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If you want to find somewhere special to focus on your creativity, here it is and now is the time to apply to this unique artist retreat. Affordable, eco-friendly, accessible yet rural, engendering relaxed but stimulating exchange of creativity and contemplation.

Only two weeks of each month are available so check your schedule and request your preferred dates. Artists and guests from around the world have loved coming to Wild Rose Farm Artist Retreat. It has been an inspiring and cherished place for many, including visual, film, dance and musical artists. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing this place with you and your creative gifts.

Each place provides everything!

The gift of being in a nature setting is mirrored by feeling comfortable in one’s own skin. Recent experiences in whole brain activity and a broadening of perception of the interconnection of all things has resulted in a marvelous shift to a harmonious vibration that escapes narrative description. What has resulted is a deepening inspiration to dance within the visual symphony of where ever I find myself. The growing movement of flash mobs and public declarations through creative bodied expressions of desire, hope, vision, change and presence are shaping a new  visceral way of humans communicating.

Given that without question the Earth sustains our life, our experiences of nature provide a substantial way to be connected to ourselves. Our embodied experience cannot be separated from life. This year International Dance Day on April 29, the words of Crystal Pite, international renowned Canadian choreographer were shared and worth repeating here as she invites us all ‘to be danced by experience’.

“On April 29th, we invite you to celebrate International Dance Day. You are dancers, all of you. Life moves you; life dances you. To dance is to investigate and celebrate the experience of being alive. Like life, a dance creates and destroys itself in every moment. Like love, it is beyond reason. Ephemeral as breath, concrete as bone, dance is made of you. You sculpt space. You write with your body in a wordless language that is deeply understood. You grace the space within and around you when you dance. Force, trajectory, inertia, and recovery: dancing is a ride, a duet between your instinct and imagination. To dance is to heighten your experience of the present moment. Your body is your location – when you dance, you are profoundly engaged in being there. To dance is to feel the resonance of your life, to delight in your existence. To be human is to be danced by experience, energy and emotion. On International Dance Day, let’s celebrate the life that moves us.”

May you be engaged in the dance of life every day!

Dancers creating!

Last month a talented group of dancers were fully engaged in the creative process in our secluded studio. It is exciting and  we look forward to seeing what unfolds from this dynamic and energetic residency.

There have also been on-going bi-weekly yoga classes that are open to all residents and the local community. Drop in classes are open to all. Just send us a email for details.

New pictures of some of the eco-art and artists in action will be posted shortly.

Eco-psychology

This early spring births an awaking in the land and its inhabitants. It also raises issues of how place and our relationship to it are becoming more crucial in understanding ourselves. Transitory lives, global migrations, environmental degradation seems to be having a fundamental impact on our ability to function personally and collectively. Talk about lack of ‘community’, once considered a time/space phenomena is now a cyber-space phenomena and changing by the milli-second, but basically our relationship to the Earth, the matrix of our existence is in a tenuous state and distressing humans unconsciously around the world according to some.

A recent NY Times article on this very topic discussed the topic of ‘solastalgia’, a pathological term that describes the human distress a result of our dislocation from the Earth, our ‘home’ place. This begs the questions: When the relationship between humans and nature is so ruptured, will there be any remnants of remembrance? Or just a vague feeling that something is missing, but we are not sure what it is? With no foundational experience on which to build a network of sens-orial data that links us to the natural world, how can we know it or ourselves? In other words, our connection with our mother will be lost and we won’t know it, nor have any way of knowing it.

These questions and concerns, engender more commitment to stewarding a place of harmony with the natural world and sustainability upon it.

Once again, gratitude for  this little piece of paradise. Find yours.

Winter 2010 changing times – Creativity and Gratitude Abound

This winter is housing a brilliant creative who is experiencing and learning about rural life with a sense of adventure and an intuitive intelligent curiosity brilliant minds are wired for.

The shifting socio-political-economic-environmental landscape ups the anti. As a socially conscious creative and organic farmer I now am seeing more of life at Wild Rose Farm  as a revolutionary act, a declaration of personal rights and independence.  There is no ‘land-based’ video surveillance  (I cannot speak to satellite activity); noise and light pollution are still limited, leaving privacy, freedom, access (during season) to sustenance and boundless communing with nature, the currency of the Wild Rose Farm. The increasingly tenuous connection between human and nature, freedom of space, movement and expression, access to food and water, support of the human need to create, translate, integrate, and grow, is nurtured and supported here.

We are grateful for all our visitors human and animal alike, as we dance this experience together, gathering  to collectively strengthen and inspire us on this amazing journey.

I feel blessed and look forward to what and who unfolds from the heart of this place. This coming year has already mapped itself forward as very exciting with requests from filmmakers, wwoofers, and other creative and social refugees on their personal yet so global journeys.

