Wanting to learn how to tap into an ever-flowing wellspring of inspiration?

Wondering how to access content from deep within and bring it into form?

Aspiring to connect the creative with the sacred?

Yearning to express your inner artist?

Dreaming of a creative retreat in paradise?


If you answered YES to any of these questions


Join Visionary Artist
Jassy Watson
on a 

Journey Within





Invoke your Muse of Creativity
and Bring Her into Being


A Painting and Poetry Retreat on the glorious island of

LESVOS, GREECE


Ancient Land of the Mythological Muses

PAINT YOUR MUSE IN GREECE





REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW!!!

E-mail Jassy at earthcirclestudios@mail.com

A registration form will be promptly sent.


*Your place is not secured until a deposit is received.

* Deposit is non-refundable unless under dire circumstances and another participant is waiting to take your place.



You can read my Bio and Artist statement HERE, see more of the Journey Within program HERE, Read more about the Muse HERE, view my artwork HERE 




MEET THE TOUR ASSISTANT


Ramona is a qualified Midwife, Naturopath, Herbalist, and Bowen Therapist who spent many years in the natural health industry running her own successful clinic and health food store in Queensland, Australia. Ramona is also a trained Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator. She has built on her property, Tara, a large traditional Cretan Labyrinth used for sacred birth journeys and various other workshops. Ramona will lead us in a building of Cretan Labyrinth on tour. The walking of the Labyrinth will be symbolic of the Journey Within we take to connect with our creative spirit. Organic gardening and sustainability are also her passions, bees and chooks are kept on her property along with a thriving orchard and vegetable garden. Ramona will act as assistant on tour as well First Aid. 













Ramona Lane 

Midwife, Naturopath, Herbalist, 

ABOUT ME


While I live in paradise on the Sub-Tropical Coast of Queensland, Australia, I have travelled to many parts of the world including Greece, where my creative potential was fully awakened. I am passionate about many things including the transformational power of creativity, earth connection and my cherished role of mother to four beautiful spirits. I have been formally trained in the Visual Arts and am a trained teacher of the Colour of Woman Method. My work as an Intuitive, Visionary Artist is dedicated to the sacred feminine.  From my space ‘Goddesses Garden and Studio’, I teach regular painting workshops and host events that have included international scholars, musicians and sacred space holders. 


Currently I am completing a Bachelor of Arts program with Majors in Ancient History and Religion through Macquarie University in Sydney. It is the sacred creative practices that hold my attention: the symbolic language portrayed in ancient painting, pottery, sculpture, and weaving; the role that women played in these creations and the portrayal of women in myth. I write regularly for Feminism and Religion and my work has been featured in a number of online publications and organisations such as the Tor journal, Patheos and Mago. I am also a professional member of the Association for the study of Women and Mythology.  

 “I believe that intentionally cultivating creativity is taking powerful action towards creating an enriched life. It is also a potent tool for transformation and healing” Jassy



Jassy Watson
Contemporary Visionary Artist, Intentional Creativity Coach, Writer






Read my artist statement HERE



THE COLOUR OF WOMAN METHOD


Colour of Woman is a step-by-step painting method based on Intentional and Intuitive processes. It was founded by Visionary Artist and Poet Shiloh Sophia McCloud. The method allows anybody, even those who have never painted before to paint!  Images and stories held deep within are accessed and brought to form in the way of painting where they become agents of change, transformation, healing and growth. The method is and has been successfully used by women all over the world. 





Oh Muses, Oh high genius, aid me now!

Oh memory that engraved the things I saw,

here shall your worth be manifest to all!

(Dante, Inferno)


"Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns

driven time again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy" (Homer, Book 1, The Odyssey)


WHO IS THE MUSE?


The Muse is you voice within, your guide, your internal navigator, your intuition, your inspiration. In ancient Greece the Muses were divine manifestations of the sacred feminine and the source of inspiration for all the creative arts - written, spoken, sung and danced. There are nine known muses, all daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. For thousands of years, authors, artists and poets alike have been known to invoke the Muse as guide and inspiration for their work. From Hesiod, Home, Shakespeare, Dante and Robert Graves, the Muse has been celebrated and honoured. 


