Dietlind Vander SchaafEncaustic, Mindfulness + The Natural World

July 23 - 28, 2023 Go back
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In this special five-day retreat at the lovely Wild Rice Retreat center in Bayfield, Wisconsin, students will focus on their connection to the natural world through practices that cultivate a deeper sense of mindfulness. The purpose of this workshop is to leave participants feeling deeply relaxed and renewed.

Check in: July 23, 2023
Check out: July 28, 2023

Tuition + Meals: $1,250
With TreeHaus Lodging Package: $2,745
With RicePod Lodging Package: $3,170
With Nest Lodging Package: $3,495

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Class description

In this special five-day retreat at the lovely Wild Rice Retreat center in Bayfield, Wisconsin, students will focus on their connection to the natural world through practices that cultivate a deeper sense of mindfulness. The purpose of this workshop is to leave participants feeling deeply relaxed and renewed.

Activities will include yoga, writing exercises, a boat ride to the Apostle Islands, meditative walks in nature, drawing exercises, and painting. We will take inspiration from the natural world - incorporating dried plant material, using fresh leaves as stencils, transferring drawings, and interpreting the landscape abstractly with encaustic paint. Each student will have 1:1 time with the instructor.

Materials used will include encaustic paint and medium, Pigment Sticks, Blending Medium, Pan Pastel, charcoal, graphite, oil pastel, Deco Foil, and India ink. Begin your day with a light breakfast, practice yoga, enjoy brunch, take walks in nature, paint for hours, and then slip into the sauna. Each student will have 1:1 time with the instructor. Retreat is open to all levels.

THREE THINGS RETREAT GUESTS WILL WALK AWAY WITH UPON RETREAT COMPLETION:

  • Deeper understanding of control with fusing and application of paint to create luminous, layered work.
  • An exploration of what their work is about and will take home multiple completed paintings.
  • Renewed sense of inspiration for series-based work.

 

SCHEDULE 

Please note that this is a general schedule and is subject to change due to weather forecast and at the discretion of the instructor.   


SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2023

4-6P Arrival and Check-in at Wild Rice Retreat 

5P Cocktail Hour, wine beer & spirit free cocktails (cash bar)

6-7P Welcome Evening meal at Wild Rice Retreat 

715-9P Settle Into Workstations in the Great Room

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2023

8-9A Lite Breakfast

9A Morning Yoga or Open Studio Time 

10A Brunch

11A-430P Class Time

530P Evening meal at Wild Rice Retreat

7-8P Optional WRR Immersion Offering - Community Chakra Balancing with Zoe

7-9P Open Studio Time

24/7 Open Sauna and Rain Shower Experience

TUESDAY, JULY 25 2023

8-9A Lite Breakfast

9A Morning Yoga or Open Studio Time 

10A Brunch

11A-430P Class Time

430 Optional WRR Immersion Offering - Forest Bathing with Cat

530P Evening meal at Wild Rice Retreat

7-9P Open Studio Time

24/7 Open Sauna and Rain Shower Experience

WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2023

8-9A Lite Breakfast

9A Morning Yoga or Open Studio Time 

10A Brunch

11A-4P Class Time

430 Apostle Islands Sunset Cruise

730P Evening meal at Wild Rice Retreat

7-9P Open Studio Time

24/7 Open Sauna and Rain Shower Experience

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2023

8-9A Lite Breakfast

9A Morning Yoga or Open Studio Time 

10A Brunch

11A-430P Class Time

12-1P Optional WRR Immersion Offering - Community Founders Talk

530P Evening meal at Wild Rice Retreat

7-9P Open Studio Time

24/7 Open Sauna and Rain Shower Experience

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2023

8-9A Lite Breakfast

9A Morning Yoga or Open Studio Time 

10A Brunch

11A Checkout in Lobby / Note: bags / luggage can be left at Lobby Desk 

1130A-1P Studio wrap up time

FIN 

biography

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds anMFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from theUniversity of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of “disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope).

Vander Schaaf has exhibited at the Cape CodMuseum of Art, Conrad Wilde Gallery, The Fuller CraftMuseum, Kolman &Pryor, and On Center Gallery, among others, and been featured in Maine Home + Design, Decor Maine, Downeast Magazine, UPPERCASE, and Artscope .

Vander Schaaf is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, and an Ampersand Ambassador, and the former president of New England Wax. She is an annual presenter at the International EncausticConference and the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International EncausticArtists, as well as aTending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation.

Vander Schaaf teaches workshops throughout the country, including Haystack, Maine College of Art, Penland, Arrowmont, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, SnowFarm, Rhode Island School of Design, and internationally at Zijdelings in The Netherlands. She is represented by Portland Art Gallery andArtemis Gallery in Maine, and SalonDesign in Boston.

Contact Website Follow
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Supply List

Please note, Retreat tuition includes a $50 supply fee for students + $49.95 ticket for Apostle Islands Grand Tour Cruise.

Students should bring the following items.

  • A variety of natural bristle brushes including several hake brushes - At least one of the hake brushes should be a 4” brush
  • A potter’s needle for mark making
  • A loop tool for trimming
  • A roll of blue painter’s tape
  • Assorted unprimed wood panels or Ampersand Encausticbord panels (nothing larger than 14” x 14”)
  • A notebook and pen for writing exercises
  • A variety of drawing materials including graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, pencil, fine-tipped pens, etc
  • A pad of paper for mark making and drawing exercises
  • A roll of wax paper
  • An apron
  • Students are encouraged to bring pressed and dried plant material for incorporating into encaustic


Instructor will provide the following items.

  • R&F encaustic paint, R&F Pigment Sticks, R&F Blending Medium, and R&F encaustic gesso
  • One Ampersand Encausticbord panel per student and some for me to demo on
  • 8 - 10 Iwatani Butane Torch tips for student use
  • 10 cans of butane gas
  • Assorted drawing materials (charcoal, graphite, craypas, etc.)
  • Tracing paper for transferring drawings
  • Deco Foil for mark making exercises
  • India ink and brushes for drawing

Wild Rice will provide the following items.

  • 6 16” x 16” heated palettes for students to share
  • 3 R&F heat guns
  • 25 palette cups for melting paint and encaustic medium
  • 4 dedicated workstations (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Fans for ventilation
  • Extension cords for each workstation