Program Details

OPEN EYES / MOVING IN SPACE: A Contemplative Arts Retreat

with Arawana Hayashi & Barbara Bash
July 25 / 7:00 PM - July 30 / 3:00 PM

This retreat offers an opportunity to connect more deeply with one's creativity in a meditative environment, within a supportive community of like-minded makers of things, and in dialogue with the magic and power of nature.  


Each day after a morning meditation and movement session, we will move into individual art time, working alone on art, writing or movement projects.. In the afternoon Barbara and Arawana will facilitate explorations based on their shared interest in ancient Chinese and Japanese multi-disciplinary art forms responding to the natural world through mark making, movement and poetry.  Solo time and space will be supported and there will also be time for people to share their work and engage in conversation.


This will be a special opportunity to step away from the speed of technology and move towards deepening  connection with one's generative creative process. It can be a time to enrich new or ongoing projects  or make a deeper connection to a personal art practice.


BARBARA BASH is an author and artist who combines words and images, through the interweaving of Buddhist principles and Western art forms. She teaches creative process, contemplative brush and drawing workshops.  For moreinformation visit


ARAWANA HAYASHI has trained in and taught movement and meditation for many years. She founded a dance company and currently creates Social Presencing Theater with the Presencing Institute.For more information visit



Program price includes all meals.  The program ends Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm July 30th.  Participants are welcome to stay overnight and leave the next morning, breakfast will be served.  

Lodging prices listed are for shared rooms.  Single rooms are rarely available for Sky Lake programs.  When available, the cost is $120/weekend night and $95/weekday night added to the commuter rate posted.

Shrine room lodging is available for $20/night added to the commuter price.


  • Deposits and payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the program start date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

  • After the two week deadline, Sky Lake will deduct a $35 cancellation fee and retain the rest of your deposit as credit towards another program to be used within a year of the date of the program. Any payments over the deposit will be refunded.

No refunds or credits are given for cancellations after 48 hours prior the beginning of the program.

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