Join Flora Aube & Deborazia for this fun, evocative retreat celebrating
The Glorious Gift of Being a Woman!
Grass Valley, California September 27 – 29
“Aphrodite In The Woods”
“The Bee Goddess” by Emily Balivet
Indulge in 3 luscious days of self care & creativity…. just for YOU!!
Celebrate the joy of aligning your Inner temple with the temple of Gaia, experiencing the energy and influence of Aphrodite in a nature inspired setting, while becoming an oracle of Her beauty!
My home studio is located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Northern California. For the first time, I’m opening my home to a larger circle of 10 women to create and celebrate the ancient feminine mysteries of Aphrodite. We’ll paint outdoors in the fresh open air, with the sun kissing our skin, surrounded by magnificent grandmother pines.
The Art of Wellbeing
Deborazia will lead us in guided meditation & easy movement to connect body, mind and soul. As an ordained Priestess, she carries a deep feminine wisdom, sharing from a prolific wellspring of knowledge on mindful eating, self care and ancient truths on how our bodies serve as a portal for messages from Gaia. Aphrodite energy exudes soft, sensual beauty that lives in the heart and soul of every woman.
The Art of Allowing
As we invoke the goddess Aphrodite, Flora will lead art warm ups with easy to follow techniques where we’ll play with loose, expressive figurative practice studies.
There will be plenty of spacious time to allow your own intuitive process to inform you, and create a gorgeous, soulful painting that reflects the beauty and power of your inner Aphrodite….which may take form in an abstract or representational style.
The alluring mythology of Aphrodite is rich and deep, and she remains a powerful archetype speaking through us even today. We’ll listen as our feminine body wisdom sings the Oracle of Gaia and Allow Aphrodite to guide us in an Intuitive painting journey in authentic beauty, love and desire…
Retreat Dates & Times
September 26 4 – 6pm
Of course we begin with an indulgent “Meet & Greet” tasting wine, cheese, fruits & chocolates!
September 27 – 29 10am – 4:30pm
- 10 – 12:30 Sacred Body, Mind, Soul Connection with Deborazia leading exercises and health practices, followed by ‘Loosen Up’ art studies with Flora
- 12:30 – 1:30 Relax, journal, and enjoy a delicious, catered lunch
- 1:30 – 4:30 Intuitive Mixed Media Painting on canvas with individual and group support from Flora and Deborazia
- For those who want to partake, we’ll arrange an Optional Dinner on our last night…
Reserve your place today. Workshop tuition $790
Limited to 10 lucky goddesses on a first come, first served basis (3 left)
- $250 non-refundable reserves your space, with balance of payment due by August 1st
- Take home a beautiful Wellness Notebook
- Includes all Art materials (except brushes & collage material)
- A nutritious catered lunch all 3 days with gluten free and vegetarian options
- Does not include accommodations**
- Retreat address will be delivered upon registration
- Nearest airport is Sacramento International, 1 hour away
- All level painters are welcome, but some basic knowledge of acrylic paints is recommended for this workshop
Oh yes, I’m IN! Sign me up!
Pay in full $750 receives $40 discount ($250 non-refundable)
Reserve my place! $250 non-refundable deposit with $540 balance due by August 1
Cancellation policy: A $250 non-refundable deposit is required. If you prepay the full amount and have to cancel prior to August 1, all funds will be returned, less $250. After August 1, no refunds will be available. After the retreat fills, a waiting list will be created, and you’re welcome to contact others if you can’t make it. Thank you for your understanding.
Your Aphrodite Facilitators
Flora Aube founded the ART OF ALLOWING ACADEMY to provide a sanctuary of the soul for women. She is passionate about art, believing we are all inherently creative beings, and have the power to co-design a harmonious world of cooperation. By bringing better educational skills that empower the feminine principles of receptivity, listening, intuition, connection and communion, we can make that dream possible. By participating in safe, sacred circles where we witness and hold space for the wisdom of every member, we learn to shape loving communities and experience joyful living.
Flora combines 15 years of painting experience with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, bodywork, and leadership as an education director to infuse her teaching style with a deep connection to mind, body, and spirit. She is a recognized ‘Women’s Group Facilitator’ through “Awakening Women Institute”, founded by Chameli Ardagh, certified in the teacher training program with Shiloh Sophia, and graduate of “Feminine Power” with Clare Zammit. You can see Flora’s art here.
Deborazia is a certified facilitator in the Art of Allowing with Flora Aube. She is also certified in Intentional Creativity with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, and a senior voice dialogue facilitator, having worked for many years with Dr. Hal Stone and Dr. Sidra Stone, the founders of Voice Dialogue International. Deborazia is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and works closely with naturopathic physicians. She is an ordained Priestess in the Iseum of Mary Isis.
She currently teaches workshops at her studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, combining the “Art of Allowing” process with meditation and mindful movement.
“Movement in a conscious way helps restore the vital flow of energy in the body and allows access to a deeper place. By moving our body, we are able to connect to our spirit. In my workshops, I create a safe space to remember we are each already a moving meditation and our dance is a reminder of the sacred energy we hold in our hearts, minds and bodies. My inspiration comes from feeling the energy of the world between the worlds. I have found a place of creativity where transformation does happen – with increasingly spontaneous moments of joy”.
The Sierras are beautiful here in the Fall! We may see the first signs of leaves turning and the temperatures starting to cool a bit. There are many hotels and airbnb’s in Grass Valley, as well as our nearby sister city, Nevada City which is just 20 minutes away. We recommend one these delightful B&B’s: Deer Creek Inn, Broad Street Inn, Madison House, Emma Nevada House.
Take an extra day to explore! There are many nearby hiking trails in the area, as well as the renowned Yuba River, art galleries, quaint boutiques and eateries in the charming town of Nevada City, California.