Activating a relationship with and invoking the spirit of the Muse, I believe, is pivotal in the growth and expansion of creative practice. There are a number of ways to invoke and honour the Muse. These include meditation, music, ritual, dreaming, exercise, food, reading, good vibes and sacred space  - all of which we will do on retreat. Ultimately your Muse assists in awakening you to your full creative potential!

THE ACCOMMODATION


Diamanti studios and apartments is a family run and owned business and is the perfect place to experience traditional Greek hospitality. They make all their meals fresh on site and use plenty of organic produce that is grown in their gardens that includes and orchard of quince, olives, pomegranates, figs and grapes. Every studio or apartment is spacious and comfortable and includes air-conditioning, TV, kitchenette, fridge, bathroom and views to Molyvos castle, the mountains, the gardens or the large swimming pool. There is also an on-site snack bar and restaurant . Twin share (shared studio with two single beds) and 2 bedroom unit are available (limited). 




HOW TO GET THERE


There are a number of options, depending on where you are coming from. International flights will either take you to Athens or Thessaloniki and from there you can plan to either take a ferry or plane to the island of Lesvos. The ferry ride is up to 8 hours and there are a number of providers - check online or with your travel agent. There are regular flights from Athens daily to Lesvos with Olympic or Aegean airlines.


*Once you have booked your flight please advise me of your time of arrival.

* The airport on Lesvos is at Mytilini and is about an hour from Molyvos.

* The tour guide is happy to arrange a taxi transfer upon arrival that you will be responsible for payment of. The contact details are provided upon registration for you to make arrangements if necessary.







ABOUT LESVOS


Lesvos, or Mytilni, is the third largest island in Greece and is virtually unaffected by the mass tourism making it the perfect place to experience real Greek culture and hospitality. The island boasts award winning beaches, traditional villages, is home to a huge variety and bird and wildflower species, medieval castles, cafes, inexpensive seafood and some of the finest art museums in Greece. It's natural attractions include a petrified forest at Sigri and a number of hot springs known for their healing properties. Lesvos is shot locations for artists, writers and poets. It also has a rich historical and mythological background; mentioned in the Homeric hymns and once home to the ancient female poet Sappho and philosopher Aristotle and more recently one of Greece's most famous artists, Theophilus, and nobel prize winning poet George Seferis.


The town of Molyvos is situated on a small mountain topped by a dramatic Medieveal castle that was built by the Byzantines. There are archaeological ruins scattered throughout the town with remarkable Polygonal walls. The town is built of stone houses and shops which surround the castle and follow the coast to what is heralded as one of the most beautiful harbours in Greece where you can enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants. There are many interesting shops including jewellery stores, boutiques, pastry shops and fresh produce. There are also many cultural and spiritual centres and spots that offer yoga classes. Molyvos will also not disappoint if you are looking for a little nightlife. There are many bars, restaurants and opportunities to see some live Greek music. Molyvos is also the home to Author and Scholar Carol P. Christ who will be joining us for a guest lecture.





STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE DATES!

Two Bedroom Unit Share Accommodation Deposit $495

(This accommodation is limited)

Twin Share Accommodation Deposit $445

Perivolis Monastery

ITINERY

While a timetable will be issued closer to the tour, the actual schedule of teachings will be kept loose so we can be in the moment, this allows for any changes that may need to take place depending on weather and any unforeseen circumstances. Every day will be a magical day, we can leave our heart and mind open to what each day will bring us!

Drawing over-looking the hills at Petra

Bust inscribed 'Sappho of Eressos'

Roman copy of Greek original from 5th century BCE


Our time together will also include group excursions led by an experienced local tour guide, to historical sites, including Sappho’s birthplace in Skala Eressou, local galleries, the Monastery of Perivolis with it’s beautiful frescoes, Liota and the petrified forest in Sigri. There is also a planned creative nature walk with a local artist who will have us sketching while over-looking the hills of Petra (No drawing experience necessary). A very special guest lecture by scholar Carol P. Christ, author of 'Rebirth of the Goddess' and 'She Who Changes' and leader of the life-transforming Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete is also included. There will be plenty of time to relax, swim, shop, dine out and to soak up the sights and sounds of Greek culture. 


