Unique Creative Learning Retreats Available

Are you a teacher interested in creative, art integrative approaches to learning? A small business person looking to think-out-of-the-box at their business?  Or simply someone seeking fresh ideas to daily life in a fun and rejuvenating environment?

Discover how the creative arts can stimulate new ideas, can provide a framework for practical solutions – in any field or endeavor – and can be done in a way that can energize you and your passion!

BluSeed Studios’ Creative Classrooms Project and the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat have partnered to develop a series of participant driven Creative Learning Retreats. This is not a standard workshop in a classroom setting. Participants have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings including an iconic Adirondack arts center, a Great Camp lodge and nature-based sites. A team of teaching professionals provide unique audience-driven workshops that include dramatizations, demonstrations, interactive creative problem solving and culinary experiences utilizing food as an educational tool.

Participants have the opportunity to earn a variety of credits, depending on their vocation, including Continuing Teachers Leadership Credits (CTLE). BluSeed Studios and the Creative Classrooms Project are funded in part by the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA).

A series of weekend Creative Learning Retreats is planned:

March 2nd – 4th: “Drama in Your Life: Opportunities & Challenges”
Professional actors and educators Annie Edgerton and Brenden Gotham lead a variety of  art integrative strategies encompassing humanities, science, math & ELA; workshop in acting and theatre techniques that will enhance any classroom or life experience.  Designed to be fun, interactive, thought-provoking and of course, educational. Interactive dinner and breakfast workshops at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat with Chef Cathy Hohmeyer, Executive Chef & Nutritional Energetics specialist include “How the Drama of your Day Affects your Energy.” 

March 16th – 18th “Bring Color Back into Your Life”
Discover how the creative arts can stimulate new ideas, can provide a framework for practical solutions and can be done in a way that can energize you and your passion! Join artist and educator Jeff Waring for the workshop as he guides you through an inspiring art integration experience. Waring states, “As a teaching artist it can be easy to get caught up in the needs of teaching, and to run out of time and stamina to create. Re-immersion into the creative process re-fires the neurons and rekindles the passion to find beauty and meaning, and serves as a humbling reminder that creating takes time. While at BluSeed, we will explore paints range from misty watercolor washes and pours, to encrusted, gritty collage, to graphic and linear compositions. This  process will be initiated with something physical from our surroundings, maybe a sprinkling of pine needles to pivot within a flow of paint, or chunks of earth captured on the edges of drying acrylics.”

Activities include a “Colors of Food Tasting Dinner.” Learn the easy way to nutrition, know your foods colors, each color is a nutrient. Enjoy & learn about fresh maple sap and syrup – its Adirondack maple season.

April 27th – 29th “STEAM Transformation: Plant- Paper-Structure”
There are many ways on how to learn to see. When participants learn to transition from a 2-dimensional plane to a 3-dimensional structure, they gain the ability to see three-dimensional space in their heads, this in turn will inspire them to take what they create physically and translate into a design, hypothesis, math problem or story.  Opening yourself up to new ways of discovery expands your comfort zone and increases confidence and self-esteem. Fun food activities include an interpretive dinner “Cooking in Paper for Nutrition and Flavor. How to Fold Food in Parchment.”

Participants can choose to attend in one of the following options:

  1. Attend the retreat, earn the maximum professional learning credits or learning opportunities, relax and network while receiving an all-inclusive discounted package!
  2. Attend the workshops and food events only
  3. Come for the day on Saturday.

The Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat (LCL&R) specializes in “Adirondack Discovery” experiences focusing on nature-based wellness and heritage experiences. On 25 acres on secluded Lake Clear, it is one of seven Audubon International Platinum Green Hotels in North America and a National Geographic Award winner for “Keeping a Sense of Place.”


For more information:
BluSeed Studios: Carol Marie Vossler, art@bluseedstudios.org  518-891- 3799
Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat: Cathy Hohmeyer, info@lodgeonlakeclear.com  518-891-1489

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