I’m at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) this week teaching “Watercolors + Mixed Media = WOW!” to a great group of students. It’s a full-on teaching week, but in a lovely setting. I wind down from the day on a bench overlooking the inlet, and to wake up to the view and smell of trees outside my window.
Yesterday evening, I did a presentation of my work, and talked about transformation. This morning I’m musing about rejuvenation and transformation.
Taking ‘time away’ can be focused on either. A week of relaxation and forest walks. A 5-day challenge to stretch and try something new. It’s easier, I think, to predict rejuvenation. The thing about transformation is that you never know when it’s going to happen. You can, however, set up conditions that make it more possible. I did just that earlier this year when I went on a residency.
Have you ever given yourself a chunk of time to walk away from your day-to-day and immerse yourself in something new?
Would you choose rest and rejuvenation, or transformation?