Workshops by the Sea
I have six two-hour workshops using diverse mediums which are enjoyed in the garden of the Mistral, a hotel for singles in Maleme, where I live in Western Crete, and at “Sea Songs”, my studio at the other end of the village. Students do not need to have previously painted; the process is simple and enjoyable, using charcoal, watercolour, pen and collage. All materials are provided.
Below is a description of one workshop. If you would like to explore more, please click the links on the sidebar to the right, or those at the bottom of this page.
GARDEN OF THE GODDESS
This workshop is inspired by the Great Goddess, once worshipped in Crete, and includes her flora and fauna. The ancient Earth Goddess was not unique to Crete but she certainly played a major part on the island two thousand years ago.
Minoan records reveal her or her priestessses worshipped as an integral part of nature . She motivated man for many years before she was ousted by patriarchies.
At Knossos on Crete the broken statue of a Great Goddess was found in the labyrinth. Perhaps – before the minotaur took up residence – there was a ritual of worshippers dancing their way through the maze, seeking ecstatic and symbolic re-entry into the cosmic womb of the earth mother.
A Pelasgian creation myth came towards the end of the full matriarchy, with a vivid insight into ancient belief:
“In the beginning Euronyme, the goddess of all things, rose naked from chaos but found nothing substantial for her feet to rest upon, and therefore divided the sea from the sky, dancing lonely upon the waves. She danced towards the south and the wind set in motion behind her seemed as something new and apart with which to begin the work of creation. Wheeling about she caught hold of this north wind, rubbed it between her hands and behold! The great serpent Ophion. Euronyme danced wildly to warm herself, until Ophion, grown lustful, coiled about her limbs and was moved to couple with her. And she was with child!”
Life must have been dark with fear and superstition, yet was lived because of this, in hopeful harmony with nature.
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