Be a part of an expanding conscious awakening to new ways of stating one’s truth, whether through putting yours hands on the Earth, singing out loud to no one in particular,  or dancing en mass in the streets of your village, there is change, it is happening, we are all it, where ever we are.

This is an invitation to dialogue…with the heart of our Earth home…remembering we are all made of star dust!

There is music in the air!

The last two weeks have been filled with sound. The spring peepers were so loud last week that a late night visitor,  a service man to repair our furnace, thought the sound was a strange kind of car alarm. Needless to say, this is an example of how our disconnect from nature has us not knowing our world, namely amphibian mating calls!

On April 29, International Dance Day, the Dance Ontario Youth Board, that we support and sponsor, had their 3rd incredibly  successful annual dance event at Pearson International Airport. Numerous dance groups from southern Ontario performed to multitudes of surprised and delighted travelers. Check out Dance Ontario’s web site for pics and details. www.danceontario.ca

As the days are getting longer and warmer, the land is being tended and gardens planted by a parade of Wwoofers ( Willing Workers on Organic Farms). In the last two weeks, two Germans and an Aussie have been learning about Canadian country life and organic farming. Visitors from the New Farm in Creemore have graced our table this week sharing good food, and live music.

Speaking of music, this past weekend the creative intensity of three Toronto musicians poured from the studio as the group played for hours, surrounded by nature and the freedom that making music in the middle of nowhere offers.

Once again it is a thrill and a privilege to have such engaging, dynamic and creative guests here, sharing and participating, each in their own life affirming path. This is our news from Wild Rose Farm! If you are a Wwoofer or artist,  come and join the journey, possibilities abound as the peepers peep, the woodstove crackles and  there is music in the air!

Spring 2009

Wild Rose Farm is an organic farm where bees and chickens live, but it’s also a great destination for visitors, travelers, country lovers, Wwoofers and especially artists. Surrounded by beautiful rolling terrain and forest, this nostalgic pioneer log house built in 1839 provides cozy rooms for our artist retreat guests, bed and breakfast or family vacations. For artists there are numerous working spaces including a large studio space appropriate for dancers, musicians and visual artists. Numerous creatives have found our artist retreat to be the ideal place to explore their creativity, get rejuvenated and inspired.

This early spring we are blessed with three terrific Wwoofers , two from Germany , one Aussie. We have begun spring planting yesterday, just in time, as the skies opened up in a memorable downpour providing natural watering.

Nature’s harvest has also begun, as we enjoy wild edibles. This week, nettles, wild Jerusalem artichokes, wild leeks and other various wild spring greens have graced our table and nourished our bellies.

All the while our most recent art initiative was to launch, ‘Follow the Floor’. In support of the Ontario dance community, we have made available a professional Rosco dance floor ( formerly in our studio space) at a reasonable fee for independent  dance artists, or other performers. Last month  it was put to good use Oakwood Collegiate for a school dance presentation. Today, it is making its first appearance at Dundas Square in Toronto as part of Dance Umbrella Ontario (DUO ) International Dance Day Celebration (Official IDD April 29th, see more about this on Dance Ontario’s website, www.danceontario.ca).

In the days ahead, more planting, opening up the beehives and anticipating the burst of green. As the cacophony of spring peepers sing day and night we will be welcoming our first studio artists of the season, urban musicians looking for country inspiration and creative space. It is here!

Singing and Painting Summer

Summer is in full bloom. Our honey bees are very busy and as the honey flow begins we are preparing for our first honey extraction to begin in a couple of weeks. Wild Rose Farm Honey is always available for guests, along with our garden food often complimented with wild edibles.

Acoustical music whispers from the secluded studio and in a few days a painter who has made annual pilgrimages here for many years will greet our resident chipmunks and begin another restorative stay.

This place is such a blessing with forests and meadows, history and the sacred present always available. You are welcome to join us and share the gift, this place is.

Spring in Ontario

It’s spring time and you can see green growing everywhere. It’s getting a bit warmer and the wild is awakening. The newness of a country spring is just beautiful. Many visitors who come by plane to Toronto leave the city after a short while in order to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Ontario and other parts of Canada.

Many of them are telling me how much they enjoy being here on this romantic, organic farm where nature seems so close yet so untouched. In the same time they can always go back to Toronto within one hour or have the opportunity to visit other surrounding areas like the Mumror Hills, Shelburne, Orangeville, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

As you can see on my Bed and Breakfast page I have several cosy rooms in our main house and they are the perfect place to rest after hiking the nearby famous Bruce Trail.

Artist Retreat

When you come by car and drive down the driveway you might not see it at first. Behind our beautiful main farm house is a huge garden and in the middle of this garden is another house with a big, spacious room. Our artist retreat is perfect for everyone who is looking for the perfect surrounding in order to focus on his creativeness. I would say this is one of the most beautiful artist retreats near Toronto or in whole Ontario, but please come and see for yourself. Summer is coming soon and if you would like to work in the artist retreat to paint, photograph, dance, etc. please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

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