Numbers are limited to 10 to keep the group and practice intimate.No art or writing experience is necessary! 
All you need is an open mind and heart and a desire to express.


 What’s included: 


 


  • 7 nights of shared accommodation at Diamanti Studios, only 10 minutes walk from the town of Molyvos. (Some rooms are shared studios, while others are 2 bedroom apartments, which attract a higher charge please advise at booking which you would prefer).
  • A full week of artistic instruction  – painting and poetry demonstrations including plenty of one on one time with Jassy to assist you in unfolding your creative vision.
  • Journal exercises to assist your creative practice.
  • Meditations and guided imagery including drumming.
  • Most art materials
  • Delicious home-style Greek breakfast daily- lunch and dinner are your own.
  • A traditional Greek welcome dinner and celebration farewell dinner with our Muses.
  • Guided cultural tour of historical sites in Molyvos and surrounds, including transportation, entrance fees and one lunch.
  • Creative nature walk with local artist – includes drawing materials.
  • Guest lecture by Carol Christ.
  • Labyrinth building with Ramona Lane.
  • Special take home gift
  • Time for personal exploration, swimming, shopping etc.
  • Evenings of groups sharing and discussions of our art
*You are required to bring a collapsable, travel easel. More information about what to bring will be provided on registration.

 
*Transfers from the airport can be arranged at an extra charge. 
If you require any help with your travel arrangements on Lesvos you can contact Sigrid from Pandora travel at
info@pandoralesvos.com
she will only be too happy to assist you. 

Retreat Dates 

STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE DATES!
(There is an optional day trip to Ayvalik on the coast of Turkey to visit the ancient site of Pergamum on Saturday 26th September for those staying on, more details about this on registration)

Price

TBA

DISCOUNTS APPLY!!
5% Discount off total price for all 
Journey Within or COW sistas.

*The cost does NOT include airfares or transfers or any activity that is undertaken outside of what is provided on tour. If you would like to stay extra nights the contact information for the accommodation provider and a suitable travel agent if required, is included in the registration information.

Deposit of  $445 for twin share and $495 for share apartment will secure your place. 
* Payment Plans available

PAY YOUR DEPOSIT NOW IN ANY CURRENCY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!
If bank transfer is preferred please e-mail me at
earthcirclestudios@mail.com

Ancient land of the Muses and birth place of Sappho

In this very unique 7 night retreat you will come together with like-minded women from around the globe to nurture and explore your creative spirit, invoke your Muse and bring Her into being on canvas, all the while  gathering inspiration from the beautiful, historically and culturally rich town of Molyvos on Lesvos, Greece; birthplace of  ancient female poet Sappho (sometimes referred to as the tenth Muse). We will create and be accommodated at the family owned and run Diamanti Studios, only 10 minutes walk from town. With views to the castle, an organic garden of olive trees, figs, quinces, grapes, swimming pool, onsite taverna with traditional home cooked and home grown food, your stay will be very comfortable and nourishing.


Our days of painting will be imbued with ritual, guided visualisations aided by drumming, poetry, story-telling, soulful discussions and creative play. We will dive deep into an intentional and intuitive approach to painting that will call you to surrender and trust in the creative process. It also calls for a sense of boldness, freedom and courage. We will let go of expectations and create in a safe and judgment free space and connect authentically with our creative spirits. Our muses will be brought to life using the step-by-step colour of woman method, thus the painting is process based, which means that it is the process, rather than the outcome that is of most importance. The tools and techniques that I offer you will enable you to expand on your creative process and look at your creative identity with a new perspective. Invoking your Muse and bringing her into form is a quest. It is a deeply profound experience and one that offers an activation of your inspiration for any creative pursuit.